Can Geetha avenge her father's defeat against Yeddy ?

Narayan Swamy
Political Correspondent - Daijiworld Media Network

Shimoga, Mar 18 : Shimoga Lok Sabha and Soraba Assembly constituencies have always been a tough and challenging turfs for two former chief ministers of Karnataka, Yeddyurappa and the late Bangarappa.

Bangarappa's 2008 Assembly election defeat at the hands of Yeddyurappa and later 2009 parliamentary election loss against the same opponent is still fresh in the minds of Bangarappa family. This time too, Shimoga has become one of the most interesting constituencies in Karnataka as now Bangarappa's elder daughter Geetha, wife of Sandalwood actor Shivrajkumar, has been officially declared as the candidate to contest Yeddyurappa.


The announcement came on Monday March 17 in the presence of former CM and JD(S) leader H D Kumarswamy and other party leaders along with Bangarappa family members.

Speaking to daijiworld over the phone, Geetha Shivrajkumar said, "I have the blessings of my mother, brother, my in-laws (Dr Rajkumar family) and husband, so I agreed to contest on JD(S) ticket. My husband Shiva has been a source of inspiration for me and he is constantly encouraging me to give my best."

She added, "There is no hidden intention in me contesting for the Lok Sabha seat. I only wish to realize my father's unfulfilled dream. God has given me everything. My father had lots of dreams for Shimoga, but left us with his dreams unfulfilled...its our duty fulfil them." 

When asked what those dreams were, she said, "My father wanted immense development to happen in Soraba, and the entire Shimoga. But we do not see much development here."

When asked why she had chosen JD(S) to contest the polls, she said, "Bangarappa was in JD(S) when he passed away, the party has given all respect and support to my brother Madhu, and this is the reason I chose JD(S)."

She reiterated, "God has given me everything, I have performed my duty as daughter, mother, daughter-in-law, and now I am taking the responsibility of a politician. I request people to see me not as politician, but as an ordinary person."

"I was two-year-old when my father became MLA for the first time. Years have flown so fast and today I find myself in politics. I do not want to comment about other candidates, but looking at the support we have here, I feel victory is not too difficult to achieve."

Geetha will file her nomination on March 24.


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  • swasthik, shimoga

    Wed, Mar 26 2014

    It is Yeddy constituency and he has developed Shimoga a lot. Surely he will win with no doubt.

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  • CA Satish Shetty, Kinnigoli Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    Nobody can defeat Yeddy in Shimoga.

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  • Vikhyath Rai, mangalore

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    Guys as a person Manjunath Bhandari has done a lot of good works. and he dnt ve intention of making money o corruption. he is a hard worker. I dnt say what U.P.A did is rite. tr r gud n bad in all parties. but as i knw Manjunath bhandari is the rite person for the rite place. he never expected ny position in the party. but nw its time to change . I HAVE NEVER SEEN A PERSON LIKE MANJUNATH BHANDARI WHO IS SO INFLUENCIAL WITHOUT ANY GOOD POLITICAL POSITIONS. HE IS STILL A YOUNGSTER. GUYS U KNOW WHAT YEDURAPPA DID DURING HIS TERM AS C.M .SO NO NEED TO EXPLAIN IT AGAIN. SO GUYS DECIDE U R SELF WHM U WANT. AN YOUNGSTER HU IS NON CORRUPT , INFLUENCIAL PERSON( MANJUNATH BHANDARY ) OR A CORRUPT , OLD MAN ( YEDIURAPPA). MANJUNATH BHANDARI IS THE RITE M.P FOR BETTER SHIMOGA.

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  • Deepak, Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 19 2014

    Instead of contesting an election, she should take care of shiva (shivappa kapadappa), look at him, he is already tensed & tortured no time to shave his beard. I am sure no chance her to win the election on JD(S) ticket which is a same group of corrupt parties and land grabbing. If she wins, she will not do anything to the state that for sure, but shiva will be in the shi.

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  • Jacob Mendonsa, Melbourne

    Wed, Mar 19 2014

    What Geeta has now to realise her father's unfulfilled dream , which her father could not materialize , being a chief minister of Karnataka. I strongly believe that her dream is only until the election time. After that, her dream is to aim & to claim for RS.5 crore every year for the entitlement of MP fund. It is easy money about RS.41 lakhs per month.

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    Superb observation!!

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  • abdulla, india

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    Ask them the meaning of politics and what would they do in 5 years from election : to the nation ,public,their agenda?
    1/ dont we have other able candidates rather than nepotism -to safe grad their parents ill gotten /corrupt wealth?
    why cant they allow the real-clean-transparent -professionals to contest?
    what can these sons/daughters of the previous ministers do? Toe their line?
    amass more wealth-land -property and sore the nuggets under the temple floors?
    and still remain the custodian?
    where are we heading?

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    Harish Mangalore, you calling Yediyurappaji a sincere is joke of this decade!!Rest all is fine!!

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  • Prem, mangalore

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    Battle of nerves......fight between..lingayutha,s and vokkaligas.

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  • Sir Lancelot, Manglore

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    O my Ghost look at Shivraj Kumar!!!
    first 2 picutres.

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    Better geeta opt for WWF or WWC..!!!
    Chances of win are more..!!

    Yeh dhai kilo ka haath jab kisipe padtha hai na toh aadmin ut-tha nahi uthh jaata hai...

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    I sincerely feel that he should not spoil the good name of his father Later Rajkumar who was reluctant to enter politics by self or through his family members.JDS is trying to exploit him luring his with false promises.Question of winning the election against Yedyurappa in Shimoga does not come.

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  • Hareesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    Nothing to worry to Sriman Yediyurappa. His sincere developments and all other financial supports to Schools, colleges and to matts where free food and education to the children are served will safeguard Yediyurrappa. Actually Shiva Raj Kumar should not allow his wife to participate in Election as one of the candidates because his father Dr Rajkumar kept himself away from Politics.

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  • Stephen, Davangere

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    geluvu katitabuthi...kumaranna jindabad..

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    After the election, Shivrajkumar will make a new film ಸೋಲುಂಡ ತವರು

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    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    Satya paterga..yediyurappreg Nidre Barand..congress elli ella..Tough fight between bjp and jd(s)..Caste factor ..Ediga s are major chunk. Including in Byndoor.And moreover, this is bangarappas body cannot take easy.

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  • sunil, udupi

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    Look at the first two pictures..Madhu Banagarappa is closely watching kumaranna's hands...

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    JD(S) does not have much of standing in Shimoga District...Last time their candidate came a distant third after BJP & Congress...BSY has large caste based voting in favour plus BJP cadre votes...Congress still has some loyalty as they won 4 Assembly seats here....JD(S) sadly is a spent force & Mrs Shivarajkumar is more of a sacrifice here

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    'Bali Ki Bakhri'....

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    Bhandarkarmam,bhakhri Y!!!

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  • naveen mascarenhas, derbail

    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    smooth sailing yeddy

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    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    There is no chance for Mrs Shivraj Kumar but competition is there for sure.BSY or Manjunath Bhandari are the serious contender.Corruption of BSY will not come as a barrier when local voters are concerned.Political/commercial corruptions are not a issue in Indian politics.Apart from that whoever pours money to fray will come out successful.We know BSY has
    unaccounted sources .......

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Tue, Mar 18 2014


    Congress has from 2g, cwg, chopper, adarsh, coalgate, 3g, reliance, railway, aadhaar etc. Are these accountable?

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    Tue, Mar 18 2014

    For Manjunath Bhandary, if he put full effort, for him Third place guarantee!!!!!!!!!!!

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