Mangalore: Nalin Kumar sets new record for margin of victory - thanks to Modi?

Shreyas H S
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore 
Mangalore, May 17: The scientifically devised campaign strategy by the Modi-led BJP that exclusively sold the failures of UPA II, enabled the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to be remembered as 'historic' in the district of intellectuals. BJP's Nalin Kumar Kateel has succeeded in registering a thumping victory, garnering the highest ever margin of 1,43,907 votes, compared to any other past Parliamentary election.

Incidentally, the previous record in terms of margin of victory also involved Congress leader Janardhan Poojary, though unlike now, he was not on the receiving end then. In 1980, Poojary had won by a record margin of 1,28,897 votes. The victory margin in the current elections has set a new record toppling the one set by Poojary. 

Another high winning margin of 1,21,230 dates back to 1971, with K K Shetty of Indian National Congress achieving this in the LS elections. 
Winning candidate Nalin Kumar Kateel (6,42,739 votes) of the BJP said that the materialization of many developmental projects in his tenure along with the anti-incumbency wave at the national level were the key reasons for his stupendous victory. It seems that he has deliberately pushed the Modi wave to the third place in the list of factors that brought about his victory. There could be many aspects to his changed stance, as, during the elections he was seen vociferously campaigning for Narendra Modi.
However, the scenario in the district has revealed that the strong Modi wave has virtually obliterated the identities of many the candidates in the fray. Whether one likes it or not, the decisive statements delivered by Narendra Modi in his rally at Mangalore played a pivotal role in the victory of Kateel.  The man appearing to be a magician holding the wand of developmental agenda, needless to say, decided the fates of many candidates across the nation. 
The BJP, which wrested power in DK from the Congress after 1991, continued its saga of victory even in 2014, but in a more stylish manner. The huge distinction between two rallies of key political parties in the district in terms of crowds and adulation, in fact translated as votes driving the Congress to a humiliating defeat. While only Mangalore Assembly constituency (Ullal) gave a lead to the Congress candidate, other seven assembly constituencies backed Kateel steering him to triumph.
"With no second thought, I admit that the Modi wave was a prime factor for the BJP to mark a historic victory in the district," said Janardhan Poojary, LS candidate of Congress, who managed to secure 4,99,030 votes in this election. Accepting the humiliating defeat, Poojary claimed that the new voters in the district were highly influenced by the much-touted Gujarat model of development. “The appeasement of the Modi-led BJP forced the voters to deliver their mandate for the party,” he said.
Congratulating his opponent, he said, “I will accept the verdict of the people with humility. There are other factors behind my defeat about which it will not be appropriate to comment at this time.”
P N Udaya Chandra, registrar of SDM College, Ujire, a Left leaning ideologist says, "The BJP, that was backed by the corporate sector, systematically planned the campaign. As many as 3,000 high stunt rallies organized by Modi have been funded by the elite corporates, stunning the locals and the educated class." 

He said that those were the corporates who were swayed by the BJP in this election because the policies of the Congress party during the tenure of UPA II proved costly for many of them. “In fact, the Congress-led UPA only shielded Reliance and ignored others. Miffed by the government's poor policies, most of the corporates joined hands to make the BJP victorious. BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi drew the campaign strategy meticulously. With finesse, he marketed the fiasco of the ruling party in almost all of his much-funded rallies. The failure of the UPA II provided the BJP-led NDA a clear mandate. The district also reflected the same result,” he elaborated. 
It could be observed that the electorate in the district, at least to a certain extent, dumped the caste criteria this time, which in earlier elections had been seen as a common practice among the electorate. “Ab ki baar Modi Sarkar”, the powerful slogan of the BJP, decimated the Congress that was marred by scams across the nation and in the district. 
The numbers in the district proved that the traditional style of choosing a candidate on the basis of his/her caste disappeared. Had all the Billavas turned out in great numbers to vote for the Congress candidate Janardhana Poojary, he would have secured victory at least by a small margin. This altered mindset of the people due to the developmental agenda of Modi came as a positive factor for the democracy. 
The candidate of the fledgling party AAP, M R Vasudeva (5,442 votes), said the preparedness of Modi won him a good number of votes in the elections. “We are a small party with very few members. The overpowering campaign led the people to sideline the new party. The mandate of the people has to be respected,” he said.
He expressed that AAP, in the coming years, would grow bigger and the party would toil hard to achieve a good number of votes in the next LS elections. 


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  • Shilpa, mangalore/ sohar

    Tue, May 20 2014

    Mr. Nalin kumar Congratulations for ur victory! now its time for development of mangalore. Please make mangalore a beautiful n clean place to live in, plants have to b grown on either sides of d road, regarding railways mangalore has to have a separate division and jobs must b given to mangalorean not to keralites and same has to b done at mangalore airport more jobs for mangaloreans, locals have to b given first priority . For the roads come n see gulf v have wonderful roads here which r for lifetime v would like see our mangalore with such the lists go on have mention only a few which are not mentioned by above folks....please see that greenery in D.K is not harmed.....

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  • M.K, Mulky/Sharjah

    Mon, May 19 2014

    I am finding some people here, who were commenting everyday. I think Tsunamo swept them also!!!!

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  • Vincy, Bangkok

    Sun, May 18 2014

    Let us work on the way how votes are counted in North India .Poojary got 4,98,832 votes means,people still like him.It is simple,the billawas in DK did not vote the Poojary.
    The day Billawas of DK vote to any Poojary then nobody can stop any poojary candidate.
    The only mistake Poojary made is ,he talk a lot,but he spoke the truth. He spoke about untouchability and partiality in temples which is true but people can not accept it.
    People do not accept these words because people like show off and show off is always fake.The truth is what the Poojary spoke. I would like to have a debate on this..anyone ready?

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Sun, May 18 2014

    Vincy, Bangkok what truth Mr.Poojary is talking?? Mr Poojary thinks that we are still in late 1940 or 1960's. Now a days people are educated and we have to go according to the present generation. At the same time we should not forget our customs and traditions.

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  • raj, mangalroe

    Sun, May 18 2014

    Mangalore Assembly constituency (Ullal) gave a lead to the Congress candidate..noted ..but not to janardana pujary but to good well of UT kader ..

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  • Rathnakara A, Shirva

    Sun, May 18 2014

    I wish all BJP MPs who got elected this time will understand that, the main reason for their victory is Mr. MODI. Humble request to all of you, please be non corrupt, humble down to earth and dedicate your full time for the development of INDIA, irrespective of religion, cast creed. Treat every one equal. Even we hindus dont expect any special treatment from you. Don't go for minority appeasement also. Only one mantra SAB KE SAATH SAB KA VIKAAS".Next election after 5 years all of you must get re elected without even canvassing. Good luck. Please remember the effort of karya kartha's and BJP supporters like me behind your success. Please don't disappoint us. Once again good luck.

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  • Bujanga Kamath, Udupi

    Sun, May 18 2014

    The myth about Modi's administration skills will explode very soon. There are alot of skeletons in the cupboard which will haunt him ( his new administration ) very soon. The same media will let him down badly.

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  • D Bhat, Mumbai

    Sun, May 18 2014

    MMS was very lucky in this regard. In the case of MMS, there was no myth of administration abilities, and hence nothing to explode. The worst PM, door mat to Congress, weak to lead, but still wanting to cling to PM post.... Anybody with self-respect would have resigned much before....

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  • Janu Shenoy, Mannagudda

    Sun, May 18 2014

    The honeymoon within the BJP will slowly fade away. Wait and watch. The infighting will start.

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  • Srinivas Pai, Mangalore

    Sun, May 18 2014

    There is a very big difference between administrating a State and administrating a big nation like India. Modi will fail in the long run and disappoint all his voters. The infighting is yet to begin within the BJP. Advani would want to become PM even if it meant for a day. That was always his wish and dream ! Even Late PM Rajiv Gandhi with 384 seats in Parliament could not manage to hold his flock.

    The BJP voters would be disheartened very soon.

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  • Ramesh Kotian, Mangalore

    Sun, May 18 2014

    It is only the Modi wave that saw Naleen Kumar Kateel through this election. Naleen did nothing for Mangalore in the last 5 years. His attendance in Parliament was a dismal low.He never opened his mouth even once in the last Parliament 2009 - 2014. Poojary too was a bad choice for the Congress. They should have ed a younger candidate with a clean and humble image. If not Mr.J.R.Lobo was a good choice.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Bantwal

    Sun, May 18 2014

    Janardhana Poojary, even at the ripe old age of 78 has the greed for power. His political career may have come to an end.

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  • Jagdish, Mangalore

    Sun, May 18 2014

    Ramesh Kotian, Mangalore by your comment i will clearly say that you have poor political knowledge and you dont read newspapers daily. You say Nalin has not opened his mouth in the parliament. Please watch youtube you can find Nalin talking in the parliament. Much better than Oscar maamu, Moily anna and many more useless leaders from congress.

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  • ravi, managlore

    Sun, May 18 2014

    Nalin won only because of modi wave not because of his work

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  • ravi, managlore

    Sun, May 18 2014

    There iS one more record. in D.K. especially in BJP wins always Incompetent Candidate. though we can expect something from Modi we cant expect any thing from Mangalore MP.

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sun, May 18 2014

    Hope Yeddy is given Finance Ministry..
    Reddy will be out soon..!!Jai Ho..

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sun, May 18 2014

    Janardhana Poojary wanted Modi to contest in Mangalore...

    I told him clearly 45 days back, first buy Maruthi-800 and then talk about BMW...

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  • Deepak D'souza, Manglaore/Kuwait

    Sun, May 18 2014

    People have too much EXPECTATIONS first time in the life from BJP leaders. Now millions dollers quetions is? > How to satisfy within next 5 years? These people won't even wait for next 6 months..Today's Gain is going be PAIN latter..only Matter of TIME..

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    Sun, May 18 2014

    Pls improve manglore road cndtn

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  • CA Satish Shetty, Kinnigoli Mumbai

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Nalin had won because of his work,who was ranked sixth best MP of India and secondly due to Modi wave.Now poojary also agreed that there is a Modi wave all over the country.

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  • Dr. Shankarnarayan, Abu Dhabi/ Mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Dear Mr. Nalin Kumar Kateel Congratulations on the occasion of your victory. This victory is against corruption. People have high expectation of developments. Make Dakshina Kannada an International Tourism center. D.K. Roads has to be upgraded to withstand rainy weather. Mangalore Airport has to be upgraded to a very safe Airport fulfilling the norms of international standards. Panambur-Mangalore - Shornur railway line electrification has to be hastened as it was supposed to have completed by 2014 but now they say it is in 2016. D.K. water supply and drainage system needs lots of improvements and also electrical supply. NH 17 and 48 needs more attention & improvements especially Shiradi ghat route. We request you to look into all deficits and make improvements. WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST.

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  • sampath,

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Ripples of Tsunami..

    BJP - 83966
    Cong - 60843

    BJP - 73969
    Cong - 54694

    Mangalore City North
    BJP - 87843
    Cong -64404

    Mangalore City South
    BJP - 79156
    Cong - 66070

    BJP - 53676
    Cong - 66711

    BJP - 83327
    Cong - 69000

    BJP - 87886
    Cong - 58645

    BJP - 92629
    Cong - 58605


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  • Mohidin, Mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Complete credit goes to Verrappa Moily and his son.

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  • Arun ck, Mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Nalin kumar. Please do something about Shiradi Ghat man at least in this tenure now that BJP govt is there getting funds may be easy. Ask Modi for some idea on the same. Let him give the project to Ambani or Adhani no problem. Please give a permanent solution. Instead of putting the money to garages to repair the suspension and body rattling or burning more fuel we are ready to pay reasonable toll for the same if you solve it.

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Where is now Poojary and Hegde..!!
    Already informed earlier..even if would have placed Dawood/ a BJP candidate..sure chance of win.
    It's called Modi impact.
    Still people did it happen..!!

    hum kyo...shikawaa kare zoothhaa...
    kyaa huaa jo dil tootaa
    sheeshe kaa khilaunaa thaa
    kuchh naa kuchh to honaa thaa... huaa...

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  • Shakuna, Mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Read in FB- Modi is real FEKU.. sabko fenk diya

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  • Danny, Mumbai

    Sat, May 17 2014

    It is the corruption that the people have voted against! It's very evident earlier in 2013 with assembly elections in Karnataka and this time around at the center.

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  • MONU, Perla

    Sat, May 17 2014

    ಮಂಗಳೂರು BJP ಯಲ್ಲಿ "ಲೈಟ್ ಕಂಬ" ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸ್ದ್ರು 6 ಲಕ್ಷ ವೋಟು ಹಾಕೋ ಜನರಿದ್ದಾರೆ... ಅದರರ್ಥ ಮುಂದಿನ ಕ್ಯಾಂಡಿಡೇಟ್ ನಳಿನ್ ಸಂಶಯಾಸ್ಪದ ???

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  • Shakuna, Mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    What a negative minded statement yaar..

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  • R.Fernandes, Dubai

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Victory of Nalin Kumar was certain. It was known before the voting.
    Instead of talking about the development Janardhan Poojary went on bad mouthing on Modi on silly issues and he dug his own grave.

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  • Christopher DCunha, M'lore/AUH

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Time up Mr.Janardhan Poojary....Please retire from politics...people like you are responsible for the worst ever performance of Congress.

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  • TRaghu Pai, Bangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Also, thanks to Pappu. Wherever he campaigned BJP won be it Mangalore, Sirsi, Belgaum, etc. Proof would be yesterdays Sonia's farewell speech, Pappu was smiling when Sonia congratulate new govt. Seems he wished Modi sarkar at centre.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Apart from NaMo wave in Mangalore region too, even Nalin Kumar Kateel too did hard ground work with the support of RSS to garner huge votes in his favour… Though many people termed him as under performer but getting 24th rank in all over India as best performer among 543 MPs’ is also not joke…. But I have small doubt about CONGiss supporters in Mangalore region that they might have did negative campaign to derail JP just because they don’t like him by heart else how come NK is winning with such a huge margin!!!!

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    Sat, May 17 2014

    Dear Kateel,
    Congratulations for winning the LS elections. Now the time is for developments at least Kateel -Bajpey road, All roads connecting to Mangalroe Airport, Specially Udupi- Bajpey, Manglroe- Bajpey, Modibidri- Bajpey etc etc and specially long pending our National Highway project.Power shortage problem, Water shortage problem. We gave our result to you and ed and now it is your turn to deliver your reult towards us!! if you want to win next time!! or else like congress!! bye bye tata!!!

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  • vinay kumar naik, duba/mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    DEAR FRIEND this road under comeing only mla quota .kindly before comments think twice

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  • PREM, kudla

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Vinay, u are right. This will come under MLA quota. Some BE engineers & intellectuals going back to india from gulf and no need to worry road works and other development will be done properly.

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    Sat, May 17 2014

    It is failure of Poojary and Rahul contributed to huge margin. Gandhiji's desired to dissolve congress after independence.Mr Rahul is moving that direction.

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  • James Miranda, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, May 17 2014

    New BRIDE always looks good in first 6 months..
    People were so hungry for the change and now they got it..If this PM keep them hungry after 6 months.. then people change again..All this is a short run .. One Time. phenomena.
    One time chance for new party to make money willnot be 2nd time.. they know it..Surely corruption will be more than ever..

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  • India First, India

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Please note that, we are not given 6 months time to Govt. We gave full 5 years..... So please don't conclude anything now.

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    ..this Govt will be better than state Congress Govt, which nobody knows what did in one year..God knows what they another four years ahead..its 5 years terms not 6 months..i dont think in 10 years anything miracle happened to elect UPA once again..we dont expect any miracle from MODI..If he atleast prevent corruption at minister level, everything will be on right track..

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Theis general election has set one thing special which entire coutry followed the marketing stretegy of,Ab ki baari ,Modi Sarkar..
    Achche din aanewale hain.These two slogans clicked very much and people in the country voted fo Modi rather than BJP or any other BJP candidate.This has happened for the first time.Accordingly people did not se NalinKumar,Anantha Kumar,Shobha Karandlage or DVS.All had only one goal to see Mdiji as PM.Thanks to the Modi stretegy...
    Bharath Matha ki jai...
    Namo namaha...
    Achche din aa gaye hain.....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, May 17 2014

    How about setting a new record for PERFORMANCE...

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  • Prem kumar, kudla

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Jossey, here so called intellectuals left india because of congi rule and no jobs in india. Now they are going back to india for betterment and enjoy under modi rule.

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  • Santhosh, Mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    Here comes some mature, relevant and precise comment from our friend Jossey Saldanha... at last.

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