CM’s supporters trying to convince the man to “withdraw” the curse

8:53 PM, Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

crow on carBengaluru : Just days after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah changed his official car as a crow perched on the vehicle (considered an ill-omen), an unidentified man from Karnataka’s notorious black magic town Kollegala today “cursed” him near his home in Mysuru.

The man, apparently upset by the fact that the CM did not accept a cloth blessed by a local deity or grant him financial relief, uttered the curse from the driver’s side open window, as Siddaramaiah sat in the vehicle. Though Siddaramaiah did not take the incident seriously, his followers are worried, particularly in the wake of the recent political developments that have marred his image, especially after the Cabinet reshuffle, which has led to rebellion in the Congress.

Siddaramaiah’s supporters were seen trying to convince the man to “withdraw” the curse, as only a person, who has cursed another, should nullify its effect. “He uttered a few words aimed at fetching bad luck for our leader. This is not good for any of us. We want the man to withdraw the curse,” his supporters in Mysuru said.

The incident unfolded when the man tried to break the barricade and approached the CM. He tried to hand over the “blessed cloth” but Siddaramaiah turned away and walked towards the car. As he was entering the car, the man pleaded for monetary grant contending that his wife was sick. But Siddaramaiah ignored him and told his supporters, “He (the unidentified man) has been doing this for the last few years. He doesn’t have any other work.” The enraged the man, despite the presence of the police, managed to reach the driver’s side and curse the CM.

Kollegala in Chamarajanagara district in southwest Karnataka occupies a special position among the politicians of the state. The town gets abuzz with activities during elections in Karnataka. Candidates seek the support of black magic practitioners to ward off evil spirits or invoke defeat for their rivals. Kollegala features prominently in conversations among politicians, especially when a leader falls sick unexpectedly.

Congress leaders often alleged that the Janata Dal (Secular) employed black magic practitioners to curse their leaders. In 2011, when B S Yeddyurappa was the CM, he had stunned everyone by alleging that there was threat to his life from black.

The man was upset as CM didn’t accept blessed cloth.His allegation came in the wake of black magic items found near Vidhana Soudha and near his official residence. On Sunday, the Karnataka CM was in the news as Girija Srinivas, a Panchayat member, kissed him on his cheek during a state-level programme. Siddaramaiah, of course, didn’t expect it and was evidently baffled.

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