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Bangalore news July 31 highlights: VG Siddhartha cremated at Chethanahalli estate; well-wishers bid a tearful farewell

Bangalore News July 31 highlights: Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) Owner VG Siddhartha's body cremated in Chethanahalli estate, Chikkamagaluru; politicians across party lines and thousands pay homage to popular entrepreneur and former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna's son-in-law.

By: Express Web Desk Written by Ralph Alex Arakal , Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru, Chikamagalur, Mangalore |
Updated: July 31, 2019 8:00:44 pm
Yediyurappa-pays-last-respects-siddhartha-ccd-founder Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa pays last respects to Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha. Express Photo

Bangalore News July 31 highlights: Nearly two days since he was first reported missing, the cremation of Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha took place in his ancestral home in Chethanahalli at Mudigere taluk, Chikkamagaluru, on Wednesday.

Also, the son-in-law of former Union External Affairs Minister and former Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna, Siddhartha’s body was found on the banks of the Nethravathi river near Mangaluru at 4.30 am Wednesday.

Condoling the death of coffee tycoon VG Siddhartha, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said it is a “dangerous signal for the country.. if all industrialists leave the country or commit suicide.” “I’m feeling sad today because it should not be the future of the industry or agriculture,” she said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd named independent director SV Ranganath as their interim chairman. ““The board appointed SV Ranganath as the interim chairman and Nitin Bagmane as an interim chief operating officer (COO) of the company,” Coffee Day Enterprises, which runs India’s biggest coffee chain CCD, read a regulatory filing.

Politicians and celebrities from across the state paid tribute to the businessman at Mangalore and at his establishment in Chikkamagaluru before the body was taken to Chethanahalli for the funeral.

While Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was the first among other politicians to pay homage to Siddhartha, senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar chose to be with the deceased’s family throughout the day. He flew with Krishna and his wife from HAL airport, Bangalore in a helicopter to Chikkamagaluru this afternoon.

Read: Indians mourn Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha’s demise with #CCDMemories

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19:01 (IST)31 Jul 2019
VG Siddhartha cremated at family's Chethanahalli estate in Chikkamagaluru

Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha was cremated at his family Chethanahalli estate at Mudigere in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Family, friends and well wishers bid a tearful farewell to Siddhartha.

18:50 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Indians mourn Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha’s demise with #CCDMemories

Many expressed surprise after the demise of VG Siddhartha, the founder of the Cafe Coffee Day chain, was announced Wednesday. But it also resulted in people taking to social media to share their fondest memory at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in the country. People spoke about how they had gone on dates, met their future spouses and struck business deals over a cup of coffee. Read more

18:32 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Siddhartha's mortal remains being moved to the funeral pyre

Siddhartha's mortal remains being moved to the funeral pyre. Family members surround the pyre.

17:46 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Mortal remains reach Chethanahalli ancestral home

Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha's mortal remains have reached his ancestral home in Chethanahalli estate, Mudigere. The funeral will take place after the people gathered in the area will be given a chance to pay homage to the departed.  

17:06 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Siddhartha's mortal remains being moved to final resting place

Siddhartha’s mortal remains are being taken to his native Chethanahalli. Final rites of Siddhartha to be conducted at Chethanahalli estate. The estate is near Mudigere in Chickmagaluru district.

16:26 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Leaders pay homage to Siddhartha

Chief Minister Yediyurappa, BJP leaders Ashoka, CT Ravi, former chief minister Kumaraswamy, Congress leaders D K Shivakumar, KJ George and NA Haris were among those who paid homage to Siddhartha. Kumaraswamy broke down seeing the mortal remains of Siddhartha.    

15:30 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Well wishers pay homage to Siddhartha's mortal remains

The mortal remains of Siddhartha has been brought to his estate in Chikkamagaluru and people are moving past the casket. 

15:27 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Captains of industry in the country are under pressure: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee: I am deeply shocked by the incident relating to V G Siddhartha, Coffee Cafe Day founder. It is indeed very sad and very unfortunate. From what he has expressed, it appears that he was greatly depressed due to harassment and pressure from different agencies for which he could not run his business in a peaceful manner. This he could not resist.

In a series of tweets made condoling VG Siddhartha's death, she further adds, "From what he has expressed, it appears that he was greatly depressed due to harassment and pressure from different agencies for which he could not run his business in a peaceful manner. This he could not resist. I hear from different sources that captains of industry in the country are under pressure; some of them have left the country and some are contemplating to move out. All the opposition political parties are afraid of horse trading and harassment with political vendetta."

She then adds, "On one hand, the economic growth of the country has nosedived to as low as 5.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018/19, the lowest in the last 5 years, and unemployment has increased to the highest level in the last 45 years. On the other hand, central government is actively pursuing disinvestment of government assets, from Ordnance Factory Board to BSNL, from Air India to Railways, from Chittaranjan Locomotive Works to Alloy Steel Plant, Durgapur and about 45 more public sector undertakings. The overall economy is in bad shape with the common people suffering the most. Industry and agriculture and creation of employment is the future of our country. If industry is demoralised, then there will be no economic and employment growth. As a result, more and more people will become jobless."

She appeals on Twitter, "My appeal to the government is that when you have been elected, you have to work in a peaceful manner so that people are confident and that political vendetta and agencies do not destroy the future of the country. I express my deep condolence to the family members of Siddhartha. I feel really sad to hear the news. I thought of sharing my feelings and thoughts with all of you."

14:28 (IST)31 Jul 2019
SV Ranganath appointed CCD's interim Chairman
13:47 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Voluntary bandh across Chickmagalur district
13:37 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Thousands arrive in Chikkamagaluru estate to pay last respects

Thousands of people including coffee planters, CCD employees, relatives, friends, and well-wishers of late CCD owner VG Siddhartha has arrived in his Chikkamagaluru estate. Siddhartha's mortal remains are now on the way from Wenlock Hospital in Mangalore, where the autopsy was done. The body is expected to reach Chikkamagaluru by 2.30 pm.

13:27 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Sowmya Reddy pays tribute to CCD's VG Siddhartha

Recalling the contribution of late Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha, Jayanagar MLA Sowmya Reddy said he was a "successful entrepreneur who built homegrown brand CCD and had created 50K+ jobs through his various ventures."

13:21 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Coffee estate workers get holiday to mourn VG Siddhartha's death

The Karnataka Coffee Planters Association has declared a holiday for all coffee estate labourers in Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu, and Hassan districts in the light of the death of CCD founder VG Siddhartha.

13:19 (IST)31 Jul 2019
VG Siddhartha's death takes political turn - BJP reacts to Congress allegations

Reacting to Karnataka Congress terming CCD owner Siddhartha's death as the "result of harassment by IT officials & decline of India’s entrepreneurial position turning virulent by the day, with Tax Terror & collapse of economy," the BJP camp has tweeted, "Investigation will revile the facts behind this tragic incident."

13:15 (IST)31 Jul 2019
CCD owner’s death: Kiran Shaw slams PE firm, Mahindra says business failure need not destroy self-esteem

Some of the biggest names of India Inc. such as Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and Anand Mahindra have expressed shock over Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha’s death. Many prominent business personalities who are no stranger to financial turbulence have also pointed out to the growing incidents of tax-terrorism following Siddhartha’s letter.

Reacting to the demise of Siddhartha, Biocon MD Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said it was a “shocking and sad end to a quiet n unassuming pioneer who started the coffee cafes business ahead of Starbucks in India”. Posting the letter, Shaw further tweeted that the Private Equity fund manager acted like a moneylender which seemed to have caused unbearable stress to VG Siddhartha and it needs to be investigated. Read more

12:46 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Karnataka has lost a great businessman: HD Kumaraswamy

Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy: I am shocked to hear the news of the death of businessman and close friend Siddhartha. Siddhartha, a friend of the last 25 years, had introduced Karnataka's coffee industry to the world. Thousands of employees were accommodated in their organizations. With his death Karnataka has lost a great businessman.

12:35 (IST)31 Jul 2019
VG Siddhartha's death: Roshan Baig tweets condolence message
12:34 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Helicopter from HAL Airport carrying SM Krishna and wife takes off; DKS joins them

Former Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna and wife is now flying to Chikkamagaluru for their son-in-law and CCD founder VG Siddhartha's funeral. The aged couple is travelling in a helicopter which took off from Bangalore HAL Airport now. 

Former minister and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar has joined them for the same. 

By road, late Siddhartha's coffee estate in Chikkamagaluru in 250 kilometres away from Bengaluru and the journey would require a time of more than 4.5 hours. 

12:15 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Former CM SM Krishna and family leaves for Chikkamagaluru

Late Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha's father-in-law and former Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna and family have left their Bangalore residence at Sadashivanagar for Chikkamagaluru. The funeral is scheduled to take place this evening. 

12:09 (IST)31 Jul 2019
CM Yediyurappa to attend funeral

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa will attend CCD founder VG Siddhartha's funer in Chikkamagaluru this evening. The CM will take a helicopter from Bangalore HAL Airport to fly to Chikkamagaluru at 1.30 pm  

Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha, the son-in-law of former Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna, was reported missing from Mangaluru on Tuesday after leaving for the city from Bengaluru the previous night. Siddhartha, who was en route a business trip to Sakaleshpur, was last seen near Ullal bridge over the Netravati River.

READ| Cafe Coffee Day owner missing: Police team leaves for Bengaluru to conduct inquiry

The Bengaluru Traffic police are looking to deny petrol to two-wheeler riders without helmets at fuel stations in the city.

READ| Bengaluru Traffic Police to implement ‘No Helmet, No Fuel’ rule soon

At the same time, the Congress on Tuesday expelled all fourteen rebel Karnataka MLAs who were disqualified by former Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar under the anti-defection law last week. A list sent by the party’s state unit calls for action against the MLAs for “anti-party activities.”

READ| Congress expels 14 rebel MLAs in Karnataka

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