Several political leaders including Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa offered their condolences over the tragic death of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha on Wednesday. Siddhartha, the founder of India's largest coffee chain, went missing mysteriously on Monday night en route to the coastal city of Mangaluru. His body was recovered after 36 hours of search operation at around 6:50 am on Wednesday morning from the Nethravati River in Karnataka. Mangalore MLA U T Khader said friends and relatives have confirmed that the body is of Siddhartha.
After this tragic event, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa wrote in Kannada: "The death of former chief minister Shri SM Krishna's son-in-law Cafe Coffee Day founder and businessman Siddhartha has been a traumatic event. May the Lord have mercy on his family. May their soul find peace".
ಮಾಜಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಎಸ್.ಎಂ.ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಅವರ ಅಳಿಯ ಕೆಫೆ ಕಾಫಿ ಡೇ ಸಂಸ್ಥಾಪಕ ಹಾಗೂ ಉದ್ಯಮಿ ಸಿದ್ದಾರ್ಥ್ ಅವರ ಸಾವು ತೀವ್ರ ಆಘಾತ ಹಾಗೂ ಅಪಾರ ನೋವು ತಂದಿದೆ. ಅವರ ಕುಟುಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ದುಃಖ ಸಹಿಸುವ ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಭಗವಂತ ಕರುಣಿಸಲಿ. ಅವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ಸಿಗಲಿ. #OmShantipic.twitter.com/313VJ9lQ4F— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) July 31, 2019
Besides, former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also wrote, "I am shocked to hear the news of the death of businessman and close friend Siddhartha." With his death Karnataka has lost a great businessman, Kumaraswamy added.
ಉದ್ಯಮಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಆತ್ಮೀಯ ಗೆಳೆಯ ಸಿದ್ಧಾರ್ಥ ಅವರ ನಿಧನದ ಸುದ್ದಿ ತಿಳಿದು ಆಘಾತಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಕಳೆದ 25 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತ ಸಿದ್ಧಾರ್ಥ ಅವರು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕಾಫಿ ಉದ್ಯಮವನ್ನು ವಿಶ್ವಕ್ಕೆ ಪರಿಚಯಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಸಹಸ್ರಾರು ನೌಕರರಿಗೆ ತಮ್ಮ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅವಕಾಶ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಅವರ ನಿಧನದಿಂದ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠ ಉದ್ಯಮಿಯೊಬ್ಬರನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ.— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) July 31, 2019
Congress leader and ex-Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah expressed his grief over Siddhartha's death and said, "Very sad to know about the unfortunate death of Shri VG Siddhartha. His contribution to Karnataka and India through his entrepreneurship shall be an example and always be remembered".
The death of V G Siddhartha is both disturbing &mysterious. The reasons & the invisible hands that ended his life in this tragic way should be unearthed through impartial &fair investigation.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 31, 2019
Our party & I shall always stand with Shri. S M Krishna in their fight for justice.
Karnataka BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje wrote, "A tragic end to the coffee King #VGsiddartha is really disappointing. My heart goes out to the family, friends & his well-wishers. He'll forever live in the heart & minds of thousands".
A tragic end to the coffee King #VGsiddartha is really disappointing.— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) July 31, 2019
My heart goes out to the family, friends & his well-wishers. He'll forever live in the heart & minds of thousands.
Indeed a great loss to country!#OmShanthi
Karnataka Congress called the tragic death of VG Siddhartha a very unfortunate event. The party wrote, "Result of harassment by IT officials & decline of India's entrepreneurial position turning virulent by the day, with Tax Terror & collapse of economy".
#VGSiddhartha case is very unfortunate.— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) July 31, 2019
Result of harassment by IT officials & decline of India’s entrepreneurial position turning virulent by the day, with Tax Terror & collapse of economy
Companies which flourished under UPA have been shut down with many people being jobless pic.twitter.com/rbwUymoM3B
Congress leader Manish Tiwari said, "My profound Condolences to #VGSiddhartha 's entire family. Very Very tragic what happened". The minister added, saying, "Allegedly Harassed & hounded to commit Suicide by among others a yet unnamed DG of the Income Tax going by the document in the public space".
My profound Condolences to #VGSiddhartha ‘s entire family. Very Very tragic what happened. Allegedly Harassed & hounded to commit Suicide by among others a yet unnamed DG of the Income Tax going by the document in the public space. May his soul rest in peace .— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) July 31, 2019
Telangana Rashtra Samithi president, KTR Rama Rao expresse dhis grief over Siddhartha's death. KTR called him an affable and gentle human being.
Saddened & shocked at the way #VGSiddhartha ended his life. Had an opportunity to meet him briefly a few years ago; found him affable & gentle. RIP— KTR (@KTRTRS) July 31, 2019
Hope his family & friends at CCD find strength in this difficult time
VG Siddhartha's Coffee Day Global Limited runs the coffee chain that has a footprint of over 1,600 stores with 54,000 vending machines and more than 500 express stores in the country.