Mangaluru, July 31: Hundreds of people, including political leaders of the BJP, Congress, Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), businessmen and industrialists thronged Krishna’s house in the city’s upscale Sadashivnagar area to express condolences to him and his bereaved family.
I am shocked and sad to know Siddhartha is no more. My heart goes to the bereaved family and may God rest his soul in peace," tweeted Yediyurappa in Kannada and English.
"Siddharatha’s death came as a shock to me. I have known him over the last 35 years. He was a simple person. My condolence to his family. The state government should a proper investigation into his tragic death," tweeted Deve Gowda in Kannada.
"I am shocked to know the death of businessman Siddhartha, a close friend of me for the last 25 years. He introduced Karnataka’s coffee industry and created thousands of jobs through his coffee estates and a countrywide chain of retail outlets Cafe Coffee Day. Karnataka has lost a great businessman," tweeted Kumaraswamy in Kannada.
Former state minister Priyanka Kharge tweeted that he woke up to the grim news of #VGSiddhartha. "I still find it difficult to believe that he could take the extreme step. He has inspired many entrepreneurs, people of the region looked up to him. He was a very courteous & unassuming man. Sympathies to his family," his tweet added.
Several business leaders, including Tech Mahindra CEO CP Gurnani, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal and Britannia Industries’ MD Varun Berry have expressed their condolences on the Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha’s demise.
The body of Siddhartha, who went missing Monday evening, was found near Karnataka’s Netravathi river, police said on Wednesday. He was 60.
The body was found by two fishermen following the 36-hour-long massive search in the river.
Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto
"V G Siddhartha was my soft spoken, gentle mannered, warm hearted & uncommonly humble co awardee at a Forbes Oct 2011 event. Hearing of his helpless pain enveloped me in a deep sadness yesterday. No well intentioned man & his family deserve today’s crushing confirmation. May God bless his kind soul, give every strength to his folks, & help the world mend it’s ways."
CP Gurnani, CEO at Tech Mahindra
"Very sad day , salute his entrepreunership ..some of us were daydreaming that he may not have jumped off the bridge ...wish he had stayed alive to fight . My heart goes out to his family. May his soul RIP".
Varun Berry, managing director at Britannia Industries
“Extremely sad! I had met him a few times. He was unassuming, humble & extremely pleasant. Nothing in this world is worth taking one’s own life. Businesses will have ups & downs and there needs to be the right forum to resolve issues. And if businessmen start to take things to heart then we will not have new businesses in this country. Feel really bad about this. I wish it wasn’t true.”
CCD outlets shut for a day
The popular retail chain Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) decided to shut shop on Wednesday across the country in memory of its founder-chairman V.G. Siddhartha, a company source said.
"All our 1,750 retail outlets in about 240 cities will remain shut for the day as a mark of respect to our founder-chairman Siddhartha who is no more," the source said.
Offices of the CCD, including the Coffee Global Enterprises and the Amalgamated Bean Coffee (ABC) will also remain shut across the country.