Comments on Grillo's blog beg M5S leader to be serious

'I did not vote for these irresponsible acts'

Comments on Grillo's blog beg M5S leader to be serious

Rome, February 27 - Italians following blog posts by anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) chief Beppe Grillo begged him Wednesday to avoid destroying Italy's next government. "I voted, but not to send everything into ruins," wrote one reader of Grillo's blog. "Please be serious, Grillo". The comments came soon after the Genoese comic rebuffed pleas from Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani to give the Senate a working majority. In response, Grillo mocked Bersani's overtures aimed at achieving a majority in the deadlocked Senate and said the PD head should quit after squandering his coalition's big pre-election poll lead over ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi. Grillo also called Bersani "a political stalker who has been bothering M5S for days with indecent proposals instead of resigning like anyone in his place would". Grillo's M5S rode a huge anti-austerity, anti-euro and anti-politics protest vote to become the biggest single party in the House and potentially the hinge force in the Senate, where no one got a majority, in the Sunday-Monday elections. Wednesday's mostly anonymous comments on Grillo's blog were among the first signs of dissent among his followers, as many seemed to fear that his hard line would lead Italy into "shambles". "I did not vote for these irresponsible acts," wrote another blog reader. "To break up everything now could be a fatal hit to the movement," wrote another.

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