MANGALORE: Though BJP tried to divide votes of Muslims in the assembly elections with the help of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), Muslim voters in Dakshina Kannada district have voted wholeheartedly for Congress, said K Ashraf, former mayor of Mangalore City Corporation.
Thanking voters, Ashraf told reporters here on Thursday that said Muslims in coastal region are intelligent and they do not support organisations such as Popular Front of India and SDPI. “We are happy as Congress has won in seven constituencies out of eight in the district,” he added.
Janardhan Poojary, former union minister has promised to provide one kilogram rice at a cost of Re 1 for poor people before the elections and Congress will keep up this promise, he said. Congress will implement all the development projects, which it has mentioned in its manifesto and will support the newly elected Mangalore City South MLA JR Lobo and make Mangalore the second best city in the state, said Ashraf.
Kallige Taranath Shetty, Congress leader assured that the new government will complete Thumbe vented dam project and give priority for constructing new city bus stand and for underground drainage works in Mangalore.
Ivan D’Souza, KPCC secretary, said that N Yogish Bhat, the four-time MLA from Mangalore City (South) who lost to Lobo, has no right to claim that projects which would be completed by the Congress government in this term are his projects. “Yogish has said that projects initiated by him will be implemented soon. Whatever projects he is speaking of were conceptualized by the earlier Congress governments and he had nothing new to offer,” said Ivan.