MANGALORE: “Though BJP tried to divide votes of Muslims with the help of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), Muslim voters in Dakshina Kannada used their right in favour of Congress wholeheartedly,” 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 organizations 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, had promised to provide one Kg rice at a cost of Re 1 for the poor during the campaign and Congress will keep up this promise, he said. “We will implement all the development projects mentioned in the 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.
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 that are going to be taken up and completed by the new Congress government are his. “He has said that projects initiated by him will be implemented soon. The projects he is speaking about, were conceptualized by earlier Congress governments and he had nothing new to offer,” said Ivan