Mangalore, Mar 14: As part of Lok Sabha elections campaign, District Congress Committee flagged off Padayatra from Thokkottu to Kulur Junction on March 14, Friday morning.
District in-charge Minister B Ramanatha Rai flagged off Padayatra at the Veera Maruthi Vyayama Shale at Thokkottu. Later he handed over party flag to DK Congress candidate B Janardhana Poojary.
Speaking on the occasion, Poojary said that district BJP is asking for votes not in the name of their candidate Nalin Kumar Kateel but in PM candidate Narendra Modi’s name. Hence this time Congress considers only Narendra Modi as its opponent, since and not Nalin Kumar Kateel. It is a fight between me and Modi, if have courage let them field Modi from Mangalore.
He also said that BJP has done nothing for Dakshina Kannada and Karnataka. BJP states that Modi will transform country into heaven like done in Gujarat. There is nothing to be praised in Gujarat. The poor in Gujarat have remained poor. Around 40 percent of the people are unemployed.
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare UT Khader, congress leaders Kanachur Monu, Mithun Rai, Kripa Amar Alva, Ivan D’Souza, MLA JR Lobo, former MLA Vijaykumar Shetty and others were present.