Citizens Forums arranges ‘face off’ with candidates

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MANGALORE: The Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development and Journalists’ Study Centre will soon invite candidates for a face to face with the voters where candidates from coastal constituencies will be grilled about major problems.

Selected audience comprising intellectuals, students and laymen will ask questions related to endosulfan, roads, drinking water, moral policing, communal issues and other problems to candidates of prominent parties including Congress, BJP, JDS and CPM.

Programme convenor Vidya Dinker told TOI that the main objective of organizing such a programme is to provide an opportunity for citizens to interact with candidates and to know what can be expected from the candidate if elected. “About 25 – 30 selected voters and prominent candidates from Mangalore City North, Mangalore City South and Mangalore constituencies will be invited for the programme. There are several issues in Mangalore city that needs to be addressed by the people’s representatives. The focus of the discussions will be on issues like unscientific road development, visionless master plan, endosulfan issue, instances of moral policing and others. The leaders will be given the opportunity to clarify their stand,” she said.

More emphasis will be given to party manifestos. Leaders will be allowed to express their views on manifesto and what they are going to do in five years if elected.

Separate interaction sessions will be held for Mangalore City North, Mangalore City South and Mangalore constituencies, she said adding that the venue, date and time will be decided soon

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