Mangalore, May 1: Congress leader Janardhan Poojary said, “Niddodi thermal power project is not acceptable at all; it is totally against the interests of the people of the vicinity. I will not allow this project by any means and I will live up to my words,” he was addressing media persons at the district Congress office here on Thursday May 1.
“A letter written by the chief minister regarding the issue to the central government in connection to the project has been creating chaos lately. The CM had written the letter a year ago and not recently. Some people have been simply spreading rumours and creating panic. The project cannot be approved that easily without the amendment of Land Reforms Act. Even the Supreme Court cannot approve it without the approval of 80% of the people. A strong voice against the Niddodi project has been raised in the parliament,” he said.
Referring to the Sullia stabbing incident, he said, “There has been an attack on two Congress members, Ismail and his wife Waheeda Ismail in Sullia over some issue. They were severely injured and are being treated in a hospital in the city. I visited the hospital and met them. The police must take this case very seriously and take strict action against the accused.”
On the ANF shootout case at Sringeri which took the life of cattle trader Kabeer, Poojary said, “A BJP leader has supported the Sringeri shoot out case and passed statements that all cattle thieves should be killed. I hereby issue a serious warning that strict legal action will be taken and cases filed against leaders who pass such provocative statements. They (BJP) are demanding cases against U T Khadar and Mohiuddin Bava, but a very strong case will be imposed on you (BJP leader), if this continues.”
Ibrahim Kodijal, mayor Mahabala Maarla, Kallige Tharanath Shetty, Ivan D’Souza, Harikrishna Bantwal, Shashidhar Hegde, Suresh Ballal, Arun Coelho, T K Sudhir, Nazeer Bajal, Vishwas Das, Appi, Keshava Maroli, Jayakar Samarth and others were present.