Mangalore, May 31: “I will bring innovation into railways. I will mainly focus on the four S – safety, service, security, and then speed. Modi has already proposed bringing speed trains and bullet trains. I will work all 365 days,” said D V Sadananda Gowda in his first visit to the district after assuming the post of union railway minister.
Speaking to the party workers at the BJP district office here on Saturday May 3, Sadananda Gowda said, “This is my life’s most pleasant moment. I’m very glad to get an opportunity to work with Narendra Modi in his cabinet. People had wished to see a change in the country, wished to see Modi become the PM. With the blessings of the people this wish has come true.”
“When I was the Chief Minister Dr V S Acharya guided me and hence I was able to succeed as CM. I promise to work sincerely, without any corruption, and I will not do anything that would tarnish the image of DK.
Speaking about former railway minister Mallikarjuna Kharge, he said, “Kharge has put a burden on me. He announced an increase of 10 percent hike in railway tariff and 5 percent hike on freight, but these were not implemented. I need to find a way around this.”
Sanjeeva Matandoor read out 10 demands for Dakshina Kannada railway, including formation of separate Mangalore division. Responding to the demands, Sadananda Gowda said that he will support the demands and work towards their fulfillment, but people should not expect immediate results.
Mangalore MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and BJP district president Pratap Simha Nayak also spoke on the occasion. Capt Ganesh Karnik, Rukmayya Poojary, Padmanabha Kottari, Nagaraj Shetty and others were present.