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‘I’ll strive to make Shimoga a model constituency’

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Jubilant: BJP candidate B.Y. Raghavendra during a victory procession in Shimoga on Saturday.
Jubilant: BJP candidate B.Y. Raghavendra during a victory procession in Shimoga on Saturday.

Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: B.Y. Raghavendra, who won the Lok Sabha election from Shimoga, said here on Saturday said that he would strive to make Shimoga a model constituency.

Talking to presspersons on the NES premise, the counting centre, after he established a comfortable lead against S. Bangarappa of the Congress, Mr. Raghavendra said he was aware of the problems of the constituency and he would not be found wanting in solving them.

He said his priority would be introduction of an intercity fast train between Shimoga and Bangalore, which was being delayed even after being sanctioned in the Railway budget. He would seek guidance of people at all levels in his endeavour to fulfil their aspirations. Mr. Raghavendra attributed his victory to development works undertaken in the district since the BJP Government came into power in the State. He said Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was determined to make Shimoga a model district.

On his nearest contender, he said, “Mr. Bangarappa is one of our senior leaders and I respect him a lot.” Mr. Raghavendra, however, said that he was quite excited about the fact he had taken a quantum jump from being a member of the Shikaripur Town Municipal Council to being a member of Parliament.

Mr. Raghavendra, who said he would make Shimoga city as his headquarters, promised that he would be accessible to all. He said though his victory margin had disappointed him, he had the satisfaction of securing over 50 per cent of the votes polled in the constituency.

Mr. Raghavendra thanked his party leaders and people of the constituency for having supported his candidature.

Mr. Raghavendra, who came to the counting centre in the morning remained there till he was declared the winner.

Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer Pankaj Kumar Pandey gave him the victory certificate.

Later, he was taken to the district headquarters of the BJP in a procession. The party workers celebrated his victory in a colourful way. They burst fire crackers, distributed sweets and splashed colours on one another.

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