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Raghava M.
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Poojary details out Congress schemes, promises to extract work from Lobo

Senior Congress leader B.Janardhan Poojary (second from right) campaigning for J.R.Lobo (left) in Mangalore on Thursday.— Photo: R. Eswarraj
Senior Congress leader B.Janardhan Poojary (second from right) campaigning for J.R.Lobo (left) in Mangalore on Thursday.— Photo: R. Eswarraj

With the scrutiny of nominations over, it is time for padayatras.

Congress workers led by senior leader B. Janardhan Poojary took out the first padayatra from Morgan’s Gate to Hampankatta in support of J.R. Lobo on Thursday.

Mr. Lobo, former Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation, is contesting in Mangalore South constituency against four-term MLA N. Yogish Bhat.

As the group of Congressmen walked the streets, Mr. Poojary and a few others waved their hands to people standing outside their houses and shops. Mr. Poojary and Mr. Lobo were seen seeking votes from a wayside soda seller and a grocer, and again from a few at a restaurant near Marnamikatta.

When this reporter asked Mr. Poojary why he was not interacting with people, he said, “I do not have time to speak with people as it will take a long time and I have to cover the whole district.”

In his speeches at Jeppu Market and Nandigudda, the former Union Minister of State for Finance detailed out the party’s schemes and often even became a bit boastful and on occasions emotional, too. Mr. Poojary said the party will stand by the commitment made during urban body elections of providing rice at Rs. 1 per kg and not to go for increase of property tax. It will also provide permission to build houses in land less than 10 cents.

As he highlighted his own achievements as a Union Minister, emotions took over him: “I was stabbed in Andhra Pradesh… A person attempted to attack me in Puttur. But I did not leave (the schemes as 20-point programme) but went ahead with the welfare measures,” he said, his voice choking. He cited his work as a minister as an example of Congress’s commitment for welfare of the poor and the middleclass.

Stating that Mr. Lobo was a good candidate with clean image, he promised to extract work from him. All along, Mr. Lobo walked with Mr. Poojary and folded his hands seeking people’s support and waved his hands. He got no occasion to address people, at least during initial part of the padayatra. Mr. Poojary reminded people about virtue of being early birds on the day of voting. “Cast your vote at 8 a.m. “If you go later then there are chances that your vote is already cast by BJP supporters,” he said.

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