He has not done any work in Davangere South: Saifulla

Syed Saifulla, the Janata Dal (Secular) candidate in Davangere South Assembly constituency, has said that not a single development work was taken up in the segment in the last five years by Congress legislator and the present contestant Shamanur Shivashankarappa. Therefore, Mr. Shivashankarappa had no moral right to seek votes from the electorate.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Saifulla said that the entire Davangere South segment had remained backward and the prevailing conditions were similar to those about 50 years ago. All residential layouts were looking like slums in the old Davangere area. There was no proper drainage facility nor proper roads. In Davangere North and other areas, concrete roads had been laid and all civic amenities had been provided to people in residential localities, he said.

A majority of people in Davangere South were now favouring Janata Dal (Secular), he claimed and said that he was confident of winning in the May 5 polls with a huge margin against nearest rival BJP candidate, B. Lokesh. However, Mr. Shivashankarappa would not even stand second in terms of number of votes, he said. Mr. Saifulla said that he had set up an educational institution about 20 years ago and a cooperative bank, which was providing financial assistance to the poor and minority community people, in Davangere South area. He said that he had founded associations of autorickshaw drivers, beedi workers and puffed rice mill-workers and taken steps to get them benefits of various government schemes.

People in Davangere South were aware that he (Mr. Saifulla) had taken up several development schemeseven though he was not an elected representative, he said.