Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: Kannada Rakshna Vedike president Narayana Gowda has cautioned all new corporators belonging to the Kannada group against “trying to sabotage” the prospects of a Kannada candidate becoming the Mayor of Belgaum.

Talking to presspersons here on Monday, he said the vedike has been struggling to protect the interests of Kannada and Kannadigas, particularly in the border city of Belgaum.

“It is our most cherished dream to see a Kannadiga elected as Mayor of Belgaum and [we are] prepared to make any sacrifice,” he said.

He said he had held discussions with all the groups concerned and leaders belonging to what is known as Kannada-Urdu group and urged them to overcome differences, if any, to make common cause and establish Kannada identity in the city corporation.

He said he has spoken to Suresh C. Angadi, MP, whose vote has become the most valuable under the situation, and claimed that the latter had promised to vote in favour of the Kannada candidate in the Mayoral polls slated for Tuesday.

He said the prospects of a Kannadiga being elected as Mayor was bright as the Kannada-Urdu group enjoyed the support of 32 corporators in the 58-member council.

When it was pointed out that the both Kannada-Urdu group and its traditional rival Marathi group enjoyed an equal support of 29 corporators each and how the former would mobilise additional support, he said: “I am confident of getting additional support but [I] do not want to reveal it till the polls are held.”

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