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FOR THEIR LEADER: Youth Congress workers staging protest outside the District Congress Committee office in Mangalore on Monday.
FOR THEIR LEADER: Youth Congress workers staging protest outside the District Congress Committee office in Mangalore on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

They demand better opportunities for youngsters

Veerappa Moily blamed for sidelining Bondala Jagannath Shetty

Party workers told to shed differences and strive for winning the elections

MANGALORE: Youth Congress workers, led by zilla panchayat member Umar Farooq, staged a protest against the party leadership in front of the district Congress committee office here on Monday. They were unhappy with a last minute decision to deny the ticket to district Youth Congress committee president Bondala Jagannath Shetty for Puttur Assembly constituency. The party is likely to give ticket to Nalini Lakkappa Gowda.

Mr. Shetty was all along considered a front runner for the party nomination for Puttur. Party sources said his name had been cleared by the Parliamentary board. Blaming former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily for the unexpected turnaround, the workers demanded better opportunities for youth in the party. Mr. Shetty told The Hindu that his candidature had been put on hold and he was watching the situation closely.

Party office inaugurated

Earlier, the district Congress leadership advised its cadre to work for the victory of official party candidates and defeat of communal forces in the Assembly elections. Inaugurating the Congress election office and launching the campaign of Mangalore City South candidate Ivan D’Souza here on Monday, former minister B.A. Mohideen called upon the party workers to maintain integrity.

Stating that some party candidates had lost in the past owing to internal party bickering, Mr. Mohideen said the time had come for all party men to shed differences and work collectively for the party. “The Congress Parliamentary board, in its wisdom, has chosen candidates for each constituency. The party rank and file should take this as a challenge to ensure the party’s victory in the polls,” he said.

Mr. D’ Souza said politics for him was a means of dispensing social justice to poorer and weaker sections of society and not a means for personal gains.

Party leaders P.V. Mohan, Vijaya Arun, and M.G. Hegde, Umesh Chandra spoke. Later, Mr. D’Souza filed his nomination. He had to abandon his plans to take a procession after the police laid down the rule in this regard.

Addressing presspersons after filing nomination papers for Mangalore City North constituency, Mohiuddin Bava said that he would strive for sustainable development of his constituency, if an opportunity was provided to him by the electorate. He said he was opposed to any project which would harm the interests of fishermen and farmers with specific reference to the Mangalore Special Economic Zone.

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