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BJP workers celebrate victory in Mangalore

JUBILATION: BJP workers rejoicing in front of the party’s office at PVS Circle in Mangalore on Saturday following the victory of Nalin Kumar Kateel.

JUBILATION: BJP workers rejoicing in front of the party’s office at PVS Circle in Mangalore on Saturday following the victory of Nalin Kumar Kateel.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Eswarraj

Staff Correspondent

Crackers burst at many places, leaders taken out in a procession despite ban orders in the city



Rama Bhat accepts defeat as people’s verdict

CPI(M) criticises Congress for not putting up a fight



MANGALORE: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Saturday celebrated the victory of Nalin Kumar Kateel in the Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency by bursting crackers at PVS Circle, where the party has its district unit office.

After District Returning Officer V. Ponnuraj handed over the “certificate of election” (form number 22) to Mr. Kateel, the party workers took him in a procession from Canara Pre-University College to the party office. The ban imposed by the district administration on bursting of crackers had no impact on the celebrations. Later, the workers carried J. Krishna Palemar, Minister in charge of Dakshina Kannada, and K. Monappa Bhandary, president of the district unit of the party, on their shoulders and danced in front of the party office.

Traffic on the stretch between PVS Circle and Navbharath Circle came to a standstill for about 45 minutes owing to haphazard parking of vehicles by the party workers there. Buses going from Hampankatta Circle towards PVS Circle through K.S.R. Road and Navbharath Circle were diverted to reach PVS Circle via Ambedkar Circle and Bunts Hostel Circle.

Congress candidate B. Janardhana Poojary left the counting centre at Canara College at 11.25 a.m. when Mr. Kateel was leading by over 30,000 votes. Before leaving the centre, he was seen instructing the Congress agents not to leave the college till counting was completed.

Rama Bhat

K. Rama Bhat, former BJP MLA, who contested as an independent candidate and lost the election, told The Hindu over phone from Puttur that he respected the people’s verdict. Mr. Bhat alleged that some “religious forces and leaders” had worked against him. He said that he would not forsake the principles he believed in and opposed the intervention of the RSS in the BJP’s functioning.

‘Not shocking’

B. Madhava, CPI(M) candidate who secured 18,328 votes and lost the deposit, said that the verdict was not shocking to him. “It was their (BJP’s) seat. They have retained it.”

The Congress, which was capable of challenging the BJP, had completely failed in putting up a fight. Mr. Madhava said that he had expected over one lakh votes. His party could not secure them owing to various factors. “It takes a long time to convert trade-union consciousness of the people into political consciousness,” he said.

Mr. Madhava said that the ‘caste factor’ had played its role in this election.

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