KARNATAKA

Third Front only alternative before people: CPI(M)

SEEKING VOTES: B. Madhava (second from right), CPI(M) leader and Third Front’s candidate for the Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency, campaigning in Mangalore on Thursday.

SEEKING VOTES: B. Madhava (second from right), CPI(M) leader and Third Front’s candidate for the Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency, campaigning in Mangalore on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Eswarraj

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CPI (M) candidate B. Madhava takes out padayatra



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MANGALORE: The Third Front on Thursday took out a padayatra here seeking votes for its nominee, B. Madhava of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for the Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha Constituency.

Leaders of Communist Party of India, CPI(M), and Janata Dal (Secular) took part in the padayatra. The padayatra passed through the busy Central Market, lanes and bylanes in and around Hamapanakatta. Those who took part in the rally, including a few women, tried to apprise the voters ofthe need to establish peace in the sensitive city of Mangalore and the entire district. They highlighted the commitment of Mr. Madhava to the workers, particularly the beedi workers in the region.

The party workers distributed pamphlets which spoke about the alleged “anti-people policies” of the United Progressive Alliance government and the “divisive policies” of the National Democratic Alliance and the sangh parivar. “Third Front is the only alternative before the voters,” they said.

‘Only hope’

The padayatra was inaugurated by Left leader B.V. Kakkilaya. The nonagenarian said that the country was facing danger from communal forces and those favouring multi-national companies. The Bharatiya Janata Party was trying to divide people in the name of god. These forces had to be defeated for the well being of the country, he said.

The Third Front was the only hope for the country, he said and added that he was hopeful of Mr. Madhava getting the support of the electorate this time. The Third Front workers should strive hard to achieve this goal, he said. K.B. Balaraj Rai, president of the district unit of the Janata Dal (S), said that the BJP and the Congress had ruined the cultural harmony and peaceful co-existence of people. The constituency should be protected from such forces.

There was a fear psychosis among people which had to be addressed, he added. Mr. Madhava said he would, if elected, work for the development of the constituency. G.N. Nagaraj, secretary of the State unit of CPI(M), and president of the district unit of CPI C. Sanjeeva were present.

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