Victory attributed to party workers

Staff Correspondent

‘The 40,420-vote margin was unexpected’

MANGALORE: Nalin Kumar Kateel of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who has been declared elected to the Lok Sabha from the Dakshina Kannada constituency, has attributed his victory to the dedicated campaign undertaken by party workers.

Speaking to The Hindu after the announcement of the results here on Saturday, he said, “We were not overconfident. There was an urge among the party workers to win the election.” Mr. Kateel said that after the first round of campaigning, he had gained confidence. “I was certainly not hoping for achieving a victory margin of 40,420 votes. It is beyond my expectations,” he said. Stating that the electorate in Dakshina Kannada had voted keeping national issues in mind, he said he would learn to speak Hindi and English in six months so that he could do justice to the issues related to his constituency. He said that his immediate priority was to ensure that work on making the stretch between Surathkal and B.C. Road four-lane was completed at the earliest. He would then look into the condition of NH 48 in the Shiradi Ghat area. “I respect B. Janardhana Poojary as a senior politician. I will take his suggestions while implementing development works in the constituency,” he said.

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