KARNATAKA

`Janata Party will win from Madikeri'

MADIKERI, APRIL 24. The President of the Kodagu unit of the Janata Party and contestant from the Madikeri Assembly Constituency, Sanket Poovaiah, said on Saturday that the party had been successful in its mission of apprising the people of the district with its principles, and they would vote for him.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Poovaiah claimed that during his tours to various places in Kodagu in the past six months, he found that the people were frustrated with the governance provided by the Congress.

The "Marali Ba Manege,'' "Janata Samparka,'' and "Rath Yatra'' had shown that the people would vote for the Janata Party for bringing in far-reaching changes in Kodagu, he said.

He claimed that the youth in the district had spontaneously rallied behind the Janata Party headed by Vijay Mallya, which was evident from their response to Mr. Mallya's last two visits to Kodagu. Mr. Poovaiah hit out at those who had said Mr. Mallya had the money power to woo voters in Kodagu.

He said Mr. Mallya, who paid income tax of Rs. 9,000 crore annually, did not mind spending money for his party. Mr. Poovaiah said that though three members of the S.M. Krishna Ministry were from Kodagu, the fortunes of the district had not changed.

Remote villages such as Hammiyala and Mutlu continued to be neglected. They were without electricity, drinking water, and roads. Of the 4,024 irrigation pumpsets in Kodagu, over 3,000 were being run on diesel. Mr. Poovaiah said the BJP had also failed to take steps for the development of Kodagu.

He criticised the former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) President, H.D. Deve Gowda, for not taking up the cause of the coffee industry though he was from a coffee-growing district.

Asked to name his main rival in the election, Mr. Poovaiah said it could be either the BJP or Janata Dal (S) candidate.

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