KARNATAKA

People want NDA Govt. to go: Oscar

Kundapur (Udupi Dt.) May 22. The AICC General Secretary, Oscar Fernandes, MP, said on Thursday that the policies of the BJP had "destroyed the country" in the five years of rule of the party-led NDA Government at the Centre.

He was inaugurating a workshop on Congress polices, and problems facing the country for Congress workers, organised by the Udupi District Youth Congress Committee here.

Mr. Fernandes said the Congress would have to "reconstruct" the country. It was not the Congress but the people who wanted a change of government at the Centre. The Youth Congress had participated in the agitations launched by the Congress and given it strength.

It was essential for Youth Congress workers to follow the path shown by the freedom fighters. The Congress was a party of the youth, he added. Recalling the role played by Mahatma Gandhi during the Freedom Movement, Mr. Fernandes said Gandhiji travelled in the country as an ordinary person in third-class compartments of trains to understand the realities at the grassroots and the situation prevailing in villages. He touched almost all parts of the country, and created unity among the people though India comprised more than 500 principalities at that time. Mr. Fernandes said Karnataka was the most peaceful State in the country, and credited the Land Reforms Act implemented here as the reason for harmony.

Vasanth Salian, Minister in charge of the district, Gopal Poojary and U.R. Sabhapathy, MLAs, Manorama Madhwaraj, Chairperson of KSTDC, and Dinesh Gundu Rao, President of State Youth Congress, were present.

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