Yogish Bhat, Palemar, J R Lobo among others file nominations
Bigwigs showcase their strength in Dakshina Kannada
Among those who submitted their nominations were BJP candidates Yogish Bhat (Mangalore South), Chandrahas Ullal (Mangalore), Krishna J Palemar (Mangalore North), S Angara (Sullia) and Rajesh Nayak (Bantwal). A few Congress nominees like J R Lobo (Mangalore South), Abhayachandra Jain (Moodbidre), Dr Raghu (Sullia) and Vasanth Bangera (Belthangady) filed their nominations.
Yogish Bhat, who filed three sets of nominations, went in a procession accompanied by band set, BJP leaders and party workers from BJP office in PVS Circle to the MCC.
Speaking to media persons, Yogish Bhat, who is the Deputy Speaker in the outgoing Assembly, said that he will work towards integrated development of Mangalore city. “I will work towards making Mangalore a clean and green city. My priority will be to get a superspeciality wing to Wenlock Hospital, so that poor can avail all kinds of treatment, completion of Mangala Corniche (ring road) and burn centre at Wenlock Hospital.
“I will also work towards the setting up of apparel park in Mangalore to help the unemployed youth and skill development centre to enhance the skills of the unemployed youth.
“We will take it in a sportive spirit. The voters judge us based on what we have implemented and how we have responded to their needs. Being an elected representative, we have a test everyday. During the election, we will be more relaxed as we have to involve in only campaigning.”
He urged the people of Mangalore to compare the condition of roads in the port city during the 55 years of rule of the Congress and five years of BJP’s administration in the MCC.
“During my last term, I worked towards projects like getting 3 D planetarium at Pilikula, ropeway bridge from Sulthan Battery to Thannirbavi, court building and mini vidhan soudha. About 75 km of roads in MCC limits have been concreted.”
He said “There is 30 acre government land from Lady Hill to Kottara”.
“The present government quarters at Kottara would be demolished to make way for a flat-cum-commercial complex,” he added.
Sitting MLA Krishna J Palemar filed his nomination in what could be described as a low-key affair.
Palemar came along with five supporters to the MUDA office and filed nomination papers. Speaking to media persons, after filing the nomination, Krishna Palemar expressed confidence of winning the election for the third term with a huge a margin.
“I have contributed for the development of my constituency, be it in the form of road work or drinking water during my two terms as MLA. Though my constituency has a large number of Muslim as well as Hindu population, I have ensured that there is no communal violence in the last 10 years. I am confident that the voters are intelligent in their judgment on selecting the candidate,” he said. Earlier, he visited Kudroli temple to offer prayers.
Congress file nominations
Prior to the filing of nominations, Lobo performed special pooja at Kudroli Gokarnanatha temple and visited Mangalore Bishop’s House and mosque at Kudroli.
He went in a procession from Kudroli to the venue of filing the nominations with a large number of party workers.
Speaking to press persons, Lobo said that development will be his primary focus. “I will try to make Mangalore city as the second best city in the state. Development is our motto,” he said.
“The youth from Mangalore are migrating to other cities in search of employment. I will try to ensure that more job opportunities are created here so that our youth force is retained in the city and they do not have to go elsewhere,” he added.
He also said that more importance will be given to tourism. “I was an administrator and now I am hopeful of succeeding in the elections. The party leaders and workers are my backbone. I will do my best to implement good projects for the city, if elected ,” he said.
Congress leader Ivan D'Souza, who was one of the aspirant for the ticket from Mangalore South constituency, said “Though I was an aspirant for the ticket, I would abide by the decision of the party high command. I have been appointed as the convener of the Election Committee for eight Assembly Constituencies in the district. I will discharge my duty effectively and will ensure for the victory of candidates in eight constituencies.”
MLA U T Khader, Corporators like Naveen D’Souza, Mahabala Marla, AICC secretary P V Mohan, Suresh Ballal and others were present.