'List of Congress candidates by December 17'

Congress will announce the list of its candidates for the forthcoming Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayat election on December 16 or 17, said former minister and Congress Election Observer to Kodagu Tanvir Sait.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, he said “Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayat election is a challenge to Congress. We will face the election by highlighting the misadministration of the BJP government in the State. We will also focus the failures of the BJP government in the State.”

“The State government has failed to provide basic facilities to Kodagu district. No development works have been carried out in the district as per the expectations of the people,” he added.

“We have decided to bring all the Congress leaders under one platform as part of the election campaign. As Congress is a national party, there will be more aspirants for the tickets. We will maintain harmony within the party while issuing tickets to the party leaders. Only winning candidate and local candidate will be given ticket,” he clarified. He said “ticket will not be given for those who have criminal background, who are facing allegations or to those who is involved in anti-party activities.”

The Congress will contest on its own in all the 29 Zilla Panchayat seats and 49 taluk panchayat seats in the district. There is no proposal on alliance with other political parties so far, he added.

He said “the Congress had come to power in Kodagu Zilla Panchayat on its own between 2000-2005. However, in 2005, we could not complete our term. This year, we will come to power.”

“During S M Krishna’s reign there were three ministers from Kodagu. Unfortunately, BJP government has not given any berth in cabinet for Kodagu. This is a insult to the district,” Sait added.

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