Don't let rain spoil party's chances, Venugopal tells Bengaluru MLAs

The Congres leadership is worried that Bengaluru’s sad plight due to heavy rain could drown the party’s prospects in the upcoming elections.

AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal reviewed the flood situation with party MLAs and ministers representing Bengaluru. His message was clear: Do everything you can to help citizens and win them over. Winning all 27 seats in the city depends on how well party leaders handle the heavy rainfall, he told them.

“Outrace BJP legislators by reaching out to people first and try to solve their problems. The city has suffered a lot of damage due to rainfall,” Venugopal said during the meeting and warned that the BJP would use Bengaluru’s rain damage as a plank to attack the party ahead of the elections. “If you need funds to handle the rain situation, discuss it with the ministers,” Venugopal said.

Bengaluru Development Minister K J George informed Venugopal that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) was ready with an action plan to carry out civic works. “Because it is raining every day, and the city is seeing record rainfall, the authorities have not been able to carry out works. But as soon as the rain subsides, comprehensive repair of roads, footpaths and drains will be taken up along with garbage clearance,” KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao said, quoting what George said at the meeting.

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