Cong opposes convention of siteless people

Former Mangaluru mayor and corporator Mahabala Marla and DCC spokesperson A C Vinay Raj took an exception to a postcard campaign initiated by Horata Samithi under the aegis of a national party inviting poor siteless people to a meeting at Don Bosco Hall in Mangaluru on April 15.

Briefing reporters on Wednesday, Marla said that by inviting poor siteless people for a meeting, the national party is sending a wrong message to the community.

When dialled, the number mentioned in the postcard was answered by a person who said that the office is situated near Nehru Maidan, Marla said.

He said that there is a need to check false publicity by political parties during the election.

If the national party leaders attend the said convention of the poor siteless people then the Congress will file a complaint to the Election Commission on the violation of the model code of conduct, he added.

Ashraya scheme

Further, he said that under the Ashraya yojana, Mangaluru South Assembly constituency had received 4,034 applications till February 10, of which, 930 homeless families, who will be given houses in the G+3 apartments to be built at Shaktinagar in the city.

The foundation for the same has already been laid and the work has been stopped for the time being owing to the model code of conduct.

The authorities have already identified land at Kannagudde and Rajeevnagara to be given to the homeless in Mangaluru South constituency.

A proposal has already been submitted to the state government for approval.

In Mangaluru North constituency, the Ashraya Samithi had received 2,892 applications, of which letters for houses has been given to 600 beneficiaries.

In spite of it, a national party is engaged in false allegations, which is condemnable, he said.

Further, Marla said that after 2002, administration of the Council of Mangaluru City Corporation has changed several times.

In spite of this, many families had not received title deeds.

The process of issuing title deeds started only in 2017, he said.

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