Billava leaders in Congress held in high regard: DCC chief

Billava leaders in Congress held in high regard: DCC chief

Some self-declared Billava leaders have been issuing false press statements that Billava leaders in the Congress are cheated by the party members, said District Congress Committee President Harish Kumar.

Billava leaders have held high positions in the party, which reveres them, he insisted.

Addressing reporters at the district Congress office on Monday, he said that some Billava leaders have cited the names of former Union Minister B Janardhana Poojary and former minister Vinay Kumar Sorake. They have alleged that such leaders are not given priority in the party. But, these leaders are still senior leaders of the party and held in high regard across the party cadres. These leaders have served the government and the party in various capacities, Harish said. There are other leaders including N M Suvarna, Doomappa, Vasanth Salian, Dr Damodar Mulki, D D Kattemar, Gopal Poojary and Vasanth Bangera too, from Billava community, he pointed out.

Without mentioning the name of Harikrishna Bantwal, Harish Kumar said that the self-declared BJP leader need not give his prophecy to Billavas, who know his history, including as a RSS member. The leader had associated himself with Janardhana Poojary for his own benefits but now joined the BJP, the district Congress president said.

‘Hindus too part of Cong’

Harish Kumar further said that Hindu people too are part of the Congress. “Hindu religion is not the patent of the BJP. The wife of the BJP candidate, who is contesting from Mangaluru South constituency, has been campaigning on the basis of Hindutva, which is illegal. Congress has submitted a complaint to the Election Commission in this regard,” he said.

“The BJP has stifled the rights of Dalits in BJP-ruled states, by reducing the reservation percentage for Dalits in education. It has insulted Jainism by circulating a joke on Rahul Gandhi and Gommateshwara statue in Shravanabelagola,” he added.

Harish clarified that the Congress has not entered into any kind of agreement with the SDPI for the elections.

D K Shivakumar, Oommen Chandy to visit DK

Minster D K Shivakumar and senior party leader Oommen Chandy will visit the district on May 2, said Harish Kumar.

Shivakumar will address the gathering as a part of the election campaign on May 2 at Belthangady, Puttur and Sullia. Oommen Chandy will take part in the programmes in Belthangady, Sajipa, Mangaluru and Panambur on the same day, he said.

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