Mangalore: As part of the election campaign, Congress held a padayatra in three Lok Sabha constituencies namely Mangalore, Mangalore North and Ullal on Friday, March 14.
Ramanath Rai, minister for forest, ecology and environment and D.K. district in-charge minister set the yatra in motion near Veera Maruti gymnasium, Thokkottu, by handing over the party flag to Janardhan Poojary, Congress MP candidate from D.K.
“I thank Sonia Gandhi, national Congress president and Rahul Gandhi, vice-president for choosing me as the candidate from Mangalore. I also thank Congressmen for their support.”
Slamming the BJP for their publicity stunts he said, “BJP in Dakshina Kannada is campaigning for Nalin Kumar in the name of Modi. This implies that their candidate from the district Nalin Kumar Kateel is not my opponent, but Modi is. Let the BJP field Modi from Mangalore.”
J.R. Lobo, MLA, Vijaykumar Shetty, former MLA, Mahabala Maarla, mayor, Ivan D’Souza, P.V. Mohan, Kanachur Monu, Mithun Rai, Ashith Pereira and Taranath Rai were present among others.
The padayatra is being held as per the guidelines issued by the KPCC and AICC.