Mangalore: The congress candidate from Mangalore South Legislative constituency visited Kudroli temple to seek blessings from God/Goddess before filing his nomination in City corporation, here on April 15.

The religious heads in the temple performed the Puja in the name of J R Lobo. Later supporters of J R Lobo and congress workers gathered at the Kudroli Grounds.

Addressing the gathering MLA U T Khader said that, in the 5 years of BJP rule they have misused their power. People of Karnataka, especially the people of the Dakshina Kannada district need a change in the government. People want Congress to come to power to lead a peaceful and respectful life. People of the state cannot forget the corruption of BJP and the CD of Raghupati Bhat. If we want to lead a peaceful life then we need to vote for J R Lobo and to fly the congress flag high in the district as well as in the state.

J R Lobo speaking on the occasion said, “Today I am filing my nomination to the Mangalore South legislative constituency as a candidate. I have taken the blessings from the Bishop of Mangalore, I have visited Juma Masjid and received blessings from the religious head and also visited Kudroli temple”. The main aim is to bring the congress party into power and give corruption free governance. Today we will go by foot to the Mangalore city corporation to file the nomination, he said.

Ivan D’Souza, when asked about not getting the ticket to contest in the Mangalore South legislative constituency, said, “I was one of the aspirant and had applied for the ticket to contest, but at the last moment I was not given the ticket”. Further he said that BJP has misused its power and looted the state. They have put the people in trouble with their internal fights. Now people want to live with peace and harmony which only the congress can provide.

Further he said, “I have been appointed as the convener of the Election Committee for 8 Assembly Constituencies in Mangalore district. When I was refused the ticket, President of the DCC Ramanath Rai recommended me for a suitable post in the party. I will perform my duties well and work for the success of our candidates in all the 8 constituencies”, he assured.

All the congress leaders were present for the padayatra from Kudroli to Mangalore City Corporation. J R Lobo filed his nomination in the Mangalore city corporation with the joint commissioner Srikant.