Hello everyone.  The past few days have been a difficult journey for me, as would be for many of you who have been my support since the last 5 years. A loss is never easy to accept, but it forces every one of us to take pause and think about our actions – past, present & future. The last assembly elections in 2013 gave the Congress and myself a mandate from the people who were unhappy with the state of things in our beloved Mangalore City. Of those who have been following my work since then, you would know of the deep love and attachment I have for our great city. My vision of putting Mangalore on the Global map in terms of quality of living, safety, development, and job opportunities has progressed well since the past years. Unfortunately, in the current 2018 assembly elections the Congress Party did not attain the required majority to continue giving me the opportunity to bring to life the vision of a better Mangalore. While this has come as a shock to most of us, we have to remember that change is inevitable in life. The important thing is to keep hope alive – hope for a better future worth leaving to our children. I am eternally grateful to you, Mangaloreans – young & old, rich & poor, people of all communities, for having given me an opportunity to serve you as your MLA in the past 5 years. Let us keep our heads high and the hope alive for an even better tomorrow.

I wish Mr Vedavyasa Kamath the very best for the next 5 years, and hope that he works to serve the people of Mangalore with the same, if not more, love and compassion as I put into my service in the past years. To the people of Mangalore – I will continue working towards my vision of a Globally esteemed Mangalore, in whatever capacity possible for the future. I would like to thank all my supporters, direct & indirect, the INC party workers who have tirelessly worked alongside me to serve the people, and you, the people, who make all of the efforts worthwhile. Thank you once again for coming out in large numbers to vote for me. Love one another as you love your own family, as Mangalore continues to surge forward as one family that cannot be separated by anything.

– John Richard Lobo