‘Cong. will win maximum seats in civic polls': Dinesh Gundurao

Source: The Hindu | Published on 27th August 2018, 6:40 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao said here on Saturday that the party was confident of winning the maximum number of seats in the forthcoming elections to the urban local bodies.

“We would also win the maximum number of ULBs by virtue of the development works executed during the last five years by the Siddaramaiah government,” he told reporters.

The party not getting the maximum number of seats in the Assembly elections was a different matter altogether, he said and added the party’s vote share was 38 %, 2 % more than the BJP. All and every reason for party’s loss cannot be discussed in the open, he said. Having done well in development and social sector fronts, there was not a single black mark on the Siddaramaiah government, he pointed out.

Besides undertaking development works on a large scale, which are still continuing to be executed, the Siddaramaiah government contributed a lot to social security schemes, including Anna Bhagya, which would steer the party to power in the urban local bodies, he said.

Cabinet expansion

He said that vacancies in the State Cabinet would be filled soon after the elections to the ULBs, so also posts of chairmen in boards and corporations. ULB elections are a pointer to the party’s popularity even as the Congress has accorded the highest priority to the polls.

On the former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s reported statement that he desired to become Chief Minister again, he said that that desire was natural for every politician.

His statement has nothing to do with the coalition government, which would complete the five-year term as the Congress has given an undertaking to that effect. “We would follow the coalition dharma,” he said and asked the media not to attribute meanings to Mr. Siddaramaiah’s statements.

To a question, he said that the party is gearing up for the Lok Sabha elections. He, however, hastened to added that selection of candidates alone cannot be the criteria to winning elections.

The party would go to people highlighting the failure of the NDA government at the Centre on all fronts, he said.

Tall promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi four-and-a-half years ago have become hallow even as there was no development, no employment creation and no economic growth in the country, he said.

He defended Rahul Gandhi’s reported statements on Muslim brotherhood and said that it was appropriate when Hindu right-wing extreme fundamentalism was on the rise.

Minister U.T. Khader, MLCs Harish Kumar and Ivan D’Souza, Mayor Bhaskar Moily and others were present.

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