Mangaluru: Minister for Environment, Ecology and Forests, B Ramanath Rai held a press meet at the District Congress Office here, on December 22.
Addressing the mediapersons, Ramanath Rai said, “Congress is a people friendly party. When UPA was in power, several development schemes were introduced like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and National Horticulture Mission.”
Ramanath Rai further said, “In 2002, the Karnataka government under former Chief Minister S M Krishna had introduced the 94CC bill in Karnataka Land Revenue Act. Dakshina Kannada district is the biggest benefactor of the 94CC amendment. Further, the Congress party is also committed to reduce prices of essential commodities.”
“I appeal to all the voters to elect candidates fielded by Congress for the upcoming MLC elections on December 27,” he said.
When asked about the rebel candidates, Ramanath Rai said, “JP Hegde carried out all the development work through the Congress party. When he submitted his nomination, we never threatened him, but only asked him to step down in a polite way.”
Speaking about Prathapchandra Shetty, the candidate fielded by Congress, Ramanath Rai said, “He never demanded a ticket; he deserved it. He is not a corrupt politician. He is so honest that whenever he goes to a panchayat office, he will even pay the money for his coffee.”
MLC Ivan Dsouza also spoke and said that all Congress members will stage a protest at every panchayat in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts between 10.00 am – 10.30 am on December 23 against the National Herald Case on Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
District Youth Congress president Mithun Rai, Chairman of MUDA Ibrahim Kodijal and others were also present.