Mangaluru: “The reason for the loss of Congress Party in Dakshina Kannada ZP and TP elections is the lack of co-ordination between the leaders of the district,” said Janardhan Poojary. He was speaking at a press meet held at the District Congress Office here, on February 24.
Addressing the mediapersons Poojary further said that though the statewide results were in favour of the Congress Party, the results should be taken seriously and immediate measures will be taken to win the Vidhana Sabha elections, the results of the ZP and TP elections in the district are worrisome, he said. “There are 7 party ministers in the district, but I have never seen them come together to discuss developmental work. Not only in the district but similar trend can be seen in the entire state. The ministers have a mindset that dictates them to do developmental work only in their constituency. This is wrong, they should think of the people of the entire district,” he said.
He also said, “If we look at the elections results in Sullia, we have never got the expected election outcome from the Taluk. District Minister in-charge should go there along with other ministers to discuss and solve the problems of the people of Sullia. This attitude will surely give the party good results in the coming elections.”
Poojary further said that the Chief Minister could not be blamed for the poor performance by the party in his constituency, as the CM could not involve in election propaganda owing to a busy schedule. “Chief Minister, you have brought so many people friendly schemes, but haven’t you learnt anything yet? You have not addressed certain issues like, Yettinahole, Kumki Rights, 9/11 form, as they should have been addressed,” he added.
Poojary said that it was the duty of the Chief Minister to be in favour of the activists. “Activists stage agitation for the rights; they struggle, injure themselves in the process and even die at times. You have given authority to your ministers, but have you given anything to the activists? Is this not injustice?” he questioned.
Speaking about the Chief Ministers ‘expensive watch’ issue, Poojary said, “Some say it is his personal matter, but being a public figure I don’t think that it is personal at all. What is the need of expensive watches and flashy cars? Will we die without such luxury? People are watching and this is a basic thing for a politician to know.”