Minister Ramanath Rai Should Resign and Pressurize CM to drop Yettinahole – NRSS
Mangaluru: The Netravati Rakshana Samyukta Samiti held a press meet at hotel Woodlands here on May 17.
Addressing the mediapersons President of NRSS Vijay Kumar Shetty said that the district minister in-charge in a press meet said that the CM had invited the members of Netravathi Rakshana Samyukta Samiti to discuss Yettinahole project but they did not turn up, which is false. It is not for the activists to fix any date for a meeting with the CM but the Chief secretary to the CM should fix a date and inform us about the meeting. Let the CM call for a meeting and we are ready to attend it anytime.
He further said that if the district minister in-charge will put pressure on the CM by submitting his resignation, the CM will surely drop the Yettinahole project. But Rai is not doing it, he is not even trying to convince the CM to drop the project because he is interested in retaining his seat. Instead of briefing on the water crisis in the district to the CM, Rai is acting innocent. The government, as well as the district administration, has failed to drop the project, but the Pejavar Swamiji has assured us of discussing the Yettinahole project with the Chief minister.
On May 19, we have called for Mangaluru Bundh. People of DK have assured their support and various organizations will join us to observe the bundh in Mangaluru. On that day ambulances, hospitals, Media, water supplying tankers, milk tankers will operate. He urged the people of Mangaluru to join hands to observe a peaceful bundh.
Social activist M G Hegde said that MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and MLA J R Lobo are against the Yettinahole project and they have participated in the protest. This shows they are really concerned about the people of Mangaluru. Let all political leaders join the protest and Minister Rai say that he is also opposing the Yettinahole project but Rai is not ready to announce that he is opposing the project. In Mangaluru most of the hotels have been closed down and students are sent back to their hometown, there is no water in the hospitals. Let Ramanath Rai tour the city to find out how people are suffering without water.
He further said that let all the ministers go and convince the CM that the project is not the right move, why are they are not convincing the CM. Why Ibrahim Kodijal is saying that the project is good, when their own party leaders like Poojary, Lobo, Shakuntala Shetty, Bangera are opposing the project. Will Kodijal take action against those who oppose the project? Hegde questioned.
Satyajit Suratkal said that one should not politicize the Yettinahole issue. We need to know the opinion of Sadananda Gowda and Veerappa Moily on Yettinahole project, they should announce their decision about the project. If all political leaders will oppose the Yettinahole project we Mangaloreans will join hands with them, he assured.
Advocate Dinakar Shetty, Jitendra Kottari, Sashiraj Kolambe, Yogish Shetty Jeppu, Annayya Kulal, Geetha Bhai and others were also present