Ashok Kumar Rai to Join Congress on Jan 22 during ‘Prajadhwani’ Programme

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Ashok Kumar Rai to Join Congress on Jan 22 during Prajadhwani Programme

Mangaluru: “On the direction of the AICC, the Congress party has organized the “Prajadhwani” programme at the Karavali grounds on January 22, at 4 PM. AICC Spokesperson Ranadeep Surjewala, KPCC President D K Shivakumar, Former CM Siddaramaiah, Opposition leader B K Hariprasad, M B Patil, Madhu Bangarappa, Dhruvanarayan, H K Patil and other senior Congress leaders will take part in the programme”, said the District Congress President Harish Kumar, during a press meet held at Hotel Ocean Pearl here on January 19.

Addressing the media persons Harish Kumar said, “On January 22, morning all the Congress leaders will participate in the Prajadhwani programme in Udupi. After the programme in Udupi, all the leaders will travel to Mangaluru by bus and address the party workers at the Karavali Grounds at 4 pm. The programme ‘Prajadhwani’ started in Belgaum, during the programme DK Shivakumar announced, Guarantee No 1 that is, If the Congress government comes to power 200 Units of electricity will be given free to every household. Recently, the AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi came to Bengaluru to participate in the “Naa Nayaki” programme where she promised Rs 2000 to each housewife, every woman, every month which is Guarantee number 2. The Prajadhwani programme is to create awareness about the failure of the double-engine government. Corruption reached 40% and hike in prices for day-to-day commodities. During the economic crisis, the government did not help the people. In four years no development work was done by the government in the coastal region”.

Harish Kumar further said, “The Contractors association is protesting in Bengaluru because the government did not do their payment of Rs 25,000 crores. The contractors have stopped all their work which they will continue only after getting their pending payment. The Anganwadi workers are also protesting in Bengaluru as their demands are not yet fulfilled. People are fed up with the GST and price hikes. The Prajadhwani programme is to create awareness among the people about the failure of the double-engine government. We expect 10 to 20 members from every booth for the programme. We have 1860 booths and expect 18,000 to 20,000 party workers to participate in the programme.

When asked about Ashok Rai joining Congress, Harish Kumar said, “After D K Shivakumar took charge as the President of KPCC, he said that those who accept the principles of Congress, should be given a chance to join the party. Many leaders from other parties are joining our party. Ashok Rai from Puttur has applied to the KPCC President to join the Congress party. On January 22, Ashok Rai will officially join the Congress Party during the Prajadhwani programme”.

When asked about announcing the names of the candidates of 8 constituencies in the DK district on February 2, Harish Kumar said, “On February 2, the meeting of the Karnataka Election committee will be held and not the names of the candidates will be announced. There are more than 16 aspirants and the names of the aspirants will be scrutinized and shortlisted. The names short-listed will be sent to the Central election committee. The Central election committee will call for a meeting and hand over the names to the Scrutiny committee to finalize. The Scrutiny Committee will then send the names to the Party’s High command. By the end of February, the names of the candidates will be announced”.

When asked whether Janardhan Poojary will participate in the Prajadhwani programme, Harish Kumar said, “The AICC Secretary Roji M John, G C Chandrashekar and other leaders have visited Janaradhan Poojary in connection with the programme. He has agreed to come for the programme. We are in touch with Janardhan Poojary and hope to see him in the programme”.

MLA Manjunath Bhandary, Chairman of Congress Publicity Committee Bharat Mundodi, former Mayor Shashidhar Hegde, Corporator Naveen D’Souza and others were also present.

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