Mangaluru: At a press meet held in the city on Thursday April 1, former MLA J R Lobo said that the Congress while ruling the MCC for years never showed any kind of disrespect while recognising opposition party leader. He was referring to the incident where the Congress corporators at the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) staged a walkout from the council’s general meeting after mayor Premananda Shetty deferred to accord recognition of leader of opposition in the council.
He said, “Even when BJP had no 1/3 quorum in the council, Congress followed the tradition and never dishonoured opposition. Since 1984, Congress has ruled the MCC for several years. In 1988, When Sadhashiva Bhandary was the mayor, BJP had only 6 seats, but Congress had 42 seats. Even then, Congress made Narayana Shetty of the BJP as opposition party leader. In 1990, BJP had won only 10 seats and then the Congress had 34 seats had made BJP the opposition party. The same was continued during 2002 to 2007. Congress never disrespected the opposition and always upheld the tradition,” he said.
Lobo said, “What is wrong in district Congress committee president writing a letter to the MCC commissioner urging him to select A C Vinayaraj as the opposition party leader? In the coming days, Congress will expose all misadministration and corruption of BJP in the MCC and works of Smart City project.”
Speaking at the press meet, former minister Abaychandra Jain said that Congress had given the position of opposition leader when the BJP had two seats, even in the assembly. “This conspiracy of the BJP is unhealthy. An opposition is very important. In the coming days, loopholes of the BJP will be exposed before the public at all levels.”
Youth Congress leader Mithun Rai, who was also part of the press meet said that BJP failed to recognise A C Vinayaraj as the opposition party leader fearing that he will expose their misadministration and corruption.
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