Mangalore: Former BJP corporator, others join Congress, support J R Lobo
Mangalore, Apr 14: More than a dozen BJP and JD(S) workers including former BJP member of Mangalore City Corporation joined Indian National Congress party in the presence of Mangalore city south assembly constituency candidate J R Lobo on Sunday April 14 in a function held at Mangaladevi here.
BJP leaders and workers from Bajal, Padil, Karmara, Mangaladevi, Attavara and Bolar area joined Congress party. AICC election observer and MP from Kerala P T Thomas welcomed them into party by handing over the party flag.
Former BJP corporator from Attavar ward Bhaskar Rao joined Congress along with his followers. Harish K, Arun Kumar, Rony, Sadananda Kotian from Padil area, Pradeep Suvarna, Vincy D'Souza, Mohammaed Ashraf, Vishwanath Shetty from Mangaladevi ward were among the prominent persons who joined Congress from JD(S) and BJP.
Sushanth Bolar and others joined Congress from JD(S) under the leadership of JD(S) leader Ramananda Poojary of Bolar. Vivek Hegde of Old Kent Road, Madhava Shetty of Goodshed Road, Devaraya Kamath of Goodshed Road and Mahesh Shetty of Manki stand are some of the BJP leaders joined Congress.
District Mahila Congress president Mamatha Gatty, AICC member P V Mohan, south block Congress president Nagendra Kumar, north block Congress president K Ashraf, south block Mahila Congress president Namitha Rao, former MLC K M Masood and others were present in the function.