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Mangaluru: Neglecting claim of Muslims in mayoral election disappoints several


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Mar 9: Bhaskar K was picked for the post of the mayor of the city after a slew of permutations and cast combinations were considered and discussions were held. Still, in a meeting held late evening on Thursday March 8, many within the Congress  expressed their resentment at the way the claim for the post of the first citizen of the city by the Muslim community was denied. Some legislators also indirectly expressed their opposition to the choice of the new mayor.

This happens to be the last tenure of the five-year term of the city corporation. During the previous four tenures, three Hindus and a Christian candidate had been given the post of the mayor. Therefore, the Muslim community leaders had put forward their rightful demand for this post by holding meeting. Their demand was also supported by some legislators.

It is said that the party high command overruled these claims and chose to make Bhaskar the next mayor, a decision that has disappointed several Congress leaders. Muslim leaders too are disgruntled about the treatment given to them in this connection. Some people's representatives are also worried about the repercussions this decision will have on the assembly election results. Many leaders, who have expressed unhappiness about the decision of the party leadership, have however said that they will be bound by its decision.

The city populace comprises 20 percent Christians, 60 percent Hindus and the balance 20 percent Muslims. The Hindus and Christians were represented as per the ratio of their population during the last four years. Therefore, the Muslim community was right in staking claim for the mayoral post. MLA, J R Lobo, said that he has been expressing this view since the beginning and that he had also conveyed his opinion to the party high command. "My view did not get party approval. I am committed to the decision taken by the party leadership," he explained.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Commmittee member, Kanachur Monu, too said that he and leaders of his community had sought mayoral post during this term but the party high command decided otherwise. He said that he and other leaders of the party are bound by the decision of the high command, although they are hurt at this development. He felt that the party leaders have to take steps to assuage the hurt feelings of the community.

Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister, B Ramanath Rai, who played an important role lin deciding the candidate, said that although Devadiga community is small, it also needs to be given representation. He said that naturally there were many aspirants and several among them would have been disappointed. He pointed out that Muslim community has been given two MLAs, post of the chairperson of zilla panchayat standing committee, and president of taluk panchayat. He said that the city corporation also has standing committees.

Corporator, Abdul Rauf, who was a strong contender for the post of the mayor, said that he too was an aspirant for the post of the mayor along with Bhaskar, a three-time corporator. "Bhaskar is my friend, and I am not unhappy about his becoming the mayor. I have wished him well. Lady luck smiled on him this time," he stated.


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  • Sid, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 10 2018

    Communal politics back firing

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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Who ever comes as Mayor its good support them and please don't do cast/ religion politics... Mayor has improve Mangalore and serve mankind.....

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  • Mahi, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Why they are not demanding Muslim CM for Karnataka ?

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  • Raghavendra M K, Mumbai Maharashtra

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    dont' worry bhaijaan even Christians are ignored for mayors post. but all your interest will taken care of at the time of MLA ticket allotments in coming assembly election.

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  • Well Wisher, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    No matter it is not the right time to discus who ever may be look for a good and able person . Now ficus on state assembly stand together and kick out communal anti Idia force from Karnataka.
    Jai Hind Jai Karnataka!

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  • Tanveer Amirjan, Dubai

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    A mayor serves all citizens of the city, how does it matter if he is a Christian, muslim, hindiu, aethist, Buddhist?? Till we rise above the nonsensical religion politics, there can be no peace. Making a issue out if this is so trivial.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    It is very clear which party is communal .when a party decided it's candidate on the basis of cast/ religion how can the say they r secular ?
    All dombarata and nautanki
    Because of his cast/ religion politics of chaddiless sickulars India is not developed
    India will shine the day when ppl r elected based on their merit and not oncast /creed/ religion

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Why secular Party like congress and its followers are fighting for small issue. In Mangalore there are MLAs from all religions. So dont fight for silly matters. Concentrate to strengthen the congress Party.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    These grievances are possible when the Mayor post is one with so many aspirants

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  • Davi, Mangalure / Dubai

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Mr.Bhaskar Is Close with Mr. V. Moily And Mr. Ramanath Rai, And he is same caste of Mr.V.Moily so there is no option and Our Jannnanna is silent now, whatever decision is done by Mr. R. Rai and Mr. V. Moily so please wait for next Mayor term don't be hurry even though not sure , if they have still in their list

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  • Mallar, Mallar

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Really disappointing. A mayor, should be selected on his ability and enthusiasm to address the public issues. The entire process to please communities, which has been done in the last 70 years. What is the difference for the public, if a Hindu, Muslim or christian becomes a mayor. I think, an atheist can be made a mayor in the next term.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Sab ka saath sab ka vikas, let everyone have a chance to perform. work together there will be always next chance next year.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    We need a Educated Mayor ...

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    There is no justice in their demand. They already enjoying many position. Still demand means some political party is playing this game for their votes.

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  • Arun Dsouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Yes. All have been brainwashed in the name of religion. In few years all will realise their mistake and cry.
    Hope that day comes soon.

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  • Mohandas Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Avu poora Veerappa Moillyda nikulu pathrele

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    We should not go by religion share. It should be a team spirit. Every one will get an opportunity in due course, persistence and patience is key! Congress walks ahaed with all religion as a secular unit unlike other party openly says they do not need minority votes or support as they are Hindu party and reps of Hindu God! I wonder who gave that judgement and made them a hindu party? Is it saffron lungi the supporters are?? Even though most suffered by demonetization and GST, still getting fooled. Many have gone bankrupt due to new moves...yet many failed to understand...brain washed???

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  • Sunil Padival, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    This is the results of pampering of the Khangress for vote bank politics. Today its disappointment. Next year it would be demand if not protest. The year after next it would be, 'by right' if not then violence.
    Now you guys decide.

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  • YOUSUF, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    There is no disappointment..asking the post . Devadiga s are micro scope backward community let them get a chance.

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  • RK, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    First of all we need to kick all this politics and bring in IAS candidates into administration .

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  • Sahan, Bajpe/Dubai

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    But IAS officers do have big Mafia....

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  • sachin, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Muslim community has two MLAs, post of the chairperson of zilla panchayat standing committee, and president of taluk panchayat....which is enough.

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  • vgb, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    all posts should be reserved for educated people
    goondas excuse

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  • Vivek, Hirebyle / Abu dhabi

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    Unfortunate that These all Candidates by having Capability ...Still need a Religion TAG ...on their selection .....

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