Mangaluru, Mar 21: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has created a stir across Karnataka, released its first list of the candidates for the Karnataka state assembly elections on March 20 in Bengaluru.
AAP Dakshina Kannada unit president Ashok Adamale said, “Santhosh Kamath will fight the elections from Mangaluru South, Vijayanath Vithal Shetty from Mulki-Moodbidri and Sumana Bellarkar from Sullia. We will field candidates in all the 224 constituencies. In the first list, names of 80 candidates have been released which includes the candidates of Mangaluru South, Sullia and Mulki-Moodbidri. The next 100 candidates from 100 constituencies will be released on March 27.”
In Dakshina Kannada district, Aam Aadmi Party has organized the workers at the booth level and has already contacted many houses with door-to-door campaign work. Ashoka Adamale said that each Vidhan Sabha constituency has been divided into four zones and a leader has been appointed for each zone and continuous contact has been established with the workers.
He also said that Aam Aadmi Party under the guidance of Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and national convener of Aam Aadmi Party, will create a new wave in the political history of Karnataka and give an honest and corruption-free government.
Vivekananda Salins, vice president, AAP Karnataka, Sumana Belarkar K K, Vijayanath Vithala Shetty and Venkatesh Baliga, AAP media convenor were present.
About the candidates
Based in Mangaluru, Santhosh Kamath owns wholesale and retail stores of ready-made goods and came to the fore as the voice of traders during the lockdown of corona days. In recognition of his leadership qualities, he was appointed as the district president of the Aam Aadmi Party. At present he is the joint secretary of the state committee. A good orator, he has experience as a member of many organizations and as a member of the executive board. A BCom graduate, he was known as a student leader during his college days.
Sumana Belarkar K K
Sumana Belarkar K K is a BA MBA graduate. She is the daughter of former two-time MLA K Kushala from Sullia. She was socially committed during her college life and participated in many social service programmes. She is a good orator too. She is known for doing many people friendly programs during Corona. She is a member of the Ashrya programme committee and helped in getting houses for around 450 families.
Vijayanath Vithala Shetty
Vijayanath Vithala Shetty is a renowned industrialist based in Moodbidri and is the chief convener of Sri Shastavu Bhutanatheshwar Trust. He is the recipient of District Rajyotsava Award and many other awards and is the honorary president of Bajpe Bunts Sangh. ‘Bale Telipale’, a TV show held under his guidance has won the attention of the people of entire Dakshina Kannada district. He has always engaged himself in the service of ex-servicemen and the downtrodden.