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Mangaluru: Candidates for mayoral election - Congress facing problem of plenty


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Feb 18: This time, as per reservation criterion, the post of the mayor of the city has been earmarked for female candidate from general category. Congress has 14 women corporators and therefore it is faced with the problem of too many vying for the post of the mayor.

Date has not yet been fixed for the mayoral election this time. Congress corporators, who are 35 in number, can be seen discussing the issue in groups, and trying to strike consensus for a particular candidate of their choice. The aspirants are buzzing around powerful leaders for support, since the day the state high court dismissed a petition that had questioned the reservation criterion fixed for this election recently.

As per current indications, the candidates who seem to be ahead of others in the race for the post of the first citizen of the city happen to be Pratibha Kulai, Kavita Sanil, and Appi. While district in-charge minster, Ramanath Rai, has the potential to decide on the candidate, it is said that he prefers a candidate with overwhelming support from the corporators. It is said that Kavita Sanil has the backing of the minister, but her candidature is being opposed by a large section of the Congress corporators. Rai therefore has reportedly asked Kavita to win over the confidence of the corporators so that she can be projected as a mayoral candidate.


Pratibha Kulai, Kavita Sanil and Appi

Pratibha represents Hosabettu ward while Kavita represents Pachchanady ward. Mangalore north MLA, Mohiuddin Bava, has said that he is fine with both of them the wards they represent fall within his constituency. However, it is said that internally, he is backing the candidature of Pratibha. Both belong to Billava community.

The third person who also has some support for being fielded by the Congress for the cost happens to be Appi. Even though she belongs to scheduled caste, she got elected from a general constituency. Hence there is support for her candidature too, it is learnt. She might emerge as a surprise candidate if the tussle between Pratibha and Kavita intensifies and he party fails to decide on any one among lthem.

In the meanwhile, a delegation of corporators led by senior corporator, Bhaskar Moily, submitted a memorandum to Rai, seeking to field a candidate with unblemished track record. The delegation is supposedly opposed to the choice of Kavita's candidature as she had left th eparty earlier and fought the election.

The post of the deputy mayor has been earmarked for candidate from scheduled tribe category.


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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 19 2017

    Request the corporators to select a mayor candidate who will work for the people and not a useless person like Kavita Sanil who is useless. Concrete should have been laid from bondel church to vamanjoor. Only half work done and disappeared.

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  • Paul, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 19 2017

    In this one is of no use.she has not done any improvement in soterpete.

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  • VIzag, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 19 2017

    Soterpete roads are planned and are like USA how can you say its not improved.

    The mayor has to Consider new and Old Majila internal roads for repair.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar,Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    Whether men or women for mayoral election it is immaterial. Everybody wants to be a mayor irrespective of their eligibility just to become a Mayor for one year so that they can enjoy this privilege by becoming a Ex-Mayor designation for ever. thats all.

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  • Valerian, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    Bhaskar Moily is right. Rai should do some homework and field a candidate with unblemished track record. Congress leadership should not commit blunder just because some candidates are having the backing of the ministers.
    Forget about mayoral candidate, just take the opinion of residents Pachchanady to know whether their corporator deserves a ticket for reelection as corporator. Dignity of Mayoral post of 'Namma Magaluru' shall be upheld by the persons in authority .

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    Does BJP have any respectable ...

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  • Shibu, Dubai

    Sun, Feb 19 2017

    Who pay more will become Mayor

    1000 crore - CM post
    5-10 crore - mayor post

    we have seen in arunachal pradesh

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    I still remember Eunice Brito the first Lady Mayor of Mangalore for her service to the needy.A very loving ,kind ,simple with good thoughts.Of course she was my mothers great friend from childhood.

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  • Alphonso Rodrigues, Udupi

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    Is this a beauty contest. The bottom line is these 'mayor's can act as rubber stamp and make enough money when they end the tenure. If you see all the Corporators have buildings built after their term.

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  • ABDUL RAFIQ, Uchila

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    Smriti Irani, Meenakshi Lekhi, Shobha Kerandlaje also were the part of Beauty contest before they became MP??? This is the mindset of the BJP about women of this country.

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  • Alphonso Rodrigues, Udupi

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    Are they above from BJP or Congress?

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    Ebbhara jagala mooranevarige labha.

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  • Shibu, Dubai

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    congress culture

    kaun jyada dega usko mayor banayega.......

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