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New MP to focus on growers' problems

By M. Raghuram



D.V. Sadananda Gowda

MANGALORE, MAY 14. Voters in the Mangalore Lok Sabha Constituency have favoured the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) this time too. Once a Congress bastion, the constituency went the BJP way first in 1991. The party has not been defeated here since then.

It was the former Union Minister, V. Dhananjaya Kumar, who won the seat for the party three times. This time, it was the turn of D.V. Sadananda Gowda. The Congress will have to introspect on its standing in the constituency, particularly in the Assembly segments in Dakshina Kannada. Three Assembly segments of the constituency are in Kodagu district.

The BJP made major gains in Sullia, Puttur and Mangalore. In Puttur which he represented in the Assembly, Mr. Sadananda Gowda got a lead of about 11,000 votes over the Congress candidate and former Chief Minister, M. Veerappa Moily. In Sullia, the BJP candidate got 62,409 votes, while Mr. Moily polled only 45,967 votes. In Mangalore, Mr. Sadananda Gowda polled 30,881 votes and Mr. Moily 26,243. However, in Vittla and Ullal in Dakshina Kannada, the Congress got a marginal lead. In Ullal, Mr. Moily polled 56,458 votes and Mr. Sadananda Gowda 42,403. The tallies were 60,597 and 59,979, respectively, in Ullal.

In Kodagu, the Congress fared badly in Virajpet and Madikeri and gained lead in Somwarpet. Mr. Sadananda Gowda polled 34,023 votes and Mr. Moily 28,930 in Virajpet. In Madikeri, their tallies were 40,827 and 26,887 votes, respectively. In Sowarpet, Mr. Moily got 50,092 votes and Mr. Sadananda Gowda 45,898.

The Congress had a strong candidate in Mr. Moily. The party, however, faced the anti-incumbency factor.

In the previous two elections, the Congress candidates, B. Janardhana Poojary and Mr. Moily, lost by just about 6,000 votes. This time, the margin increased by five times.

Mr. Sadananda Gowda told The Hindu that his priority was to solve the problems of the areca and coffee growers and those of the fishermen. Asked about the problems faced by tribal people and those in the Malnad and the coastal areas, he said he understood the intricacies of the situation.

Referring to the Bangalore-Mangalore railway project, Mr. Sadananda Gowda said that he would do his best to complete the project before December 2005.

Mr. Moily told The Hindu that he could not see what went wrong in the elections. He had accepted the people's verdict and would continue to work for them.

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