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A temporary setback: Rai

By Our Staff Correspondent

BANTWAL, MAY 19. The former Transport Minister, B. Ramanath Rai, has described his defeat in the elections as a temporary setback.

Terming it part and parcel of a politician's career, Mr. Rai vowed to stage a comeback in the next elections.

The former Minister also said he would continue to work for the weaker and downtrodden sections of society.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Rai blamed his political opponents for unleashing a vindictive campaign against him in the run-up to the elections, which led to his defeat.

Mr. Rai said he would work for strengthening the Congress not only in the taluk but also in Dakshina Kannada district.

He thanked the voters of Bantwal for electing him four times to the Assembly.

Mr. Rai brushed aside allegations by his opponents that he was partial towards people of a certain caste or community.

The former Minister said he had acted in an impartial manner during his tenure as an MLA.

Blaming successive years of drought in the State for the defeat of the Congress in Karnataka, Mr. Rai said the State Government tried its best to manage the situation. He regretted that the people had not taken note of it.

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