Mangaluru: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) State Unit President Prithvi C. Reddy said that Aam Aadmi Party will emerge as an alternative force to traditional political parties like Congress, JD (S) and BJP in the State.
Addressing a press conference at the Press Club in the City on Wednesday November 2, he said, “People are supporting our party by accepting the party’s ideology and development ideas. The party will emerge as a new political force in the Coastal Districts as well, Prithvi Reddy said that the Jatha organised by the AAP in Mangaluru on Tuesday November 1 has received good public support.”
“Mangaluru is not developed as it should have been. There is no other City in the State where there are three basic amenities like road with highways, sea route, airport, etc. In addition, despite having good educational facilities, no Government has given priority to the development of Mangaluru, he said and added it is not right for all developments to be Bengaluru-centric.
“In New Delhi, Government schools are recording more than 99 per cent results. Students of Government schools there have also performed well in IIT and NEET exams. There is an adverse situation in our State. The Government has also decided to charge Rs. 100 per month from the parents of Government school children here,” he said.
“New Delhi and Punjab Governments are showing zero tolerance towards corruption. But in our State, the Government is behind the 40 per cent commission racket. Shouldn’t there be positive changes in us as well?,” he asked.
There are 9 private medical colleges in Dakshina Kannada District. But there is not a single Government Medical College. There is an opportunity for higher education only for those who have money. Everyone agrees that the Surathkal tollgate is illegal. However, it has not been cleared by the BJP-led Government. Instead, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel says it was built during the Congress regime. Doesn’t Nalin know that people were fed up with the Congress rule and hence chose the BJP? Then why there was a delay in cancelling the tollgate, he questioned.
By launching our clinic programme, the State Government is mimicking AAP’s programmes. What does it mean if the opposition copies it. “It’s a recognition of our party’s governance,” he said.
Defending New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s statement that the notes should have pictures of Lakshmi and Ganapati printed on them, he said, “Caste and religion are a reality. We will not do the politics of division using them,” he said.
AAP District President Santosh Kamath said, the party was preparing vision plans for the development of Mangaluru and Dakshina Kannada Districts and would release a separate development manifesto for the Assembly constituencies.
Party’s Media Convener Venkatesh Baliga, Coastal District Coordinator Vivekananda Salins and National Committee Member Ashok Edamale were present at the press meet.