Mysuru: Melukote JDS MLA C. S. Puttaraju said that Mandya MP Sumalatha would join BJP on Saturday March 11. She plans to join BJP in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but since it is Government programme and there is no chance for inclusion hence she is joining the party a day early.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday March 9 after performing bhoomi pooja for construction of pandal for the closing function of Pancharatna Ratha Yatra to be held on March 26 next at Uthanalli near Chamundi Hill. He said that JDS has a stake in the construction of the Mysuru – Bengaluru Tenlane Expressway, the NHAI did not give contract to build highway to Mysuru – Kodagu MP Pratap Simha. Pratap Simha is walking around claiming that he has built the Highway alone. He said he was also an MP, and claimed he struggled to get the Highway sanctioned, he said.
He said when there was a Coalition Government in the State, Kumaraswamy made a preliminary alignment for this project and approved this Highway. Any Government at the Centre should cooperate with this project. But MP Pratap Simha posing as Chief Engineer claiming he has done this project step by step. He criticised that hundreds of families from Bengaluru , Channapatna, Ramanagara, Mandya and Srirangapattana areas have been affected by this Highway.
He said no matter who ever comes to Mandya, either Prime Minister Narendra Modi, or Home Minister Amit Shah but , JDS is dominant in Mandya. Here there is competition between Congress and JDS. If Raitha Sangh and BJP are strong in Mandya, votes will be divided, directly. This will benefit JDS. No one else’s game will be played here, Mandya is the stronghold of JD (S) this time as well, said Puttaraju.
He said that nearly 10 lakh workers would participate in historic closing ceremony of the Pancharatna Yatra to be held on March 26 near Uttanahalli at the foot of the Chamundi Hill in Mysuru, i.e. Chamundeshwari Constituency. In all, 10 lakh people will participate in this programme.