Udupi, Feb 18, 2016: T.V. Hegde, president of the Udupi district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said on Wednesday that the party would win 18 out of the 26 seats in the Udupi Zilla Panchayat (ZP) and retain power.
Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Hegde said that the candidates supported by the BJP had won in 102 gram panchayats out of the 155 gram panchayats in the elections held in May 2015. The results of the recent by-elections to the three Assembly seats, in which the BJP won two, would also have an impact on the zilla and taluk panchayat elections, he said.
Another important aspect was that the Independent MLA from Kundapur Assembly Constituency Halady Srinivas Shetty was backing the BJP candidates in the zilla and taluk panchayat elections in Kundapur taluk.
The BJP, which was ruling the Udupi Zilla Panchayat, had provided a transparent administration without any corruption scandals. The party had passed a resolution in the zilla panchayat urging the government to implement the Paschimavahini project, which envisaged construction of vented dams across West-flowing rivers. If it came to power again, the BJP would pursue this project. It would also give priority to upgrading the District Government Hospital, he said.
He said that during the campaigning for the elections he had found that people in different parts of the district still remembered schemes such as Bhagyalakshmi, Sandhya Suraksha and bicycles given to high school students during the Yeddyurappa Government.
The results of the by-polls in the three Assembly elections would give an impetus to infighting in the Congress and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah might even have to step down, Mr. Hegde said.
Mattar Ratnakar Hegde, Sandhya Ramesh and Ravi Amin, BJP leaders, were present.