Bantwal, May 02, 2018: In a statement that could very well kick off a political storm, DK District in-charge Minister and Congress candidate from Bantwal, B Ramanatha Rai has alleged that it was at the behest of BJP man Sukumar Shetty who is the current BJP candidate from Byndoor, that he initiated steps to stop the sanction of Kollur temple funds towards the mid-day meals at the Kalladka and Punacha schools.
Rai said so while addressing a meeting of Mahila Congress at Sajipamunnur on May 1, Tuesday. Rai said it was Sukumar Shetty who informed him about the temple grants towards the two schools. He said he was told that it was nothing but a daylight robbery initiated by BJP Leaders to help their own men. He said he also thought why the two schools sought temple funds instead of getting enrolled for the mid-day meal scheme of the government.
ZP Member Chandraprakash Shetty, Cashew Development Corporation Chairman B H Khader and others were present.
Several BJP workers joined the Congress party on the occasion.