Mangaluru, May 02, 2018: Mangaluru North constituency, which lies in the vicinity of picturesque beaches and rivers providing ample opportunities for tourism, was earlier known as Suratkal constituency.
Today the constituency, delimited in 2007 after which several taluks of Moodbidri constituency became a part of Mangaluru North, cries for better infrastructure and law and order.
The constituency houses the National Institute of Technology - Karnataka (NITK) and Mangaluru Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), which are of national importance.
The total number of voters in the constituency is 2,34,826. The number of male voters is 1,14,694. The number of female voters is 1,20,124. There are 8 transgender voters.
Issues and concerns : Mangaluru North constituency comprises 40% rural and 60% urban area. Part of the constituency is under the jurisdiction of Mangaluru City Corporation and the rest, under various Gram Panchayats.
The region is being tagged as ‘communally sensitive’ after communal clashes were reported from here in the past. Organisations have been taking out demonstrations against environment pollution as a result of industrial activities here.
Vendors too have been fighting for permanent market facilities in Suratkal.
1,45,853 votes were cast during the 2013 Assembly elections. Mohiyuddin Bava is the sitting MLA who defeated his close opponent from BJP Krishna J Palemar with a margin of 5,373 votes in the 2013 elections. Bava won 69,897 votes while Palemar got 65,524 votes.
Speaking to DH, Bava, who is contesting for the second consecutive time, said that as compared to his predecessor, he has been successful in fetching more funds towards the development of the constituency.
BJP candidate Dr Y Bharat Shetty, who is in his maiden attempt to be a part of the legislative assembly, said that there are insufficient health facilities in the constituency.
CPI(M) candidate Munir Katipalla said that the issue of environment pollution caused by the industries remains unsolved.
As several candidates waited in the wings to obtain a ticket to contest from Mangaluru North, BJP leaders Satyajit Suratkal, former minister Krishna J Palemar, Congress leader and former MLA Vijay Kumar Shetty were the major aspirants who registered their protest publicly for not being given tickets to contest the elections from Mangaluru North constituency.