Mangaluru, Mar 14, 2019: Senior Congress leader and former union minister B Janardhana Poojary has declared that he would contest as a rebel candidate from Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency if the party decides to give ticket to SCDCC Bank Chief M N Rajendra Kumar or MLC Ivan D’Souza.
Speaking to reporters here on March 14, Thursday, Poojary said Rajendra Kumar who has several corruption charges against him was reportedly lobbying for a ticket. He said he would contest against M N Rajendra Kumar and Ivan D’Souza whoever among the two gets the ticket.
At the same time Poojary said he would back the candidature of former minister Ramanatha Rai, Vinaykumar Sorake or senior leader B K Hariprasad.
Poojari also stated that he would soon meet UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and seek a ticket to contest the polls.
Poojary also claimed that the public wants him to contest the elections, mainly the Konkani community. Any leader, even Prime Minister Modi can eradicate corruption provided they have a clear vision, he said.
On the decision to field a JD(S) candidate from Udupi-Chikkamagaluru constituency as per the seat sharing formula between Congress and JD(S), Poojary said he would raise the issue when he meets top leaders in Delhi and request them to field a Congress candidate.