Will Mithun Rai Break BJP’s Winning Streak in Dakshina Kannada?
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Mangaluru, a coastal town 350 km away from Karnataka’s capital, has become the site of an ideological battle.
The Congress has decided to field Mithun Rai from Dakshina Kannada, a long-time bastion of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has not lost the seat for the last seven terms.
Rai is set to contest against the sitting MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, a two-time incumbent. Rai’s main poll planks, on which he is attacking Kateel, are the lack of development in the region, unemployment, and a resurgence in communal violence that has long polarised the community in Mangaluru.
We caught up with the Congress greenhorn on how he plans to break the BJP jinx in the Hindutva hotbed that is Dakshina Kannada.
How Does he Plan to Break the Jinx?
“I have a lot of strategies, basically I’m a local boy, I know the pulse of the youth. The youths of our district are facing a huge problem of unemployment. You don’t provide employment, that leads to people (getting) involved in anti-social activities, leads to youngsters getting involved in moral policing. It leads to youngsters getting involved in communal riots.”Mithun Rai