“Is Raghupathi Bhat ready to accept a challenge on this front of winning election and retire from politics if his party fails to perform as per his prediction?” MLA Pramod Madwaraj questioned.
Pramod challenged former MLA after, Raghupati Bhat, has claimed that his party, BJP, will win in four zilla panchayat constituencies within the Udipi legislative assembly constituency. Pramod was speaking after releasing a booklet on grants brought during his period as MLA, sanctions, and various development works conducted in his area of operation, at a press conference held at the Congress office in Udipi. About the reference made by Bhat to ten percent commission on grants Pramod had earlier spoken of, Madhwaraj said that BJP MLAs like Raghupati Bhat collect such commission. Bhat earlier said his earnings in thousands, how he now owning crores of rupees hotel, Pramod asked.
Pramod Madwaraj stated that Raghupati Bhat’s claim that five crore rupees was released for the construction of postgraduate centre in Uppoor was false. He said that the proposed centre stands shifted to Belapu, and a GTTC training centre with an outlay of Rs. 40 crore is being built at Uppoor. “Youngsters getting trained here are assured of jobs. This is an achievement of Congress government” he added. About his failure to upgrade Brahmavar into a municipality, he said Kaup could get recognition as municipality because of efforts put in by minister, Sorake. He said that he has accepted responsibility for turning Brahmavar into municipality and that this will happen shortly. Municipal president, Yuvaraj P; district women Congress president, Veronica Carnelio, Janardhana Tonse and several other leaders of the party were present.