Congress Starts ‘paymayor’ Campaign In Twin Cities | Hubballi News – Times of India


Hubballi: Ahead of the assembly elections in the state next year, the Congress has upped the ante in its campaign against the ruling BJP.
The party is eager to bolster its presence at the grassroots, and it appears as though the local units of the Congress have hit upon the idea of emulating the state leadership to achieve this goal.
While the senior leaders of the Karnataka Congress have launched the ‘PayCM’ campaign, seeking accountability from the government on various allegations of corruption, the thrust of this drive appears to have percolated to the lower echelons of the party, as evidenced by the ‘PayMAYOR’ campaign in Hubballi-Dharwad.
On the one hand, the campaign is gaining traction on the cyberspace, while, on the ground, workers and functionaries of the Congress have been plastering walls with ‘PayCM’ posters.
The Congress has alleged that the twin cities’ mayor, Iresh Anchatageri, of misappropriating funds earmarked for HDMC for a felicitation event.
Congress functionaries in Hubballi-Dharwad are charging the mayor with misusing Rs 1.5 crore, meant for development, on the ceremony at which President Droupadi Murmu was felicitated.
Youth Congress functionary for the Vidyanagar block of the party, Rajat Ulagaddimath said, “The mayor had claimed that the HDMC was not charged for use of the grounds, while food at the event was provided free of cost by an NGO. If this is the case, why is Anchatageri now saying that Rs 1.3 crore to Rs 1.5 crore was spent on the event. The only expense for the HDMC was the pandal, and does this cost Rs 1.5 crore?”
Ulagaddimath asked why the mayor had asked the agency that had provided the pandal for the quotation after the event, as against deciding on a price before. “This event was advertised with HDMC funds, with posters bearing the photographs of BJP leaders. The mayor must furnish all information on the expenses. If he cannot respond to thecharges, he must step down,” he said.
Anchatageri, when asked about these allegations, dismissed them as unfounded. “This is a cheap publicity stunt by the Congress to tarnish the HDMC and the President. I am responsible for receiving and inviting guests, but not payment.
HUBBALLI:The felicitation event was held in accordance with the norms prescribed by the office of the President. I have asked the HDMC commissioner to ensure that all information on expenses incurred for the event be made public,” Anchatageri said and challenged the Congress to furnish evidence of wrongdoing.
He has filed a complaint with the police against twin cities’ Congress functionaries, Rajat Ulagaddimath, Deepak Chinchore and Manjunath for levelling baseless allegations against him.





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