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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (DV)
Mangaluru, Nov 29: Leader of Opposition in Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) Praveen Chandra Alva today alleged that several poor people were approaching the corporators seeking houses for them. But, the corporation had failed to provide houses to the poor for the last six years. The MLA of the constituency too had failed to provide the houses to the poor.
Speaking at the MCC general meeting here on Wednesday, November 29, he said, “When I got elected as corporator for the first time, title deeds were distributed to 900 homeless people which gave me real happiness. But, later, in six years none received a house. What is the MLA doing?” he questioned.
BJP corporators Jagadish Shetty and Shakila Kava charged that the opposition party members were spreading falsehood. “How can you be happy without providing housing facility for the poor?” they questioned.
MCC chief whip Premananda Shetty alleged that the opposition is politicising the issue.
“It does not come under the Mayor’s powers. The former MLA distributed title deeds without approval from the government in Shakthinagar eyeing elections,” the ruling BJP corporators said.
“It is a problem of the poor people. Union and State governments should join hands to construct houses for the poor. But, how many houses did the present MLA construct for the homeless? We are not indulging in any politics here. But, we are discussing the problem of the homeless. If you cannot provide houses to the poor, our government is in power and we will make a provision to provide houses for the poor,” said Praveen Chandra Alva.
Mayor Sudhir Shetty Kannur, MCC Commissioner Anand CL and others were present.