MANGALURU: Congress candidate for South-West Graduates constituency S P Dinesh on Tuesday accused Legislative Council chairperson D H Shankaramurthy of campaigning for South-West Graduates constituency's BJP candidate Ayanuru Manjunath.
Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, he said Shankaramurthy, who is holding a constitutional post cannot campaign for a party.
"Ayanuru Manjunath has sent campaign materials with pictures of Shankaramurthy to all voters through post. Has it come to your notice? Are you keeping quiet even after seeing it?," he sought to know from Shankaramurthy.
Congress candidates for South West Teachers constituency K K Manjunath Kumar slammed Pre University Education department officials over their decision to reopen PU colleges on May 2.
Kumar said traditionally the schools and colleges get summer holidays in April and May because of the high temperature and drinking water crisis. But the officials who are not aware of this have decided to reopen on May 2, which is not right. Due to drinking water problem, running hostels will be difficult in many districts during summer. Hence, the PU colleges should not be reopened on May 2, they urged, failing which they threatened to stage a protest.
Manjunath Kumar said students who have availed RTE seats are finding difficult to adjust to unaided private schools. Hence, instead of spending Rs 11,000 on RTE students each, the government should use the funds to improve the infrastructure in government schools. Due to RTE, he said many government schools are being closed down owing to lack of students.
He said the universal health card should be extended to teachers of unaided government schools.
Government should fix minimum wages to teachers of unaided schools and form laws to provide them job security.
He said if Kannada medium schools are not getting students, then they should be allowed to convert them into English medium schools.