Mangalore, August 5: Krishna Byregowda, State Youth Congress chief, and other Congress leaders on Sunday paid their tributes to Bondala Jagannath Shetty, the Congressman from the district who died in an accident.
Speaking at a condolence meet held by the district Congress at Town Hall in Mangalore, Mr. Byregowda said that he is finding it hard to believe that Mr. Shetty is no more. He fought against unconstitutional forces till his last breath, Mr.Byregowda said. Mr. Shetty was a fighter who worked towards strengthening the secular fabric of our society, he said.
B Janardana Poojary, former minister, said that Mr. Shetty was a social worker, who had contributed immensely to the society by working for the development of schools and temples of his region. A man who would raise his voice against injustice, Mr. Shetty would address the problems of the poor, Dalits and minorities, Mr. Poojary said.
Ramanath Rai, President, DK District Congress, said that Mr. Shetty had won the love and trust of all in the party. While some in the party made their way up by getting elected as MLAs and MPs, Mr. Shetty rose as a leader with his sheer participation in party activities. He had it in him to be a leader in the days to come, Mr. Rai said.
Vimnay Kumar Sorake, former MP, said that Mr. Shetty had made a mark not just in local circles but at the national level too. He had won the confidence of leaders at the national level, Mr. Sorake said.
Abhayachandra Jain, MLA, Mayor Gulzar Banu, K Ashraf, Former Mayor, Mithun Rai, District Youth Congress chief, and other Congress leaders such as Ivan D’Souza, Suresh Ballal, Kallige Taranath Shetty, Moideen Bava, Farooq Ullal, Yashvanti Alva, M S Muhammad, T K Sudhir, Arun Coelho, Ashwin Kumar Rai also paid their tributes to Mr. Shetty on the occasion.