Mangaluru: Congress members burnt effigy of Member of Parliament (MP) Nalin Kumar Kateel during the protest over delay in flyover work at Pumpwell on Wednesday.
Former MLA J R Lobo said, "It has been 8 years since the Pumpwell over-bridge work was undertaken. Why is central government delaying construction of this very small flyover? When a small development work is stopped in the city Nalin Kumar Kateel questions and blames MCC and the state government. Now this flyover is delayed by 8 years and he has become mute spectator."
“He has not done anything to the district. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) officials have not maintained any of the roads as the roads are filled with potholes. We do not need MP like Nalin who only gives assurance. The conditions of NHAI roads are very critical and due to potholes several lives have been lost in accidents, be it at Pumpwell, Nanthoor or KPT." he attacked.
Youth Congress president Mithun Rai said, "We are not doing this protest for the sake of publicity, but to show our support to the people of Mangaluru. When the UPA government was in power, funds were released for the flyover project. The MP has taken 8 long years but no work is complete. Nalin is an illiterate MP who does not know basic Hindi or English. I do not know who named him as number 1 MP. I think he is a self-proclaimed MP."