Mangalore May 19: Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), a new political party, has bagged 67 seats in the State in the recently concluded Gram Panchayat elections, informed Abdul Majeed Kodlipet, State President, SDPI.
Addressing mediapersons in a press conference held at the Press Club in the city, he said that SDPI had contested for 368 seats in the State and has won 67 seats. In Daksina Kannada, the party fielded its candidates for 273 seats out of which it has won 41. In Udupi district it has claimed 13 seats out of 31. In Coorg, 9 have been won out of 34 seats contested. In Tumkur 3 out of 9 seats have been won besides one seat each in Ramnagar, Hunasur, and Hassan, he revealed.
Bedagotta Panchayat of Kodagu will be administered by an SDPI candidate. In DK too, SDPI backed candidates will will play a major role in the administration in many places, he disclosed.
Briefing about the origin and genesis of the party he said that the party took birth last October. It is gaining a great deal of support from the people because of its ideals and social work among the poor and the minorities. The SDPI party congratulates the people and thanks them for their support, Abdul Majeed said.
He also informed that a thanksgiving programme for the winning candidates and party workers will be held on May 25 at Town Hall in which National and State leaders are also expected to participate.
Abdul Hannan, State Convener, SDPI Karnataka, Abdul Aziz Surathkal, Executive committee, SDPI Karnataka, Haneef Khan, District President, SDPI DK, were present in the press conference.