Hoping to make electoral gains by the party, scores of auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers joined the DK Shivakumar-led Congress on Saturday. Tanveer Pasha, the president of the Ola Uber Drivers&Owners Association along with the Karnataka State Auto&Taxi Fed was inducted into the party by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar. Jai Bharat Auto Drivers Association president Chandra also joined the Congress. This is yet another blow to the JD(S) as Pasha headed the regional party's transport unit.
Meanwhile, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy was expecting to cash in on the drivers' sentiments when he backed the launch of a new app-based cab aggregator service Namma TYGR in 2017. Shivakumar said that the Congress would fight for the rights of the drivers who faced injustice during the Covid-19 lockdown. During the lockdown, we scaled pressure on the govt to announce an aid of Rs10,000/pm to help the drivers as their lives were affected. The state government announced a one-time aid of just Rs 5,000 to only 7.75 lakh drivers.
Shivkumar added that, there are 32 lakh licensed drivers in the state. Not even 10-percent of the drivers have received the Rs5,000 aid that was announced. Also, the activation of a new drivers cell of the KPCC, was announced by him . The party wants to make the most of the on-boarding of Pasha and his associates in the upcoming November 3 Rajarajesh warinagar by poll.