Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-12-02 16:32 Mangaluru: Congress leader Suresh Ballal is the new chairman of Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA). The government made the appointment after previous chairmanIbrahim Kodichal completed his term. Ballal is expected to take charge on Monday. Sources said that Ballal emerged favourite among Santhosh Kumar Shetty and Sadashiva Ullal, who too were strong contenders for the post. With the appointment, Ballal has finally been recognised in the party. For, during Assembly elctions, Ballal – a prominent leader from Jain community – was a strong contender from Mangaluru city. But Ivan D’Souza was given the ticket, who eventually lost against Yogish Bhatt of BJP. Later, in 2013 general elections, the Congress fielded retired KAS officer JR Lobo and won the seat.