|BSP, a deciding factor in State|
|DH News Service,Bangalore:|
The State Unit of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is gearing up to face the coming Assembly elections. Also, Mayawati’s 20-page appeal to the voters as to why they should vote for the BSP will be released shortly, the BSP General Secretary P G R Sindhia said in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Addressing press persons he said it was heartening to note that several veteran politicians were accepting the party’s ideology.
“There is no doubt about the BSP becoming a deciding factor in the formation of the new government in the State,” he said.
Reiterating that the BSP was working towards becoming “an inclusive party,” Mr Sindhia said many people from the ‘upper castes’ were also planning to join the party.
The BSP, he said, was the first national party that had recognised the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is The Great Prabuddha Bharath Christians as a marginalised class, he added.
|Tuesday, April 22, 2008|
Know your constituency
C V Raman Nagar Assembly Constituency (Reserved for SC) is a house of reputed institutions like Defence Ministry’s DRDO, LRDE, ADE and other departments and several software firms. It is a new constituency owing to fresh delimitation of constituencies, and comprises six wards under BBMP.
Airport ward, Jeevanbhima Nagar, Benniganahalli, C V Raman Nagar wards which earlier belonged to Varthur constituency; and Hoysalanagar and Sarvagnanagar wards that earlier beloned Bharathinagar constituency form C V Raman Nagar Constituency.
In previous Palike elections, JD(U)’s Munireddy, BJP’s Pratima Raghy, congress’ Reena Janardhana had won from Jeevanbhimanagar, Sir C V Raman Nagar and Airport wards, respectively. Congress party’s G Amuda, Munivenktatappa and Indiara had won from Hoysala Nagar, Benniganahalli and Sarvagnanagar wards, respectively.
BJP has fielded former MLA S Raghu as its candidate. Congress candidate is K C Vijaykumar and JD(S) aspirant is Manohar.
Total number: 2,19,473
Padmanabhanagar Assembly constituency is one of the new constituencies carved out of the erstwhile Uttarahalli Assembly Constituency, which was one of the largest constituencies in the country.
Although it apparently seems developed, not only its outskirts but central areas also lack many basic amenities. The roads just half a kilometre inside the main road lack asphalting and there is problem for drinking water. Despite all this, land rates have reached skies similar to other parts of city, while at some places, a few tanks have vanished.
This constituency comprises of Padmanabhanagar ward, Ganesha Mandira ward, both were being represented by BJP corporators earlier and Yediyur ward which was with Congress. Previous to the last term, JD(S) corporator Padmavathi Gangadhara Gowda from Yediyur had climbed the mayor’s post.
JD(S) National president and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda’s house and office is in this constituency. Hence it is a prestigious constituency for JD(S) and other parties have also taken this seriously.
The candidates: JD(S) - M V Prasad Babu(Kabaddi Babu) who had represented state in national Kabaddi and the country in Asiad Olympics. BJP - former health minister R Ashok. Congress - Dr Gurappa Naidu.
Total number: 2,19,769
A total of 66 assembly constituencies in 10 districts will go to polls in the second phase.
According to the affidavit which the minister has submitted to K R Puram Returning Officer M Ashok along with his nomination papers, the above mentioned tax includes the Rs 2,05,830 filed as income tax by his wife Manjula.
The affidavit states that Krishnappa owns property worth Rs 7,28,85,000. This includes property worth Rs 2,09,25,000 registered in his wife’s name. That apart, Krishnappa has a total bank balance of Rs 26,94,619; and his wife’s bank account has a sum of Rs 2,06,937.
Krishnappa owns agricultural land in K R Puram Hobli and Kolar District, and non-agricultural land in Devasandra and Basavanapura villages of K R Puram Hobli in Bangalore.
That apart, he owns commercial buildings in Devasandra, Kalkere and Basavanapura villages and residential buildings in K R Puram, Devasandra and Hennur-Banaswadi Layout.
Krishnappa has a debt of Rs 95,79,600. He owes this amount to Syndicate and Punjab National Banks. Besides this, his wife Manjula owes Rs 9,85,377 to Syndicate Bank.
Election observers appointed
BANGALORE: Election observers have been appointed in Bangalore Rural district. V.P. Pyarelal (Hoskote), Ashok Dhongre (Devanahalli) Tewang Konwak (Doddaballapur) and Pradeep Kumar (Nelamangala) have been appointed election observers. P.R. Lakre will be the observer for expenses in Doddaballapur and Nelamangala Assembly constituencies and Jagadish Prasad Jangid will be the observer for expenses in Hoskote and Devanhalli Assembly constituencies. — Staff Reporter
Janata Dal (Secular) workers on the campaign trail were in for a big surprise when villagers of Shettikere gave them handbills recently instead of the other way around.
At every house that they visited they were given a handbill that read: “We want water, not a colour TV or rice at cheaper rates or a sari or shirt-piece.”
The people of Shettikere and surrounding villages have decided to give these handbills to all political party workers coming to them for votes. The handbill is printed in the name of Shettikere and Suttamuttala Gramastharu.
Congress workers’ protest blocks road
|Demand that their leaders be nominated by the party to contest Assembly elections|
Bangalore: The police had to be called in to disperse the crowd in front of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office on Queen’s Road. Followers of R.V. Devaraj, who has been denied a ticket to contest from Chickpet constituency, were blocking the road during peak hour on Tuesday morning.
Around the same time, Congress workers from Rajajinagar and Mahalakshmi Layout constituencies also arrived, demanding that their leaders, Puttaraju, former Deputy Mayor of Bangalore, and Nagaraju be given ticket.
The Congress high command has withheld its decision to nominate P.R. Ramesh, former Mayor of Bangalore, whose request to contest from Chickpet constituency had been approved. He has not been given the B form for filing his nomination papers. A final decision on the nominee will be taken on Wednesday.
Mr. Devaraj, a close associate of the former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna, gave up the Chamarajpet seat, which he won in the 1999 elections, to allow Mr. Krishna to contest from there in the 2004 elections. Though he was accommodated in the Legislative Council, he resigned from the Council to contest the byelection following the resignation of Mr. Krishna after he was appointed Governor of Maharashtra. But Mr. Devaraj lost to Zamir Ahmed Khan of the Janata Dal (Secular).
Now that parts of the old Chamarajpet constituency have been included in Chickpet constituency after the delimitation process, Mr. Devaraj has sought to be nominated from Chickpet.
Owners of shops and establishments on J.C. Road, where Mr. Devaraj’s office is situated, and surrounding areas, which form part of Chamarajpet constituency, downed shutters in support of his candidature. Sources said that the party was in a fix on nominating a candidate for the Jayanagar Assembly constituency. It had announced in the first list of candidates that Samiullah would be the nominee. But the decision had to be kept in abeyance following serious reservations expressed by party workers and members of the public, sources said.
A large number of Vokkaligas in the party have reportedly urged the high command to field Mr. Krishna. The party, sources said, may ask the veteran Congressman to contest from either Maddur or Jayanagar.
The Vokkaligara Vedike of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee has criticised the high command for not fielding Mr. Krishna.
Vokkaligas and OBCs resent low representation
|OBC Cell chairman Ananth leaves Congress, joins the BSP|
They are protesting against unfair Congress seat distribution in the first phase of elections
‘Congress paying lip service to Other Backward Classes’
Bangalore: The resentment by the Congress aspirants deprived of ticket to contest in the Assembly elections is snowballing into a major crisis. The latest to join the protest are the Vokkaligara Vedike and the Backward Classes Cell of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, who have protested against low representation to them in the first phase of elections in 11 districts.
Addressing separate press conferences, the cell chairman L.R. Ananth alleged that not a single person from the weavers and Vishwakarma castes has been accommodated by the Congress. He announced that he was joining the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). He said that the National General Secretary of the BSP, P.G.R. Sindhia had assured five seats to weavers in the elections, including Chickpet, where he would contest. Kadur Chandramma of the Janata Dal (S) also joined the BSP.
He said that though it was “painful” to sever relations with the Congress after 35 years of association with it, he had no option. The Congress, he alleged, was paying “lip service” to the Other Backward Classes, particularly the minorities from among them.
The vedike president T.V. Maruthi and C.R. Narayanappa, members, All India Congress Committee and G.C. Chandrasekhar, member of KPCC said that there was a gradual erosion of the number of seats to the Vokkaligas. In early 1970s, the caste used to get 65 seats and it had dwindled to 28 in the first phase of elections, while the number of Vokkaligas had gone up by 1.5 per cent and 95 constituencies were dominated by them, they said. The number of Lok Sabha seats for the community had shrunk to five from nine.
Jayanagar and Basavanagudi, they said, were Vokkaliga-Brahmin constituencies, but they had been given to others, including one to a Scheduled Caste (Bhovi), though the latter category had 36 reserved seats. They took objection to shifting the former minister Ramalinga Reddy, who belonged to the Vemana Reddy caste to B.T.M. Layout, depriving another seat to the Vokkaligas by giving it to a Muslim.
Mr. Narayanappa and Mr. Maruthi, alleged that Vokkaligas were gradually being driven out of their ancestral town. Such a trend was resulting in the erosion of the Congress base in the Old Mysore districts and it was time for the party to “wake up”, they said.
The Vokkaliga leaders demanded that at least 53 seats should be given to them, commensurate with their population in the State.
The prospect of a rebellion loomed large over the Congress party Karnataka in the wake of the release of first list of candidates for 84 assembly constituencies scheduled to go polls in the first phase of assembly polls next month.
Former Federal Minister C K Jaffer Sharief, who returned to Bangalore from New Delhi on Sunday, convened a meeting of his supporters at a resort on the outskirts of the City after the party leadership denied a ticket to his grandson Rahman Sharief from a constituency in Bangalore.
Reacting to Congress leadership’s decision against providing party tickets to the kin of senior Congress leaders, Sharief said the party should follow the same yardstick across the country.
Sharief, who has been named as the Chairman of the Congress party’s manifesto committee for the ensuing assembly polls in Karnataka, has expressed deep sense of hurt and dissatisfaction over the party’s decision to deny his grandson a party ticket.
Sharief, who has convened a meeting of his followers, is understood to be under tremendous pressure to quit the Congress and join other parties like the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) or the JD (S).
Similiarly, hundreds of Congress workers went on a rampage in Turuvekere in Tumkur district, stoning vehicles and setting fire to party flags in protest against the denial of ticket to cine star Jaggesh.
Jaggesh, who lost the 2004 polls as a Congress candidate, was hopeful of winning the polls during the ensuing polls. In the wake of the Congress party’s decision to deny him a ticket, Jaggesh threatened to resign from the party and contest as an independent.
Similiarly, former Federal Minister Ambareesh, who is also upset over the selection of candidates, has threatened to enter the fray from Srirangapatna assembly constituency though the Congress has already named Ravindra Srikantaiah as its official nominee.
Meanwhile, trouble is also brewing for the Congress in S M Krishna’s native Mandya district, where several unsuccessful aspirants have threatened to quit the party and join hands with the BJP
Former MLAs L R Shivarame Gowda, M S Athmananda, Kempe Gowda and Prakash, besides Madhu Made Gowda, all of whom were denied Congress tickets, met in a hotel in Bangalore and decided to explore possibilities of joining hands with the BJP.
BJP leader and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said the party leadership will discuss the matter as the BJP does not have good candidates to field in Mandya district.
BJP-JD(U) alliance in tatters
|JD(U) demands that it be given 25 seats; BJP ready to offer only 10|
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (United) alliance in Karnataka has been virtually abandoned with the JD(U) on Friday releasing its first list of candidates for 24 seats. The BJP has already declared 185 candidates in three lists.
Senior JD(U) leaders here indicated that the JD(U) would contest around 40 to 50 seats. And by no means would it be a “friendly contest”. “Aar paar ki ladai hogi” (it will be a fight to the finish), sources said.
Five rounds of talks between the two parties have yielded no breakthrough, with the BJP ready to offer only four seats from the list of 25 initially given by the JD(U). It was also admitted that the JD(U) would have settled for some specified seats where the party had credible candidates. Although at one point the BJP seemed ready to part with 10 seats, except for four the rest were seats the JD (U) did not want.
Over several decades the original Janata Dal has split several times. But party leaders cannot forget that it was a force in Karnataka, with several Chief Ministers from the Janata family — Ramakrishna Hegde (1983), S.R. Bommai (1985), H.D. Deve Gowda (1994) and J.H. Patel (1996).
Said a senior JD(U) leader, “The Janata Dal was the main opposition party in Karnataka for many decades. Its base was among the Lingayats, the Vokkaligas, Kurubas, other backward castes and Muslims. It is this base that the BJP has slowly captured and reduced our space.”
The party expected “big brother” BJP to be more generous, as the Shiromani Akali Dal was to the BJP in Punjab despite the fact that in the 2000 Assembly elections the BJP had won just four of some 20 odd-seats that it contested. “In Karnataka the BJP is pointing out that we won only five of 25 seats we contested in alliance during the last Assembly elections. Was that logic used against them by the Akalis in Punjab? Also, in the last Assembly elections in Karnataka, the BJP contested 198 seats, winning less than 40 per cent.”
What has disconcerted the JD(U) leadership is that after BJP’s president Rajnath Singh himself announced that there would be a BJP-JD(U) alliance in Karnataka, the BJP State unit has worked to completely sabotage it, offering terms that were simply not acceptable.
At the moment the mood in the JD(U) is sombre. It is ready to hit back in Bihar where it has an upper hand. And the BJP’s grouse is that in a spate of some 12 years the party has become the junior partner in Bihar where the JD(U) has grown at its expense. “In 1995, the then Samata Party (which later became the JD-U) had only six seats when the BJP had 36 in the Bihar Assembly,” said a BJP leader.
BSP disrupts parliament over Uttar Pradesh relief package
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) forced adjournments of both houses of parliament Tuesday over its demand for a Rs.800 billion development package for Uttar Pradesh and maintained its long-standing proposal had nothing to do with Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s recent visits to parts of the state.
‘Our demand is not 15 days or a month old. We first made the demand for a special package of Rs.800 billion for Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions of Uttar Pradesh in June 2007. This demand has nothing to do with any individual or leader from any political party,’ Satish Chandra Mishra, BSP MP and national general secretary of the party, told reporters.
BSP MPs disrupted proceedings of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha soon after the two houses met for question hour. They raised slogans against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and alleged discrimination against Uttar Pradesh.
In the Rajya Sabha, the BSP members left their allotted seats and were heard shouting ‘Uttar Pradesh ke saath bhed bhav band karo, band karo!’ (Stop discriminating against Uttar Pradesh).
The presiding officers in both houses tried to pacify the members but were forced to adjourn proceedings when the protesters remained unrelenting.
In the Lok Sabha, BSP launched a veiled attack on Gandhi for ‘politicising’ issues related to farmers in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and demanded a discussion about the plight of farmers of Bundelkhand.
Visiting the region Friday, Gandhi led protesting farmers and forced officials to hear their complaints about the rural job guarantee scheme, a flagship programme of the Manmohan Singh government.
Failing to pacify the BSP MPs, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the house till 12 p.m.
Later the MPs displayed placards and raised slogans at the entrance of the parliament building, accusing the government of failing to stop the price rise.
Mishra said Uttar Pradesh had been ruled for 57 years since independence by the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and other non-BSP governments and they were responsible for widespread poverty and backwardness in Bundelkhand and Purvanchal.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: ‘Constructive suggestions for the development of any region are welcome. But there should be no political motive behind them.’
He argued that the Planning Commission had made ‘unprecedented allocations’ to Uttar Pradesh.
‘To press for more funds the state should take up the issue with the Finance Commission as per the norm. It can also ask for the Backward Area Regional Fund,’ Singhvi suggested.
But Mishra countered the argument that enough funds had been provided and the state had failed to fully utilize them.
‘It is wrong to say that we have not been able to utilize the funds allocated to the state. I have all details which show that this is untrue,’ he said.
BSP, which gives outside support to the UPA government, has given two months to the ruling coalition to sanction the funds, threatening to withdraw support if the demand was not met. It has 17 members in the Lok Sabha.
The BSP MPs’ move to stall parliament proceedings is being seen as an indicator of the sharpening differences between the Congress and the BSP.
New Delhi, April 22 Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi Tuesday tried in vain to plead with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) members not to disrupt question hour in the Lok Sabha. He was seen placating the BSP members, who had given notice to suspend question hour to take up the problems of drought in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.
When question hour began, the BSP members got to their feet and used lung power to force anadjournment of the house for almost an hour.
Dasmunsi held the parliamentary affairs portfolio till recently
BSP brings Parliament to a standstill over Bundelkhand issue
Stepping up pressure on the United Progressive Alliance government, Mayawati'’’s Bahujan Samaj Party on Tuesday forced brief adjournments in both the Houses of Parliament, demanding an immediate financial package of Rs 80,000 crore for Uttar Pradesh.
Stop politics in name of Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal,” the BSP members shouted in the Lok Sabha while demanding assistance for development of the two backward regions.
The BSP has raised the pitch on the issue in recent days with UP Chief Minister Mayawati threatening to withdraw support to the Centre if it failed to provide the package and bring down prices of essential commodities.
As soon as the new members took oath and Speaker Somnath Chatterjee read out a message on Earth Day, BSP member Brajesh Pathak demanded suspension of the Question Hour to take up discussion on the plight of farmers in Bundelkhand.
Newly sworn-in members of the BSP Akbar Ahmad Dumpy and Kushal Tiwari also joined the noisy protests, prompting the Speaker to take a swipe at them for their behaviour on the first day.
The Speaker, however, refused to suspend the Question Hour saying the matter could be taken in the Zero Hour. The BSP members continued with their slogan shouting and amid the din, Chatterjee adjourned the Lok Sabha for 50 minutes till noon.
When the House reassembled, BSP members raised slogans and later staged a walkout.
Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha where BSP member S C Mishra demanded a discussion on the ‘burning issue’ of drought in the region. Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the Rajya Sabha for 15 minutes as BSP members indulged in slogan shouting, disrupting the proceedings.
Mishra and other BSP members continued to raise slogans after the Upper House met again. The Chairman refused to accede to their demand, asking them to raise the issue during the Zero Hour. The unhappy BSP members then staged a walkout.
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U.P. probe into land allotment for Amar Singh begins
|Plot allotment in posh Lucknow area was made by Mulayam government|
Probe being held by Principal Secretary, Urban Development
First allotment made under Economically Weaker Section scheme
LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government has initiated an enquiry into allotment of a plot to Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh in the posh Gomtinagar area here.
The probe, ordered by Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday, is being conducted by S.R. Lakha, Principal Secretary, Urban Development. The proceedings commenced on Tuesday after files were submitted to him by the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA).
The plot was allotted to Mr. Singh under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) scheme. He applied for a small plot in 1993 when Mulayam Singh was Chief Minister.
Subsequently, a 35-square metre plot was allotted to him under the scheme in the Vikas Khand area by the LDA.
According to LDA rules, for the benefit under the scheme, the applicant’s annual income has to be less than Rs.12,000.
Later, the allotment at Vikas Khand was cancelled and a 288-square metre plot was provided to Mr. Amar Singh in the prime Vipul Khand location. Some time later, a 354-square metre plot was allotted at Vipul Khand after cancelling the earlier allotment.
The fresh allotment was made during Mr. Mulayam Singh’s regime when Mr. Amar Singh was Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Development Council.
Part of bungalow
Informed sources said the 354-square metre plot formed part of the 708.50-square metre plot at Vipul Khand on which Mr. Amar Singh’s bungalow “Aishwarya” has been constructed.
The house warming ceremony was held at February-end this year. Mr. Mulayam Singh, actor Amitabh Bachchan, his son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Bachchan and Samajwadi MP Jayapradha were present.