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Online edition of India’s National Newspaper
Sunday, Jun 01, 2008

Governor should trust us, says BJP

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday took exception to the reported stand of Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur that its government should prove its majority on the floor of the Assembly before convening a joint session of both Houses.

BJP State president D.V. Sadananda Gowda, talking to journalists here after meeting leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, termed the stand a “mockery of democracy.”

Mr. Gowda said the government expected the Governor to first address a joint session of the legislature. But he was insisting that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa first prove his strength on the floor of the Assembly.

“We had demonstrated our strength before him by presenting the independent members who have expressed support to the party. We do not know why the Governor is again asking us to prove our strength,” Mr. Gowda said.

Maintaining that it was not proper on the part of Mr. Thakur to ask Mr. Yeddyurappa to prove his strength again, he said: “We have trust in the Governor. He too should trust us.”

A delegation of BJP Ministers is said to have called on the Governor on Friday night and told him that as per Article 176 of the Constitution, he should address a joint session of the legislature soon after the elections.

Joint session

The joint session has to be addressed before the legislature transacted other official businesses, they pointed out.

The delegation is also learnt to have expressed concern that the Governor would set precedence if he did not address a joint session.

Mr. Thakur is said to have told the Ministers that he would consult the Advocate-General and constitutional experts.

http://news.indiainfo.com/2008/05/27/0805271534_karnataka.html

Karnataka results not disheartening for BSP

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 15:19 [IST]

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) failed to win a single seat in the Karnataka assembly elections, but party bigwigs say the results are not at all disheartening.

“Whatever we have done is an achievement and will prove to be a source of encouragement for party workers to pump in greater efforts when it comes to the more crucial parliamentary election,” BSP’s national general secretary Satish Misra told IANS in an interview here.

Effort N0.1

Organise Booth Committees and Sector Committees in all the Parliament Constituencies.

Effort No.2.

Ambedkar’s Efforts for Adivasis

 

All these people are now realizing that Dr. Ambedkar had struggled a lot for Adivasis also. We must strive for upliftment of BCs and Adivasis said Dr. Ambedkar. The purpose of keeping them in sub-clause (2) of Hindu Code Bill was to make some provision for them and Hindu Law would “apply to them only if it is proved that Hindu customs and Hindu usages are prevallent in that class”, and it will not apply to them unless “they have adopted the customs.” [W&S, vol. 14 part 2, p.886-7]

Ambedkar asked for right of Adult franchise for Adivasis, in 1928, Simon Commision Statemnt, commenting that Legislatures are the places where “social battles have to be fought, previlages have to be destroyed, and rights have to be won”. He avered that their illeteracy should not come in way of giving them right to vote, as even an illiterate is intellegent and knows his welfare. [W&S, vol.2, p.471]

Disagreeing with the Britishers’ idea of keeping the Adivasis segregated, during the evidence taken before the joint Committee on Indian Constitutional Reforms in 1933, he professed the ideal that these primitive people should not remain primitive and they should cease to be an isolated part of humanity and take part in the public affairs of this country like others. That they must not loose their lands and be landless labourers and their lands be protected from money lendes by suitable Laws. The education is more neccesary for BCs and Adivasis, more than anybody else, he said, and wanted adequate representation for them in legislature assuring the friendship of many BCs. [W&S, vol.2, p.737 ff.]

Election Commission India

Elections India : Article 324 of the constitution establishes an independent Election Commission to supervise parliamentary and state elections in India. Supervising elections in the world’s largest democracy is by any standard an immense undertaking. Some 521 million people were eligible to vote in 1991.

 

We the people - these are the most important words in our constitution. Everything depends on

us- the voters,who have an opportunity and the right to choose our representatives, demand

accountability and determine the direction of growth and governance of the country. Several

problems have surfaced in the gigantic task of conducting elections in India and to ensure that

elections are free and fair. With each passing election, the educated citizens of our country

seem to have grown ignorant and apathetic about the electoral process and elections. The result

has been a steady deterioration in the standards and practices of political parties reflected in

rampant corruption and the reckless use of money and muscle power to win elections.

 

Active participation of citizens is an absolute prerequisite to make the electoral system more representative, fair, transparent and free from all the other ills. Eleanor Roosevelt once said:“nobody can hurt you without your consent” which in this context can be rephrased as“nobody can marginalise you without your cooperation.

 Hence include all the eligible voters whose names are missing in the voters list with their photo identity.

Strive for Election Tribunal to form Election Committee like any other Parliamentary Committee with the representatives of all sections of the society to ensure that all eligible voters are included in the voters list with their photo identity. And to see that no elections are conducted till this process is completed as enshrined by the constitution of India. And the Chief Election Commission to come under RTI.

Eacha nd every Election Office in Each Constituency must have representative from different sections of the society right from the begining of the election process till the end.

Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy on Thursday fixed the responsibility for preparation

of error-free voters list, ahead of the election to Karnataka Assembly, on political parties.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr Gopalaswamy said the political parties would be given two

separate lists on February seven for deletion and additions to be made in the final list.   

‘’They will be given two weeks time for raising objections to removing and

adding names of the voters for the final list to be prepared on March ten,’’

he said.  

‘’It will be the responsibility of the political parties to ensure the final

list did not contain discrepancies any more as the EC has adopted a new

mechanism for producing error-free list,‘’ he said.

 

To a question on whether the elections would be postponed in case of a delay in the

implementation of the report of Mr Justice Kuldeep Singh who headed Delimitation

Commission, he said the EC did not work on the basis of ‘ifs and buts’ and as of now,

it would conduct the elections before May 28.

‘’The Commission is concerned about the voter’s list as there are only additions and no

deletions in the list.

‘’This is the reason I sent Deputy Election Commissioner R Bhattacharya, who is in charge

for Karnataka, to oversee the whole exercise,’’ Mr Gopalaswamy said.

The EC would hold elections before May 28, as the state completes six months under

President’s Rule on the date, he said.

In the draft list submitted by the State Election Commission (SEC) names of 3.48 lakh

voters had been deleted while 9.27 lakh new voters had been added as of yesterday.

Mr Gopalaswamy and his Deputies Navin Chawla and S Y Qureshi have been here for

the last two days reviewing the voters list and preparedness of the official machinery to

hold elections, following the detection of large number of bogus voters in the voter’s list.

Earlier, Congress and the BJP submitted memorandum to the CEC urging him to provide

error-free voters list and elections be held in the stipulated time.

He replied in the affirmative when asked whether he would take action against the officials

for their ‘lapses’ in preparation of the voter’s list.

Voters list mess in poll-bound Karnataka

Bangalore, Jan 5 - A family with 90 voters and a town with 30,000 voters in a population of 36,500! These are just some of

the glitches in the voters list in poll-bound Karnataka. R. Bhattacharya, deputy election commissioner at the

Election Commission of India has been in Bangalore for the last three days having talks with state

election officials on steps to ensure proper voters list ahead of polls to the 224-member assembly

expected in April/May.

The irregularities in the voters list pointed out by people and political parties has forced the state

election commission to cancel its plans to release the final list on Jan 10.

Bhattacharya met state chief electoral officer R. Ramaseshan, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike

(Greater Bangalore City Corporation) commissioner S. Subramanya and senior officials from several

districts and told them of the Election Commission’s displeasure over the way the voters lists had

been prepared.

The state officials now plan to revise the lists and publish them by the end of this month. They have

sought the help of voters to point out anomalies.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Mallikharjun Kharge Friday mentioned the

instance of one family in north Karnataka having 90 voters on the list and of Humnabad town in Bidar

district that has 30,000 voters in a population of 36,500.

More than 7,000 in the town are school-going children, yet there are 30,000 names in the voters list.

Another Congress leader H.K. Patil said there could be around four million bogus names in the voters

list.

Karnataka’s population is estimated at 55 million and voting population at around 42 million.

The two other main political parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal-Secular also allege

there are many irregularities in the list. The three parties have urged the state and central election

officials to rectify the anomalies

Karnataka Assembly Election 2008 was not Free and Fair election for the following reasons:

Names of over 910 voters of Ambedkar Nagar in the city were found missing in the electoral rolls.

Many names were missing in voters’ list






The facts are the results of a study conducted by Election Watch Committee
	
Large Number of citizens names not found in voters list
	
 
	
only 17% of the IT hub Bangalore  have Voters Photo Identy Cards
	
 
	
In several areas, voters protested deletion of their names
	
 
	

On large number of names reported missing in the voters’ list in almost all constituencies,

Mr. Vidyashankar said both the voters and the Election Commission were to be blamed

Effort No.3.

To ensure that only genuine SC/STs contest in Reserved Constituencies to uphold the Constitution of India on for the real purpose of Reservation. Election office for each constituency must have a representative from Nation Commission or Social welfare department of SC/STs along with the Caste Issuing Authority right from the beginning of the election process till the scrutiny date.


H.D. Kote segment caught in caste row

Staff Correspondent

‘Countermand elections or declare an Adivasi candidate as winner’

Congress, BJP, JD(S) candidates accused of producing fake caste certificates

They ‘tampered’ with records to claim they are from Nayaka community

MYSORE: The State unit of the National Front for Adivasi Self-rule (NFASR) and the Nagarahole National Park Tribal Rights Restoration Committee have appealed to President Pratibha Patil to countermand elections to the H.D. Kote (ST) Assembly Constituency, or declare as winner the Adivasi candidate who gets the highest number of votes, in view of the controversy over the caste status of five candidates including two independents.

Candidates of the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (Secular) contesting from the reserved H.D. Kote constituency have been accused of producing fake caste certificates to contest in the elections.

NFASR had appealed to the State Election Commissioner to disqualify them for misguiding the Election Commission.

M.R. Ravi, Assistant Commissioner of Hunsur Sub-Division, has submitted a report to the District Election Officer (DEO) P. Manivannan on the the candidates allegedly tampering with the records in order to claim Scheduled Tribe status.

In his report sent to the DEO on May 5, he said that the Tahsildar of H.D. Kote had issued a “controversial caste certificate without verifying the original documents and failed in following the procedure while dealing with the sensitive issue of issuing caste certificates.”

Based on the recommendations, Mr. Manivannan had suspended H.D. Kote Tahsildar T. Vijaya on April 25, and ordered a departmental inquiry for issuing a caste certificate to BJP candidate Chikkaveera Naika.

Although they belong to the “Parivara” community, the Congress, Janata Dal (S) and BJP candidates contested in the elections by claiming themselves to be from the Nayaka community by tampering with official records, according to Mr. Ravi.

The Directorate of Civil Rights Enforcement had issued a circular a few years ago listing a few communities including “Parivara” which should not be categorised as Scheduled Tribes. Tribal organisations in Hunsur and H.D. Kote had launched an agitation accusing various backward groups of cornering the benefits meant for Scheduled Tribes.

Convener of Development through Education (DEED) S. Srikanth told The Hindu that the tribal rights restoration committee had appealed to the President on Saturday to countermand the elections to the constituency or declare as winner the Adivasi candidate who would get the highest number of votes

In C.V.raman Nagar Assembly Constituency One of the candidates raised objection of JDS candidate that he was a Christian. But the Election Officer said that they go by the Caste Certificate issued by the Tahisildar and hence cannot reject his candidature and only the Court has to be approached for further action.

Lambani to set foot in Assembly

His candidature was a calculated move by BJP

BIDAR: A new face, Prabhu Chavan, has made a mark in the district after winning the Aurad (reserve) seat in the district by a huge margin of votes. He is a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate who has been successful in his first attempt at the Assembly polls.

Earlier, some associations had raised an objection with the Election Commission regarding Mr. Chavan’s community. They said that Mr. Chavan hailed from the Banjara community and he therefore could not claim benefit under Scheduled Castes. But Mr. Chavan got clearance after a report from Department of Social Welfare stated that “both Banjara and Lambani are synonymous in the State”.

Effort No.4.

To insist the Election Commission ensure that all the candidates who contest for elections come under RTI to reveal their source of income and file their Income Tax at the time filing their nomination and publish the same in Election Commission’s website and in all the media well in advance before the scrutiny date.

 BJP legislators and mine owners Janardhan Reddy and Karunakar Reddy were present during the talks with some of the Independents held at a posh hotel in the city. Mr. Reddy and the former Minister, B. Sriramulu, also accompanied the Independents to the Raj Bhavan.

Among those who fall into the high assets category are Anand Singh, a builder and contractor contesting on a BJP ticket, who has declared assets at Rs 74.56 crore while the party’s Harapannahalli candidate G. Karunakar Reddy, a mining magnate, has declared assets worth Rs 34.06 crore. Karunakar Reddy, brother of mining baron Janardhan Reddy from Bellary, owns a top-bracket BMW, unheard of in these parts.

In Bellary city, Anil H. Lad, another mining biggie who recently shifted loyalties from the BJP to the Congress, declared assets worth Rs 172.72 crore.

Mining magnates with moneybags are new entrants to politics. In the last five years, those who entered the mining sector with a few thousand rupees have become quick crorepatis, admits a BJP office-bearer. “They have huge purchasing power and no party can afford to ignore them,” he said.

Among well known candidates are the BJP’s G. Somashekhara Reddy, whose family is into mining in Bellary, at Rs 29.23 crore, businessman and BJP candidate Krishna Palemar Rs 27.57 crore and Umesh Krishna Hegde, fighting on a BSP ticket, at Rs 102.82 crore.

In the first phase too, former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s assets stood at Rs 49.72 crore. “What is more surprising is that in 2004, he had declared assets worth just Rs 3.76 crore. It has jumped by Rs 46 crore in four years.

‘Mining mafia has pumped in Rs. 2,000 crore for elections’

‘The mining mafia has been giving away money to parties to gain political patronage’

‘Candidates of all the three major parties have distributed coupons as parallel currency’

S.Raghu BJP

Assets Declared Rs.6 Crore

KC Vijaya Kumar Congress

Assets Declared Rs.1.5 Crore

S.Manohar JD (S)

Assets Declared Rs.1.5 Crore

A Narayan Swamy BJP

Assets Rs.2.5 Crore

B.Gopal Congress

Assets Rs.1.2 Crore

KM Muniappa JD (S)

Assets Rs.3 Crore

A.Krishnappa (Congress)

Assets Declared Rs..7.5 Crores

L.Muniswamy (JD (S))

Assets Declared Rs.3 Crores

NS Nandish Reddy (BJP)

Assets Declared Rs.30 Crores

NL Narendra Babu Congress

Assets Rs.12.5 Lakh

RV Harish BJP

Assets Rs.2.26 Crore

K Gopaliah JD (S)

Assets Rs.4 Crore

Katta Subramanya Naidu BJP

Assets Rs.19 Crore

HM Revanna Congress

Assets Rs.5 Crore

Lokesh Gowda JD (S)

Assets Rs.28 Crore

Krishna Byre Gowda Congress

Assets Rs.5 Crore

A Ravi BJP

Assets Rs.5.45 Crore

C Narayana Swamy JD (S)

Assets Rs.15 Crore

B Anandappa (JD (S))

Assets Rs.8.99 Crore

KC Ashok Congress

Assets Rs.8.78 Crore

Muniraja BJP

Assets Rs10,84,51,900

MR Seetharam Congress

Assets: Rs.57.83 Crore

Dr.CS Ashwarth Narayana BJP

Assets: Rs.5.1 Crore

Shankaranna JD (S)

Assets: Rs.90 Lakhs

M Krishnappa BJP

Assets Rs.17.5Crore

M.Sadananda Congress

Assets:Rs 1.3 Crore

C Manjunath aks Manjunath Gutigere JD (S)

Assets Rs.5 Crore

Krishna Murthy PN (Congress)

Assets Rs.3.25 Crores

Hanumathrayappa JD(S

Assets Rs.2.45 Crores

M Srinivasa BJP

Assets Rs.12 Crores

B.Chandrappa ( Congress)

Assets Rs.9.47 Crores

SR Vishwanath BJP

Assets Rs.9.45 Crores

E.Krishnappa JD (S)

Assets Rs.46.5 Crore

R.Shankar BJP

Assets Declared Rs.10.5 Crore

R Roshan Baig, who represented Shivajinagar and the erstwhile Jayamahal twice in the past, is the Congress candidate.

Assests Declared Rs.7.5 Crores

 His main opponent is BJP’s Nirmal Kumar Surana, who had also represented Bharatinagar.

Assets Declared Rs.1.7 Crores

R Ashok (BJP)

Assets Declared Rs. 10 Crore

Dr. Gurappa Naidu (Congress)

Assets Declared Rs. 32 Crore

MV Prasad Babu (JD (S))

Assets Declared Rs.5.7 Crore

Many in poll fray not given ‘PAN’

DH News Service, Bangalore:

Many candidates who are trying their electoral luck in the first phase of polling, have not furnished their Permanent Account Number (PAN) while declaring their assets in the affidavit filed along with the nomination papers.

It is no secret that majority of candidates in the fray this time are crorepathies. But several of them, who are trying their electoral luck in the first phase of polling, have not furnished their Permanent Account Number (PAN) while declaring their assets in the affidavit filed along with the nomination papers.

EC nets Rs 40 cr in poll code implementation

CEC N Gopalswami briefed the press that of the cash and material seized, Rs 16 crore was in terms of cash, Rs eight crore worth of liquor, and Rs 16 crore worth of other materials….

Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswami on Monday said that due to the strict implementation of the code of conduct, the State Election Commission had been able to seize cash and material worth Rs 40.83 crore in the State so far, allegedly used for wooing voters.

Speaking to reporters he said that of the cash and material seized, Rs 16 crore was in terms of cash, Rs eight crore worth of liquor, and Rs 16 crore worth of other materials.

As per section 139(A) of the Income Tax Act, any person who is carrying on any business or profession whose total sales, turnover or gross receipts are or is likely to exceed Rs 5 lakh in any previous year, must possess a PAN. Permanent Account Number is a number by which the Assessing Officer identifies any person.

However, Election Commission officials said it is not mandatory for candidates to furnish PAN numbers in the affidavit.

People of Karnataka demands inquiry into amassing of assets

Bangalore

People of Karnataka on Friday demanded an inquiry from the Income Tax department into the illegal amassing of assets worth crores of rupees by candidates, irrespective of their parties, who are contesting this assembly election in the state.

 Candidates who are mostly drawn from different types of mafias like real estate, land and mining have looted the property of the government and the people and had now submitted their affidavits with declaration of illegal assets worth crores of rupees to the Election Commission.

The Income Tax department should take action in investigating into the amassing of properties after they entered political life, he said.

“We have complained to the Election Commission and to take immediate action to find out from where and how they obtained such a huge property in a short period,’’ 
 


Mining irregularities: 15 netas get notices

 

 

Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde displaying incriminating documents handed over to him by a mine owner during his visit to Hospet on Saturday. DH photo

The Lokayukta has served show-cause notices on nearly 15 State politicians who were allegedly involved in several mining irregularities.

The Lokayukta has served show-cause notices on nearly 15 State politicians who were allegedly involved in several mining irregularities.

Declining to reveal the names of the politicians in the dock, Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde told Deccan Herald that his office had on Saturday dispatched show-cause notices to 10 to 15 politicians.

While the notices were served on four of them, the rest could not be served as the addressees were found to be out of station, he said.

Earlier, the Lokayukta had told mediapersons in Bellary that those who were issued notices included “former ministers, legislators, those who have fought elections…. everybody is in the list”.

“They will be given a week’s time to respond to the notices. At the most, we will wait for 15 days for their reply. After that a detailed report will be submitted to the government. People can obtain the information under the Right to Information Act,” he had said.

The notices issued under the Lokayukta Act have sought explanation from these politicians for their “prima facie misconduct, malpractice or actions without application of mind to legal provisions or implications and facts or without necessary enquiries” over mining activities.

The irregularities pertain to iron ore mining activities in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts, granite mining activities in Bangalore Rural district and irregularities involving Mysore Minerals Limited.

Lokayukta probe

The notices were based on an investigation conducted by a team of Lokayukta sleuths upon a reference from the Mines department. Documents too have been enclosed with the notices.

“Different persons have been issued notices in different matters and a principal report in the matter as a whole will be prepared only after receiving and considering the responses, if any, to our show-cause notices,” Justice Hegde said.

He said though most of the investigation had been completed, the show-cause notices were held back to avoid any politicisation of the issue during the elections.

Already, similar notices have been issued in the matter to several State government officials. Notices are also being issued to mining businessmen and firms found violating mining laws and regulations.

In Bellary, the Lokayukta had said that the notices were not issued earlier because of the elections. He said it was decided not to delay the issue of notices after May 24 because it was feared that the government of that day might be blamed for influencing the action.

Had Hegde Ji has done this before or during Karnataka Assembly Elections with the names of the 15 netas, the results would have been more free and fair. Now this is the comedy done on the people and the people in turn will do comedy on such polititicians and the administration. The results will prove that.

Misra, who is credited with spearheading the BSP’s  “social engineering” campaign that took the party to new heights in Uttar Pradesh, dismissed the notion that the party failed to repeat the formula in Karnataka.

“It was quite ridiculous to assume that our social engineering failed to work in Karnataka; as a matter of fact it worked very well to make a dent on quite a large number of the 224 seats in the state”, he asserted.

“For a party that stood at zero in that state, our performance just could not be under-rated. We did quite well in the blocks and rural areas”, Misra pointed out.

According to him, “in nine constituencies, BSP stood at the number two position and at the third spot in as many as 32 seats”.

Significantly, there were a few seats where the margin by which it lost was as low as 200-800.

“We have made the desired dent in the Congress bastion at several places. I can assure you that the Congress lost several seats in Karnataka essentially because of the BSP presence.”

Confident of repeating this in several other states where assembly elections are due this year, Mayawati’s Brahmin mascot predicted “major reverses” for the Congress in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir.

“Once we have made our presence felt in the assembly elections in these states, it will set the pace for our party’s stride in next year’s Lok Sabha poll, which is our ultimate goal.”

Guilty persons in Noida case would not be spared—C.M.

Lucknow : May 29, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati said that enquiry into the double murder case of Noida would be done by C.B.I. She said that a letter has been sent to the Government of India today in this connection. She appealed that the small leaders sitting on responsible posts in Congress and Central Government should co-operate the U.P. Government for arresting the guilty persons in this case leaving behind the party politics. She said that under the garb of this case dirty politics should not be done. Ms. Mayawati was addressing the media representatives at her official residence 5-Kalidas Marg here today. She said that wherever the Congress Party government were ruling, especially in Delhi, which is also the capital of the country, gruesome cases took place now and then. She said that if the members of Cabinet of our government speak against the Central Government keeping in view the approach of Centre and especially the Congress Party regarding the double murder case of Noida, then it would not be a good tradition for the healthy democracy. The Chief Minister said that the enquiry into this case was yet to be completed. The officers of Gautam Buddha Nagar district police and other senior police officers were searching the right culprits of the case. She said that without knowing the proper facts of the concerning case, the issuance of notice to D.G.P. of U.P. by the National Child Commission of the Centre and the remarks of a Union Minister belonging to Congress Party were not proper and justified. Such type of statement exhibit the dirty politics of Congress Party instead of sympathy towards the deceased victim family, which she herself and B.S.P. severely condemns. Ms. Mayawati said that information about the facts came into the light by the police department regarding this case had been given to media, after which during the examination of the case some other persons and the family members of deceased were being inquired and arrest was made. She said that the case was examined on a large scale and with the help of the experts and other electronic surveillance the facts came into light so far are very important and of serious nature unfolding of which would be against the honour and prestige. The necessary facts in this connection have been presented in the concerning court of district Gautam Buddha Nagar by the police, she said. The Chief Minister said that the family members of deceased were raising fingers on U.P. Police regarding the probe and they wanted C.B.I. enquiry into the case. It is not proper to say something finally in a hurry by our government regarding the allegations of the victim’s family till the enquiry is going on. Our Government assures the victim’s family that the true culprits would be punished in this case. So far as the question of demand of C.B.I. enquiry by the victim’s family is concerned in this case, our government is ready for handing over this case to C.B.I., if the Central Government agrees, she said. Ms. Mayawati said that after the formation of the government on the demand of victim’s families the State Government requested for C.B.I. enquiry into such type of serious cases, but on the pressure of the Union Government C.B.I. had rejected such cases one by one in lieu of some pretext, while it was held very little earlier. She said that keeping in view the bad experiences about the C.B.I. so far regarding Uttar Pradesh, it is to be said to the victim’s family that even after the acceptance of demand by our government regarding C.B.I. enquiry, it might be possible that C.B.I. could return the case after making some excuse after some period of time. But since family members of the victim have lost the confidence on U.P. Police in this case, therefore State Government was sending a letter to the Central Government for conducting C.B.I. enquiry into this case. Assuring the family members, she said that if the C.B.I. rejects for the enquiry into the case and U.P. Police again conducts the enquiry then despite it, in our government no innocent person would be punished in this case and whoever be the true culprits would be severely dealt with. If any police personnel would be found involved in saving the true culprits and our government finds proof of any conspiracy, then such police personnel would not be spared at any cost. She said that during our party government criminals and doubtful police personnel would never be protected like in the previous government regime. **********

C.M. appeals to the people of Gujar Samaj to maintain law and order

Lucknow : May 29, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati has requested from the Centre and Rajasthan Government for finding out some middle path after mutual talks soon in order to solve the problem of including the Gujar Samaj in SC/ST list. She said that the agitation of Gujar Samaj was spreading gradually in many states and law and order situation could become worse any time in country due to it. The Chief Minister was addressing the media persons at her official residence 5-Kalidas Marg here today. She appealed to the people of Gujar Samaj of other states including U.P. that they should put forward their demands in peaceful manner and should not take law in their hands at any cost. ********

C.M. assures for no harassment of traders

Lucknow : May 29, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati while clarifying here regarding the decision of fixing the stock limit for wheat, rice, pulses, food-grain oil-seeds and edible oils said that the directives for fixing the stock limit for these items had been given by the Union Government. The Uttar Pradesh Government had followed the directives of the Centre for fixing the stock limit, she added. Addressing the media persons at her official residence 5-Kalidas Marg, the Chief Minister said that it was the definite opinion of U.P. Government that traders should not be harassed for which the concerning officers had been directed that the permission of District Magistrate or Food Commissioner was necessary before any inspection pertaining to stock limit. Ms. Mayawati said that some persons were misguiding the traders of the State for their own vested political interests. The traders should remain conscious from such people. She assured the traders that there would not be any harassment of the traaders and State Government was fully committed for their welfare and interests. *********

CMs and CS directives

Lucknow: May 28, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has directed to the senior government officers for the inspection and spot verification of the schemes running by their respective departments. She has also directed to the concerning officers for ensuring the quality of development works, besides making their department offices more effective and beneficial for the people. She directed to solve the problems of the people and dispose of their complaints through meeting them at grass root level. Besides, she has also directed for holding review meetings, inspections and spot verifications of the development projects. The Chief Minister has clearly stated that officers should do their honest efforts for providing the government facilities to the people and visit them by leaving their chambers. Besides, the subordinate officers of the departments have been directed for running the welfare schemes at war-footing. Any slackness in this regard would be severely dealt with. It may be recalled that the Chief Minister has given stern directives to the senior officers in a law and order and development works review meeting held on April 24 last, reiterating her government priorities, so that people could be benefited by it. Necessary directives have been sent by the Chief Secretary, Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta in this regard to the Principal Secretary/Secretary and HODs of Public Works, Irrigation, Rural Development, Agriculture, Energy, Urban Development, Housing, Medical and Health, Food and Civil Supplies, Basic Education, Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, Backward Welfare, Minorities Welfare, Handicapped Welfare, Dr. Ambedkar Gramin Samagra Vikas, Shahri Samagra Vikas, Tax and Registration, Finance, Panchayati Raj, Home and Revenue Departments. In these directives the day of visit has been fixed for the Senior Officers of these departments. According to the tour schedule the Principal Secretary/Secretary of twelve departments will visit for three days and HODs for six days in their respective division/district/tehsil besides, making the tour programme for the subordinate officers of their respective departments. According to the programme, the Principal Secretary/Secretary of Revenue, Dr. Ambedkar Gramin Samagra Vikas, Medical and Health, Rural Development, Agriculture, Urban Development, Food and Civil Supplies, Social Welfare, Panchayati Raj, Basic Education and Home Departments will visit for four days and HODs for eight days in every month necessarily. The departments where the Principal Secretaries are posted will tour themselves. The Principal Secretary can send the Secretary for visit in his place only in unavoidable circumstances. The HODs will send their review and visit report to their Principal Secretaries. In the directives of the Chief Secretary, it has been said that Principal Secretary will send their tour report to the Chief Secretary and a copy of it will also be send to the Principal Secretary to C.M. The Principal Secretary of the concerning departments after meeting their HODs will issue the necessary directives likewise, to their subordinate headquarter, divisional and district level officers for the inspection and ensuring spot verification during the visit. The Principal Secretary/Secretary and HODs will pay special attention during the review meetings and inspections of their divisions and districts whether their subordinate officers are doing spot verification works during their visits or not. In any slackness is found in this regard, then stern action would be taken against the concerning officers. The Chief Secretary has directed that if any officer has the charge of more than one department then he would simultaneously review all concerning departments and send the reports separately. All the senior officers are expected to follow the directives themselves besides, ensuring the follow-up by their subordinate officers, so that the people could be benefited by the quality development works. **********

A warning to secular parties

The outcome sends out a warning to those secular parties who, in the interest of forming a government, go in for an electoral understanding with the BJP.For long the BJP had been trying to polarise the people along communal lines and had succeeded in weakening the secular forces in Karnataka.

The poll results also reflected the loss of credibility of the Congress and were a comment on the performance of the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre.

The Centre’s polices, particularly in regard to price rise and the crisis in the agriculture sector, have led to resentment among the people who have rejected the Congress.

The BSP leader said that its candidates had lost because BSP could not match the money power of the BJP and this was the prime reason for the party’s rout.

The BSP votes were concentrated in slums and the BJP wooed the slum dwellers with liquor and money, he alleged.

The BSP candidate from the Tumkur city segment, Veer Dilip Kumar, polled 1,053 votes. Congress candidate from the city, Rafiq Ahmed Shaik, faced defeat by a narrow margin of 1,869 votes.

Berth pangs grip BJP

 

Five of the six independents whose support is key for the party to hold on to the reins of power, have also been accommodated in the Cabinet.

But several party veterans like Jagadish Shettar, D H Shankara Murthy, B Yogish Bhat and H S Shankaralinge Gowda have been left out, causing a stir in the party.

Notes of discontent in the BJP echoed on the opening day itself for the new government with several senior leaders openly expressing displeasure over their non-inclusion in the 30-member B S Yeddyurappa ministry.

Jagadish Shettar, H S Shankaralinge Gowda and A Narayanaswamy voiced their resentment, even as a section of their supporters took to the streets in Hubli, Mysore and Bangalore demanding justice to their leaders. Both Shettar and Gowda kept away from the swearing-in ceremony.

Shettar wants Home

According to sources, Shettar was keen that he be given Home portfolio. But Yeddyurappa insisted that he take up the Speaker’s post, which Shettar spurned. When the differences persisted till the last minute, Shettar walked away in a huff

Violent protests on Day One

BJP leader Jagadish Shettars supporters staged a demonstration in front of Basaveshwara statue here demanding inclusion of their leader in the Cabinet.

His supporters took to the streets in large numbers in Hubli City where a bus was torched and several others were damaged in stone throwing.

Thirty-six BJP members of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation have threatened to submit their resignation en masse on Saturday.

In Anekal, BJP workers stoned five buses in protest against the non-inclusion of  V Narayanaswamy in the Ministry. Supporters of H S Shankaralinge Gowda and S A Ramadas took to the streets in Mysore City demanding Cabinet berths to their leaders.

Yeddyurappa leaves out Shettar from Ministry, violence erupts in Hubli

Staff Correspondent

A bus torched on Gadag Road; Shettar’s supporters stage ‘rasta roko’ at three places

 



DOUSING THE FLAMES: A Fire and Emergency Services personnel putting out the fire inside a NWKRTC bus set ablaze by protesters in Hubli on Friday.

HUBLI: Violence erupted in Hubli on Friday following denial of a berth to the former Minister Jagadish Shettar in the B.S. Yeddyurappa Ministry.

According to police sources, a state road transport bus proceeding to Hubli was stopped near the railway gate on Gadag Road and was torched on Friday evening.

According to them, the commuters were asked to alight from the bus and then it was torched. Before the Fire and Emergency Services personnel could rush to the spot, the bus was gutted.

Five city buses belonging to the North-West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation were damaged after miscreants threw stones at them at Keshwapur, Devangpet Road and Vishweshwar Nagar Road.

Following this, the city bus services were suspended in theses areas and those returning home from work had to face hardship because of lack of commuter transport.

Deputy Commissioner of Police D. Prakash told The Hindu that additional forces had been deployed in the city following the incident and patrolling had been intensified following the torching of the bus.

However, he clarified that so far no one had been arrested in connection with the incidents of violence.

Roads blocked

Meanwhile, several supporters of Mr. Shettar, including women, staged a “rasta roko” at three places.

The supporters blocked the road for several minutes at Keshwapur, Bhairidevarakoppa and Gadag Road and demanded that Mr. Shettar be included in the Cabinet of the newly formed Government.

Resignation threat

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hubli-Dharwad and the corporators of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have threatened to resign in protest against the non-inclusion of Mr. Shettar in the Cabinet. Most supporters of Mr. Shettar had gone to Bangalore on Friday to see Mr. Shettar take oath. They were disappointed when it did not happen. Local BJP leaders told this correspondent that the next course of action would be decided at a meeting.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa visited Keshawa Krupa, the RSS headquarters and held talks with the Sangh leaders.He promised that he will follow the guidelines from RSS to rule the State.

Sangh Parivar has a strong presence

K.N. Venkatasubba Rao




Many of them were members of the erstwhile Jan Sangh




BANGALORE: Besides Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, the first-ever Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the State has many ministers from the ranks of the Sangh Parivar.

Some of them were even with erstwhile Bharatiya Jan Sangh from which the BJP was born in 1982.

The Ministers, who have come from the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) ranks are Ramachandra Gowda, V.S. Acharya, R. Ashok, S. Suresh Kumar, Arvind Limbavali, Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri, and Shobha Karndlaje.

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Depicting Buddha as Hindu by RSS, specially to the international community, and pretending to respect Him, is a stategy to hoodwink the mases, as was done about Ambedkar. The process started long time back by declaring Buddha as an avatara of god in some times around eighth century and finalised till 12th century. Manohar Joshi, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, writing in the Introduction of Dr. Ambedkar’s W&S vol. 16, (1998) does mention Buddha as tenth incarnation of God, knowingly that the Buddhists all over the world do not believe in God, let alone its incarnations. At the same time, an average Aryan Invader Cult takes a great pride that Buddhism was driven away from this land by Adi- Sankara. They ignore that a non-existent religion can not die. Declaring the Buddha as ninth avatara of Vishnu, by the Aryan Invader’s Puranas, was meant to cause confusion in the minds of people with the result that Buddhism came to be treated as a “heretical” and “aesthetic” branch of Invaders. The modern scholars like Kane, Radhakrishnan, Swami Vivekanand and Tilak, have pushed this confusion further back to the time of origin of Buddhism, by saying that Upanishadas are the origin of Buddhist thought, thus claiming both that Buddhism was just a refined “Hinduism”, and also claiming with pride that Buddhism was driven away by the Invaders and it has died down.

As a non-existent tradition or way of life can not die, and as the decline of Buddhism in India is a historical fact, the theory of its origin as a “reformed” Aryan Invaders Cult is false. If Buddhism was a sect of “Hinduism”, then one may well ask the proud supporters of Shankaracharya, what was that religion which was “driven out by Adi Sankara”, as they claim? Was it also Hinduism? This proves that Buddhism is not a sect of Hinduism, which was nonexistant till Muslim conquest.

Buddhism was, is and will continue to be  the national Religion of the Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath 

 

Buddhism was the first organized religion in the modern sense of the term “religion”. It succeeded in driving out the Aryan Invaders Cult of sacrifices, but gradually succumbed to the influences of the religion of masses, who had by then, set up Buddha’s images and started temple worship. The fact that at one time Buddhism was the national religion of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth and was followed by the majority of population, is almost ignored. There is a feeling in the minds of many, that Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth is and was a Hindu country having always had a majority of Hindus. This again is a misconception. In historical times the population of  Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth never had majority of Hindus. Swami Vivekananda, estimated Buddhists to be two thirds of population [L.M.Joshi: 1977: 358] and Dr. Ambedkar says Buddhist were in majority. [W&S, 7, 345] Then there were Jains and Veerashaivas and Tribal religions in addition to Muslims, Sikhs and Christians coming in the later times. Aryan Invaders Cult had lost all the respect of masses as well as princely rulers. They were smarting under this defeat. [Untouchables, W&S vol.7, p.346] They did everything in their power to finish off Buddhism and after Muslim invasion, succeeded in it.

 

Buddhism was the national religion of the Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath , not only because the Buddha was in Jambudvipa, but because it was the source and inspiration of the national awakening of Great Prabuddha Bharath empires and for the first time, united Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath in a common cultural synthesis and organization and because unlike the Aryan Invaders cult, which was the religion of the privileged classes, Buddhism was the first religion of the common people, not forced on them, but accepted by their free will and pleasure; and because Buddhism caused progress in science and art, literature and religion, commerce and industry, internal progress and international reputation; and lastly, because no other religion has till this day been able to make Jambudvipa, that is the Freat Prabuddha Bharath a great nation as Buddhism did. [Swami Dharmatirtha, p. 76]

 

 

Aryan Invaders Cult usurped Buddhism

 

Aryan Invaders became the leaders of Buddhism because of their learning, and first disfigured it thoroughly with ritualism and images, and then destroyed its separate organization of monasteries and monks with the help of the foreign masters who came into power. But the Buddhism of Harsha and Nagarjuna did not disappear, it formed the nucleus of the later Hinduism, superadded with horrors of caste. To become the sole leaders of the country and to enforce their system of castes, has always been the prime motive of Aryan Invaders Cult, and if Buddhist order of monks and monasteries had survived, the Aryan Invaders could not have achieved this goal. So they completely destroyed the external institution of Buddhism, the monks and monasteries. Aryan Invaders became the undisputed leaders, and a new popular religion, Hinduism, emerged with important aspect of caste, as Dharmatitha observed:

“… Caste is an entirely independent social order which was neither in the ancient Aryan religion nor in primitive Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath religion nor in Buddhism. It is the unique contribution of the Aryan Invader priests, and none else ever wanted it, until the country lost its national religion and political freedom, and the Aryan Invaders succeeded in imposing the system upon the people almost at the point of the bayonet with of alien masters. [Swami Dharmatirtha, p. 110]

 

Aryan Invaders Cult does not mean Aryan Invaders alone

 

As the British Imperialism does not mean the British people and symbolizes a vast system and has numerous votaries among Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath also, Aryan Invaders Cult, similarly, does not signify the Aryan Invaders exclusively, but an ancient order of things of which the Aryan Invaders are the leaders and champions. It stands for the aggregate of ideals, institutions and past history of the socio-religious constitution of the Hindu society. We have to serve the welfare of the entire nation and not the sentiment of separate castes, though Aryan Invaders, or Kshatriyas or others must accept a larger share of the blame for the disaster which has befallen us all. We have to understand that it is the pernicious system which is throttling us all equally, and is the subject of our criticism. A prominent thinker of Maharashtra, Raosaheb Kasbe, has elaborated the subject by saying that,  Aryan Invaders are fortunte that, “Aryan Invaders” is a name of Caste as well as of a Varna“, thereby implying Class, this status being bestowed upon them by Smritis. As a class and as a power structure, Aryan Invaders have developed vested interests. Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth  writers divide the history as Aryan Invaders Vs. Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth , instead of Vedic Vs. non-Vedic, and when the words having Aryan Invaders as one of their components are used by them to criticise these vested interests, the meaning implied is against the power structure and not agaist the caste. If this is a blameworthy mistake, the mistake is committed by the authors of Smritis, specially “Yama smriti”, and they and the later authors desrve the blame. [Kasbe Raosaheb, “hindu muslim prashna aani sawarkara cha hindu rastravaad”, (marathi) Sugawa Publ. 1994, p.242 ff.]

 

Causes of fall of Buddhism

 

We saw M. M. Kane’s views and those of other scholars. Caliber of Vajrayani Buddhists was not the cause, neither was the Tantric practices. Buddhist Siddhas were the forerunners of Bhakti cult, which now Hindus claim to be theirs. In this respect Aryan Invaders Cult books must not be relied upon.

Techniques of imposing slavery over the population by the Aryan Invaders Cults were studied. In present times the struggle is amongs the followers of Phule, Shahu, Ambedkar Versus those of Tilak Gandhi Golwalkar. We saw the Sryan Invaders Cult tendency to find faults with Buddhism for country’s ills, like Sawarkar in his “saha soneri pane” blaming Buddhist Ahimsa and ignorng the real reason being Chaturvarna.

Position of women in ancient Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth has been studied in detail in Pre-Vedic and Vedic times and Buddhist Doctrines and Laws about them contrasted and Manu’s role in their degradation stressed. This continued in Rajput and in middle ages in pre-British times, and got worst during Peshawa rule.

Even today Buddhism is the national Religion of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath 

 

We saw how Buddhism was the national religion of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath and that it is flourishing even now in the garb of Hinduism with superadded Chaturvarna. We saw Buddhism is not a sect of Hinduism, irrespective of false propaganda of RSS. As Dr. Tulsiram, Associate Proffesor, School of International Studies, JNU and editor of Hindi monthly ‘Vishwa Ashvaghosah’, observes the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has organised a number of “World Hindu Buddhist Conferences”, at Haridwar, Modi Puram, Sarnath, Rajgir, Buddha Gaya, and Lumbini. At these conferences, it is falsely claimed that since Buddhism is an essential part of Hinduism, those who want to embrace Buddhism should embrace Hinduism directly. Also the text books are manipulated e.g. in a class IX book, the Sangha Parivar’s Government in Gujrath has inserted that “the caste system is the greatest gift of Aryans to humankind.” One of the reasons of reasserting Sankrit is preservation of caste. He observes:

“… The religion based on caste system has annihilated millions of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth  over the centuries. About three million Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth women have been raped and around one million  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth killed from the time of Independence. This is 25 times more than number of soldiers killed during the wars fought after independence. That is why Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharth  do not need Aryan culture or Hindu Dharma based on caste any more. …” [Dr. Tulsiram, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan. 2000]

 

 Orphan of Humanity

 

Buddha was ignored in his own country. Vedantists’ claim that Vedanta alone can save the world and humanity has proved false and let alone saving the world, Hindus did not cultivate any superior virtues and ideals, and deny justice and humanity to their own kith and kin. Failure of Socialist Reformers was because they are steeped in the culture of caste and the religion of deception and exploitation. Same is the condition of the so called Nationalists, who only cultivated regionalism and language struggle and a good number of our Socialists and Nationalists turned out to be rank Capitalists and fanatical Communalists. Of many revolutions against Aryan Invaders Cult, only work of Guru Govind Singh and Sikhism seems to have survived, at least to some extent, being influenced by saints like Kabir and Nanak, all under spirit of Buddhism.

 

Hindus became Hindus by Conversion

 

The derogatory sense of the word “Hindu” is forgotten, it is also forgotten that Aryan Invaders Cult did not like to be called as Hindus, not a long time back and that Hindus became Hindus by a sort of mass conversion or mass classification by the Muhammadans, and the various castes acquired their status by a similar process of mass classification behind their backs by the Aryan Invaders Cult first and lastly by the British Government by laws made for them. We saw that Hinduism is not a religion in the sense in which Buddhism Muhammadanism and Christianity are. It is a loose conglomeration of castes, which is described by one author as a “grocery shop”, where the comodity called “grocery” is not sold. Therefore, all those who are not Muhammadans or Christians are treated as Hindus, where all types of worship is allowed, as long as Aryan Invaders supremacy is maintained. Even for these Christians and Mohamedans, Aryan Invaders have plans to incorporate in Hinduism and terms like “Mohemadi Hindus” are already coined for them, and full preparations are going on for its implementation. Also plans are afoot to create new ‘Swastika’ temples for such “purified” Christians. Thus the vagueness of Hinduism is a virtue for them, and language of Vedanta is the garb of camaflouge of equality, which help in the desire of Aryan Invader elites to govern the OBCs. Arrogance of Aryan Invaders, who rule Hindus, did not change since the times of Abbe Dobois, neither did their attitude towards women.

 

Suggestions for nation building

 

The constructive thoughts and efforts and guiding as to what must be done as advised by Swamiji are summerised in the ability to evolve new ideals and institutions to embody the spirit of the collective life and will and avoid an obstinate clinging to mere existence and past glories. India had been suffering under the two imperialisms, Aryan Invaders Cult and British placed one above the other, and three tests of Hindu Nationalism should be (1) Opposition to caste, (2) opposition to priestcraft and idolatry, and (3) Inter-religious tolerance and fraternisation. It must be realised that more nationalism persisted in the past before the British arrived, and there was more fellow feeling in teachings of saints, inspired by Buddhism.

 

Modus operandi of Aryan Invaders Cult to enslave Hindus

 

That the kalivarjya was the method of Aryan Invaders to tackle the Buddhist influence over the masses and impose their supremacy. All laws and rules, were amended including Civil, Criminal, Revenue and Personal laws, without actually condemning them. Who suffered in Kalivarjya were the OBCs due to failure of export of their productions. These are the masses of which Indian society is made of, and it is the need of the day to educate them. The process of emancipation of masses was started by Mahatma Phule, strengthened by Shahu, and put in Indian Constitution by Dr. Ambedkar. Now it is the duty of masses to protect the Constitution, if they want to protect themselves from oncoming Aryan Invaders tyranny.

 

Decline and fall of Buddhism

 

Techniques in causing decline and fall of buddhism, the Caliber of Vajrayani Buddhists, the methods of Aryan Invaders Cult Conquest by peaceful means, the domestic and sexual invasion in Kerala are discussed, and the role of Shankara explained. Various techniques of Aryan Invaders Cult controls, the difference between Local and Regional Aryan Invaders Cult the admission of kings to Varna System, the extension of Varna system, the Extension of Sanskritic deities, the creation and developement of ceremonial and the Sanskritisation of names of places discussed and the social self of Aryan Invaders explained. It was seen how Buddha’s Sangha was captured by Aryan Invders, and how Aryan Invaders destroyed Buddhism from outside also and how Kautilya checked growth of Buddhism and how Buddhism tried to thwart attempts of Aryan Invaders Cult and how Aryan Invaders Cult crushed Nationalism.

 

Foreign invasions

 

The foreigners like Shakas, Pahlavas Hunas etc. were assimilated by Buddhist ideals and not the Aryan Invaders Cult, and the Hindu Muslim Conflict would not have been there if Buddhism was alive at the time of Muslim invasion. We saw the Aryan Invaders had comunications links with foreign forces and that they obtained foreign help to topple kings unwanted for them.

About the conditions at the time of arrival of Europeans, Raja Sekhar Vundru, IAS, former JNU student writes:

“Vasco da Gama landed in 1498 in Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath, a veritable social hell for the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath. Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath feeding on carcasses, lurking like animals in the day with a status worse than an animal and conditions of life worse than a million genocides of a Hitler. The greatness of  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharathlies in their confidence to accept the ultra sub-human existence and breed dasyus, menials, slave, asuras, chandalas and untouchables: unparalleled and unrecorded in the history of world civilizations.” [Raja Sekhar Vundru, “The Pioneer”, Dalit Millennium Issue, 30 Jan. 2000]

 

How Hindus enjoyed Aryan Invaders Cult slavery?

 

The evils of Hindu caste system are well known. The theory of karma castrated the society and deprived all the masses from the motivation to revolt against the domination and atrocities of the priestly class, making all the Hindus the slaves of Aryan Invaders. We know that Rigvedic Society had only three Varnas. The fourth varna, i.e. of Shudras was added by “purusha-sukta“, late in Buddhist times and was a planned to destroy the egalatarian Buddhist society, to stop Kshatriya revolt against Aryan Invaders and to stop the flow of Shudras towards Buddha’s Dhamma.

We discussed the sexual behaviour of Aryans and how the ancient Aryan society did not have the marriage institution as we believe it today, or rather had no marriage institution at all. The barbarous Aryan society considered no relationship like brother- sister, father-daughter. Rajwade has explained how the priests had to satisfy the sexual demand of any woman approaching them at the time of yajnyas, then and there in open ground, in presence of Vedic fire. The Buddha fought against this and included vow to abstain from mithyachara, i.e. improper behaviour in sexual matters, among the five shilas.

Conversion from three varna society to four varna society was a great revolution in Aryan society, and entry of shudras into Chaturvana system, transformed savage society to rural one, claims Rajwade. But the Buddha discarded Varna System, where Shudras were made the beasts of burden with all the forced labour duties and no rights. Buddhists had no caste and Ashokan Society was integrated and that caste revived on the decay of Buddhism and emergence of Shaivism and Vaishnavism around 8th century A.D.

The productive castes suffered in Kalivarjya, one of the means adopted by Aryan Invaders to dominate Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath. The national Religion was destroyed by Caste System and Caste hierarchy with Aryan Invaders having vested interests. They grew most powerful with the duty of kings being enjoined to worship Aryan Invaders, whose arrogance was not an empty claim and Aryan Invaders ruled over masses also not only the kings. Free Lands and houses were given to them, with no taxes and no fear of punishments. Secular powers were also exercised by Aryan Invaders and Aryan Invaders Sabhas had power over all castes. Dharma Sastras were recasted in Muslim Rule and laws amended to establish Aryan Invaders supremacy. Means employed by Aryan Invaders to enslave Hindus included Punishments and Ordeals on Caste basis, and false philosophies created to support immoral acts to distort the religion. Buddhism had tried to save masses from Aryan Invaders Cult slavery but in vain. We know how Vijaynagar Empire was a seat of exploitation of masses and Aryan Invaders Cult was punished for the crimes.

Scheduled Tribes (aadivaasi)

 

Fall of Buddhism saw the rise of untouchables, the so called criminal tribes and Aadivaasis. Their problems are discussed, explaining differences between Castes and Tribes and origins of various names. Their history is traced from Prehistoric Period and it is explained that they are not remenents of Neolithic Age but are post Buddhistic. We know how Indus Valley civilization did not belong to Aryans, how Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath was land of Naagas and its language Tamil, and how Vratyas were Naagas. We know history of the Sisunaaga Dynasty, that Naaga worship is non-Vedic and Naagas were Buddhists. There was a casteless society among the Naaga culture, Naagas having their Republics. We know the denegration of Naagas in Mahabharata, which opens with a curse on Naagas. We know Naaga Rajas in Kashmir and Rise of Buddhism there with Ahimsa of Buddha, and studied Serpent worship during Mauryan Dynasty, the times of Naagaarjuna and Kanishka, the Buddhist Sculptures and that Ayrans created writings, whereas Naagas created structures. We studied importance of Tribal Population in Sanchi and Amaravati Stupas and antiquity of Naaga clans.

 

Other effects of Fall of Buddhism

 

We know other efects of Caste culture were deprivation of Education and spread of illiteracy and how fall of Buddhism directly affected the multitudes of population, who were denied education. How Gurukul system was detrimental to the interests of masses is explained and how a most educated country, where foreign scholars were coming to take higher education in Jambudviap, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath Universities, became the most illiterate country of the world due to fall of Buddhism is explained.

We know how position of women detoriated and ultimately reached to the stage of burning of widows. We know that Rajput Age was Dark Age of Jambudvipa, thatis the Great Prabuddha Bharath and how Aryan Invaders created Rajputs to get hold over the population, and how it caused the degradation and fall of Jambudvipa, thatis the Great Prabuddha Bharath  masses.

Kulin system of Bengal:  was created to increase the population who would be willing to accept the supremacy of Aryan Invaders and all the ill effects of this System is explained.

Sambandham System of Kerala: Aryan Invaders managed to gain control over the Buddhist Nayars by this method of “Cultural fertilization” and  it destroyed the cultural fabric of old Kerala society.

Devadasis: A system of Religious prostitution is discussed. It was put forward by the present author, for the first time, that Devadasis were degraded Buddhist nuns, in his book in 1991, “Tirupati Balaji was a Buddhist Shrine”. The subject is discussed more fully here.

Fall of Science: How Science was on zenith in Buddhist Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath and Aryan Invaders purposefully caused its fall to uphold their own supremacy after the fall of Buddhism.

Kashmir Problem: A Buddhist country of Kashmir became Mohammedan country, thereby leading to all the present problems is discussed.

Language Problem: Acountry, which speaking one language and one or two scripts during the Buddhist period was divided into a country of multiple languages and scripts.

The Remedies

 

The reason why need to know the history is to guide us in future. If that purpose is not served, it has no meaning. The rulers of the society know it. Therefore, those who like that the oppressors should keep on oppressing and sufferers should go on suffering, never wish that the masses should know the real history. They present only those aspects of history which suits them, even distorting the facts. To find the cure, one has to know and understand the cause of ailments. If the interpretation of the history is on proper lines, the remedies would be correct. There is no doubt that now all realize that the real cause of all the ills of this country has been its religion. If this is realized, the ills can be cured and Indian masses can see the bright future. We narrate the views of some of the prominent thinkers.

 

In key note address at the recent “Bahujan Conference” at Nagpur by a prominent OBC thinker and writer, expressed his views on the future course of action to be taken by OBCs. He stressed the importance of realizing the principle that OBCs and the Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath  are co-sufferers. They should make it a point that they will neither tolerate the injustice done by others, nor would commit injustice against others. Vedic culture came into being after the destruction of Indus Culture. Among those who opposed Vedic culture, prominent was the Buddha and his movement was much more powerful than that of Phule, Shahu and Ambedkar. [’Prabuddha Bharat‘, 30.4.2000]

Amartya Sen got the Nobel Prize, he said, but did not get enough publicity in Indian media, not even as much as the Beauty Contests did. The reason was that while discussing the Asian cultural history, Sen pointed out that the main reason why education did not reach the grass root levels in Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath was that machinery of education remained in the hands of fistful of priests, and that as contrasted against this, education reached the people at bottom levels of society in the other neighbouring nations like Ceylon and others, because they were following Buddhism. The Bahujans must realize that a person who declares these facts would not get any appreciation from the established society here. [’Prabuddha Bharat‘, 30.4.2000]

Amartya Sen, when questioned by journalists about his preceptor and the father of his ideals on Welfare State, had acknowledged the Buddha as his ‘guru’ and Ashoka as his ideal, a fact which never appeared in any Aryan Invaders Cult media. [Speech by P. S. Changole at Aurangabad, ‘Prabuddha Bharat‘, 30.4.2000]

He explained how Indus Culture was followed by Vedic onslaught, how Buddhism was followed by Counter-revolution by Manu, how Saints and Shivaji was followed by Peshawai and now how after the revolution of Phule, Shahu and Ambedkar we are faced with danger of destruction of this system by Aryan Invaders Cult counter- revolution by the R.S.S. If we wish to avert this calamity the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath must sort out the points of conflicts and unite. [’Prabuddha Bharat‘, 30.4.2000]

He urged the OBCs to discard Wamana as an incarnation, and questioned how he can be our ideal instead of Bali. He also opined that OBC youths should reexamine the ‘Gita‘, and if it teaches you to follow the duties of ‘Chaturvarnya‘, you would be required to throw it away. ‘Gita‘ talks of ’swadharma’, which does not mean Hindu or Islam religion, it means ‘Chaturvarna dharma‘’. He asked OBCs to evaluate the history of the Buddha through their own values instead of those of Manu, Shankara or Aryan Invaders Cult books. He asked them to examine their own religion and ask themselves what exactly, it offers them. It offers nothing but slavery, he stressed. [’Prabuddha Bharat‘, 30.4.2000]

He averred that it is a false history, taught to us that Shankara defeated Buddhism, but if he had evolved some strategy and helped its decline, not only for Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath, but also even for people in grass root level, and for those who call themselves as Kshatriyas and for Marathas and Kunbis and OBCs, it was not a golden day of glory but it is was a moment of pushing them into darkness and slavery. He advised that the sufferings of  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath are the sufferings of OBCs, and vice versa. We are not fighting against any caste, not even Aryan Invaders, but against a system of inequality imposed over Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath by the religious books. Some OBCs think they are Kshatriyas, and should side with Aryan Invaders because of our scriptures which condemn the ‘Shudras’ and not the ‘Kshatriyas’. Their mentality is to accept the slavery of Aryan Invaders but not to consider Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath equal to themselves. But if you inspect the reality, you would find that not only Ekalavya and Shambuka suffered but also Tukaram, who was an OBC, suffered. For the scriptures, Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath and OBCs are both ‘Shudras’ and both deserve condemnation and are deprived from their rights. Today OBCs are projected as neo- Kshatriyas and made to fight against Muslims and Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath, but they must not forget that they are being used as tools and will the thrown away after their utility ends. If the merit is important, there is no doubt that Shivaji’s merit as a ‘Kshatriya‘ was proved. Why then his coronation was opposed by the Aryan Invaders of Maharashtra. Today Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath honour Shivaji and Shahu with full reverence, not as a strategy or convenience, but from the bottom of their hearts, then why OBCs should not honour Ambedkar likewise? [’Prabuddha Bharat‘, 30.4.2000] Similar views are expressed by him later in “First Maratha Sahitya Sammelan” held very recently at Amravati in Vidarbha. This literary meet of Marathas was highly maligned by Brahmanical press and scholars.  

 

Aryan Invaders  attitude towards Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath 

 

 The attitude of elitist media towards these people.

“Media explosion finds news value in  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath only when they are killed. Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath do not see themselves as victims of atrocities. Atrocities are part of their daily life. For Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath persecution is as old as Shambuka, denial as old as Eklavya; revolution as old as Buddha; valor as old as Asura; slavery as old as dasyu and untouchability as old as touch. Nevertheless, Manudharma’s tentacles are wide spread and all-compassing.” [Raja Sekhar Vundru, “The Pioneer”, Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath Millennium Issue, 30 Jan. 2000]

 

The best remedy is as uggested by Late Manyawar dadasahib Kanshram ji ‘B Media 4 Sarvajan Hithaya Sarvajan Sukhaya’.

 

Each and every elite and educated of Sarv Samj in general and Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath in particular must become the media to counter the anti-Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath propaganda of the Aryan Invaders Cult media. Thay must start their own News Papers, since Aryan Invaders News Papers are just their Views Papers & the media is controlled by the Moneyed, Mafia & Manuvadis.

 

The Educated and the elite Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great prabuddha Bharath must start their own websites and blogs and write about the need for empower themselves and spread Dhamma for the welfare and happiness for all.

 

When Dr. Ambedkar was trying for “Hindu Code Bill”, which was to remove the injustice on Hindu women, Jereshastri the then Shankarachrya of Sankeswara Pitha, wrote:

“… Milk or Ganges water may be holy, but if it comes through a nallah or a gutter, it can not be considered sacred. Similarly, the ‘Dharmasastra’ howsoever it may be authentic, it can not be considered authentic because it has come from a ‘Mahar’ like Dr. Ambedkar. Ambedkar is a scholar, it is said that his study of scriptures is great, but he is an ‘antyaja’. How can the Ganga of Scriptures comming from the nallah of Ambekar be holy? It must be discardable like milk comming from the gutter…”

Quoting this passage from ‘Nav Bharat‘, daily, 21 Jan. 1950, Yashwant Manohar observes, even the women for whose liberation was this Bill opposed it. We see today these women participating in hindutwavadi organizations. They opposed Mandal Commission, and they still oppose the reservation of OBC and other women, however, they demand right to priesthood. [Yashwant Manohar:, 1999: p.73]

 

Our religion and Constitution must not have contradictions

 

In his last speech during Sarnath visit in 1956, Dr. Ambedkar spoke to students, as reported by Nanak Chand Rattu, in Benares University Hall. Speaking on Adi Shankara philosophy, he said that if the Aryan Ivaders pervaded all, a Aryan Invader and an untouchable were equal. But Shankara did not apply his doctrine of Aryan Invader to social organization and kept the discussions only on Vedantic level. Had he applied it on a social level and preached social equality, his proposition would have been profound and worth consideration, in spite of his belief in the world being an illusion. Rattu reports:

“He, therefore, asked the students whether they would follow Hindu scriptures which supported graded inequality propounded by Purush Sukta and give religious sanction to social inequality or whether they would stand by the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity propounded in the Constitution, and refute the graded inequality preached by the Hindu scriptures.” [Rattu: 1997: 99]

 

How Buddhist Books reached West

 

Arrogance and hatred against Buddhism is seen by the fact that around 1816 A.D. after Nepal was settled under British rule, Brian Hodgson came there as Assisant to the Resident in a newly opened Office. He obtained many MSS from Buddhist pundits like Amrutananda, and sent the collection to Asiatic Society of Bengal and to Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath House in Paris and other libraries. Once, Minister Rana Bahadur Jang of Nepal seized a Buddhist Vihar and threw away all the books in the street. Dr. Wrights, who was Physician to British Resident got it collected and presented to the Cambridge University. From these sourses Burnuff and his disciple Max Muller compiled early history of Buddhism. [Kasbe: 1996: 315]

 

How Upnishads reached West

 

It is also interesting to know that it was Dara Shukoh, brother of Emperor Aurangjeb, who got many Upnishads translated into Persian through pundits of Kashi. These were later translated into Latin. Duparron obtained a copy from a French scholar M. Gentyl in court of Sirajuddolah, and later Burneere took it to France on his trip to Bengal in 1775 A.D., and translated into French, and later published in Latin. Weber commented on these in his “Jambudvipa,that is Prabuddha Bharath Studies”. The South Jambudvipa,that is Prabuddha Bharath collection was published for the first time in 1851 by W. Elliot in Journal of Asiatic Society in Bengal, and later translated and incorporated in ‘Bibliotheca India. [Kasbe: 1996: 228]

 

Jabalopnishad

 

That the main target of Aryan Invaders Cult was the OBCs, in ancient times as it is today, is clear from more sourses than one. Kasbe describes one instance where OBCs are equated with impotents etc. According to him, “Jabaloupnishad”, which is a later Upnishad, is highly venomous to the orthdox as they believe it planted the seeds of starting of Buddhism and destruction of Vedic religion. The reason was it had allowed renunciation of household duties and accepting the “pravajya” any time, wihout going through the tradional Ashramas. Ahitagni Shankar Ramchandra Rajwade, a Vedic scholar, criticised bitterly this upnishad in his criticism of ‘nasdiya sukta bhashya‘, saying that when a sentence ‘yadahrev virjettdahrev pravajet‘ appeared in this upnishad, it paved the way for all the “bungled and botched” ‘vratyas’, ‘patitas’ etc. for a life of “Liberty-Equality- Fraternity”, thereby reducing the importance of Aryan Invaders in the society. Though Jabalopnishad advocated ‘sanyas‘ at any age, there were upnishands that time in existence asking for taking sanyas after all three ashramas, and also upnishadas which included the ‘Kumbhar‘ (potter), and ‘Teli‘ (oilmen) among the list of those for whom ‘sanyas‘ was prohibited, like to impotent, outcaste, deaf, dumb etc. [Raosaheb Kasbe, “manav aani dharm chintan”, Sugawa, Pune, 1996, p. 223]

 

A neglected message from Dr. Ambedkar to OBCs

 

An article was published recently in Marathi local magazine by Suhas Sonwane based on daily Loksatta. The following is a gist of it, translated from Marathi.

Mr. Gawande, a close friend of Dr. Ambedkar, who was then the Law Minister in Nehru Cabinet in 1947, asked for a message for the Maratha people to be published in the Souvenir of “Maratha Mandir” of Bombay. Ambedkar declined saying that he had no relation with the Organization or the Marathas, but on persistent insistence, a message was given and published in the souvenir on 23rd March 1947. It was made available by Shri Vijay Survade recently and was undocumented till now. Dr. Ambedkar said:

“This principle will apply not only to Marathas but all Backward Castes. If they do not wish to be under the thumb of others they should concentrate on two things, one is politics and the other is education.”

“One thing I like to impress on you is that the community can live in peace only when it has enough moral but indirect pressure over the rulers. Even if a community is numerically weak, it can keep its pressure over the rulers and create its dominance as is seen by the example of status of present day Aryan Invaders in India. It is essential that such a pressure is maintained, as without it, the aims and policies of the state can not have proper direction, on which depends the development and progress of the state.”

“At the same time, it must not be forgotten that education is also important. Not only elementary education but higher education is most essential to keep ahead in competition of communities in their progress.”

“Higher education, in my opinion, means that education, which can enable you to occupy the strategically important places in State administration. Aryan Invaders had to face a lot of opposition and obstacles, but they are overcoming these and progressing ahead.”

“I can not forget, rather I am sad, that many people do not realize that the Caste system is existing in Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath for centuries because of inequality and a wide gulf of difference in education, and they have forgotten that it is likely to continue for some centuries to come. This gulf between the education of Aryan Invaders and Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath will not end just by primary and secondary education. The difference in status between these can only be reduced by higher education. Some non-Brahmins must get highly educated and occupy the strategically important places, which has remained the monopoly of Aryan Invaders since long. I think this is the duty of the State. If the Govt. can not do it, institutions like “Maratha Mandir” must undertake this task.”

“I must emphasize one point here that middle class tries to compare itself with the highly educated and well placed and well to do community, whereas lower class all over the world has same fault. The middle class is not as liberal as upper one, and has no ideology as lower one, which makes it enemy of both the classes. The middle class Marathas of Maharashtra also have this fault. They have only two ways out, either to join hands with upper classes and prevent the lower classes from progress, and the other is to join hands with lower classes and both together destroy the upper class power coming against the progress of both. There was a time, they used to be with lower classes, now they seem to be with the upper class. It is for them to decide which way to go. The future of not only Indian masses but also their own future depends upon what decision the Maratha leaders take. As a matter of fact it all should be left to the skill and wisdom of the leaders of Marathas. But there seems to be a lack of such wise leadership among the Marathas.”

What he said about Marathas, equally applies to all OBCs, and still holds true after half a century. Dr. Ambedkar wrote much to educate the OBCs. It is only now that OBCs are awakening gradually. It must not be forgotten that the future of this country depends on them.

 

Buddhist “Bahujan” meant Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath 

 

Vedic social stucture was created for supremacy of Aryan Invaders and it was not possible to liberate all the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath masses without destroying it. “Bahujan Samaj” of Buddha was not the middle castes like Kunbis, Telis and Malis but comprised of all  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath - Kunbis Telis to Mang Mahars and Nomadic and ex- Criminal tribes, opined Ambedkarite laureate Yashwant Manohar. [’Prabuddha Bharat‘, 30.4.2000]

 

OBC Problem

 

It is not properly realized that the ultimate fate of  Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath  depends upon what course of action the OBCs take. The Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath  have already made their choice, that they do not wish to lead a life of Slavery under the Aryan Invaders. As a matter of fact, they always wished to free themselves from it one way or the other. If the present movement of Ambedkar for Deekhsha to Buddhism is sabotaged and if it fails, they would find other alternatives. It is for the OBCs to decide what they wish to do, whether to join Ambedkarite movement or to join Aryan Invaders Cult movement. That the political power in Independent democratic Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath  is mostly in the hands of the OBCs, is technically speaking, true. But the real power evades them. What is the reason? There is a lot of awakening among them, these days, and everybody seems to be searching for the solution, but the real reason is elluding them. The real reason, in our opinion, is that these people are not concerned with their “Cultural Slavery” under the Aryan Invaders.

 

Examples of Aryan Invaders hostility towards OBCs

 

OBC youth in Maharashtra had demanded of the Government that certain books which had deroatory remarks about OBCs be banned. The then Govt. of Maharashtra under Sharad Pawar had declared the ban. But perhaps it was not effected. The President of Marathi Sahitya Sammelan held at Panaji (Goa) a few years back, Shri Ram Shewalkar, then criticised the Maharashtra Govt. for this decision as, he claimed, it was against the “freedom of speech”, going out of the way by speaking what was not in the written speech.

The then Chairman of the Marathi Sanskruti Mandal, a Govt. organization for promotion of literature, criticised that an OBC saint Tukdoji Maharaj, who played a great role during Independance movement, is termed as “Rashtra Sant”, and in his opinion, only a Aryan Invader saint Ramdas deserved this appellation.

Recently the word “Kunbi” was shown to have been included in a dictionary mentioned having derogatory meaning, for which the publisher had to apologise.

At all these times, OBCs had protested. Sometimes, in their caste functions, they talk of denouncing the Aryan Invaders slavery. They talk that Eklavya was deceived by Dronacharya, that killing of Shambuka was wrong. But they can not deny the grip of cultural slavery on their minds. They can not demand that the name of Dronacharya given to the highest award in Sports be withdrawn. They can not stop participating in “Ganesh Festival” started by B. G. Tilak, and which was then criticised by the Mahatma Phule’s followers in Satya Shodhak Samaj and requested a ban on it.

As a matter of fact, the relationship of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath  to ‘upper’ castes in all the political parties run by Aryan Invaders, as various teams from A to E of Aryan Invaders Cult in Kanshiram’s terms, is like Ram and Hanuman, as put forward by Kancha Ilaiah, whose observation about Congress applies to all parties under Aryan Invaders Cult control:

“…The Congress was systematically moulded into being a bhadralok party. They talked about the welfare of the  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath castes, while all the state resources were cornered by the Hindus. The relationship between an ‘upper’ caste man and a Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath  caste man within Congress was like that between Rama and Hanuman. It is a common knowledge that Hanuman was a South Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath  who joined the imperial army of Rama to fight against the South Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath Nationalist ruler - Ravana. Hanuman worked day in and day out in the interest of ‘Ramrajya’ (an anti- Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath and anti-woman kingdom), yet his place in the administration was marginal and subservient. Similarly, all the  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath activists who joined the Congress party were given subservient places in the party hierarchy. Their main task was to mobilize the masses, and organize the ‘praise melas’ of ‘upper’ caste Congress leaders in whose name they would carry the party flag. They would organize the photographers to publicize the images of ‘upper’ caste Congress leaders. The aim of an average ‘upper’ caste Congress leader would be to mould every Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath  into a trustworthy Hanuman. While Ambedkarism was creating a small force of conscious people among Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Bharath  who were trying to organize into an autonomous political force, a large number were (perhaps for the sake of fringe benefits that the Congress administration could offer, perhaps for other reasons) willing to be Hanumans. [p.58]

Kancha Ilaiah, himself an OBC, has very convincingly put forward that the process of “Sanskritisation”, i.e. elevating one’s own caste, without demolishing the framework of Chaturvarna can never end the Aryan Invaders Cult domination. Describing how various methods of Sanskritisation are futile, he observed:

“…Sanskritization process did not dilute caste identities and caste based humiliations. Many Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath  who got Sanskritized later realized that Sanskritization is no solution to Hindu barbarity. This is the why Ambedkar embraced Buddhism to build a counterculture to Hinduism, and Periyar Ramasamy Naiker attempted to establish the hegemony of Dravida culture by attacking Hindu culture and Hindu Gods.” [Kancha Ilaiah, “Why I am not a Hindu”, publ. Samaya, Calcutta, third reprint 1998, p.70]

Kancha Ilaiah, strongly advocates ‘Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharathisation ’ - signifying dignity of labour rather than of leisure and combining physical and mental knowledge as Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath do - rather than hinduization, of the civil society, state and administrative apparatus, which is the real solution to the problems of  Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath. He feels that only through liberation of  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath that the rest of the society, namely, the ‘upper castes’ can be liberated. And this process, which could be “very painful and tortuous” should start with addressing to the UC women, who also feel that  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath are the “others”, but are receptive to Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath questions, as they seem to prefer “divorce and remarriage” of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath to “wife-murder” policy of UCs. [p.129]

Second thing he recommends is the capture of Hindu temples by expelling Aryan Invaders, for the wealth they hold, convert them into centres of public education, taking care that the Aryan Invaders Cult god culture does not get assimilated into Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath culture. It is comparatively easier for neo-Kshatriyas to unlearn many things than baniyas and Aryan Invaders, but he warns that this anti-caste revolution may be more tortuous than the ‘proletarian cultural revolution’ in China. He avers about the NRIs that the post capitalist markets into which these NRIs are integrated did not de-caste them as is very clear from their pro-Hindutva proclamations from abroad. [Kancha, p.131]

Examples of OBC awakening

 

Apart from Dr. Salunkhe’s advice to OBCs, there are other indicaters of OBC awakening. A recent literary meet of “Mana” community in Maharashtra declared themselves to be of “Naaga” clan and associated themselves with the Buddhist culture, denying the Aryan Invaders’ one. The important Adivasis are already dissociating themselves from the hindutvavadis and associating with Ambedkarites, in spite of strong propaganda by BSO of converting them into “Vanavasis”. Everybody is realizing that the way of liberation is the fight against the caste and Aryan Invaders supremacy.

 

Ambedkar’s Efforts for Adivasis

 

All these people are now realizing that Dr. Ambedkar had struggled a lot for Adivasis also. We must strive for upliftment of BCs and Adivasis said Dr. Ambedkar. The purpose of keeping them in sub-clause (2) of Hindu Code Bill was to make some provision for them and Hindu Law would “apply to them only if it is proved that Hindu customs and Hindu usages are prevallent in that class”, and it will not apply to them unless “they have adopted the customs.” [W&S, vol. 14 part 2, p.886-7]

Ambedkar asked for right of Adult franchise for Adivasis, in 1928, Simon Commision Statemnt, commenting that Legislatures are the places where “social battles have to be fought, previlages have to be destroyed, and rights have to be won”. He avered that their illeteracy should not come in way of giving them right to vote, as even an illiterate is intellegent and knows his welfare. [W&S, vol.2, p.471]

Disagreeing with the Britishers’ idea of keeping the Adivasis segregated, during the evidence taken before the joint Committee on Indian Constitutional Reforms in 1933, he professed the ideal that these primitive people should not remain primitive and they should cease to be an isolated part of humanity and take part in the public affairs of this country like others. That they must not loose their lands and be landless labourers and their lands be protected from money lendes by suitable Laws. The education is more neccesary for BCs and Adivasis, more than anybody else, he said, and wanted adequate representation for them in legislature assuring the friendship of many BCs. [W&S, vol.2, p.737 ff.]

 

“Jati Todo Samaj Jodo”

 

 One thing is sure that Mayawati and Kanshiram talk of “Jati Todo Samaj Jodo“, which does not mean, as VTR seems to suggest, that they advocate consolidation of each caste. On the contrary, they say break your own caste, forget about wellbeing of only your caste and strive for making up a “Bahujan Samaj” identity, which alone can convert the minority into majority as Aryan Invaders Cult has broken the society into various castes numbering about six thousand. It should be our aim to unite these various castes into one identity of “Bahujan”. They believe that political solution is the most important method and quote Ambedkar that political power is the master key to all the ailments of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath. They point out to the tremendous work that has been done in U.P. in a short span of her rule there. They have not tried to strengthen only Chamar caste, as is presumed by VTR. They have asked to strengthen all Bahujans to come together and work for common good of all Bahujans including Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath. They never worked for “separate but equal” castes. Neither Dr. Ambedkar, nor Shahu, nor Phule worked on the lines mentioned by VTR. They always worked to bring all together, demolishing walls among the castes, never ever, they advocated salvation of any individual caste or that of an individual person within a caste. A well known letter by Dr. Ambedkar to a Mang youth is proof thereof.

G. P. Deshpande, Prof. Of International politics at JNU and a theater personality in Delhi advises that a caste-group is never a leader and Dr. Ambedkar never thought so either. What he identified was central contradiction in Indian society epitomised in and by the Varna and Jati system. The transformative movement that Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath needs so badly today should take note of this understanding. Ambedkar’s relevance lies precisely in this approach in building a wider social base. The present  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath movement, Deshpande comments, is yet to define itself and demonstrate that it is conscious of the whole within which it is to function, and avers that it has as much relevance for Savarnas and upper castes as it has for the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath and other classes. He concludes:

“Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath, today, have to realise that it is all a question of hegemony. He also has to realise that in matters of politics and culture, he will provide leadership only if his politics is of genuine ‘jatyanta’ (end of caste). Interests of caste have to be secondary to the interests of end of caste.” [G. P. Deshpande, “The Pioneer”,  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharathMillennium Issue, 30 Jan. 2000]

 

Kancha Ilaiah

He laments that Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath are the oldest people of the globe, and yet have no calender of their own and a largest group in the world without the own individual dates of birth. They invented through their scientific approach to production by counting seeds, birds and animals the ‘concept of zero’, which was “patented” by Bana Bhatta, an Aryan Invader. These first invaders, the Aryan Hindus, condemned the discovery of tool making, leather making, and wool weaving as Chandala processes.

The degradation of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath was achieved through two methods - danda and mantra, first ‘Danda’ i.e. violence and second ‘Mantra’ i.e. by developing the consent systems. As an example of second, he observes:

“Did not Hinduism make us do the same thing when it forced us to celebrate the birthday of Rama as Ramnavami, a dateless day, a man who killed my ancestors Tataka, Vali, Shambhuka and Ravana, and cut off the nose and earlobes of most beautiful woman of  Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath, Shurpanakha?  What a difference in godhood.” [Kancha Ilaiah, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan. 2000]

“Post independent  Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath has not given the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath anything except a saga of atrocities. The Hinduism that rendered this country calenderless is forcing all Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath to call themselves Hindus. I made my position very clear that “I am not a Hindu” as I cannot worship the very gods who killed my ancestors. My predicament is that of Angada, the son of Bali who was killed by Rama and while his father’s dead body lying there he was forced to worship the killer of his father, Rama. I refuse to do that.” [Kancha Ilaiah, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan. 2000]

Describing the sufferings of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath for last two thousand years, Kancha Ilaiah describes:

“In the first millennium, the Shudras along with the Chandalas suffered all kinds of atrocities at the hands of the Hindu rulers who constructed a Swarna Yuga (golden age) of their own during political rule of Guptas. It was during this period that the scientific temper the Shudras constructed among themselves was destroyed and they were pushed into most dark period of their life. During the first millennium Manu Dharma as law and Kauttilya’s brutal state craft were brought into force and they destroyed all the creative ability of the Shudras, Chandalas and Adivasis (SCAs). Except the text ‘Mritchakatika‘ by Shudraka, all other texts including ‘Megha Sandesha’ by Kalidasa were written in the image of Brahmanical leisure- centered classes. The history of SCAs from then was rendered invisible and non-existent.” [Kancha Ilaiah, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan. 2000]

“… By the beginning of the second millennium, Aryan Invaders, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas (AIKVs) had eaten away the vitals of Subcontinent. These three leisure and pleasure centered castes lived in celestial and spiritual luxuries and sexual orgies. During this period, the AIKVs destroyed the Buddhist ethical and productive life and also symbols of that civilization and errected erotic temples translating the sexual pleasure-centered discourse of Vatsayana’s ‘Kamasutra’ culture into sculpture at the cost of enormous labour power of the unpaid sculptors. All the sculptors came from the SCA backgrounds. Investment of wealth and labour on constructing structures like Khajuraho and Konark reflected the negative cultural mould of the ruling castes/classes. No single structure that reflected the productive culture of people was errected during the period.” [Kancha Ilaiah, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan. 2000]

Gail Omvedt

 

Today as  Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath heads into new millennium, its own sixth millennium of civilization, it has no clear vision of where it is going, kind of society it wants and how it proposes to build it, she laments and emphasizes, the fervor of freedom fighters and Nehruvian socialism are gone and “Gandhian version of Hinduism is empty now”, and its modern ‘avatar‘, the environmentalists wish the revival of traditional forms of production and culture in the form of “Ram Raj”. She feels that neither Gandhism, nor socialism are more than empty terms in India, and Hindutva Nationalism alternative is itself based upon the Brahmanic version of Indian tradition. She recommends five new visions for the  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath masses of  Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath:

“1. Alternative awakenment” - based on moralism, rationalism, whether religious or aesthetic or agnostic, a genuine democratic socialism can have its roots only in “Ambedkar’s Buddhism”.

“2. Alternative spirituality” - “…Even before Ambedkar chose Buddhism in 1956, it had emerged with Pandit Iyothee Thass and Tamil Buddhism; with Srilanka’s Anagarika Dharmapala, Brahmanand Reddy of Andhra and Acchutananda of Uttar Pradesh. Phule took Buddhism as an important source of ‘Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath’tradition. …”

“3. Alternative Economics” - “…Ambedkar’s economic trajectory went from conventional welfare liberal economics in twenties to endorsement of state socialism that lasted upto 1947, to a final disillusionment of Soviet model and efforts to seek alternative Buddhist economics, described variously as democratic socialism, liberal socialism, a mixed economy or simply as beyond labels. …”

“4. Alternative Nationalism” - Only Ambedkar realized the need for English to unite all Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath  in Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath. “This illustrates that real nationalism in  Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath must (be) realized in the language of the people, not in the Sanskritised Hindi taught in schools or link language of cinema.”

“5. Empowerment of women” - In contrast to Aryan Invaders Cult subordination of women, Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath leaders projected a vision of women as equal citizens with rights to individual fulfillment. [Gail Omvedt, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan. 2000]

Hindu Muslim Unity

 

Arvind Das, the editor of New Delhi review journal, “Biblio”, commenting on the attitude of elites, observe that any of those who demand that Christians apologize for the Inquisition or Muslims be sorry for being designated “Babur ki aulad” do not express the slightest regret for the centuries of oppression that they have practiced on the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath, and there is only a thundering silence in that respect. [Arvind Das, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan.2000]

Syed Shahabuddin, editor of Muslim India and former M.P. observes that the Draft constitution had declared Muslims and SCs as minorities and provided reservations for both. But Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel moved resolution and Muslims were denied facilities. He observes:

“… The goal of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath Muslim unity is neither racial kinship nor religious uniformity but political unity. … Even if the forward Shudras were not included, the EBCs (the Backward backwards), SCs, STs, and Muslims alone form about 67.5 percent of the population. … a majority that lives below the poverty line. They own less than 15 per cent of national resources and have a long way to go before they become equal partners in the national enterprise - in power sharing as well as effective participation in decision making.” [Syed Shahabuddin, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan. 2000]

He advocates alliance of deprived, but thinks it is unrealistic to think on national level. But in MLA segments, where the strength of these people exceeds fifty percent, it can be tried. In UP BSP and in Maharashtra RPI represent Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath, but there is no party of Muslims anywhere, he laments, and stresses the need for “composite leadership”. He also stresses the need of common agenda, and feels that the Aryan Invaders Cult order is on the decline, but not so Aryan Invaders Cult. He laments that every emergent class tends to be reborn as a Neo-Aryan Invaders aspiring for social domination. Those who stand for social justice cannot accept such succession and, therefore, the battle for Identity, Dignity and Equality will go on, he avers. [Syed Shahabuddin, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan. 2000]

 

Communism and Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath 

 

A lot has been written by Dr. Ambedkar discarding Communist idiology. Prof. T. K. Oomen at JNU, explains layers of  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath movement. There are people who concentrate on economic side and others on caste basis. But he feels that all  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath are not proletarians and a small substratum among this traditionally unprivileged class has undergone a process of elitisation. In addition, Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath consciousness is qualitatively different from proletarian or caste consciousness. Stressing the importance of cultural enlightenment, he comments that it is no accident that Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath protests in  Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath first crystallized against socio- cultural oppression like untouchability, which was followed by mobilization for political enfranchisement and finally protests against economical exploitations were heard. [T. K. Oomen, “The Pioneer”, 30 Jan. 2000]

 

Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath Unity is not enough

 

Without in any way denigrating the efforts of those who are striving for Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath Unity, I feel, even if all the  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath, of all castes, shades and colours, unite, they cannot achieve any power without the help of other oppressed castes, as they are only about 16% or so. And if there is no power, caravan of Ambedkar will be on retrograde journey. Many non-Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath non- Aryan Invaders castes are realizing the mischief done by Caste system, they are having dialogue with Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath and uniting with them, as is seen in North Indian states. And the message is spread broad and wide and all regions of this country are awakening.

 

Should we not destroy our identity?

 

Are various leaders ready to give up their identities on argument that Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath liberation must get priority over all other demands? One does not have to give up ones identity, if we are talking at this stage of only political unity. But if we unite only politically at this stage, a time will come, when we have to unite religiously and socially also. At that time, I would like to ask these leaders, “Can they afford not to dissolve their identities?” If they did, their castes would be wiped out by the BSO. One has only to see the way these sub-castes are fighting among themselves just for crumbs, they have forgotten that their real enemy, BSO, is safe and secure in its own citadel. Even at this stage, infighting among the sub-castes is counter productive and injurious to the interest of their own caste.

 

Role of Jains and Osho

 

There are always some sporadic news items keep appearing in papers that, some youths have started a social movement to assert that Jains are not Hindus. We read that at one time Jainism was a revolutionary religion, and they had to suffer for it at the hands of BSO. K.A.N.Sastri tells us how eight thousand Jains were put to death by impalement by a Saiva King and how a festival is celebrated every year, even now, to commemorate this event in a temple at Madura. [K. Jamanadas, “Tirupati Balaji was a Buddhist Shrine” p.134]. Whether same revolutionary spirit will be revived among the Jains again, is more than I can predict.

I only know of one Jain revolutionary in modern times. He is Osho Rajnish, who said about the glass of orange juice given by Robindranath Tagore to break the fast of M. Gandhi at the conclusion of Poona Pact, “But this orange juice, this one glass of orange juice, contains millions of people’s blood!” [“Dr. Ambedkar aur Osho”, Hindi, by Sandesh Bhalekar p. 43] He had the courage to denounce Manu in no uncertain terms that if we could forget Manusmriti whole world would call us more liberal and broad minded; Manu is sitting on our chest like a big stone. [p.51] Some Ambedkarite scholars like Lokhande and Bhalekar project him as ‘in lineage of Phule, Shahu and Ambedkar’. Other equally prominent scholars like Yashwant Manohar call such projections as pollution (pradushan) in  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great PrabuddhaBharath literature. What role, if any, the followers of Osho, the world over, will play in opposing BSO in future, is a question better left alone for the future generations to work out.

Future of Buddhism in India

 

The struggle for destruction of Caste is the precursor of the spread of Buddhism, but need not be a precondition. Equitable distribution of land and fast implementation of Land Reforms is the need of the day. They know that this will dilute the hegemony of Aryan Invaders, and so such reforms are not implemented. With this attitude, one may contrast the honesty of the British, who knew that imparting education to lower castes will, one day, enable these people to drive away the alien rulers, but still they did not keep us ignorant. Under such circumstances we conclude this tract with the prophesy of Dr. Ambedkar about future of Indian Buddhism.

After comparing Buddhism with Hinduism, while comparing Buddhism with other non-Hindu religions, Dr. Ambedkar observes:

(i) The society must have either the sanction of law or the sanction of morality to hold it together. Without either society is sure to go pieces. He explains that in all societies law plays a very small part. It is intended to keep the minority within the range of social discipline. The majority is left and has to be left to sustain its social life by the postulates and sanction of morality. Religion in the sense of morality, must therefore, remain the governing principle in every society.

(ii) That religion as defined in the first proposition must be in accord with science. Religion is bound to lose its respect and therefore become the subject of ridicule and thereby not merely lose its force as a governing principle of life but might in course of time be disintegrated and lapse if it is not in accord with science. In other words, religion if it is to function, must be in accord with reason which is merely another name for science.

(iii) That religion as a code of social morality, must recognize the fundamental tenets of liberty, equality and fraternity. Unless a religion recognize these three fundamental principles of social life religion will be doomed.

(iv) That religion must not sanctify or ennoble poverty. Renunciation of riches by those who have it may be a blessed state. But poverty can never be. To declare poverty to be a blessed state is to pervert religion, to perpetuate vice crime, to consent to make earth a living hell.

Which religion fulfills all these requirement, he asks, emphasing that the days of the Mahatmas are gone and the world cannot have a new Religion and choice is limited to existing ones, and avers that the only religion which satisfies all these tests is Buddhism. Buddhism is the only religion which the whole world can have. The new world needs religion far more than the old world did, and it can only be religion of the Buddha. The confusion is because most of those who have written about the Buddha have propagated the idea that the only thing Buddha taught was Ahimsa. Without minimizing its importance, as it is a great doctrine and the world can not be saved unless it, he emphasized that Buddha taught many other things besides Ahimsa. He observed:

“… He taught as a part of religion, social freedom, intellectual freedom, economic freedom and political freedom. He taught equality, equality between man and man but between man and woman. It would be difficult to find a religious teacher to compare with Buddha whose teachings embrace so many aspects of the social life of a people whose doctrines are so modern and whose main concern was to give salvation to man in his life on earth and not to promise it to him in heaven after he is dead.” [Buddha and future of his religion”, p. 9]

 

IN FOCUS:BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY

Kanshi Ram: from BAMCEF to the Bahujana Samaj Party

Kanshi Ram was born in 1934 as a Raedasi Sikh, a community of Punjabi Chamars converted to Sikhism. The family had 4 or 5 acres of land, some of it inherited and the rest acquired through government allocation after Independence), a small landed background is characteristic of many Scheduled Caste legislators but remains a comparative rarity for Dalits in general. Kanshi Ram’s father was himself ’slightly’ literate, and he managed to educate all his four daughters and three sons. Kanshi Ram, the eldest, is the only graduate. He was given a reserved position in the Survey of India after completing his BSc degree, and in 1958 he transferred to the Department of Defence Production as a scientific assistant in a munitions factory in Poona. Kanshi Ram had encountered no Untouchability as a child, and overt discrimination was not a phenomenon within the educated circles of his adult life. But his outlook underwent a sudden change in 1965 when he became caught up in a struggle initiated by other Scheduled Caste employees to prevent the abolition of a holiday commemorating Dr Anibedkar’s birthday.’4 During this conflict Kanshi Ram encountered a depth of high-caste prejudice and hostility towards Dalits that was a revelation to him. His almost instant radicalisation was completed soon after by a reading of Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste: he read the book three times in one night, going entirely without sleep.

Kanshi Ram’s introduction to the political ideas of Ambedkar - he has never been attracted to Buddhism - was through his Mahar Buddhist colleague and friend at the munitions factory, D. K. Khaparde. Together the two of them began formulating ideas for an organisation to be built by educated employees from the Scheduled and Backward castes. Such an organisation would work against harassment and oppression by high-caste officers, and also enable the often inward-looking occupants of reserved postions to give something back to their own communities. So Kanshi Ram and Khaparde began to contact likely recruits in Poona. At about this time Kanshi Ram abandoned any thought of marriage, largely because it did not fit into a life he now wanted to dedicate to public con-cerns. He had also quite lost interest in his career, though he continued in the job until about 1971. He finally left after a severe conflict over the non-appointment of an apparently qualified Scheduled Caste young woman. During this conflict he had gone so far as to strike a senior official, and he did not even bother attending most of the ensuing disciplinary pro-ceedings. He had already made up his mind to become a full-time activist, and the movement was by then strong enough to meet his modest needs.

In 1971 Kanshi Ram and his colleagues established the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Minorities Employees Welfare Association, which was duly registered under the Poona Charity Commissioner. Their primary object was: To subject our problems to close scrutiny and find out quick and equitable solu-tions to the problems of injustice and harassment of our employees in general and the educated employees in particular.

Despite the Association’s inclusive reach, its aggressively Ambedkarite stance ensured that most of its members were Mahar Buddhists. Within a year of its establishment there were more than one thousand members and it was able to open an office in Poona: many of the members were from the Defence and Post and Telegraph Departments, and their first annual conference was addressed by the then Defence Minister, Jagjivan Ram. Kanshi Ram’s next organisational step was to create the basis of a national association of Scheduled Caste government servants. As early as 1973 he and his colleagues established the All India Backward and Minority Employees Federation (BAMCEF), and a functioning office was established in Delhi in 1976. BAMCEF was relaunched with greater fanfare on 6 December 1978, the anniversary of Ambedkar’s death, with claims of two thousand delegates joining a procession to the Boat Club Lawns in New Delhi (BAMCEF Bulletin April 1979). Although the stated objects of the new organisation were essentially the same as those of the earlier body, the rhetoric had grown bolder. It was not merely the oppressors who came in the line of fire, but also many of the reserved office holders too:
As all the avenues of advance are closed to them in the field of agriculture, trade, commerce and industry almost all the educated persons from these [oppressed] communities are trapped in Govt. services. About 2 million educated oppressed Indians have already joined various types of sobs during the last 26 years. Civil Service Conduct rules put some restrictions on them. But their inherent timidity, cowardice, selfishness and lack of desire for Social Service to their own creed have made them exceptionally useless to the general mass of the oppressed Indians.The only ray of hope is that almost everywhere in the country there are some edu-cated employees who feel deeply agitated about the miserable existence of their brethren. (BAMCEF Bulletin 2 1974)

By the mid-1970S Kanshi Ram had established a broad if not dense network of contacts throughout Maharashtra and adjacent regions. During his frequent train trips from Poona to Delhi, he adopted the habit of getting down at major stations along the way - Nagpur, Jabalpur and Bhopal, among others - to contact likely sympathisers and to try to recruit them to the organisation (Kanshi Ram Interview: 1996). Once he had moved to Delhi he pushed into Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, as well as further into Madhya Pradesh. Parallel to his work among edu-cated employees Kanshi Ram was also contacting a wider audience with simple presentations of Ambedkar’s teachings. Thus in 1980 he put together a roadshow called ‘Ambedkar Mela on Wheels’. This was an oral and pictorial account of Ambedkar’s life and views, together with con-temporary material on oppression, atrocities and poverty. Between April and June 1980 the show was carted to thirty-four destinations in nine States of the north. Jang Bahadur Patel, a Kurmi (Backward Caste) and President of the Uttar Pradesh Branch of the Bahujana Samaj Party until late 1995, recalls meeting Kanshi Ram for the first time when he brought his roadshow to Lucknow (Interview: 25 November 1995). Kanshi Ram talked persuasively about how Ambedkar had struggled for all the down-trodden classes, and how the Scheduled Castes, Tribes and also the Backwards and Minorities were all victims of Brahminism. Because of their weight of numbers, these people had the potential to convert them-selves from ‘beggars to rulers’. It was all a matter of organisation. Patel immediately joined BAMCEF, though he was in a distinct minority as a non-Untouchable: Untouchables constituted about 90 per cent of the membership, with the other io per cent being split between tribals and Backward Caste people.
BAMCEF’s motto, ‘Educate, Organise and Agitate’, was adopted from Ambedkar, and its activities were formally divided into a number of welfare and proselytising objects. But increasingly Kanshi Ram’s agita-tional activities were leading him into politics. By the late 70s he was no longer content with being the leader of reserved office holders, a class for whom he had less than complete respect. Kanshi Ram’s first attempt to create a radical political vehicle capable of mobilising the larger body of Original Inhabitants of jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath (DS4) formed in 1981. This was conceived as a political organisation parallel to BAMCEF: it shared the same President in Kanshi Ram, the same office, and many of the same members. DS4 was a quasi- rather than fully fledged political party, partly because government servants were forbidden to take part in electoral politics. But DS4 made little concrete progress, and late in 1984 Kanshi Ram took the plunge and formed the Bahujana Samaj Party (a variant on the name of Phule’s nineteenth-century organisation). Inevitably, this caused major strains in BAMCEF ranks. Their agitational activities had placed many of his colleagues from the Poona and early Delhi periods in a delicate position as government servants and, in any case, the political loyalty of many of them was to the several strands of the Republican Party. There were also strains arising from Kanshi Ram’s will to total domination of all three organisations. And the need for money was rising with the push into politics: one of the Maharashtra workers recalls delivering Kanshi Ram a purse of forty thousand rupees collected from Maharashtra in 1984. These several strains grew more severe over the next two years, and early in 1986 a major split took place. Kanshi Ram announced at that time that he was no longer willing to work for any organisation other than the Bahujana Samaj Party. His transition from social worker to politician was complete.


Kanshi Ram is more an organiser and political strategist than an innov-ative thinker or charismatic public speaker. While his Ambedkarite ideol-ogy has remained constant and lacking in any innovation, there has been a progressive sharpening of his rhetoric. The early issues of BAMCEF’s monthly magazine, The Oppressed Indian, were full of his didactic exposi-tions of Ambedkar’s views on Indian society. These have now given way to simpler formulations, repeated in numerous newspaper accounts and both public and private speech. The central proposition is that Indian society is characterised by the self-interested rule of io per cent over the other 90 per cent (the bahujan samaj or common people). Although the ruling io per cent is composed of several castes, they derive their legiti-macy and ruling ideology from Brahminism. All the institutions of society reflect this ruling ideology and distortion, including the press. These institutions can therefore be termed Manuwadi (after the great Brahmin-inspired text) or Brahminwadi. In the marketplace of elections, such simplicity has been further reduced to crudeness and epithet. A slogan coined after the formation of DS4 was, ‘Brahmin, Bania, Thakur Chor, Baki Sab Hem DS-Four’. Loosely translated, this rhyme states that Brahmins, Banias and Rajputs are thieves, while the rest of society are their victims. The epithets reached their height during the election cam-paign for the UP Assembly in 1993, the most notorious being: ‘Tilak, Taraju, Talwar. Maaro Unko Joote Char’. This slogan, with its insistent rhythm in Hindi, advocates that Brahmins, Banias and Rajputs, each identified by a slighting term, be beaten four times with a shoe - a tradi-tionally demeaning form of punishment because of the ritual impurity of leather. While Kanshi Ram and Mayawati denied authorship of such slogans, they served as a simple and dramatically offensive marker of the party’s ideological position.

Kanshi Ram’s strategy and his larger understanding of social change are now considerably evolved. He no longer believes in the primacy of social reform. Rather, expenditure of effort on any object other than the capture of government is seen to be superfluous. It is administrative power that will bring about desired social change, not vice versa. So he declines to spell out policies on basic issues such as the liberalisation of the Indian economy or on land reforms. His view is that such issues are irrelevant to the project of gaining power, and that the appropriate poli-cies will fall into place once power is attained. His picture of India is of a kind of holy war on the part of the bahujan samaj against their Brahminwadi oppressors. In the context of this war debates about policy are almost frivolities. This is a stance of pure fundamentalism, but it also frees him to engage in the most ruthless pragmatism in the name of capturing power.

Consistent with this stance, Kanshi Ram has become increasingly critical of the institution of reservation in government employment. Reservation is a ‘crutch’ - useful for a cripple, but a positive handicap for someone who wants to run on his own two feet (Kanshi Ram interview:1996). He now throws off the line that once the bahujan samaj get to power throughout India, it will be they who can condescend to the Brahmins by giving them reservation proportional to their own meagre population. There is more than a little bravado in this, but there is no doubt that Kanshi Ram is now hostile to the system of institutional preference that was the indispensable basis of his own personal and polit-ical career. It seems that he believes that reservation has now done enough for the Scheduled Castes. He notes that of some 500 Indian Admin-istrative Service (IAS) Officers in Uttar Pradesh, 137 are from the Scheduled Castes. By comparison, there are only seven lAS officers from the Backward Castes, six of them Yadavs (Hindustan Times, 6 April 1994). His point is not that there are now too many Scheduled Caste officers -their number conforms strictly to the legal quota - but too few from the Backward Castes. He apparently assumes that the capture of political power will automatically transform the composition of the bureaucratic elite.
The Bahujana Samaj Party first made headway in Punjab, Kanshi Ram’s home State, but his primary political task was to wean the Chamars of Uttar Pradesh from Congress. It was Kanshi Ram’s fortune that he built the party at the historical moment that the long-term Congress decline became a landslide. The formal entry of his party into Uttar Pradesh was in a by-election in 1985 for the Lok Sabha seat of Bijinor, in which its candidate was Mayawati. She is a Jatav (or Chamar), the daughter of a minor government official in Delhi, and had completed a BA and LLB from the University of Delhi. Mayawati had made contact with Kanshi Ram in 1977 while she was a student, and had gradually been drawn into his organisation. Her opponents in Bijinor included Ram Vilas Paswan - the two have had poor relations since this contest - and Meira Kumar, Jagjivan Ram’s daughter, representing Congress. Rajiv Gandhi was at the height of his popularity at the time, and Meira Kumar won the seat easily. But by 1989 the Bahujana Samaj Party had put in five years of solid organising work in UP and also in the neighbouring regions of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, and parts of Haryana. And mean-while the Congress Party had slumped in popularity. Kanshi Ram had prepared the ground carefully. He had selected organisers and candidates from a variety of social backgrounds. One of his organisers was Dr Mahsood Ahmed, a temporary lecturer in history at Aligarh Muslim University. Mahsood had become disillusioned with Congress when Indira Gandhi made her infamous tilt towards the Hindus in the early 1980s (Mahsood interview: 27 November 1995). He joined BAMCEF and then switched to DS4 in 1983 as a full-time organiser and fund raiser. Mahsood was later put in charge of the whole of eastern Uttar Pradesh for the Bahujana Samaj Party.

The years of organisation bore fruit in 1989 and 1991. In the four State Assembly and Parliamentary (Lok Sabha) polls for Uttar Pradesh between 1989 and 1991 the Bahujana Samaj Party’s share of the vote varied only marginally between 8.7 and 9.4 per cent. But this impressive vote produced a disappointing number of seats - in 1989 the party won thirteen out of 425 State Assembly seats, and in 1991 it won twelve. The party won only two Parliamentary seats in 1989, and one in 1991; Kanshi Ram himself subsequently won a by-election from UP in 1992. Both the strength and the weakness of the party is that its primary ‘vote bank’, the Chamars, are relatively evenly spread across the State. This spread gives the Bahujana Samaj a chance in a large number of seats, but also make it logically impossible to win even a single seat without strong support from other communities. Although it has attracted a measure of Muslim, Backward Caste and other Scheduled Caste support, it has encountered considerable resistance in these target communities. We need to look more closely at this problem.

First, there is the question of why the majority of Jatavs of western UP deviated from their kinfolk in the eastern part of the State, and continued to vote Congress in 1989 and 1991. The answer to this question is not entirely clear. Some have blamed the result on the poor organising capacities of Mayawati - she was in charge of this region - but the deeper reason may be the Jatavs’ historical association with B. P. Maurya. In a move of some desperation, Congress resurrected the 70-year-old Maurya as one of four national Vice-Presidents in the run-up to the 1996 elections. But by then Mayawati had become an electorally popular figure in eastern UP. As to the Scheduled Castes other than the Chamars/Jatavs, only Pasis appear to have voted for Kanshi Ram’s party in large numbers. The Valmikis (formerly known as Bhangis) voted solidly for the BJP in the 1993 Assembly elections, and the sole Valmiki in the Lok Sabha elected in 1991 represented the BJP (though in 1980 he had been elected for the Janata Party). Mangal Ram Premi MP - his biography is sketched in chapter 8- accounts for the Valmiki support of the BJP by simply advert-ing to the community’s dislike of the Chamars (Interview: 4 November 1995). The Chamars are more numerous, better educated and more successful in acquiring reserved positions than the Valmikis, and this tends to produce resentment. Many of the Dhobis too have recently voted for the BJP. In short, Kanshi Ram’s party has not solved the problem of how to mobilise all or even most of the Scheduled Castes. The problem that dogged Ambedkar has thus repeated itself in Uttar Pradesh, though Kanshi Ram’s Chamars are both more numerous and numerically more dominant among the Untouchables than were Ambedkar’s Mahars in the western part of the country.

Among Backward Castes, Kanshi Ram’s strongest support has come from the Kurmis. In Bihar, this is an upwardly mobile peasant community responsible for several of the worst atrocities against Original Inhabitants of jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath . But in Uttar Pradesh the Kurmis are comparatively low on the scale of prosperity. Moreover, they have had a history of anti-Aryan Invaders radicalism - Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur remains a source of inspiration to some of them. And a sprinkling of them had been members of the Republican Party. The Kurmis could see advantage in being associated with a party that was not dominated by the more numerous Yadavs (whose firm affiliation is with Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi Party). As to the large number of other Backward Castes in UP, over the last several years there has been an intense three-way tussle between the BJP, the Bahujana Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party to capture their support. All three have had some success, but perhaps the larger part of this vote is a floating one that will flow with the main political current of the time. The last community to consider is the Muslims. In the aftermath of the destruction of the Babri Masjid the Muslims have been politically leaderless. They have shunned Congress for what they see to have been its culpable failure to prevent the demolition of the mosque, and have given considerable support to Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi Party and some support to Kanshi Ram. Thus in the municipal elections of Uttar Pradesh in November 1995 and in the national and UP elections of 1996 it seems that UP Muslims were prepared to vote for whichever party was locally the strongest anti-BJP force. In short, the politics of post-Congress Uttar Pradesh are currently cast largely in terms of community vote banks. Political strategy is a matter of positioning one’s party so as to retain one s core vote bank and also attract others at the margins. At least as much as any other player, Kanshi Ram has adapted to this game with calculating skill.

 

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05/26/08
For sarvjan Hithaya Sarvajan Sukhaya Rs. 35,000 crore Annual Plan sanctioned for State-In Karnataka Assembly Elections 2008 BSP got second place in 9 seats Third place in 30 seats Congress lost in 45 seats because of the presence of BSP
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In Karnataka Assembly Elections 2008

BSP got second place in 9 seats

Third place in 30 seats

Congress lost in 45 seats because of the presence of BSP

BSP rocks the Congress boat in Tumkur district

Congress would have got three more seats if BSP had not fielded candidates

Rs. 35,000 crore Annual Plan sanctioned for State

New Delhi : May 26, 2008 The Senior Departmental Officers, led by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta, held discussions on the shape and size of the Annual Plan of the Uttar Pradesh for the year 2008-09 at a meeting organised at the Planning Commission here today. The meeting was presided over by the member of the Planning Commission Mr. Bal Krishna Chaturvedi. The State proposed a shape of Rs. 35,000 crore for the Annual Plan, which was accepted by the Planning Commission. During the meeting, it was pointed out that the State had demanded a package of Rs. 80,000 crore on July 17, 2007 to bridge the critical gaps and backwardness of the Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions, but the Government of India has not taken any positive decision in this regard so far. This package included construction of roads, development of health facilities, drinking water, electricity works, irrigation facilities, housing facilities for poor, agriculture development, social welfare and programmes related to employment. It was also pointed out at the meeting that Uttar Pradesh was not getting the requisite share under the self financed programmes of the Government of India if compared to the other States. Elaborating upon the situations, it was informed at the meeting that there were 90.17 lakh families subsisting below the poverty line in Bihar and it has been allocated a sum of Rs. 1412.47 crore under the Indira Awas Yojna, while 99.56 lakh families were living below the poverty line in Uttar Pradesh and the State was facing a shortage of 43 lakh houses, yet it was allocated Rs. 668.66 crore under the same scheme. The officers informed at the meeting that the State had not been reimbursed the sum spent during the last two years under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Project (AIBP). Rs. 193 crore have been sanctioned, but not reimbursed so far. Moreover, the State was not being provided a grant of 90 per cent from the Drought Hit Area Project, while the other States were getting it. The officers of the State Government said at the meeting that owing to the effective financial management and proper exploitation of tax and other financial resources, the pace of development programmes was accelerated through the resources generated in this way, but the Union Government did not provide requisite financial resources to the State Government. The officers of the State Government informed the Member of the Planning Commission that in the year 2007-08, Uttar Pradesh, which is the largest state of the country, had been sanctioned Rs. 75 crore as one time additional assistance, while the Planning Commission had sanctioned Rs. 200 crore for Maharashtra and Rs. 247.50 crore for Uttarakhand. Both of these states are smaller states if compared to the most populous state of the country. It is evident that the Centre had been discriminating against Uttar Pradesh as far as allocation of funds was concerned. A request of Rs. 300 crore has been made under this head. Highlighting the constructive approach of the State Government, it was pointed out that important steps had been taken to provide relief in the drought hit areas during the last one year. Owing to the steps taken by the State Government to encourage the private sector in the State, proposals worth Rs. 1.31 lakh crore had been implemented and people have shown interest in the development of energy sector, urban areas, Ganga Express-way, transport sector, medical sector etc. The development of agriculture and allied sectors have been accorded top priority and it would give some good results very soon. A sum of Rs. 1898 crore was spent under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) during the last year to provide employment opportunities to more than 40 lakh families. Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, 2657 kms. long roads have been constructed. More people were made literate against the national average as far as literacy was concerned; this fact was confirmed by the study conducted by the NCRT. During the meeting the Chief Secretary requested to provide special package for Vindhya and Bundelkhand region of the State, so that the backward area of the State could be developed all-round. He also mentioned a request of Rs. 10,684 crore sent earlier for the development of the Bundelkhand region and an inter departmental team of the Government of India had conducted survey and inspection as well. The Government of India was also requested to provide an additional Central assistance of Rs. 5000 crore, so that various schemes and programmes of the State could be implemented. Besides, special request was also made to provide Rs. 100 crore for setting up agricultural university in Banda district, an additional assistance of Rs. 300 crore for the Bana Sagar Irrigation Project, Rs. 300 crore for the drinking water and irrigation facilities of the region, Rs. 50 crore for drip and sprinkler irrigation and exempting both the backward regions from the condition of 100 days of employment generation under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) for the Bundelkhand region. Raising the issue of delay made in the sanctioning of State Government’s projects under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission at the meeting, it was emphasised that the amount payable for the sanctioned projects should be released immediately and a request to provide Rs. 700 crore amount to the State was also made. Likewise, a demand of sanctioning Rs. 708.04 crore under AIBP, Rs. 1200 crore under BRGF, Rs. 831 crore under NSAP, Rs. 450 crore RKVY, Rs. 200 crore under APDRP, Rs. 50 crore under BADP, Rs. 500 crore under CRF, Rs. 35.50 crore under NEGAP, Rs. 4.92 crore under Article 275 (1), Rs. 5.46 crore under TSP, Rs. 6.61 crore under NPAG — in all about Rs. 5,000 crore was made. It was also pointed out at the meeting that the State’s demand under the above programmes was justified and other states had been allocated more funds. ******

 

Lucknow: May 24, 2008 The State Government has announced 6 per cent hike in the dearness allowance (D.A.) of the State employees, aided educational and technical education institutions and employees of the urban bodies, with effect from January 01, 2008. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by the U.P. Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati. Now, the revised rate of D.A. would be 47 per cent. It may be recalled that the Central Government had announced an increase of 6 per cent in the D.A. of the Central employees from January 01, 2008 for its employees. Besides, the State Cabinet has also decided to increase the D.A. of the pensioners/family pensioners to 47 per cent with effect from January 01, 2008. It may be recalled that the Union Government has sanctioned dearness relief for its pensioners/family pensioners from January 01, 2008. The Chief Minister apprised of media about the decisions of the Cabinet at a press conference held at her 5-Kalidas Marg official residence here today. She said that the State Finance Department is issuing a G.O. in this regard. *******

A warning to secular parties

The outcome sends out a warning to those secular parties who, in the interest of forming a government, go in for an electoral understanding with the BJP.For long the BJP had been trying to polarise the people along communal lines and had succeeded in weakening the secular forces in Karnataka.

The poll results also reflected the loss of credibility of the Congress and were a comment on the performance of the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre.

The Centre’s polices, particularly in regard to price rise and the crisis in the agriculture sector, have led to resentment among the people who have rejected the Congress.

The BSP leader said that its candidates had lost because BSP could not match the money power of the BJP and this was the prime reason for the party’s rout.

The BSP votes were concentrated in slums and the BJP wooed the slum dwellers with liquor and money, he alleged.

The BSP candidate from the Tumkur city segment, Veer Dilip Kumar, polled 1,053 votes. Congress candidate from the city, Rafiq Ahmed Shaik, faced defeat by a narrow margin of 1,869 votes.

Karnataka Assembly Election 2008 was not Free and Fair election for the following reasons:

Names of over 910 voters of Ambedkar Nagar in the city were found missing in the electoral rolls.

Many names were missing in voters’ list






The facts are the results of a study conducted by Election Watch Committee
	
Large Number of citizens names not found in voters list
	
 
	
only 17% of the IT hub Bangalore  have Voters Photo Identy Cards
	
 
	
In several areas, voters protested deletion of their names
	
 
	

On large number of names reported missing in the voters’ list in almost all constituencies,

Mr. Vidyashankar said both the voters and the Election Commission were to be blamed.

 

Solution No. 1

 

Election Committee like any other Parliamentary Committee may be formed with

representatives of different castes so that all the eligible voters are included with

their photo identity cards.

 

In several areas, voters protested deletion of their names

Now the people of India must have the Right To Information from the

Election Commission to

 

know as to how many million people were elegible to vote in 2009 and 2008 Karnataka

Assembly elections. There is no official information on the exact number of people whose

names are not found in the voter’s list.

 

 

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05/24/08
Find the live update of Karnataka 2008 Assembly Election results. -Mining irregularities: 15 netas get notices
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Its judgment day

Karnataka Assembly Poll Outcome 2008

Below find the live update of Karnataka 2008 Assembly Election results.

Final Results

Total number of seats – 224
Results Declared – 224
Trends Available – 224
	
Party Name     Ahead   Won   Total    
	
Congress       0         80       80   (+12)
BJP            0         110      110  (+30)
JD(S)          0          28      28    (-26)
Others         0          6       6    (-16)
	
BJP Vote Share  34.6 %
Congess Vote Share  35.7 %
JD(S)  Vote Share  18.8 %
Other Vote Share 10.9% 

The number of independents who have won this time are

the lowest in the history of Assembly elections in the

state.

Of the six independents, four are Congress rebels while

one is a JD-S rebel and the other a BJP rebel.

According to BJP sources, chief ministerial nominee

B S Yeddyurappa will meet Governor Rameshwar Thakur to

stake his claim to form the government only after

enlisting the support of three independents that will

be also required to survive a floor test. MANDYA: All eyes here are on P.M.Narendraswamy, the independent candidate who won the Malavalli seat. After the Congress denied him ticket, he entered the fray with the confidence of making it to the Assembly. Although the BJP tried to woo him, he preferred to fight the elections as an independent. Now that the BJP is running short of simple majority, the support of independents has become crucial for the formation of a new government in the State.

47 candidates face criminal charges 



32 with criminal charges are in the fray 
	
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BANGALORE: Even as the State prepares for the third phase of polling for the Assembly elections, the list of candidates includes a large number of candidates having criminal background from three major parties. A study, “Karnataka Election Watch 2008”, released by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) shows that the wealth of candidates has increased multifold since the last elections in 2004. ADR spokesperson Trilochan Sastry told presspersons here on Saturday that there were 36 candidates with grievous criminal charges such as murder, attempt to murder, bribery, cheating, dacoity, forgery, rape and theft. Of them, 27 were from major political parties. The BJP tops the list of parties having candidates with criminal cases against them with 12 candidates followed by the Janata Dal (Secular) with seven and the Congress with six. Eleven other candidates have criminal records. Mr. Sastry said the ADR was careful to include only those charges that were serious in nature. One BJP candidate faced charges of murder while in the Congress, four of them faced charges of murder. The Janata Dal (Secular) has one such case. The document says 140 candidates with serious criminal charges have contested in all the three phases of elections so far. The document states that there are 22 candidates who faced grievous charges in 2004 but the nature of their offences have changed after they became MLAs or when their parties came to power. The ADR wants the authorities to investigate into the charges. Giving details about the volume of wealth accumulated by the candidates contesting in the third phase, the document says the candidates have amassed wealth of Rs. 199.02 crores since the last elections in 2004.

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Reforms could ensure more voter turnout

Research could throw up answers for poor poll percentage

Poll percentage could improve if the Government makes a ‘determined attempt’ to bring in reforms

‘Involvement of Resident Welfare Associations, NGOs and other concerned citizens would help’

MYSORE: The voter turnout in the second phase of the elections held in ten districts has been put at 60 per cent, which is a drop of six per cent from the first phase of polls. What could be the reason for voter apathy? Can reforms set right the apathy and ensure people turn out in large numbers to exercise their franchise? Social activist Vasanthkumar Mysoormath, who conducted voter awareness movements in 1999, 2004 and 2008 elections (first phase), has echoed Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer P. Manivannan’s reported view that research has to be conducted on poor poll percentage. “It is high time that such an exercise is undertaken by the Government of India. A number of election reforms are long-pending before the Centre. The Election Commission itself has forwarded some suggestions that are pending since many years now,” said Mr. Mysoormath, who was the presiding officer in more than 10 elections. Mr. Mysoormath, who retired from the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, maintained that the poll percentage can be substantially improved if the Government makes a “determined attempt” to bring in reforms as recommended by the Election Commission and experts over the years. He, too, had made certain suggestions for improving the poll percentage.Missing names Many eligible voters have been denied their right to vote because their names were missing,although they held Elector’s Photo Identity Cards (EPIC). “Why should they keep running around in circles to obtain updated EPICs every time there is an election, only to be turned down because the revised rolls do not contain their names,” he asked. The money and energy spent for enumeration and preparation of electoral rolls with the help of teachers and government officials has time and again failed to produce the required results. This needs to be answered because public money is being splurged to prepare incorrect rolls and to deny the citizens their right to vote, he said. Involvement It is also time for the citizens to behave in a responsible manner and involve themselves at the grassroots level to help the EC set right the perennial problem, he said. The three-tier system applicable to rural areas viz., zilla, taluk and gram panchayats, is absent in urban areas. To fill this gap, involvement of Resident Welfare Associations/NGOs and other concerned citizens would help. Better network “Street committees with volunteers from the residents in a street are the need of the hour. They, in turn, can coordinate with ward committees for enumeration and compilation of near-perfect electoral rolls and also for assessing the works and projects that need attention and for projecting their demands and grievances with the concerned service providers,” Mr. Mysoormath suggested.Sensitising youth. The youth of the country has exhibited rank apathy due to their feeling that “politics is a dirty business”. Many have expressed disgust over the behaviour of politicians in Parliament/Assemblies. ‘Not bothered’ “The youth have not bothered even to register themselves as voters because of the cumbersome procedure and running around to get an EPIC which nevertheless becomes useless by the next election. This attitude needs to be changed,” he said. Political will What the country needs is political will to bring necessary legislation through amendment to those rule books that govern elections. “Countries like Turkey and Australia have compulsory voting and the turnout is about 90-plus per cent. What made those countries prescribe such a rule and how it is implemented may be studied and adopted in our country also,” he said. Incentives Can incentives attract voters? Some incentive is bound to attract at least a percentage of people to stop being apathetic and cynical and proceed to vote. “A system may be prescribed: those who vote may be given a certificate by the EC for claiming say one or two per cent reduction in their electricity bills or water bills or property tax for a certain period after an election. If the percentage of voting can be increased by spending a few crores, then it will be well worth trying,” said Mr. Mysoormath. EC has failed to check flow of money Election Commission has failed to check distribution of money and other articles among voters.  Mine lords, members of land mafia and anti-social elements were controlling the elections, which a dangerous development in democracy. Major political parties had no moral right to go before the electorate as they had forgotten the basic principles of politics.four polling booths in Bellary alleged rigging during the second phase of Karnataka assembly elections. Tribal organisations, demand, disqualification, of candidatesAdivasi Swayattategagi Rastriya Rangha (ASRR)and Nagarahole Tribal Rights Samithi have urged the Election Commission to disqualify three candidates contesting from H D Kote(Reserve) Assembly Constituency for allegedly producing false caste certificates. According to a press note issued by Samithi Convenor P K Ramu, the candidates Mr Chikkanna (Congress), Mr Chikkaveera Nayaka (BJP)and (Mr Doddanayaka (JD-S) had contested the Assembly elections from this reserved constituency for tribals and urged the Commission to disqualify and file criminal cases against them. Earlier, based on a complaint filed by the public, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer P Manivannan had suspended H D Kote Tahasildar T Vijya and ordered a departmental inquiry against her for issuing S T certificate to BJP candidate Chikkaveera Naika. They alleged that all three candidates had tampered with the school documents and produced the false caste certificates during the time of the election process and contested from H D Kote. The Assistant Commissioner of Hunsur Sub Division M R Ravi had submitted a report to the district election officer alleging tampering with the records by the three candidates to claim the Scheduled Tribe status to contest the election. In his report, Mr Ravi stated the Tahsildar of H D Kote had issued controversial caste certificates without verifying the original documents and failed to follow the procedures before issuing them. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer P Manivannan said the report had been sent to the Election Commission for further action. In Reserved Constituencies, the Major Opposition Parties have encouraged False Caste

Certificate holders as candidates.May be to keep them under their control for not asking for
any provisions of reservation.

In CV Raman Nagar Constitutncy similar action was not taken when objection was raised  

during scrutiny, they were not rejected but accepted since the Tahsildars had issued them
certificates and EC said that they were helpless and only the Courts can help them.

 

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Overall polling percentage in State put at 64.72

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64.23 per cent polling recorded in third phase




BANGALORE: The State has recorded 64.72 per cent of polling in elections to the 13th Legislative Assembly held in three phases on May 10, 16 and 22.

The percentage of polling in 2004 Assembly elections was 64.9.

In sharp contrast to the comparatively low turnout of voters in Bangalore during the first phase of the Assembly elections, polling in the third phase for the 69 constituencies in the eight districts of northern parts of the State was a respectable 64.23 per cent.

The polling in the first phase was 66 per cent and in the second phase was 67.75 per cent.

District-wise figures

The percentage of polling district-wise in the final phase is: Bagalkot (67.47), Belgaum (70.88), Bidar (57.77), Bijapur (60), Dharwad (64.86), Gadag (65.80), Gulbarga (52.22) and Haveri (71.33).

The Election Commission has ordered repolling in four booths in Gulbarga district following failure of electronic voting machines. The repolling will be held on Saturday.

Repolling will be held at booth No. 170 in Surpur constituency, booth No. 30 at Shahapur constituency, booth No. 68 at Yadgir constituency and booth No. 98 at Chittapur constituency, all in the Gulbarga district, according to officials at the Chief Electoral Office here.

Results to be out by 3 p.m.

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Information Department sets up media centre at Vartha Bhavan

Resource centre comprising 15 officers and staff set up




— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

For the big day: (From right) Principal Secretary, Information Department, I.M. Vittalamurthy; Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar, and Commissioner, Information Department, K.V. Ravindranath Tagore checking the facilities at the media centre in Bangalore on Friday.

BANGALORE: The Information Department, in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer here, has made all arrangements for providing information on the results of the elections to the Legislative Assembly to the media at the Vartha Bhavan on Mahaveer Bhagwan Road in the city, on Sunday.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Information Department Principal Secretary I.M. Vittalamurthy said separate media centres with have been set up for print, electronic media and news agencies. A press kit with an election compendium, background information of 2004 elections and CD with photographs of all candidates and other information would be made available, he said.

National Informatics Centre would provide exclusive information from each and every counting centre, results, party positions, trends and they would be displayed on a separate screen (Plasma TV) at the media centre both on the ground floor and the first floor. Arrangements have been made to get information from all districts, he said.

A resource centre has been set up on the ground floor which equipped with 15 officers and staff with the facilities such as 15 telephone lines and five fax lines, the Principal Secretary said.

Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar said results of all 224 Assembly constituencies would be declared at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Information at the State, district level and constituency levels would be provided to the media, he said.

 

Hi-tech vote counting in Karnataka

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The counting of votes will go hi-tech this time in Karnataka as the State is set to use a web-based technology to aid the process of counting. The new technology will enable computerised counting, computing and also transmission of the data to the Election Commission from the counting centres.

Addressing a press conference here Friday, Bangalore Urban district Deputy Commissioner M.A. Sadiq, who is also Returning Officer for the district, said the software was also being used in the district which comprises seven Assembly constituencies. The software titled “Genesys,” supported by the National Informatics Centre, is to facilitate online counting.

BJP, JD(S) accused of distributing money, liquor

Action against top officials sought for hooch deaths

He alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) had distributed money and liquor to voters during the elections, without any qualms.

Reiterating the criticism against the Election Commission for not heeding the Congress demand for holding elections after preparing the electoral rolls, Mr. Kharge said that 20 per cent of the voters, mostly labour class and farmers, were deprived of their rights.

Citing the case of polling booth no. 98 near Wadi Station in his Chitapur constituency, he said that names of some 143 voters had been removed a few months ago by the Commission.

But, they returned with their ID cards and were allowed to vote. An election observer, who saw this, had reportedly ordered a repoll in the booth, he said.

He said that the commission should not repeat this mistake in the elections which would be held in future.

Many voters were illiterate and should not be deprived of their right to vote.

The KPCC president alleged in many booths the polling officers had disallowed a large number of people from casting their votes, even after producing one of the 20 documents to prove their identity.

Hooch tragedy

On the hooch tragedy, the Congress leader demanded action against top officials and not a few juniors such as sub-inspectors, responsible for the death of people.

On the basis of important recommendations of various inquiry commissions and committees on the liquor tragedies in the State, a stringent law should be enacted to avoid recurrence of such incidents, Mr.Kharge added.

If 20 per cent of the voters, mostly labour class and farmers, were deprived of their rights to vote then the Election Commission should be scraped and an Election Committee akin various Parliamentary Committees consisting of representatives from all the Political parties should be in its place and should ensure that all eligible peoples names are included in the voters list before any other future elections. Till such time no elections must be held.

People must have the Right To Information from such a Committee to know all the information for Transparency

While the Election Commission boasts of Hi-Tech this time in Karnataka as the State is set to use a web-based technology to aid the process of counting. The new technology that enable computerised counting, computing and also transmission of the data to the Election Commission from the counting centres. Was it difficult to ensure that all the eligible people’s names included in the voter’s list with photo identity ?

Split verdict will delay formation of government

By all accounts, government formation is not expected to be an easy exercise unless one of the three main political parties in the fray secures a simple majority in the least. While the Bharatiya Janata Party is the only party which has been categorically stating that it will win a comfortable majority, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) have refrained from such announcements for obvious reasons.

Election Commission was not heeding to the demand for holding elections after preparing the electoral rolls, stating that the new Government has to be formed on 28-05-2008 as per the Constitution of India. Such an action might only help Communal Party which claims of majaority. The secular forces must see that a proper Election Committee in line with any other Parliamentary Committee representing all political parties is formed for future free and fair elections after including all elegible people in voter’s list with photo identity cards.

 

‘EC strictures led to more spending’

Special Correspondent




Candidates could not reach voters through cheaper modes of publicity

Delimitation compounded the woes of candidates




Bangalore: The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee on Friday opined that the restrictions imposed by the Election Commission of India forced the candidates to spend more, as they were unable to reach their voters through the cheaper modes of publicity such as mikes fitted on autorickshaws in the countryside.

Addressing presspersons, KPCC election spokespersons B.L. Shankar, V.R. Sudarshan and K.H. Srinivasa said that the District Returning Officers took different views in their jurisdictions in imposing restrictions on using autorickshaws and mikes in public meetings. It happened in Chikmagalur district, Mr. Shankar said.

The problem of the candidates, mostly new ones, was compounded this time because of the delimitation of the constituencies and most of them did not know their voters. The holding of elections should not be too technical as it would take of the flavour from it, they said.

The Election Commission, Mr. Shankar said, should experiment with more debates by the media in future. Mr. Srinivasa and Mr. Sudarshan said that it was strange that mikes were allowed to be used during Ganeshotsavas and hoardings by film industry and the birthday of personalities, and political parties were barred from using it. Are the political parties and politicians criminals to be ostracised like this? they asked. A serious exercise such as elections should not be left to the whims and fancies of the officials, they said.

On the election prospects, Mr. Shankar said  admitting that the Congress faced a serious challenge by its own workers, and that 12persons joined the Bahujan Samaj Party.

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Rajkot Municipal Building burns Saurashtra

Almost all political parties are up for creating mess out of this issue, Bahujan Samaj Party is arranging a Dharna, Rebal BJP is carrying out a signature campaign, Congress is simply doing protests, even less known NCP is up for a fight.

This controversy erupted when new building of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMS) constructed inside central zone of Ambedkar Bhawan was resolved to be named as the Chiman Shukla Building.

This turmoil reached to Jamnagar and all over Saurashtra, In Jamnagar these parties protested against District Collectorate at Lal Bunglow, In Kalavad situation got worse and Police was called in for help, similar incidents are felt all over Saurashtra

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Triple Gem Study Circle-Analysis-Voters will give a chance to BSP-Most of the Political Leaders and Cadres !Are for the happiness & welfare of Rich Invaders !Hence will be the ultimate Loosers !BSP Leaders and Cadres !Are for Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath & the poor Sarv Samaj Happiness & Welfares !Hence voters will give them a chance for their success !-Over 61 per cent cast vote in third phase of Karnataka polls -BSP seeks arrest of excise official -Governor should quit-Media Apathy-Exit polls give different pictures -Hooch tragedy brings into focus ‘ban’ politics
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Over 61 per cent cast vote in third phase of Karnataka polls

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Major parties field candidates in all seats

Third phase to decide fate of 699 aspirants




Bangalore: Polling in 69 of the 224 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka was by and large peaceful.

With the conclusion of polling, the Chief Electoral Officer, M.N. Vidyashankar, announced the schedule for counting of votes. The election results for all the constituencies are expected to be announced latest by 3 p.m. on Sunday while the preliminary results will be made available by 11 a.m. The counting of votes will commence at 8 a.m. under the overall supervision of a Union Government official for every constituency.

The third phase recorded average polling of 61.3 per cent in the eight districts. Nearly 25 per cent of the people cast their vote in the first three hours. The polling percentage of the first two phases was higher with the first phase recording 66 per cent and the second phase 67.5 per cent compared to the total of 65 per cent recorded in the two-phase 2004 elections. Bagalkot and Dharwad districts recorded 65 per cent turnout each followed by Haveri and Gadag districts with 63 per cent each, Belgaum with 62 per cent, Gulbarga with 60 per cent and Bijapur and Bidar with 57 per cent each.

The political future of 415 candidates from 20 political parties and 284 independents will be decided in the third phase in which more than 1.18 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise. The BSP — had fielded candidates in all the constituencies.

The BSP had done extremely well in the predominantly Sarv Samaj belt in 2008 at the cost of the Congress, BJP and JDS. There are 12 former Ministers in the fray.

BSP seeks arrest of excise official

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Wednesday urged the State Government to register a criminal case against the Excise Commissioner and arrest him by holding him responsible for the hooch tragedy that claimed several lives in the State.

BSP State unit president Marasandra Muniyappa told presspersons here that besides the Excise Commissioner, other officials of the department responsible for the tragedy should be prosecuted.

‘Governor should quit’

The Government should initiate action against the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of those districts from where the illicit arrack had originated, he said.

As the State was under President’s rule, Governor Rameshwar Thakur should own moral responsibility for the tragedy and step down from his post.

Mr. Thakur should emulate Lal Bahadur Shastri who resigned as Railway Minister owning moral responsibility for a minor train accident, he said.

Mr. Muniyappa and the BSP national general secretary Veer Singh demanded a CBI probe into the incident and urged the State Government to pay a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each to the families of the victims and a government job to the victim’s kin.

A BSP delegation led by Mr. Veer Singh would visit the families of the victims in Devarajeevanhalli in the city on Thursday, Mr. Muniyappa said.

On elections

Mr. Singh said major political parties in the State freely distributed huge quantities of liquor, saris and other articles along with cash to woo the voters.

Despite initiating strict measures, the Election Commission had failed to stop the political parties from enticing voters by distributing liquor and money. The Union Government should order a CBI probe into the electoral malpractice, he said.

Mr. Singh, a Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh, told The Hindu that the BSP’s vote share would be over 10 per cent.

State polls: Final round today

As many as 1.17 crore voters are expected to decide the fate of 699 candidates who are contesting from 69 Assembly constituencies going to the polls on Thursday in the third and final phase of elections in the State.

All arrangements are in place to ensure peaceful polling in eight districts of Hyderabad-Karnatak and Bombay-Karnatak regions: Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Belgaum, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Bidar and Gulbarga.

Bijapur dt wired


For the first time, all polling booths in Bijapur district have been equipped with CCTV cameras to help the administration monitor the proceedings from the district headquarters.

 Raymond Peter has been appointed special observer for both Gadag and Dharwad districts. The Dharwad district administration has kept a tight vigil on Kalghatagi constituency where mining  businessman is in the fray as the Congress candidate.

Removal sought
In Bangalore, complaint with State Chief Electoral Officer was filed seeking the removal of Gurmatkal DySP charging that the police officer was misusing his office to favour Congress in the polls.

Media Apathy

Pre poll and exit poll surveys conducted by media  publishes surveys based on their information and perception. In the first survey it was stated that Congress was ahead and following this BJP leader Yedyurappa had demanded ban on surveys. But in the second phase when it came out that BJP was in the lead the party leaders have kept a mum. “BJP applies double standards with regard to media pre poll and exit poll surveys’’ .

Exit polls give different pictures

New Delhi: As the polling concluded for the Karnataka Assembly elections on Thursday, two exit polls presented different scenarios: CNN-IBN projected a hung Assembly, with the Congress as the largest party, and NDTV envisaged the possibilities of a fractured mandate as also of the BJP securing a majority on its own.

The Congress would emerge as the single largest party with 86 to 95 seats in the 224-member House followed by the BJP with 79 to 90 seats and the JD(S) getting 45 — all far away from the half-way mark of 112 — said a CNN-IBN exit poll. It said 14 seats would go to “others” at the end of the final round of polling.

The exit poll carried out by CNN-IBN, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) and Deccan Herald had a sample size of 4,348 voters spread across 92 locations.

The NDTV exit poll gave the BJP 95 to 115 seats (three more than the half-way mark) seats, the Congress 55-75, the JD(S) 45-55 and others 10 to 15. It projected the BJP as emerging on the top in the third and final phase of polling, in which votes were cast for 69 seats, with 30-40 seats, followed by the Congress 20-30 and the JD (S) 10-12. — PTI

 

Media in general and News papers in particular in India !

Are nothing but views papers and the Media have their own Idea !

They work on Packages In support of Moneyed, Muscle power,Invaders and Mafia !

Depending upon the amount they receive on their packages they keep changing their Idea !

To-day in India !

They are worst than Moneyed, Muscle Power, Invaders and the Mafia !

Congress flays Yeddyurappa

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Congress has criticised the statements made by former Chief Minister,B.S. Yeddyurappa accusing it and the Janata Dal (Secular) of hatching a conspiracy for revocation of the arrack ban in Karnataka.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Congress spokesman K.H. Srinivasa said Mr. Yeddyurappa had made a “frivolous and mischievous” statement. Demanding an apology from Mr. Yeddyurappa, the Congress spokesman stated that the former had crossed all limits of “arrogance” and displayed political immaturity. Pointing out to Mr. Yeddyurappa’s term as Deputy Chief Minister and Chief Minister, Mr. Srinivasa said the BJP leader did not think of the consequences of an arrack ban.

Hooch tragedy brings into focus ‘ban’ politics

Bageshree S.

Absence of mechanism to prevent illicit liquor manufacture is glaring

 




Habitual drinkers driven to hooch because of pricey IML




Bangalore: The hooch tragedy that has claimed 125 lives in Karnataka, so far, has set off a blame game among political parties with a focus on the arrack ban implemented by the H.D. Kumaraswamy Government with effect from July 1 last year.

The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who held the excise portfolio, announced the ban in the 2007-08 budget. In a reaction to the hooch tragedy, he has called it a “conspiracy hatched jointly by the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular)” to build a case for revoking the ban.

When the arrack ban was thought of, there were apprehensions on two counts. One was that it would lead to a sharp decline in the State revenue that came from arrack sales, which accounted for about 50 per cent of the excise revenue. The second fear was that it would give a fillip to illicit liquor manufacture, considering the higher cost of Indian Made Liquor (IML). After all, the cheapest IML is priced between Rs. 33 and Rs. 38 a bottle as against Rs. 12 per 100 ml for arrack.

The Government, however, went ahead with the ban, saying that it will “lead to better health of our people, but will result in loss of revenue.”

In his budget speech, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the ban was  He  promised that the Government would take “stern action” to combat the menace of illicit arrack after the ban was implemented.

According to the Excise Department, the spurt in IML sales compensated for at least a significant portion of the revenue loss. The sale of IML in the five divisions of the State stood at 16,22,066 cartons in June, the month prior to the ban, while it doubled to 32,21,045 in December. By March 2008, the sales went up by another 10 lakh cartons. The sales doubled in all divisions, with Bangalore (which includes Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Chitradurga, Davangere, Kolar and Tumkur) accounting for the highest sales.

Medium-term fiscal plan for Karnataka (2008-12) says that “due to increased consumption of IML, the revenue gap has been substantially covered and the revised estimates for the financial year 2008-09 for collections from State Excise are expected to be higher than the budget estimates by about Rs. 1,300 crore.”

What did not get any attention was, however, the question of illicit liquor. There was no special mechanism put in place to prevent possible spurt in illicit brewing nor regulations worked out to scientifically regulate liquor manufacture and sales.

“There was a promise that an excise inspector would be posted in every taluk especially to control illicit brewing. But this never happened,” said M.S. Jayalakshmi of Grameena Mahila Okkuta based in Kolar, a district that has seen many deaths.

On the other hand, habitual drinkers from the poorest sections were driven to illicitly-brewed liquor given the higher price of IML, especially the increase from Rs. 27 to Rs. 33 and from Rs. 32 to Rs. 38 from April 1.

Yellappa, a migrant construction worker here hailing from Yadgir in Gulbarga district, told The Hindu that the Government “does not stop people from drinking in bars but asks poor people not to drink.” This underlines the moral contradiction embedded in the arrack ban.

As a result, the policy, ostensibly meant to help the poor, resulted in draining their meagre income by pushing them to IML or put their health at risk by driving them to illicit liquor.

 

Hung House forecast

By Sandeep Shastri, Sanjay Kumar and Yogendra Yadav

The Congress is expected to secure around 35 per cent votes, the same as last time. The BJP contesting on its own is likely to secure the same vote share of 30 per cent which it secured in alliance with the JD(U) last time.

Karnataka seems to be headed for yet another fractured mandate.

At the end of four years full of political action and drama, the electorate appears to have given a rather undramatic verdict: if we go by the Deccan Herald CNN-IBN-—CSDS poll, all the three major parties appear to be exactly where they were in 2004 in terms of their vote share. 

The Congress is expected to secure around 35 per cent votes, the same as last time. The BJP contesting on its own is likely to secure the same vote share of 30 per cent which it secured in alliance with the JD(U) last time.


Despite many prophecies of doom, the JD(S) appears to have retained its share of 21 per cent votes. Other players like the JD(U), the BSP and the SP do not appear to have made a dent, even allowing for the fact that surveys tend to under-estimate smaller parties.

This is not to say that nothing has changed in the popular preferences. The public mood has undergone many ups and downs. The regional and caste-community equations have undergone a lot of churning. Popular evaluation of issues and personalities has undergone a serious change. Yet the net effect of all these changes tends to cancel each other and leaves all the key players at the same level in terms of popular support. 


The last few weeks have seen some major shifts. On the whole, the Congress appears to have lost the substantial lead that it enjoyed at the starting point of the electoral race.

The Deccan Herald CNN-IBN-—CSDS pre-poll survey, which was done before the candidates were announced and the campaign began, had shown that the Congress enjoyed an 11-point lead over the BJP in its share of popular votes. But the post-poll survey for the first two phases and the exit poll for the last phase show that the nomination of candidates and party campaign seems to have changed the picture.

In the first two phases the momentum had swung in favour of the BJP, but the party did not manage to keep its surge in the third phase of elections that took place on Thursday. Compared to where it stood at the beginning of the race, the Congress lost 4 percentage points, 2 to the BJP and one each to JD(S) and others.

The Deccan Herald CNN-IBN-—CSDS survey indicates that while the BJP has gained all over the state in the last one month, its gains are differential and could lead to very different scenarios in different parts of the state. 
B’lore with Cong?

In the Bangalore region, comprising Bangalore urban and rural, the advantage still rests with the Congress despite impressive gains for the BJP. The JD(S) is likely to finish a distant third in this region, with some influence in the rural periphery around Bangalore.

There is good news for the JD(S) from its heartland South Karnataka, which voted in the first phase. As reported in our pre-poll survey, the JD(S) appears set to defy forecasters of doom to retain its ground in this region. The Congress and the JD(S) appear to be locked in a dead-heat in this region. The BJP has registered small gains over the last election, but not enough to bring it close to the top two. 

Polls: 61.3 pc turnout in final phase

Bangalore, DHNS:

The curtain falls on to the three-week long election process in the State with the third and final phase of assembly polls held on Thursday recording 61.3 per cent polling, which is slightly lower compared to the voters turnout in the previous two phases.

The third phase held in 66 constituencies spread over nine districts of Hyderabad-Karnataka and Mumbai-Karnataka region, can make or break the quest for power for both the Congress and the BJP.

State Chief Electoral Officer M N Vidyashankar told reporters in Bangalore on Thursday that Bagalkot and Dharwad districts recorded the highest polling percentage — 65 pc each, while Bidar district, the lowest at 57 pc. In Belgaum, which has a total of 18 assembly constituencies, as many as 62 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise. The final voting percentage will slightly increase when the complete data is compiled on Friday.

The first phase of the polling held on May 10 in 89 constituencies spread over 11 districts witnessed 66.3 per cent turn out, while 68 per cent polling was recorded in the 66 constituencies in 10 districts that went to polls in the second phase on May 16.

The commission is in the process of receiving form 17A (which records the proceedings in the station) from the presiding officers of all 12,000 polling stations and only after scrutiny of the same, repolling, if any, would be decided, Vidyashankar said.

Thursday’s poll witnessed the village of Attikete in Ron Assembly constituency in Gadag district boycotting polls. Not   even a single vote was cast at the Attikete polling station as villagers stood by their demand that a separate gram panchayat be constituted for them. The polling station had 832 votes.

Vidyashankar said the DC and Zilla Panchayat CEO visited the spot to convince villagers but in vain.

Mixed methodology of post-poll and exit poll

Findings reported here are based on a survey conducted in 75 out of the 224 assembly constituencies in Karnataka using a mixed methodology of post-poll and exit poll.

The post-poll survey of 4,104 respondents was conducted in the constituencies, which went to poll in the first and the second phase, while the exit poll of 4,348 respondents was conducted in those sampled constituencies where elections were held during the last phase.

All the 75 assembly constituencies were randomly selected using the Probability Proportionate to Size (PPS) method.

In each of the selected assembly constituencies, four polling booths were randomly selected using systematic random sampling method.

We preferred conducting post-poll survey in constituencies, which went to poll in the first two rounds of the election, because it enables strict randomisation of respondents, which is not possible in an exit poll situation.


During the post-poll survey, at each location, 30 respondents randomly selected from the updated electoral roll using the systematic random sampling technique were approached for interview. Post-poll survey also enabled strict comparisons since these respondents were also interviewed during the pre-poll survey conducted last month.

Structured interview


All the respondents were interviewed at their home using a structured interview schedule. The respondents were interviewed face-to-face in the language they spoke at home. To facilitate this, the interviewed schedule was translated in three languages, Kannada, Hindi and English.

While majority of the respondents were interviewed in Kannada, there were a few respondents especially in Bangalore who were interviewed using interview schedule in Hindi or English language.

In constituencies, which went to polls in the third phase, we conducted the exit poll at 92 polling booths.

A total of 150 field investigators, mostly students from different universities, carried out the hard work of data collection. All the field investigators were given training in survey research and data collection at workshops held in different regions of the state. A total of five workshops were held to train these field investigators.

We preferred conducting post-poll survey in constituencies, which went to poll in the first two rounds of the election, because it enables strict randomisation of respondents, which is not possible in an exit poll situation.

During the post-poll survey, at each location, 30 respondents randomly selected from the updated electoral roll using the systematic random sampling technique were approached for interview. Post-poll survey also enabled strict comparisons since these respondents were also interviewed during the pre-poll survey conducted last month.

 

PRESIDING OFFICER SUSPENDED


Gulbarga:

 

Presiding Officer Gopal Katage and Sectoral Officer P Bharule posted at polling booth number 70 of Thimmapur in Surapur (ST) constituency have been suspended for their failure to conduct the mock polling exercise before the start of the actual polling.

Due to this out of the 70 votes polled the electronic voting machine could record only four and the remaining were not recorded following delinking of the ballot unit and control unit.

The official sources said the discrepancy was noted by the observer and steps were taken to restore normalcy. The two suspended officers were replaced by the stand by trained staff. The matter has been reported to the election commission and the possibility of a repoll is not ruled out.

There have been complaints of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines from about 12 polling booths in the district. As a result of which the poll process was affected for 30 to 60 minutes. The reports of EVMs not functioning have come from Surapur, Shahapur and Aland constituencies. The machines were set right by the technicians

 

 

 

 

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Pro-BJP businessmen cause for inflation

 Pro-BJP businessmen in rise in the price of essential commodities.

 

Business people were responsible for creating artificial shortage which increased the price of commodities.

That was due to pro-BJP businessmen

SP denies Smritis charge

Belgaum Superintendent of Police Hemant Nimbalkar has denied that TV star and BJP leader Smriti Irani was manhandled by police on Tuesday.

Reacting to media reports, he said on Wednesday that the charge was false and baseless.

Reports said that the BJP leader was insulted and touched by some policemen while she was on her way to Goa in a vehicle from Belgaum after attending the party programme on Tuesday. “In the pretext of searching me, some policemen stopped my car near Belgaum and touched me,'’ the actor had claimed.

  The SP said the police had not received any complaint by either Ms Smriti or her BJP workers. She has levelled unfair allegations against the police, he said. On Tuesday evening, a vehicle was intercepted near Angol for search by police. Many BJP workers were present on the occasion. “I don’t know whether Ms Smriti was also in it. Apart from this search, nowhere the BJP leaders’ vehicles were stopped during that evening,'’ he stated.

BSP may keep off UPA report card function

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will release on Thursday a yearly “Report to the People” on the government’s achievements.

There are reports that Bahujan Samaj Party MPs will not attend the function to be held to mark four years of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance rule.

The BSP’s move coincides with the announcement by MPs of its rival, Samajwadi Party, that they would attend the event, indicating the change in equations in the run-up to next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

Congress spokesman said, while confirming the reports that the BSP was likely to stay away.

This was expected after the recent war of words between the Congress and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh, say observers.

Deprived of a right and De-Franchised

— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

left out: Voters whose names were missing from the voters’ list, which prevented them from exercising their franchise, showing their identity cards during the repoll

at one of the booths in Bangalore on Monday.

 

The Election Commission is responsible for De-franchising large number people who were deprived of their right to vote as their names were missing from voter’s list.

Many of them those who had their photo identity cards also did not find their names in the voter’s list.

There was haste in conducting elections by the Election Commission without ensuring that all the eligible people in Karnataka were included in the voters list.

However Election Commission has to postpone the date for formation of the New Government and not on 28 th May 2008 as required by the Constitution.

With thousands of people not finding their names in the voters list, People must have the Right To Information on the exact percentage of names missing in the voter’s list.

Those who tried to include their names before 29-04-2008 had their acnowledgements. Yet their names were not found in the voters list.

Thousands of people stood in scroching sun to get photo identity cards before the elections. But they could not get because of lack of proper infrastructure such as enough numbers of computers and staff who could either include peoples name in the voters list or provide them photo identity cards.

People must also have the Right To Information on the type of chip used in the Electronic Voting Machine with the source code for transparency.

In Reserved Constituencies, the Major Opposition Parties have encouraged False Caste Certificate holders as candidates.

When objected during scrutiny they were not rejected but accepted since the Tahsildars had issued them certificates and EC said that they were helpless and only the Courts can help them.

The Election Commission must have a mechanism to ensure that genuine SC/STs only contested elections in Reserved Constituencies.

 Since the Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy on Thursday fixed the responsibility for preparation of error-free voters list, ahead of the election to Karnataka Assembly, on political parties, it is high time that the present Election Commission be scraped and an Election Committee representing all the Political Parties like various Parliamentary Committees be formed forthwith. And work out to see tha all the eligible people of India are included in the voter’s list. This must be made mandatory.

And no elections has to be conducted until all the peoples’ names are included in the voter’s list.

Till then the present election has to be scraped


for a Real Free and fair Election.

Election Commission India

Elections India : Article 324 of the constitution establishes an independent Election Commission to supervise parliamentary and state elections in India. Supervising elections in the world’s largest democracy is by any standard an immense undertaking. Some 521 million people were eligible to vote in 1991.

Now the people of India must have the Right To Information from the Election Commission know as to how many million people were elegible to vote in 2009 and 2008 Karnataka Assembly elections. There is no official information on the exact number of people whose names are not found in the voter’s list.

We the people - these are the most important words in our constitution. Everything depends on us- the voters,who have an opportunity and the right to choose our representatives, demand accountability and determine the direction of growth and governance of the country. Several problems have surfaced in the gigantic task of conducting elections in India and to ensure that elections are free and fair. With each passing election, the educated citizens of our country seem to have grown ignorant and apathetic about the electoral process and elections. The result has been a steady deterioration in the standards and practices of political parties reflected in rampant corruption and the reckless use of money and muscle power to win elections.

 

Active participation of citizens is an absolute prerequisite to make the electoral system more representative, fair, transparent and free from all the other ills. Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “nobody can hurt you without your consent” which in this context can be rephrased as “nobody can marginalise you without your cooperation

 

Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy on Thursday fixed the responsibility for preparation of error-free voters list, ahead of the election to Karnataka Assembly, on political parties. Speaking to reporters here, Mr Gopalaswamy said the political parties would be given two separate lists on February seven for deletion and additions to be made in the final list.   

 

‘’They will be given two weeks time for raising objections to removing and adding names of the voters for the final list to be prepared on March ten,'’ he said.  

 

‘’It will be the responsibility of the political parties to ensure the final list did not contain discrepancies any more as the EC has adopted a new mechanism for producing error-free list,'’ he said.

To a question on whether the elections would be postponed in case of a delay in the implementation of the report of Mr Justice Kuldeep Singh who headed Delimitation Commission, he said the EC did not work on the basis of ‘ifs and buts’ and as of now, it would conduct the elections before May 28.

 

‘’The Commission is concerned about the voter’s list as there are only additions and no deletions in the list.

‘’This is the reason I sent Deputy Election Commissioner R Bhattacharya, who is in charge for Karnataka, to oversee the whole exercise,'’ Mr Gopalaswamy said.

 

The EC would hold elections before May 28, as the state completes six months under President’s Rule on the date, he said.

 

In the draft list submitted by the State Election Commission (SEC) names of 3.48 lakh voters had been deleted while 9.27 lakh new voters had been added as of yesterday.

 

Mr Gopalaswamy and his Deputies Navin Chawla and S Y Qureshi have been here for the last two days reviewing the voters list and preparedness of the official machinery to hold elections, following the detection of large number of bogus voters in the voter’s list.

 

Earlier, Congress and the BJP submitted memorandum to the CEC urging him to provide error-free voters list and elections be held in the stipulated time.

 

He replied in the affirmative when asked whether he would take action against the officials for their ‘lapses’ in preparation of the voter’s list.

  Voters list mess in poll-bound Karnataka

Bangalore, Jan 5 - A family with 90 voters and a town with 30,000 voters in a population of 36,500! These are just some of the glitches in the voters list in poll-bound Karnataka. R. Bhattacharya, deputy election commissioner at the Election Commission of India has been in Bangalore for the last three days having talks with state election officials on steps to ensure proper voters list ahead of polls to the 224-member assembly expected in April/May.

The irregularities in the voters list pointed out by people and political parties has forced the state election commission to cancel its plans to release the final list on Jan 10.

Bhattacharya met state chief electoral officer R. Ramaseshan, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (Greater Bangalore City Corporation) commissioner S. Subramanya and senior officials from several districts and told them of the Election Commission’s displeasure over the way the voters lists had been prepared.

The state officials now plan to revise the lists and publish them by the end of this month. They have sought the help of voters to point out anomalies.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Mallikharjun Kharge Friday mentioned the instance of one family in north Karnataka having 90 voters on the list and of Humnabad town in Bidar district that has 30,000 voters in a population of 36,500.

More than 7,000 in the town are school-going children, yet there are 30,000 names in the voters list.

Another Congress leader H.K. Patil said there could be around four million bogus names in the voters list. Karnataka’s population is estimated at 55 million and voting population at around 42 million.

The two other main political parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal-Secular also allege there are many irregularities in the list. The three parties have urged the state and central election officials to rectify the anomalies

 

MCC to revise voters’ list in three Assembly segments

Special Correspondent

Door-to-door campaign to be launched along with booth committee members




Training programme to be held for booth committee members

Exercise to be launched at one booth each in

the three Assembly segments




— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Major decision: Mayor Ayub Khan announcing the involvement of booth committees in the revision of the voters’ list. Deputy Mayor Kamala Venkatesh is seen.

MYSORE: The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) will revise the voters’ list in the three Assembly constituencies within its jurisdiction by launching a door-to-door campaign along with members of the booth committees.

There are 607 booth committees in the city covering all the 65 wards. The initiative is expected to be more precise; it will involve people at the grassroots level unlike in the the top-down approach followed so far.

Apart from updating the voters’ list, the exercise will help rectify the anomalises and help add to the list the names of those who were left out while deleting the names of bogus voters. The initiative will complement the steps taken by the district administration before the elections.

Disclosing this, Mayor Ayub Khan said here on Saturday that during his visits to polling booths in his capacity as the first citizen of Mysore, he had received several complaints from registered voters.

“Either their names were missing or the details were faulty. Hence I have decided to accord priority to ensure that the citizens are not deprived of the right to exercise their franchise,” he said.

“I consider it my duty to ensure that the names of all eligible voters are incorporated in the revised voters’ list and hence have decided to take the step with the assistance of booth committee members”, Mr. Khan said.

It has been decided to undertake a survey according to which, the head of each booth committee, along with officials of the MCC and other members, will cover the area coming under their respective booths and ensure that the discrepancies are removed.

“The entire responsibility of revising and updating the voters’ list will be vested with the new team”, according to the Mayor. It has also been decided to conduct a one-day workshop-cum-training programme for all booth committee members so that they can familiarise themselves with the process of revising the list. “Details will be collected from every household on individuals who have been transferred, women who have left the locality after marriage and those who have expired so as to ensure that their names are deleted from the list”, Mr. Khan said.

Once the workshop-cum-training programme is completed, the voters’ list revision exercise will be taken up as a pilot project at one booth each in the three Assembly constituencies coming under the MCC limits.

The team involved in this exercise will record its findings and experience, collate the pros and cons of such an approach and table a report which will be subjected to scrutiny.

“We will thoroughly analyse the report and streamline the exercise before extending it to cover all the booths coming under the 65 wards of the MCC”, Mr. Khan said.

Cooperation sought

He called for public cooperation, and sought the assistance of non-governmental organisations so as to ensure that in the subsequent elections genuine voters will not be deprived of their right to exercise their franchise.

There are 607 booths in the three Assembly segments in Mysore Urban which has a population of nearly 7.55 lakh according to the 2001 census.

The Election Commission recently called for revision of the voters’ list in Mysore on learning that the number of voters in the city was more than 65 per cent of the total population.

Though the revision exercise was conducted over an extended period of time, there were some discrepancies which the Mayor wants to rectify by launching an exercise involving the booth committees.

 

Reforms could ensure more voter turnout

Research could throw up answers for poor poll percentage

Poll percentage could improve if the Government makes a ‘determined attempt’ to bring in reforms

‘Involvement of Resident Welfare Associations, NGOs and other concerned citizens would help’




MYSORE: The voter turnout in the second phase of the elections held in ten districts has been put at 60 per cent, which is a drop of six per cent from the first phase of polls. What could be the reason for voter apathy? Can reforms set right the apathy and ensure people turn out in large numbers to exercise their franchise?

Social activist Vasanthkumar Mysoormath, who conducted voter awareness movements in 1999, 2004 and 2008 elections (first phase), has echoed Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer P. Manivannan’s reported view that research has to be conducted on poor poll percentage.

“It is high time that such an exercise is undertaken by the Government of India. A number of election reforms are long-pending before the Centre.

The Election Commission itself has forwarded some suggestions that are pending since many years now,” said Mr. Mysoormath, who was the presiding officer in more than 10 elections.

Mr. Mysoormath, who retired from the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, maintained that the poll percentage can be substantially improved if the Government makes a “determined attempt” to bring in reforms as recommended by the Election Commission and experts over the years.

He, too, had made certain suggestions for improving the poll percentage.

Missing names

Many eligible voters have been denied their right to vote because their names were missing, although they held Elector’s Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).

“Why should they keep running around in circles to obtain updated EPICs every time there is an election, only to be turned down because the revised rolls do not contain their names,” he asked.

The money and energy spent for enumeration and preparation of electoral rolls with the help of teachers and government officials has time and again failed to produce the required results.

This needs to be answered because public money is being splurged to prepare incorrect rolls and to deny the citizens their right to vote, he said.

Involvement

It is also time for the citizens to behave in a responsible manner and involve themselves at the grassroots level to help the EC set right the perennial problem, he said.

The three-tier system applicable to rural areas viz., zilla, taluk and gram panchayats, is absent in urban areas. To fill this gap, involvement of Resident Welfare Associations/ NGOs and other concerned citizens would help.

Better network

“Street committees with volunteers from the residents in a street are the need of the hour.

They, in turn, can coordinate with ward committees for enumeration and compilation of near-perfect electoral rolls and also for assessing the works and projects that need attention and for projecting their demands and grievances with the concerned service providers,” Mr. Mysoormath suggested.

Sensitising youth

The youth of the country has exhibited rank apathy due to their feeling that “politics is a dirty business”.

Many have expressed disgust over the behaviour of politicians in Parliament/Assemblies.

‘Not bothered’

“The youth have not bothered even to register themselves as voters because of the cumbersome procedure and running around to get an EPIC which nevertheless becomes useless by the next election. This attitude needs to be changed,” he said.

Political will

What the country needs is political will to bring necessary legislation through amendment to those rule books that govern elections.

“Countries like Turkey and Australia have compulsory voting and the turnout is about 90-plus per cent. What made those countries prescribe such a rule and how it is implemented may be studied and adopted in our country also,” he said.

Incentives

Can incentives attract voters?

Some incentive is bound to attract at least a percentage of people to stop being apathetic and cynical and proceed to vote.

“A system may be prescribed: those who vote may be given a certificate by the EC for claiming say one or two per cent reduction in their electricity bills or water bills or property tax for a certain period after an election. If the percentage of voting can be increased by spending a few crores, then it will be well worth trying,” said Mr. Mysoormath.

EC has failed to check flow of money

Election Commission has failed to check distribution of money and other articles among voters.  Mine lords, members of land mafia and anti-social elements were controlling the elections, which a dangerous development in democracy.

 Major political parties had no moral right to go before the electorate as they had forgotten the basic principles of politics.

four polling booths in Bellary alleged rigging during the second phase of Karnataka assembly elections.

Tribal organisations, demand, disqualification, of candidates

Adivasi Swayattategagi Rastriya Rangha (ASRR)

and Nagarahole Tribal Rights Samithi have urged the Election

Commission to disqualify three candidates contesting from H D Kote

(Reserve) Assembly Constituency for allegedly producing false caste

certificates.

According to a press note issued by Samithi Convenor P K Ramu,

the candidates Mr Chikkanna (Congress), Mr Chikkaveera Nayaka (BJP)

and (Mr Doddanayaka (JD-S) had contested the Assembly elections from

this reserved constituency for tribals and urged the Commission to

disqualify and file criminal cases against them.

Earlier, based on a complaint filed by the public, Deputy

Commissioner and District Election Officer P Manivannan had

suspended H D Kote Tahasildar T Vijya and ordered a departmental

inquiry against her for issuing S T certificate to BJP candidate

Chikkaveera Naika.

They alleged that all three candidates had tampered with the

school documents and produced the false caste certificates during

the time of the election process and contested from H D Kote.

The Assistant Commissioner of Hunsur Sub Division M R Ravi had

submitted a report to the district election officer alleging

tampering with the records by the three candidates to claim the

Scheduled Tribe status to contest the election.

In his report, Mr Ravi stated the Tahsildar of H D Kote had

issued controversial caste certificates without verifying the

original documents and failed to follow the procedures before

issuing them.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer

P Manivannan said the report had been sent to the Election

Commission for further action.

In Reserved Constituencies, the Major Opposition Parties have encouraged False Caste Certificate holders as candidates.May be to keep them under their control for not asking for any provisions of reservation.

 

 In CV Raman Nagar Constitutncy similar action was not taken when objection was raised  during scrutiny, they were not rejected but accepted since the Tahsildars had issued them certificates and EC said that they were helpless and only the Courts can help them.

 

Some political parties were involved in the bomb blast at Hubli court to gain political mileage during the election.

 


Polling in sensitive booths of Bellary City and Rural was slow, but peaceful on the whole except for an incident in Srirampur Colony (SC (Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath) Colony), where a voter, Shivaji an asthma patient was not permitted to vote as he had produced only the xerox copy of his ID card which was not accepted by the polling officer.


An altercation ensued and the Border Security Force (BSF), who could not understand Kannada manhandled the voter and pushed him out. A group of people gathered and the situation was tense for a while. However, special observer Raymond Peter arrived on the spot. The voter and the local people mobbed his car and represented the case. The situation was brought under control.

 

Such a huge number of contestants has made the officials organize for two electronic voting machines in each polling booth. Each EVM can display a maximum of 16 names. Both machines will be connected to a single controlling unit, according to B P Adnoor, Commissioner, Bellary City Corporation.


Will voters be confused as they will have to look for their choice of candidates in two EVMs?


“No. Each candidate has been allotted with a number and a symbol. Voters will have to know that number. But in case of national parties, voters go by the symbol. In 2004, two EVMs were used in each booth as elections to the Assembly and Lok Sabha were held simultaneously. A voter will have to spend a second or two just to read the symbols as there would be two EVMs,” he said.


A tour around Bellary city showed that none of the independents are campaigning. Even major political party leaders admit that no independent is serious about the elections. Then why do they pay Rs 5,000 as deposit and enter the fray? A senior Congress leader said, “Majority of the independent candidates are dummy. They contest and approach us (major parties) for money to withdraw their nominations. This time none withdrew their papers. Each candidate is allowed to use only four vehicles for campaigning. This EC restriction has come as a major hurdle for us to campaign. So, we have kept the vehicles of independent candidates at our disposal. Of course, we have their money. This is done in by all major parties. Many of the independents are fielded by national parties”.


Another challenge being faced by the officials is to weed out the bogus student ID cards. The EC has listed 20 types of identity cards which can be used for casting vote. A voter has to produce any one of these to exercise his franchise. Students are allowed to produce their college ID card.


In the first phase of polling, students were found producing fake ID cards. So, the EC has sent mails to all the DCs to check the veracity of students’ ID card. “We have held a meeting with the principals of all colleges in Bellary and have directed them to ensure that their colleges are not found issuing bogus cards. If fake cards are found, then principals of such colleges will face criminal action,” said Aravind Srivastv,  Deputy Commissioner, Bellary.  


  Security


 Giving protection to polling booths in Bellary city is also a major challenge to officials. Each booth will be monitored by para military personnel because each one of the total 211 polling booths in the city is branded as hypersensitive, said Srivastav.


As many as 7,244 government staff has been drawn for election duty on March 16. Of this, 1,811 are presiding officers.


In fact, no staff is allowed to work in their home town or village. They have been allotted postings on a random basis. Till May 15 morning, they would not know where they will be posted. All these measures are taken to see that fare and free elections are held in the district, added Mr Srivastav.

 

Rs 10 crore worth liquor, gifts seized

 

As many as 1,418 criminal cases have been booked under provisions of IPC and Peoples Representation Act, while 1,705 cases have been registered under the Excise Act and Rs 3.5 crore worth IMF liquor and spirit has been seized since April 1….

 

Around 120 cases of inducement to voters by giving various gifts have been booked while property worth Rs 7 crore worth property have been seized, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Shankar Bidari said here on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters he said 16,616 persons have been arrested since April 1 and bonds have been obtained from them for good behaviour.


He said as many as 56,000 police personnel will be deployed in the second phase of elections to be held for 66 constituencies on May 16. This includes 21,000 civil police, 10,000 Home Guards, 22,000 para military forces and 3,000 KSRP personnel.


a total of 214 Central Para Military Force (CPMF) companies have been allotted to 66 Assembly constituencies in 10 districts, that include 21 for Raichur, Koppal (15) Uttara Kannada (18), Bellary (31), Chitradurga (18),  Davanagere (24), Shimoga (22), Udupi (18), Chikmagalur (20) and Dakshina Kannada (27).


One mobile squad will be provided for every 20 polling stations. Each mobile squad comprises one police sub-inspector, one head constable, three constables and one Home Guard.


In all, there will be 650 mobile squads for all constituencies, Bidari said.


The CPMF pickets with one head constable, four constables/two head constables and 10 PCs will be posted in sensitive areas. Each constituency will have a striking force consisting one platoon of KSRP, he informed.


Polling booths


Bidari said out of the 12,271 polling stations in phase two, 3,754 have been classified as hypersensitive and 4,282 have been considered as sensitive. For every hypersensitive and sensitive booth, two uniformed police personnel and for every normal booth, one police personnel will be deployed.

families, in implementing housing programme and maintaining law and order.

BJP failure

BJP like the Congress and JDS also had to bear the burden of anti-incumbency as it had failed to issue ration cards to BPL

Peter takes charge

Senior IAS officer Raymond Peter, who was appointed as a special observer to oversee polling process in Bellary district, where mine owners have locked horns in the second phase, took charge on Wednesday.

 

He held a meeting with returning officers, top police officials and commandant of central security to review the poll preparations and arrangements.


In the December 2006 byelection to the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency, Peter was the election observer and was known for dealing any violation of poll code of conduct with an iron hand.


The appointment of Peter in Bellary takes significance following allegations that voters are being lured with cash by mine owners. All the 211 polling stations in Bellary City has been declared as hypersensitive

In several areas, voters protested deletion of their names

Technical snags delaying and disrupting poll process for brief spells has been reported from several places.

Repolling in two polling stations

 

Electoral authorities on Sunday ordered repolling in two polling stations where elections were held during the first phase of Karnataka assembly polls

 

Repolling has been ordered at a polling station in Malleshwaram and another in Ramanagara following malfunctioning of EVMs there, Chief Electoral officer M N Vidyashankar told reporters.

 

Dear Sir,
 
Heartfelt greeting  on Buddha jayanti.I’m very thankful to you all for showing your concern for the liberation of Mahabodhi Temple, Buddhagaya. I will be going to Bihar in second week of June,2008 for initiating legal action. I have made  legal research on the issue of Buddhgaya. Apparantly the Bodhgaya Act of 1949 which provides for provision for constitution of Temple Management Committee with Invaders and thier slaves majority  is unconstitutional on ground several provisions and principles (14, 25,26, secularism etc)of Indian Constitution and International Bill of Human Rights.
 
Its shocking to learn that how state government had courage to enact such illegal and unconstitutional Act. I feel that becouse of  Invaders and thier slaves majority in legislatve body has committed mischief on the pretext of better management of affairs of temple.
 
It is a grave fraud on the Constitution of India and state and society have committed crime of collective conspiracy.
 
I belong to Buddhagaya itself but since born in untouchable

(Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath) family, was unaware of my real identity. When I started reading the works of Babasheb Ambedkar and Buddha, I realized that we are defacto Buddhist and then committed to Buddhism and humanity. I’ll fight till last blood of body to liberate Buddhagaya and Buddhism from the domination of  Invaders and thier slaves.
 
I’m looking forward for your active participation and cooperation.
 
You may publish this letter in your esteem news magzine.

 
With Metta,
Sanjay

 

Manual scavenging still rampant in North East Delhi, says report

Parul Sharma

Finance and Development Corporation had sponsored the study to identify scavengers in the city




As per the report scavenging is a women dominated profession

‘The scavengers have high aspirations for their children and want them to study’




NEW DELHI: While 15 years have lapsed since the demeaning and humiliating practice of manual scavenging was banned through the enactment of the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993, manual scavenging is still rampant in North East Delhi, where a majority of Delhi’s 1,282 scavengers work, a study by a Delhi University lecturer has revealed.

According to the study conducted by Pamela Singla, a lecturer at the Department of Social Work at Delhi University, the main pockets of residence and workplace of people engaged in removal of night soil are in areas like Karawal Nagar, Old Seelampur, Shahdara, Gandhi Nagar, Nand Nagri and Babarpur. “Scavenging is done mainly by two ways, either by cleaning of drains or emptying the containers containing night soil,” said Dr. Singla, sharing the findings of the study that she conducted for the Delhi SC/ST/OBC/Minorities/Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation.

The Corporation had sponsored the study to identify scavengers in the city. Acting on the report, the Delhi State Cabinet had recently decided to initiate steps for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers.

As per the report, “Scavengers and Scavenging in Delhi”, submitted to the Corporation in July last year, scavenging is a women dominated profession.

“About 80 per cent of scavengers are women and majority of them are married. Over 71 per cent are below 40 years of age. Out of 1,282 scavengers, 1,085 reside and work in Delhi, while the remaining work in the Capital but live in Loni. Besides scavenging, they also collect garbage and clean septic tanks. They are engaged in scavenging purely owing to financial reasons as they have to fend for their families,” shared Dr. Singla.

A majority of them are not satisfied with their jobs since the work is “extremely filthy”. About 12 per cent of scavengers said they could not quit the profession as there was no alternative means of employment available to them because of their illiteracy.

“They are not sure what they want to do. During informal interactions with some of the women, I could gauge that they were not ready to undergo training for any other job. They showed willingness to do government jobs. Some women even said they would not mind scavenging if it would be counted under government jobs and would give them a regular, fixed income at the end of the month coupled with weekly holidays,” she said.

According to the report, the scavengers had high aspirations for their children and wanted them to study and get into some “dignified profession”.

Interestingly, Dr. Singla had conducted the same study way back in 1992 and was glad to note that the number of human scavengers in the Capital had come down from 8,000 back then to 1,282 this time round.

“Things have improved in some ways. In 1992, there were many scavengers who carried it (night soil) head load. In 2007, such persons were almost negligible with most carrying it in a cart,” she noted.

Dr. Singla said the profession can be completely abolished only when the authorities convert “dry” latrines to “wet” latrines with simultaneous programmes for their rehabilitation.

“As long as there is a demand for their services, scavengers will continue to exist,” she concluded, adding that the Corporation is sharing the report with some ministries.

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2552nd SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS 2008

VESAK

 

True joy arised from Just sitting

An oasis of serenity amid chaos

Chhaya and Shravya Mouli



English, Hindi, mathematics and science are taught in addition to Buddhist scriptures

Most students at the monastery are from Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh





At peace: A file photo of young Buddhist monks praying at the Maha Bodhi Society in Bangalore.

Bangalore: Amidst the bustling activity on the lanes of Gandhinagar — shoppers bargaining for the best price, whirring traffic and crowded streets — it is hard to believe that there could be such an oasis.

The Maha Bodhi Loka Shanti Buddha Vihara is a world in itself, The Hindu discovers on the occasion of Buddha Poornima.

The Vihara aims not just to teach the Dharma to disciples, but to spread the message of peace and co-existence.

Established in 1956 by Acharya Buddharakkhita, the complex is set amidst one-and-a-half serene, lush acres. And the ambience is so tranquil and secluded from the outside world that you might not want to leave once you are in.

The entire complex has been designed in the Buddhist style of architecture. A prominent structure that catches everyone’s attention is the foundation stone of the Vishwa Mattri Stupa that resembles the famous Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh.

From Thailand

A magnificent idol of the Buddha, six feet in height, and brought from Thailand, is gracefully seated atop a dais in the vast chanting hall and is regarded as the guiding light to all disciples. This hall is open not only to Buddhists but to anyone who wants solitude to meditate or chant. The life of the Buddha has been captured in the form of paintings that adorn the walls. The monastery has four branches all over India: in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Mysore and Bangalore.

Students from different parts of India come down to enlighten themselves by studying Buddhists manuscripts in Pali.

It is believed that Pali is the language used by Gautam Buddha to preach.

“I like to study the verses in Pali, as we can comprehend them in their original form,” says Dhammabuddhi, a disciple.

130 residents

A large number of these students are from Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. Presently there are 130 students who are studying different aspects of Buddhism: the life of the Buddha, one of the world’s oldest languages Pali, Vinaya (discipline), and various discourses of the Buddha.

In addition to this, English, Hindi, mathematics and science are taught.

“The discourses of the Buddha are my favourite subject,” says nine-year-old Jago, who is talented enough to memorize all 423 verses from the book Dhammapada.

Routine

The monastery follows a particular routine. The day begins at 5 a.m., with activities such as physical exercise, puja, chanting, meditation and gardening.

When asked about what the disciples will do after they complete their course, society treasurer Sangharakkhita says that after the five years spent at the monastery, students can either train to run a monastery or become meditation masters.

 

Buddha Purnima celebrations

 

– Photo: Subir Roy

Matter of faith: Devotees offering prayers to Lord Buddha in Lucknow on Monday on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

Lord of peace

— PHOTO: M.A.SRIRAM

Prayers on their lips: Buddha Poornima was celebrated at Maha Bodhi School in Mysore on Monday.

 

 

Janapada Sri award


Bangalore, DHNS: Puppeteer Belagal Veeranna of Bellary has been reportedly chosen for the Janapada Sri award instituted by the government, for  the year 2007.

The 73-year-old Veeranna uses puppets of Buddha, Basava  and Gandhi in his shows and thus known for his innovative bent of mind.The Committee headed by Eshwarappa Gurappa Angadi is said to have recommended the name of Veeranna for the award, to the government

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On 19th May 2008 at 09:15 P.M.Bangalore Akashavani Kendra broadcasted Poojya Ananda Bhante’s  Discourse on Life of Buddha and His Peace Message

 

 

 

 

On 18-05-2008 Sunday  9:30 PMAt Maha Bodhi Society, Gandhinagar, Bangalore-9

DISABLED SERVICE DAY was observed by Launching of the Malaria Prevention Program  with Donation of wheel chairs and blessings by Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita  Founder President, Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 

Chief Guests were Shri P.L.Nanjundaswamy Chairman, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital

Founder Member, Pancajanya Vidyapeetha Welfare Trust & Navachetana Social & Educational Society

&

Dr.R.M.Verma

Emeritus Neuro Surgeon

Taking Care of a Sick Monk


MAHABODHI MALARIA PREVENTION PROGRAM of

Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 On the Sacred Buddha Purnima Day 500 mosquito nets will be distributed to poor people in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh for malaria prevention. This will be a continued yearlong program. Join us by generously contributing to this program.

 

On 19-05-2008  Monday 9:00 AM At Maha Bodhi Society, Gandhinagar, Bangalore-9

SACRED BUDDHA PURNIMA DAY was celebrated in a grand manner

Siri Maha Bodhi Puja,Vishwa Maitri Stupa Puja, Buddha Puja at Mahabodhi Loka Shanti Buddha Vihara, Pindapata Puja  Undertaking of Tisarana, Atthasila and Pancasila, Laying of Foundation for

MAHABODHI MAHA DVARA And Dhamma Desana By Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita

Founder President, Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore & Presentation of the Sacred Pali Tipitaka in Kannada Script to Mahabodhi Library by Devoteeswas performed in a hifhly spiritual manner

For

TIPITAKA PARAYANA

Year long chanting of ‘SACRED PALI TIPITAKA’

At Mahabodhi Vihara everyday

Inauguration of Tipitaka Parayana was performed by

Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita

 

Upasaka A.M.Rajanna Donor of Mahabodhi Mahadvara was honoured

 

 At 11 AM  Sanghadana was carried out & At 12 Noon  Meals for devotees was offered

(Service by Dr.D.Ramachandrappa, Chairman and Managing Director, Yellamma Dasappa Hospital , Bangalore )

 At 1:00 PM  there was a  Film Show  & at 2:30 PM  Dhamma Deeksha was undertaken by devotees

 

 

At  5:30 PM

There was a SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI Symposium on THE BUDDHA’S RELEVANCE TO TODAY’S WORLD with Buddha Puja and Blessings by Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita

Founder President, Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 

Chief Guests were &Release of book  “Life’s Great Blessings-12” by Honorable Justice Shri N.Santosh Hegde Lokayukta, Karnataka State

 

Release of book “Life’s Great Blessings -13” Shri C.Anjanaya Reddy IPS (DGP Retd) Vice Chairman, Ananda Buddha Vihara, Secunderabad  Former Managing Director, AP Tourism Corporation Ltd. & Director General Vigilance and Enforcement

 

Release of “Satipatthana Sutta – Foundations of Mindfulness” by Shri Molkalmooru Sreenivasa Murthy

Kannada Buddhist Writer Deepa Puja

 Thanks to all the donors who have generously helped  to make these programs successful.

AN APPEAL

We seek your generous donations for the welfare activities of the Maha Bodhi Society and for the 2552nd Sacred Buddha Jayanti Celebrations. May your dana conduce to your well being, peace and prosperity! May you be happy!

BUDDHA PURNIMA DAY on  19-5-2008 at 10 AM : Buddha Puja, Bodhi Puja, Stupa Puja

At  4 PM HOSPITAL DANA SERVICE AT K.R.HOSPITAL, MYSORE Led by Upasika Smt.Parvatamma

Upasaka Shri Kalaiah & with the Blessings by

Venerable Aggadhammo Bhanteji was performed in a grand manner.

 

 

2552nd SACRED BUDDHAJAYANTI 2008

 was CELEBRATED in a grand scale

ON 20-05-2008

 

at

Asoka Dhamma Dutha Buddhist Society, TrustBuddha Vihar & Sri. H.M. Gangadaraiah Memorial Meditation Centre Gotham Nagar, Opp. KSRTC Bus Depot,Kolar Gold Fields -563 113

Buddhism Dharma Wheel

 

 

 

Buddha Pooja, Tisarana, Pancasila and Dhamma Discource

IN PRESENCE OF :

Venerable Poojya Ananda Bhanteji

Vice President, and other Monks of Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore was performed

 

Guest of Honor :

Sri. Molakalmuru Sreenivasamurthy

Kannada Buddhist Writer, Bangalore

 

with

 

Dhana by :

 

Dr. ramani Poorneson & Family Poornima Nursing Home

 

Smt. Jayalakshmi Manivachagam & Family

Director, Longevite Health Care, Bangalore

Sri.Chandrasekar & Family A.R.T.O., Bangalore

Sri.R.Kannan & Family Muskum KGF

 

 There was Services of Free Health Checkup & Treatment Camp at the above premises where more than a thousand patients availed on 20-05-2008 between 9.00 a.m.& 4.00 p.m. which was sponsored by LONGEVITE HEALTH CARE Lady Curzon Road, Bangalore -560 001

 

 

 

B Media 4 Sarvajan Hitaya Sarvajan Sukhaya

 

Triple Gem Study Circle analysis predicts 130 seats for BSP because of Price Rise and anti-incumbency factors on Congress, BJP and JD(S) and because of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms Mayawati’s performance to be repeated in Karnataka

 

 So Vote For BSP

The Marvel of the Dhamma

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Ashoka Maurya

Map of the Maurya Empire under Ashoka's rule.

Map of the Maurya Empire under Ashoka’s rule.

 

The Sanchi stupa in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh established by emperor Ashoka in the third century BC.

The Sanchi stupa in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh established by emperor Ashoka in the third century BC.

 

Fragment of the 6th Pillar Edicts of Ashoka (238 BC), in Brahmi, sandstones. British Museum.

Fragment of the 6th Pillar Edicts of Ashoka (238 BC), in Brahmi, sandstones. British MuseumBuddhism Dharma Wheel

The Ashoka Chakra, featured on the flag of the Republic of IndiaSilver punch-mark coins of the Mauryan empire, bear Buddhist symbols such as the Dharmacakra, the elephant (previous form of the Buddha), the tree under which enlightenment happened, and the burial mound where the Buddha died (obverse). 3rd century BC.

Silver punch-mark coins of the Mauryan empire, bear Buddhist symbols such as the Dharmacakra, the elephant (previous form of the Buddha), the tree under which enlightenment happened, and the burial mound where the Buddha died (obverse). 3rd century BCDistribution of the Edicts of Ashoka and Ashokan territorial limits.

Distribution of the Edicts of Ashoka and Ashokan territorial limits.[7]
Greek Late Archaic style capital from Patna (Pataliputra), thought to correspond to the reign of Ashoka, 3rd century BC, Patna Museum (click image for references).Bilingual edict (Greek and Aramaic) by king Ashoka, from Kandahar - Afghan National Museum. (Click image for translation).

Bilingual edict (Greek and Aramaic) by king Ashoka, from Kandahar - Afghan National Museum.. (Click image for translation) .
Buddhist proselytism at the time of king Ashoka (260-218 BC), according to his Edicts."The legend of King Asoka, A study and translation of the Asokavadana", John Strong, Princeton Library of Asian translations.

“The legend of King Asoka, A study and translation of the Asokavadana“, John Strong, Princeton Library of Asian translations.
Ashoka’s Major Rock Edict inscription at Girnar

Ashokan Pillar at Vaishali

Ashokan Pillar at Vaishali
This is the famous original sandstone sculpted Lion Capital of Ashoka preserved at Sarnath Museum which was
 originally
 erected around 250 BCE atop an Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath. The angle from which this picture has been taken, minus the inverted bell-shaped lotus flower, has been adopted as the National Emblem of India showing the Horse on the left and the Bull on the right of the Ashoka Chakra in the circular base on which the four Indian lions are standing back to back. On the far side there is an Elephant and a Lion instead. The wheel "Ashoka Chakra" from its base has been placed onto the center of the National Flag of India.

This is the famous original sandstone sculpted Lion Capital of Ashoka preserved at Sarnath Museum which was originally erected around 250 BCE atop an Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath. The angle from which this picture has been taken, minus the inverted bell-shaped lotus flower, has been adopted as the National Emblem of India showing the Horse on the left and the Bull on the right of the Ashoka Chakra in the circular base on which the four Indian lions are standing back to back. On the far side there is an Elephant and a Lion instead. The wheel “Ashoka Chakra” from its base has been placed onto the center of the National Flag of India.

Jyotirao Phule

Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj

Narayana guru

 

 

 

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periyar

A file-photo of Bahujan Samaj Party

 

 

 

Jai Bheem                   BSP                      Jai Bharath

An “Appeal”

To The People of Karnataka for

Legislative Assembly Election – 2008

Ms. Mayawati, Chief Minister of U.P.

Kumari Mayawati

National President

Bahujan Samaj Party

Brothers and Sisters,

It is well known to every one the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is the only party in the country, which “believes in doing rather than saying“.

It is for this reason that our party, unlike other parties, does not release any tempting “Election Manifestoes” and instead, issues “Appeal” to the people in general and voters in particular to ensure their vote and support for BSP in order to fulfill the remaining commitments for completing its missionary goal by adopting the path shown by Saints, Gurus and Mahapurush (Great men) born in different periods in the Bahujan Samaj like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj, Narayana Guru, Periyar Ramaswamy Ji, Baba Saheb Dr.Ambedkar and more recently Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram ji.

This we do with an aim to earn good results for the party in the elections and to achieve power to rule so that with the help of the “Master Key of Political Power” we become master of our own destiny and could ensure work and proper welfare of the poor, deprived and downtrodden sections of the society belonging to all castes and religions i.e.”Sarv Samaj”. Param pujya Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar has beautifully and wonderfully explained about the significance of the “Master Key of the Political Power”, declaring that the political power is such a “Master Key” through which all problems can be solved and also doors of progress and prosperity can be opened up.

Following this principle of Babasaheb Dr.Ambedkar, our party is contesting, on its’ own strength, KARNATAKA Legislative Assembly General Elections-2008. The Karnataka Legislative Assembly has a total number of 224 seats and the BSP is contesting on almost all the seats on its own. BSP has not at all entered into any kind of alliance or seat adjustments with any other party in this election. So, we are fighting this election on all seats on our own.

 

            But, the pertinent question which arises here is, as to why there is a necessity for the people of the State of Karnataka to cast their votes in favour of the BSP only, rather than voting for the Congress, B.J.P. or their supporting parties? We have to understand this issue very clearly for an outstanding performance. .

            In this regard, I am of the view that BSP is the only Party in the country whose “Principles & Policies” and also its “style of functioning” suits very much the interests of the people belonging to “Sarv Samaj” (all sections of the society). On the other hand, other political parties make too many promises to people just before the elections or in the election year but they never translate them into reality for the true welfare of them, leaving most of their lofty electoral promises confined to papers only, rather than getting them implemented in practical terms.

            It is for this very reason that, even after 60 years of independence, the “Social and Economic” condition of people belonging to Bahujan Samaj, which comprises of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Class (OBCs) and Religious Minorities such as Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Parsis and Buddhists have not significantly improved due to faulty economic policies adopted by various governments of castiest leaders of different political parties, even though the population of these sections of society is very large and for this reason , we call them as “Bahujan Samaj”.

            Here, I am especially talking about their wrong and erratic economic policies, mainly because at the centre as well as in most of the States, Governments’ were formed with the monetary or otherwise help of big capitalist powers and for this very reason, these parties, after coming to power, as a “return gift” to them formulated their “Economic Policies” in subservience of these capitalists, fully ignoring the interests and welfare of general public.

Due to this kind of unjust behaviour of the governments of Congress, BJP and their supporting parties, the economic condition of people belonging to Bahujan Samaj as well as poor people of “Savarn Samaj” i.e. the upper castes is turning from bad to worse. The malice is still continuing, rendering more and more such people unemployed and live a life under the darkness of poverty.

            In view of the complexity and seriousness of such kind of problems, these deprived and exploited sections of the people revolted in such a manner to form a separate political party of their own called as (the Bahujan Samaj Party-BSP) under the leadership of Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji on April, 1984, basing its ideology on policy and progrmmes of Great Baba sahib Dr. Ambedkar. And quiet obviously, with the massive support and cooperation of all the sections of the society, the BSP has acquired a “National Status” and has grown enough to be officially by the Election Commission of India as one of the main national political parties of India .

            Not only this, our party also gradually expanded its mass base and graduated to send its representatives in Parliament, apart from winning assembly elections in various States of the Country. In Uttar Pradesh, which is the biggest State of India in terms of the size of the population, the BSP under the leader ship of mine had formed government four times. And all the four times, the governments of our party has worked with full devotion and dedication to provide “justice” to all, besides giving impetus and dynamism to the issue of ”Development” in the State.

            Giving priority to weaker sections of the society in the process, with an aim to improve “Social and Economic” condition of the underprivileged sections of the society and poor people belonging to Sarv Samaj, our party Government in Uttar Pradesh, for the first time in the country, constituted separate “Welfare” Departments” in 1995 right at the inception of the first BSP government.

            And the aspect of development were given new meaning when 25,000 villages, having predominantly Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) population, were selected for “Dr.Ambedkar Village Development Scheme” to develop them fully with all kind of basic amenities and infrastructure facilities. The process is going on and gradually all the villages of the State will be taken for such kind of developmental activities all over the State, surely changing the very face and of course the life of the rural poor in real terms. Presently, however, the name of this scheme has been changed as “Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar U.P. Gramsabha Samagra Vikas Yojana (Gramsabha Integrated Development Scheme.)”.

          Similarly, an ambitious “Urban Integrated Development Scheme” has been formulated in the name of “Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji”. Under this scheme, small towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh are being developed in a systematic manner and within time bound period. But under both these schemes, all the activities are being speeded up as much as the economic condition of the State allows. These developmental activities could well get further momentum and much speed if the Central Government fulfills its obligations of providing funds for the purpose.

            Apart of this, priority has been accorded especially to Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) and other exploited sections of the “Sarv Samaj” in all other developmental activities. The homeless and poor people were allotted vacant land, besides possession has also been ensured to landless poor for the purpose of farming/agriculture on that land. About 20 lakh poor people have so far been benefited from this decision of the government in the State, and this work is still continuously in progress.

            In addition, my government has taken an unprecedented and historic decision to provide with more than one lakh permanent government jobs in rural areas for the Valmiki community of Scheduled Castes. By this decision, all the 1.08 lakh revenue village of Uttar Pradesh will have at least one Sarkari Safai Karmachari, and the person appointed will be from the same village in most of the cases… This besides meeting employment problem will also make a sea change in the health atmosphere of rural areas for it will ensure cleanliness and help eradicate diseases spreading due to unhygienic conditions.

           

            And, so far the issue of giving boost to education is concerned, the government of our party, for the first time in the country, took a policy decision to grant scholarship to the children of persons belonging to poor Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and also to poor children of Other Backward Classes and Religious Minorities, especially to the poor children belonging to Muslim community.

            The scholarship amount has also been doubled in view of the rising inflation and cost of living; besides that the amount of scholarship is being distributed to students immediately after their admission. Our government also arranged free coaching to ensure their admissions in the prestigious institutions and for high-grade prestigious jobs like IAS, IPS. PCS etc.

            Along with the above facilities, for the first time in the State, 25% of the State budget has been allocated separately for the welfare and development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the State.

            Besides, in order to infuse the sense of security among the people belonging to Bahujan Samaj, a policy of reservation has been introduced for the first time in the postings at the police stations in each and every district. Under the new provision, police officers belonging to SC/STs, for the first time in the country, will be getting 25 percent of such posts of police station will go to the people belonging to OBCs and 5 percent to officers from Religious Minorities (Muslims) in all the districts of the State. This system of governance is still continuing in the State with a slight modification.

            And especially, full care has been made towards protecting, in all spheres of life, the interests and welfare of the Muslims, which is the largest section of Religious Minorities in the State. Apart from their economic development, the safety and security of their lives and Religion has also been fully ensured. In addition, our government was first in the country ensuring government jobs to economically weaker Muslims by including them in category of other Backward Classes (OBCs) and issuing government order facilitating release of caste certificates accordingly.

           

“New Positive Reservation Initiatives”

In The Interest of Sarv Samaj

          You know very well that “where there is will, there is way.” That is why for the first time in the country, the BSP government of Uttar Pradesh has taken “ New Positive Reservation Initiatives”

In The Interest of Sarv Samaj

i.e. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes (OBC), Religious Minorities and Upper caste, for it is more than  evident that the benefit of reservation, which was provided on account of the untiring efforts of Param Pujya Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimarao Ambedkar, to the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in the Government jobs under the Constitution of India, was not reaching fully to the dire needy people because of anti-reservation attitude of the Congress, BJP and their supporting parties.

           

            Not only this, various Government Departments and Institutions are being handed over to the Private Sectors for the past several years on the pretext of poor economic  condition of the government, without ensuring provision of the same kind of reservation in the privatised firm/sector at any level. And, if this current state of affairs/practice of handing over the government departments and Institutions to Private Sector continues, a day will come when the constitutional facility of reservation will cease to exist.

            Taking this issue of great importance very seriously, the Government of my party in Uttar Pradesh wrote several letters to the Government of India and requested that before the privatization of various Government and public sector institutions, the same quantum of reservation for those sections of society should be ensured as they were already getting in the Government sector and institutions. But no Government of any party has so far acceded to our contention and our party is “seriously concerned” and “worried” about this issue.

            But the people belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) & Schedule Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) will be happy to know that throughout the country, it is only the Government of my party, the BSP in Uttar Pradesh which was fulfilled these tasks, which are as follows:

·                    Public-Private- Partnership (P.P.P.) is the main component of “all inclusive” realistic and practical economic policy of my government in Uttar Pradesh.

·                    All the Schemes/projects/ industries with partnership with state government, the State Government would have a maximum partnership of 49 percent of 11 percent.

·                    The provision of job reservation in enterprises developed on Public-Private Partnership model will continue in the proportion and manner as the State Government has been providing quota which is in the government jobs 21 percent for Scheduled Castes, 02 percent for Scheduled Tribes and 27 percent for Other Backward Classes.

·                    The interests of employees will be fully safeguarded in the projects/enterprise s established under PPP model.

·                    Now along with this, the Uttar Pradesh Government of my party has applied the policy of “Sarvjan Hitai –Sarvjan Sukhai” (Progress and Prosperity for all) also in the area of the reservation. In pursuance of this policy, our government has taken historical initiative to provide the benefits of reservation to all the poor and needy people belonging to all castes and the implementation of this new system has already been taken up in the right earnest in Uttar Pradesh. This step has been taken for the first time in the country.

·                    Under it, if the services rendered by the Govt. Departments, Corporations, Authorities, Councils and other Semi-government institutions or the maintenance of their establishment are substituted by outsourcing, then the contract to be executed for the said purpose would include the provision of providing 21 percent of jobs created through this out sourcing to the persons of Scheduled Castes, 2 percent to the persons belonging to Scheduled Tribes and 27 percent to Other Backward Classes.

·                    In the Industrial Units, Educational Institutions, Infrastructure/ Service Sector Projects, Disinvested Units are being set up in which the private sector is provided land, subsidy, state aid or assets by the Government or any of its government departments, then as per the “voluntary” and “mutual agreement”, the employers have to provide 10 percent of the total jobs created in the projects to the persons of Scheduled Castes, 10 percent to Other Backward Classes, including Backwards of Religious Minorities and 10 percent to the economically weaker persons of the Upper Castes

·                    Over 30 thousand posts of backlog have so far been filled by my part’s government in Uttar Pradesh. Recruitment on remaining posts is in progress.

·                    Besides, it is to be clear in mind that the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989, has been enacted by the Government of India, hence a central act, and no State Government can make any alternation in this Act nor repeal it. The State Government of Uttar Pradesh has ensured strict enforcement of this law.

·                    My Government has done everything possible regarding implementation of reservation policy.

·                    The Government of India has also been asked to fill the vacant posts in Government Services in accordance with the policy of reservation. The policy of reservation should be extended to private and other sectors and it should be included in the ninth Schedule of Constitution as a safeguard.

·                    We have also urged the Government of India to amend the Constitution for providing benefits of reservation to the people belonging to upper castes living below the poverty line. But, the attitude of the Congress and BJP and its supporting parties has been throughout negative.

·                    But for that matter, I would like to fully assure the people of upper castes that the day the government of our party come to power at the centre, they will be given the benefit of reservation, similar to the pattern which has been introduced by us in Uttar Pradesh and this will be done without their asking for it, and will also make all positive efforts for the eradication of their poverty and un-employment. And, you all know very well about the style of functioning of my party that whatever we say, we do the same. In other words, there is no difference in our party’s saying and doing.

·                    Besides, Adequate additional reservation should also be provided to such persons of Scheduled Castes who were converted to Muslim or Christian religion, but maintaining the present share of quota of prescribed reservation for the Scheduled Castes. For this, necessary amendment should be made in the Constitution to relax the total limit of 50 percent reservation as laid down by Hon. Supreme Court and this amendment will be included in the 9th schedule of the Constitution so that this arrangement becomes a permanent feature.

So far as the matter of providing Social Security to the people is concerned, my party’s government in Uttar Pradesh is very serious and sensitive over the issue… That is why immediately after assumption of power my government increased to double the amount of pension to old age persons and farmers from Rs.150 to Rs.300. And also the number of beneficiaries was raised to 24 lakh from 20 lakh, for which sum of Rs. 1410 crores has been earmarked in the budget.

Similarly, labourers , who belong to the poorest and weaker section of the society and mostly fall under the category  of farming labour, were not being cared properly as they belong to unorganized sector, but my government has raised their daily remuneration wage to Rs.100 from a meager of Rs.58, which they were getting previously.

      And, over the issue of plight of farmers and farming becoming less remunerative day by day and thereby ultimately affecting our self-reliance on food, my party is in full sympathy with the farming community. It is beyond any doubt that the governments of the Congress, the BJP and their supporting parties during their rule in the past 60 years have done a criminal act of ignoring farm and farmers. In the course of promotion of heavy industries, there was a criminal neglect of farm sectors and farmers’ requirements.

      This is also a tragedy that in the course of developing heavy industries particularly in the tribal areas, where the native people were deprived even from the fourth class jobs, adding more burden on their life to ensure protection of the interests of tribals & farmers.

      Besides, my government has taken a stand that the Self-esteem and Self-respect of the unemployed youth will not be ridiculed every month by providing them meager ‘unemployment allowance’. Instead, our party wants them to live with pride, as they would instead be provided permanent jobs, with the creation of job opportunities, for which Regional Rural Employment Centre will be established.

      And education is another area that has been accorded top most priority by my government in Uttar Pradesh. It is with this reason a decision was taken without any delay to recruit 88,000 teachers to help improve the standards of education. The process of recruitment of such a large number teachers in just one go is on.

      In addition of all these, my government has paid attention in according full respect and honour to Sants, Gurus and Mahapurush born in Bahujan Samaj at different period of times such as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Narayana Guru, Periar Ramaswamy, Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar and more recently Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji. A number of new Districts, Universities, Memorials, Museums and other important public places and institutions have been named and erected in their name to perpetuate the memory of their hard-faught struggles.

      And in this connection, you all know very well that no government, be it the government of the Congress, the BJP or their supporting parties, ever gave proper respect and regards to the Sants, Gurus and Mahapurush born in the Bahujan Samaj.

      And regrettably, the castiest mentality of these political parties still persists. . The biggest proof of it is that the Congress party, ruling at the centre did not even declare one or two days holiday nor they ordered flying of national flag half mast in the mourning of Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji, the creator and founder of the BSP movement.. And the BJP and other opposition parties remained a mute spectator to all this.

     

      In brief, the lesson to our people of all this happenings is that if the people belonging to Bahujan Samaj and those of Savarn Samaj (upper castes) living in your state of Karnataka want to create an atmosphere like that of Uttar Pradesh for leading a life full of self-esteem, respect and dignity, they will also have to capture the “Master Key of political power” in their hands by ensuring good results in the general election being held in your State.

      Therefore keeping all these factual propositions in mind, I earnestly “APPEAL” to the supporters of the BSP to follow the above mentioned suggestions in order to make an all out effort to achieve party’s goal of capturing power in order to get rid of their poverty, helplessness, backwardness, unemployment, injustice and exploitation by making your own government in your State, following the true path shown to you by your messiah Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar on the basis of exercise of franchise based on the concept of “One Man-One Vote” given to you by Baba Saheb himself and thus fulfill the unfinished task of Manyawar Shri. Kanshi Ram Ji.

      In other words, you should understand your Messiah’s message properly and utilize the right to vote wisely to help yourself so that you could form a government of your own party in your State which will in real terms help improve your socio-economic condition as well as of education, besides ensuring a civilized self-esteem life to you. In the meantime, this could be also help improve the economic condition of the Upper castes people.

      But to create such an atmosphere in your State, you have to acquire the “Master Key of Political Power” in your hands, like people have done in the Stae of Uttar Pradesh and you will have show good result in the coming Assembly elections in your State. And to achieve this great goal of success in the assembly election, you will have to be cautious and alert from various nasty tricks and Saam-Daam-Dand- bhed like nefarious designs of the opposition parties during the elections, because these parties can go to any extent to damage our party.

      And I want to warn you that these opposition parties will go all out and will make all  efforts to sabotage the voting of Savarn Samaj inn favour of BSP and for this purpose , these parties will propagate our “Ideology and Principles” in a wrong, vicious and twisted manner among these sections of society.

      Therefore, I consider it important to explain the ideology and principles of B.S.P. I would also like to clarify here that the ideology and principles of our party “are not against any caste or creed”. B.S.P. wants to change the unequal social order of this country based on “caste” and wants to establish here a “Samatamulak Samaj Vyavastha” ( A Social Order based on Equality), which is in the interest of this country and Sarv Samaj.

For this, we have to change the Jaatwadi (casteist)mentality of Savarn (High Castes) Hindus and on the basis of Samajik Bhaichara (Social Brotherhood) we have to take them also along with us and only then “Samtamulak Samaj Vyavastha” can be established in this country in accordance with the thinking of the architect of Indian Constitution, Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar and only after that Sarv Samaj will be unified and disparities or casteism in the society will be completely eradicated forever.

      Along with this, they will get full opportunity to move in every walk of life. The members of our party should always remain cautious from different kind of rumours, which may be spread by opposition parties during elections.

      Apart from the above, I also appeal to all of you – “Beware that your vote is invaluable. No vote should be allowed to be purchased. No vote should be allowed to be looted. No vote should be left out from being cast and no selfish person should misuse your vote on account of defrauding or misleading you in the name of caste, money, religion or emotions.

     Hence, to save democracy you have to give power into hands of right person to safeguard the interests of your KARNATAKA State, so that you may formulate the policy of :Sarvajan Hitai – Sarvjan Sukhai” in all the areas and make the poor and unemployed persons of Bahujan Samaj and Savarn Samaj  happy.”

      In the end, keeping in view all the above mentioned observations, I “Appeal” to the supporters and well wishers of my party that you should not be misled by any alluring promises of Election Manifestoes of opposition parties and that you should follow the appeal of B.S.P. which is your own party, to make the candidates of B.S.P. victorious in the General Assembly Elections of KARNATAKA by pressing the button against “Elephant” (Haathi), the election symbol of B.S.P. I hope and expect that you will accept my “Appeal” and act accordingly.

                                                                            Km Mayawati

National President,

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)

     

     

In the Interest of Sarv Samaj, Contribute your Physical, Mental and Economic Might in Favour of BSP to Help its Ideology And Policies Reach its “Ultimate Destination”

 

Vote for the Candidates of

Bahujan Samaj Party

Make B.S.P. successful by pressing the button opposite Election Symbol – Elephant (Haathi)

B.S.P. Ki Kya Pehchaan !

Neela Jhanda, Haathi Nishaan !!

The  Identity of BSP is

Blue Flag & Elephant Symbol

     

 

Jai Bheem                   Jai Kansiram              Jai Bharath

                                                              Mayawati Sister’s

Appeal for Karnataka Brothers & Sisters

To Vote for Elephant Symbolised BSP Candidates

We say what we do and do what we say

Which is the way to be Happy and Gay

That is Sarva Jan Hithay Sarvajan Sukhay

Before the commencement of election the other political party

 

For a short while give you a goodie

From Exploitation & discrimination you get away

For progress of a diversified society

And for a developmental ruling assuring safety

Since BSP born from ashes of untouchability

Promises to wipe out your tears and provide you safety

Until you are all supportively behind this mission of

Sarvajan Hithay

Sarvajan Sukhay

Kindly visit:

http://sarvajan. ambedkar. org

 

Even after 60 years of Independence !

Because of UPA, NDA and their Supporting Parties Sins !

Such as not providing constitutional amendment to provide reservation even to the poor among the forward castes !

Non-inclusion of  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath Christians !

And poor Muslims in the SC/ST category for giving them reservation in various sectors !

Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party responsible for the backwardness of SC/STs !

Over five decades of rule, the Congress did not consider poor people as this Country’s citizens !

The BJP gave prominence only to the rich and neglected the economically weaker sections !

Both parties receive funds from capitalists during elections !

They later frame policies suiting their needs but not favouring the poor after their selections !

Thereby not the earning of the workers !

But the prices rises !

Hence !

BSP wins !

For allotting three acres of land to each poor and landless !

Benefiting over 25 lakh families !

Filled all the backlog posts reserved for SC/STs and backward classes !

Constituted separate welfare departments for all backward communties !

for their social and economic advancement,to ensure that they receive all the government benefits !


 


BSP made whirlwind tours of the areas going to the polls seeking votes for stable governance, development and all-round welfare of the people.

 



For votes: . BSP supremo Mayawati and party leaders waving to the crowd in Gulbarga

 

Congress, BJP targeted

Ms. Mayawati accused the Congress and BJP of not protecting the quota rights of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

She said that thousands of posts reserved for SC/STs had not been filled and the number of backlog vacancies in the country was alarmingly high.

Addressing a public meeting in Gulbarga, Ms. Mayawati alleged that all governments at the Centre after Independence had been anti-reservation and anti-poor.

The economic policies pursued by Congress and BJP governments were blatantly anti-poor and pro-rich.

She said it was only in Uttar Pradesh, after the BSP came to power, that all backlog vacancies had been filled.

“All that is required is the will and commitment for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the oppressed sections, which was lacking in all other political parties,” she said.

She said the BSP was a cadre-based party and it was the funds provided by workers that kept the party going and not the money provided by industrialists and “that’s why we are independent and take pro-people decisions.”

Singling out Congress for attack, Ms. Mayawati questioned the contribution of that party and its governments for the welfare of the Muslims, who traditionally supported it.

“The economic condition of the Muslims is poor,” she said

She asked the Muslims to identify the parties that really worked for their welfare and support them.

The BSP leader said she favoured extension of reservation benefits to Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath Christians and Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath Muslims and added that she had already written to the Union Government in this regard. However, this reservation should be extended only after increasing the percentage of reservation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Ms. Mayawati called upon the people of the State to defeat the BJP, Congress and regional parties and support the BSP which aimed at the welfare of all sections of society, including upper castes.

Party general secretaries Satish Chandra Mishra and P.G.R. Sindhia spoke. The former Minister D.T. Jayakumar and other leaders were present.

‘Mining mafia has pumped in Rs. 2,000 crore for elections’

The mining mafia has been giving away money to parties to gain political patronage’

‘Candidates of all the three major parties have distributed coupons as parallel currency’




BANGALORE: Accusing the mining mafia of pumping in Rs. 2,000 crore black money in favour of various candidates to lure voters in the ongoing polls, it is demanded that the entire mining activity in the State should be suspended.

 Most of the mining activity being undertaken in Karnataka was illegal and was nothing but looting of public mineral resources.

To get political patronage for its illegal activity, the mining mafia had been giving away money to political parties, he alleged.

The mining activity should be stopped till steps were taken to prevent illegal mining. If it is not possible for the State to initiate such a measure, then the Union Government itself should enact legislation to suspend mining activities in Karnataka, he said.

Coupons

Such was the influence of money power in the elections that the candidates of all the three major political parties had distributed coupons, as parallel currency, to voters.

These coupons could be exchanged later for gift articles, he alleged.

In addition, cash was also distributed directly.

It had not been possible for the Election Commission, though it had introduced stringent measures, to ensure a fully fair elections,  while  ambulances were being used by candidates to transport vast amounts of money.

Main sources for these vices were mafia, particularly the mining one. The use of big money, pumped in by the mining mafia, in the elections had posed a direct threat to democracy and had hijacked the electoral process, he observed.

Horse-trading

 If these elections throw up a hung Assembly, the mining mafia would play a major role in deciding the shape of the government by indulging in horse-trading.

 No other State had such large scale illegal mining as being witnessed in Karnataka and politicians and bureaucrats who have colluded with the mining lobby be arrested. Fast-track courts should also be set up for their trial.

 People of Karnataka must reject those trying to take democracy for a ride with their money and muscle power. Such things were detrimental to the interests of the State and its development. And hence vote for BSP.

Poll surveys will be proved wrong

 All the poll surveys published in the media will be proves wrong, and the BSP will register a surprising victory in most of the constituencies.

 

 

Parties indulge in mud-slinging act

With just a day left for the final phase of the Assembly polls, all the three major parties - the BJP, Congress and the JD(S) - made a beeline to the office of the chief electoral officer with various charges against each other.

The BJP has requested the Election Commission to close the Karnataka- Maharashtra border with immediate effect as it alleged that liquor and cash is being smuggled into the State for distribution among voters.

The BJP has alleged that in Jewargi constituency wherein former chief minister N Dharam Singh is contesting, ambulances are being used for distribution of money to voters. No action had been taken despite specific complaints lodged with the returning officer, the petition said.

Meanwhile, the Congress on Tuesday reiterated its charge that BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was trying to woo Dalit and Muslim voters by enticement and gratification.

The Congress has requested the EC to direct authorities concerned to take cognisance of the “provoking statement and action” and register a case against Yeddyurappa. The JD(S) appealed to the EC to stop a local television channel from telecasting a pre-poll survey, claiming it would impact voting.

Meanwhile, the EC has changed the Returning Officer Gulbarga (rural) B M Risaldar for dereliction of duty. He has been replaced by Horticulture department deputy director Krishnamurthy. The EC has ordered political leaders to vacate from constituencies going to polls in the third phase

Cash, liquor seized

A huge quantity of liquor and cash has been seized by police during the last few weeks, according to Director General of Police Shrikumar

Elaborating on the arrangements for third phase of polling on May 22, he told reporters that liquor worth Rs 60 crore and Rs 40 crore in cash were seized.

Within a period of 45 days, he said the Department would release the names of candidates from various political parties who were allegedly involved in smuggling of liquor. “The police officials have been investigating into all the cases. Those involved in the poll code violation will face action,'’ he stated.   He said that his department was fully prepared to ensure a peaceful polls during the third phase.

Smuggling
Meanwhile, the Belgaum police seized liquor worth Rs 32 lakh which was being smuggled in two trucks  to different parts of Karnataka. A huge amount of wine and spirit was being carried in the trucks which were intercepted near Kugnoli on Tuesday afternoon.

In Bijapur district, the  police raided a farm house at Moratagi and recovered 500 cases of duplicate liquor worth Rs 6 lakh. The farm owner is said to be a relative of Sindagi BJP candidate.

 

Wealth multiplies in just 4 yrs

Believe it or not, politics is the most lucrative profession in the state. And some politicians have proved it by earning crores of rupees in just four years!

A report released by Delhi-based Association for Democratic Reforms (ARD), formed by professors of the IIMs, showed how dramatically asset of some politicians, who got elected in the 2004 Assembly election, has gone up in the last four years. In some cases, the increase in the value of the assets is more than 2,000 per cent!
The ARD, which is striving to create an awareness among the voters to elect honest persons, has collected information regarding assets of the ex-MLAs, who are contesting in this elections, from the asset declaration affidavits submitted by them to the Election Commission.

Total asset of 28 Congress candidates has gone up from Rs 34.60 crore to 182.58 crore, showing an increase of 427.7 per cent. Assets of 22 BJP candidates has surged  from Rs 14.15 crore to Rs 45.48 crore, registering a growth of 221.5 per cent. Assets of the 13 JD(S) candidates has increased from Rs 9.24 crore to Rs 22.65 crore, posting a growth of 145.2 per cent.

Among the Congress candidates, Ajaykumar Sarnayak from Bilgi has the credit of accumulating  highest wealth in the last four years. Value of his asset has moved up from Rs 93 lakh in 2004 to Rs 21.25 crore in 2008, registering a growth of 2181 per cent! Among the BJP candidates, Rajkumar Patil Telkur from Sedam constituency is the richest man. Net value of his wealth has gone up from just Rs 12 lakh in 2004 to Rs 2.59 crore in 2008, posting an impressive growth of 1990 per cent!

Mallikarjun Khuba from Basavakalyan is the richest man among the JD(S) ex-MLAs. Value of his assets rose from Rs 36 lakh in 2004 to Rs 3.43 crore in 2008, showing an increase of 847.9 per cent.

Prof Trilochan Sastry, the brain behind the ARD, said there were still several politicians (who are contesting from different constituencies in North Karnataka) who deliberately avoided giving complete information regarding their assets to the Election Commission. He urged the EC to initiate a CBI probe against such politicians and also against those whose property had gone up phenomenally in the last four years. “There is an urgent need for investigating source of income of politicians and how they amassed wealth of such an unimaginable size and value,” he added.

BSP hoping for change of fortune in Bagalkot dist

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded Ravi Kambale who is a powerful Madiga (SC-left) is hopeful of winning since,no candidate has won from here for the second time in a row. This ‘jinx’ is haunting Karjol, who got elected in the last election. Besides, ‘failure’ of implementing the ration card distribution may also work against  Karjol in this election. Madiga (SC-left) and Reddy votes play a deciding role in the constituency. Anti-incumbency factor, delay in implementing the Rs 100 crore drinking water project, stopping of Ranna memorial building works are working in favour of Ravi Kambale.

Criticising the BJP for claiming to replicate Gujarat model in the State, SM Krishna said after Godhra carnage in 2002, people have come to know what actually the Gujarat model is. Karnataka do not need any other model. The people here will reject the BJP.

He also accused the BJP spending lavishly on elections.

Reacting to the hooch tragedy, S M Krishna blamed the previous JD(S)-BJP Government’s “hurried” decision to ban arrack for it. “The decision to ban arrack should have been taken after plugging all loopholes. But the previous coalition took the decision in a hurry,” he stated

Congress demands inquiry

Congress leader K H Srinivas has demanded that the state government should conduct an inquiry into allegations made by former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy against another former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa. Srinivas was referring to Kumaraswamy’s statement that Yeddyurappa had illegally stored arrack to distribute during the elections.

Addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday, Srinivas said that Kumaraswamy’s allegations should be taken seriously and a thorough investigation should be conducted. “Kumaraswamy has said he has proof to support his allegation. If his allegation is proved true, Yeddyurappa’s result should be annulled, if he gets elected”, he demanded.

 

Exhibition will be organised at all divisional headquarters

Lucknow: May 16, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Information and Public Relations Department has organised a two-day photo exhibition titled ‘Uttar Pradesh: One Year of development and progress’ on the completion of one year of the Government. The exhibition has been organised at the historical Baradari Hall. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati on May 13 last. The exhibition displays various achievements of the Government related to development, law and order, Ganga Express-Way, foundation laying photos of various projects of energy sector, roads, bridges, drinking water supply, health, education, rural and urban infrastructure facilities etc. It also provides an insight on the various schemes and relief works being carried out in the Bundelkhand by the State Government. The exhibition is an effort to take the objective of Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai to the people through photographs. The Information Secretary and Director Mr. Sunil Kumar today visited the exhibition. He was accompanied by the Additional Director Chintamani and other Senior Officers. A large number of people thronged the exhibition site this evening. The exhibition would be open for public till tomorrow. The entry is free of cost. It may be recalled that this photo exhibition would be organised at different divisional headquarters till July 20, 2008. This exhibition would be organised at the Saharanpur divisional headquarters on 26-27 May, Meerut division headquarters on 29-30 May, Aligarh division headquarters on 2-3 June, Agra division headquarters on 5-6 June, Moradabad division headquarters on 8-9 June, Bareilly division headquarters 11-12 on June, Kanpur division headquarters on 14-15 June, Jhansi division headquarters on 18-19 June and Chitrakoot division headquarters on 21-22 June. Likewise, it would be organised at the Allahabad division headquarters on 24-25 June, Varanasi division headquarters on 27-28 June, Mirzapur division headquarters on 30 June-01July, Azamgarh division headquarters on 4-5 July, Basti division headquarters on 8-9 July, Faizabad division headquarters on 12-13 July, Gorakhpur division headquarters on 16-17 July and Devipatan division headquarters on 19-20 July. ******

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05/19/08
2552nd SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS 2008-VESAK -President and Members of ADDBS are cordially inviting the gracious presence of Sarv Samaj on the occasion of the Buddha Jayanti Celebration at the above Buddhist Society, Trust, Buddha Vihar & Sri. H.M.Gangadharaiah Memorial Meditation Centre, Gotham Nagar, Opp. KSRTC Bus Depot,Kolar Gold Fields -563 113 on Tuesday the 20th May 2008 at 5.00 P.M. Presence of one and all on the occasion is solicited.-B Media 4 Sarvajan Hitaya Sarvajan Sukhaya-Triple Gem Study Circle analysis predicts 130 seats for BSP because of Price Rise and anti-incumbency factors on Congress, BJP and JD(S) and because of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms Mayawati’s performance to be repeated in Karnataka-So Vote For BSP
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2552nd SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS 2008

VESAK

 

True joy arised from Just sitting

Dear Sir,
 
Heartfelt greeting  on Buddha jayanti.I’m very thankful to you all for showing your concern for the liberation of Mahabodhi Temple, Buddhagaya. I will be going to Bihar in second week of June,2008 for initiating legal action. I have made  legal research on the issue of Buddhgaya. Apparantly the Bodhgaya Act of 1949 which provides for provision for constitution of Temple Management Committee with Invaders and thier slaves majority  is unconstitutional on ground several provisions and principles (14, 25,26, secularism etc)of Indian Constitution and International Bill of Human Rights.
 
Its shocking to learn that how state government had courage to enact such illegal and unconstitutional Act. I feel that becouse of  Invaders and thier slaves majority in legislatve body has committed mischief on the pretext of better management of affairs of temple.
 
It is a grave fraud on the Constitution of India and state and society have committed crime of collective conspiracy.
 
I belong to Buddhagaya itself but since born in untouchable

(Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath) family, was unaware of my real identity. When I started reading the works of Babasheb Ambedkar and Buddha, I realized that we are defacto Buddhist and then committed to Buddhism and humanity. I’ll fight till last blood of body to liberate Buddhagaya and Buddhism from the domination of  Invaders and thier slaves.
 
I’m looking forward for your active participation and cooperation.
 
You may publish this letter in your esteem news magzine.

 
With Metta,
Sanjay

 

Buddha 

Gold Bamboo 

Buddha's Path

Kindly visit:

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Kindly Note:

On 19th May 2008 at 09:15 P.M.Bangalore Akashavani Kendra will broadcast  Poojya Ananda Bhante’s  Discourse on Life of Buddha and His Peace Message

 

 

 

 

On 18-05-2008 Sunday  9:30 PMAt Maha Bodhi Society, Gandhinagar, Bangalore-9

DISABLED SERVICE DAY was observed by Launching of the Malaria Prevention Program  with Donation of wheel chairs and blessings by Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita  Founder President, Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 

Chief Guests were Shri P.L.Nanjundaswamy Chairman, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital

Founder Member, Pancajanya Vidyapeetha Welfare Trust & Navachetana Social & Educational Society

&

Dr.R.M.Verma

Emeritus Neuro Surgeon

Taking Care of a Sick Monk


MAHABODHI MALARIA PREVENTION PROGRAM of

Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 On the Sacred Buddha Purnima Day 500 mosquito nets will be distributed to poor people in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh for malaria prevention. This will be a continued yearlong program. Join us by generously contributing to this program.

 

On 19-05-2008  Monday 9:00 AM At Maha Bodhi Society, Gandhinagar, Bangalore-9

SACRED BUDDHA PURNIMA DAY was celebrated in a grand manner

Siri Maha Bodhi Puja,Vishwa Maitri Stupa Puja, Buddha Puja at Mahabodhi Loka Shanti Buddha Vihara, Pindapata Puja  Undertaking of Tisarana, Atthasila and Pancasila, Laying of Foundation for

MAHABODHI MAHA DVARA And Dhamma Desana By Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita

Founder President, Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore & Presentation of the Sacred Pali Tipitaka in Kannada Script to Mahabodhi Library by Devoteeswas performed in a hifhly spiritual manner

For

TIPITAKA PARAYANA

Year long chanting of ‘SACRED PALI TIPITAKA’

At Mahabodhi Vihara everyday

Inauguration of Tipitaka Parayana was performed by

Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita

 

Upasaka A.M.Rajanna Donor of Mahabodhi Mahadvara was honoured

 

 At 11 AM  Sanghadana was carried out & At 12 Noon  Meals for devotees was offered

(Service by Dr.D.Ramachandrappa, Chairman and Managing Director, Yellamma Dasappa Hospital , Bangalore )

 At 1:00 PM  there was a  Film Show  & at 2:30 PM  Dhamma Deeksha was undertaken by devotees

 

 

At  5:30 PM

There was a SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI Symposium on THE BUDDHA’S RELEVANCE TO TODAY’S WORLD with Buddha Puja and Blessings by Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita

Founder President, Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 

Chief Guests were &Release of book  “Life’s Great Blessings-12” by Honorable Justice Shri N.Santosh Hegde Lokayukta, Karnataka State

 

Release of book “Life’s Great Blessings -13” Shri C.Anjanaya Reddy IPS (DGP Retd) Vice Chairman, Ananda Buddha Vihara, Secunderabad  Former Managing Director, AP Tourism Corporation Ltd. & Director General Vigilance and Enforcement

 

Release of “Satipatthana Sutta – Foundations of Mindfulness” by Shri Molkalmooru Sreenivasa Murthy

Kannada Buddhist Writer Deepa Puja

 Thanks to all the donors who have generously helped  to make these programs successful.

AN APPEAL

We seek your generous donations for the welfare activities of the Maha Bodhi Society and for the 2552nd Sacred Buddha Jayanti Celebrations. May your dana conduce to your well being, peace and prosperity! May you be happy!

BUDDHA PURNIMA DAY on  19-5-2008 at 10 AM : Buddha Puja, Bodhi Puja, Stupa Puja

At  4 PM HOSPITAL DANA SERVICE AT K.R.HOSPITAL, MYSORE Led by Upasika Smt.Parvatamma

Upasaka Shri Kalaiah & with the Blessings by

Venerable Aggadhammo Bhanteji was performed in a grand manner.

 

 

2552nd SACRED BUDDHAJAYANTI

CELEBRATIONS 2008

ON 20-05-2008

 

Namo Buddha

 

Asoka Dhamma Dutha Buddhist Society, Trust

Buddha Vihar & Sri. H.M. Gangadaraiah

Memorial Meditation Centre

Gotham Nagar, Opp. KSRTC Bus Depot,

Kolar Gold Fields -563 113

Buddhism Dharma Wheel

 

President and Members of ADDBS are cordially inviting the gracious presence of Sarv Samaj on the occasion of the Buddha Jayanti Celebration at the above Buddhist Society, Trust, Buddha Vihar & Sri. H.M.Gangadharaiah Memorial Meditation Centre, Gotham Nagar, Opp. KSRTC Bus Depot,Kolar Gold Fields -563 113 on Tuesday the 20th May 2008 at 5.00 P.M. Presence of one and all on the occasion is solicited.

 

Buddha Pooja, Tisarana, Pancasila and Dhamma Discource

IN PRESENCE OF :

Venerable Poojya Ananda Bhanteji

Vice President, and other Monks of Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 

Guest of Honor :

Sri. Lakshminarayana IAS

Commissioner for Transport, Govt. of karnataka, Bangalore

 

Sri. Molakalmuru Sreenivasamurthy

Kannada Buddhist Writer, Bangalore

 

Dhana by :

 

Dr. ramani Poorneson & Family Poornima Nursing Home

 

Smt. Jayalakshmi Manivachagam & Family

Director, Longevite Health Care, Bangalore

Sri.Chandrasekar & Family A.R.T.O., Bangalore

Sri.R.Kannan & Family Muskum KGF

 

In the Service of Dhamma

Trustees, Executive Members and Friends

 

Services of Free Health Checkup & Treatment Camp at the above premises may be availed on 20-05-2008 between 9.00 a.m.& 4.00 p.m. Sponsored by LONGEVITE HEALTH CARE Lady Curzon Road, Bangalore -560 001

 

Upasakas/Upasikas are requested to bring flowers,incence sticks, Candles to perform Pooja.

 

B Media 4 Sarvajan Hitaya Sarvajan Sukhaya

 

Triple Gem Study Circle analysis predicts 130 seats for BSP because of Price Rise and anti-incumbency factors on Congress, BJP and JD(S) and because of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms Mayawati’s performance to be repeated in Karnataka

 

 So Vote For BSP

The Marvel of the Dhamma

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Ashoka Maurya

Map of the Maurya Empire under Ashoka's rule.

Map of the Maurya Empire under Ashoka’s rule.

 

The Sanchi stupa in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh established by emperor Ashoka in the third century BC.

The Sanchi stupa in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh established by emperor Ashoka in the third century BC.

 

Fragment of the 6th Pillar Edicts of Ashoka (238 BC), in Brahmi, sandstones. British Museum.

Fragment of the 6th Pillar Edicts of Ashoka (238 BC), in Brahmi, sandstones. British MuseumBuddhism Dharma Wheel

The Ashoka Chakra, featured on the flag of the Republic of IndiaSilver punch-mark coins of the Mauryan empire, bear Buddhist symbols such as the Dharmacakra, the elephant (previous form of the Buddha), the tree under which enlightenment happened, and the burial mound where the Buddha died (obverse). 3rd century BC.

Silver punch-mark coins of the Mauryan empire, bear Buddhist symbols such as the Dharmacakra, the elephant (previous form of the Buddha), the tree under which enlightenment happened, and the burial mound where the Buddha died (obverse). 3rd century BCDistribution of the Edicts of Ashoka and Ashokan territorial limits.

Distribution of the Edicts of Ashoka and Ashokan territorial limits.[7]
Greek Late Archaic style capital from Patna (Pataliputra), thought to correspond to the reign of Ashoka, 3rd century BC, Patna Museum (click image for references).Bilingual edict (Greek and Aramaic) by king Ashoka, from Kandahar - Afghan National Museum. (Click image for translation).

Bilingual edict (Greek and Aramaic) by king Ashoka, from Kandahar - Afghan National Museum.. (Click image for translation) .
Buddhist proselytism at the time of king Ashoka (260-218 BC), according to his Edicts."The legend of King Asoka, A study and translation of the Asokavadana", John Strong, Princeton Library of Asian translations.

“The legend of King Asoka, A study and translation of the Asokavadana“, John Strong, Princeton Library of Asian translations.
Ashoka’s Major Rock Edict inscription at Girnar

Ashokan Pillar at Vaishali

Ashokan Pillar at Vaishali
This is the famous original sandstone sculpted Lion Capital of Ashoka preserved at Sarnath Museum which was
 originally
 erected around 250 BCE atop an Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath. The angle from which this picture has been taken, minus the inverted bell-shaped lotus flower, has been adopted as the National Emblem of India showing the Horse on the left and the Bull on the right of the Ashoka Chakra in the circular base on which the four Indian lions are standing back to back. On the far side there is an Elephant and a Lion instead. The wheel "Ashoka Chakra" from its base has been placed onto the center of the National Flag of India.

This is the famous original sandstone sculpted Lion Capital of Ashoka preserved at Sarnath Museum which was originally erected around 250 BCE atop an Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath. The angle from which this picture has been taken, minus the inverted bell-shaped lotus flower, has been adopted as the National Emblem of India showing the Horse on the left and the Bull on the right of the Ashoka Chakra in the circular base on which the four Indian lions are standing back to back. On the far side there is an Elephant and a Lion instead. The wheel “Ashoka Chakra” from its base has been placed onto the center of the National Flag of India.

Jyotirao Phule

Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj

Narayana guru

 

 

 

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periyar

A file-photo of Bahujan Samaj Party

 

 

 

Jai Bheem                   BSP                      Jai Bharath

An “Appeal”

To The People of Karnataka for

Legislative Assembly Election – 2008

Ms. Mayawati, Chief Minister of U.P.

Kumari Mayawati

National President

Bahujan Samaj Party

Brothers and Sisters,

It is well known to every one the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is the only party in the country, which “believes in doing rather than saying“.

It is for this reason that our party, unlike other parties, does not release any tempting “Election Manifestoes” and instead, issues “Appeal” to the people in general and voters in particular to ensure their vote and support for BSP in order to fulfill the remaining commitments for completing its missionary goal by adopting the path shown by Saints, Gurus and Mahapurush (Great men) born in different periods in the Bahujan Samaj like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj, Narayana Guru, Periyar Ramaswamy Ji, Baba Saheb Dr.Ambedkar and more recently Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram ji.

This we do with an aim to earn good results for the party in the elections and to achieve power to rule so that with the help of the “Master Key of Political Power” we become master of our own destiny and could ensure work and proper welfare of the poor, deprived and downtrodden sections of the society belonging to all castes and religions i.e.”Sarv Samaj”. Param pujya Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar has beautifully and wonderfully explained about the significance of the “Master Key of the Political Power”, declaring that the political power is such a “Master Key” through which all problems can be solved and also doors of progress and prosperity can be opened up.

Following this principle of Babasaheb Dr.Ambedkar, our party is contesting, on its’ own strength, KARNATAKA Legislative Assembly General Elections-2008. The Karnataka Legislative Assembly has a total number of 224 seats and the BSP is contesting on almost all the seats on its own. BSP has not at all entered into any kind of alliance or seat adjustments with any other party in this election. So, we are fighting this election on all seats on our own.

 

            But, the pertinent question which arises here is, as to why there is a necessity for the people of the State of Karnataka to cast their votes in favour of the BSP only, rather than voting for the Congress, B.J.P. or their supporting parties? We have to understand this issue very clearly for an outstanding performance. .

            In this regard, I am of the view that BSP is the only Party in the country whose “Principles & Policies” and also its “style of functioning” suits very much the interests of the people belonging to “Sarv Samaj” (all sections of the society). On the other hand, other political parties make too many promises to people just before the elections or in the election year but they never translate them into reality for the true welfare of them, leaving most of their lofty electoral promises confined to papers only, rather than getting them implemented in practical terms.

            It is for this very reason that, even after 60 years of independence, the “Social and Economic” condition of people belonging to Bahujan Samaj, which comprises of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Class (OBCs) and Religious Minorities such as Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Parsis and Buddhists have not significantly improved due to faulty economic policies adopted by various governments of castiest leaders of different political parties, even though the population of these sections of society is very large and for this reason , we call them as “Bahujan Samaj”.

            Here, I am especially talking about their wrong and erratic economic policies, mainly because at the centre as well as in most of the States, Governments’ were formed with the monetary or otherwise help of big capitalist powers and for this very reason, these parties, after coming to power, as a “return gift” to them formulated their “Economic Policies” in subservience of these capitalists, fully ignoring the interests and welfare of general public.

Due to this kind of unjust behaviour of the governments of Congress, BJP and their supporting parties, the economic condition of people belonging to Bahujan Samaj as well as poor people of “Savarn Samaj” i.e. the upper castes is turning from bad to worse. The malice is still continuing, rendering more and more such people unemployed and live a life under the darkness of poverty.

            In view of the complexity and seriousness of such kind of problems, these deprived and exploited sections of the people revolted in such a manner to form a separate political party of their own called as (the Bahujan Samaj Party-BSP) under the leadership of Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji on April, 1984, basing its ideology on policy and progrmmes of Great Baba sahib Dr. Ambedkar. And quiet obviously, with the massive support and cooperation of all the sections of the society, the BSP has acquired a “National Status” and has grown enough to be officially by the Election Commission of India as one of the main national political parties of India .

            Not only this, our party also gradually expanded its mass base and graduated to send its representatives in Parliament, apart from winning assembly elections in various States of the Country. In Uttar Pradesh, which is the biggest State of India in terms of the size of the population, the BSP under the leader ship of mine had formed government four times. And all the four times, the governments of our party has worked with full devotion and dedication to provide “justice” to all, besides giving impetus and dynamism to the issue of ”Development” in the State.

            Giving priority to weaker sections of the society in the process, with an aim to improve “Social and Economic” condition of the underprivileged sections of the society and poor people belonging to Sarv Samaj, our party Government in Uttar Pradesh, for the first time in the country, constituted separate “Welfare” Departments” in 1995 right at the inception of the first BSP government.

            And the aspect of development were given new meaning when 25,000 villages, having predominantly Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) population, were selected for “Dr.Ambedkar Village Development Scheme” to develop them fully with all kind of basic amenities and infrastructure facilities. The process is going on and gradually all the villages of the State will be taken for such kind of developmental activities all over the State, surely changing the very face and of course the life of the rural poor in real terms. Presently, however, the name of this scheme has been changed as “Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar U.P. Gramsabha Samagra Vikas Yojana (Gramsabha Integrated Development Scheme.)”.

          Similarly, an ambitious “Urban Integrated Development Scheme” has been formulated in the name of “Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji”. Under this scheme, small towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh are being developed in a systematic manner and within time bound period. But under both these schemes, all the activities are being speeded up as much as the economic condition of the State allows. These developmental activities could well get further momentum and much speed if the Central Government fulfills its obligations of providing funds for the purpose.

            Apart of this, priority has been accorded especially to Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) and other exploited sections of the “Sarv Samaj” in all other developmental activities. The homeless and poor people were allotted vacant land, besides possession has also been ensured to landless poor for the purpose of farming/agriculture on that land. About 20 lakh poor people have so far been benefited from this decision of the government in the State, and this work is still continuously in progress.

            In addition, my government has taken an unprecedented and historic decision to provide with more than one lakh permanent government jobs in rural areas for the Valmiki community of Scheduled Castes. By this decision, all the 1.08 lakh revenue village of Uttar Pradesh will have at least one Sarkari Safai Karmachari, and the person appointed will be from the same village in most of the cases… This besides meeting employment problem will also make a sea change in the health atmosphere of rural areas for it will ensure cleanliness and help eradicate diseases spreading due to unhygienic conditions.

           

            And, so far the issue of giving boost to education is concerned, the government of our party, for the first time in the country, took a policy decision to grant scholarship to the children of persons belonging to poor Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and also to poor children of Other Backward Classes and Religious Minorities, especially to the poor children belonging to Muslim community.

            The scholarship amount has also been doubled in view of the rising inflation and cost of living; besides that the amount of scholarship is being distributed to students immediately after their admission. Our government also arranged free coaching to ensure their admissions in the prestigious institutions and for high-grade prestigious jobs like IAS, IPS. PCS etc.

            Along with the above facilities, for the first time in the State, 25% of the State budget has been allocated separately for the welfare and development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the State.

            Besides, in order to infuse the sense of security among the people belonging to Bahujan Samaj, a policy of reservation has been introduced for the first time in the postings at the police stations in each and every district. Under the new provision, police officers belonging to SC/STs, for the first time in the country, will be getting 25 percent of such posts of police station will go to the people belonging to OBCs and 5 percent to officers from Religious Minorities (Muslims) in all the districts of the State. This system of governance is still continuing in the State with a slight modification.

            And especially, full care has been made towards protecting, in all spheres of life, the interests and welfare of the Muslims, which is the largest section of Religious Minorities in the State. Apart from their economic development, the safety and security of their lives and Religion has also been fully ensured. In addition, our government was first in the country ensuring government jobs to economically weaker Muslims by including them in category of other Backward Classes (OBCs) and issuing government order facilitating release of caste certificates accordingly.

           

“New Positive Reservation Initiatives”

In The Interest of Sarv Samaj

          You know very well that “where there is will, there is way.” That is why for the first time in the country, the BSP government of Uttar Pradesh has taken “ New Positive Reservation Initiatives”

In The Interest of Sarv Samaj

i.e. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes (OBC), Religious Minorities and Upper caste, for it is more than  evident that the benefit of reservation, which was provided on account of the untiring efforts of Param Pujya Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimarao Ambedkar, to the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in the Government jobs under the Constitution of India, was not reaching fully to the dire needy people because of anti-reservation attitude of the Congress, BJP and their supporting parties.

           

            Not only this, various Government Departments and Institutions are being handed over to the Private Sectors for the past several years on the pretext of poor economic  condition of the government, without ensuring provision of the same kind of reservation in the privatised firm/sector at any level. And, if this current state of affairs/practice of handing over the government departments and Institutions to Private Sector continues, a day will come when the constitutional facility of reservation will cease to exist.

            Taking this issue of great importance very seriously, the Government of my party in Uttar Pradesh wrote several letters to the Government of India and requested that before the privatization of various Government and public sector institutions, the same quantum of reservation for those sections of society should be ensured as they were already getting in the Government sector and institutions. But no Government of any party has so far acceded to our contention and our party is “seriously concerned” and “worried” about this issue.

            But the people belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) & Schedule Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) will be happy to know that throughout the country, it is only the Government of my party, the BSP in Uttar Pradesh which was fulfilled these tasks, which are as follows:

·                    Public-Private- Partnership (P.P.P.) is the main component of “all inclusive” realistic and practical economic policy of my government in Uttar Pradesh.

·                    All the Schemes/projects/ industries with partnership with state government, the State Government would have a maximum partnership of 49 percent of 11 percent.

·                    The provision of job reservation in enterprises developed on Public-Private Partnership model will continue in the proportion and manner as the State Government has been providing quota which is in the government jobs 21 percent for Scheduled Castes, 02 percent for Scheduled Tribes and 27 percent for Other Backward Classes.

·                    The interests of employees will be fully safeguarded in the projects/enterprise s established under PPP model.

·                    Now along with this, the Uttar Pradesh Government of my party has applied the policy of “Sarvjan Hitai –Sarvjan Sukhai” (Progress and Prosperity for all) also in the area of the reservation. In pursuance of this policy, our government has taken historical initiative to provide the benefits of reservation to all the poor and needy people belonging to all castes and the implementation of this new system has already been taken up in the right earnest in Uttar Pradesh. This step has been taken for the first time in the country.

·                    Under it, if the services rendered by the Govt. Departments, Corporations, Authorities, Councils and other Semi-government institutions or the maintenance of their establishment are substituted by outsourcing, then the contract to be executed for the said purpose would include the provision of providing 21 percent of jobs created through this out sourcing to the persons of Scheduled Castes, 2 percent to the persons belonging to Scheduled Tribes and 27 percent to Other Backward Classes.

·                    In the Industrial Units, Educational Institutions, Infrastructure/ Service Sector Projects, Disinvested Units are being set up in which the private sector is provided land, subsidy, state aid or assets by the Government or any of its government departments, then as per the “voluntary” and “mutual agreement”, the employers have to provide 10 percent of the total jobs created in the projects to the persons of Scheduled Castes, 10 percent to Other Backward Classes, including Backwards of Religious Minorities and 10 percent to the economically weaker persons of the Upper Castes

·                    Over 30 thousand posts of backlog have so far been filled by my part’s government in Uttar Pradesh. Recruitment on remaining posts is in progress.

·                    Besides, it is to be clear in mind that the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989, has been enacted by the Government of India, hence a central act, and no State Government can make any alternation in this Act nor repeal it. The State Government of Uttar Pradesh has ensured strict enforcement of this law.

·                    My Government has done everything possible regarding implementation of reservation policy.

·                    The Government of India has also been asked to fill the vacant posts in Government Services in accordance with the policy of reservation. The policy of reservation should be extended to private and other sectors and it should be included in the ninth Schedule of Constitution as a safeguard.

·                    We have also urged the Government of India to amend the Constitution for providing benefits of reservation to the people belonging to upper castes living below the poverty line. But, the attitude of the Congress and BJP and its supporting parties has been throughout negative.

·                    But for that matter, I would like to fully assure the people of upper castes that the day the government of our party come to power at the centre, they will be given the benefit of reservation, similar to the pattern which has been introduced by us in Uttar Pradesh and this will be done without their asking for it, and will also make all positive efforts for the eradication of their poverty and un-employment. And, you all know very well about the style of functioning of my party that whatever we say, we do the same. In other words, there is no difference in our party’s saying and doing.

·                    Besides, Adequate additional reservation should also be provided to such persons of Scheduled Castes who were converted to Muslim or Christian religion, but maintaining the present share of quota of prescribed reservation for the Scheduled Castes. For this, necessary amendment should be made in the Constitution to relax the total limit of 50 percent reservation as laid down by Hon. Supreme Court and this amendment will be included in the 9th schedule of the Constitution so that this arrangement becomes a permanent feature.

So far as the matter of providing Social Security to the people is concerned, my party’s government in Uttar Pradesh is very serious and sensitive over the issue… That is why immediately after assumption of power my government increased to double the amount of pension to old age persons and farmers from Rs.150 to Rs.300. And also the number of beneficiaries was raised to 24 lakh from 20 lakh, for which sum of Rs. 1410 crores has been earmarked in the budget.

Similarly, labourers , who belong to the poorest and weaker section of the society and mostly fall under the category  of farming labour, were not being cared properly as they belong to unorganized sector, but my government has raised their daily remuneration wage to Rs.100 from a meager of Rs.58, which they were getting previously.

      And, over the issue of plight of farmers and farming becoming less remunerative day by day and thereby ultimately affecting our self-reliance on food, my party is in full sympathy with the farming community. It is beyond any doubt that the governments of the Congress, the BJP and their supporting parties during their rule in the past 60 years have done a criminal act of ignoring farm and farmers. In the course of promotion of heavy industries, there was a criminal neglect of farm sectors and farmers’ requirements.

      This is also a tragedy that in the course of developing heavy industries particularly in the tribal areas, where the native people were deprived even from the fourth class jobs, adding more burden on their life to ensure protection of the interests of tribals & farmers.

      Besides, my government has taken a stand that the Self-esteem and Self-respect of the unemployed youth will not be ridiculed every month by providing them meager ‘unemployment allowance’. Instead, our party wants them to live with pride, as they would instead be provided permanent jobs, with the creation of job opportunities, for which Regional Rural Employment Centre will be established.

      And education is another area that has been accorded top most priority by my government in Uttar Pradesh. It is with this reason a decision was taken without any delay to recruit 88,000 teachers to help improve the standards of education. The process of recruitment of such a large number teachers in just one go is on.

      In addition of all these, my government has paid attention in according full respect and honour to Sants, Gurus and Mahapurush born in Bahujan Samaj at different period of times such as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Narayana Guru, Periar Ramaswamy, Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar and more recently Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji. A number of new Districts, Universities, Memorials, Museums and other important public places and institutions have been named and erected in their name to perpetuate the memory of their hard-faught struggles.

      And in this connection, you all know very well that no government, be it the government of the Congress, the BJP or their supporting parties, ever gave proper respect and regards to the Sants, Gurus and Mahapurush born in the Bahujan Samaj.

      And regrettably, the castiest mentality of these political parties still persists. . The biggest proof of it is that the Congress party, ruling at the centre did not even declare one or two days holiday nor they ordered flying of national flag half mast in the mourning of Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji, the creator and founder of the BSP movement.. And the BJP and other opposition parties remained a mute spectator to all this.

     

      In brief, the lesson to our people of all this happenings is that if the people belonging to Bahujan Samaj and those of Savarn Samaj (upper castes) living in your state of Karnataka want to create an atmosphere like that of Uttar Pradesh for leading a life full of self-esteem, respect and dignity, they will also have to capture the “Master Key of political power” in their hands by ensuring good results in the general election being held in your State.

      Therefore keeping all these factual propositions in mind, I earnestly “APPEAL” to the supporters of the BSP to follow the above mentioned suggestions in order to make an all out effort to achieve party’s goal of capturing power in order to get rid of their poverty, helplessness, backwardness, unemployment, injustice and exploitation by making your own government in your State, following the true path shown to you by your messiah Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar on the basis of exercise of franchise based on the concept of “One Man-One Vote” given to you by Baba Saheb himself and thus fulfill the unfinished task of Manyawar Shri. Kanshi Ram Ji.

      In other words, you should understand your Messiah’s message properly and utilize the right to vote wisely to help yourself so that you could form a government of your own party in your State which will in real terms help improve your socio-economic condition as well as of education, besides ensuring a civilized self-esteem life to you. In the meantime, this could be also help improve the economic condition of the Upper castes people.

      But to create such an atmosphere in your State, you have to acquire the “Master Key of Political Power” in your hands, like people have done in the Stae of Uttar Pradesh and you will have show good result in the coming Assembly elections in your State. And to achieve this great goal of success in the assembly election, you will have to be cautious and alert from various nasty tricks and Saam-Daam-Dand- bhed like nefarious designs of the opposition parties during the elections, because these parties can go to any extent to damage our party.

      And I want to warn you that these opposition parties will go all out and will make all  efforts to sabotage the voting of Savarn Samaj inn favour of BSP and for this purpose , these parties will propagate our “Ideology and Principles” in a wrong, vicious and twisted manner among these sections of society.

      Therefore, I consider it important to explain the ideology and principles of B.S.P. I would also like to clarify here that the ideology and principles of our party “are not against any caste or creed”. B.S.P. wants to change the unequal social order of this country based on “caste” and wants to establish here a “Samatamulak Samaj Vyavastha” ( A Social Order based on Equality), which is in the interest of this country and Sarv Samaj.

For this, we have to change the Jaatwadi (casteist)mentality of Savarn (High Castes) Hindus and on the basis of Samajik Bhaichara (Social Brotherhood) we have to take them also along with us and only then “Samtamulak Samaj Vyavastha” can be established in this country in accordance with the thinking of the architect of Indian Constitution, Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar and only after that Sarv Samaj will be unified and disparities or casteism in the society will be completely eradicated forever.

      Along with this, they will get full opportunity to move in every walk of life. The members of our party should always remain cautious from different kind of rumours, which may be spread by opposition parties during elections.

      Apart from the above, I also appeal to all of you – “Beware that your vote is invaluable. No vote should be allowed to be purchased. No vote should be allowed to be looted. No vote should be left out from being cast and no selfish person should misuse your vote on account of defrauding or misleading you in the name of caste, money, religion or emotions.

     Hence, to save democracy you have to give power into hands of right person to safeguard the interests of your KARNATAKA State, so that you may formulate the policy of :Sarvajan Hitai – Sarvjan Sukhai” in all the areas and make the poor and unemployed persons of Bahujan Samaj and Savarn Samaj  happy.”

      In the end, keeping in view all the above mentioned observations, I “Appeal” to the supporters and well wishers of my party that you should not be misled by any alluring promises of Election Manifestoes of opposition parties and that you should follow the appeal of B.S.P. which is your own party, to make the candidates of B.S.P. victorious in the General Assembly Elections of KARNATAKA by pressing the button against “Elephant” (Haathi), the election symbol of B.S.P. I hope and expect that you will accept my “Appeal” and act accordingly.

                                                                            Km Mayawati

National President,

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)

     

     

In the Interest of Sarv Samaj, Contribute your Physical, Mental and Economic Might in Favour of BSP to Help its Ideology And Policies Reach its “Ultimate Destination”

 

Vote for the Candidates of

Bahujan Samaj Party

Make B.S.P. successful by pressing the button opposite Election Symbol – Elephant (Haathi)

B.S.P. Ki Kya Pehchaan !

Neela Jhanda, Haathi Nishaan !!

The  Identity of BSP is

Blue Flag & Elephant Symbol

     

 

Jai Bheem                   Jai Kansiram              Jai Bharath

                                                              Mayawati Sister’s

Appeal for Karnataka Brothers & Sisters

To Vote for Elephant Symbolised BSP Candidates

We say what we do and do what we say

Which is the way to be Happy and Gay

That is Sarva Jan Hithay Sarvajan Sukhay

Before the commencement of election the other political party

 

For a short while give you a goodie

From Exploitation & discrimination you get away

For progress of a diversified society

And for a developmental ruling assuring safety

Since BSP born from ashes of untouchability

Promises to wipe out your tears and provide you safety

Until you are all supportively behind this mission of

Sarvajan Hithay

Sarvajan Sukhay

Kindly visit:

http://sarvajan. ambedkar. org

 

Even after 60 years of Independence !

Because of UPA, NDA and their Supporting Parties Sins !

Such as not providing constitutional amendment to provide reservation even to the poor among the forward castes !

Non-inclusion of  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath Christians !

And poor Muslims in the SC/ST category for giving them reservation in various sectors !

Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party responsible for the backwardness of SC/STs !

Over five decades of rule, the Congress did not consider poor people as this Country’s citizens !

The BJP gave prominence only to the rich and neglected the economically weaker sections !

Both parties receive funds from capitalists during elections !

They later frame policies suiting their needs but not favouring the poor after their selections !

Thereby not the earning of the workers !

But the prices rises !

Hence !

BSP wins !

For allotting three acres of land to each poor and landless !

Benefiting over 25 lakh families !

Filled all the backlog posts reserved for SC/STs and backward classes !

Constituted separate welfare departments for all backward communties !

for their social and economic advancement,to ensure that they receive all the government benefits !

Deprived of a right and De-Franchised

— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

left out: Voters whose names were missing from the voters’ list, which prevented them from exercising their franchise, showing their identity cards during the repoll

at one of the booths in Bangalore on Monday.

 

The Election Commission is responsible for De-franchising large number people who were deprived of their right to vote as their names were missing from voter’s list.

Many of them those who had their photo identity cards also did not find their names in the voter’s list.

There was haste in conducting elections by the Election Commission without ensuring that all the eligible people in Karnataka were included in the voters list.

However Election Commission has to postpone the date for formation of the New Government and not on 28 th May 2008 as required by the Constitution.

With thousands of people not finding their names in the voters list, People must have the Right To Information on the exact percentage of names missing in the voter’s list.

Those who tried to include their names before 29-04-2008 had their acnowledgements. Yet their names were not found in the voters list.

Thousands of people stood in scroching sun to get photo identity cards before the elections. But they could not get because of lack of proper infrastructure such as enough numbers of computers and staff who could either include peoples name in the voters list or provide them photo identity cards.

People must also have the Right To Information on the type of chip used in the Electronic Voting Machine with the source code for transparency.

In Reserved Constituencies, the Major Opposition Parties have encouraged False Caste Certificate holders as candidates.

When objected during scrutiny they were not rejected but accepted since the Tahsildars had issued them certificates and EC said that they were helpless and only the Courts can help them.

The Election Commission must have a mechanism to ensure that genuine SC/STs only contested elections in Reserved Constituencies.

 Since the Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy on Thursday fixed the responsibility for preparation of error-free voters list, ahead of the election to Karnataka Assembly, on political parties, it is high time that the present Election Commission be scraped and an Election Committee representing all the Political Parties like various Parliamentary Committees be formed forthwith. And work out to see tha all the eligible people of India are included in the voter’s list. This must be made mandatory.

And no elections has to be conducted until all the peoples’ names are included in the voter’s list.

Till then the present election has to be scraped


for a Real Free and fair Election.

Election Commission India

Elections India : Article 324 of the constitution establishes an independent Election Commission to supervise parliamentary and state elections in India. Supervising elections in the world’s largest democracy is by any standard an immense undertaking. Some 521 million people were eligible to vote in 1991.

Now the people of India must have the Right To Information from the Election Commission know as to how many million people were elegible to vote in 2009 and 2008 Karnataka Assembly elections. There is no official information on the exact number of people whose names are not found in the voter’s list.

We the people - these are the most important words in our constitution. Everything depends on us- the voters,who have an opportunity and the right to choose our representatives, demand accountability and determine the direction of growth and governance of the country. Several problems have surfaced in the gigantic task of conducting elections in India and to ensure that elections are free and fair. With each passing election, the educated citizens of our country seem to have grown ignorant and apathetic about the electoral process and elections. The result has been a steady deterioration in the standards and practices of political parties reflected in rampant corruption and the reckless use of money and muscle power to win elections.

 

Active participation of citizens is an absolute prerequisite to make the electoral system more representative, fair, transparent and free from all the other ills. Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “nobody can hurt you without your consent” which in this context can be rephrased as “nobody can marginalise you without your cooperation

 

Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy on Thursday fixed the responsibility for preparation of error-free voters list, ahead of the election to Karnataka Assembly, on political parties. Speaking to reporters here, Mr Gopalaswamy said the political parties would be given two separate lists on February seven for deletion and additions to be made in the final list.   

 

‘’They will be given two weeks time for raising objections to removing and adding names of the voters for the final list to be prepared on March ten,'’ he said.  

 

‘’It will be the responsibility of the political parties to ensure the final list did not contain discrepancies any more as the EC has adopted a new mechanism for producing error-free list,'’ he said.

To a question on whether the elections would be postponed in case of a delay in the implementation of the report of Mr Justice Kuldeep Singh who headed Delimitation Commission, he said the EC did not work on the basis of ‘ifs and buts’ and as of now, it would conduct the elections before May 28.

 

‘’The Commission is concerned about the voter’s list as there are only additions and no deletions in the list.

‘’This is the reason I sent Deputy Election Commissioner R Bhattacharya, who is in charge for Karnataka, to oversee the whole exercise,'’ Mr Gopalaswamy said.

 

The EC would hold elections before May 28, as the state completes six months under President’s Rule on the date, he said.

 

In the draft list submitted by the State Election Commission (SEC) names of 3.48 lakh voters had been deleted while 9.27 lakh new voters had been added as of yesterday.

 

Mr Gopalaswamy and his Deputies Navin Chawla and S Y Qureshi have been here for the last two days reviewing the voters list and preparedness of the official machinery to hold elections, following the detection of large number of bogus voters in the voter’s list.

 

Earlier, Congress and the BJP submitted memorandum to the CEC urging him to provide error-free voters list and elections be held in the stipulated time.

 

He replied in the affirmative when asked whether he would take action against the officials for their ‘lapses’ in preparation of the voter’s list.

 

Voters list mess in poll-bound Karnataka

Bangalore, Jan 5 - A family with 90 voters and a town with 30,000 voters in a population of 36,500! These are just some of the glitches in the voters list in poll-bound Karnataka. R. Bhattacharya, deputy election commissioner at the Election Commission of India has been in Bangalore for the last three days having talks with state election officials on steps to ensure proper voters list ahead of polls to the 224-member assembly expected in April/May.

The irregularities in the voters list pointed out by people and political parties has forced the state election commission to cancel its plans to release the final list on Jan 10.

Bhattacharya met state chief electoral officer R. Ramaseshan, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (Greater Bangalore City Corporation) commissioner S. Subramanya and senior officials from several districts and told them of the Election Commission’s displeasure over the way the voters lists had been prepared.

The state officials now plan to revise the lists and publish them by the end of this month. They have sought the help of voters to point out anomalies.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Mallikharjun Kharge Friday mentioned the instance of one family in north Karnataka having 90 voters on the list and of Humnabad town in Bidar district that has 30,000 voters in a population of 36,500.

More than 7,000 in the town are school-going children, yet there are 30,000 names in the voters list.

Another Congress leader H.K. Patil said there could be around four million bogus names in the voters list. Karnataka’s population is estimated at 55 million and voting population at around 42 million.

The two other main political parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal-Secular also allege there are many irregularities in the list. The three parties have urged the state and central election officials to rectify the anomalies

 

MCC to revise voters’ list in three Assembly segments

Special Correspondent

Door-to-door campaign to be launched along with booth committee members




Training programme to be held for booth committee members

Exercise to be launched at one booth each in

the three Assembly segments




— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Major decision: Mayor Ayub Khan announcing the involvement of booth committees in the revision of the voters’ list. Deputy Mayor Kamala Venkatesh is seen.

MYSORE: The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) will revise the voters’ list in the three Assembly constituencies within its jurisdiction by launching a door-to-door campaign along with members of the booth committees.

There are 607 booth committees in the city covering all the 65 wards. The initiative is expected to be more precise; it will involve people at the grassroots level unlike in the the top-down approach followed so far.

Apart from updating the voters’ list, the exercise will help rectify the anomalises and help add to the list the names of those who were left out while deleting the names of bogus voters. The initiative will complement the steps taken by the district administration before the elections.

Disclosing this, Mayor Ayub Khan said here on Saturday that during his visits to polling booths in his capacity as the first citizen of Mysore, he had received several complaints from registered voters.

“Either their names were missing or the details were faulty. Hence I have decided to accord priority to ensure that the citizens are not deprived of the right to exercise their franchise,” he said.

“I consider it my duty to ensure that the names of all eligible voters are incorporated in the revised voters’ list and hence have decided to take the step with the assistance of booth committee members”, Mr. Khan said.

It has been decided to undertake a survey according to which, the head of each booth committee, along with officials of the MCC and other members, will cover the area coming under their respective booths and ensure that the discrepancies are removed.

“The entire responsibility of revising and updating the voters’ list will be vested with the new team”, according to the Mayor. It has also been decided to conduct a one-day workshop-cum-training programme for all booth committee members so that they can familiarise themselves with the process of revising the list. “Details will be collected from every household on individuals who have been transferred, women who have left the locality after marriage and those who have expired so as to ensure that their names are deleted from the list”, Mr. Khan said.

Once the workshop-cum-training programme is completed, the voters’ list revision exercise will be taken up as a pilot project at one booth each in the three Assembly constituencies coming under the MCC limits.

The team involved in this exercise will record its findings and experience, collate the pros and cons of such an approach and table a report which will be subjected to scrutiny.

“We will thoroughly analyse the report and streamline the exercise before extending it to cover all the booths coming under the 65 wards of the MCC”, Mr. Khan said.

Cooperation sought

He called for public cooperation, and sought the assistance of non-governmental organisations so as to ensure that in the subsequent elections genuine voters will not be deprived of their right to exercise their franchise.

There are 607 booths in the three Assembly segments in Mysore Urban which has a population of nearly 7.55 lakh according to the 2001 census.

The Election Commission recently called for revision of the voters’ list in Mysore on learning that the number of voters in the city was more than 65 per cent of the total population.

Though the revision exercise was conducted over an extended period of time, there were some discrepancies which the Mayor wants to rectify by launching an exercise involving the booth committees.

 

Reforms could ensure more voter turnout

Research could throw up answers for poor poll percentage

Poll percentage could improve if the Government makes a ‘determined attempt’ to bring in reforms

‘Involvement of Resident Welfare Associations, NGOs and other concerned citizens would help’




MYSORE: The voter turnout in the second phase of the elections held in ten districts has been put at 60 per cent, which is a drop of six per cent from the first phase of polls. What could be the reason for voter apathy? Can reforms set right the apathy and ensure people turn out in large numbers to exercise their franchise?

Social activist Vasanthkumar Mysoormath, who conducted voter awareness movements in 1999, 2004 and 2008 elections (first phase), has echoed Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer P. Manivannan’s reported view that research has to be conducted on poor poll percentage.

“It is high time that such an exercise is undertaken by the Government of India. A number of election reforms are long-pending before the Centre.

The Election Commission itself has forwarded some suggestions that are pending since many years now,” said Mr. Mysoormath, who was the presiding officer in more than 10 elections.

Mr. Mysoormath, who retired from the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, maintained that the poll percentage can be substantially improved if the Government makes a “determined attempt” to bring in reforms as recommended by the Election Commission and experts over the years.

He, too, had made certain suggestions for improving the poll percentage.

Missing names

Many eligible voters have been denied their right to vote because their names were missing, although they held Elector’s Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).

“Why should they keep running around in circles to obtain updated EPICs every time there is an election, only to be turned down because the revised rolls do not contain their names,” he asked.

The money and energy spent for enumeration and preparation of electoral rolls with the help of teachers and government officials has time and again failed to produce the required results.

This needs to be answered because public money is being splurged to prepare incorrect rolls and to deny the citizens their right to vote, he said.

Involvement

It is also time for the citizens to behave in a responsible manner and involve themselves at the grassroots level to help the EC set right the perennial problem, he said.

The three-tier system applicable to rural areas viz., zilla, taluk and gram panchayats, is absent in urban areas. To fill this gap, involvement of Resident Welfare Associations/ NGOs and other concerned citizens would help.

Better network

“Street committees with volunteers from the residents in a street are the need of the hour.

They, in turn, can coordinate with ward committees for enumeration and compilation of near-perfect electoral rolls and also for assessing the works and projects that need attention and for projecting their demands and grievances with the concerned service providers,” Mr. Mysoormath suggested.

Sensitising youth

The youth of the country has exhibited rank apathy due to their feeling that “politics is a dirty business”.

Many have expressed disgust over the behaviour of politicians in Parliament/Assemblies.

‘Not bothered’

“The youth have not bothered even to register themselves as voters because of the cumbersome procedure and running around to get an EPIC which nevertheless becomes useless by the next election. This attitude needs to be changed,” he said.

Political will

What the country needs is political will to bring necessary legislation through amendment to those rule books that govern elections.

“Countries like Turkey and Australia have compulsory voting and the turnout is about 90-plus per cent. What made those countries prescribe such a rule and how it is implemented may be studied and adopted in our country also,” he said.

Incentives

Can incentives attract voters?

Some incentive is bound to attract at least a percentage of people to stop being apathetic and cynical and proceed to vote.

“A system may be prescribed: those who vote may be given a certificate by the EC for claiming say one or two per cent reduction in their electricity bills or water bills or property tax for a certain period after an election. If the percentage of voting can be increased by spending a few crores, then it will be well worth trying,” said Mr. Mysoormath.

EC has failed to check flow of money

Election Commission has failed to check distribution of money and other articles among voters.  Mine lords, members of land mafia and anti-social elements were controlling the elections, which a dangerous development in democracy.

 Major political parties had no moral right to go before the electorate as they had forgotten the basic principles of politics.

four polling booths in Bellary alleged rigging during the second phase of Karnataka assembly elections.

Tribal organisations, demand, disqualification, of candidates

Adivasi Swayattategagi Rastriya Rangha (ASRR)

and Nagarahole Tribal Rights Samithi have urged the Election

Commission to disqualify three candidates contesting from H D Kote

(Reserve) Assembly Constituency for allegedly producing false caste

certificates.

According to a press note issued by Samithi Convenor P K Ramu,

the candidates Mr Chikkanna (Congress), Mr Chikkaveera Nayaka (BJP)

and (Mr Doddanayaka (JD-S) had contested the Assembly elections from

this reserved constituency for tribals and urged the Commission to

disqualify and file criminal cases against them.

Earlier, based on a complaint filed by the public, Deputy

Commissioner and District Election Officer P Manivannan had

suspended H D Kote Tahasildar T Vijya and ordered a departmental

inquiry against her for issuing S T certificate to BJP candidate

Chikkaveera Naika.

They alleged that all three candidates had tampered with the

school documents and produced the false caste certificates during

the time of the election process and contested from H D Kote.

The Assistant Commissioner of Hunsur Sub Division M R Ravi had

submitted a report to the district election officer alleging

tampering with the records by the three candidates to claim the

Scheduled Tribe status to contest the election.

In his report, Mr Ravi stated the Tahsildar of H D Kote had

issued controversial caste certificates without verifying the

original documents and failed to follow the procedures before

issuing them.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer

P Manivannan said the report had been sent to the Election

Commission for further action.

In Reserved Constituencies, the Major Opposition Parties have encouraged False Caste Certificate holders as candidates.May be to keep them under their control for not asking for any provisions of reservation.

 

 In CV Raman Nagar Constitutncy similar action was not taken when objection was raised  during scrutiny, they were not rejected but accepted since the Tahsildars had issued them certificates and EC said that they were helpless and only the Courts can help them.

 

Some political parties were involved in the bomb blast at Hubli court to gain political mileage during the election.

 


Polling in sensitive booths of Bellary City and Rural was slow, but peaceful on the whole except for an incident in Srirampur Colony (SC (Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath) Colony), where a voter, Shivaji an asthma patient was not permitted to vote as he had produced only the xerox copy of his ID card which was not accepted by the polling officer.


An altercation ensued and the Border Security Force (BSF), who could not understand Kannada manhandled the voter and pushed him out. A group of people gathered and the situation was tense for a while. However, special observer Raymond Peter arrived on the spot. The voter and the local people mobbed his car and represented the case. The situation was brought under control.

 

Such a huge number of contestants has made the officials organize for two electronic voting machines in each polling booth. Each EVM can display a maximum of 16 names. Both machines will be connected to a single controlling unit, according to B P Adnoor, Commissioner, Bellary City Corporation.


Will voters be confused as they will have to look for their choice of candidates in two EVMs?


“No. Each candidate has been allotted with a number and a symbol. Voters will have to know that number. But in case of national parties, voters go by the symbol. In 2004, two EVMs were used in each booth as elections to the Assembly and Lok Sabha were held simultaneously. A voter will have to spend a second or two just to read the symbols as there would be two EVMs,” he said.


A tour around Bellary city showed that none of the independents are campaigning. Even major political party leaders admit that no independent is serious about the elections. Then why do they pay Rs 5,000 as deposit and enter the fray? A senior Congress leader said, “Majority of the independent candidates are dummy. They contest and approach us (major parties) for money to withdraw their nominations. This time none withdrew their papers. Each candidate is allowed to use only four vehicles for campaigning. This EC restriction has come as a major hurdle for us to campaign. So, we have kept the vehicles of independent candidates at our disposal. Of course, we have their money. This is done in by all major parties. Many of the independents are fielded by national parties”.


Another challenge being faced by the officials is to weed out the bogus student ID cards. The EC has listed 20 types of identity cards which can be used for casting vote. A voter has to produce any one of these to exercise his franchise. Students are allowed to produce their college ID card.


In the first phase of polling, students were found producing fake ID cards. So, the EC has sent mails to all the DCs to check the veracity of students’ ID card. “We have held a meeting with the principals of all colleges in Bellary and have directed them to ensure that their colleges are not found issuing bogus cards. If fake cards are found, then principals of such colleges will face criminal action,” said Aravind Srivastv,  Deputy Commissioner, Bellary.  


  Security


 Giving protection to polling booths in Bellary city is also a major challenge to officials. Each booth will be monitored by para military personnel because each one of the total 211 polling booths in the city is branded as hypersensitive, said Srivastav.


As many as 7,244 government staff has been drawn for election duty on March 16. Of this, 1,811 are presiding officers.


In fact, no staff is allowed to work in their home town or village. They have been allotted postings on a random basis. Till May 15 morning, they would not know where they will be posted. All these measures are taken to see that fare and free elections are held in the district, added Mr Srivastav.

 

Rs 10 crore worth liquor, gifts seized

 

As many as 1,418 criminal cases have been booked under provisions of IPC and Peoples Representation Act, while 1,705 cases have been registered under the Excise Act and Rs 3.5 crore worth IMF liquor and spirit has been seized since April 1….

 

Around 120 cases of inducement to voters by giving various gifts have been booked while property worth Rs 7 crore worth property have been seized, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Shankar Bidari said here on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters he said 16,616 persons have been arrested since April 1 and bonds have been obtained from them for good behaviour.


He said as many as 56,000 police personnel will be deployed in the second phase of elections to be held for 66 constituencies on May 16. This includes 21,000 civil police, 10,000 Home Guards, 22,000 para military forces and 3,000 KSRP personnel.


a total of 214 Central Para Military Force (CPMF) companies have been allotted to 66 Assembly constituencies in 10 districts, that include 21 for Raichur, Koppal (15) Uttara Kannada (18), Bellary (31), Chitradurga (18),  Davanagere (24), Shimoga (22), Udupi (18), Chikmagalur (20) and Dakshina Kannada (27).


One mobile squad will be provided for every 20 polling stations. Each mobile squad comprises one police sub-inspector, one head constable, three constables and one Home Guard.


In all, there will be 650 mobile squads for all constituencies, Bidari said.


The CPMF pickets with one head constable, four constables/two head constables and 10 PCs will be posted in sensitive areas. Each constituency will have a striking force consisting one platoon of KSRP, he informed.


Polling booths


Bidari said out of the 12,271 polling stations in phase two, 3,754 have been classified as hypersensitive and 4,282 have been considered as sensitive. For every hypersensitive and sensitive booth, two uniformed police personnel and for every normal booth, one police personnel will be deployed.

families, in implementing housing programme and maintaining law and order.

BJP failure

BJP like the Congress and JDS also had to bear the burden of anti-incumbency as it had failed to issue ration cards to BPL

Peter takes charge

Senior IAS officer Raymond Peter, who was appointed as a special observer to oversee polling process in Bellary district, where mine owners have locked horns in the second phase, took charge on Wednesday.

 

He held a meeting with returning officers, top police officials and commandant of central security to review the poll preparations and arrangements.


In the December 2006 byelection to the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency, Peter was the election observer and was known for dealing any violation of poll code of conduct with an iron hand.


The appointment of Peter in Bellary takes significance following allegations that voters are being lured with cash by mine owners. All the 211 polling stations in Bellary City has been declared as hypersensitive

In several areas, voters protested deletion of their names

Technical snags delaying and disrupting poll process for brief spells has been reported from several places.

Repolling in two polling stations

 

Electoral authorities on Sunday ordered repolling in two polling stations where elections were held during the first phase of Karnataka assembly polls

 

Repolling has been ordered at a polling station in Malleshwaram and another in Ramanagara following malfunctioning of EVMs there, Chief Electoral officer M N Vidyashankar told reporters.

 


BSP made whirlwind tours of the areas going to the polls seeking votes for stable governance, development and all-round welfare of the people.

 



For votes: . BSP supremo Mayawati and party leaders waving to the crowd in Gulbarga

 

Congress, BJP targeted

Ms. Mayawati accused the Congress and BJP of not protecting the quota rights of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

She said that thousands of posts reserved for SC/STs had not been filled and the number of backlog vacancies in the country was alarmingly high.

Addressing a public meeting in Gulbarga, Ms. Mayawati alleged that all governments at the Centre after Independence had been anti-reservation and anti-poor.

The economic policies pursued by Congress and BJP governments were blatantly anti-poor and pro-rich.

She said it was only in Uttar Pradesh, after the BSP came to power, that all backlog vacancies had been filled.

“All that is required is the will and commitment for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the oppressed sections, which was lacking in all other political parties,” she said.

She said the BSP was a cadre-based party and it was the funds provided by workers that kept the party going and not the money provided by industrialists and “that’s why we are independent and take pro-people decisions.”

Singling out Congress for attack, Ms. Mayawati questioned the contribution of that party and its governments for the welfare of the Muslims, who traditionally supported it.

“The economic condition of the Muslims is poor,” she said

She asked the Muslims to identify the parties that really worked for their welfare and support them.

The BSP leader said she favoured extension of reservation benefits to Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath Christians and Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath Muslims and added that she had already written to the Union Government in this regard. However, this reservation should be extended only after increasing the percentage of reservation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Ms. Mayawati called upon the people of the State to defeat the BJP, Congress and regional parties and support the BSP which aimed at the welfare of all sections of society, including upper castes.

Party general secretaries Satish Chandra Mishra and P.G.R. Sindhia spoke. The former Minister D.T. Jayakumar and other leaders were present.

Manual scavenging still rampant in North East Delhi, says report

Parul Sharma

Finance and Development Corporation had sponsored the study to identify scavengers in the city




As per the report scavenging is a women dominated profession

‘The scavengers have high aspirations for their children and want them to study’




NEW DELHI: While 15 years have lapsed since the demeaning and humiliating practice of manual scavenging was banned through the enactment of the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993, manual scavenging is still rampant in North East Delhi, where a majority of Delhi’s 1,282 scavengers work, a study by a Delhi University lecturer has revealed.

According to the study conducted by Pamela Singla, a lecturer at the Department of Social Work at Delhi University, the main pockets of residence and workplace of people engaged in removal of night soil are in areas like Karawal Nagar, Old Seelampur, Shahdara, Gandhi Nagar, Nand Nagri and Babarpur. “Scavenging is done mainly by two ways, either by cleaning of drains or emptying the containers containing night soil,” said Dr. Singla, sharing the findings of the study that she conducted for the Delhi SC/ST/OBC/Minorities/Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation.

The Corporation had sponsored the study to identify scavengers in the city. Acting on the report, the Delhi State Cabinet had recently decided to initiate steps for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers.

As per the report, “Scavengers and Scavenging in Delhi”, submitted to the Corporation in July last year, scavenging is a women dominated profession.

“About 80 per cent of scavengers are women and majority of them are married. Over 71 per cent are below 40 years of age. Out of 1,282 scavengers, 1,085 reside and work in Delhi, while the remaining work in the Capital but live in Loni. Besides scavenging, they also collect garbage and clean septic tanks. They are engaged in scavenging purely owing to financial reasons as they have to fend for their families,” shared Dr. Singla.

A majority of them are not satisfied with their jobs since the work is “extremely filthy”. About 12 per cent of scavengers said they could not quit the profession as there was no alternative means of employment available to them because of their illiteracy.

“They are not sure what they want to do. During informal interactions with some of the women, I could gauge that they were not ready to undergo training for any other job. They showed willingness to do government jobs. Some women even said they would not mind scavenging if it would be counted under government jobs and would give them a regular, fixed income at the end of the month coupled with weekly holidays,” she said.

According to the report, the scavengers had high aspirations for their children and wanted them to study and get into some “dignified profession”.

Interestingly, Dr. Singla had conducted the same study way back in 1992 and was glad to note that the number of human scavengers in the Capital had come down from 8,000 back then to 1,282 this time round.

“Things have improved in some ways. In 1992, there were many scavengers who carried it (night soil) head load. In 2007, such persons were almost negligible with most carrying it in a cart,” she noted.

Dr. Singla said the profession can be completely abolished only when the authorities convert “dry” latrines to “wet” latrines with simultaneous programmes for their rehabilitation.

“As long as there is a demand for their services, scavengers will continue to exist,” she concluded, adding that the Corporation is sharing the report with some ministries.

 

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BSP banking on Muslim vote

Staff Correspondent




Party fielded Raheem Khan at the last minute

He hopes to benefit from the demolition drive in the city




BIDAR: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is banking on its nominee Raheem Khan in Bidar Assembly seat to regain its lost seat. The BSP won the seat last in the 1994 election, when its candidate Syed Zulfikar Hashmi stood from Bidar.

Mr. Khan is originally a Congressman and held the post of district unit general secretary but quit the party when denied the party ticket to contest the election from Bidar seat.

Mr. Khan was given the ticket by the BSP at the last minute on the last day of filing of nominations. In Bidar, the minorities hold the key for the success of the candidate.

From the constituency Maqsud Ali Khan, Moshin Kamal, Mohammed Laiquddin, all Congressmen, and Syed Zulfikar Hashmi have won the seat from the minority community.

For Mr. Khan, the demolition drive in the city has come as a “blessing” to build his image among the people. The widening of the roads occurred in the Old City of Bidar where the minorities are concentrated. Mr. Khan has reportedly spent generously from his personal sources for the persons affected by the demolition. According to sources close to him, this is likely to win him some support.

Mr. Khan will take on the former Minister and Congress nominee Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli.

In the 2004 election in Bidar constituency, independents have polled more votes than the official nominees. In that election, the former Minister Bandeppa Kashempur and Mr. Hashmi had both sought the Congress ticket and when denied ticket they contested the elections as independents.

Mr. Kashempur won the elections polling 67,015 votes while Mr. Hashmi secured about 39,000 votes, second highest in the fray

‘Brother of accused is not BSP candidate’

Bangalore: The Bangalore Rural police on Saturday clarified that the person accused of raping a minor girl is the brother of Syed Umraj Pasha who contested from the Sarvagnanagar Assembly segment as the National Ambedkar Congress candidate in the first phase of elections.

Superintendent of Police, Bangalore Rural, Vikas Kumar had said on Friday that Wasim Pasha, who has been accused of raping a minor girl on May 5 at a resort, was the brother of Syed Umraj Pasha, a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate.

On Saturday, Mr. Vikas Kumar said he came to know that Umraj Pasha is the National Ambedkar Congress candidate and does not belong to the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The Superintendent of Police said he had provided the information based on what the Vijayapura police, who had registered a case against Wasim Pasha, had told him.

Shettar gets notice for poll advertisement

Staff Correspondent

Former Minister accused of not mentioning it in expenditure

HUBLI: The returning officer for Hubli-Dharwad Central, Ajay Nagabhushan, has issued a notice to Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Jagadish Shettar for not providing details regarding an advertisement published in a Kannada daily recently.

The daily had published a special supplement on the achievements of Mr. Shettar.

However, the returning officer found that Mr. Shettar had not included the same in his election expenditure.

Reports

Mr. Nagabhushan has submitted reports on violation of the model code of conduct by the former Chief Minister Veerappa Moily and the former Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

Mr. Jaitley addressed members of the Hubli Bar Association at the office of the association on Thursday.

Official sources said that while Mr. Jaitley had permission to visit the blast site at the court complex, he did not have permission to address a gathering there.

Taking exception to it, the returning officer submitted a report to the district election officer.

Mr. Moily’s action of holding a press conference on Friday at a room in Rotary English Medium School, which is scheduled to be a polling booth, has been considered as a case of poll code violation. The returning officer has submitted a report to the district election officer in this regard. Meanwhile, the election officials have registered a complaint against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Hubli-Dharwad unit president Datta Dorle under the provisions of Public Property Disfigurement Act for pasting party stickers at Ramanagar near Keshwapur in Hubli.

Seized

In a joint operation, the Hubli police and election officials seized liquor worth Rs. 1.1 lakh at Kittur Channamma Circle here on Friday and arrested two persons in this connection.

The police gave the names of the arrested as Hiremath and Akki.


Dharam Singh and Kharge pressuring officials: BJP

 

Special Correspondent

 

 

 

 

BANGALORE: Accusing senior Congress leaders N. Dharam Singh and M. Mallikarjun Kharge of misusing their political clout to bring pressure on officials to work in their favour during this elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday urged the Chief Electoral Officer to declare their Assembly constituencies of Jewargi and Chittapur as “hyper-sensitive constituencies”.

The BJP has lodged a complaint with M.N. Vidyashankar against Mr. Dharam Singh and Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge.

The BJP demanded that senior and impartial election observers should be deputed to the two constituencies to ensure free and fair elections. It also sought disciplinary action against the election officer of Gulbarga district as well as the returning officers of the two constituencies for allegedly acting at the behest of the Congress leaders.

The BJP has, in the complaint, alleged that Mr. Dharam Singh and Mr. Kharge had summoned police officers to their premises and issued directions to them though it was in violation of the election code of conduct. The returning officers had failed to take action though the matter was brought to their notice, the complaint stated.

The BJP charged the two leaders with distributing money and liquor to voters. About 500 bottles of liquor were supplied in each of Dhandhothi and Maragol villages on May 17, the party alleged.

Similarly, these leaders distributed Rs 30,000 to each of the Stree Shakti women’s self-help groups and used more than 250 vehicles in their constituencies for campaigning, the BJP alleged.

It alleged that Mr. Kharge had managed to get postings for the officials of his choice in his constituency of Chittapur.

Those officials, who were also on polling duty, were working for Mr. Kharge’s victory, it alleged.

The BJP alleged that the polling officials were strictly implementing the instructions of Mr. Kharge and his relatives in Gundugurthy hobli, the native place of Mr. Kharge’s wife.

Congress seeks re-poll in Bellary City booths

 

Special Correspondent

 

 

 

 

Bangalore: The KPCC has urged the Election Commission to order re-poll in four booths of Bellary City Assembly constituency as the presiding officers themselves had allegedly been found rigging.

Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, party spokesmen K.H. Srinivasa and B.L. Shankar said the commission which found one of the presiding officers indulging in the crime had kept him under suspension.

The rigging allegedly took place in booth nos.90, 93, 97 and 106 of the constituency.

Mr. Srinivasa ridiculed the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman S. Suresh Kumar claim that his party had also made stability the main plank in the third phase of elections.

He said that Congress had no objection if the BJP wanted to borrow its time-tested objective of stability. But, the BJP was required to clarify why it withdrew support to the Janata Dal (S)-led government.

He said that because of this behaviour, the BJP had lost the moral authority to claim that it wanted to provide a stable government.

On the security front, he alleged that it was the BJP that was responsible for spreading terror, which was confined to Jammu and Kashmir, to other parts of the country. Congress, they said, would win in 50 per cent of the Assembly seats for which elections were held in the two phases and would get the required majority in the final phase.

The exit polls had lost credibility because it was impossible to cover a large cross-section of the voters when crores of them had participated in the exercise.

Bellary police feel the heat

 

M. Ahiraj

 

 

Two officers transferred following political whimsicality

 

 

BELLARY: Is Bellary jinxed as far as the police hierarchy is concerned? It appears so, as top officials of the department are facing problems mainly owing to the political situation here. At least two Superintendents of Police have been transferred on charges of not acting impartially.

The latest is Amrit Paul, who was unceremoniously transferred on the day before polling according to the recommendations of the Election Commission.

He was declared “unable to handle the situation impartially.” A day before polling, former Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate for Bellary (rural) Assembly constituency B. Sriramulu, allegedly assaulted a Congress worker. The police immediately swung into action. As the Congress worker Nani, who suffered from severe head injuries and was admitted to hospital here, was, according to the doctor, not in a position to give a statement, the police, based on the version of the investigating team attached to Mr. Sriramulu, registered a case of attempt-to-murder against the former Minister.

H.D. Kote segment caught in caste row

 

Staff Correspondent

 

 

‘Countermand elections or declare an Adivasi candidate as winner’

 





Congress, BJP, JD(S) candidates accused of producing fake caste certificates

They ‘tampered’ with records to claim they are from Nayaka community




 

MYSORE: The State unit of the National Front for Adivasi Self-rule (NFASR) and the Nagarahole National Park Tribal Rights Restoration Committee have appealed to President Pratibha Patil to countermand elections to the H.D. Kote (ST) Assembly Constituency, or declare as winner the Adivasi candidate who gets the highest number of votes, in view of the controversy over the caste status of five candidates including two independents.

Candidates of the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (Secular) contesting from the reserved H.D. Kote constituency have been accused of producing fake caste certificates to contest in the elections.

NFASR had appealed to the State Election Commissioner to disqualify them for misguiding the Election Commission.

M.R. Ravi, Assistant Commissioner of Hunsur Sub-Division, has submitted a report to the District Election Officer (DEO) P. Manivannan on the the candidates allegedly tampering with the records in order to claim Scheduled Tribe status.

In his report sent to the DEO on May 5, he said that the Tahsildar of H.D. Kote had issued a “controversial caste certificate without verifying the original documents and failed in following the procedure while dealing with the sensitive issue of issuing caste certificates.”

Based on the recommendations, Mr. Manivannan had suspended H.D. Kote Tahsildar T. Vijaya on April 25, and ordered a departmental inquiry for issuing a caste certificate to BJP candidate Chikkaveera Naika.

Although they belong to the “Parivara” community, the Congress, Janata Dal (S) and BJP candidates contested in the elections by claiming themselves to be from the Nayaka community by tampering with official records, according to Mr. Ravi.

The Directorate of Civil Rights Enforcement had issued a circular a few years ago listing a few communities including “Parivara” which should not be categorised as Scheduled Tribes. Tribal organisations in Hunsur and H.D. Kote had launched an agitation accusing various backward groups of cornering the benefits meant for Scheduled Tribes.

Convener of Development through Education (DEED) S. Srikanth told The Hindu that the tribal rights restoration committee had appealed to the President on Saturday to countermand the elections to the constituency or declare as winner the Adivasi candidate who would get the highest number of votes

 

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As many as 132 candidates contesting in the Karnataka elections this year have a criminal record. The charges against the candidates vary from murder, attempt to murder, assault with deadly weapons, cheating and so on.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leads the pack with 37 candidates while the Janata Dal-Secular comes second with 28. The Congress has fielded 25 candidates with a criminal record. The remaining parties like the Janata Dal-United and others have 42 such candidates.

Statistics available with the Karnataka Election Watch, an initiative by the Association of Democratic Reforms, suggest that in the first phase of polling, the Janata Dal-Secular fielded 13 candidates with a criminal background while the BJP and Congress had 12 and 10 such ccandidates respectively. In the second phase, the BJP fielded 13 candidates with criminal records, the Congress had 9 and the JD-S had 8 such candiadtes. The BJP has fielded 12 candidates with a criminal background in the third phase of the polls while the Congress has 6 and the JD-S has seven.

The Karnataka Election Watch says that the overall quality of candidates leaves much to be desired. Unless the trend of fielding candidates with criminal records is checked, elections, democracy and overall governance will suffer.

A lot of these candidates are industrialists from real estate, liquor, mining and other industries. The Karnataka Election Watch points out that many candidates have reported a staggering increase in their assets, which needs to be investigated.

However, the various political parties are fielding fewer candidates with criminal records this year. In 2004, the BJP had 49 candidates with a criminal background, as against the 39 this year. The Janata Dal � Secular had fielded 39 candidates with criminal records in 2004, but is fielding only 28 this year.

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2552nd SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS 2008-VESAK -On 19th May 2008 at 09:15 P.M.Bangalore Akashavani Kendra will broadcast Poojya Ananda Bhante’s Discourse on Life of Buddha and His Peace Message-President and Members of ADDBS are cordially inviting the gracious presence of Sarv Samaj on the occasion of the Buddha Jayanti Celebration at the above Buddhist Society, Trust, Buddha Vihar & Sri. H.M.Gangadharaiah Memorial Meditation Centre, Gotham Nagar, Opp. KSRTC Bus Depot,Kolar Gold Fields -563 113 on Tuesday the 20th May 2008 at 5.00 P.M. Presence of one and all on the occasion is solicited-B Media 4 Sarvajan Hitaya Sarvajan Sukhaya-Triple Gem Study Circle analysis predicts 130 seats for BSP because of Price Rise and anti-incumbency factors on Congress, BJP and JD(S) and because of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms Mayawati’s performance to be repeated in Karnataka-So Vote For BSP
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2552nd SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS 2008

VESAK

 

True joy arised from Just sitting

Buddha 

Gold Bamboo 

Buddha's Path

Kindly visit:

Thai Traditional Paintings

Thai Traditional Paintings

Thai Wall Tapestry

Thai Wall Tapestry

Thai Wood Buddhas

Thai Wood Buddhas

Thai Monk Paintings

Thai Monk Paintings

Thai Bowls, Spoons

Thai Bowls & Spoons

Thai Khon Masks

Thai Khon Masks

Thai Silk Table Runners

Thai Silk Table Runners

 

Thai Silk Bags

Thai Silk Bags

Thai Buddha Paintings

Thai Silk Cushion Covers

Thai Silk Cushion Covers

Thai Vases

Thai Vases

Thai Ornaments

Thai Ornaments

 

Thai Wood Wall Carvings

Thai Wood Wall Carvings

Thai Silk Tissue Box

Thai Silk Tissue Box

 

Thai Traditional Paintings

Thai Traditional Paintings

 

Thai Lighting

Thai Lighting

Thai Bronze Buddhas

Thai Bronze Buddhas

Thai Vases

Thai Vases

 

Thai Wood Buddhas

Thai Wood Buddhas

Thai Bronze Buddhas

Thai Wood Buddhas

 

Kindly Note:

On 19th May 2008 at 09:15 P.M.Bangalore Akashavani Kendra will broadcast  Poojya Ananda Bhante’s  Discourse on Life of Buddha and His Peace Message

 

 

 

 

On 18-05-2008 Sunday  9:30 PMAt Maha Bodhi Society, Gandhinagar, Bangalore-9

DISABLED SERVICE DAY was observed by Launching of the Malaria Prevention Program  with Donation of wheel chairs and blessings by Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita  Founder President, Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 

Chief Guests were Shri P.L.Nanjundaswamy Chairman, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital

Founder Member, Pancajanya Vidyapeetha Welfare Trust & Navachetana Social & Educational Society

&

Dr.R.M.Verma

Emeritus Neuro Surgeon

Taking Care of a Sick Monk


MAHABODHI MALARIA PREVENTION PROGRAM of

Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 On the Sacred Buddha Purnima Day 500 mosquito nets will be distributed to poor people in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh for malaria prevention. This will be a continued yearlong program. Join us by generously contributing to this program.

 

19-05-2008                             Monday                                   9:00 AM

 

Venue: Maha Bodhi Society, Gandhinagar, Bangalore-9

SACRED BUDDHA PURNIMA DAY

Siri Maha Bodhi Puja

Vishwa Maitri Stupa Puja

Buddha Puja at Mahabodhi Loka Shanti Buddha Vihara, Pindapata Puja

Undertaking of Tisarana, Atthasila and Pancasila

Laying of Foundation for

MAHABODHI MAHA DVARA

And Dhamma Desana

By

Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita

Founder President, Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore .

Presentation of the

Sacred Pali Tipitaka in Kannada Script

to Mahabodhi Library by Devotees

TIPITAKA PARAYANA

Year long chanting of ‘SACRED PALI TIPITAKA’

At Mahabodhi Vihara everyday

Inauguration of Tipitaka Parayana by

Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita

Honoring

Upasaka A.M.Rajanna

Donor of Mahabodhi Mahadvara

11 AM             Sanghadana

12 Noon          Meals for devotees

(Service by Dr.D.Ramachandrappa, Chairman and Managing Director, Yellamma Dasappa Hospital , Bangalore )

1:00 PM  Film Show

2:30 PM           Dhamma Deeksha

19-05-2008                             Monday                                   5:30 PM

Venue: Maha Bodhi Society, Gandhinagar, Bangalore-9

SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI

Symposium on

THE BUDDHA’S RELEVANCE TO TODAY’S WORLD

Buddha Puja and Blessings by

Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita

Founder President, Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

Chief Guests

Release of book  “Life’s Great Blessings-12”

Honorable Justice Shri N.Santosh Hegde

Lokayukta, Karnataka State

Release of book “Life’s Great Blessings -13”

Shri C.Anjanaya Reddy IPS (DGP Retd)

Vice Chairman, Ananda Buddha Vihara, Secunderabad

 Former Managing Director, AP Tourism Corporation Ltd.

& Director General Vigilance and Enforcement

Release of “Satipatthana Sutta – Foundations of Mindfulness” by

Shri Molkalmooru Sreenivasa Murthy

Kannada Buddhist Writer

Deepa Puja

We thank all the donors who have generously helped us to make these programs successful.

AN APPEAL

We seek your generous donations for the welfare activities of the Maha Bodhi Society and for the 2552nd Sacred Buddha Jayanti Celebrations. May your dana conduce to your well being, peace and prosperity! May you be happy!

BUDDHA PURNIMA DAY 19-5-2008

10 AM : Buddha Puja, Bodhi Puja, Stupa Puja

 At  4 PM

HOSPITAL DANA SERVICE AT K.R.HOSPITAL, MYSORE

Service Led by

Upasika Smt.Parvatamma

Upasaka Shri Kalaiah

Blessings by

Venerable Aggadhammo Bhanteji

 

Address for correspondence and donations:

Maha Bodhi Society

14, Kalidasa Road , Gandhinagar, Bangalore-560009, India

Tel: 080-22250684, Fax: 080-22264438

Email: info@mahabodhi.info

 

 

 

2552nd SACRED BUDDHAJAYANTI

CELEBRATIONS 2008

ON 20-05-2008

 

Namo Buddha

 

Asoka Dhamma Dutha Buddhist Society, Trust

Buddha Vihar & Sri. H.M. Gangadaraiah

Memorial Meditation Centre

Gotham Nagar, Opp. KSRTC Bus Depot,

Kolar Gold Fields -563 113

Buddhism Dharma Wheel

 

President and Members of ADDBS are cordially inviting the gracious presence of Sarv Samaj on the occasion of the Buddha Jayanti Celebration at the above Buddhist Society, Trust, Buddha Vihar & Sri. H.M.Gangadharaiah Memorial Meditation Centre, Gotham Nagar, Opp. KSRTC Bus Depot,Kolar Gold Fields -563 113 on Tuesday the 20th May 2008 at 5.00 P.M. Presence of one and all on the occasion is solicited.

 

Buddha Pooja, Tisarana, Pancasila and Dhamma Discource

IN PRESENCE OF :

Venerable Poojya Ananda Bhanteji

Vice President, and other Monks of Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore

 

Guest of Honor :

Sri. Lakshminarayana IAS

Commissioner for Transport, Govt. of karnataka, Bangalore

 

Sri. Molakalmuru Sreenivasamurthy

Kannada Buddhist Writer, Bangalore

 

Dhana by :

 

Dr. ramani Poorneson & Family Poornima Nursing Home

 

Smt. Jayalakshmi Manivachagam & Family

Director, Longevite Health Care, Bangalore

Sri.Chandrasekar & Family A.R.T.O., Bangalore

Sri.R.Kannan & Family Muskum KGF

 

In the Service of Dhamma

Trustees, Executive Members and Friends

 

Services of Free Health Checkup & Treatment Camp at the above premises may be availed on 20-05-2008 between 9.00 a.m.& 4.00 p.m. Sponsored by LONGEVITE HEALTH CARE Lady Curzon Road, Bangalore -560 001

 

Upasakas/Upasikas are requested to bring flowers,incence sticks, Candles to perform Pooja.

 

B Media 4 Sarvajan Hitaya Sarvajan Sukhaya

 

Triple Gem Study Circle analysis predicts 130 seats for BSP because of Price Rise and anti-incumbency factors on Congress, BJP and JD(S) and because of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms Mayawati’s performance to be repeated in Karnataka

 

 So Vote For BSP

The Marvel of the Dhamma

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Ashoka Maurya

Map of the Maurya Empire under Ashoka's rule.

Map of the Maurya Empire under Ashoka’s rule.

 

The Sanchi stupa in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh established by emperor Ashoka in the third century BC.

The Sanchi stupa in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh established by emperor Ashoka in the third century BC.

 

Fragment of the 6th Pillar Edicts of Ashoka (238 BC), in Brahmi, sandstones. British Museum.

Fragment of the 6th Pillar Edicts of Ashoka (238 BC), in Brahmi, sandstones. British MuseumBuddhism Dharma Wheel

The Ashoka Chakra, featured on the flag of the Republic of IndiaSilver punch-mark coins of the Mauryan empire, bear Buddhist symbols such as the Dharmacakra, the elephant (previous form of the Buddha), the tree under which enlightenment happened, and the burial mound where the Buddha died (obverse). 3rd century BC.

Silver punch-mark coins of the Mauryan empire, bear Buddhist symbols such as the Dharmacakra, the elephant (previous form of the Buddha), the tree under which enlightenment happened, and the burial mound where the Buddha died (obverse). 3rd century BCDistribution of the Edicts of Ashoka and Ashokan territorial limits.

Distribution of the Edicts of Ashoka and Ashokan territorial limits.[7]
Greek Late Archaic style capital from Patna (Pataliputra), thought to correspond to the reign of Ashoka, 3rd century BC, Patna Museum (click image for references).Bilingual edict (Greek and Aramaic) by king Ashoka, from Kandahar - Afghan National Museum. (Click image for translation).

Bilingual edict (Greek and Aramaic) by king Ashoka, from Kandahar - Afghan National Museum.. (Click image for translation) .
Buddhist proselytism at the time of king Ashoka (260-218 BC), according to his Edicts."The legend of King Asoka, A study and translation of the Asokavadana", John Strong, Princeton Library of Asian translations.

“The legend of King Asoka, A study and translation of the Asokavadana“, John Strong, Princeton Library of Asian translations.
Ashoka’s Major Rock Edict inscription at Girnar

Ashokan Pillar at Vaishali

Ashokan Pillar at Vaishali
This is the famous original sandstone sculpted Lion Capital of Ashoka preserved at Sarnath Museum which was
 originally
 erected around 250 BCE atop an Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath. The angle from which this picture has been taken, minus the inverted bell-shaped lotus flower, has been adopted as the National Emblem of India showing the Horse on the left and the Bull on the right of the Ashoka Chakra in the circular base on which the four Indian lions are standing back to back. On the far side there is an Elephant and a Lion instead. The wheel "Ashoka Chakra" from its base has been placed onto the center of the National Flag of India.

This is the famous original sandstone sculpted Lion Capital of Ashoka preserved at Sarnath Museum which was originally erected around 250 BCE atop an Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath. The angle from which this picture has been taken, minus the inverted bell-shaped lotus flower, has been adopted as the National Emblem of India showing the Horse on the left and the Bull on the right of the Ashoka Chakra in the circular base on which the four Indian lions are standing back to back. On the far side there is an Elephant and a Lion instead. The wheel “Ashoka Chakra” from its base has been placed onto the center of the National Flag of India.

Jyotirao Phule

Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj

Narayana guru

 

 

 

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periyar

A file-photo of Bahujan Samaj Party

 

 

 

Jai Bheem                   BSP                      Jai Bharath

An “Appeal”

To The People of Karnataka for

Legislative Assembly Election – 2008

Ms. Mayawati, Chief Minister of U.P.

Kumari Mayawati

National President

Bahujan Samaj Party

Brothers and Sisters,

It is well known to every one the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is the only party in the country, which “believes in doing rather than saying“.

It is for this reason that our party, unlike other parties, does not release any tempting “Election Manifestoes” and instead, issues “Appeal” to the people in general and voters in particular to ensure their vote and support for BSP in order to fulfill the remaining commitments for completing its missionary goal by adopting the path shown by Saints, Gurus and Mahapurush (Great men) born in different periods in the Bahujan Samaj like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj, Narayana Guru, Periyar Ramaswamy Ji, Baba Saheb Dr.Ambedkar and more recently Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram ji.

This we do with an aim to earn good results for the party in the elections and to achieve power to rule so that with the help of the “Master Key of Political Power” we become master of our own destiny and could ensure work and proper welfare of the poor, deprived and downtrodden sections of the society belonging to all castes and religions i.e.”Sarv Samaj”. Param pujya Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar has beautifully and wonderfully explained about the significance of the “Master Key of the Political Power”, declaring that the political power is such a “Master Key” through which all problems can be solved and also doors of progress and prosperity can be opened up.

Following this principle of Babasaheb Dr.Ambedkar, our party is contesting, on its’ own strength, KARNATAKA Legislative Assembly General Elections-2008. The Karnataka Legislative Assembly has a total number of 224 seats and the BSP is contesting on almost all the seats on its own. BSP has not at all entered into any kind of alliance or seat adjustments with any other party in this election. So, we are fighting this election on all seats on our own.

 

            But, the pertinent question which arises here is, as to why there is a necessity for the people of the State of Karnataka to cast their votes in favour of the BSP only, rather than voting for the Congress, B.J.P. or their supporting parties? We have to understand this issue very clearly for an outstanding performance. .

            In this regard, I am of the view that BSP is the only Party in the country whose “Principles & Policies” and also its “style of functioning” suits very much the interests of the people belonging to “Sarv Samaj” (all sections of the society). On the other hand, other political parties make too many promises to people just before the elections or in the election year but they never translate them into reality for the true welfare of them, leaving most of their lofty electoral promises confined to papers only, rather than getting them implemented in practical terms.

            It is for this very reason that, even after 60 years of independence, the “Social and Economic” condition of people belonging to Bahujan Samaj, which comprises of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Class (OBCs) and Religious Minorities such as Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Parsis and Buddhists have not significantly improved due to faulty economic policies adopted by various governments of castiest leaders of different political parties, even though the population of these sections of society is very large and for this reason , we call them as “Bahujan Samaj”.

            Here, I am especially talking about their wrong and erratic economic policies, mainly because at the centre as well as in most of the States, Governments’ were formed with the monetary or otherwise help of big capitalist powers and for this very reason, these parties, after coming to power, as a “return gift” to them formulated their “Economic Policies” in subservience of these capitalists, fully ignoring the interests and welfare of general public.

Due to this kind of unjust behaviour of the governments of Congress, BJP and their supporting parties, the economic condition of people belonging to Bahujan Samaj as well as poor people of “Savarn Samaj” i.e. the upper castes is turning from bad to worse. The malice is still continuing, rendering more and more such people unemployed and live a life under the darkness of poverty.

            In view of the complexity and seriousness of such kind of problems, these deprived and exploited sections of the people revolted in such a manner to form a separate political party of their own called as (the Bahujan Samaj Party-BSP) under the leadership of Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji on April, 1984, basing its ideology on policy and progrmmes of Great Baba sahib Dr. Ambedkar. And quiet obviously, with the massive support and cooperation of all the sections of the society, the BSP has acquired a “National Status” and has grown enough to be officially by the Election Commission of India as one of the main national political parties of India .

            Not only this, our party also gradually expanded its mass base and graduated to send its representatives in Parliament, apart from winning assembly elections in various States of the Country. In Uttar Pradesh, which is the biggest State of India in terms of the size of the population, the BSP under the leader ship of mine had formed government four times. And all the four times, the governments of our party has worked with full devotion and dedication to provide “justice” to all, besides giving impetus and dynamism to the issue of ”Development” in the State.

            Giving priority to weaker sections of the society in the process, with an aim to improve “Social and Economic” condition of the underprivileged sections of the society and poor people belonging to Sarv Samaj, our party Government in Uttar Pradesh, for the first time in the country, constituted separate “Welfare” Departments” in 1995 right at the inception of the first BSP government.

            And the aspect of development were given new meaning when 25,000 villages, having predominantly Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) population, were selected for “Dr.Ambedkar Village Development Scheme” to develop them fully with all kind of basic amenities and infrastructure facilities. The process is going on and gradually all the villages of the State will be taken for such kind of developmental activities all over the State, surely changing the very face and of course the life of the rural poor in real terms. Presently, however, the name of this scheme has been changed as “Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar U.P. Gramsabha Samagra Vikas Yojana (Gramsabha Integrated Development Scheme.)”.

          Similarly, an ambitious “Urban Integrated Development Scheme” has been formulated in the name of “Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji”. Under this scheme, small towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh are being developed in a systematic manner and within time bound period. But under both these schemes, all the activities are being speeded up as much as the economic condition of the State allows. These developmental activities could well get further momentum and much speed if the Central Government fulfills its obligations of providing funds for the purpose.

            Apart of this, priority has been accorded especially to Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) and other exploited sections of the “Sarv Samaj” in all other developmental activities. The homeless and poor people were allotted vacant land, besides possession has also been ensured to landless poor for the purpose of farming/agriculture on that land. About 20 lakh poor people have so far been benefited from this decision of the government in the State, and this work is still continuously in progress.

            In addition, my government has taken an unprecedented and historic decision to provide with more than one lakh permanent government jobs in rural areas for the Valmiki community of Scheduled Castes. By this decision, all the 1.08 lakh revenue village of Uttar Pradesh will have at least one Sarkari Safai Karmachari, and the person appointed will be from the same village in most of the cases… This besides meeting employment problem will also make a sea change in the health atmosphere of rural areas for it will ensure cleanliness and help eradicate diseases spreading due to unhygienic conditions.

           

            And, so far the issue of giving boost to education is concerned, the government of our party, for the first time in the country, took a policy decision to grant scholarship to the children of persons belonging to poor Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and also to poor children of Other Backward Classes and Religious Minorities, especially to the poor children belonging to Muslim community.

            The scholarship amount has also been doubled in view of the rising inflation and cost of living; besides that the amount of scholarship is being distributed to students immediately after their admission. Our government also arranged free coaching to ensure their admissions in the prestigious institutions and for high-grade prestigious jobs like IAS, IPS. PCS etc.

            Along with the above facilities, for the first time in the State, 25% of the State budget has been allocated separately for the welfare and development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the State.

            Besides, in order to infuse the sense of security among the people belonging to Bahujan Samaj, a policy of reservation has been introduced for the first time in the postings at the police stations in each and every district. Under the new provision, police officers belonging to SC/STs, for the first time in the country, will be getting 25 percent of such posts of police station will go to the people belonging to OBCs and 5 percent to officers from Religious Minorities (Muslims) in all the districts of the State. This system of governance is still continuing in the State with a slight modification.

            And especially, full care has been made towards protecting, in all spheres of life, the interests and welfare of the Muslims, which is the largest section of Religious Minorities in the State. Apart from their economic development, the safety and security of their lives and Religion has also been fully ensured. In addition, our government was first in the country ensuring government jobs to economically weaker Muslims by including them in category of other Backward Classes (OBCs) and issuing government order facilitating release of caste certificates accordingly.

           

“New Positive Reservation Initiatives”

In The Interest of Sarv Samaj

          You know very well that “where there is will, there is way.” That is why for the first time in the country, the BSP government of Uttar Pradesh has taken “ New Positive Reservation Initiatives”

In The Interest of Sarv Samaj

i.e. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes (OBC), Religious Minorities and Upper caste, for it is more than  evident that the benefit of reservation, which was provided on account of the untiring efforts of Param Pujya Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimarao Ambedkar, to the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in the Government jobs under the Constitution of India, was not reaching fully to the dire needy people because of anti-reservation attitude of the Congress, BJP and their supporting parties.

           

            Not only this, various Government Departments and Institutions are being handed over to the Private Sectors for the past several years on the pretext of poor economic  condition of the government, without ensuring provision of the same kind of reservation in the privatised firm/sector at any level. And, if this current state of affairs/practice of handing over the government departments and Institutions to Private Sector continues, a day will come when the constitutional facility of reservation will cease to exist.

            Taking this issue of great importance very seriously, the Government of my party in Uttar Pradesh wrote several letters to the Government of India and requested that before the privatization of various Government and public sector institutions, the same quantum of reservation for those sections of society should be ensured as they were already getting in the Government sector and institutions. But no Government of any party has so far acceded to our contention and our party is “seriously concerned” and “worried” about this issue.

            But the people belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) & Schedule Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) will be happy to know that throughout the country, it is only the Government of my party, the BSP in Uttar Pradesh which was fulfilled these tasks, which are as follows:

·                    Public-Private- Partnership (P.P.P.) is the main component of “all inclusive” realistic and practical economic policy of my government in Uttar Pradesh.

·                    All the Schemes/projects/ industries with partnership with state government, the State Government would have a maximum partnership of 49 percent of 11 percent.

·                    The provision of job reservation in enterprises developed on Public-Private Partnership model will continue in the proportion and manner as the State Government has been providing quota which is in the government jobs 21 percent for Scheduled Castes, 02 percent for Scheduled Tribes and 27 percent for Other Backward Classes.

·                    The interests of employees will be fully safeguarded in the projects/enterprise s established under PPP model.

·                    Now along with this, the Uttar Pradesh Government of my party has applied the policy of “Sarvjan Hitai –Sarvjan Sukhai” (Progress and Prosperity for all) also in the area of the reservation. In pursuance of this policy, our government has taken historical initiative to provide the benefits of reservation to all the poor and needy people belonging to all castes and the implementation of this new system has already been taken up in the right earnest in Uttar Pradesh. This step has been taken for the first time in the country.

·                    Under it, if the services rendered by the Govt. Departments, Corporations, Authorities, Councils and other Semi-government institutions or the maintenance of their establishment are substituted by outsourcing, then the contract to be executed for the said purpose would include the provision of providing 21 percent of jobs created through this out sourcing to the persons of Scheduled Castes, 2 percent to the persons belonging to Scheduled Tribes and 27 percent to Other Backward Classes.

·                    In the Industrial Units, Educational Institutions, Infrastructure/ Service Sector Projects, Disinvested Units are being set up in which the private sector is provided land, subsidy, state aid or assets by the Government or any of its government departments, then as per the “voluntary” and “mutual agreement”, the employers have to provide 10 percent of the total jobs created in the projects to the persons of Scheduled Castes, 10 percent to Other Backward Classes, including Backwards of Religious Minorities and 10 percent to the economically weaker persons of the Upper Castes

·                    Over 30 thousand posts of backlog have so far been filled by my part’s government in Uttar Pradesh. Recruitment on remaining posts is in progress.

·                    Besides, it is to be clear in mind that the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989, has been enacted by the Government of India, hence a central act, and no State Government can make any alternation in this Act nor repeal it. The State Government of Uttar Pradesh has ensured strict enforcement of this law.

·                    My Government has done everything possible regarding implementation of reservation policy.

·                    The Government of India has also been asked to fill the vacant posts in Government Services in accordance with the policy of reservation. The policy of reservation should be extended to private and other sectors and it should be included in the ninth Schedule of Constitution as a safeguard.

·                    We have also urged the Government of India to amend the Constitution for providing benefits of reservation to the people belonging to upper castes living below the poverty line. But, the attitude of the Congress and BJP and its supporting parties has been throughout negative.

·                    But for that matter, I would like to fully assure the people of upper castes that the day the government of our party come to power at the centre, they will be given the benefit of reservation, similar to the pattern which has been introduced by us in Uttar Pradesh and this will be done without their asking for it, and will also make all positive efforts for the eradication of their poverty and un-employment. And, you all know very well about the style of functioning of my party that whatever we say, we do the same. In other words, there is no difference in our party’s saying and doing.

·                    Besides, Adequate additional reservation should also be provided to such persons of Scheduled Castes who were converted to Muslim or Christian religion, but maintaining the present share of quota of prescribed reservation for the Scheduled Castes. For this, necessary amendment should be made in the Constitution to relax the total limit of 50 percent reservation as laid down by Hon. Supreme Court and this amendment will be included in the 9th schedule of the Constitution so that this arrangement becomes a permanent feature.

So far as the matter of providing Social Security to the people is concerned, my party’s government in Uttar Pradesh is very serious and sensitive over the issue… That is why immediately after assumption of power my government increased to double the amount of pension to old age persons and farmers from Rs.150 to Rs.300. And also the number of beneficiaries was raised to 24 lakh from 20 lakh, for which sum of Rs. 1410 crores has been earmarked in the budget.

Similarly, labourers , who belong to the poorest and weaker section of the society and mostly fall under the category  of farming labour, were not being cared properly as they belong to unorganized sector, but my government has raised their daily remuneration wage to Rs.100 from a meager of Rs.58, which they were getting previously.

      And, over the issue of plight of farmers and farming becoming less remunerative day by day and thereby ultimately affecting our self-reliance on food, my party is in full sympathy with the farming community. It is beyond any doubt that the governments of the Congress, the BJP and their supporting parties during their rule in the past 60 years have done a criminal act of ignoring farm and farmers. In the course of promotion of heavy industries, there was a criminal neglect of farm sectors and farmers’ requirements.

      This is also a tragedy that in the course of developing heavy industries particularly in the tribal areas, where the native people were deprived even from the fourth class jobs, adding more burden on their life to ensure protection of the interests of tribals & farmers.

      Besides, my government has taken a stand that the Self-esteem and Self-respect of the unemployed youth will not be ridiculed every month by providing them meager ‘unemployment allowance’. Instead, our party wants them to live with pride, as they would instead be provided permanent jobs, with the creation of job opportunities, for which Regional Rural Employment Centre will be established.

      And education is another area that has been accorded top most priority by my government in Uttar Pradesh. It is with this reason a decision was taken without any delay to recruit 88,000 teachers to help improve the standards of education. The process of recruitment of such a large number teachers in just one go is on.

      In addition of all these, my government has paid attention in according full respect and honour to Sants, Gurus and Mahapurush born in Bahujan Samaj at different period of times such as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Narayana Guru, Periar Ramaswamy, Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar and more recently Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji. A number of new Districts, Universities, Memorials, Museums and other important public places and institutions have been named and erected in their name to perpetuate the memory of their hard-faught struggles.

      And in this connection, you all know very well that no government, be it the government of the Congress, the BJP or their supporting parties, ever gave proper respect and regards to the Sants, Gurus and Mahapurush born in the Bahujan Samaj.

      And regrettably, the castiest mentality of these political parties still persists. . The biggest proof of it is that the Congress party, ruling at the centre did not even declare one or two days holiday nor they ordered flying of national flag half mast in the mourning of Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji, the creator and founder of the BSP movement.. And the BJP and other opposition parties remained a mute spectator to all this.

     

      In brief, the lesson to our people of all this happenings is that if the people belonging to Bahujan Samaj and those of Savarn Samaj (upper castes) living in your state of Karnataka want to create an atmosphere like that of Uttar Pradesh for leading a life full of self-esteem, respect and dignity, they will also have to capture the “Master Key of political power” in their hands by ensuring good results in the general election being held in your State.

      Therefore keeping all these factual propositions in mind, I earnestly “APPEAL” to the supporters of the BSP to follow the above mentioned suggestions in order to make an all out effort to achieve party’s goal of capturing power in order to get rid of their poverty, helplessness, backwardness, unemployment, injustice and exploitation by making your own government in your State, following the true path shown to you by your messiah Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar on the basis of exercise of franchise based on the concept of “One Man-One Vote” given to you by Baba Saheb himself and thus fulfill the unfinished task of Manyawar Shri. Kanshi Ram Ji.

      In other words, you should understand your Messiah’s message properly and utilize the right to vote wisely to help yourself so that you could form a government of your own party in your State which will in real terms help improve your socio-economic condition as well as of education, besides ensuring a civilized self-esteem life to you. In the meantime, this could be also help improve the economic condition of the Upper castes people.

      But to create such an atmosphere in your State, you have to acquire the “Master Key of Political Power” in your hands, like people have done in the Stae of Uttar Pradesh and you will have show good result in the coming Assembly elections in your State. And to achieve this great goal of success in the assembly election, you will have to be cautious and alert from various nasty tricks and Saam-Daam-Dand- bhed like nefarious designs of the opposition parties during the elections, because these parties can go to any extent to damage our party.

      And I want to warn you that these opposition parties will go all out and will make all  efforts to sabotage the voting of Savarn Samaj inn favour of BSP and for this purpose , these parties will propagate our “Ideology and Principles” in a wrong, vicious and twisted manner among these sections of society.

      Therefore, I consider it important to explain the ideology and principles of B.S.P. I would also like to clarify here that the ideology and principles of our party “are not against any caste or creed”. B.S.P. wants to change the unequal social order of this country based on “caste” and wants to establish here a “Samatamulak Samaj Vyavastha” ( A Social Order based on Equality), which is in the interest of this country and Sarv Samaj.

For this, we have to change the Jaatwadi (casteist)mentality of Savarn (High Castes) Hindus and on the basis of Samajik Bhaichara (Social Brotherhood) we have to take them also along with us and only then “Samtamulak Samaj Vyavastha” can be established in this country in accordance with the thinking of the architect of Indian Constitution, Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar and only after that Sarv Samaj will be unified and disparities or casteism in the society will be completely eradicated forever.

      Along with this, they will get full opportunity to move in every walk of life. The members of our party should always remain cautious from different kind of rumours, which may be spread by opposition parties during elections.

      Apart from the above, I also appeal to all of you – “Beware that your vote is invaluable. No vote should be allowed to be purchased. No vote should be allowed to be looted. No vote should be left out from being cast and no selfish person should misuse your vote on account of defrauding or misleading you in the name of caste, money, religion or emotions.

     Hence, to save democracy you have to give power into hands of right person to safeguard the interests of your KARNATAKA State, so that you may formulate the policy of :Sarvajan Hitai – Sarvjan Sukhai” in all the areas and make the poor and unemployed persons of Bahujan Samaj and Savarn Samaj  happy.”

      In the end, keeping in view all the above mentioned observations, I “Appeal” to the supporters and well wishers of my party that you should not be misled by any alluring promises of Election Manifestoes of opposition parties and that you should follow the appeal of B.S.P. which is your own party, to make the candidates of B.S.P. victorious in the General Assembly Elections of KARNATAKA by pressing the button against “Elephant” (Haathi), the election symbol of B.S.P. I hope and expect that you will accept my “Appeal” and act accordingly.

                                                                            Km Mayawati

National President,

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)

     

     

In the Interest of Sarv Samaj, Contribute your Physical, Mental and Economic Might in Favour of BSP to Help its Ideology And Policies Reach its “Ultimate Destination”

 

Vote for the Candidates of

Bahujan Samaj Party

Make B.S.P. successful by pressing the button opposite Election Symbol – Elephant (Haathi)

B.S.P. Ki Kya Pehchaan !

Neela Jhanda, Haathi Nishaan !!

The  Identity of BSP is

Blue Flag & Elephant Symbol

     

 

Jai Bheem                   Jai Kansiram              Jai Bharath

                                                              Mayawati Sister’s

Appeal for Karnataka Brothers & Sisters

To Vote for Elephant Symbolised BSP Candidates

We say what we do and do what we say

Which is the way to be Happy and Gay

That is Sarva Jan Hithay Sarvajan Sukhay

Before the commencement of election the other political party

 

For a short while give you a goodie

From Exploitation & discrimination you get away

For progress of a diversified society

And for a developmental ruling assuring safety

Since BSP born from ashes of untouchability

Promises to wipe out your tears and provide you safety

Until you are all supportively behind this mission of

Sarvajan Hithay

Sarvajan Sukhay

Kindly visit:

http://sarvajan. ambedkar. org

 

Even after 60 years of Independence !

Because of UPA, NDA and their Supporting Parties Sins !

Such as not providing constitutional amendment to provide reservation even to the poor among the forward castes !

Non-inclusion of  Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath Christians !

And poor Muslims in the SC/ST category for giving them reservation in various sectors !

Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party responsible for the backwardness of SC/STs !

Over five decades of rule, the Congress did not consider poor people as this Country’s citizens !

The BJP gave prominence only to the rich and neglected the economically weaker sections !

Both parties receive funds from capitalists during elections !

They later frame policies suiting their needs but not favouring the poor after their selections !

Thereby not the earning of the workers !

But the prices rises !

Hence !

BSP wins !

For allotting three acres of land to each poor and landless !

Benefiting over 25 lakh families !

Filled all the backlog posts reserved for SC/STs and backward classes !

Constituted separate welfare departments for all backward communties !

for their social and economic advancement,to ensure that they receive all the government benefits !

Deprived of a right and De-Franchised

— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

left out: Voters whose names were missing from the voters’ list, which prevented them from exercising their franchise, showing their identity cards during the repoll

at one of the booths in Bangalore on Monday.

 

The Election Commission is responsible for De-franchising large number people who were deprived of their right to vote as their names were missing from voter’s list.

Many of them those who had their photo identity cards also did not find their names in the voter’s list.

There was haste in conducting elections by the Election Commission without ensuring that all the eligible people in Karnataka were included in the voters list.

However Election Commission has to postpone the date for formation of the New Government and not on 28 th May 2008 as required by the Constitution.

With thousands of people not finding their names in the voters list, People must have the Right To Information on the exact percentage of names missing in the voter’s list.

Those who tried to include their names before 29-04-2008 had their acnowledgements. Yet their names were not found in the voters list.

Thousands of people stood in scroching sun to get photo identity cards before the elections. But they could not get because of lack of proper infrastructure such as enough numbers of computers and staff who could either include peoples name in the voters list or provide them photo identity cards.

People must also have the Right To Information on the type of chip used in the Electronic Voting Machine with the source code for transparency.

In Reserved Constituencies, the Major Opposition Parties have encouraged False Caste Certificate holders as candidates.

When objected during scrutiny they were not rejected but accepted since the Tahsildars had issued them certificates and EC said that they were helpless and only the Courts can help them.

The Election Commission must have a mechanism to ensure that genuine SC/STs only contested elections in Reserved Constituencies.

 Since the Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy on Thursday fixed the responsibility for preparation of error-free voters list, ahead of the election to Karnataka Assembly, on political parties, it is high time that the present Election Commission be scraped and an Election Committee representing all the Political Parties like various Parliamentary Committees be formed forthwith. And work out to see tha all the eligible people of India are included in the voter’s list. This must be made mandatory.

And no elections has to be conducted until all the peoples’ names are included in the voter’s list.

Till then the present election has to be scraped


for a Real Free and fair Election.

Election Commission India

Elections India : Article 324 of the constitution establishes an independent Election Commission to supervise parliamentary and state elections in India. Supervising elections in the world’s largest democracy is by any standard an immense undertaking. Some 521 million people were eligible to vote in 1991.

Now the people of India must have the Right To Information from the Election Commission know as to how many million people were elegible to vote in 2009 and 2008 Karnataka Assembly elections. There is no official information on the exact number of people whose names are not found in the voter’s list.

We the people - these are the most important words in our constitution. Everything depends on us- the voters,who have an opportunity and the right to choose our representatives, demand accountability and determine the direction of growth and governance of the country. Several problems have surfaced in the gigantic task of conducting elections in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />India and to ensure that elections are free and fair. With each passing election, the educated citizens of our country seem to have grown ignorant and apathetic about the electoral process and elections. The result has been a steady deterioration in the standards and practices of political parties reflected in rampant corruption and the reckless use of money and muscle power to win elections.

 

Active participation of citizens is an absolute prerequisite to make the electoral system more representative, fair, transparent and free from all the other ills. Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “nobody can hurt you without your consent” which in this context can be rephrased as “nobody can marginalise you without your cooperation

 

Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy on Thursday fixed the responsibility for preparation of error-free voters list, ahead of the election to Karnataka Assembly, on political parties. Speaking to reporters here, Mr Gopalaswamy said the political parties would be given two separate lists on February seven for deletion and additions to be made in the final list.   

 

‘’They will be given two weeks time for raising objections to removing and adding names of the voters for the final list to be prepared on March ten,'’ he said.  

 

‘’It will be the responsibility of the political parties to ensure the final list did not contain discrepancies any more as the EC has adopted a new mechanism for producing error-free list,'’ he said.

To a question on whether the elections would be postponed in case of a delay in the implementation of the report of Mr Justice Kuldeep Singh who headed Delimitation Commission, he said the EC did not work on the basis of ‘ifs and buts’ and as of now, it would conduct the elections before May 28.

 

‘’The Commission is concerned about the voter’s list as there are only additions and no deletions in the list.

‘’This is the reason I sent Deputy Election Commissioner R Bhattacharya, who is in charge for Karnataka, to oversee the whole exercise,'’ Mr Gopalaswamy said.

 

The EC would hold elections before May 28, as the state completes six months under President’s Rule on the date, he said.

 

In the draft list submitted by the State Election Commission (SEC) names of 3.48 lakh voters had been deleted while 9.27 lakh new voters had been added as of yesterday.

 

Mr Gopalaswamy and his Deputies Navin Chawla and S Y Qureshi have been here for the last two days reviewing the voters list and preparedness of the official machinery to hold elections, following the detection of large number of bogus voters in the voter’s list.

 

Earlier, Congress and the BJP submitted memorandum to the CEC urging him to provide error-free voters list and elections be held in the stipulated time.

 

He replied in the affirmative when asked whether he would take action against the officials for their ‘lapses’ in preparation of the voter’s list.

 

Voters list mess in poll-bound Karnataka

Bangalore, Jan 5 - A family with 90 voters and a town with 30,000 voters in a population of 36,500! These are just some of the glitches in the voters list in poll-bound Karnataka. R. Bhattacharya, deputy election commissioner at the Election Commission of India has been in Bangalore for the last three days having talks with state election officials on steps to ensure proper voters list ahead of polls to the 224-member assembly expected in April/May.

The irregularities in the voters list pointed out by people and political parties has forced the state election commission to cancel its plans to release the final list on Jan 10.

Bhattacharya met state chief electoral officer R. Ramaseshan, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (Greater Bangalore City Corporation) commissioner S. Subramanya and senior officials from several districts and told them of the Election Commission’s displeasure over the way the voters lists had been prepared.

The state officials now plan to revise the lists and publish them by the end of this month. They have sought the help of voters to point out anomalies.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Mallikharjun Kharge Friday mentioned the instance of one family in north Karnataka having 90 voters on the list and of Humnabad town in Bidar district that has 30,000 voters in a population of 36,500.

More than 7,000 in the town are school-going children, yet there are 30,000 names in the voters list.