Thursday, May 1, 2008
|Professionals adorn BSPs list|
|DH News Service, Bangalore:|
A Wing Commander, a practicing Chartered Accountant, an artist, a professor and an engineer. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which is propagating Mayawati’s slogan of ‘Sarve jana hitya, sarve jana sukhaya’ has accommodated people from all professions in its list of candidates for the 28 constituencies in Bangalore.
Prof Venkatesh, a retired captain of Para-Military Forces, has four doctorate degrees on social work, internal security, political parties and pressure groups and global terrorism from the Universities of Dublin, Prescott and Golden State. Murugan, an artist, who designed posters and banners for politicians all these years, has donned a different role now. Murugan is contesting from Gandhinagar, from where he ran his business till now.
Charles Prabhakar, a practicing Chartered Accountant, is contesting from Shivajinagar. The Serampore University of West Bengal has conferred an honorary doctorate on him in recognition of his service in accounting. He is on the board of several multi-national companies.
The list also has two advocates - Sunitha contesting from Yelahanka and L R Ananth contesting from Chikpet. R Manjunath, contesting from Bangalore South is an Electronics engineer.
BSP also candidates who run transport companies, security agencies and automobile business. Six graduates and seven under-graduates are also part of the list.
The BSP leaders have ensured that members of almost all communities are represented in the list of candidates. Of the 28 contestants from constituencies in Bangalore, two are Brahmins, two are Muslims and two are Christians. Two members each from the Vokkaliga, Lingayat, Kuruba, Mudaliar and Devanga communities have also been accommodated and the rest belong to the backward communities.
The nomination of Nisarga Nagaraj who had filed the nomination from Malleshwaram constituency has been rejected. According to Y N Sharma, the official spokesperson of the BSP, the nomination was rejected because the candidate was misguided by the Returning Officer. “We have lodged a complaint with the Election Commissioner” he said.
|Election rules simplified|
|DH News Service, Bangalore:|
|If one member of a family has valid identification proof, other members of the family can vote without any difficulty.|
The Election Commission, on Wednesday, said that all members of a family need not to have their identification proof to exercise their right.
If one has either the electoral photo identity card or any of 17 alternative identification proofs that is enough for members of the entire family to vote.
However, their names should be registered in the voters list. Chief Election Officer K N Vidyashankar addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Wednesday said the Commission took this decision to avoid people stand in long queues and spend long hours to get their EPICs.
Voters in Bangalore Urban and BBMP limits itself cover 32 per cent of the total number of voters in the state. It is difficult to issue EPICs to all voters before the polling day. To avoid confusion in the EPIC campaign the commission has decided to allow to vote even if one member of a family has valid identification proof”, he said.
Vidyashankar has said as per the existing law the EC cannot restrict private channels from telecasting cinemas in which poll candidates have played roles.
“So far there is restriction on Doordarshan not to screen such films. We have received instruction from the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding telecast of such movies in private channels”, he said.
This time May day will have to be observed without the red flag. The Election Commission has put restrictions on May day programmes.
Vidyashankar said the day should be observed without using party flags and the programmes should not involve political speeches.
He said the ECI has directed not to appoint those party workers against whom criminal cases are pending.
Want to know where you have to go to vote? Wait for a few days, the Election Commission is setting up an exclusive helpline in association with BSNL to help voters. Once it is set up, you can call the helpline on 155212 to know the polling station where you have to vote.
Chief Election Officer K N Vidyashankar, on Wednesday, said that the helpline will be operative soon. Voters have to give their complete name, as registered in the electoral roll and the area pincode. They will get info on the polling station on interactive voice response system (IVRS). He said that the helpline service will be available for 24-hours.
|Returning officer rejects nomination of two leaders|
|Cong suffers setback, loss of face|
|The Congress suffered a major setback and a loss of face on Tuesday when the returning officer rejected the nomination papers of S S Mallikarjun of Sayyed Saifulla, both of the Congress.|
In the eleventh hour, the name of Mallikarjun was written on the ‘B’ form given to Sayyed Saifulla. However, the party had not changed the name of the candidate’s father and the address while replacing the name of Syed Saifulla.
During scrutiny, returning officer D H Pandurangan declared that the nominations of both the candidates have been rejected as the Congress President had not officially confirmed the changes made in the form.
The returning officer had a tough time before taking the decision. He deliberated for a few hours and he even consulted election observers. He had announced that he would give his decision on the issue around 3 pm.
As tension was mounting, Mallikarjun contended that Saifulla should be declared Congress candidate as he was the official nominee and his name had been announced by the party. Even Saifulla argued that his nomination should be considered. But the returning officer rejected their contentions.
Complaints had been filed against the confusion in the B form and model code of conduct by Congress candidates. S A Ravindranath of the BJP, BM Satish of the JD(S) and L S Manjunath of the BSP had filed objections.
Meanwhile, more than hundred candidates filed their papers on the fifth day of filing nominations for the third phase poll to be held on May 22.
Veterans such as the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Mallikarjuna Kharge, former Chief Minister N Dharam Singh, BJP’s Chandrakanth Bellad were among the 112 candidates who filed their nominations on Wednesday.
Dharam Singh filed papers from Jewargi seeking re-election for a record ninth time in a row. Pitted against him is the BJP’s Doddappagouda Narboli.
As many as 69 constituencies spread over ten districts are going to polls in the third and final phase and so far 221 aspirants have filed their nomination papers.
The last date for filing nomination is May 3. While the scrutiny would be done on May 5, the last date for withdrawal of papers is May 7.
Other prominent leaders who filed their papers on Wednesday include former minister Revunayak Belamgi of BJP from Gulbarga Rural (SC), and former deputy chairman of the state legislative council B R Patio from Alan.
Patio’s nomination from Alan has caused a lot of heartburn among the Congress leaders as he has been accommodated to keep the words given to former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that all his eight followers would be given Congress tickets.
Pitted against Patio is former MP Dr B G Jawali of BJP and former Alan MLA Subhash Guttedar of JD (S).
Twenty-four candidates filed their nomination papers from Belgaum district. Prominent among these are former Minister D B Inamdar and Prakash Hukkeri.
While Inamdar is contesting from Kittur constituency, Hukkeri is contesting from Chikkodi-Sadalga constituency.
Meanwhile, 22 papers of the 800 papers that were filed for the May 16 second phase polls were rejected.
|Plea against poll role for forest staff|
|By Subash Chandra N S, DH News Service, Bangalore:|
|Wildlife in the State might be vulnerable to poachers during election time. Officials meant to protect them, along with their vehicles, are reportedly being utilised for poll duty despite a 1998 order by Chief Election Commissioner to exempt them from such duties.|
Wildlife First, a wildlife NGO, has urged M N Vidyashankar, Chief Electoral Officer, to exclude the staff and vehicles of National Parks and Wildlife reserves from election duty, considering the status of the endangered animals like tigers.
“It will be an invitation for the poachers, because the whole world is criticising us for our dwindling tiger number, this move is dangerous,” Praveen Bhargav, Managing Trustee, Wildlife First told Deccan Herald.
Considering the plea from the wildlife biologists and wildlife enthusiasts, the then Chief Election Commissioner, M S Gill had on January 1, 1998, issued permanent orders to the officials in the State in this regard.
But despite this, sources in the forest department revealed that three vehicles from Bhadra wildlife sanctuary are on election duty, while two officials (a DCF and an ACF) have also been entrusted with a similar job, brushing aside the possible danger.
It is learnt that some of the top officials from Bandipur National Park and Nagarhole National Park are also being pressurised to report to the election duty much to the apprehension of wildlife lovers.
|EC on overdrive, allege Cong|
|From Gayathri Nivas, DH News Service, Mysore:|
Mysore District Congress functionaries had a tough time booking rooms in a local hotel for the visit of their leader S M Krishna and get the fire brigade in place for his helicopter landing on Wednesday, due to the Central Election Commission’s ‘constricting’ code of conduct.
Former Mysore Mayor and Congress candidate from Chamaraja, Vasu, said the Star hotel, which used to host Mr Krishna always, even when he was the chief minister of the State, was reluctant to let its rooms for hire citing the EC’s roving officers swooping down on them and badgering them for details of tariff, mode of payment, source of payment etc.
“The media is bound to call on visiting leaders and this would catch the EC’s eagle eye,” the hotel authorities are said to have reasoned. Vasu cited another example of some children suffering from cholera being rushed to the Epidemic Diseases Hospital here, only to find that there was a shortage of syringes.
Some local politicians who also rushed to the hospital, reached into their pockets to donate money to the poor parents of the children to buy the syringes from outside but quickly withdrew as they feared being charged with poll code violation.
In another incident in Bannur, an unwell BJP activist, formerly with JD (S), was travelling in his car to see a doctor.
Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and H Vishwanath faced similar music when a guest at a wedding held a mike to Siddu and sought his views on the election trends. An unsuspecting Siddu spoke out and attracted an EC notice into the bargain. He was slapped another notice when he filed his nomination from Varuna constituency and was coming out of the Election Officer’s office.
Waiting mediapersons sought his reaction which he obliged, only to get an EC notice. The oblivious staff inside the EO’s office were also suspended for the ‘lapse’.
Even former prime minister H D Deve Gowda was not spared. He was denied accommodation at the Government Guest House here last week and had to stay in the house of a partyman.
Tippareddy is worth Rs. 6.3 crore
BJP candidate G.S. Manjunath has declared assets worth Rs. 5.5 crore
Chitradurga: According to affidavits filed by Congress candidate G.H. Tippareddy and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate G.S. Manjunath here on Monday, the former has property worth Rs. 6.3 crore, while Mr. Manjunath has assets worth Rs. 5.5 crore.
Mr. Tippareddy has Rs. 1.56 lakh in cash, while his wife has Rs. 3.09 lakh. He also has accounts in three banks with deposits totalling Rs. 43 lakh. He also has insurance policies and other investments worth Rs. 19 lakh. He does not own a car while his wife has a Maruti Swift.
Mr. Tippareddy has agricultural land worth Rs. 40 lakh in various places in Chitradurga district. His wife has farmland worth Rs. 59 lakh. His son owns land valued at Rs. 4.8 lakh.
Mr. Tippareddy also has commercial property worth Rs. 75 lakh in Chitradurga and Bangalore.
He owns 30 per cent of the shares in Jailakshmi Textiles, accounting for Rs. 2.25 crore. He also has shares in various other industries amounting to Rs. 12 lakh. Mr. Tippareddy has liabilities amounting to Rs. 3.79 lakh. Mr. Manjunath has only Rs. 60,000 in cash, while his wife has Rs. 15,000 in her name. In his name, he has savings worth Rs. 2.01 lakh, and in his wife’s name Rs. 30,000. The worth of the jewellery he and his wife own is Rs. 2.5 lakh. He has made investments in various industries amounting to Rs. 92 lakh, while his wife has investments worth Rs. 20 lakh.
Mr. Manjunath also owns agricultural land worth Rs. 30 lakh, while his wife has property worth Rs. 25 lakh.
He also has non-agricultural land worth Rs. 2.9 crore. His wife owns similar land worth Rs. 45 lakh. He also has commercial property, a house and a godown in Bhimasamudra, which are worth Rs. 30 lakh. He owes various banks Rs. 31 lakh.‘Congress, JD(S) have joined hands against me’
|Yeddyurappa confident of emerging victorious|
Yeddyurappa is pitted against Bangarappa
Congress policies blamed for price rise
Challakere (Chitradurga): The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has charged the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) with joining against him by indirectly supporting Samajwadi Party candidate S. Bangarappa. Mr. Yeddyurappa is pitted against Mr. Bangarappa in the Assembly elections from Shikaripur in Shimoga district.
Addressing a gathering as part of his election campaign here on Wednesday, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that as the Janata Dal (S) wanted him to lose the election, it had not fielded a candidate in Shikaripur.He, however, expressed confidence that he would win the elections.
The BJP leader claimed that the “unofficial alliance” between the Congress and Janata Dal (S) would only help him get more votes, as the people had realised their intentions.Manifesto
Terming the BJP manifesto as indicative of future budgets, he said it was in addition to the “pro-people” schemes announced by him when he held the Finance portfolio during the Janata Dal (S)-BJP coalition regime.
“In the manifesto, we have included several programmes for the welfare of all sections of society, mainly marginalised people”. Highlighting a few of them, he said the party would extend loans to farmers, weavers and fishermen at an interest rate of three per cent, besides distributing rice at Rs. 2 a kg to the poor.
To help farmers, the party would reserve Rs. 500 crore as part of a revolving fund to be used when prices of agricultural produce came down.
He charged the Congress with adopting “wrong” policies, which had resulted in a sharp increase in prices of essential commodities. “It has made the lives of the poor miserable. They are finding it extremely difficult to meet both ends”, he added.
Mr. Yeddyurappa appealed to the people to compare the Budget presented by him in his 20-month tenure as Finance Minister with those presented by various Congress governments all these years.
Tippeswamy, BJP candidate, ridiculed the Congress manifesto which promised free colour television sets to the poor.
The Congress should understand that the priority of people in rural areas is better education and healthcare, and not colour television sets,” he added.State vice-president of the party G.M. Siddeshwar and Veeraiah, MLC, were present.
Nine papers rejected
CHIKMAGALUR: Nine nomination papers were rejected after scrutiny in Chikmagalur district on Wednesday.
Most of the nomination papers rejected were those of candidates who were not issued with the B form. The nomination papers of an independent candidate, Sanjeeva, from the Chikmagalur Assembly segment, were not accepted for the lack of a sponsor.
The nomination papers rejected are those of B.B. Ningaiah (Janata Dal-S), K.T. Radhakrishna (Bahujan Samaj Party-BSP), N.R. Nagarathna (Congress) and Anil Surya (Janata Dal-S) in the Mudigere assembly segment, C. Nanjappa (Congress) in Kadur and H.S. Shivakumar, T.B. Shashidar and M.D. Deve Gowda (all BSP) in the Tarikere segment.
All the nomination papers filed in the Sringeri Assembly constituency were accepted.
22 nominations rejected
Chitradurga: As many as 22 nomination papers were rejected after scrutiny in the district on Wednesday. The number of nominations filed in the district on Tuesday was 170. Two nominations from Molakalmur taluk were rejected. Three nominations were rejected in Challakere taluk as the contestant, Jagaluraiah, who filed his papers on a Congress candidate, failed to produce the “B” form. Two nominations of Balakrishnaiah, who filed his papers as a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate in Chitradurga, were also rejected on similar grounds. One nomination in Hosadurga was rejected. Bellary Staff Correspondent reports: As many as 36 nomination papers were rejected after scrutiny here on Wednesday while 129 were found to be in order. Nine papers were rejected in Bellary (city), the highest, followed by Sandur (7), Kudligi and Kampli (six each), Hadagali (3) and Hagari Bommanahalli and Vijayanagar (two each). No papers were rejected in Sirguppa. The nominations filed by candidates of all three major political parties were found to be in order. After scrutiny, 36 candidates remained in the fray in Bellary (city). Friday is the last day for withdrawal of papers