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In several areas, voters protested deletion of their names

BSP confident of victory

As the first phase of Assembly polls in Karnataka is underway, major political party — BSP– appeared confident of forming government on its own in the southern state.

BSP is sure to get a  majority as voters are in favour of the party as they are disappointed with coalition government performance.

According to reports I have received, BSP will win more than 55 seats out of 89 going to elections in the first phase today.

People are sore over the performance of Congress-JDS-BJP coalition governments during whose regime corruption was rampant. It will be a single party rule by BSP. People have decided to support BSP.

Bangalore is very important for winning the elections. If BSP wins Bangalore,  victory is assured. And now with the city has increased number of assembly seats, BSP is positive towards the results.


Online edition of India’s National Newspaper
Sunday, May 11, 2008

60 per cent vote in Karnataka phase I

Bangalore Bureau

Bangalore: The first phase of polling for 89 of the 224 seats in the Karnataka Assembly elections passed off peacefully, barring some minor incidents of violence, on Saturday.

The 11 districts, where elections were held, recorded an average voting of about 60 per cent, below the State average of 65 per cent in the 2004 poll. The low turnout was particularly marked in the metropolitan area of Bangalore city comprising 28 constituencies, which recorded 44 per cent compared to nearly 48 per cent in 2004.

Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami told The Hindu that the credit should go to the people, polling personnel, the police and paramilitary forces for ensuring a peaceful, free and fair poll. But for a few instances of impersonation and attempts to use fake voter identity cards, people patiently waited in queues to exercise their franchise.

The fate of 953 candidates will be decided in this round. An estimated 1.73 crore voters were eligible to vote.

Bangalore Rural district recorded the highest polling of 72.5 per cent. It was 70 per cent in Ramanagaram district, which includes the Ramanagaram constituency.

Hassan,  and the newly created districts of Chikkaballapur and Mandya recorded 68 per cent. The polling percentages in the other districts were 65 in Chamarajanagar, 63 in Tumkur, 64 in Kolar, 54 in Mysore, 55 in Bangalore Urban, 44 in Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and 60 in Kodagu.

Notice to Shinde

New Delhi Special Correspondent reports:

In New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner R. Bhattacharya confirmed that the Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer had issued notice to Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for violation of the code of conduct. The Minister announced that the Centre would put up a 4,000-MW station in Karnataka if the Congress was voted to power.

Congress complaint

Asked about the Congress complaint that the BJP distributed bogus elector’s photo identity cards, he said investigation had been launched into a case in which one person was allegedly carrying 33 cards, 32 of them genuine.

Replying to another query, Mr. Bhattacharya confirmed that a polling official in a booth in the Varuna constituency was replaced pending inquiry into a complaint that he was being partial.

Bangalore city witnesses a poor 44 per cent voter turnout

Bangalore Bureau




Thirty people arrested for trying to cast bogus votes

Many names were missing in voters’ list




BANGALORE: Voter apathy in the 28 constituencies of Bangalore city marked the first phase of Assembly elections held in 89 constituencies of Karnataka on Saturday.

The voting percentage in Bangalore Urban was a poor 44 compared to Bangalore Rural that recorded 72.5 per cent.

State Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar said, “The turnout in Bangalore City has been historically low compared to other parts of the State. In a way, history has repeated.”

Reporters from The Hindu who visited many city constituencies found a relatively poor turnout of the well-heeled. In contrast, the less privileged sections were seen patiently waiting in long queues. The Election Commission has served notices on former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for trying to enter a polling booth in Ramanagaram along with a large group of supporters despite warning by the police. A notice has also been served on Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Minister for Power, for promising a mega power project for the State at a press conference here on Saturday.

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.

“It is a dual responsibility. We had advertised for three months asking voters to ensure that the names are in the electoral rolls. Despite this, a large number of eligible voters did not enrol their names,” he said. The final voters’ list was published on March 29.

Disrupted

As many as 53 electronic voting machines (EVMs) developed snags and polling was disrupted for a few hours in various booths. The highest number (19) of defective EVMs was reported in Tumkur district, and all the faulty machines were quickly replaced. Polling was not extended beyond the stipulated time in any of the booths.

Thirty people who attempted to cast bogus votes in Hebbal constituency in Bangalore city by showing fake identity cards have been arrested.

A State Government employee, Kumaraswamy, who acted as a polling agent of the Congress in Srinivaspura constituency in Kolar district, had been arrested.

Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Shankar M. Bidari said that barring minor incidents, the polling passed off peacefully in all the 89 constituencies.

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Akhilesh Das joins Bahujan Samaj Party

Akhilesh Das, former central government minister and Congress Rajya Sabha MP who recently resigned from the upper house of parliament, was formally inducted into the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) here Saturday.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati appointed him as the party’s national general secretary in addition to Satish Misra, a Brahmin who was the only one on this coveted position so far.

She declared Das as the BSP nominee for the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat. Das - who had been dropped from the central ministry in the last reshuffle - reportedly decided to quit the Congress when he was not given the party nomination for the seat.

The UP chief minister plans to make inroads among members of the trading community with the help of Das.

“I have told him to initially devote his energies towards contesting the Lucknow parliamentary election. And once that is over, Akhilesh Das would go round the country mobilising the support of the Vaishya (trader) caste for the BSP,” said Mayawati.

The induction ritual was organised amid much fanfare by Das himself at Hotel Taj Residency that was thronged by thousands of his supporters including a large number of employees of the multiple educational institutions run by him.

Apparently well-rehearsed, the supporters and employees applauded each time Das praised Mayawati, to which she promptly responded with an obliging smile.

He described Mayawati as the “greatest leader of all times”.

Terming her as a “potential prime minister”, Das said: “If there is any rightful and deserving leader for the country’s top position, it is only Mayawati.”

Das who until a few weeks back hailed Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi as “ultimate leaders of the nation’, went on to describe the BSP chief as a leader with “unparalleled calibre and distinction”.

As if to reassure Mayawati of his unflinching loyalty, the party hopper said: “I am 47 years old and have always remained a Congressman. But, let me swear today that the 20 or 25 years that I have ahead would be devoted to offering my services at your feet.”

He said that apart from “other factors” that led to his disillusionment with the Congress, “his decision to quit the Congress was also prompted by the UPA government’s refusal to concede Mayawati’s demand for a special economic package for the development of the backward Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions of Uttar Pradesh”.

Mayawati has been demanding a package of Rs.800 billion for the economic upliftment of the two regions.

Those who switched loyalties from the Congress to the BSP along with Das include member of the legislative council (MLC) Siraj Mehndi and a dozen municipal corporators.

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Calls for consensus on passage of Women’s Reservation Bill

Lucknow: May 6, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati, while clearing the stand of the State Government on the issue of Women’s Reservation Bill, said that from the outset her Government was of the view that “Jitni jiski bhagidari, Utni uski hissedari”. She said that considering that the population of the women was 50 per cent of the total population of the country, therefore, it would be justified that they were given 50 per cent reservation in all levels of the political structure of the country. The C.M. said that her Government welcomed the proposal of 33 per cent reservation of women as it was an important step towards the empowerment of women, but it also expresses its disapproval of certain provisions incorporated in the Bill. Ms. Mayawati said that there was no provision to ensure that the women of all categories of the Sarva Samaj got the benefit of reservation. Therefore, her government was of the view that certain important amendments should be made in the Bill. She said that her government believed that out of the 33 per cent reservation quota proposed for the women, there should be provision for separate reservation for the women belonging to SC/ST and OBC categories, viz. these categories should not be given quota within quota. *******

KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY ELECTION

Districts going to polls: Tumkur, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagara, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu, Mysore, Chamarajnagar.
Total number of seats: 224;
Total number of Candidates: 950 (independent:440)

 

50 percent turnout in first phase of polls
An estimated 50 per cent of the 1.73 crore electorate cast their votes in the first phase of polls held in 89 assembly segments spread over 11 districts in Karnataka which ended by and large peacefully.
Voters stand in a queue to cast their votes, outside a polling station in Bangalore.

BSP confident of victory

50 percent turnout in first phase of polls in Karnataka

An estimated 50 per cent of the 1.73 crore electorate cast their votes in the first phase of polls held in 89 assembly constituencies spread over 11 districts in Karnataka which ended by and large peacefully on Saturday

Of the 224 assembly segments in the state, 66 will go to polls in the second phase on May 16 and the remaining 69 in the third phase on May 22

Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse a group of persons who apparently were trying to cast bogus votes at Chickpet.

In several areas, voters protested deletion of their names

A 58,000-strong security personnel kept a close watch on the polling which passed off peacefully, official sources said.

The poll prospects of 953 candidates were sealed in the EVMs.

The voters’ response in Bangalore City, which has 28 assembly segments was poor, was about 50 per cent, according to initial reports from electoral authorities.

Polling was brisk in Bangalore Rural, Kolar, Hassan, Ramanagar and Chamarajnagar.

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

Karnatataka is the first state to go to election under the delimitation of constituencies in the country.

BSP confident of victory

As the first phase of Assembly polls in Karnataka is underway, major political party — BSP– appeared confident of forming government on its own in the southern state.

BSP is sure to get a  majority as voters are in favour of the party as they are disappointed with coalition government performance.

According to reports I have received, BSP will win more than 55 seats out of 89 going to elections in the first phase today.

People are sore over the performance of Congress-JDS-BJP coalition governments during whose regime corruption was rampant. It will be a single party rule by BSP. People have decided to support BSP.

Bangalore is very important for winning the elections. If BSP wins Bangalore,  victory is assured. And now with the city has increased number of assembly seats, BSP is positive towards the results.

 

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