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
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
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
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
|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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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
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
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
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer
P Manivannan said the report had been sent to the Election
Commission for further action.
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.
Manual scavenging still rampant in North East Delhi, says report
|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.
2552nd SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS 2008
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Jai Bheem BSP Jai Bharath
To The People of Karnataka for
Legislative Assembly Election – 2008
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.
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
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
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 !
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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
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. ******