In Karnataka Assembly Elections 2008
BSP got second place in 9 seats
Third place in 30 seats
Congress lost in 45 seats because of the presence of BSP
BSP rocks the Congress boat in Tumkur district
Congress would have got three more seats if BSP had not fielded candidates
Rs. 35,000 crore Annual Plan sanctioned for State
New Delhi : May 26, 2008 The Senior Departmental Officers, led by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta, held discussions on the shape and size of the Annual Plan of the Uttar Pradesh for the year 2008-09 at a meeting organised at the Planning Commission here today. The meeting was presided over by the member of the Planning Commission Mr. Bal Krishna Chaturvedi. The State proposed a shape of Rs. 35,000 crore for the Annual Plan, which was accepted by the Planning Commission. During the meeting, it was pointed out that the State had demanded a package of Rs. 80,000 crore on July 17, 2007 to bridge the critical gaps and backwardness of the Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions, but the Government of India has not taken any positive decision in this regard so far. This package included construction of roads, development of health facilities, drinking water, electricity works, irrigation facilities, housing facilities for poor, agriculture development, social welfare and programmes related to employment. It was also pointed out at the meeting that Uttar Pradesh was not getting the requisite share under the self financed programmes of the Government of India if compared to the other States. Elaborating upon the situations, it was informed at the meeting that there were 90.17 lakh families subsisting below the poverty line in Bihar and it has been allocated a sum of Rs. 1412.47 crore under the Indira Awas Yojna, while 99.56 lakh families were living below the poverty line in Uttar Pradesh and the State was facing a shortage of 43 lakh houses, yet it was allocated Rs. 668.66 crore under the same scheme. The officers informed at the meeting that the State had not been reimbursed the sum spent during the last two years under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Project (AIBP). Rs. 193 crore have been sanctioned, but not reimbursed so far. Moreover, the State was not being provided a grant of 90 per cent from the Drought Hit Area Project, while the other States were getting it. The officers of the State Government said at the meeting that owing to the effective financial management and proper exploitation of tax and other financial resources, the pace of development programmes was accelerated through the resources generated in this way, but the Union Government did not provide requisite financial resources to the State Government. The officers of the State Government informed the Member of the Planning Commission that in the year 2007-08, Uttar Pradesh, which is the largest state of the country, had been sanctioned Rs. 75 crore as one time additional assistance, while the Planning Commission had sanctioned Rs. 200 crore for Maharashtra and Rs. 247.50 crore for Uttarakhand. Both of these states are smaller states if compared to the most populous state of the country. It is evident that the Centre had been discriminating against Uttar Pradesh as far as allocation of funds was concerned. A request of Rs. 300 crore has been made under this head. Highlighting the constructive approach of the State Government, it was pointed out that important steps had been taken to provide relief in the drought hit areas during the last one year. Owing to the steps taken by the State Government to encourage the private sector in the State, proposals worth Rs. 1.31 lakh crore had been implemented and people have shown interest in the development of energy sector, urban areas, Ganga Express-way, transport sector, medical sector etc. The development of agriculture and allied sectors have been accorded top priority and it would give some good results very soon. A sum of Rs. 1898 crore was spent under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) during the last year to provide employment opportunities to more than 40 lakh families. Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, 2657 kms. long roads have been constructed. More people were made literate against the national average as far as literacy was concerned; this fact was confirmed by the study conducted by the NCRT. During the meeting the Chief Secretary requested to provide special package for Vindhya and Bundelkhand region of the State, so that the backward area of the State could be developed all-round. He also mentioned a request of Rs. 10,684 crore sent earlier for the development of the Bundelkhand region and an inter departmental team of the Government of India had conducted survey and inspection as well. The Government of India was also requested to provide an additional Central assistance of Rs. 5000 crore, so that various schemes and programmes of the State could be implemented. Besides, special request was also made to provide Rs. 100 crore for setting up agricultural university in Banda district, an additional assistance of Rs. 300 crore for the Bana Sagar Irrigation Project, Rs. 300 crore for the drinking water and irrigation facilities of the region, Rs. 50 crore for drip and sprinkler irrigation and exempting both the backward regions from the condition of 100 days of employment generation under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) for the Bundelkhand region. Raising the issue of delay made in the sanctioning of State Government’s projects under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission at the meeting, it was emphasised that the amount payable for the sanctioned projects should be released immediately and a request to provide Rs. 700 crore amount to the State was also made. Likewise, a demand of sanctioning Rs. 708.04 crore under AIBP, Rs. 1200 crore under BRGF, Rs. 831 crore under NSAP, Rs. 450 crore RKVY, Rs. 200 crore under APDRP, Rs. 50 crore under BADP, Rs. 500 crore under CRF, Rs. 35.50 crore under NEGAP, Rs. 4.92 crore under Article 275 (1), Rs. 5.46 crore under TSP, Rs. 6.61 crore under NPAG — in all about Rs. 5,000 crore was made. It was also pointed out at the meeting that the State’s demand under the above programmes was justified and other states had been allocated more funds. ******
Lucknow: May 24, 2008 The State Government has announced 6 per cent hike in the dearness allowance (D.A.) of the State employees, aided educational and technical education institutions and employees of the urban bodies, with effect from January 01, 2008. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by the U.P. Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati. Now, the revised rate of D.A. would be 47 per cent. It may be recalled that the Central Government had announced an increase of 6 per cent in the D.A. of the Central employees from January 01, 2008 for its employees. Besides, the State Cabinet has also decided to increase the D.A. of the pensioners/family pensioners to 47 per cent with effect from January 01, 2008. It may be recalled that the Union Government has sanctioned dearness relief for its pensioners/family pensioners from January 01, 2008. The Chief Minister apprised of media about the decisions of the Cabinet at a press conference held at her 5-Kalidas Marg official residence here today. She said that the State Finance Department is issuing a G.O. in this regard. *******
A warning to secular parties
The outcome sends out a warning to those secular parties who, in the interest of forming a government, go in for an electoral understanding with the BJP.For long the BJP had been trying to polarise the people along communal lines and had succeeded in weakening the secular forces in Karnataka.
The poll results also reflected the loss of credibility of the Congress and were a comment on the performance of the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre.
The Centre’s polices, particularly in regard to price rise and the crisis in the agriculture sector, have led to resentment among the people who have rejected the Congress.
The BSP leader said that its candidates had lost because BSP could not match the money power of the BJP and this was the prime reason for the party’s rout.
The BSP votes were concentrated in slums and the BJP wooed the slum dwellers with liquor and money, he alleged.
The BSP candidate from the Tumkur city segment, Veer Dilip Kumar, polled 1,053 votes. Congress candidate from the city, Rafiq Ahmed Shaik, faced defeat by a narrow margin of 1,869 votes.
Karnataka Assembly Election 2008 was not Free and Fair election for the following reasons:
Names of over 910 voters of Ambedkar Nagar in the city were found missing in the electoral rolls.
Many names were missing in voters’ list
The facts are the results of a study conducted by Election Watch Committee Large Number of citizens names not found in voters list only 17% of the IT hub Bangalore have Voters Photo Identy Cards In several areas, voters protested deletion of their names
On large number of names reported missing in the voters’ list in almost all constituencies,
Mr. Vidyashankar said both the voters and the Election Commission were to be blamed.
Solution No. 1
Election Committee like any other Parliamentary Committee may be formed with
representatives of different castes so that all the eligible voters are included with
their photo identity cards.
In several areas, voters protested deletion of their names
Now the people of India must have the Right To Information from the
Election Commission to
know as to how many million people were elegible to vote in 2009 and 2008 Karnataka
Assembly elections. There is no official information on the exact number of people whose
names are not found in the voter’s list.