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The Only Hope of the
Nation Along with SDPI is Elephant of BSP!

People are just fed up
with Congress, other regional parties
 BSP will capture the MASTER KEY !
For Mayawati!

equal distribution of wealth of this country to Sarva
i.e., for
SC/ST/OBC/Minorities and poor upper castes for peace,welfare and
happiness of the entire people and not just for corporate interests and
in - humanists

Maha Mayawati JI the next Prime Minister of PRABUDDHA BHARATH

Our votes are reserved for ELEPHANT symbol for Ms Soumya a candidate fielded here by
the Bahujan Samaj Party

Karnataka Ministers’ assets rose by 665 per cent in 4 years

A symbiotic relationship

B.PAC was a forum aimed at protecting the interests of corporate entities.



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                                                                               The Only Hope of the Nation Along with SDPI is Elephant of BSP!

People are just fed up
with Congress, other regional parties JDS, BSR, KJP and BJP!
 BSP will capture the MASTER KEY !
For Mayawati!

Please vote for the following BSP candidates in ELEPHANT symbol on 05-05-2013


Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati addresses the media at
Parliament in New Delhi on April 22, 2013. Parliament is likely to
witness major disruptions, with the opposition preparing to take on the
Manmohan Singh government on coalgate and the draft JPC report on the


Former Chief Minister of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Leader Mayawati (C) walks to her vehicle
outside Parliament in New Delhi on March 5, 2013. Both houses of
Parliament were adjourned till noon after opposition parties raised

MAYAWATI On March 21

I have been a victim of the misuse of CBI. Be it BJP or Congress, both have misused CBI

New low for the CBI

Given its regime-sensitive approach to politically sensitive cases in the last two decades, this is hardly a surprise.

In this period, it probed cases involving Rajiv Gandhi
in the Bofors scandal and the HDW submarine bribery case, P V Narasimha
Rao in the JMM bribery scandal and the Lakhubhai Pathak cheating case; L
K Advani in the Babri demolition case; Mulayam Singh Yadav, and Lalu Prasad and several Union ministers and leaders in the Jain hawala case.

The Bofors scandal, dealing with the purchase of field guns, boomed for
more than two decades in the political arena before it got buried by
the Delhi High Court in 2005. This was when it quashed charges against
the only available accused, the Hinduja brothers.

had named Rajiv Gandhi in its 1999 charge sheet during the NDA regime.
It also detailed Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi’s role and his
unhindered access to the PM’s residence.

Although CBI was
castigated by HC for going on a wild goose chase and spending over Rs
250 crore of taxpayers’ money, the agency awaited the UPA government’s
nod, which never came. The judgment attained finality and the Bofors
ghost was exorcised after 20 years.

The kickback case in the
HDW deal signed during Rajiv’s rule was registered in 1987. This was
when V P Singh was PM. Many of the accused named in the FIR had been
mentioned in the Bofors FIR. But investigations were closed in 2005.

Rao came close to getting arrested in the Lakhu Bhai Pathak case,
despite CBI not naming him in the charge sheet. It named godman’
Chandraswami and his aide, Mamaji’ K N Agrawal. The trial court made the
former PM a co-accused after it found evidence of Pathak allegedly
handing over money to Chandraswamy on Rao’s assurance . But, there
wasn’t enough to nail Rao or others who were acquitted in 2003. CBI
never went in appeal.

The real scare for Rao came in the JMM
case where it was clear that his government survived a Parliament floor
test in 1993 by buying MPs’ votes. The CBI’s reluctance to stay the
course and inhibition showed by the courts resulted in Rao’s acquittal.

The CBI took up the Babri Masjid case and named 22 top rightwing
leaders, including Advani, who became deputy PM seven years later. In
2010, Allahabad HC discharged Advani and others from conspiracy charges.
Much after the expiry of the time limit for filing an appeal, CBI moved
SC. When the court wanted to know the reasons for delay, it filed an
affidavit which showed how it was acting under the then home minister’s
guidance. More than two decades since, the case is nowhere near

The Jain hawala case, in which leaders from across the political
spectrum were charged by CBI for allegedly receiving ‘political
donations’ , is an example of how not to carry out investigations. In
none of the cases, the CBI could sustain its charge sheet.

Coalgate: Dark clouds hover above Ashwani Kumar, PMO

Supreme Court’s admonition of the government and the CBI for changing
the status report on investigations into ‘Coalgate’ left Congress
red-faced, lengthening the shadow of ’scams’ over the UPA dispensation
and raising the political cost of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s
affection for his law minister Ashwani Kumar.

the court rebuked the argument that the law minister was entitled to
vet the status report, Congress circles were almost unanimous in
acknowledging that Kumar was precariously perched with party general
secretary Janardan Dwivedi saying the court’s views would be respected.
He said Congress “was not one of those who praise the court when
decisions are in our favour and criticize it when the verdict is against
us. We respect the courts”.

There was recognition also
of the growing political risks for Congress from the court hearing, with
Dwivedi candidly acknowledging the setback. “Of course, it is not a
pleasant comment for any dispensation,” he said.

Unlike the
PM’s assertion on Saturday ruling out the law minister’s resignation,
Dwivedi seemed to recognize the fragility of Kumar’s tenure in the
government. “As far as the comments of the SC are concerned, I believe
the final opinion is yet to come and once it comes, an appropriate
decision can be taken,” he said.

In fact, the PM’s own reaction
to the severe strictures from the court on Tuesday did not appear to
shut the door on any possibility. “I have not studied the Supreme
Court’s observations. Whatever action is called for will be taken after
studying it,” Singh said.

Congress sources, however, seemed to
feel that Singh, who handpicked Kumar for the law ministry, will have to
act proactively to stop the creeping shadow of Coalgate from reaching
PMO’s gates.

Party circles have consistently seen what one
source called the law minister’s “diligent proof reading” of CBI’s
status report through the prism of his loyalty to Singh.

(Kumar) looks far more vulnerable than he seemed on April 26 when the
CBI admitted to the court that it was made to show the Coalgate status report to the law ministry along with others,” a senior Cabinet minister said.

CBI’s probe covers the allocation of coal blocks made during the period
when the PM held charge of the coal ministry, and party circles feel
that the law minister must have felt it necessary to cushion the PMO
against any potential source of embarrassment.

However, with
the endeavour boomeranging on the minister and the government as a
whole, Congress circles feel the party leadership must move swiftly to
cap the flames from spreading further.

Party sources maintained
that the initiative for this has to come from the PM himself, as none
in the party will be comfortable broaching the subject with him. Kumar
had a meeting with the PM in the evening.

Senior party leaders
see the severity of the judicial reproach as something which can goad
the PM to let go of Kumar if only for his own sake.

Significantly, the court on Tuesday vowed to go beyond the nature of
changes in the status report to find out who carried those out and to
what end: a resolve which seemed to heighten the sense of urgency in
Congress about putting a lid on the politically haemorrhaging

Law minister wrong in vetting coalgate report: Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday virtually rejected government’s argument that the law minister
was entitled to supervise the drafting of CBI’s report on its
investigations into Coalgate, saying the assertion ran contrary to its
1997 judgment in the Vineet Narain case.

Upset by law minister Ashwani Kumar,
who is not the supervising minister for CBI, summoning and correcting
the agency’s probe status report in the coal scam case, a bench of
Justices R M Lodha, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph cited the 1997
judgment to stress that only the supervising ministry could give broad
policy directions to the CBI regarding a class of cases and seek updates
on the progress of investigation.

“This is being misconstrued
to interfere with the investigation,” the bench said, virtually rebuking
government’s defence that Kumar as law minister was legally competent
to go through CBI’s report and suggest changes.

The CBI reports to the department of personnel and training whose overall charge is with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The bench also said the 1997 judgment allowing the ministry supervising
the CBI to give broad policy directions in certain cases and seek
status of probe did not extend to a case where government functionaries
themselves were the accused.

“How does one reconcile this with
the investigation into allegations against government functionaries?
Does the minister have power to call for progress in investigation? This
frustrates the very purpose,” the bench said.

Ironically, it
was the frustration over the political executive’s moves to scuttle the
probe into cases involving political bigwigs which led the SC in the
1997 judgment to define who among the ministers should have a
supervisory role vis-a-vis the CBI.

While dealing with Vineet
Narain’s PIL, the court realized that mafia and crime syndicates thrived
because of reluctance of law enforcing agencies - police, CBI and
Enforcement Directorate — to act against them because they feared
retributive action from political executive.

As a first step,
the court had desired to free the investigating agencies from the
clutches of political executives, but the then attorney general had put
up a caveat in the form of a note from an individual Union Cabinet
minister. The minister had requested the court to keep in mind the fact
that “ultimate responsibility for functioning of these agencies to
Parliament is that of the concerned minister”.

court said it had never intended to dilute the in-charge minister’s
general power to review working of the agencies and give broad policy
directions regarding their functioning.

“However, all the
powers of the minister are subject to the condition that none of them
would extend to permit the minister to interfere with the course of
investigation and prosecution in any individual case and in that respect
the concerned officers are to be governed entirely by the mandate of
the law and statutory duty cast upon them,” the court had said.

After referring to the Vineet Narain judgment, the bench of Justices
Lodha, Lokur and Joseph said the primary task now was to free the CBI
from the clutches and crutches of political executive and bureaucrats
and restore its past glory.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan,
appearing for petitioner NGO Common Cause, said the two-year fixed
tenure for the CBI director to make him independent of the political
executive too had been subverted by the governments, which lured the CBI
chief with post-retirement gubernatorial posts to make him pliant.

The bench said, “We have to bring clarity in certain paragraphs of the
Vineet Narain judgment. What actually was meant to be achieved but what
has it been understood (by the political class).”

Shoe hurled at judge as Sajjan let off in 1984 case

NEW DELHI: In a verdict pronounced behind closed doors, a trial court on Tuesday acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar
of all charges, including that of murder, in a case where five persons
of a family were killed in Delhi Cantonment area during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

District and sessions judge J R Aryan let Kumar off due to lack of
evidence. Five other accused were convicted on various charges under
Indian Penal Code even as protests erupted inside and outside the
courtroom against the former Congress MP’s acquittal. One person hurled a
shoe at the judge as he read out the judgment.

Before the
pronouncement, which was deferred by around an hour, police cordoned off
the courtroom area. Minutes before the verdict, Kumar was taken to the
courtroom with full police security while the mediapersons and other
lawyers were kept out. Kumar was later spirited away from the exit meant
for judges as the police feared attacks from the protesters outside.

While ex-councillor Balwan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal
were held guilty of murder (section 302, maximum punishment death),
Mahender Yadav and ex-MLA Kishan Khokkar were convicted for the offence
of rioting only.

Soon after the verdict, the court directed
that Balwan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal be taken into
judicial custody while fixing the matter for May 6 for hearing the
arguments on quantum of sentence in the case. The judgment, however, was
not made available to both the parties. Court sources said some
corrections were yet to be made in the judgment.

The court’s
order came as a blow to the CBI, which had accused Kumar and others of
instigating the mob which killed five Sikhs - Kehar Singh, Gurpreet
Singh, Raghuvender Singh, Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh - in
Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar area. The killings took place during the
riots in Delhi that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by two of her Sikh bodyguards.

This particular case was registered only in 2005 - 21 years after the
killing - on a recommendation by Justice G T Nanavati Commission. The
trial court had in May 2010 framed charges against Kumar and the five
others under Sections 302 (murder), 395 (dacoity), 427 (mischief to
cause damage to property), 153A (promoting enmity between different
communities), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and other provisions of the

The CBI had based its case on the statement of the
complainant and eyewitness Jagdish Kaur, whose husband Kehar and son
Gurpreet were killed. Other eyewitnesses included Jagsher Singh and
Nirpreet Kaur. During the trial, the CBI had also slammed the conduct of
the Delhi Police and claimed that the cops did everything to shield
Kumar. It went on to say that the police were interested only in
collecting evidence against complainant Jagdish Kaur and not against the
accused. The CBI told the court there was a conspiracy of “terrifying
proportion” between Kumar and the police, who had kept their “eyes
closed” to widespread violence during the riots.

CBI had also
alleged that in all complaints, wherever Kumar’s name had cropped up, it
was “immediately eliminated” from police records.
Kumar had produced several Delhi Police officers as defence witnesses.
The defence counsel had told the court there were material
contradictions in statements of the witnesses, including Jagdish Kaur.

Kumar, who was denied a Congress ticket in the 2009 elections, still
faces trial in another 1984 rioting case. In a third case, Delhi Police
has filed a closure report, saying there was no evidence against Kumar
to implicate him. The Delhi Police had earlier probed the riots case and
the investigation was handed over to CBI in 2005.

Poll fever heats up in this melting pot

Talk profiles an RJ, a transgender person and a mute activist, who have joined the race

Ms. Soumya told journalists here that while other political parties
refused to recognise the transgender community, the BSP did.

Party leader C.S. Dwarakanath said that Ms. Soumya was the first
transgender to contest in the history of Karnataka Legislative Assembly
elections and the BSP would make all efforts to pave the way for her
entry into the Vidhana Soudha.

Amidst this
battle of seasoned heavyweights, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has
fielded a newcomer to politics, a transgender person called Sowmya Sri.



Ms. Soumya said: “We are treated as castaways as we don’t have family
support and no means to support ourselves. We face oppression from the
administrative machinery. I want to fight for our rights.”

She then narrated the battle she lost over trying to get a below the
poverty line (BPL) card. She got her voter ID card after much struggle,
she said.

Born a man,
Sowmya (33) underwent a sex change surgery. She is the first transgender
person to contest elections in Karnataka. “After I announced I was
contesting elections, people have started treating me with more
respect,” she says.


Having worked
with several NGOs for the rights of sexual minorities, she is confident
that she has the support of the transgender community. “Gandhinagar is
the hub for people of my community. They live and even work here. The
trading communities also treat hijras with respect and will vote me,”
she says.


The campaign funding strategy, which she calls “One note,
one vote,” is in place. “We will ask people to cast their vote in our
favour. They could donate one note, of any denomination. It could be a
Rs 10 note or a Rs 1,000 note,” she says.


 “We will garland Ambedkar’s statue
at Okalipuram bus stand and begin campaigning. We are not paying
volunteers, but will give them food,” she said.


promise is that she will keep Gandhinagar garbage-free, and provide
better living conditions to people of her community.


stands a chance of winning, she is the first transgender person in
Karnataka’s history to contest assembly elections.

In the crowded bylanes of Gandhinagar, a familiar battle plays out.
Barring a few novelties such as a transgender candidate fielded here by
the Bahujan Samaj Party or pockets of the constituency
alleging neglect by the local parties.

Indicative of the multi-community demographic here, most parties publish
their pamphlets in at least three languages. In some areas, such as in
the Marathi-dominated Saurashtrapet, that number increases.

Gandhinagar is a “mini-Hindustan in Bangalore”.

These wards are so badly neglected that even
the promise of development has become passé,


But, there’s also a strong sense of disenchantment among voters.

settlements and slums — languish without proper water supply or

Many living here were formerly workers in the three big mills that once
brought prosperity to the area; but now they struggle to make ends meet.

Narasaiah, who worked at the Minerva Mills, says  the fact is that the older and
poorer localities are utterly neglected,” he said.

His neighbour, a daily wage labourer, points out that once people from all over the State came here for jobs.

“Today, our children are struggling to land even odd-jobs. Barring the
paltry ration we draw monthly, the government does not help us in any
way. Why should we vote for these people?” he asked. 

Our votes are reserved for ELEPHANT symbol for Ms Soumya a candidate fielded here by
the Bahujan Samaj Party

Karnataka Ministers’ assets rose by 665 per cent in 4 years

Average asset per MLA in Karnataka is highest in South India

Even as candidates from various political parties are
yet to submit their affidavits with their nomination papers to the
ensuing Assembly elections scheduled for May 5, Karnataka Election Watch
(KEW), which analysed the affidavits filed by MLAs and Ministers to the
Election Commission of India in 2008, has said that average assets of
MLAs is the highest at Rs. 5.98 crore in Karnataka compared with its
three neighbouring States.

The Karnataka Assembly is
followed by Tamil Nadu (2011) with an average of Rs. 3.98 crore, Andhra
Pradesh (2009) with Rs. 3.78 crore and Kerala (2011) Rs.1.43 crore.

the 2004 Assembly in Karnataka, the average assets of 186 out of 224
MLAs analysed was Rs. 1.29-crore, which points to steep increase between
the elections.

Ministers’ riches

KEW which
analysed the affidavits of 24 of the 27 cabinet Ministers, including the
Chief Minister, pointed out that the average assets of a Minister in
Karnataka was Rs. 6.96 crore and recorded a growth of 665 per cent over
the previous (2004) Assembly.

Prof. Tilochan Shastry
of KEW said that the data with regards to three Ministers — S. Suresh
Kumar, Revu Naik Belmagi and Kota Srinivasa Poojari — were not available
for analysis.

Average assets

The average
assets of Ministers in the Karnataka Assembly which was Rs. 91 lakh in
2004 had climbed to Rs. 6.96 crore in 2008. The growth in average assets
per Minister was 665 per cent from 2004 to 2008, he informed.

Criminal cases

Shastry said that two Ministers had declared in their 2008 affidavits
that there were serious Indian Penal Code (IPC) charges such as murder,
attempt to murder, kidnapping against them.

Lakshman Rao Jarkiholi, Municipal Administration Minister, has declared
that he has one case against him including charges related to murder,
attempt to murder, kidnapping and theft. C.T. Ravi, Minister for Higher
Education, admitted having five criminal cases including charges of
promoting enmity between groups of religion, race and language. As many
as 42 per cent of ministers have declared that they have criminal cases
against them.


Noting that 18 of
the 24 Cabinet Ministers were millionaires, he said overall 61 per cent
or 131 of the 215 analysed legislators were millionaires in Assembly in

Anand Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
from Vijayanagar constituency had the highest assets (Rs. 88.66 crore),
he was followed by V. Somanna (Rs.10.99 crore) and Anand Asnotikar (Rs.
10.39 crore).


that the spending by the parties and candidates in the coming election
was expected to reach Rs. 6000 crore to Rs. 7000 crore, he said: “Nobody
knows the exact quantum.”

KEW along with other NGOs
would launch “My vote is not for sale”, a campaign to counter excessive
spending in elections and wooing electorates through money and muscle

A symbiotic relationship

Some of the farmers who lost their land to the Metropolitan Cooperative Housing Society at Jakkur in Bangalore. Photo: Sudipto Mondal

Some of the farmers who lost their land to the Metropolitan Cooperative
Housing Society at Jakkur in Bangalore

When the candidates declared their assets before the Election
Commission, the media and civil society let out a collective gasp. Most
knew about the wealth of the factory owners of north Karnataka and the
mining barons of Bellary.

But the real estate tycoons-turned-politicians of Bangalore took many a
breath away as they revealed their affluence before the Election

Nandish Reddy, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from K.R. Puram, whose
assets have gone up from Rs. 36 crore to Rs. 118 crore in five years,
did not see what the fuss was all about as he spoke to the reporter of a
national television channel. “Anybody can enter the real estate
business. What is wrong?” he asked, perplexed, notwithstanding his
indictment in a land grab case in his constituency. And with Rs. 26
crore, B.A. Basavaraj, his rival from the Congress, is no pushover: he
is also into real estate. The list of real estate tycoons in the fray
this time is baffling. Industry insiders, in fact, say that today every
major politician in the city has real estate interests: they just don’t
want to say it openly. “It is bad for the image,” concedes the son of a
powerful national leader who is also in the fray.

But political interests in real estate and the real estate sector’s interest in politics is of an older vintage in Bangalore.

It was in 1985 that then Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde’s real estate
interests were exposed in the scam involving Revajeetu Builders and
Developers owned by his daughter and son-in-law. The same year, then
Janata Party leader H.D. Deve Gowda’s name cropped up in a land
allotment scam.

Big names

During the same period, the housing society scam entered the public
domain and the unseen hands of several political figures were exposed.

The former Chief Ministers S. Bangarappa, R. Gundu Rao, H.D. Kumaraswamy
and N. Dharam Singh also faced allegations of land scams before B.S.
Yeddyurappa and several of his Cabinet colleagues raised the stakes.

It is probably because we live in the times of anti-corruption movements
that the role of the real estate sector in these elections has suddenly
come into sharp focus.

But the seeds for the success of today’s real estate tycoons were sown
in the late 1980s and 1990s when the country was slowly embracing
market-driven economics, says journalist-turned-politician Ravindra
Reshme. In the name of development, builders started being given
exemption from the Urban Land Ceiling Act in the 1990s and came to own
large tracts of land within the city. The Act was repealed altogether in

Mr. Reshme alleged that Hegde and Bangarappa started promoting the
concept of group housing (apartments) with the sole objective of
promoting their interests in the construction and real estate sectors.

Corrupt bureaucracy too

Conversion of agricultural land for commercial use was actively promoted
by the government to favour builders with the help of corrupt
bureaucrats, says retired IAS officer V. Balasubramanian, who headed the
commission to enquire into land grab in the city.

The former IAS officer and Deputy Commissioner of Bangalore Urban M.
Krishna, whose properties were raided in 2008 by the Income Tax
Department, earned the epithet ‘conversion’ Krishna.

Successive governments also gave land to housing societies and did not
penalise them for entering into illegal joint development agreements
with builders, he points out.

Flush with wealth accumulated as a result of years of political
patronage, many builders are now taking a direct plunge into electoral
politics, says  a real estate agent in Murugeshpalya.
Some observers say that it is too late to clip their wings.

B.PAC was a forum aimed at protecting the interests of corporate entities.

The yardstick to pick and fund candidates did not take into account the
ordinary citizen’s interests and B.PAC endorsing and funding 14
candidates was an indicator of the danger that capitalist forces posed
to democracy.

How could the electorate expect the candidates to work for the
development of Bangalore with B.PAC’s financial support for their
election expenditure?

The recipients of B.PAC’s largesse belonged to the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (Secular).

This is an elite way of influencing the voters by pumping in more money for their candidates, destroying a level playing field.

Karnataka polls: Real estate funds prop up polls

BANGALORE: There’s a big dip in the amount of cash floating around this election, particularly of the unaccounted variety.

The 2010 ban on iron ore exports from the state, imposed in the wake of rampant illegal mining, has changed the spend scenario, leaving only the flourishing real estate sector to fund poll fortunes — at least in Bangalore City, Bangalore Rural, Mysore and Tumkur.

This shift in money power from iron ore mining in Bellary district to
the real estate sector in Bangalore will be a key change in the poll
dynamics, as compared to 2008. Money generated through illegal
businesses is laundered through various means, including mortgaging of
land to generate funds. “Real estate money does play an important role
in all elections, more so this year.

Over the years, various cash-rich lobbies
have funded parties and key individuals. For long, the liquor lobby
funded elections and reaped a good harvest through successive
governments. Then came the capitation lobby. With communities and
individuals establishing medical and engineering colleges, money flowed
during elections. Then came a real estate boom, and the
contractor-developer lobby took up prime position, before mining came to
the fore. Now, it’s back to the land lords.

There’s no doubt
the real estate sector will play a vital role in this election, in the
absence of mining. It doesn’t mean that big builders are pumping in
money. Candidates and their key supporters are involved in some way or
other in the land business.

Most of the candidates, irrespective of the political parties they
represent, and Independents contesting from Bangalore and Mysore, have a
direct or indirect hand in land transactions. Many candidates with
ancestral property started developing housing or commercial projects,
while some sitting MLAs invested money in real estate after they became
members of the assembly. However, none of the well-established
developers are in the fray.

Another way contestants are
generating money is by pledging their benami properties to credit
cooperative societies and private moneylenders. Candidates have taken
this risk, unmindful of high interest rates. “These transactions are
made some months before the election process starts. As nationalized
banks seek detailed information on ownership and the source of the land,
private moneylenders and credit cooperative societies are good

Intra-corporate short-term loans are another source of money flow.
Unlike in 2008, this time, intra-corporate loans are not too popular.
“Some transactions have reportedly taken place. Here,
money is transferred to a candidate or his family-run company, for which
the candidate pledges land or a house.

Money flow

Moneybags have hijacked Karnataka. Money power is also in full play in
the state. In a few states, releasing of manifestos by major political
parties is just a ritual. Thereafter, it’s a money fight, tons of it.
All parties, including Congress, BJP, KJP and JD(S) fight elections
based on money power.

Parties have given tickets to many in and around Bangalore, based only on their money power through real estate.


Bahujan Samaj Party has its own website and blog. More than any other party BSP has more following in Face Book and Twitter which is blacked out by many of the caste Discriminative Source of bias media where regular comments are made in favour of BSP by well wishers.

The Times of India

Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan (b) 1 day ago
is the only party which works on the policy of Sarvajan Hithay Sarvajan
Sukhay meaning peace, welfare and happiness for the entire people
including SC/ST/OBC/Minorities and poor Upper Castes as enshrined in the
Constitution. People will hand over the MASTER KEY to BSP to unlock all
door of development to distribute the wealth of the country/state
equally among all sections of the society and to enable them to attain
Eternal Bliss as their final goal.

Rajesh K Naik (Hubli) replies to Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan 18 hrs ago
I will vote for BSP and its alliance and I hope they will win over 55 seats

Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan (Bangalore)
check on the website of the chief electoral officer of Karnataka will
also confirm that the affidavits of candidates cannot be viewed and may
candidates names are left out if it is the final list.
The EC while with discriminate source of caste bias booking SC/ST leader
for silly violation of Code of Conduct did not do so non SC/ST leaders
of Congress, BJP, KJP, JDS, BSP. The EC has to be booked under
prevention of SC/ST atrocities case. While in Uttar Pradesh in the last
Assembly ruling party’s symbol along with leaders statues were draped,
that to the symbol with raised trunks which was not the actual symbol
failed to drape the NATIONAL FLOWER LOTUS symbol of ruling BJP that is
going for polls and the RELIGIOUS HAND symbol of Congress ruling in the
Centre while most of the gods use LOTUS as their pedestal and HAND by
street corner astrologers and Islam as their sacred symbol. They were
allotted by EC which should have been frozen.Though memorandums were
submitted to CEC no action was taken and the Open Source Code of EVM is
not made public. The media which was active in UP is not active now.
The Only Hope of the
Nation Along with SDPI is Elephant of BSP!
People are just fed up
with Congress, other regional parties JDS, BSR, KJP and BJP!
BSP will capture the MASTER KEY !
For Mayawati!
For equal distribution of wealth of this country to Sarva SAMAJ i.e.,
for SC/ST/OBC/Minorities and poor upper castes for peace,welfare and
happiness of the entire people and not just for corporate interests and
in - humanists.

‘Modi go back’ slogans rent the air

Freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy addressing a protest meeting against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy addressing a protest meeting against
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Bangalore on Sunday.

‘Hindutva experiment has well and truly failed in Karnataka’

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangalore to campaign
for the BJP was opposed by a group of SC/ST and secular organisations on
Sunday. The agitators, who said that Mr. Modi was responsible for the
2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat, gathered under heavy police presence
at Ananda Rao Circle.

Mr. Modi is not being made to campaign extensively in Karnataka is
proof of the fact that his brand of divisive politics doesn’t find wide
endorsement in Karnataka. The BJP is trying to shield him from the wrath of
the people of this State who have a long history of pro-people and
secular movements.

Even as the protesters shouted slogans saying “Modi go back” and
“Karnataka is not Gujarat”,  “The Hindutva experiment has
well and truly failed in Karnataka. Even in places such as Hubli,
Chikmagalur, Davangere and the coastal districts — where the Sangh
Parivar is seen as powerful — there is a growing resentment toward the
ideology which has resulted in vicious attacks against not just
minorities but also women, SC/STs which suffered Social boycott and the youth.”

SC/ST leaders dismissed the argument that a citizen of
India has the right to travel anywhere he wishes. Mr. Modi is not an
ordinary citizen. He is accused of crimes against humanity and is solely
responsible for the ‘genocide’ in Gujarat

They expressed concern over the attempts of some corporations to airbrush Mr. Modi’s image by projecting him as a “messiah of
development”. They said, “His name being projected as the BJP’s Prime
Ministerial candidate is purely a construct of the corporate-funded
media.” They said, “Corporates have no ideology or commitment to human
values. They only want to make money. We saw this in Nazi Germany too
where several large corporates actively helped Hitler in the war

Echoing this view, freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy said, “People of this State should say ‘no’ to Modi and ‘no’ to the BJP.”

Lamenting the spate of corruption cases that were exposed during the BJP
rule, he said that every marginalised and weak section of society had
borne the brunt of that party’s divisive ideology.

They rejected the claim that Gujarat has flourished
economically under Mr. Modi and said: The average daily wage rate is
Rs. 218 in Kerala and Rs. 116 in Gujarat. The average rural wage is Rs.
152 in Punjab and Rs. 83 in Gujarat. Of the 12 developed States in
India, Gujarat has been ranked 11 on Human Development Indices of 2011.
According to UNICEF, every second child aged less than five is
malnourished in Gujarat. Three of four children in the same age bracket
are anaemic.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka suffered because of internal bickering,

Gathering showed reluctance to listen to the Chief Minister and BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar

Assurance of corruption-free governance given by the Congress is a big joke.

Congress was  ruining the country.

Dynastic politics is nasty, but it is tasty for the Congress, KJP, JDS as they are chips of the old Cole and Iron blocks of Congress and BJP. These vultures are of the same feather flocking together feeding on the dead bodies of poor farmers and slum dwellers.

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