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Decision to be implemented strictly in higher educational institutions : Chief Minister
New Delhi: April 10, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati has hailed the historical decision taken unanimously by Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court through which it upheld reservation facility for the O.B.C. candidates in the central higher educational institutions. Through this decision, the bench upheld the law providing 27 per cent reservation to the O.B.C. candidates in the central higher educational institutions. She said that the State Government fully agreed with the decision and welcomed it. She said that this decision had legitimised the reservation facility provided to the O.B.C. candidates in the higher educational institutions. This reservation arrangement would be strictly implemented in the admissions in the higher educational institutions of Uttar Pradesh, she pointed out. The C.M. was addressing media representatives here today. She said that apart from that, she would also write a letter to the Government of India requesting it to provide reservation facility to the economically poor among backward classes, religious minorities and upper caste people in the higher educational institutions and ask to amend the Constitution. She said that the Centre was being requested to take immediate action in this regard. She assured the Government of India on behalf of her party and the State Government that if the Union Government took any step in this direction, the State Government would support it to the hilt. Km. Mayawati said that U.P. had already been ensuring reservation in higher educational institutions which conformed to today’s decision of the Supreme Court. After today’s decision of Supreme Court it was the responsibility of Centre to ensure the reservation to O.B.C. in admission in all higher educational institutions run by Union Government. Besides, the implementation of the system of reservation should be ensured in such states where it had not been implemented so far. As far as the question of keeping creamy layer among the O.B.C.s out of reservation facility was concerned, the Central Government should re-define creamy layer in view of galloping prices lest the genuinely socially and economically weak candidates belonging to the O.B.C.s were deprived of the reservation facility, she added. **********
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Saturday, Apr 12, 2008
BSP first list in three days: Sindhia
Party to launch campaign tomorrow
To field candidates in all constituencies
Bangalore: The State unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party will launch its campaign for the coming Assembly elections on April 13 and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayavati will participate in the party’s election meetings on four days.
Going to the polls with its simple declaration “Sarvajan Sukhaya — Sarvajan Hitaya,” the party will field candidates from all the 224 Assembly constituencies, the former Minister and campaign committee chairman P.G.R. Sindhia said here on Friday. The places where Ms. Mayavati would attend meetings were yet to be decided.
Addressing presspersons, Mr. Sindhia said the first list of candidates for the first phase of elections would be announced in three days. The party workers would distribute a 20-page appeal by Ms. Mayavati to over 10 lakh households during the campaign.
Mr. Sindhia alleged that parties were indulging in distribution of money, saris and rice to voters and they were also hoarding liquor to be supplied to them. Mr. Sindhia said that he had complained to the Election Commission urging it to initiate action against the violators of the model code of conduct.
Mr. Sindhia reiterated his stand that he would not contest in the elections and that his Kanakapura constituency has been merged with Sathnur and Ramanagara constituencies. However, he would undertake a month-long election tour.
He hoped that the percentage of votes for his party would reach double digit in the coming elections and a large number of Muslims and Brahmins have become supporters of the party
Poll panel’s opinion on Janata Darshan sought
|Model code of conduct is not clear on the issue|
Governor did not hold Janata Darshan since April 2
Officials told not to deliver speeches on Ambedkar Jayanti
BANGALORE: The office of the State Chief Electoral Officer has sought the opinion of the Election Commission on holding of Janata Darshan by Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Saturdays.
Mr. Thakur had not held the Janata Darshan since the announcement of the schedule for the Legislative Assembly lections in the State on April 2.
Sources said the model code of conduct was not clear on the issue of holding of Janata Darshan by the Governor. “We have written to the Election Commission and waiting for the reply,” an official said.
Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao and officials of the Social Welfare Department have been instructed not to deliver speeches on Ambedkar Jayanti on Monday in view of the enforcement of model of code of conduct.
The officials have been instructed to only garland the statue of Dr. Ambedkar on that day.
Similarly, Union Ministers have been instructed against participating in official functions of the Government in the State.
Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan and Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal did not participate in two functions organised in the city last week on account of model code of conduct.
Two officials of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation have been suspended for violating the model of code of conduct. The two officials participated at a programme to unveil a statue of Basaveshwara in Hubli recently. The matter has been referred to the Election Commission for action, the official said.
Asked about the model of code of conduct coming in the way of the inauguration of Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli, the official said the Bangalore International Airport Limited has not approached the Chief Electoral Officer on the issue. “We will take stock of the issue only after the BIAL approach us,” the official said.
There are 60,000 voters in the State serving in Defence forces.
The voters categorised as “service voters” have been given freedom to exercise their franchise from the place of their convenience in the country.
To ensure that every official on election duty casts vote, the Election Commission has decided to introduce a new system of postal ballot — Registered Post Acknowledgement Due — in the coming elections in the State.
According to the new system, persons deputed on election duty, including police personnel, would cast their voters through registered post, instead of the old certificate of posting. The new system would be effective and each and every person on election duty will get an opportunity to vote, the official said.
Officials on election duty would have to fill-up Form 12 in which they would furnish details of the constituency they belong to and their respective departments.
They would also have to provide a copy of their appointment letter and electoral photo identity card, if any.
A postal ballot will then be given to the personnel, who will mark their preferences. The respective Deputy Commissioners will collect the ballot papers; sort them out based on the constituency they belong to and despatch them to those constituencies through registered post, the official said.
P.G.R. Sindhia complains to poll panel
Bangalore: General secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party P.G.R. Sindhia has complained to Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami over election norms being flouted in some pockets of the State.
He said while some political parties were distributing money to people attending public meetings, some were distributing rice to voters.In another instance reported in Channapatna, a prospective Congress candidate who is the owner of an apparel unit at the place had stored 650 saris to woo voters. This has since been confiscated by the local Tahsildar.
At Hebbal in Bangalore, a prospective BJP candidate has opened a free dosa camp, and at Basavanagudi, morning walkers were being provided free breakfast by a prospective Congress candidate.
|Saturday, April 12, 2008|
|Parimala Nagappa joins BSP|
Along with Parimala, Andappanavar (Congress), Devadutt, Jabbar Pasha and Bannur Kumar of JD(S) also joined the party. “Many more members are expected to join the party soon,” Sindhia added
|BSP to field 20 Brahmins|
|DH News Service, Bangalore:|
Mayawati’s BSP has decided to field Brahmin candidates in 20 of the 224 constituencies that it will contest in the State.
“There is a wrong impression that our party is only for the Dalits. It is for all and that is why our election slogan is Sarvejana Hitaya Sarvejana Sukhaya,” the BSP National General Secretary P G R Sindhia said in Bangalore on Friday.
Addressing reporters he said the party was firm on contesting on its own in all the 224 constituencies and will not enter into alliance with any party.
The BSP MP Veersingh said the party would follow the party supremo’s principles of “jaat todo aur samaj jodo” (shun casteism and unite society) in Karnataka elections. “We will give a fair representation to all castes and communities in our party list,” he said.
The first list of candidates and the party’s manifesto would be released in the next few days, he said.
Sindhia also has plans to distribute a 20-page booklet informing people why they should vote for the BSP.
|‘Identity crisis’ for BBMP voters|
|DH News Service, Bangalore:|
|Hundreds of voters who were waiting to get their photo identity cards were upset on Friday as the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which had announced that it will start a drive to issue voters’ photo identity cards from Friday, did not commence the process.|
Deccan Herald was flooded with calls from its readers, who complained that they were being misled by BBMP officials with regard to the issue of photo identity cards. “When we enquired with the BBMP PRO about the confusion, he said the cards would be issued at a later stage, and could be used only for the next elections. If it is not for the coming elections, what was the hurry in making the announcement?” asked Anil Kumar from Nagarabhavi.
Vasant Kumar from Koramangala said he received the same response from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. “We do not know why these officials make announcements when they are not sure of implementing them,” he asked.
Bangalore District Electoral officer B S Ramprasad said that though the process of issuing the cards had begun on Friday, the cards would actually be issued from Saturday. Late on Friday night, the Palike sent a list of locations where voters can get the photo cards on a continuous basis from April 12 to May 5.
Rajarajeshwarinagar: Govt Tamil Primary School, Peenya Plantation, HMT; K N Geetha Kannada Lower Primary School, Lakshmidevinagar.
Mahalakshmi Layout: Govt Middle School, BDA Building, Krishnandanagar Slum; East West Nursery and Primary School, 13th Cross, Mahalakshmi Layout.
Malleshwaram: Govt Model Primary School, 3rd Main, Mathikere; Indian Preparatory School, 4th Cross, Maruti Badavane, Malleshwaram.
Shivajinagar: BDA Office, Sankey Road; Corporation Girls School, Narayana PillaiRoad.
Shantinagar: Govt Higher Primary School, Appareddy Palya; Shantiniketan Nursery and Primary School, 5th Cross, Bazaar Street, Neelasandra.
Rajajinagar: Anganwadi Centre, 9th Cross, Indiranagar Slum; BBMP Ward Office, Sharada Colony, Basaveshwaranagar.
Govindrajnagar: Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, 10th main, Binny Layout, 2nd Stage; 38th Ward Office, Nagarabhavi Main Road.
Vijaynagar: Karnataka Vidya Samsthe, C Block, Kempapura Agrahara; Nammura Model Primary School, 1st Main Road, Deepanjali Nagar; Govt Lower Primary School, Opp BEO Office, North Side.
Anekal: Guru Bhavan; Govt Higher Primary School, Hebbagodi
|Places for receiving nomination papers|
|DH News Service, Bangalore:|
|The Bangalore Urban district deputy commissioners on Friday issued an order earmarking places for receiving nomination papers from candidates for seven assembly constituencies falling in the district.|
The names of constituencies and places where nominations will be received are:
Yelahanka, Bangalore North taluk panchayat office; Byatarayanapura, Bruhat Bengalore Mahanagara Palike Joint Commissioner’s office in Byatarayanapura; Yeshwanthpura, Bangalore North taluk office on KG Road; Dasarahalli, BBMP Joint Commissioner’s office in Dasarahalli; Mahadevapura, BBMP Joint Commissioner’s office in Mahadevapura; Anekal, taluk office of Anekal; Bangalore South, office of deputy divisional officer, Bangalore South taluk.
From April 16