|Jaffer Sharief threatens to quit Cong
The decision of the senior leader and one of the biggest names among the leaders from the minority community, created ripples in the party which is preparing to face the coming Assembly elections in its strong bid to regain power in the Southern state.
Jaffer Sharief threatens to quit Congress
The decision of the senior leader and one of the biggest names among the leaders from the minority community, created ripples in the party which is preparing to face the coming Assembly elections in its strong bid to regain power in the Southern state.
Protesting the denial of party ticket to his grandson in the next month’s Assembly elections in Karnataka, former Railway Minister and Congress leader C K Jaffer Sharief on Friday threatened to resign from the party.
The decision of the senior leader and one of the biggest names among the leaders from the minority community, created ripples in the party which is preparing to face the coming Assembly elections in its strong bid to regain power in the Southern state.< ?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O />
Despite the party accommodating his son-in-law from Raichur segment, Mr Sherief, a permanent invitee of CWC the highest policy making body of Congress, was ‘hell bent’ on getting a ticket to his grandson Rehman Sharief, but the Congress election committee refused to heed to his demand.
According to sources close to Mr Sharief, who was not available for comment, the disgruntled leader was now contemplating to join Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Mr Sharief who was enjoyed a ‘cordial’ relationship with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayavati and had reportedly made his mind to join BSP and was ready to campaign extensively in the coming elections, BSP sources claimed.
Rattled with the sudden turn of events that may hurt Congress badly, Congress leaders including General Secretary Digvijay Singh and others had rushed to the residence of Mr Sharief to urge him not to take any haste decision
|KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES: RAJAJI NAGAR|
|Durgada Raje Gowda BSP|
|Rajajinagar represents a constituency of contrasts. It has both upmarket localities and areas dominated by slums.|
Voters: Total 1,80,006 Men: 93,711 Women: 86,295
Helpline for photo identity cards
Bangalore: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has established helpline to accept complaints about issuance of Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) in 21 Assembly constituencies.
The helpline can be contacted on 41757550. Apart from this, the people can also lodge their complaints through 23405403/98451959810, according to a press release.
No need for EPIC tension, you can use other IDs
Old EPICs issued in other constituencies can also be used
Minor discrepancies in the entries to be ignored
Bangalore: Those unable to get elector photo identity cards (EPICs) need not worry about exercising their franchise in the 89 Assembly constituencies which are going to polls during the first phase, as the Election Commission on Wednesday permitted the use of 17 alternative photo identity cards.
However, those who have been issued with the EPICs would be able to vote only when they produce them and failure to do so will result in losing their voting despite having their names on the electoral rolls.
They will not be permitted to use the 17 other alternative identity cards.
In its order, the EC has also permitted the use of old EPICs issued in a different Assembly constituency. However, the voter’s left forefinger will be checked for the indelible ink mark to ensure that s/he does not vote at two places.
As a number of complaints have been raised about discrepancies in the entries in the voters’ list and the EPICs, the EC has also made it clear that such discrepancies will be ignored. Minor discrepancies in the entries relating to names of elector, father/mother/husband, sex, age or address in the EPIC shall be ignored and the elector will be allowed to cast his vote so long as the identity of the elector can be established by means of that card. Any discrepancies even in the serial number of the EPIC as mentioned in the electoral roll also will be ignored.
Alternative ID cards
The Election Commission will permit the voters, who have not been issued with the EPIC, to vote provided their identities are established by production of following alternative documents: passport; driving license; Income Tax Department’s PAN card; service identity card with photograph issued to its employees by State/Central government, public sector undertakings or public limited companies; passbook with photograph issued by public sector banks/post office and Kisan Passbooks (Accounts opened on or before March 31, 2008); student identity card with photograph issued by recognised educational institutions on or before October 1, 2007; property documents with photographs such as pattas, registered deeds; ration card with photograph; SC/ST/OBC certificate with photograph issued by competent authority on or before 31-3-2008; pension documents with photographs such as ex-servicemen’s pension book/pension payment order, ex-servicemen’s widow/dependent certificates, old age pension order, widow pension order; freedom fighter identity card; arms license with photograph issued on or before March 31, 2008; certificate of disability with photograph issued by the competent authority on or before March 31, 2008; ex-servicemen CSD canteen card with photograph; Sandhya Suraksha Scheme card with photograph issued up to March 31 2008; job card, with photograph issued under NREG Scheme issued up to March 31, 2008; Yashaswini card with photograph.
Elaborate arrangements in Bellary
|‘The law will be enforced strictly to ensure smooth conduct of elections’|
13 Central observers to oversee polling
27 companies of Central forces to be deployed
BELLARY: The Election Commission has made elaborate bandobust for the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections in the State.
In Bellary district, as many as 13 Central observers, nominated by the Election Commission, would be monitoring the conduct of the elections in the district.
Of the 13, nine are general observers (one for each Assembly constituency) and four will monitor the expenditure incurred by the political parties.
In addition, 27 companies of Central police force (three companies for each Assembly constituency) will be deployed in the district. Apart from the Central forces, 3,400 civil police personnel from the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police to the constabulary will be drawn for election duty.
Giving this information at a press conference with regard to poll arrangements, Arvind Srivastav, Deputy Commissioner and District Returning Officer, and Amrit Paul, Superintendent of Police, made it clear that the law would be enforced strictly to ensure the smooth conduct of elections.
Mr. Paul said that the Central forces were likely to arrive soon and a detailed security map, along with categorisation of the booths, was being prepared for its deployment.
The Central forces would be deployed in some hyper sensitive booths. In booths considered sensitive, both Central forces and the police will be deployed, while in other booths, it will be only the civil police.
He said that 167 cases have been registered, including those of violation of model code of conduct, so far.
As many as 120 persons with history of disturbing the peace, law and order, have been rounded up and some of them are in judicial custody. Seventeen cases pertaining to liquor has been booked and liquor worth Rs. 5 lakh had been seized in Kudligi and Hadagali taluks.
Mr. Srivastav said that “micro observers” at the booth level would be appointed to oversee the polling process. He said that 1,579 polling booths, including 147 auxiliary booths, would be set up in the nine Assembly constituencies in the district.
As many as 8,531 personnel (four in a booth, including one presiding officer and two polling officers) would be drawn for poll duty.
The list was ready and the selection and deployment would be through computer randomisation. Electronic voting machines (EVMs) would also be allotted randomly.
The sectoral officers have been provided a few EVMs for demonstrations on how to cast a vote, for the benefit of people in their respective areas.
Circulars have been issued to the political parties with regard to the norms to be followed by the candidates while opening offices, display of publicity/campaigning material only in areas earmarked by the local self-governments, obtaining permission for use of vehicles, use of publicity material, flags and the like.
“As per the instructions of the Election Commission, we have taken all necessary steps to conduct free and fair elections in the district,” he said.
Some parties yet to select nominees
BIDAR: Leaders of the Congress, the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are yet to announce their candidates for the Bidar and the Bidar South Assembly constituencies.
The erstwhile Bidar constituency has been bifurcated into Bidar and Bidar South segments after delimitation. The district will go to the polls on May 22. Notification for the elections will be issued on April 26 and the last date for filing nominations is May 3. Leaders of the three parties are waiting for each other to announce the candidates for the two constituencies.
According to reports, they are also waiting for disgruntled aspirants of the other parties to switch loyalties. The former Minister, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, and Raheem Khan are the aspirants for the Congress ticket from Bidar.
According to sources in the party, there is pressure on the Congress leadership to issue ticket to a candidate from the minority community from the segment.
The Congress has named Ishwar Khandre from Bhalki constituency and Rajshekar Patil from Humnabad constituency.
All the CMs’ sons… and one daughter
Bangalore: It is going to be the former Chief Minister, the late Ramakrishna Hegde’s daughter versus former Chief Minister H.D. Deve Gowda’s son in Ramanagaram constituency.
Whether the new entrant to politics, Mamata Nichani, pitted against former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, will make a dent is a different issue. But with her entry, the total tally of former chief ministers whose children are trying their luck in the coming Assembly elections goes up to six.
In the fray
Leading the pack of sons in the fray are the children of former Prime Minister and Chief Minister H.D. Deve Gowda. While Mr. Kumaraswamy has already been a chief minister, his brother, H.D. Revanna, has held an important portfolio as the Minister for Public Works.
The late Gundu Rao’s son, Dinesh Gundu Rao, is contesting from the Gandhi Nagar constituency as a Congress candidate for the third time in a row. He had worked as a Youth Congress leader as well.
The two sons of S. Bangarappa make for a curious story of brothers pitted against one another, with Kumar Bangarappa fighting on a Congress ticket from Soraba and Madhu Bangarappa likely to fight on his father’s Samajwadi Party ticket from the same constituency.
With talk of a Congress-SP alliance getting nowhere so far, this brother-versus-brother contest seems imminent.
S.R. Bommai’s son, Basavaraj Bommai, who was part of the huge exodus from the Janata Dal (United) to the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been given a ticket to contest from Shiggaon.
Meanwhile, J.H. Patel’s son, Mahima Patel, earlier with the JD(S), has floated his own party, Suvarna Yuga party, and is contesting from Chennagiri.
He has announced that he will go on a month-long fast after filing his nominations on April 28.
On the sidelights of this children’s show are those who were aspiring to be part of it but have been left behind. Kailashnath Patil, son of Veerendra Patil, who was an MLA from Chincholi constituency for one term in 1999, but lost in 2004 to Vaijanath Patil, has not been given a ticket since the constituency is now reserved.
It is interesting that while dynasty rule is the norm, sons far outnumber daughters in taking on the mantle.
100 sectoral officers to monitor enforcement of code of conduct
|Dharwad district, with seven constituencies, has an electorate of 11,81,460|
Notification to be issued on April 26
1,173 polling booths to be set up in the district
DHARWAD: As many as 100 sectoral officers will monitor the strict enforcement of the model code of conduct and create awareness on using the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and other election-related issues in Dharwad district which will go to polls on May 22.
Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner M.S. Srikar, Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner Narayan Nadamani and Superintendent of Police B.S. Prakash gave information on the preparations for the conduct of free and fair elections in the district.
The district, with seven assembly constituencies — Kalghatgi, Navalgund, Kundagol, Dharwad, Hubli-Dharwad East (SC), Hubli-Dharwad West and Hubli-Dharwad Central — has an electorate of 11,81,460 of whom 5,78,732 are women.
Mr. Srikar said that the sectoral officers, who would be given the responsibility of 10 to 12 polling booths each, would report on any violation of the code of conduct to the Returning Officers.
Notification for the elections in the district would be issued on April 26 and filing of nominations would start on the same day, he said.
The last date for filing nominations is May 3 and scrutiny of nominations will be done on May 5. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is May 7 and counting of votes will be done on May 25.
There will be 1,173 polling booths in the district of which 134 will be auxiliary booths. As many as 1,173 EVMs, along with an additional 15 per cent of the total number of EVMs, have been kept ready.
Mr. Srikar said that 7,734 persons would be deputed as polling officials.
The Deputy Commissioner said that based on the previous records and incidents, polling booths would be divided into two categories — normal and vulnerable. Mr. Nadamani said the process of identifying vulnerable booth in Hubli-Dharwad would be completed soon. Mr. Prakash said that apart from those in Hubli-Dharwad there were 184 hypersensitive booths in the district.
Mr. Nadamani said that two police personnel would be deployed at normal polling booths and Central Paramilitary Force personnel would keep vigil at vulnerable polling booths. To a query, Mr. Srikar said that 53 per cent of the voters in the district had the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) and the process of issuing EPICs in Dharwad, Navalgund and Kalghatgi segments had already begun. In Hubli-Dharwad the process would be begin from May 2.
The Deputy Commissioner said that voters could submit applications for inclusion of their names in the electoral rolls till April 26.
Criminal cases against those defacing public property
|Four cases of poll code violation in Dharwad district: Deputy Commissioner|
Restrictions on display of publicity material
Officials seize a four-wheeler which did not
have permission for canvassing
DHARWAD: The Dharwad district administration will file criminal cases against those violating the model code of conduct and defacing public property.
Deputy Commissioner M.S. Srikar told presspersons here on Thursday that four cases of violation of the code of conduct had been reported and action had been taken accordingly, including issuing notices to elected representatives.
He said that the reports about the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda’s stay at the Hubli Circuit House on April 3 and the inauguration of Basaveshwara’s statue by former MLAs and Mayor, Deputy Mayor and councillors of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) had been sent to the Election Commission of India.
The Election Commission had issued notices to eight persons, he said.
Notices had been issued to three councillors of the HDMC in connection with the inauguration of a road work, Mr. Srikar said. Officials seized a four-wheeler which did not have permission for canvassing, in Hubli on Monday, he said.
According to the guidelines of the Election Commission, permission would not be given to any political party for displaying banners, buntings and other publicity material at public places, he said.
“All the banners and buntings displayed in the district have been removed. Strict action will be taken against those violating the rule, under the provision of the Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1981,” he said.
Political parties would be allowed to display banners and buntings at the venue of the public meetings only two hours before the event, he said and added that they had to be removed within an hour after the event.
A helpline (Ph: 2443939) has been set up on the Deputy Commissioner’s office premisesCode of conduct implementation cells had been set up in each of the seven Assembly constituencies in the district, he said.
The phone numbers of these cells are as follows: Navalgund: 08380-229240; Kundagol: 08304-290239; Dharwad: 0836-2233822; Hubli-Dharwad East (SC): 2213833; Hubli-Dharwad Central: 2213860; Hubli-Dharwad West: 2446133; and Kalghatgi: 08370-284535.
Last link of Janata parivar in Mysore breaks
|BSP candidate from Chamudeshwari, Jayakumar, is still loyal to Janata Dal (S)|
MYSORE: The last link of the Janata parivar in Mysore district has finally been severed with former Minister D.T. Jayakumar quitting the party and joining the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as its candidate from Chamundeshwari Assembly Constituency.
Despite the fact that Mr. Jayakumar was senior vice-president and member of the Parliamentary Committee of Janata Dal (Secular), the party decided against fielding him from Chamundeshwari, from where he wanted to contest, and instead favoured C. Basave Gowda, president, Mysore District City Cooperative Bank.
Frustrated with the treatment meted out to him, Jayakumar had rushed to Mysore on Wednesday after discussing with BSP State president Muniyappa, and filed the nomination papers from the BSP.
Though senior leaders, including Siddaramaiah, H.C. Mahadevappa, G.T. Deve Gowda, H.S. Mahadeva Prasad quit the Janata Dal (S) in view of the developments in the last two years, Mr. Jayakumar stayed with the Janata Dal (S) because of his loyalty to the party supremo H.D. Deve Gowda.
It is significant that, despite joining the BSP, Mr. Jayakumar continues to profess his loyalty to the Janata Dal (S) and championed its cause in an interview to The Hindu. Mr. Jayakumar said: “The BSP could win at least 10 seats and support the Janata Dal (S) in forming the Government.”
He predicted that the Janata Dal (S) would have a thumping majority in the Assembly elections because of former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s contribution to the State’s progress. He said the BSP would not hesitate to support the Janata Dal (S). “I sought ticket for backward communities and the minority in at least five constituencies in Mysore region. The Janata Dal (S) leaders were not prepared for that. I have not deserted the party for not giving me the ticket. Injustice done to backward classes and minority forced me to quit the party and contest from the BSP,” he clarified.
“Despite organising the Janata parivar for nearly 25 years, the party humiliated me by not giving me the ticket from Chamundeshwari constituency. I have left the party with great pain and reluctance and in pursuit of protecting social justice,” he said.
Though the BJP leaders invited him to contest from Chamundeshwari, he refused saying it was morally incorrect. Similar was the case with the Congress. On whether party leaders dissuaded him from deserting the party, he said that H.D. Revanna met him in the morning and assured him of a berth as Minister if the party came to power.
“How can I believe the words of leaders who have refused to field me in the constituency of my choice?” he asked.
Expressing his confidence in winning from Chamundeswari constituency, he said that his community, who were in large numbers there, would support him, along with voters belonging to backward classes and minority.
Prasad Reddy has Rs. 313 crore wealth
|He is BJP candidate from Bommanahalli; D.K. Shivakumar declares assets at Rs. 76 crore|
Mr. Reddy owns 14 cars and his real estate property is estimated at Rs. 142 crore
R. Ramalinga Reddy declares assets at Rs. 9.6 crore
BANGALORE: G. Prasad Reddy, BJP candidate from BTM Layout, would be undoubtedly the richest among those who have filed their assets in the first phase of elections. His total value could be close to Rs. 313 crore as per the details in his affidavit. He has cash of Rs. 12,38,000 in his name.
He has deposits of Rs. 36,21,730 in 12 accounts in various banks. He has declared Rs. 27,52,165 as a bank balance jointly held with his wife and in his individual account.
Mr. Reddy owns 14 cars estimated at Rs. 1.03 crore, which includes two BMWs and one Honda Accord.
He owns gold jewellery estimated at Rs. 9,17,250 and his wife has 3.1 kg of gold jewellery estimated at Rs. 37,91,300. He has silver articles estimated at Rs. 13,31,000. He has invested capital in partnership firms amounting to Rs. 73,30,600.99. He owns non-agricultural lands worth Rs. 143.62 crore. He holds shares in two commercial buildings which are estimated at Rs. 142.02 crore, including residential apartments spread across in 4,52,094 sq ft which is under construction in Bommanahalli. He owns apartments and houses in Koramangala which are estimated at Rs. 14.77 crore. His wife owns a property in Roopena Agrahara estimated at Rs. 54.10 crore.
Mr. Reddy has declared that he has taken loan on his and on his wife’s name at Rs. 18,08,71,872.34 in various banks. He jointly owns a farm house with his wife in Mayasandra worth Rs 60 lakh.
What Shivakumar owns
The former Minister and Congress candidate for Kanakapura Assembly Constituency D.K. Shivakumar has declared his assets to be at Rs. 76 crore.
While Mr. Shivakumar’s individual wealth is Rs. 70.75 crore, his wife Usha has cash and assets estimated at Rs. 5.18 crore and children Aishwarya, Abharana and Aakash have gold jewellery estimated at Rs. 22.4 lakh.
The liability of Mr. Shivakumar and Ms. Usha was estimated at Rs. 60 crore.
The affidavit filed before the Returning Officer for Kanakapura constituency along with Mr. Shivakumar’s nomination paper states that the former Minister did not complete his graduation.
However, he obtained a postgraduate degree in Political Science from the Karnataka State Open University, Mysore, in 2006.
Mr. Shivakumar’s cash and bank deposits account for Rs. 2.88 crore while he has other movable assets including cash advances, claims and so on estimated at Rs. 14.15 crore.
He owns non-agricultural lands in Bangalore and elsewhere estimated at Rs. 47 crore.
He owns a commercial building at Nayandahalli estimated at Rs. 4.6 crore.
The former Minister Ramalinga Reddy contesting from BTM Layout has assets amounting to Rs 9,60, 67,179 which includes money in bank accounts in his name and in jointly operated accounts with his wife, son and daughter, and agricultural lands, non-agricultural lands, houses and apartments.
Mr. Reddy has declared that he has taken a loan of Rs. 2,42,77,522 from his relatives and friend.
|Kumar Bangarappa’s assets worth Rs 4.8 cr|
|DH News Service, Shimoga:|
|Former minister Kumar Bangarappa, Congress candidate from Soraba constituency has assets worth Rs 4,88,61,473 and Rs 1,13,28,243 liabilities.|
The total worth of assets in his wife’s name stands at Rs 23,28,504.
Kumar Bangarappa has Rs 12 lakh cash, Rs 4,90,481 bank deposits, jewellry worth Rs 7,07,600, Rs 1,74,90,692 claims, agriculture land worth Rs 14,28,899 and buildings worth Rs 2,75,43,801. His wife Vidyullatha is in possession of Rs 3 lakh cash, Rs 18,000 bank deposit and Rs 20,10,504 claim, the total worth of which is Rs 23,28,504.
Among the liabilities, Kumar Bangarappa has borrowed Rs 54,01,905 loan from banks, Rs 2,02,343 tax due, Rs 41,13,995 loan from other sources and Rs 16,10,000 due towardsrent.
Ayanur Manjunath, BJP candidate from Bhadravati constituency owns 7 acre land near Ayanur of which one acre is plantation and a house under construction in the same.
He also jointly owns 16 acre land with his wife near Chalikatte. Ayanur Manjunath also has two four wheelers.
Among the liabilities, he has borrowed Rs 18 lakh from banks and Rs 30 lakh from other sources.
Holenarasipura dhns: Former minister and JD(S) leader H D Revanna, who is contesting from Holenarasipur assembly constituency, and his wife are worth crores of rupees.
As per his declaration Revanna has properties - movable and immovable and jewellry worth Rs 6 crore and a loan of Rs 11.70 lakh.
His wife Bhavani has declared Rs 6.3 crore and a loan of Rs 68.95 lakh. While his elder son Suraj is worth Rs 19 lakh, his second son Prajwal has Rs 48.5 lakh and also owns jewellry.
The Congress candidate Anupama and her son Shreyas are not far behind. Her assets are declared as Rs 4.12 crore that include movable, immovable, jewellry and vehicles.
She also has 2.5 crore in her name and Rs 1. 54 crore in her son Shreyas Patel’s name. Her daughter also has 20 lakhs in her name. Anupama has also mentioned a loan of Rs 1. 27 crore.
Mysore, dhns: Its raining crorepatis in Mysore region with many biggies contesting from rural areas declaring their assets to the tune of more than a crore. JD(S) candidate Sundaresh who is contesting from T Narasipura has property worth Rs 9 crore.
Former minister G T Devegowda, who quit JD(S) and joined BJP, has declared property estimated at Rs 2.15 crore. Benki Mahadev, former Congress loyalist who joined BJP recently, has assets worth Rs 2 crore.
Former IPS officer Subhash Bharani, who quit a plum job to take a leap into politics is no standing close to all others with property worth Rs 1.21 crore.
Bellary, dhns: Three crorepatis filed their nominations on from Bellary district for the upcoming elections.
Former minister Sriramulu, who filed his papers from Bellary reserved constituency as a BJP candidate, has 19.06 crore assets–Rs 8.51 crore movable assets, Rs 10.55 crore immovable assets.
He owns 12 acre agriculture land valued at Rs 6 crore, Rs 1.25 crore house in Bellary and Rs 10 lakh worth non-agricultural land in Bangalore. He owns a Rs 1.1 crore worth house in Palace Road in Bangalore.
Somashekhar Reddy, also a BJP, contesting from Bellary city is the richest nominee with a total assests of Rs 29.18 crore. He owns Rs 23.50 crore immovable assets. He owns two apartments in Bangalore and a house in Bellary. Former minister Diwakar Babu, who is contesting as JD(S) candidate, has Rs 4.52 crore assets.
Woman accused in criminal case in poll fray
G. Padmavathi is Congress candidate from Rajajinagar
She is accused of conspiracy, cheating, forgery
BANGALORE: Not just men, even a woman accused in a criminal case is contesting the Assembly elections from Bangalore.
The Congress candidate from Rajajinagar constituency and a three-time corporation councillor, G. Padmavathi, has been charged under three sections of the Indian Penal Code — criminal conspiracy (120B), cheating (420) and forgery for the purpose of cheating (468).
On a complaint by the then Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) Inspector, Muddumahadevaiah, the Ulsoor Gate police registered a case against Ms. Padmavathi and others in February 2001. The case is pending trial.
In the affidavit she filed along with her nomination papers, Ms. Padmavathi has mentioned that she is an accused in the criminal case (crime number 103/2001).
The BMTF had lodged a complaint with the police that the then chairman of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s Appeals Committee, B.T. Srinivasa Murthy, and four councillors, including Ms. Padmavathi, who were members of the committee, had entered into a criminal conspiracy and fraudulently created a document to help a businessman whose building was being demolished by the BMTF.
The BMTF team demolished the fourth floor of Hotel Shiva International in Gandhinagar on December 26, 2000. When the demolition resumed the next day, building owner Somashekar produced a stay order issued by the Appeals Committee on December 22, 2000.
During a preliminary inquiry, the BMTF officials found that Mr. Somashekar had not submitted an application to the Appeals Committee and the matter had not been discussed during the committee meeting held on December 22. The committee members had allegedly connived with Mr. Somashekar and forged the stay order to help him, the BMTF said in its complaint.
The committee chairman and the four members were also charged with violating Section 505 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, 1976. Mr. Somashekar is also an accused in the case.
KPCC office ransacked
|Supporters angry over denial of ticket to R. Manjunath|
Bangalore: A large number of supporters of the former president of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress R. Manjunath on Thursday ransacked the office of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee and obstructed traffic on Queen’s Road. They were protesting against the party’s failure to nominate him to contest the Assembly elections from Hiriyur constituency in Chitradurga district.
Defeated in polls
Sources in the party said that Mr. Manjunath was defeated in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the past, but he still wanted to contest from Hiriyur. Gita Yadav has been given the B form by the party to contest from the constituency.
The protesters damaged the telephone booth and furniture. One person even tried to commit suicide by strangling himself with a scarf. Sources said that the vehicle carrying Mr. Manjunath almost crashed into the car of the former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, which was parked on the footpath.
Union Minister of State and Karnataka in-charge Prithviraj Chavan and other leaders were holding a meeting when the supporters of Mr. Manjunath indulged in vandalism.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge warned of stern action against those who brought discredit to the party by taking the law into their own hands.
Mr. Kharge said that the democratic process had been observed, and several high-level committees, including the Central Election Committee, had approved the lists of candidates after strict scrutiny.
Gave up seat
He said U.R. Sabhapathi, who was nominated to contest from Udupi Assembly constituency, had given up the seat in favour of Pramod Madhwaraj, as stood a better chance against the Bharatiya Janata Party. Mr. Madhwaraj is the son of the former Minister and Udupi MP, Manorama Madhwaraj, who is now a member of the BJP. Mr. Kharge confirmed that Mr. Madhwaraj had been given the B form to contest from Udupi.
Mr. Kharge said that those who were disappointed by the decision of the party to choose someone else should learn a lesson from Mr. Sabhapathi and cooperate in strengthening the hands of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in fighting the BJP. He said no one should think the he or she was indispensable.
Mr. Kharge said B forms had been given to around 50 candidates for the 66 Assembly constituencies in Raichur, Koppal, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Bellary, Chitradurga, Davangere, Shimoga, Udupi and Chikmagalur districts, which would go to the polls in the second phase of elections on May 16.
Protests continue for the second day
|Supporters of Ramakrishna, Pawar stage demonstrations|
Kharge visiting Gulbarga today
It has generated interest in party circles
GULBARGA: The protests and the sense of discontent against the denial of party ticket to senior leaders in the Gulbarga district Congress continued for the second day on Thursday with supporters of the former Minister, G. Ramakrishna, taking out a procession and staging a protest in front of the District Congress Committee office for denying ticket to their leader from the Gulbarga Rural Assembly constituency.
Another group of supporters of another Congress leader from Shahabad Subash Pawar also staged an angry demonstration in front of the District Congress Committee office voicing its protest against the denial of party ticket to the leader from Gulbarga Rural Assembly Constituency.
The scheduled visit of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge to Gulbarga on Friday has generated interest in the party circles.
The leaders, who were denied party ticket in Shahapur, Gulbarga Rural, Gulbarga South and Sedam Assembly constituencies, are likely to meet Mr. Kharge and voice their protests.
Mr. Kharge, who is scheduled to arrive here by helicopter, has no scheduled programmes in the city.
Meanwhile, a crucial meeting of the supporters of the former MLA, Shivashekarappa Patil Sirwal, at Shahapur in which several senior leaders, including the party MLC, Amatappa Kandakur, participated, decided to go by the final decision taken by Mr. Sirwal on the future course of action.
The meeting voiced its anguish over the party’s denial of ticket to Mr. Sirwal and preferring a new comer and the former Minister, Sharanabasappa Darshanapur.
Mr. Sirwal told his supporters at the meeting that he had held discussions with both Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge and the former Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and the two leaders advised him to wait till Friday and not to take any hasty decision which would harm his political future.
“I have still confidence in these two leaders that they will do justice to me and I will wait till tomorrow before taking any final decision on the next course of action,” he said.
However, Mr. Sirwal rejected the demand made by a few speakers at the meeting that he should contest as an independent in Shahapur this time and said that this amounted to rebellion against the party’s decision. “I have a 30-year association with the party and I do not want to jeopardise it by any hasty decision,” he said. Mr. Sirwal said that there were offers from other political parties which had promised him to give party ticket to contest from Shahapur. “I have resisted all these tempting offers in the hope that the Congress will not deny me the opportunity to fight the elections this time [on its ticket],” he said.
However, Mr. Sirwal was not clear whether he would remain in the party or join another as a protest now.
There were unconfirmed reports of the Janata Dal (S) offering the party ticket to Mr. Sirwal this time against the Congress’ Mr. Sharanabasappa Darshanapur.
Incidentally, Mr. Darshanapur had contested on the Janata Dal(S) ticket in the last Assembly elections against Mr. Sirwal and won the seat for the party. The Janata Dal(S) is yet to announce its candidate for the Shahapur Assembly constituency.
|BJP candidate gets relief|
|DH News Service,Bangalore:|
|The High Court on Thursday provided relief to a MLA seat aspirant of Hoovinahadagali, Bellary district, whose candidature is facing hurdle.|
L Madhu Nayak, to whom BJP has issued ticket, said in his writ petition that he was working as junior engineer at Bellary Zilla Panchayat and recently obtained voluntary retirement for contesting in the ensuing assembly elections.
He was granted retirement based on his statement of no dues to the government. But, while he was preparing to file nominations, he received a communication saying that “his voluntary retirement application was taken back since he owed Rs 16 lakh to the government,” he said.
He contended before the court that his resignation had been accepted earlier and was now returned to stop him from contesting elections.
The Hoovinahadagali assembly elections are scheduled to be held on May 16 and the last date for filing nominations is April 29. Justice L Narayanaswamy said he would stay the order returning Madhu Nayak’s resignation subject to the condition of depositing Rs 16 lakh, to which the petitioner agreed.
Following another petition by a Kushalnagar Taluk Panchayat member, the court on Thursday issued stay against exercise of presidential powers by H K Parvathi Harihara, who was recently elected as the TP’s president.
The petitioner, H J Kariappa, a Taluk Panchayat member of Congress, who had unsuccessfully contested to the post has challenged the validity of TP’s presidential elections held on February 26. He contended that secret voting was held in stead of voting by rising of hands as prescribed by rules, leading to his defeat despite there being more Congress members in the Taluk Panchayat.
Bad mouthing about good timing
Hebbal constituency BJP candidate Katta Subramanya Naidu and Congress nominee H M Revanna got into a fight over the ‘Muhuratha’ timing for filing the nominations.
On Wednesday, before the office could open and the returning officer could occupy his seat, the premises was crowded with Revanna and Naidu’s supporters. Returning officer Virupaksha Mysora had to take police help to make way to his seat. Naidu’s supporters, accompanied by a ‘Sastri’ started pressuring the officer to take the nomination 10:50 am sharp. On the other hand, Revanna and his supporters started fuming saying “Our candidate came first and stand a ‘first’ chance to file.” The returning officer decided in favour of Revanna — first come first serve.
Within seven minutes, both the candidates’ completed formalities but left the premises — exchanging and accusing words.
‘Cash’ing in on publicity
Political parties do all sorts of tricks to get wide coverage in media during elections. Filing of nomination papers is one such occasion which can offer them wide publicity. Candidates are keen on getting place for their photos of submitting papers in print. Followers of a BJP candidate in Bangalore, on Wednesday, went to the extent of offering cash to a section of media to please them for the coverage. Party workers had brought packets with cash and handed over them soon after the nomination papers were submitted. While a few were seen accepting others yelled at party workers.
Discontent mounting in BJP
|Demand for changing candidate for Dharwad segment|
HUBLI: The Bharatiya Janata Party ticket aspirants in the district have given an ultimatum to the party high command for changing the candidate for Dharwad constituency.
The development comes close on the heels of Ravi Shiriyannavar’s rebellion against Chandrakant Bellad, the BJP’s official candidate for Hubli-Dharwad West constituency. Mr. Shiriyannavar has announced that he would contest against Mr. Chandrakant Bellad. Leaders of the Dharwad rural unit of the BJP have threatened to field a rebel candidate if the party leadership fails to change the candidate for Dharwad constituency. The BJP has announced the candidature of the former zilla panchayat member Seema Masuti for the constituency.
Leaders of the rural unit, including its president Sanganagouda Ramanagouda, Mr. Chandrakant Bellad’s brother Shivanna Bellad, Prabhu Keshagonda and Sadanand Shivalli, have raised the banner of revolt after meeting senior leaders of the party over the issue. Addressing presspersons on Wednesday, Mr. Ramanagouda gave three days’ time to the BJP leadership for giving the party ticket to any male aspirant to contest from Dharwad constituency. “In case our demand is not met we will field an independent candidate,” he said. Meanwhile, there is displeasure among some workers over the allotment of the BJP ticket for Hubli-Dharwad East constituency, which is reserved for the Scheduled Castes. The party has announced the candidature of Virabhadrappa Halaharavi. But aspirants such as Chandrashekhar Gokakare still lobbying for the ticket.
On Thursday, BJP Dharwad city unit president Hemaraj Bhandari and 12 BJP councillors of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation told presspersons that they would support Mr. Chandrakant Bellad’s candidature.
Errors galore at EPIC distribution centre
Names of several people missing in the voters’ list
MANGALORE: The distribution of electoral photo identity cards (EPIC) may provide some comic relief to people with a sense of humour but a strife for those at the receiving end.
When Sajida Bano (26) was informed on Thursday that she had already been given her EPIC, countless thoughts came to her mind.
“I am here in front of you. How can you say that you have already given me the ID card? Has someone impersonated me?” she asked the volunteers at a centre in Someshwar. But before she could complete her sentence, the next person in the queue had replaced her in front of the camera. Ruffled by the incident, Ms. Bano said: “When I approached the front desk, I was given a slip with a number written on it and sent for photographing. At the photography counter, the volunteer entered the number into the computer which showed that ID card could not be generated as voter was not in first residual list.”
The Assistant Commissioner and Electoral Registration Officer for Mangalore Sub-Division, Sameer Shukla, said that this message appeared on the computer monitor when a person had already been issued a photo identity card .
But when he was apprised of the plight of Ms. Sajida Bano, he said: “I have got all kinds of complaints so far but this is the first of its kind.”
In one hour that this team from
The Hindu spent at the centre, several bloopers emerged, most common were errors in spelling.
For instance, people who fed F.M. Ismael’s name in to the system also took the trouble of spelling out his initial alphabets and so his name appeared in the card as, “Ef Em Ismael”.
BJP is a house divided in Puttur constituency
|Two women contestants file papers as BJP candidates|
MANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s denial to give a ticket to Shakuntala T. Shetty, former Puttur MLA, has split the party cadre in the constituency.
Mallika Prasad, official candidate of the BJP, and Ms. Shetty, have both filed their nominations for Puttur Assembly constituency as BJP candidates.
“The party will issue B form, a document required to be produced to get party symbol from officials conducting the elections, to Ms. Prasad,” K. Monappa Bhandary, president, district unit of the party told The Hindu. “There will not be any compromise,” he added.
Ms. Shetty told The Hindu that till Thursday, no BJP leader contacted her over issuing of B form to her. “If the party does not issue B form, I will remain in the fray as an Independent candidate. I will not retire. No party leader has explained the reasons for denying the ticket to me,” she said.
Amidst reports of party members disrupting the campaign of Ms. Prasad, former MLA from Puttur K. Ram Bhat, was seen openly supporting the candidature of Ms. Shetty. Mr. Bhat was the first to open the BJP’s account in Puttur when he won the Assembly polls in 1983. He had won from the same constituency in 1978 under the erstwhile Janata Party banner.
He is said to be the mentor of Ms. Shetty and D.V. Sadananda Gowda, president of the State unit of the BJP. Mr. Gowda won from Puttur Assembly constituency in 1994 and 1999.
In the last six Assembly elections of 1983, 1985, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004, the BJP has been united in Dakshina Kannada, particularly so in Puttur. Mr. Bhat is confident that the party will issue B form to Ms. Shetty. The last date to file nominations in the district is April 29.
New system of reviewing law and order and development works
New system of reviewing law and order and development works Lucknow: April 24, 2008 Thoroughly reviewing the law and order and progress of development works here today, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati said that the poor people should get total benefits of the schemes formulated for their welfare. Expressing her dissatisfaction over the slow progress of the facilities being provided to the people of the State, she said that it was a government of poor people and not of the capitalists. She said that those sitting in the air-conditioned rooms should go to the field now. The Chief Minister was reviewing the progress of development works and the law and order of the State by holding a meeting of D.M.s, Divisional Commissioners, situation I.G.s, D.I.G.s and other senior officers. Ms. Mayawati said that the meeting had been summoned with a view that the State Government was going to complete its one year in office on 13 May 2008. She said that the meeting had been organised to focus on the welfare of the poor people of the State. The first such meeting was held on May 19, 2007, during which the State Government had spelt out its priorities clearly, she added. The common people, specially those belonging to SC/ST, OBC, minorities and economically backward upper caste people, could not benefit fully during this period, she regretted. The Chief Minister said that during her first tenure in 1995 she had created separate departments for SC/ST, OBC, minorities and disabled. She said that for the poor of the upper caste several schemes had also been formulated, but during the one year period these categories could not be benefited to the extent as targeted. She said that no laxity in it would be tolerated at any cost. Giving strict orders to the senior officers of the police department, Ms. Mayawati said that the police stations should be made totally corruption free and people belonging to the poor sections should get justice. She expressed her dissatisfaction that the SHOs were showing laxity in registering the FIRs of the poor. She said that it was highly regrettable that the SHOs were not registering the FIRs of the poor and they were initiating action against them under pressure of the touts. The Chief Minister said that the redressal of the people’s grievances should be accorded top priority and the poor people should be given a proper hearing by the senior officers. She directed the IGs, DIGs and SSPs to dispose of people’s problems quickly and arrest the notorious criminals carrying awards on their heads at the earliest. Besides, the should also ensures that the activities of the goondas, mafias and other criminals were controlled strictly and the frequency of incidents of theft, dacoity, murders, kidnapping, rapes was also brought down. She said that effective steps should be taken to maintain harmony and terrorist activities should also be checked. Ms. Mayawati said that the senior officers should remain present in the headquarters from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to listen to the problems of the people. She warned that those not complying with it would be dealt severely. She also directed the officers to compulsorily register FIRs and ensure effective action against notorious and white-collared criminals under Gangster Act and other strict acts. The Chief Minister said that the problem of naxalism was not only a problem of law and order but it was a social problem. The officers of the police and the administration should take necessary action to bring the poor and exploited sections living in the naxal affected areas in the mainstream of the society and development, she said. Those erecting tents on the roads and obstructing roads and also on other public places should be dealt severely, she added. Directing the officers to check the distribution of obscene and objectionable publicity material, she said that it hurt the feelings of other sections of society. She said that the obscene dances being organised in the name of cultural activities in various social functions should be checked. Ms. Mayawati said that in the view of elections in the neighbouring country Nepal, the patrolling at the international borders should be intensified. She further said that in the serious cases of atrocities on SC/ST, investigation should be conducted and effective action should be ensured under the SC/ST Act. Ms. Mayawati said that the State Government was fully committed to the creation of the development oriented atmosphere for free from injustice, crime, terror and corruption. She directed that under social welfare programmes attention should be given for providing all types of pension to the people and scholarships to the children of original inhabitants of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath, backward and minorities. She said that cottage industries and small traders should be given full security. The Chief Minister said that stern steps should be taken for preventing the forceful realisation of revenue from the small farmers for the payment of loans being taken from banks and private money lenders. Hoardings of food items, spurious drugs and adulterated food items should be checked in the state, she said. Priority should be given to dalits in allotment of pattas and all development works should be completed within the stipulated time in the selected gram sabhas under Dr. Ambedkar Samagra Gramin Vikas Yojna. Ms. Mayawati said that Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram ji Shahri Samagra Vikas Yojna should be implemented on war-footing. The advantage of relief works running in drought affected areas of Bundelkhand should reach the needy people. She directed to check the power pilferage, realisation of electricity arrears besides ensuring the availability of electricity in the scheduled hours. She also directed for providing special emphasis on drinking water, health facilities and implementation of National Employment Guarantee Scheme. She directed that thana diwas should be organised from 10 a.m. on each saturday for quick and effective disposal of people’s problems. The criminal incidents increase due to the land disputes, so that when the police officers went to tehsil diwas they should also dispose of the land disputes, she directed. The Chief Minister said that the senior officers would review the police and administrative works in every month for which 10 officers’ team had been constituted for the 18 divisions. For the review of Lucknow division Mr. Vijay Shanker Pandey, for Kanpur division Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha and Mr. Bhagelu Ram Shastri, Agra and Aligarh division Mr. Navneet Sahgal and Mr. Vijay Singh, Meerut and Sharanpur division Mr. V.N. Garg, Bareilly and Moradabad divisions Mr. S.R. Lakha and Mr. Kamran Rizvi, Faizabad and Allahabad division Mr. Netram, Gorakhpur and Azamgarh division Mr. Kunwar Fateh Bhadur, Mirzapur and Varanasi division Mr. Shailesh Krishna, Basti and Devi Patan division Mr. Rakesh Kumar Ojha and Mr. Mukesh Mittal and for Chittrakoot and Jhansi division Mr. Jagannath Chamber had been nominated. Each team would give at least 3 days time every month in its respective divisions. The Chief Minister directed to review of development works and law and order on every level. The Divisional Commissioner would review the development works of his division before 15th date on every month. All district magistrates, C.D.O.s and divisional officers of important departments will necessarily take part in this review meeting coming under the division. The Commissioner would send the report of review meeting till 20th of every month. Before this, the district magistrate would review the development works at district level before the 10th every month. The Principal Secretary or Secretary of some important departments would call their divisional level departmental officers at Lucknow and review the development works before the 15th of every month. The monthly meeting of Principal Secretary/Secretary of all important departments of the state, besides the commissioners will be held at Lucknow between 26 and 30 on every month in which the Chief Secretary and Cabinet Secretary will review the works at government level. Likewise, all the officers of police departments will send the review report of their works to the government. The S.S.P. of each district will review before the 10th of every month and D.I.G. range and I.G. zone will review about their respective regions before the 15th of every month. I.G. zone will send the report of the review till the 20th of every month. D.G.P. and Principal Secretary Home will review the works of D.I.G. (range) and I.G. (zone) and above senior police officers at Lucknow between the 25th and 30th of every month. The Chief Minister said that she would held surprise checking. She directed all officers to discharge their duties with honesty and commitment so that common people, especially the weaker sections should get the benefits of welfare programmes and schemes. The Chairman of State Advisory Council Mr. Satish Chandra Mishra, Cheif Secretary Mr. P.K. Mishra, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Sheshank Shekhar Singh, Chairman Revenue Board Mr. V.K. Malhotra, A.P.C. Mr. R.K. Mittal, Principal Secretary Home Mr. Fateh Bhadur, D.G.P. Mr. Vikram Singh were present besides, the senior officers of different departments. ************
Lucknow: April 23, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati has ordered suspension of the Medical-officer-in-charge for the death of the infant born to Maya Devi wife of Bhola Prasad of Banda district at the Upper India Sugar Exchange Maternity Hospital, Kanpur today. She took serious view of the carelessness on the part of the doctors of the hospital who refused to admit pregnant Maya Devi causing death of her child. Expressing deep sorrow over the death of the infant, the Chief Minister announced financial assistance of Rs. 1 lakh to Maya Devi’s family. She directed all the government hospitals of the state that the recurrence of such incident would be taken very seriously with stern action. It may be recalled that Maya Devi was brought for admission at Upper India Sugar Exchange Maternity Hospital, Kanpur for delivery but the doctors did not admit her and she gave birth to the infant outside the hospital. Later on she was admitted in the hospital, but the new born child died. *******
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Pull your socks up, Mayawati tells officials
LUCKNOW: Dissatisfied with the progress of development schemes and the law and order situation, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday directed officials to pull their socks up. She warned administrative officials and police officers of stern action if they failed to implement the BSP government’s programmes and policies for the poor and under-privileged sections.
Ms. Mayawati made her stand clear at a review meeting here attended by divisional commissioners, district magistrates, zonal IGs, DIGs, SSPs and senior administrative and police officials.
Ms. Mayawati was particularly concerned at benefits of welfare measures not accruing to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, the Backward Classes, religious minorities and the economically poor among upper castes. She also took note of corruption at police stations. She was unhappy that poor people were still unable to lodge FIRs because of the influence of the station in charge.