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Saturday, April 26, 2008



Shivajinagar is a busy commercial hub as well as a residential locality.

Mine millionaires file nominations
DH News Service, Bellary:
Bellary is famous for mines. Mine owners possessing helicopters is also well known. On Friday, two more mine owners, who are also crorepatis, filed their nomination papers as Congress candidates.

Anil Lad is officially worth Rs 178 crore and owns a fleet of cars, including a few imported cars. Lad, who recently shifted his loyalty from BJP and joined the Congress, filed his nomination papers from Bellary City constituency on Friday.

Car collection

Cars in his stable include some of the best names in the world like Audi, Volkwagen, Bentley besides several Indian made cars.  Lad and his wife have invested over Rs 6.4 on their cars.

As per the affidavit filed by the mine owner Anil H Lad, his and family income was Rs 177,98,77,391. But he has just Rs 22,669 cash in his name and deposits of Rs 1,84,39,499. His wife has Rs 1,08,668 cash and 2,42,63,344 in deposits. 

He has a penchant for jewellery also as he has over Rs1.15 crore worth ornaments. His wife also owns over 21.69 lakh jewellery.

Lad has housing and commercial complex, a house and apartments. In Bangalore, he has a Rs 45 lakh apartment in Malleswaram, Rs two crore worth house in Delhi and Rs 99.7 lakh house in RMV II stage in Bangalore.

He owns mines in Dharmapura and Yeshwantnagar in Sandur taluk, Chintrapalli in Hagaribommanahalli,
Interestingly, he owes to Rs 35,75,11,885 to Bank of India, Indian Bank, ABN Amro, HDFC and ICICI banks.

Anil Lad , accompanied by thousands of party workers, performed pooja the Durgamma temple before filing his papers.

Then, he proceeded towards the corporation office at 12  noon in a procession and submitted his nomination to the Returning Officer B P Adnoor.

Another mine owner H R Gaviappa, who filed his papers as a Congress nominee from Vijayanagar, also figures among one of the richest candidates in the district with declared assets of Rs 89 crore.

Diamond & silver

He appears to have a liking for diamond jewellery as he has Rs 1.47 crore ornaments made out of 21 carat diamonds. Besides, he has 10.5  kg silver articles worth Rs 10 lakh.

He owes Rs 6.8 lakh crore to State Bank of Hyderabad. Gaviappa’s father, H G Ranganagowda, also has an outstanding loan of Rs 7.26 crore.

Besides immovable property in Hospet and Bellary, he has stake in H R G Oil Industries, Ajay Oil Industries, H R Gaviappa Enterprises and Someshwara Builders Private Company Limited and invested overs Rs 21 crores in them.

EC to review on April 29
DH News Service, Bangalore:

The full Election Commission (EC) will visit Bangalore on April 29, to monitor the preparations for the assembly elections in the state.

State Chief Electoral Officer M N Vidyashankar told reporters on Friday, that CEC N Gopalaswami and the two election commissioners will meet representatives of political parties on that day. They will also hold meetings with election observers and review the preparations with deputy commissioners and top police officers, he said.

Meanwhile, two deputy election commissioners have started visiting various districts to monitor the preparations, he added. Mr Vidyashankar also said that the EC would treat any advertisements by any party or any candidate - on television or through SMS - as part of their election campaign. Service providers have been directed to produce details about such campaigns, he stated.

A meeting with Election Commission officials and top police officers was also held on Friday to take stock of the law and order situation and deployment of police force - both Central and State -  in the run up to the elections and the day of polling.

EC officials have also seized around Rs 1.57 crore cash in Bellary over the last three days, he said.  More than 550 criminal cases have been booked so far, for violation of code of conduct.

‘Ignoring minority will prove costly for BJP’
DH News Service, Bangalore:

BJP MP from Bangalore North H T Sangliana has criticised State BJP for not giving any representation to the minorities in the coming Assembly elections warning that ignoring their aspirations could prove fatal to the party.

“It’s the most embarrassing situation for me. I blame the State BJP leadership for ignoring them. This could prove suicidal for them. Members of the minorities have already started deserting the BJP,” Sangliana told Deccan Herald.


He added that though he is not for any particular group, caste or community, he finds himself in an awkward situation for not being able to address the aspirations of the minorities, who were looking forward for a BJP ticket. “Everyone has an aspiration to come up in life. There are people in the minority communities who also aspire to enter politics. They approached me and I met both the central and State BJP leaders, but unfortunately, not a single Christian or Muslim has been given a party ticket,” he said.

The BJP, he said is fielding Abbas Ali Bohra from Channapatna, which is not his constituency. “They should have retained him in his constituency Mandya. He left the BJP and is contesting the elections as an independent candidate,” said Sangliana.

“I blame the State leadership for not suggesting any Christian or Muslim names. Also, they have nominated some candidates in constituencies from where they are bound to lose for reasons best known to them,” he added.
The BJP MP said that he would wait and watch for the results before taking any decision.

Rebellion still continues in Cong
DH News Service, Bangalore:

Protests and dharnas continued to rock the State Congress on Friday, with hundreds of disgruntled ticket aspirants venting their anger in front of the party top brass.

Soon after leaders, including Digvijay Singh, Prithviraj Chavan, S M Krishna, Mallikharjuna Kharge and others came out of a meeting discussing among others ways to quell the rebellion, a number of discontented aspirants, including several women, gheraoed them.

“You have sold all tickets ditching the honest party workers. Accommodate the workers in the list or face the consequences,” they warned. The protesters include former MLA Anjanaiah, Vasanthi Shivanna, Magadi Kamallamma and Sudhakar.

An embarrassed Singh, who has been tasked with pacifying the disgruntled leaders and workers, heard their complaints, but walked away without assuring anything.

Digvijay Singh and AICC Karnataka in-charge Prithviraj Chavan have been making all efforts to control discontentment among the party rank and file over ticket distribution over the last few days in vain.

The party has failed to provide adequate representation to women. Of 170 candidates cleared so far, only nine women have got tickets. A majority of these women have got tickets on basis of sympathy and family background.

So much so that the protesters circulated a copy that listed out women candidates who have got the party tickets based on sympathy and family background to the media. Names of Mamata Nichani, Anupama, Nandini Gowda and Gayatri Devi were mentioned in the list.

KPCC warns

Mallikharjuna Kharge, meanwhile, warned those protesting the party’s decision on issuing tickets that disciplinary action will be taken. “Rebel candidates should withdraw their nominations and work for the success of official candidate. Or the party will be forced to take disciplinary action,” he stated in the release.  The party has selected the candidates based on available information and social justice. The party can issue only 224 tickets.

Hence, there will be number of workers who wouldn’t have got an opportunity to contest. “Those who have not got tickets should follow the footsteps of party supremo Sonia Gandhi, who sacrificed the post of prime minister,” he said.

Manjunath quits JD(S)

Senior JD(S) leader and former minister D Manjunath has tendered his resignation from the post of the Chairman of party parliamentary board.

Sources said Manjunath had asked the party supremo H D Deve Gowda to give his son a ticket from Holalkere, an allegation Gowda has denied. But it is for this reason that Manjunath has resigned from the post, sources added.

Notification issued for final phase of Karnataka election

The last date for filing of nominations is May 3. Nominations will come up for scrutiny on May 5 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is May 7.

The process for the third and final phase of polling in 69 assembly constituencies in Karnataka slated for May 22 was set in motion on Saturday with the Election Commission issuing the notificationThe last date for filing of nominations is May 3. Nominations will come up for scrutiny on May 5 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is May 7.

Eight districts of North Karnataka region, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Gadag, Dharwad and Haveri will go to ballot in the phase.

Of the 224 assembly segments which go to polls in three phases, 89 of them in 11 districts will face election in the first phase on May 10 and 66 constituencies in ten districts in the second phase on May 16.

The counting of votes will be taken up on May 25.

Bangalore, DHNS:

In a meeting with the Chief electoral officer MN Vidyashankar, Deputy Election Commissioner Jaiprakash, DG, Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation Ltd R Sri Kumar on Friday decided to deploy 225 companies of the paramilitary forces like the BSF, CRPF RPF and the CISF throughout the State for the conduct of fair and peaceful elections.

“We are now in the process of identifying sensitive and hypersensitive constituencies for appropriate deployment of forces,” Mr Vidyashankar said.

Mr Sri Kumar has been given an additional charge of overseeing elections and police arrangements in the forthcoming elections, the EC added.


Online edition of India’s National Newspaper
Saturday, Apr 26, 2008

20 nomination papers filed in Raichur

Three candidates file papers in Koppal district

Raichur: As many as 20 sets of nomination papers were filed by 11 candidates from five Assembly constituencies in Raichur district on Friday.

Of them, seven nominations each were filed from Raichur and Lingsugur constituencies, and two each from Manvi, Sindhanur and Maski constituencies.

Eramma of the Bahujan Samaj Party filed nominations from Manvi constituency

100 candidates file nominations

Bangalore: One hundred candidates filed nomination papers on Friday in various constituencies going to the polls in the second phase on May 16.

BJP MP Karunakara Reddy filed his nomination papers from Harappanahalli constituency in Davangere district, while Anil Lad filed his papers from Bellary constituency.

The number of nominations filed on Friday district-wise is: Raichur – 11, Koppal – 5, Chitradurga – 22, Davangere, Chikmagalur and Shimoga – nine each, Uttara Kannada – 11, Udupi – 4 and Bellary and Dakshina Kannada – 10 each, according to officials here. — Special Correspondent

Farming eclipsed by industries

Jigani Shankar (Bahujan Samaj Party)

K.N. Venkatasubba Rao and B.S. Ramesh

Bangalore: Wooing the voters of Anekal (reserved) constituency, which lacks basic amenities such as drinking water and motorable roads, and is choked with industries will prove to be a challenge for the 12 candidates in the fray.

The constituency, before delimitation, comprising the hoblis of Jigani, Begur, Attibele and Sarjapur, besides Anekal kasaba, had 3.5 lakh voters in the 2004 elections. After delimitation, Jigani and Begur hoblis have been excluded from the constituency, and the number of voters has shrunk to 2.37 lakh. Hebbagodi, Attibele, Dommasandra, Bommasandra and Chandrapura remain part of the constituency.

Once considered a bastion of the Congress, the constituency came under the influence of the former Minister, the late Y. Ramakrishna of the Bharatiya Janata Party, since 1994. With the sudden demise of Ramakrishna in 1997, his follower A. Narayanaswamy was elected and is contesting again, hoping to register the party’s fourth win in a row.


The Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Bovi community form the majority of the population. The Reddy community, which forms the second largest chunk in the taluk, plays a vital role in local politics.

Earlier, a majority of the population depended on farming. But with the IT boom and the Government acquiring an estimated 5,000 acres for industries, farming has reduced by 70 per cent. People who depended on farming have been deprived of regular employment. This has resulted in an unemployment rate of 40 per cent.

Of the 12 candidates in the fray, voters take only five candidates seriously: A. Narayanaswamy (BJP), Jigani Shankar (Bahujan Samaj Party), B. Gopal (Congress), K.M. Muniyappa (JD-S) and C. Topaiah (JD-U).

Many voters in Attibele, Dommasandra, Mayasandra and Veerasandra areas are not happy with the BJP. They complained that the local BJP leaders did not bother to support the organisations that held a rally in Bangalore to protest against the Government’s decision to establish an abattoir near Anekal. Several people in the constituency alleged that Mr. Narayanaswamy had betrayed the constituency’s interests to promote his land development activities. They are equally set against the Congress candidate, Mr. Gopal, who defected from the BSP and joined the Congress. They term both Mr. Narayanaswamy and Mr. Gopal “outsiders”.

No ticket for tribal people

Shankar Bennur

Independent candidate likely to send a message to leaders

MYSORE: Political representation continues to be a distant mirage for the tribal people. Even after 60 years of independence, none of the forest-based indigenous tribal people have been represented politically in the State, especially from Heggadadevanakote taluk which has the largest population of forest-based tribals.

As anticipated, their hopes have been dashed as none of the mainstream political parties have considered their request for fielding a tribal from H.D. Kote (reserved) constituency. Especially after the visit of All India Congress Committee General Secretary Rahul Gandhi to the taluk, the tribal people had high hopes of realising their dream of political representation.

Like any political party, it, too, came under pressure from party workers and announced former zilla panchayat member Beechanahalli Chikkanna, who belongs to the Nayaka community, as the party candidate from the constituency, reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST). The Bharatiya Janata Party had announced Mysore ZP member Chikkaveeranayak as its candidate. The Janata Dal (S) has delayed announcing the candidate following stiff competition among the ticket aspirants. Appanna, a confidant of former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, is learnt to have approached the Janata Dal (S) after the Congress denied ticket to him. Former MLA H.D. Basavaraj and Dodda Nayak are other strong contenders for the Janata Dal (S) ticket.

Former ZP vice-president Jaji Thimmaiah, Budakattu Krishikara Sangha President Somanna, former president of S Begur G.P. Kavera and several others had come forward to contest the election.

Nataraj, a tribal working as resource person in State Resource Centre, had been short-listed along with two others Appanna and Chikkanna. Their names had been sent to the Congress high command in Delhi for approval. But the party chose Chikkanna.

Nayaka representation

Both the Congress and the BJP have given ticket to candidates belonging to the Nayaka community. The Janata Dal (S) may follow suit as the constituency is dominated by Nayaka community with over 50,000 votes.

The delimitation process ensured that H.D. Kote constituency was reserved for STs. It was earlier reserved for Scheduled Castes. Out of the 15 newly-formed ST constituencies in the State, H.D. Kote is the only one where indigenous forest-based tribal people reside.


Some tribal activists are encouraging a tribal person who has done social service in the taluk, to enter the poll race as an Independent candidate. They are mobilising support of the entire tribal community of H.D. Kote.

Determined to make their votes count

R. Krishna Kumar

A group of farmers has decided to hold parties to account

About 25,000 sugarcane farmers have come together

They are based in Chamarajanagar and Mysore districts

MYSORE: An organisation with about 25,000 members, all sugarcane farmers, in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts, is set to upset the calculations of aspirants in fray in the Kabini command area. The group, which has no political or caste affiliations, will meet here on April 29 to decide their course of collective action during the Assembly elections slated for May 10 in this region.

“As a group we are neither politically aligned nor are we swayed by the populist election manifestos, none of which have been implemented in the past. Our task is only to educate the farmers to see through the false promises and machinations of the political class, which has failed to uphold our collective interests,” explained Kurubur Shanthakumar, who is the president of the Kabini Raitha Hitarakshana Samithi and the State Sugarcane Growers Association.

The association plans to list 25 main points pertaining to agriculture, farmers, crop insurance and loans, and implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, which advocates scientific determination of procurement price, among others.

This will help the farmers ascertain what measures the political parties have in store for them to make life easier for people living in villages before deciding who they will vote for. “If the political parties are serious, we could have expected a convincing answer. But from our experience we know a majority of them have just a passing interest in agriculture and the welfare of the farmers, and this will show in our discussions with them,” Mr. Shanthakumar said.

A difficult life

What many of the members find distressing is that life in villages has become more difficult, and people have to run from pillar to post for simple thinks like obtaining a caste certificate, an income certificate, a khata for land, crop loan or even seeds and fertilizers.

“We have a situation where personal loans are sanctioned at the doorstep of the people in cities for purchase of consumer goods. But in villages, farmers, who feed the nation, are denied basic support. Demands for agricultural loans and crop insurance are rejected on the flimsiest of grounds while seeds are seldom supplied in time,” said Mr. Shanthakumar.

“Unlike in the 2004 Assembly elections, the delimitation exercise has forced candidates to change constituencies, and some candidates who were on our radar for their apathy towards farmers are not in fray,” Mr. Shanthakumar said.


During the 2004 elections the farmers rejected all sitting MLAs from the Kabini command area including M. Shivanna in H.D. Kote, M. Mahadev in Nanjangud, A.S. Guruswamy in Chamundeshwari, Raju Gowda in Hanur, G.N. Nanjundaswamy in Kollegal, K.M. Chikkamadanaika in Bannur and Bharati Shankar in T. Narsipura.

The Congress was brushed aside for its negative image of an urban bias and obsession with information technology. The farmers ensured a clean sweep for the Janata Dal (Secular), which swept the polls in the region.

But the ground reality has not altered while political equations have changed. The group will force political parties to first demonstrate their commitment to farmers before seeking votes.

Quits’ Congress

Bangalore: The former Railway Minister and senior Congress leader, C.K. Jaffer Sharief, has reportedly quit the Congress. — PTI

For free and fair elections

In rapt attention: Officers appointed for poll duty at a preparatory meeting in Dharwad on Friday.




Election, expenditure observers arrive

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Election Commission of India has appointed election observers and expenditure observers for the Assembly constituencies in Bangalore Rural district.

The following observers have arrived. Voters can call them for any election-related complaints, especially violation of the model code of conduct.

Contact numbers

The names of the constituencies, the election observers and their telephone and fax numbers are as follows:

Hoskote: V.B. Pyarelal (9916755673 and 23544012); Devanahalli: Ashok Dongre (99167 55714 and 23544016); Doddballapur: B. Thawang Konwak (9916755706 and 23544011); Nelamangala: Pradeep Kumar (99167 02214 and 23544010);

Expenditure observers

The election expenditure observers are:

Doddballapur and Nelamangala: P. R. Lakra (9916756026 and 23544014); and Hoskote and Devanahalli: Jagadish Prashad Jangid (97394 54614 and 23544015), according to an official press note issued here on Friday.

Preventive measures

— Photo: R. Eswarraj

STRICT VIGILANCE: A view of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Mangalore where the police have put barricades to stop unauthorised persons from entering the premises along with those who come to file nomination papers for the Assembly elections.



Preparations on for peaceful polls

Staff Correspondent

‘A bandobast scheme being worked out’

Meetings held with police officers of neighbouring States

Belgaum: The district administration and the Police Department are gearing up to conduct free and fair elections in the district.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Superintendent of Police Hemant Nimbalkar said that a “bandobast” scheme was being worked out for deployment of forces in the district to ensure that no untoward incident or electoral malpractice occurred till the declaration of election results.

Central forces

In addition to District Armed Reserved Police, platoons of Home Guards, Karnataka State Reserve Police and Central Police Force had been requisitioned, he said.

He said that deployment of forces would depend on the “criticality” of polling stations and other sensitive aspects.


He said that to prevent transport of liquor and other material to be distributed among the voters in the district, he had held meetings with his counterparts at Panjim in Goa and Sangli, Sindhudurg and Kolhapur in Maharashtra on the security measures to be taken in that direction.


He said that 25 check-posts had been set up at 25 entry points on Karnataka’s border with other States .

Mr. Nimbalkar said that cellphone messages appealing to vote for a particular party or a candidate would also be treated as a violation of model code of conduct if its receiver lodged a complaint with the police.

The people could SMS their complaints to 9480539100, the Superintendent of Police said.

39 companies of Central forces for Gulbarga

Special Correspondent

Political leaders told to strictly follow code of conduct

GULBARGA: The Election Commission of India will deploy 39 companies of the Central paramilitary forces in 13 Assembly constituencies in the district a few days before the May 22 elections.

Returning Officer for Gulbarga district and Deputy Commissioner Pankajkumar Pandey told presspersons here on Friday that more forces could be deployed depending on the situation during the campaign and the number of hypersensitive and sensitive polling booths in the district.

According to the initial estimate three companies of the Central forces would be deployed in each of the 13 constituencies, he said and added that hypersensitive and sensitive polling booths would be manned by the personnel of the Central forces. Each company would have three platoons of 90 personnel, he added.

Mr. Pandey said that even if all the hypersensitive and sensitive booths were not manned by the Central forces, the presence of the Central forces along with the personnel of the Karnataka State Reserve Police would ensure peaceful and fair polling on May 22 throughout the district.

Mr. Pandey said that notification for the third phase of elections in the State would be issued on Saturday.

The last date for filing nominations is May 3 and scrutiny of nominations will be taken up on May 5. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is May 7. Mr. Pandey said that four rounds of meetings had been held with leaders of all political parties. They had been told to strictly follow the model code of conduct and directions of the Election Commission of India for filing nomination papers and holding public meetings.

Mr. Pandey said that 66 cases of violation of the code of conduct had been registered and chargesheets had been filed in eight of these cases.

Political parties would not be allowed to hold public meetings on playgrounds of government schools or colleges. Political parties would be allowed to display publicity material at the venue of public meetings only one hour prior to the event and they should be removed within two hours after the meeting, he said. He said that no public meeting would be allowed on roads, particularly in the Super Market area.

Steps had been taken to check the flow of illicit liquor from neighbouring Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh into the State and checkposts had been set up at all entry points, he added.

Election observers appointed

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The Election Commission of India has appointed three officials of the Income Tax Department as expenditure observers for Gulbarga district.

According to Deputy Commissioner Pankajkumar Pandey, who is also the District Returning Officer, Hemantkumar Sarangi has been appointed as expenditure observer for Afzalpur, Jewargi, Surpur and Shahapur Assembly constituencies; Samar Bhadra has been appointed expenditure observer for Gulbarga Rural, Gulbarga South, Gulbarga North and Aland constituencies; and Rajesh Nandan has been appointed as expenditure observer for Yadgir, Gurmitkal, Chitapur, Sedam and Chincholi constituencies.

General observers

Along with them, 13 IAS officials have been appointed as general observers for the 13 constituencies in the district. They are Ashok Kumar (Afzalpur), T.K. Jose (Surpur), Jyoti Ram Gazia (Yadgir), Anita Singh (Chitapur), Ganesh Koyu (Sedam), M.S. Paikra (Gulbarga North), Bhusani Venkatesh (Gulbarga Rural), Santosh Kumar (Jewargi), Daya Shankar (Chincholi), Caralyne Edne (Gurmitkal), Normal Putsure (Shahapur), Anand Singh (Aland) and Kumar Rahul (Gulbarga South).

Returning officers

Mr. Pandey said that senior officials of the State Government had been appointed as returning officers for the 13 constituencies. They are B.K. Hiremath (Afzalpur), T.H.M. Kumar (Jewargi), Devaraj Yadav (Surpur), N. Gangappa (Shahapur), M. Timmappa (Yadgir), J.M. Thippeswamayya (Gurmitkal), V.S. Honamane (Chitapur), Kavita Mannikeri (Sedam), Vijaykumar Nirali (Chincholi), Jagadesh K.G. (Gulbarga Rural), B.M. Risaidar (Gulbarga South), Nagappa Sirasgi (Gulbarga North), and R.S. Yelamalle (Aland).

Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat P.C. Jafar has been appointed as the team leader of the all the officials appointed to supervise the implementation of the model code of conduct in all the constituencies in the district.


The Election Commission has also identified the offices where the candidates can file their nominations in the district. They include tahsil office in Afzalpur town for Afzalpur constituency, tahsil office in Jewargi town for Jewargi constituency, tahsil office in Surpur town for Surpur constituency, office of the Assistant Commissioner in Yadgir town for Yadgir constituency, tashil office in Yadgir for Gurmitkal constituency, tahsil office in Chitapur town for Chitapur constituency, office of the Assistant Commissioner in Sedam town for Sedam constituency, tahsil office in Chincholi town for Chincholi constituency, office of the Assistant Commissioner for Gulbarga Rural constituency, office of the principal, District Training Institute at Jewargi Colony in Gulbarga city for Gulbarga South constituency, Town Hall in Gulbarga city for Gulbarga North Constituency and tahsil office in Aland town for Aland constituency.

All 1,525 polling stations in Hassan district are sensitive

Staff Correspondent

Elaborate security arrangements in place to ensure fair polls

Each paramilitary team will have 135 personnel

192-member mobile striking force for continuous patrol

Getting ready: Superintendent of Police K.V. Sharatchandra flagging off four motorcycles in Hassan on Friday. They will be used for extensive patrolling of the city during the elections.

HASSAN: All 1,525 polling stations in Hassan district have been declared sensitive. Of them, 675 have been categorised hypersensitive and the remaining 850 sensitive.

Superintendent of Police K.V. Sharatchandra said here on Friday that the district police had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure free and fair elections.

Addressing presspersons, he said that according to a request, the Government had decided to send 16 companies of Central paramilitary forces to the district and added that more than 5,000 personnel would be posted for election duty.

Shravanabelagola had 217 polling booths of which 44 were sensitive and 173 hypersensitive. Out of 221 booths in Arsikere, 108 had been declared sensitive and 113 hypersensitive. Belur, which comprised 201 polling stations, had 148 sensitive and 53 hypersensitive booths. In Hassan, as many as 56 booths out of the 211 were sensitive and 155 hyper-sensitive, Mr. Sharatchandra said.

Holenarsipur, which had 216 polling booths, comprised 63 sensitive and 153 hypersensitive ones. Of 220 stations in Arkalgud, 102 were sensitive and 118 hypersensitive. The Sakleshpur (reserved) constituency had 239 polling stations, of which 154 were sensitive and 85 hypersensitive, he added.

Mr. Sharatchandra said rumours that naxalites were active in the Sakleshpur forests were baseless and added that he had held discussions with police officers of neighbouring districts with regard to the issue. The Sakleshpur rural police were also keeping a close watch on the people.

He said two Additional Superintendents of Police, 10 Deputy Superintendents of Police, 43 inspectors, 147 sub-inspectors, 1,042 head constables and 1,972 constables would be posted for election duty.

Mr. Sharatchandra said he had requested the Director-General of Police to send an additional team of 2,000 police personnel from other districts to assist the present force. They were expected to arrive shortly, he added.

He said there would be a 192-member mobile striking force headed by a Sub-Inspector, which would be on continuous patrol. Paramilitary troops would also keep a close watch on the booths. Each team would have 135 members, he said.

Of the 16 companies of paramilitary forces, three each would be sent to Holenarsipur and Hassan, and the remaining five Assembly constituencies would be given two each. Mr. Sharatchandra said 380 anti-social elements in the district had been rounded up as a preventive measure.

Additional Superintendent of Police Umesh Pangam and Deputy Superintendent Rudrappa were present.

65 per cent voters in Gadag have EPICs

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Sixty-five per cent of voters in Haveri district have the Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) and a special drive will be conducted till May 15 to cover the remaining electorate.

Addressing presspersons at Gadag on Friday, Haveri Deputy Commissioner N. Sriraman said two teams had been formed in each taluk for issue of EPICs and 9,000 voters had been issued the cards. Elections to the four Assembly constituencies in Gadag district are scheduled to be held in the third phase of the general elections in the State.

There are 6,57,500 voters in the four Assembly constituencies in the district of which 3,36,459 were men and 3,21,041 are women. There are 714 polling booths in the district including 17 auxiliary booths.

Of these, 414 had been identified as hyper-sensitive and 207 booths as sensitive, Mr. Sriraman said.

He said 714 electronic voting machines had been kept ready for the elections in the district and an additional 700 EVMs had been kept ready as a standby measure. As many as 65 sectoral officers would be monitoring the election process apart from enforcing the model code of conduct, he said.

1,072 weapons deposited in police stations

Staff Correspondent

Jamma land holders exempted from depositing guns

Extra vigil on Kerala-Karnataka border

Madikeri: Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil said on Friday that 1,072 licensed weapons in Kodagu had been deposited in various police stations in view of the election on March 10.

He told The Hindu that the police did not insist on Jamma land holders or the “Kodavas by race”, who enjoyed exemption from licence for holding arms in Kodagu, to deposit their guns in police stations. The process would continue till May 7. Besides, weapons of those who faced criminal charges or had the background had been taken.

As many as 164 people had been identified with dubious background and the police were keeping extra vigil on them.

A meeting of superintendents of police from Kannur, Waynad, Kasaragod, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu was held in Chamarajanagar on April 13.


The meeting stressed the need for strict vigil on Kerala-Karnataka borders. This was to prevent smuggling of liquor and weapons into Kodagu.

Additional personnel had been posted at border check-posts, Mr. Patil said.

The Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, and his counterpart from Kannur had also held discussions. The police were obtaining records of liquor stock lifted from KSBCL outlets in Kushalnagar and Virajpet. If there was excess stock, such cases would be examined. The Revenue and Police departments were coordinating well in enforcing the model code of conduct, Mr. Patil said.

The police had executed 91 non-bailable warrants since April 5, of the 250 such cases pending in the district. Most of the remaining cases were from Kerala, which the police there would look into, he said.


Troublemakers and communal elements had been identified in Kodagu. If needed, they would be taken into custody as a precautionary measure before the elections, Mr. Patil said.

On beefing up security during elections, Mr. Patil said that he had sought two companies of Central forces. Additional police force from other parts of the State, which would not go to polls on May 10, had been requested.

He said that he had held meetings of police officers in Kodagu on April 6 and 9, who would pass on the instructions given to them to their colleagues in the respective police stations.

As many as 37 police sub-inspectors would be on mobile rounds apart from circle inspectors of police and deputy superintendents of police.

Town Hall grounds out of bounds for poll rallies

Special Correspondent

Deputy Commissioner has refused permission for its use

Political party representatives plan to request official to rescind the order

EC has banned cable service providers from beaming election-related advertisements

Mysore: Mainline political parties in the fray for the Assembly elections slated for May 10 are peeved over the non-availability of public grounds in Mysore for election rallies.

The Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer P. Manivannan has refused permission for the use of the Town Hall grounds for political rallies. This has put the political parties in a tizzy.

The other grounds in the city are booked for programmes. Some are not centrally located for their use. In the absence of Town Hall grounds, the next option is to use the Maharaja’s College Grounds. But it is booked till May 8 for an exhibition.

The other open venues in the city include the Open Air Auditorium at Manasagangotri campus, but the University of Mysore Syndicate Rules prohibit renting it out for any other programme other than cultural events. Hence the open air auditorium has been ruled out.

Similarly, the Exhibition Ground is also booked for “Besige Mela” and that leaves the political parties with JK Grounds. But that belongs to Mysore Medical College and is used only for sports and so is the Oval Grounds opposite the Crawford Hall.

Ideal locale

For political parties, the Town Hall ground was considered ideal as it is centrally-located opposite the city bus stand. Among the slew of political rallies held in recent times there, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party held political and public meetings. The Maharaja’s College ground has emerged the favourite venue for all public meetings.

It is a favourite for the sheer number of people that can be accommodated. The Congress, the Janata Dal (Secular) and the BJP kicked off their election campaigns from the Maharaja’s College grounds.

A few party representatives plan to meet the Deputy Commissioner to request him to rescind the order.

For the public, however, the strict implementation of the Election Code of Conduct has come as a whiff of fresh air and has spared them the political messages bombarded over loud speakers. While the use of loud speaker is allowed till 6 p.m. extending its use beyond the deadline will require special permission. Under no circumstances will its use be permitted beyond 10 p.m.

The crack down on buntings and banners has also spared the eyesore for the public and major heritage buildings, including K.R. Circle in the heart of the city which used to be the first casualty, has been spared vandalisation.


In a new circular, the Election Commission has prohibited the use of SMS services two days before the polls. Similarly, there is a ban on cable service providers to beam advertisements of political parties and have been warned of legal consequences if they violate the law.

RPF, KSRTC to help check inflow of black money

Special Correspondent

Black money is transported using human conduit

Road and rail routes are generally used for

the purpose

MYSORE: The authorities have taken serious note of the flow of money and liquor into the district during the run up to the elections and have sought additional measures to contain them.

The Railway Protection Force and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation staff will be roped in for election-related duties like checking and frisking passengers in trains, railway stations and bus stands within the jurisdiction of Mysore revenue division, to stem the flow of illegal money. They will assist the district administration in this regard. The Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer P. Manivannan has also sought the assistance of the Divisional Railway Manager, Mysore Division, and the Divisional Controller of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation to involve staff in checking and frisking passengers suspected of carrying large sums of money. Mr. Manivannan said there was a huge flow of funds into the district. He pointed out the seizing of a car which carried Rs. 1.2 crore in Mandya and another with Rs. 5 lakh in Mysore.

The decision to seek the Railways and the KSRTC staff’s help followed a meeting which discussed various means of flow of money and the methods that could be employed to contain them. The authorities said unaccounted black money is transported using a human conduit through the road and rail routes.

Complaint against Yogeshwar

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: A chartered accountant has alleged that C.P. Yogeshwar, Congress candidate from Channapatna Assembly constituency, has suppressed certain facts from the affidavits that he filed along with his nomination papers.

In a complaint to the Returning Officer of the constituency, Ravindra Beleyur has said that Mr. Yogeshwar had not given description of the offence for which the cognizance has been taken though he has mentioned that he has been facing charges under Section 177 and 220 of the Indian Penal Code.

Market value

The complainant has also alleged that Mr. Yogeshwar had not given the market value of many lands that he owns besides not disclosing complete information of land.

It was based on a similar complaint filed by Mr. Byeleyur that the Karnataka Lokayukta had conducted an inquiry against Mr. Yogeshwar and filed a criminal case against him under Section 177 for submitting false information while declaring his assets and liabilities.

Mine owners list assets

M. Ahiraj and H.S. Narasimha Kumar

Congress candidate Anil lad declares assets of Rs. 147 crore

Bellary/Davangere: What are the assets declared by the millionaire mine owners of Bellary who are contesting the elections?

Anil Lad, contesting as the Congress candidate from Bellary (city) Assembly constituency, has assets worth Rs. 146.96 crore, which include a fleet of automobiles, among which are a Bentley (Rs. 1.72 crore), an Audi AG Volkswagen (Rs. 50.36 lakh) and a Mercedes-Benz (Rs. 35.78 lakh).

According to the declaration of assets made by him while filing his nomination papers in Bellary on Friday, his moveable assets are worth Rs. 81.75 crore and immoveable assets Rs. 65.21 crore. Assets in the name of his wife, Arati A. Lad, amount to Rs. 31.02 crore.

Moveable assets

The moveable assets held by Mr. Lad include deposits in banks and financial and non-banking financial institutions (Rs. 1.84 crore); bonds and debentures (Rs. 12.44 crore); other financial instruments (Rs. 1 crore); motor vehicles (Rs. 3.08 crore); jewellery (Rs. 1.15 crore); and other assets as values of claims and interest (Rs. 62.21 crore).

Among his immoveable assets are agricultural land worth Rs. 5.06 crore; non-agricultural land worth Rs. 48.82 crore; buildings (commercial and residential) worth Rs. 6.70 crore; and houses/apartments worth Rs. 4.61 crore.

Mr. Lad’s liabilities, including bank loans have been put at Rs. 35.75 crore. He has already paid income tax of Rs. 1.05 crore and wealth tax of Rs. 40.53 lakh for 2007-08.

G. Somashekar Reddy, brother of Janardhan Reddy, BJP MLC, who is contesting from Bellary (city), has declared assets worth Rs. 27.43 crore (his being Rs. 20.36 crore and Rs. 7.07 crore in the name of his wife). He has a liability of Rs. 19.08 crore, being the loan taken in December 2007. B. Sriramulu, BJP leader and former Minister, who is contesting from Bellary constituency, has declared assets worth Rs. 18.75 crore (Rs. 8.25 crore moveable property and Rs. 10.49 crore immoveable property).

Among his immovable assets are agricultural land in Bellary (Rs. 6.12 crore); non-agricultural land in Bellary and Bangalore (Rs. 1.35 crore); buildings in Bangalore (Rs. 1.10 crore) and Bellary (Rs. 23.58 lakh).

M. Diwakar Babu, former Minister and Janata Dal (S) candidate for Bellary (city) has declared assets worth Rs. 3.35 crore in his name and Rs. 1.28 crore in the name of his wife.

G. Karunakara Reddy, Bellary MP, who is contesting from Harpanahalli Assembly constituency in Davangere, has declared bank deposits of Rs. 2,62,77,261 and land (non-agricultural) worth over Rs. 5 crore in Bellary.

He is building a house at a cost of Rs. 10 crore in Bellary, while he is staying in a bungalow worth Rs. 1.5 crore in Bellary.

Mr. Reddy said he has shares worth Rs. 20,71,000 and other financial instruments such as NSS, postal savings and LIC policies worth Rs. 1,06,12,587.

Mr. Reddy has a Mahindra jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Skoda and Reva cars and a Toyato Qualis MUV.

Upset over selection of candidates

DAVANGERE: Shamanur Shivashankarappa, veteran Congress leader and former MLA , has protested against the “whimsical selection of candidates” in Mayakonda in Davangere and Holalkere in Chitradurga.

In an informal chat with presspersons here on Friday, Mr. Shivashankarappa said that the party had fielded K. Shivamurthy from Mayakonda even though the DCC and the Block Congress Committee had not recommended his name. — Staff Correspondent

BJP candidate declares assets in dollars

Vishwa Kundapura

KOLAR: Bonds and debentures worth $ 1,70,000, vehicle worth $ 60,000, flat and apartment worth $ 1,75,000 and so on. These figures are not pertaining to any person contesting in the U.S. They are the details of the assets of C. Sonne Gowda, BJP candidate for Kolar constituency.

A green card holder of the U.S., Mr. Sonne Gowda, brother of veteran Janata Pariwar leader and former Minister the late C. Byre Gowda, has emerged richest amongst the candidates of Kolar constituency. As per the affidavit filed along with the nomination papers, Mr. Sonne Gowda’s properties including cash, jewellery, bonds etc., amounting to approximately Rs 2.5 crore. One of his flat in the U.S. is valued at about $ 1,75,000 and his wife owns a house worth $ 1 lakh. Mr Sonne Gowda’s income includes a bond of $ 50,000 in the USA Government Bank.

According to the details furnished in the affidavit, the former MLA Srinivas Gowda’s assets exceed more than Rs 1.22 crore. Mr. Gowda has liability to the tune of Rs. 31 lakh in the form of a loan. Mr. Gowda is in the fray as a Congress candidate seeking election for the fourth consecutive term.

Congress workers protest ‘injustice’

Staff Correspondent

BELLARY: Workers of the Congress party staged demonstrations here on Friday in protest against what they termed the inappropriate selection of candidates for three Assembly constituencies in the district.” After the resentment of party workers in Kudligi, who opposed the candidature of N.T. Bommanna, similar protests were held in Hospet and Sirguppa constituencies.

In Kudligi, party workers, mostly supporters of the former Minister Bhagirathi Marulasiddanagouda, were of the firm view that S. Venkatesh was a more acceptable candidate and was sure to win. They demanded that he be given party ticket and not Mr. Bommanna. They threatened to boycott the polls if a decision to that effect was not taken.

Sensing trouble, the party high command has reportedly decided to field Mr. Venkatesh. Around 1,000 party workers, including women from Sirguppa Assembly constituency, staged a demonstration in front of the District Congress Committee office in Bellary city demanding ticket for B.M. Nagaraj instead of Ramaiah. They submitted a memorandum addressed to the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee in this regard.

In Hospet, the supporters of Deepak Singh, a mine owner, staged a demonstration on Thursday urging the leaders to field him as party candidate from the Vijayanagar Assembly constituency.

There is nothing new in the manifesto,” . The BJP had not said anything on amendment of Article 371 of the Constitution, a long-pending demand of the people of backward regions.

Kharge faces protests from supporters of ticket aspirants

Special Correspondent

KPCC chief mobbed at the helipad on his arrival in Gulbarga

Venting ire: KPCC President M Mallikarjun Kharge being mobbed at the helipad in Gulbarga city on Friday by the supporters of ticket aspirants.

GULBARGA: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday faced angry protests by supporters of aspirants who were denied party ticket from the district and was mobbed at the helipad at the District Police Headquarters and in his residence demanding party ticket for their leaders.

Mr. arrived here in the evening by helicopter from Bangalore to participate in a workers’ conference of the Chitapur Assembly constituency from where Mr. Kharge is scheduled to contest the elections to the State Assembly. He was welcomed with slogans protesting against the denial of party ticket to Kailash Patil, son of former Chief Minister Veerendra Patil.

Other groups supporting the former Minister A.B. Maalakaraddy and the former MLC Chennareddy Tunnur raised slogans demanding party ticket to their leaders from Yadgir and Gurmitkal Assembly constituencies. As soon as Mr. Kharge alighted from the helicopter, he was literally mobbed by the supporters of these leaders shouting slogans and the police personnel had a tough time to keep away the surging party workers from Mr. Kharge. Mr. Kharge, who did not respond to the protests by the workers, got into the waiting car and sped to his residence. However, the protesting party workers followed Mr. Kharge to his residence to continue their protest. They even tried to disrupt the press conference addressed by Mr. Kharge by raising slogans praising their leaders.

District Congress Committee president Allamprabhu Patil and other leaders urged the protestors to maintain decorum and not to disturb the press conference and later they can voice their grievance to Mr./ Kharge.

Later, the supporters of Dr. Maalakaraddy, Mr. Chennareddy Tunnur, and Mr. Kailash Patil met Mr. Kharge and pleaded for party ticket to their leaders. Mr. Kharge told presspersons that there was very little scope for the party to effect any changes in the names of those who have already been given ticket.


Mr. Kharge sought to downplay the violent reaction in the party in almost all the districts against the selection of the candidates and said this sort of the phenomenon was not new and that it happened during all the elections.


He said told presspersons that for the 224 Assembly seats there were more than 3,700 aspirants and majority of them deserved to get the party nomination.

“Choosing 224 candidates among such a large number of deserving candidates is not an easy task,” he said.

They threaten to boycott polls

Staff Correspondent

Farmers in villages bordering the Western Ghats seek a better deal

HASSAN: Many farmers in Hassan, Chikmagalur and Madikeri districts, who have formed the Paschima Ghatta Horata Samiti, comprising people living in 100 villages bordering the Western Ghats, have sought a better deal from the Government. The region has one lakh hectares under cultivation.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, president of the samiti A.K. Sachadev along with conveners Mallappa, Aswatha, Sanjay and Suresh said that every year this area received rainfall between 150 and 300 inches and that they had suffered from severe crop loss many times.

They said that when H.D. Kumaraswamy was Chief Minister, he had decided to form a committee headed by Principal Secretary (Revenue) Shivanand Jaamdar to study the problems in the villages in the Western Ghats and to recommend solutions.

But, this did not happen. they said.

Crop loss

There were 35 villages in Mudigere taluk of Chikmagalur district, 60 villages in Sakleshpur taluk covering Hanabalu, Vemalakere and surrounding areas, and five villages in Madikeri district that faced heavy crop loss owing to excess rainfall, Mr. Sachadev said.

Traditional crops such as cardamom, coffee, pepper, plantain, areca nut, vanilla and paddy had been destroyed either owing to shortage of rain or excessive rain.

Every year crop loss was common.


This had forced farmers to commit suicide, they said.

Till this day, these villages were not provided any civic amenities, infrastructure, drinking water or education, they said.

They had formed the samiti last year and presented a detailed report of crop loss and other requirements to the Government.

But, no response had been received to their problems.

Mr. Sachadev said that the people in this area had decided to boycott the coming Assembly elections.


They demanded constitution of a separate board called “Paschima Ghatta Abhivrudhi Mandali” for the overall development of the villages.

They demanded that crop loans given to farmers from cooperative and commercial banks be waived and fresh loans be extended at an interest rate of four per cent.

Two former MLAs, Mayor censured

Staff Correspondent

Poll panel pulls them up for code violation

They had attended a function to unveil a statue of Basaveshwara

Explanation given by them was ‘not satisfactory’

HUBLI: Taking exception to unveiling of a statue of Basaveshwara in Dharwad by a few politicians, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has censured eight persons, including two former MLAs, mayor and deputy mayor of Hubli-Dharwad.

Those censured by the ECI are the former MLAs Chandrakant Bellad and Vinay Kulkarni, Mayor Radhbai Safare, Deputy Mayor Chandrashekhar Managundi, council members Bharati Patil, Ashok Niduvani, Prakash Godbole and Vijayanand Shetty.

In its order, the ECI stated that the explanation given by these persons in response to notices served by it was “not satisfactory” and the unveiling ceremony was a violation of the model code of conduct.

The Principal Secretary, Election Commission of India, New Delhi, issued notices on April 10, seeking explanation from these persons on the unveiling ceremony held in Dharwad on April 8. These notices were issued following a report submitted by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Karnataka based on the recommendations of the district administration.

The district administration had suspended two assistant commissioners following the unveiling ceremony.

The statue was installed on a piece of land of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation and 50 per cent of the cost of the statue was met by it. However, the unveiling ceremony was organised by a committee formed to install the statue without bringing it to the notice of the corporation and at a time when the model code of conduct was in force.

15 check-posts set up in Haveri

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Fifteen check-posts have been set up in Haveri district to monitor the inflow of liquor and other materials intended for distribution during the coming elections.

Addressing presspersons at Haveri on Friday, Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad said adequate preparatory measures had been taken up in the district for conducting free and fair polls. There were 10,03,575 voters in the district which is scheduled to go to polls on May 22 during the third phase. Among them there were 5,29,016 men and 4,74,559 women, he added.

Mr. Vastrad said there would be six election observers in the district and another for keeping a check on election expenditure. Apart from them, six separate teams to ensure strict enforcement of the model code of conduct had already been constituted, he said. The Deputy Commissioner said there would be 1,077 polling booths in the district, which might be reduced or increased after taking into consideration fresh inclusions and deletions in the voters’ list.

1,072 weapons deposited in police stations

Staff Correspondent

Jamma land holders exempted from depositing guns

Extra vigil on Kerala-Karnataka border

Madikeri: Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil said on Friday that 1,072 licensed weapons in Kodagu had been deposited in various police stations in view of the election on March 10.

He told The Hindu that the police did not insist on Jamma land holders or the “Kodavas by race”, who enjoyed exemption from licence for holding arms in Kodagu, to deposit their guns in police stations. The process would continue till May 7. Besides, weapons of those who faced criminal charges or had the background had been taken.

As many as 164 people had been identified with dubious background and the police were keeping extra vigil on them.

A meeting of superintendents of police from Kannur, Waynad, Kasaragod, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu was held in Chamarajanagar on April 13.


The meeting stressed the need for strict vigil on Kerala-Karnataka borders. This was to prevent smuggling of liquor and weapons into Kodagu.

Additional personnel had been posted at border check-posts, Mr. Patil said.

The Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, and his counterpart from Kannur had also held discussions. The police were obtaining records of liquor stock lifted from KSBCL outlets in Kushalnagar and Virajpet. If there was excess stock, such cases would be examined. The Revenue and Police departments were coordinating well in enforcing the model code of conduct, Mr. Patil said.

The police had executed 91 non-bailable warrants since April 5, of the 250 such cases pending in the district. Most of the remaining cases were from Kerala, which the police there would look into, he said.


Troublemakers and communal elements had been identified in Kodagu. If needed, they would be taken into custody as a precautionary measure before the elections, Mr. Patil said.

On beefing up security during elections, Mr. Patil said that he had sought two companies of Central forces. Additional police force from other parts of the State, which would not go to polls on May 10, had been requested.

He said that he had held meetings of police officers in Kodagu on April 6 and 9, who would pass on the instructions given to them to their colleagues in the respective police stations.

As many as 37 police sub-inspectors would be on mobile rounds apart from circle inspectors of police and deputy superintendents of police.

Congress first list leaves many upset

Govind D. Belgaunkar

Candidates for five constituencies announced

Party workers feel that Suresh Ballal has

been undone

Former MLA K.M. Ibrahim may contest as an independent from Bantwal

MANGALORE: The announcement of candidates for five of the eight constituencies in Dakshina Kannada by the Congress has upset some of the aspirants, particularly former Mangalore Urban Development Authority chairman Suresh Ballal.

The candidates announced by the Congress are: B. Ramanath Rai for Bantwal, Ivan D’Souza - Mangalore City South, U.T. Khader - Mangalore, Moideen Bawa - Mangalore City North and Abhayachandra Jain - Moodbidri.

Supporters’ view

Mr. Ballal, who is the president of North Block unit of the Congress, told The Hindu that he had decided to bow to the wishes of his supporters to file nomination as a Congress candidate from Mangalore City North hoping that the party would issue him the Form B.

Form B is essential to get the party’s symbol. Mr. Ballal’s supporters are understood to be pleased with him as he had been responding to people’s problems.

Mr. Ballal had previously contested from the constituency on Janata Dal (S) ticket and had secured third highest number of votes.

Some Congressmen and a few Bharatiya Janata Party leaders believe that Mr. Ballal would have posed a few problems to BJP’s candidate and former MLA Yogish Bhat. Mr. Ballal commands respect of people and party workers in the constituency, they say. Moreover, over 60 per cent of the electorate in the constituency are Hindus, who might favour the BJP unless the Congress fields a Hindu candidate.

‘Not wise’

Mr. Ballal said that it was not a wise move by the party to field candidates from minorities for the three constituencies in the city as it would help the BJP take advantage of the situation to woo the majority communities.


Mr. Ballal claimed that some of the leaders from Janata Dal (S) and Bahusjan Samaj Party had approached him to join their parties. “But I am committed to contest as a Congress candidate,” he said.

Another case

Meanwhile, the decision to field former Minister and district Congress president Mr. Rai from Bantwal has upset former MLA K.M. Ibrahim. Mr. Ibrahim had lost to Padmanabha Kottari of the BJP in 2004 in the erstwhile Vittla constituency although he had won the elections in 1999. With Vittla having been done away with after delimitation, Mr. Ibrahim had sought to contest from Bantwal constituency.

He is likely to contest as an independent, according to sources.

List awaited

The Congress is yet to announce its candidates for Sullia, Puttur and Belthangady constituencies. The party sources said that Mr. Vasanth Bangera should be given ticket to contest from Belthangady.

Mr. Bangera is understood to have joined the Congress from Janata Dal (S) on the condition of being given a ticket.

In such an event, K. Harish Kumat, who contested last elections as Congress candidate there, would be hurt as he was very keen to contest again.

Tough task

B. Raghu is expected to get the ticket from Sullia, reserved for Scheduled Caste. However, the party may find the going tough as there are many aspirants for the ticket.

Friends turn foes in politics

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Politics makes strange bedfellows. Yesterday’s friends will be today’s foes. Mysore region is not an exception to this phenomenon. Thick friends of the 2004 Assembly polls have turned bitter enemies and vice-versa for the 2008 Assembly elections.

Electorates are totally confused by the sudden decision of leaders to change their party affiliation because of denial of ticket. Take C. Basave Gowda and former Minister D.T. Jayakumar — who had taken up the responsibility of building the Janata Dal (Secular) in Mysore region and worked together for nearly two years after the exit of former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and G.T. Deve Gowda — are now contesting against each other in Chamundeshwari Assembly Constituency. While Mr. Basave Gowda is contesting for the Janata Dal (S), Mr. Jayakumar is contesting on the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket, after he was denied ticket to contest from Chamundeshwari.

Varuna constituency

Similar is the Varuna Assembly Constituency. Mr. Siddaramaiah and Director General of Police (DGP) (retd) L. Revanasiddaiah are now contesting in the newly carved out Varuna constituency in Mysore district for the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) respectively.

After Mr. Siddaramaiah joined the Congress, both of them became friends. Now Mr. Revanasiddaiah has joined the BJP, as Congress denied him ticket to facilitate Mr. Siddaramaiah.

The situation is no different in Hunsur Assembly Constituency. It was Mr. Deve Gowda who brought Mr. Chikkamadhu, who was allegedly neglected in the Congress to the Janata Dal (S) fold. He made him a MLC. However, after Mr. Deve Gowda quit Janata Dal (S) and joined the BJP, Mr. Chikkamadhu became a prominent leader in the Janata Dal (S). He is now opposing Mr. Deve Gowda in Hunsur. In Narasimharaja constituency, B.P. Manjunath and E. Maruthi Rao Pawar, who were together till recently in the BJP, are facing each other in the elections. Mr. Maruthi Pawar is contesting as an Independent candidate, as the party denied him ticket.Congress candidate from Krishnaraja constituency, M.K. Somashekar, and Youth leader, Raghu Achar, who is campaigning for the Janata Dal (S) candidate were working together just a month ago.


Uproar in Lok Sabha over fertiliser allocation
Thursday, April 24, 2008 13:59 [IST]

New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Brajesh Pathak created an uproar in the Lok Sabha on Thursday accusing the government of failing to provide fertiliser to farmers.

Pathak accused Ram Vilas Paswan, the union minister of chemicals and fertiliser, of misleading parliament and giving wrong figures on allocation of fertilisers.

“He has been provided these figures by his bureaucrats. They are giving me false data. If what he is saying is true, then the farmers in my constituency would have got fertiliser,” said the BSP MP.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee tried to pacify him but Pathak shouted at Paswan. Other members joined the chorus, which was countered by the treasury benches

When the situation got out of control, Chatterjee took down the names of those who were shouting and threatened action against them. He warned Pathak, telling him to sit down or he would ask him to leave.

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) members joined the medley of protests, leading to an adjournment of the house till 2 pm.

Source : IANS



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