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05/18/08
2552nd SACRED BUDDHA JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS 2008-VESAK -On 19th May 2008 at 09:15 P.M.Bangalore Akashavani Kendra will broadcast Poojya Ananda Bhante’s Discourse on Life of Buddha and His Peace Message-President and Members of ADDBS are cordially inviting the gracious presence of Sarv Samaj on the occasion of the Buddha Jayanti Celebration at the above Buddhist Society, Trust, Buddha Vihar & Sri. H.M.Gangadharaiah Memorial Meditation Centre, Gotham Nagar, Opp. KSRTC Bus Depot,Kolar Gold Fields -563 113 on Tuesday the 20th May 2008 at 5.00 P.M. Presence of one and all on the occasion is solicited-B Media 4 Sarvajan Hitaya Sarvajan Sukhaya-Triple Gem Study Circle analysis predicts 130 seats for BSP because of Price Rise and anti-incumbency factors on Congress, BJP and JD(S) and because of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms Mayawati’s performance to be repeated in Karnataka-So Vote For BSP-BSP made whirlwind tours of the areas going to the polls seeking votes for stable governance, development and all-round welfare of the people. -Dharam Singh and Kharge pressuring officials: BJP -Congress seeks re-poll in Bellary City booths -Countermand elections or declare an Adivasi candidate as winner-Manual scavenging still rampant in North East Delhi, says report -Karnataka polls: 132 candidates with criminal records (rediff.com) -
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BSP banking on Muslim vote

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Party fielded Raheem Khan at the last minute

He hopes to benefit from the demolition drive in the city




BIDAR: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is banking on its nominee Raheem Khan in Bidar Assembly seat to regain its lost seat. The BSP won the seat last in the 1994 election, when its candidate Syed Zulfikar Hashmi stood from Bidar.

Mr. Khan is originally a Congressman and held the post of district unit general secretary but quit the party when denied the party ticket to contest the election from Bidar seat.

Mr. Khan was given the ticket by the BSP at the last minute on the last day of filing of nominations. In Bidar, the minorities hold the key for the success of the candidate.

From the constituency Maqsud Ali Khan, Moshin Kamal, Mohammed Laiquddin, all Congressmen, and Syed Zulfikar Hashmi have won the seat from the minority community.

For Mr. Khan, the demolition drive in the city has come as a “blessing” to build his image among the people. The widening of the roads occurred in the Old City of Bidar where the minorities are concentrated. Mr. Khan has reportedly spent generously from his personal sources for the persons affected by the demolition. According to sources close to him, this is likely to win him some support.

Mr. Khan will take on the former Minister and Congress nominee Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli.

In the 2004 election in Bidar constituency, independents have polled more votes than the official nominees. In that election, the former Minister Bandeppa Kashempur and Mr. Hashmi had both sought the Congress ticket and when denied ticket they contested the elections as independents.

Mr. Kashempur won the elections polling 67,015 votes while Mr. Hashmi secured about 39,000 votes, second highest in the fray

‘Brother of accused is not BSP candidate’

Bangalore: The Bangalore Rural police on Saturday clarified that the person accused of raping a minor girl is the brother of Syed Umraj Pasha who contested from the Sarvagnanagar Assembly segment as the National Ambedkar Congress candidate in the first phase of elections.

Superintendent of Police, Bangalore Rural, Vikas Kumar had said on Friday that Wasim Pasha, who has been accused of raping a minor girl on May 5 at a resort, was the brother of Syed Umraj Pasha, a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate.

On Saturday, Mr. Vikas Kumar said he came to know that Umraj Pasha is the National Ambedkar Congress candidate and does not belong to the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The Superintendent of Police said he had provided the information based on what the Vijayapura police, who had registered a case against Wasim Pasha, had told him.

Shettar gets notice for poll advertisement

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Former Minister accused of not mentioning it in expenditure

HUBLI: The returning officer for Hubli-Dharwad Central, Ajay Nagabhushan, has issued a notice to Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Jagadish Shettar for not providing details regarding an advertisement published in a Kannada daily recently.

The daily had published a special supplement on the achievements of Mr. Shettar.

However, the returning officer found that Mr. Shettar had not included the same in his election expenditure.

Reports

Mr. Nagabhushan has submitted reports on violation of the model code of conduct by the former Chief Minister Veerappa Moily and the former Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

Mr. Jaitley addressed members of the Hubli Bar Association at the office of the association on Thursday.

Official sources said that while Mr. Jaitley had permission to visit the blast site at the court complex, he did not have permission to address a gathering there.

Taking exception to it, the returning officer submitted a report to the district election officer.

Mr. Moily’s action of holding a press conference on Friday at a room in Rotary English Medium School, which is scheduled to be a polling booth, has been considered as a case of poll code violation. The returning officer has submitted a report to the district election officer in this regard. Meanwhile, the election officials have registered a complaint against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Hubli-Dharwad unit president Datta Dorle under the provisions of Public Property Disfigurement Act for pasting party stickers at Ramanagar near Keshwapur in Hubli.

Seized

In a joint operation, the Hubli police and election officials seized liquor worth Rs. 1.1 lakh at Kittur Channamma Circle here on Friday and arrested two persons in this connection.

The police gave the names of the arrested as Hiremath and Akki.


Dharam Singh and Kharge pressuring officials: BJP

 

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BANGALORE: Accusing senior Congress leaders N. Dharam Singh and M. Mallikarjun Kharge of misusing their political clout to bring pressure on officials to work in their favour during this elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday urged the Chief Electoral Officer to declare their Assembly constituencies of Jewargi and Chittapur as “hyper-sensitive constituencies”.

The BJP has lodged a complaint with M.N. Vidyashankar against Mr. Dharam Singh and Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge.

The BJP demanded that senior and impartial election observers should be deputed to the two constituencies to ensure free and fair elections. It also sought disciplinary action against the election officer of Gulbarga district as well as the returning officers of the two constituencies for allegedly acting at the behest of the Congress leaders.

The BJP has, in the complaint, alleged that Mr. Dharam Singh and Mr. Kharge had summoned police officers to their premises and issued directions to them though it was in violation of the election code of conduct. The returning officers had failed to take action though the matter was brought to their notice, the complaint stated.

The BJP charged the two leaders with distributing money and liquor to voters. About 500 bottles of liquor were supplied in each of Dhandhothi and Maragol villages on May 17, the party alleged.

Similarly, these leaders distributed Rs 30,000 to each of the Stree Shakti women’s self-help groups and used more than 250 vehicles in their constituencies for campaigning, the BJP alleged.

It alleged that Mr. Kharge had managed to get postings for the officials of his choice in his constituency of Chittapur.

Those officials, who were also on polling duty, were working for Mr. Kharge’s victory, it alleged.

The BJP alleged that the polling officials were strictly implementing the instructions of Mr. Kharge and his relatives in Gundugurthy hobli, the native place of Mr. Kharge’s wife.

Congress seeks re-poll in Bellary City booths

 

Special Correspondent

 

 

 

 

Bangalore: The KPCC has urged the Election Commission to order re-poll in four booths of Bellary City Assembly constituency as the presiding officers themselves had allegedly been found rigging.

Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, party spokesmen K.H. Srinivasa and B.L. Shankar said the commission which found one of the presiding officers indulging in the crime had kept him under suspension.

The rigging allegedly took place in booth nos.90, 93, 97 and 106 of the constituency.

Mr. Srinivasa ridiculed the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman S. Suresh Kumar claim that his party had also made stability the main plank in the third phase of elections.

He said that Congress had no objection if the BJP wanted to borrow its time-tested objective of stability. But, the BJP was required to clarify why it withdrew support to the Janata Dal (S)-led government.

He said that because of this behaviour, the BJP had lost the moral authority to claim that it wanted to provide a stable government.

On the security front, he alleged that it was the BJP that was responsible for spreading terror, which was confined to Jammu and Kashmir, to other parts of the country. Congress, they said, would win in 50 per cent of the Assembly seats for which elections were held in the two phases and would get the required majority in the final phase.

The exit polls had lost credibility because it was impossible to cover a large cross-section of the voters when crores of them had participated in the exercise.

Bellary police feel the heat

 

M. Ahiraj

 

 

Two officers transferred following political whimsicality

 

 

BELLARY: Is Bellary jinxed as far as the police hierarchy is concerned? It appears so, as top officials of the department are facing problems mainly owing to the political situation here. At least two Superintendents of Police have been transferred on charges of not acting impartially.

The latest is Amrit Paul, who was unceremoniously transferred on the day before polling according to the recommendations of the Election Commission.

He was declared “unable to handle the situation impartially.” A day before polling, former Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate for Bellary (rural) Assembly constituency B. Sriramulu, allegedly assaulted a Congress worker. The police immediately swung into action. As the Congress worker Nani, who suffered from severe head injuries and was admitted to hospital here, was, according to the doctor, not in a position to give a statement, the police, based on the version of the investigating team attached to Mr. Sriramulu, registered a case of attempt-to-murder against the former Minister.

H.D. Kote segment caught in caste row

 

Staff Correspondent

 

 

‘Countermand elections or declare an Adivasi candidate as winner’

 





Congress, BJP, JD(S) candidates accused of producing fake caste certificates

They ‘tampered’ with records to claim they are from Nayaka community




 

MYSORE: The State unit of the National Front for Adivasi Self-rule (NFASR) and the Nagarahole National Park Tribal Rights Restoration Committee have appealed to President Pratibha Patil to countermand elections to the H.D. Kote (ST) Assembly Constituency, or declare as winner the Adivasi candidate who gets the highest number of votes, in view of the controversy over the caste status of five candidates including two independents.

Candidates of the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (Secular) contesting from the reserved H.D. Kote constituency have been accused of producing fake caste certificates to contest in the elections.

NFASR had appealed to the State Election Commissioner to disqualify them for misguiding the Election Commission.

M.R. Ravi, Assistant Commissioner of Hunsur Sub-Division, has submitted a report to the District Election Officer (DEO) P. Manivannan on the the candidates allegedly tampering with the records in order to claim Scheduled Tribe status.

In his report sent to the DEO on May 5, he said that the Tahsildar of H.D. Kote had issued a “controversial caste certificate without verifying the original documents and failed in following the procedure while dealing with the sensitive issue of issuing caste certificates.”

Based on the recommendations, Mr. Manivannan had suspended H.D. Kote Tahsildar T. Vijaya on April 25, and ordered a departmental inquiry for issuing a caste certificate to BJP candidate Chikkaveera Naika.

Although they belong to the “Parivara” community, the Congress, Janata Dal (S) and BJP candidates contested in the elections by claiming themselves to be from the Nayaka community by tampering with official records, according to Mr. Ravi.

The Directorate of Civil Rights Enforcement had issued a circular a few years ago listing a few communities including “Parivara” which should not be categorised as Scheduled Tribes. Tribal organisations in Hunsur and H.D. Kote had launched an agitation accusing various backward groups of cornering the benefits meant for Scheduled Tribes.

Convener of Development through Education (DEED) S. Srikanth told The Hindu that the tribal rights restoration committee had appealed to the President on Saturday to countermand the elections to the constituency or declare as winner the Adivasi candidate who would get the highest number of votes

 

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As many as 132 candidates contesting in the Karnataka elections this year have a criminal record. The charges against the candidates vary from murder, attempt to murder, assault with deadly weapons, cheating and so on.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leads the pack with 37 candidates while the Janata Dal-Secular comes second with 28. The Congress has fielded 25 candidates with a criminal record. The remaining parties like the Janata Dal-United and others have 42 such candidates.

Statistics available with the Karnataka Election Watch, an initiative by the Association of Democratic Reforms, suggest that in the first phase of polling, the Janata Dal-Secular fielded 13 candidates with a criminal background while the BJP and Congress had 12 and 10 such ccandidates respectively. In the second phase, the BJP fielded 13 candidates with criminal records, the Congress had 9 and the JD-S had 8 such candiadtes. The BJP has fielded 12 candidates with a criminal background in the third phase of the polls while the Congress has 6 and the JD-S has seven.

The Karnataka Election Watch says that the overall quality of candidates leaves much to be desired. Unless the trend of fielding candidates with criminal records is checked, elections, democracy and overall governance will suffer.

A lot of these candidates are industrialists from real estate, liquor, mining and other industries. The Karnataka Election Watch points out that many candidates have reported a staggering increase in their assets, which needs to be investigated.

However, the various political parties are fielding fewer candidates with criminal records this year. In 2004, the BJP had 49 candidates with a criminal background, as against the 39 this year. The Janata Dal � Secular had fielded 39 candidates with criminal records in 2004, but is fielding only 28 this year.

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