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Voting for the bypolls to the three Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies in Karnataka began on Saturday, which is seen as a litmus test for the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition. About 40% of the electorate cast their votes on Saturday till 1 pm for the by-elections the Ramanagaram Assembly constitutency. The figures were 6% for the first two hours to the other Assembly and three Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka. Bypolls to Shivamogga, Mandya, and Ramanagaram Lok Sabha seats, and Bellary and Jamkhandi Assembly segments began at 7 a.m. and will go on till 6 p.m.
Bengaluru: Every time chief minister H D Kumaraswamy speaks about his health at a public rally, he tends to let his emotions run away with him. It inevitably draws flak from the opposition. On Friday, Kumaraswamy made an emotional speech at a rally in Malavalli in Mandya district and instantly drew criticism from BJP state president and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who was also criss-crossing the district. The two traded barbs as they campaigned all day in Mandya and Ramanagar . Responding to this, Yeddyurappa, at a rally in Maddur said, Kumaraswamy should stop making emotional speeches about his health and should instead focus on developmental work and providing good governance. “There is anarchy in the state as people are suffering. Developmental work has come to a standstill,” Yeddyurappa said. “Your emotional speeches won’t affect the people as they are already in distress.” Yeddyurappa also accused Kumaraswamy of doing sweet nothing to develop Man ..
Bengaluru: Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) supremo, H.D.Deve Gowda, on Saturday asserted his resolve to work together with the Congress for the upcoming November 3 by-polls, to help set a strong foundation for coalition partners in the run-up to next year’s Lok Sabha elections. His sharing of the dias with his former friend-turned-political rival Siddaramaiah after a gap of nearly 12 years, highlights the importance of the upcoming by-polls, which the coalition believes will set the trend for next year, where the two parties have joined hands to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “We have not come together for personal gain but for the larger interest of the country,” Gowda said, addressing one of the first top-level joint press conferences of the JD(S)-Congress coalition. The heated exchanges and trading of charges between the two parties before the May elections was ‘irrelevant’ now, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah said. Gowda and Siddaramaiah were joined by Karnataka chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy of the JD(S), Congress state president Dinesh Gundu Rao, deputy CM, G. Parameshwara and Cabinet minister D.K.Shivakumar, putting up a spectacle of solidarity and appealing to its grass root level workers to overcome differences and combine forces to defeat the BJP. Three parliamentary constituencies — Shivamogga, Ballari and Mandya — and two Assembly seats — Ramanagaram and Jamkhandi — will head to polls on November 3. According to the agreement, JD(S) will field candidates in Shivamogga, Mandya and Ramanagaram, while the Congress will contest the other two seats. Gowda and Siddaramaiah shared a tempestuous past, which had become one of the biggest stumbling blocks for the coalition government, with the latter being viewed as the man leading all Congress dissidents and trying to destabilise the government, four months since it came into being. Kumaraswamy said though there had been differences between the two leaders, they were like two bodies and one soul. Several top leaders from regional outfits in other states had descended on the swearing in ceremony of Kumaraswamy in May, that had set the foundation for a consolidated Opposition. However, the Congress party faced a jolt when Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati pulled out of the evolving Mahagathbandhan, ahead of the elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. BSP, which had an alliance with the JD(S) in Karnataka, continued to remain in government even though its lone representative legislator, N.Mahesh, resigned from the Kumaraswamy-led Cabinet last week. “Fact of the matter is these two family-run political parties have come together to save the existence of one family here in Karnataka and another family back in Delhi. A desperate attempt to save their existence will be wiped out by voters of Karnataka,” the state BJP said on Twitter, in reaction to the joint press conference.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday attacked the Opposition BJP, and the public sector banks controlled by the party regime at the Centre for the “delay” in waiving crop loans in Karnataka. The State Government, he told media persons, has an exclusive team working with public sector banks, and has been pursuing them for the database on borrowers. The government, the CM said, would first require details of individual farmers who owe crop loan dues to nationalised banks.
BENGALURU: AICC president Rahul Gandhi plans to address HAL employees at Minsk Square in Cubbon Park, near the HAL corporate office in Bengaluru on Saturday on Rafale in an attempt to step up pressure on the NDA government on the controversial fighter aircraft deal. The interaction has been scheduled at 3.30 pm. Gandhi will speak about how the Centre “favoured Reliance” over HAL in the deal, according to a tweet by the Karnataka Congress. The million dollar question, however, is how man .. Read more at: //economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66185288.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
BS Yeddyurappa has to take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister this morning after the Supreme Court, in a rare overnight hearing on a petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular, refused to stop the ceremony. The BJP leader has been given 15 days to prove majority by the Governor on Wednesday evening.
Speculations of a tussle within the Karnataka Congress -- and a possible rebellion -- resurfaced this week after Congress Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from Belagavi, Satish and Ramesh Jarkiholi met Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on September 18. According to reports, the brothers requested Kumaraswamy to keep Congress leader and state minister DK Shivakumar out of politics and administrative affairs of Belagavi region. In an interview given to the Deccan Herald, Satish said, "When two strong political leaders enter the battlefield, there is bound to be a clash." However, apart from Satish, Ramesh and Shivakumar, Belagavi Rural MLA Lakshmi Hebbalkar, a close associate of Shivakumar, is also reportedly a part of the tussle. Ramesh has accused Shivakumar of meddling with affairs in Belagavi through Hebbalkar, who reportedly transferred local officials loyal to Jarkiholi brothers out of Belgavi district. Earlier in September, Ramesh began seeing efforts by Hebbalkar to gain control of the Primary Land Development Bank in Belagavi, a report by The Indian Express suggests. Ramesh had said that while the brothers were not angry with the party, they were disgruntled and that "anything can happen in the next 15 days." "We have our own faction. There have always been factions in the Congress. We have always been a part of the Congress. We have seven to eight MLAs with us," Ramesh said.
In a day packed with high political drama, Saturday saw rumours running thick and fast about some “rebel” MLAs of the ruling coalition being lured away to a resort outside the State by the Opposition BJP to bring down the government, and the Congress and JD(S) rubbishing them as “false” and “malicious”. Rumour mills began to spin early in the day after a video of Congress MLAs K. Sudhakar and M.T.B. Nagaraj, both aspirants for Cabinet berths, and Independent MLA for Mulbagal H. Nagesh travelling out of the city together going viral. This set off speculation that they were headed to a resort in Mumbai via Chennai and some others (who remained unnamed) were already there. However, sources within the Congress said that some MLAs were trying to mount pressure on the coalition partners ahead of the Cabinet expansion exercise. Both the ruling parties have decided to expand the Cabinet only after the Legislative Council polls on October 4. Sources said that the party is unlikely to bow down to such pressure tactics. Later in the evening, both Congress and JD(S) senior leaders dismissed all rumours of any legislator changing loyalties.
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