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  • Rahul Visited Temples on His Third Visit to Karnataka

    Rahul Gandhi, who is on his third tour in Karnataka, visited Shringeri Sharadamba Temple in Chikmagalur district on Wednesday. Several other Congress leaders too accompanied him to the temple. His two-day visit would conclude today. He has also visited Sharadamba temple located in Sringeri Mutt. In addition to visiting religious places, he also interacted with Rajiv Gandhi Sanskrit University's students. Later in the day, he would also address meetings in Hassan and Chikkamagaluru. The Gandhi scion tweeted his entire itinerary.

    2018-03-22 05:34:28 PM
  • 2 Communities Added to ST Category in Karnataka

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the decision of including 'Talawara' and 'Parivara' in the list of ST (Scheduled Tribes) in the poll-bound Karnataka. An official statement released states that both the communities are now eligible to obtain the ST certificate and can access all the benefits meant for the reserved category. The Karnataka government has also asked to use 'Nayaka' as a synonym for the inclusion in the list of Scheduled Tribes in the state.

    2018-03-22 05:15:04 PM
  • UP biennial polls for Rajya Sabhya to Take Place Tomorrow

    Uttar Pradesh is readying itself for biennial polls as they are in their final stage now. The polls would be conducted for 10 Rajya Sabha seats. The voting would be held tomorrow for 11 contesting candidates. Two observers have been deployed by the Election Commission for the voting procedure. Both Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party have fielded 1 candidate, while BJP has 9 candidates in the poll battle. The counting of votes too will take place tomorrow. BJP nominees are Ashok Bajpai, Arun Jaitley, Harnath Singh Yadav, Kanta Kardam, Anil Agrawal, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, GVL Narasimha Rao, Anil Jain and Sakal Deep Rajbhar. For SP, the nominee is Jaya Bachchan and for BSP, the nominee is Bhimrao Ambedkar.

    2018-03-22 02:36:02 PM
  • Congress May Face Defection over Lingayat Issue

    The Karnataka Congress, which a few days earlier decided to give a nod to the recommendation of giving Lingayats a separate religious status, is now facing a tension. Shamanur Shivashankarappa, who is considered a powerful Veerashaiva–Lingayat leader, is reported to have threatened to leave the party and join BJP along with his son. State minister SS Mallikarjuna too has disapproved the decision on Lingayat issue and indicated the defection. State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa also announced that soon a party leader will join BJP. Speculation among the party leaders too point towards the Shamanur's defection, however, the leader has denied the rumour.

    2018-03-22 01:45:56 PM
  • Rahul: JDS is B-Team of BJP

    Rahul Gandhi has labelled Janata Dal (Secular) as a B-team of the saffron party in Karnataka. The comment interestingly came about after all the three major political parties (Congress, BJP, and JDS) in the poll-bound state have made clear that there would be no alliance formed. However, in an atmosphere of taking jabs at each other, Congress, up til now, has substantially kept itself from slamming JDS, which signalled a post-poll alliance between the two. However, the latest comment has marred any chance of coalition formation between the two, in case a hung Assembly gets elected. The Gandhi scion, however, has expressed confidence that Congress would get elected with a majority.

    2018-03-22 12:54:19 PM

  • Karnataka: Stats Revised to 25% for Minority Kids Admission in Schools

    Minority educational institutions would be allowed from the academic year 2018-19 to give admission to 25% students who belong to linguistic minority communities as well as other religious groups. Ahead of the polls, the government has amended the rules. Published in the state gazette, the Karnataka Education Act 1983, has been added with the modifications by the state government. According to Tanveer Sait, the primary and secondary education minister, the 25% of the student need not be from the same community but could be from all the minority communities pertaining to religious and linguistic groups.

    2018-03-21 06:10:49 PM
  • Rajya Sabha Vote Counting to Take Place on Mar 23

    The vote counting for the Rajya Sabha is near and would commence on March 23. BJP which already has a stronghold in the House would look to improve its seat count. Currently, the saffron party is in alliance in as many as 21 states and also has 15 CMs. Last August, the party went on to hold the title of the largest party in the House. The party is conjectured to gain at least 29 more seats this time. In Karnataka, there are 4 vacant seats for which polls were held. Each candidate would require a support of 46 MLAs, and the saffron party is able to send only one.

    2018-03-21 03:33:20 PM
  • AAP Releases Candidate List in Karnataka

    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced its list of candidates ahead of the Karnataka Assembly polls. The list contains the name of 18 candidates, prominent among them are Renuka Viswanathan (former IAS officer) and grandson of former Chief Minister Devraj Urs, Lingaraj Urs. According to the release, Renuka would contest the polls from Shantinagar and Lingaraj from K R Puram. Another important seat is Sarvagnanagar, from where party State Convenor Pritivi Reddy would battle, most probably against K J George, the Karnataka Minister for Bengaluru Development.

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    2018-03-21 02:56:07 PM
  • Senior Congress Leader Displeased with Lingayat Decision

    S. Shivasankarappa, the Karnataka's Horticulture Minister, has labeled the granting of separate religious status to the Lingayat community as injustice and wrong for the entire community. The Lingayat leader admitted that at first he was pleased with the decision but later on after going through the cabinet's note, he realised it was one-sided. He also pointed out the flaws in the cabinet's report, refuting the claim that the Veerashaiva faith existed prior to 12th century. He asserted that, “We still stick to our stand that both Veerashaivas and Lingayats are one and the same. We will never approve the government's decision”.

    2018-03-21 02:50:26 PM
  • Rahul Slammed Congress on His Karnataka Tour
    Rahul Gandhi took a jab at Congress at his recent 'Janashirvada Yatre' in Karnataka. The Gandhi scion launched the attack on the BJP-led NDA government stating that, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks about Narayana Guru and Basavanna, but instead of practicing what they preach, he waives off crores of rupees worth loan taken by capitalists.” Commenting on the bank branches, he highlighted the Congress's efforts towards the sector and contrasted it with BJP's contribution of making it a non-performing sector. He also pointed out the failure in addressing the problems of farmers and youth.
    2018-03-21 12:28:17 PM
  • A Shift in Congress' Poll Strategy

    Siddaramaiah, the current chief minister of Karnataka, is making efforts to get him a label of a southern leader. According to a Congress strategy manager, the reports from the party workers in the state suggest that the strategy should revolve around pointing out the failures of BJP leaders instead of Modi as he is quite popular among the youth in the state. The strategy manager added that the party would work towards the South Indian pride that the CM can easily project.

    2018-03-20 06:19:56 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi's Third Visit to Karnataka Includes All Major Religious Places

    As a part of his campaign for the Karnataka assembly election, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has landed in the poll-bound state today and his travel programme includes visits to a temple, church, and dargah. At 7 PM, he would visit Rosario Church, located in Mangaluru and then would head to Gokarnanatheswara Temple, followed by his visit to Ullal Dargah at 8 PM. He is also scheduled to visit districts in Dakshina Kannada and would also address a public meeting in Mangaluru about 5 PM. The visit is the third one of the Gandhi scion before the assembly polls in the state.

    2018-03-20 05:26:32 PM
  • Rahul to Follow Punjab Strategy in Karnataka

    According to the reports, Rahul Gandhi would adopt a similar approach for Karnataka campaigning as he did in Punjab. His strategy would be mainly to have a hands-off approach. This would leave him seen mainly in the 'guest role' with popular Siddaramaiah being in the driver's seat. His earlier strategy in Gujarat polls last year, where he actively campaigned in the state, did not work out so well and hence a new strategy has been devised with the aid of a number of surveys in the state plus various visits by trusted aides of Rahul Gandhi. The decision to follow a laidback approach has come through the reports which suggest that Siddaramaiah has a stronghold in the state and is quite popular.

    2018-03-20 05:20:50 PM
  • Yeddyurappa Supports Mahasabha Decision on Lingayat Issue

    While both Congress and BJP have taken their stand on the Lingayat issue, the state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa is still in dilemma. Congress has accepted the recommendations of giving the community a separate religious community status, and BJP on the other hand termed the move as a way to appease the community before the Karnataka Election. Yeddyurappa, who is the Chief Ministerial candidate of BJP in Karnataka and also a Lingayat, has stated he stood by the decision of all-India Veerashaiva Mahasabha. He has also appealed to the Mahasabha to hold a meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the decision.

    2018-03-20 05:17:23 PM
  • BJP Equates Congress's Lingayat Move a Way to Garner Votes

    BJP has slammed Congress for giving Lingayats an individual religious status, citing it as a way for INC to garner voters from the community. The BJP implied it as a political move taken carefully just weeks ahead of the Assembly elections in Karnataka. However, Congress has rubbished all the accusations. Randeep Singh Surjewala, the Congress spokesperson, has even called the linking between the government's declaration and political process inappropriate. The Lingayat community, which is a dominant one in the state, has got the nod form the CM Siddaramaiah yesterday on the proposal of it being a separate religious community.

    2018-03-20 05:12:08 PM
  • Karnataka Govt Accepts Lingayats as Separate Religion

    With just a few weeks left in the Assembly polls in Karnataka, the state government has finally given a green signal to the suggestion of giving Lingayats the status of a separate religion. The suggestions were put forwarded by the Nagamohan Das committee to the state government. However, the final decision still rests in the hand of Central government's hands, which has already been forwarded the recommendations. The demand for a separate religion surfaced from various politically-influential and strong communities. There has been growing resentment among the community over projecting Veerashaiva/Lingayat as same.

    2018-03-19 06:09:46 PM
  • Another New Party to Field Candidates in Karnataka Polls

    Vatal Nagaraj, the Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha leader, has announced the formation of a new party ahead of the Assembly polls in Karnataka. The new party would be called 'Karnataka Praja Samyukta Ranga' and would consist of farmers, Dalits, and pro-Kannada organisations. Nagaraj, who also served as an MLA for five terms from Chamarajnagar, stated that the Assembly House did not have a sufficient representation of people who could raise their voice for issues prevalent in the state. He also said that the discussions had been held with both the Dalit and farmers' organisations and both of their demands would be in the manifesto.

    2018-03-19 06:08:21 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi to Visit Karnataka for the Third Time

    According to a Congress party official, Rahul Gandhi would kick off his third visit to the poll-bound Karnataka from Tuesday. The visit is reported to be of two days and would include coastal districts of the state. According to M. Ramachandrappa, a party leader, the Gandhi scion would visit the Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Hassan districts. He is also reported to hold a number of public meetings during his trip and interact with the party leaders. He is also likely to visit temples, churches, and dargah in the districts. His last two visits were in December and February.

    2018-03-19 06:07:32 PM
  • Siddaramaiah Confident of Retaining Karnataka

    Siddaramaiah, the present Karnataka Chief Minister, has expressed confidence that Congress would retain the power in the state and went even further by stating that Rahul Gandhi would become the next Prime Minister of India. He compared the poll contest in the state with the battle between Communalism and Secularism. He also pointed out the recent defeat of BJP to SP in Gorakhpur constituency and implied that people had chosen the government of their choice. He also termed the upcoming Assembly polls in the state as a potential boost to the party which would work in its favour for the General Elections 2019.

    2018-03-19 06:05:49 PM
  • JD(S) Using All Tricks to Get Its Candidate Elected in Rajya Sabha

    According to the buzz doing rounds in the political circles, the JD(S) is trying everything to get its candidate elected into the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. The party has been using legal, bluster, persuasion, and bargain to get B M Farook elected in the polls scheduled for March 23. The House has 4 seats vacant, after 2 members of BJP and 1 Independent and one candidate of Congress retired. This leaves Congress with a strength of 132(this includes 7 JD(S) rebels and 1 independent candidate that support it) in the House. This implies that Congress can elect 3 candidates, while BJP can elect only one, having 46 MLAs in the House.

    2018-03-19 06:03:13 PM
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