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My visits to Chamarajanagar have been rewarding: Shettar

Chief Minister debunks superstition that a visit to the town heralds downfall
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In a commendable act Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar visited Chamarajanagar, the apparently jinxed town for any ruling chief minister. It is quite likely that his days as chief minister are be numbered, which might only add fortify the unfortunate myth.

This is no radical act by a BJP chief minister. After all, he visited the town to "celebrate" the "1053rd Jayanti" of a lingayat mutt. In his wholesome praise to the mutts in Karnataka, Shettar conceded that the BJP dispensation in Karnataka has so far doled out Rs. 480 crore to "encourage" mutts "to work further to help the public".

His visit to Chamarajanagar is probably more to do with Shettar's eagerness to please the Suttur math and ensure some votes for himself than to debunk any superstitution.   

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Congress’ veteran woes in Karnataka: ‘Personal interests’ outweigh loyalty

Congress’ veteran woes in Karnataka: ‘Personal interests’ outweigh loyalty | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
The current crop of state leaders say that seniors should pave the way for the younger generation who have been active in the party.
Subhash Rai's insight:
The Congress's plight in Karnataka is not to be measured by the exit of S.M. Krishna or by the rumblings of other worthies like M.V. Rajasekharan or CK Jaffer Sharief.
The Congress party gave Krishna more than his due. The Congress was given a massive mandate by the electorate, but Krishna nearly squandered it. He was elevated to the position of External Affairs Minister, only to fall far short of expectations. S.M. Krishna's is a lucky man, but Rajaskharan is a good man. Yes, if you don't know who he is, he's S Nikalingappa's son-in-law. Jaffer Sharief, the less said the better.
The real problem for the Congress is Siddaramaiah. The real problem is the other leaders who have no agenda other than the personal. My colleague Aurangzeb Naqshbandi (@naqshzeb) reports it exactly like that.
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No difference between BJP and JD(S): Siddaramaiah

No difference between BJP and JD(S): Siddaramaiah | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
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It is quite tempting to agree with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, but the danger in this proposition is that it could be trivilising communalism. Siddaramaiah is not wrong in the limited sense of the JD(S) rivaling the BJP in opportunistic politics, especially in the context of Karnataka.
But to equate the communal machinations of the Sangh Parivar's political front with the opportunism of a casteist, family outfit of the JD(S) actually would satisfy the BJP -- making it appear a run-of-the-mill mainstream party, with a right-ward tilt.

Ultimately, when H.D. Kumaraswamy is done with Karnataka and the JD(S), one hopes that both the State and the party would be able to recover from the low.

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SC sets aside appointment of Upa Lokayukta in Karnataka

SC sets aside appointment of Upa Lokayukta in Karnataka | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the appointment of Justice (retd) Chandrashekaraiah as Upa Lokayukta of Karnataka on the ground that he was appointed by the government without consultation with the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.
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The BJP has never had a comfortable relationship with the concept called Lokayukta, quite like its discomfiture with the word secularism. It did make some noises to show that it was on the right side on the Anna fiasco last year, but its own record dealing with Lokayuktas is pretty dismal.
In the latest episode of this saga, the Supreme Court of India is the protagonist, again. The SC has asked Justice Chandrashekaraih to reapply for the Upa Lokayukta's job he thought was already his. Karnataka, incidentally has no Lokayukta, thanks to the BJP morbid fear of the L word.
Early this month, mob-favourite Narendra Modi was subjected to yet another bitter pill by the SC. The headlines in the media bitterly screeched, Blow to Narendra Modi as SC upholds appointment of Gujarat's Lokayukta

(http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-02/india/36111265_1_justice-mehta-gujarat-s-lokayukta-justice-v-m-sahai).

Coming back to Bangalore, Justice Santhosh Hegde (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Santosh_Hegde) woes his "he needs know introduction" status to the rather incredible record of corruption the Karnataka BJP has notched up and Justice Hegde's fight against it as the Lokayukta of Karnataka.

We haven't heard the last word on this subject yet. Shettar might spring a surprise as he bids adieu to his rather brief stint as chief minister.  

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m-gov is here; pay bills, fines, taxes from your cellphone

m-gov is here; pay bills, fines, taxes from your cellphone | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
People can access 100-odd services by voice mail, SMS alerts or on Internet
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I haven't tried it yet, but it is a welcome initiative. I believe, "People can access 100-odd services by voice mail, SMS alerts or on Internet."

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Mining scam: SC panel recommends CBI probe against Yeddyurappa

Mining scam: SC panel recommends CBI probe against Yeddyurappa | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it

"In a major blow to former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, Supreme Court's appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) has recommended a CBI probe against him for his alleged role in the mining scam."

 

This obviously comes a temporary respite for beleagured chief minister Sadananda Gowda. But the keyword is temporary. Given the vicissitudes of the cases against BSY so far and the former chief ministers nonchalant personae, it is quite obvious that the BSY will be back to his tormenting ways soon enough.

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OMC mining scam: Janardhana Reddy's hearing today

OMC mining scam: Janardhana Reddy's hearing today | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
A special CBI court in Hyderabad is likely to hear the Obulapuram illegal mining case against Gali Janardhana Reddy on Wednesday. The former Karnataka Minister and three others will be produced in court as their custody ends on Wednesday.
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Yeddy gets his man, Sadananda Gowda voted Karnataka CM

Politics moved from the theatrical to the real today. In a bruising contest between Yeddyurappa nominee Sadananda Gowda and the Jagadish Shettar a chief minister emerged. This went to Yeddyurappa.
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Karnataka Lokayukta indicts Yeddyurappa and Family

Karnataka Lokayukta indicts Yeddyurappa and Family | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde's report on illegal mining has estimated the loss to the exchequer for the period 2006-2010 at Rs.16,085 crore.
According to Justic Hegde a mining company in Karnataka has donated Rs. 10 crore to a trust owned by the Chief Minister’s family members.
The report mentions the name of the Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, the Reddy brothers (G. Janardhan Reddy and G. Karunakara Reddy), another Minister Sriramalu and former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy, among others.
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BJP may ask Yeddyurappa to step down

BJP may ask Yeddyurappa to step down | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
It is not impossible for the BJP to replace Yeddyurappa. There are a few senior leaders who can become the chief minister. Jagdish Shettar seems the most likely candidate. His advantage is that he is a Lingayat like Yeddyurappa and a senior leader from north Karnataka. The immediately danger of angering the Lingayat mutt heads or the community in general will be neutralised. Shettar has led the saffronisation of the Hubli region.
Suresh Kumar has a clean image and might be the right person to refurbish the bruised image of the "party with a difference".
VS Acharya seems an unlikely candidate, except that the coastal districts are the BJP's "little Gujarat", and making Acharya the chief minister, who is from Udupi, would further galvanise the party's base in the region.
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Mines closure in Karnataka may force JSW, Tatas to halt work

Mines closure in Karnataka may force JSW, Tatas to halt work | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
Karnataka, which accounts for a third of India's iron ore output, had to suspend operations in about 50 mines affecting supplies to a host of steelmakers and prompting large players such asJSW Steel andTata Metaliks to consider a stoppage in production."
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Won't resign, BJP supports me: Yeddyurappa

Won't resign, BJP supports me: Yeddyurappa | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
In an interview to NDTV, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa says he will not quit despite a report that indicts him for playing a meaty role in illegal mining in the state. Mr Yeddyurappa says his party, the BJP, is supporting him.
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CM Trying to Finish Off His Parent Party: Gowda

CM Trying to Finish Off His Parent Party: Gowda | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
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Affectatioin is Gowda's forte. He knows what he did not give Siddaramaiah, and, more importantly, what he didn't. Feigning a sense of betrayal will hardly fetch extra votes.
Not being castiest? No? Really? Deve Gowda?

Gowda is progressive! So he'll give two tickets to women in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. With congenital candour: "Gowda asked MLA N Chaluvarayaswamy to field his wife from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in the coming elections." It is anybody's guess who the other woman would be.

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After two years, Supreme Court allows legal mines to reopen in Karnataka

After two years, Supreme Court allows legal mines to reopen in Karnataka | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
In a huge relief for mining companies in Karnataka, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed 118 legal mines to reopen in three districts after a gap of two years.
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What is significant is that the court has cancelled 49 mine leases. It is to be seen how mining will have an impact on the politics of the state going forward.

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My visits to Chamarajanagar have been rewarding: Shettar

Chief Minister debunks superstition that a visit to the town heralds downfall
Subhash Rai's insight:

In a commendable act Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar visited Chamarajanagar, the apparently jinxed town for any ruling chief minister. It is quite likely that his days as chief minister are be numbered, which might only add fortify the unfortunate myth.

This is no radical act by a BJP chief minister. After all, he visited the town to "celebrate" the "1053rd Jayanti" of a lingayat mutt. In his wholesome praise to the mutts in Karnataka, Shettar conceded that the BJP dispensation in Karnataka has so far doled out Rs. 480 crore to "encourage" mutts "to work further to help the public".

His visit to Chamarajanagar is probably more to do with Shettar's eagerness to please the Suttur math and ensure some votes for himself than to debunk any superstitution.   

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SC stays HC order quashing Bidari’s appointment as DGP

SC stays HC order quashing Bidari’s appointment as DGP | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it

The politicisation of the police force is complete, especially in the top echelons of the force, and this episode epitomises exactly that trend. But what's worse is the castist tingle that has distinguished the Bidari-for-DGP push that the government has so ardently pursued.

The BJP government can get away with relatively less focus on the politicisation of the administration thanks to the other farces that hog the headlines.

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Justice for SC/STs: Karnataka among worst

When politicians charged with heading responsible positions in government itself make honest confessions, it takes the wind away from anybody trying to hold a mirror up at them. It does however lend "credibility" to the figures doled out.

These are figures that are a universal shame, but it should no more be a surprise that a state like Karnataka tops a deplore list such as this:

"The conviction rate in cases of atrocities against SCs and STs was 3.3 per cent in Karnataka, 6.4 per cent in Gujarat and 6.6 per cent in Maharashtra, while the pendency rate was 90 per cent in Gujarat, 88 per cent in West Bengal, 87 per cent in Maharashtra and 82 per cent in Bihar."

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Guv gives sanction to Lokayukta police to prosecute Yeddy

Even as the outgoing CM vows to be back in six months, the Governor has other plans for the incredulous Mr Yeddyurappa. The Govenor, Hansraj Bharadwaj, has approved the state's Lokayukta to prosecute Yeddyurappa in the mining scam case.
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Yeddyurappa asked to resign immediately, BJP to select new Chief Minister tomorrow

Yeddyurappa asked to resign immediately, BJP to select new Chief Minister tomorrow | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
There was no other go, yet, credit must go to the central leadership of the BJP for ordering B S Yeddyurappa to resign as Karnataka Chief Minister forthwith.
Yeddyurappa, as his is wont, would still try to resist, but it seems rather difficult for him to hold the BJP flock together, especially when there is an unequivocal message from the centre.
With the Reddy brother supporting their embattled foe of yore, Yeddyurappa might be tempted to purchase the loyality of some MLAs. The BJP has acquired some proficiency in the business of buying out elected members of the legislature.
One would nevertheless think that times up for the mercurial politician who has long coveted the post of chief minister.
One would hope he never occupies that high office after seeing how Karnataka's polity has been damaged in the three years he has been at the helm.
Goodbye, Yeddy!
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All Gods are with me, am doing good work: Yeddyurappa

All Gods are with me, am doing good work: Yeddyurappa | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
The Karnataka Chief Minister unsurprisingly and unabashed has frequented temples. The catch-all "all" makes one wonder if he thinks Goddess Lakshmi as well is on his side.
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Will submit report on illegal mining on Wednesday: Lokayukta

Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde will submit his much-awaited report on illegal mining to the Government on Wednesday.
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Karnataka ready for mid-term polls?

A adamant tainted chief minister and bleak prospects of imposing president's rule might make mid-term polls an realistic option.
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Yeddyurappa decision only after Hegde report is presented: Gadkari

Yeddyurappa decision only after Hegde report is presented: Gadkari | Politics: Karnataka | Scoop.it
In the midst of a volcanic eruption of corruption charges against him, BS Yeddyurappa today defiantly said, "I am going to be Chief Minister for another two years." That's probably not what his party, the BJP was hoping to hear from the Karnataka...
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