Two missing MLAs and the undecided independent candidates are giving the Congress and JD(S) the jitters. Congress MLAs, Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil were not on the bus that ferried the legislators to a resort.
There are 48 re-contesting MLAs of the Congress who have criminal cases pending against them. A report prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that In the list released by the Congress there are 48 candidates who are re-contesting with a criminal background. In the case of the BJP it is 30 while in the case of the JD(S) it is 17.
The Shiv Sena would go solo in the Karnataka Assembly Elections to be held next month. The Maharashtra based party would contest 60 seats against its alliance partner, BJP which is looking to topple the ruling Congress in Karnataka. The announcement was made by Shiv Sena MP, Sanjay Raut.
My entry into the BJP had the approval of the RSS and also members of the state unit of the BJP. Rajnath Singh should have trusted the state unit and not taken a hasty decision based on what some people on the social media had to say. This is what a visibly upset and angry Pramod Muthalik has to say after the decision to take him into the BJP was reversed in the next five hours on Sunday.
I have to point out that there has been a lot of hypocrisy where the decision regarding me is concerned. Ask anyone and they will tell you what I have done for the BJP. I have gone to jail fought so many issues for the party and today they treat me this way, Pramod Muthalik says in this interaction with rediff.com.
Muthalik on his next plan:
I will continue to support Narendra Modi for the post of Prime Minister. My organisation the Shri Ram Sena will not contest the elections, but we will campaign for the BJP and I shall take a decision to this effect after consultations with my followers. A man like Modi is good for the country. I will wait for the Karnataka BJP to speak with their national leaders and convince them about me campaigning for the party.
In a state where religious sentiments and superstition is the order of the day, the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah kickstarted his tenure by meeting with writers. This probably is the first time that the state has witnessed such a thing considering the fact that all the other Chief Ministers were either at a temple or a mutt seeking the blessings of the religious leader or the almighty.
There is a logic behind the move by the Karnataka Chief Minister. He has met with writers who he has a lot of regard for. Each one of these writers were seen at his swearing in ceremony and Siddaramaiah had personally invited each one of them.
The wait has finally paid off and Siddaramaiah is Karnataka’s Chief Minister. The 64 year old leader who started off his life by grazing cattle near Mysore has risen in the ranks to the highest post in the state.
He himself had said when he announced himself as the top contender for the post of Chief Minister that he has a plus point and a person who was grazing cattle has risen to this rank. Continue reading “Will put state back in order- Siddaramaiah”
Two Deputy Chief Ministers along with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will take oath tomorrow. Siddarmaiah will be sworn in as the CM at 11.40 AM at the Kanteerva stadium tomorrow.
Two Deputy CM’s will also take oath although their names have not been made public as yet. Two Dy CMs are being appointed keeping in mind the caste equations. The Congress may appoint a Lingayat and a candidate from the minority community as Deputy CM’s.
G Parameshwar, Congress chief will also be given a berth in the cabinet.
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The average asset of the 92 relected MLAs in Karnataka is estimated at Rs 30.15 crore according to an analysis done by the Association for Democratic Reforms and Karnataka Election Watch. In the year 2008 these MLA’s were worth Rs 17 crore at an average.
Siddarmaiah is likely to be sworn in on May 13th. The swearing in ceromony is likely to be held at the Kanteerva stadium. This is the first time that a swearing in ceremony is not being held at the Vidhan Soudha lawns.
The reason for shifting the venue is due to the ongoing metro work around Vidhan Soudha.
It was quite an effort to convince the Congress leaders to remain united over the candidature of Siddarmaiah as Chief Minister. Sources in Congress tell rediff.com that Mallikarjuna Kharge another aspirant to the post would be given the railway portfolio at the centre.
G Parameshwar who was also opposing Siddarmaiah has been assured of a cabinet portfolio. The Congress has also decided to make a Lingayat leader as the Deputy Chief Minister. The name of the Deputy CM came up after some leaders from the Lingayat community demanded good representation in the wake of the community voting in large numbers for the Congress.