Telangana- the number game begins

AP Assembly
The Congress in both the State of Andhra Pradesh as well as the Centre did manage to put off the Telangana issue for a while following the Shri Krishna Commission report. However if one witnesses what has transpired today a history of sorts has been created with Members of the Legislative Assembly man handling their colleagues from other parties which incidentally is a first in this state.
Kiran Kumar Reddy puts up a brave front and says that his government will survive a test vote even if their MLAs pull out from the party. The Congress MLAs numbering 20 who hail from the Telangana region had following the Krishna commission report threatened to pull out from the government if the bill for a separate state was not passed in the budget session.
Now with the Union Budget nearing the pressure is really immense and for the MLAs especially from the Congress it is a do or die situation. Desperation is what an insider of the Congress terms the situation as. All of them are not even taking part in the assembly proceedings are presently campaigning in New Delhi in a bid to put pressure on the union government to pass a bill regarding Telangana.
When the Krishna commission report came out the Congress MLAs from the Telangana region were under the most pressure to resign. Their houses were locked up and they were told that they should not return unless they ensure a separate state is granted failing which they would have to withdraw support to the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh.
Congress sources camping in Delhi say that their situation is a desperate one. Either they have to ensure that the bill is passed or at least to see to it that the Union Government gives another assurance regarding this issue so that they could buy more time with the voter. One of the Congress MLAs from the Telangana region told rediff.com that if they unable to achieve any of the following then they will have no option but to resign and if they don’t then it would be the end of their political career. We need to think in the long term he also said.
Now with the resignation of the Congress MLAs from Telangana imminent if the Telangana bill is not passed the next question is however regarding the survival of the Kiran Kumar Reddy led Congress government in Andhra Pradesh.
Political observers say that there are problems galore and the likes of Jagan Mohan Reddy will be looking to pounce on any such opportunity. Moreover the Telangana Rastriya Samithi is also taking a lot of advantage of this emotional issue and there is every possibility that there will be many MLAs looking to jump into that party. The TRS has decided to disrupt all further assembly proceedings until a recommendation for the formation of Telangana is sent to the government of India.
With these issues the Congress in Andhra Pradesh have pulled out their calculators and are counting numbers. The strength of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly is 294 of which the Congress has 156 members. The magic number required would be 148 and under the existing circumstance the Congress appears to be peaceful. However if the 20 MLAs from the Telangana region decide to pull out then the party numbers fall to 136 which would mean they fall short of 12. MLAs. However the Congress would then bank on the Praja Rajyam Party which has 18 members. While this would be more than sufficient to carry the government forward there are still some issues within the PRP which makes the Congress uneasy. In the PRP there are 2 MLAs who support Jagan while there are two more from the Telangana region. This means that the Congress can leave out these 4 MLAs when it faces a trust vote in the state. While this would also mean that the Congress still sails through 148 members in the House it will need to be extremely cautious when it hands out of berths to the MLAs from the PRP. Some of the PRP MLAs have made it clear that they would remain in the government only if they are given ministries and the Congress will have a lot of soul searching to do on this issue.
In addition to this, Jagan would also try and swoop in and break into the Congress and that would ensure that their numbers suffer. The question whether the Congress would fall in Andhra Pradesh as a result of Telangana or would it manage to scrape through, only time would tell.

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Yeddi survives another day

In a major relief to the B S Yeddyurappa government, a three judge Bench of the Karnataka High Court on Monday upheld the order of the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly who had suspended five independent MLAs.
Justices Abdul Nasir, Mohan Shanthan Goudar and A S Bopanna in a unanimous verdict held that the order of the Speaker is right and not malafide. Further the Bench also held that the speaker was within his right to suspend the MLAs and added that his actions are nopt violative of the constitution.
Five independent MLAs who were part of the BJP government had broken away from the government. The speaker suspended these MLAs and barred from voting during the trust vote.
The independents stated that they were part of the government and not the party and hence suspending them for anti party actiovities does not arise.
The speaker however said that they had plledged support to the party obeyed the whips issued in the past and also took part in legislature party meetings. Hence he had the right to suspend them.
The matter pertaining to the 5 independent MLAs went before a three judge bench of the Karnataka High Court and the bench had reserved orders on the matter when it came up for final hearing last week.
There is another petition pertaining to the rebel BJP MLAs numbering 11 which has been reserved for orders by the Supreme Court of India.
In the matter of the 11 BJP MLAs a division bench of the High Court gave divergent views.Chief Justice, Kehar Singh upheld the order of the speaker, but Justice N Kumar gave a divergent view of the same. The matter then went up to a third judge who also upheld the order of the Speaker which meant that they remained suspended from the House.

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Yeddi has Rs 4071782 in cash

B S Yeddyurappa- Pic- The Hindu
Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa who has been accused of scams worth over a few 1000 crores has cash to the tune of Rs 4071782. This is as per the assets and liabilities declared by him on Sunday at Bangalore.
The Chief Minister who has been criticized several times for various scams had said two days back that he would be declaring his assets and liabilities in public so that it puts an end to all the speculation regarding him. He has also handed out a copy to the Bharatiya Janata Party high command.
In his assets and declaration the Chief Minister also says that he has one Contessa car and a Scorpio. Apart from this he has 2.5 kilograms of gold. He also goes on to list the number of houses he has, the land owned by him and also the shares he has in some companies.
In his declaration he says that he has two houses at Shikaripura which is his home town and constituency. Apart from this he also owns a House at the RMV II stage in Bangalore.
He says that he has agricultural land in Channahalli among other places. He says that he has 4.16 acres of agriculture land in Channahalli, 5.02 acres in Tirumalapaura and 9.12 acres of agriculture land in Shiralikoppal
In addition to this he has also declared that he has one Contessa car and a Scorpio. The gold which he has is around 2.5 kilograms, the CM further declared.
Yeddyurappa further states that he has 100 shares in a company known as Softech, 70 shares in a company named Kethan and 50 shares at Zeenat Infotech. In addition to this he has household things worth Rs 10 lakh and an LIC policy worth Rs 1.7 lakh.
The details of his bank holding are as follows:

Apex Bank Vidhan Soudha branch, Bangalore- Rs 17.92 lakh
Corporation Bank, Sadashiva Nagar- Rs 5.24 lakh
Karnataka Bank, Shiralikoppal Branch- Rs 7.31 lakh
Shiva Cooperative Bank, Shiralikoppal Branch- Rs 1,782
Urban Bank– Rs 46,000
State Bank of Mysore, Shimoga- Rs 7.58 lakh
Canara Bank, Shiralikoppal, Rs 2.19 lakh
Vijaya Bank- Rs 0
Yeddyurappa had hoped that once he declared these assets in public, he would be able to clear out his name. He is already facing various charges of corruption. There is a Lokayukta probe into the various lands that were allegedly denotified by him. Apart from this there is an independent commission of inquiry probing several charges. Very recently the Governor of Karnataka too had granted sanction to prosecute Yeddyurappa in connection with the above mentioned cases. That case is now being heard by a special court in Bangalore.
The opposition has however not taken too lightly the declaration of assets and liabilities of Yeddyurappa. H D Kumaraswamy, former Chief Minister of Karnataka and JD(S) leader said that there is nothing new in it and he fails to understand why such an issue is being made out of this. He says that it is mandatory for every MLA to declare his assets and liabilities. He however added that he would be more interested in knowing about the denotification of lands in favour of his sons and also on how Yeddyurappa managed to procure all that he has just declared.

‘Muslims cannot forget what Modi did’

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Maulana Gulam Mohammad Vastanvi is mired in controversy thanks to his pro-Modi remarks. There has been so much outrage amongst his own community that he was forced to resign as the vice chancellor of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband.

This reaction clearly shows that the Muslims in India are still not prepared to move on from Modi and anything good said against the Gujarat Chief Minister is still viewed as a crime.

Editor of the Milli Gazette and former President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat , Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan feels that this entire controversy is a result of a war between two internal faction of the Darul Uloom. In this interview with rediff.com, Dr Khan says that the Maulana had not give a clean chit to Modi but also goes on to add that no Muslim can ever forget what Modi did in 2002.

What do you make out of the entire Vastanvi controversy?

It is a war between two internal factions in Darul Uloom. They have joined hands to oust an outsider. The Modi comment, grossly misquoted, offered them a convenient ploy to achieve this aim. They would have waited for some other ruse to achieve their aim. The two functions fear that if an outsider takes over Darul Uloom and stays there for long, they will be sidelined. In his Times of India statement, Maulana Vastanvi did not give a “clean chit” to Modi as claimed by his detractors. Instead, the TOI report clearly said that he did not give clean chit to Modi but some reckless Urdu newspapers reported that he gave clean chit to Modi.

Was there anything wrong in what he said?

No. What he said was only that today’s Modi is focusing on development and that the fruits of development are reaching all who live in Gujarat which of course includes Muslims. He did not condone the 2002 riots and did not call for the withdrawal of cases or their dilution.

There continues to be anger among the Muslim community despite him saying he was misquoted and also his decision to resign. Why is that?

The anger is limited to a section of the community which is under the influence of the two factions I referred to earlier. Urdu media by and large has not played up on this controversy. The only exception are two Urdu newspapers published from Delhi which are notorious for publishing “paid news,” so much so that one of them, Sahafat, yesterday (26 January) devoted its whole front page to sensational news with shrieking headlines which was mostly concocted and baseless. The agitation inside Darul Uloom Deoband is limited to around 2-3 dozen students and perhaps to two teachers while a majority supports Maulana Vastanvi inside the institution and outside it in the town of Deoband as well as across India as he has a very clean and unblemished image of a cleric who is open to modern education and has already achieved a lot single-handedly. His institution at Akalkuwa in Maharashtra is larger than Darul Uloom and has, beside a reputed madrasa, colleges of engineering and medicine etc which are on the placement list of big companies like Tata. He also runs dozens of institutions across India.

A person is permitted to speak his mind in a democracy. Is it fair on part of the rest of the Muslims to vent their anger against him?

The issue of democracy is precisely what is at stake here. Maulana Vastanvi has been duly elected by the highest body of Darul Uloom, viz. Majlis-e Shoora (Consultative Council). He secured eight votes while other contenders received only four (Maulana Arshad Madni) and two (Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi) votes respectively. In this situation, he should be allowed to function and show his performance which Majlis-e Shoora alone could evaluate in a year or two. Forcing such a person with impeccable track record because of a handful of noisy protesters working for factions which refuse to come out openly, is anti-democratic.

Do you think that there is a section of the Muslim community which wants to change its opinion about Modi, but are not being allowed to do so?

The Muslim community cannot forget or forgive the 2002 pogroms. Modi is sheltering the culprits and trying to frustrate justice. Justice must be done to the victims of 2002 riots but at the same time Muslims inside Guarat and outside are not blind to the fact that Modi is trying to change, is concentrating on development and is also trying to project a secular image and giving some space to Muslims in his administration and even inside the BJP.

What is your thinking on the plight of Muslims in Gujarat today? Is it really bad or is this just media hype?

There is no doubt that Muslims in Gujarat are still living under fear. The pogrom victims are yet to get justice. Hundreds of Muslim youths arrested on trumped up charges are still languishing in Modi’s jails. Proper compensation is yet to be paid to the victims. Something like 30,000 riot victims are still languishing in refugee camps across Gujarat unable to go back to their villages and lands. Modi even returned central government funds claiming that there was no need for them. But at the same time, Modi and his party in Gujarat are trying to change their image and Gujarat Muslims are feeling the change but it is still not sufficient.

Is it time to move on, on the Narendra Modi issue? Is the Muslim community ready for that?

The changes in Gujarat are not enough for us to move on and the Muslim community at least outside Gujarat are not ready to move on, though many Gujarati Muslims for obvious reasons want to open a new page without forgetting 2002 or forgiving its perpetrators led by Modi.

The Deoband students appear to want Vastanvi to stay on. What are your thoughts about that?

My information is that the vast majority of both students and teachers want Maulana Vastanvi to stay on. Yesterday (26 January) many students demonstrated in Darul Uloom demanding he stays as their rector.

He has been branded as RSS. Don’t you feel that the issue was pushed too far?

This branding was not done by Muslim leaders or masses in general. This irresponsible talk is limited to a few Urdu newspapers which are notorious for paid news.

He says that he has stated the fact. There is no violence in Gujarat and the Muslims are doing business over there. What was wrong in that?

What he says is about Gujarat 2011. It is a fact that there is no anti-Muslim violence in Guajarat today because the BJP has learnt a lesson and paid heavily for its earlier crime. It is also a fact that Gujarati Muslims, known for their business and entrepreneur skills, have stood again on their feet even without government help.

About the Gujarat riots he says that the guilty should be punished, but Muslims need to move ahead. What do you make of that statement?

Muslims share Maulana Vostanvi’s demand that the guilty in 2002 riots should be punished. There is no difference of opinion among the vast Muslim community on this matter. The only exception may be the few paid by the RSS in the rag tag “Muslim Rashtriya Manch” put together by terror-tainted Indresh Kumar.

Church attacks- no wrong doing by BJP

In a major reprieve of sorts the Justice Somashekhar Commission of Inquiry probing the Church attacks case has given a clean chit to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Sangh Parivar in Karnataka.

The Committee which was set up almost two years back following a spate of attacks on Church particularly in the Mangalore belt has said that there is no merit in the allegations made against the BJP and the Sangh Parivar. “ The Commission goes on to say that there is no basis to the apprehensions of the petitioners before the commission that the politicians, BJP, Sangh Parivar and also the state government are directly or indirectly involved in the attacks. These observations were made in the final report that was submitted to the Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday.

The commission further goes on to state that there was an allegation as well as an impression created that top police officials with the district administration had colluded with the attackers who descecrated the Churches. The Commission pointed out that there is no merit in this allegation.

The Commission has however given a little bit of a breather to the Christian community in Karnataka who were most affected by these attacks. It has said that the Government and the district administration ought to have treated the Christian protestors with sympathy and this had not been done.

This commission also goes on to give out a list of recommendations in which it says that there should be an exclusive police station only dealing with religious matters. Such a police station should have specially trained police officials who can deal with such matters with a human touch. Further the commission adds that such police stations should function without the interference of the state government.

The commission was set up in October 2008 and had before it a total of 1500 petitions. There were 34 advocates in all who represented the various groups from Mangalore, Udupi, Davangere and also Bangalore.

Need to win the hearts of Kashmiris

Kashmir is on the boil and this time the issue is the Ekta Yatra. While the Bharatiya Janata Party is hell bent on hoisting our national flag at Lal Chowk, the ruling Congress appears to be doing everything under the sun to prevent such an event.
S A R Geelani, Professor in the Delhi university who was acquiited in the Parliament attack case four years back has been closely associated with the Kashmir issue. He has been on an India wide tour recently to portray the real picture of the crisis in Kashmir. He feels that the Bharatiya Janata Party is wrong in its actions and instead of trying to win over the hearts of the people, they are only trying to show that they want to rule over them. In this interview with rediff.com, Geelani points out that the BJP is making an issue because they do not have an issue and also the Hindus in Jammu are against the flag hoisting proposed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

What are your thoughts on the BJP wanting to hoist the National Flag at Lal Chowk?
I am against this since I feel it is not necessary and a controversy is unnecessarily being raked up. This is something that could have been avoided.

Why according to you is the BJP raking up this issue?
I think the whole issue is that the BJP does not have an issue. There are so many other issues to deal with but they seem to be holding on to this one as they want to rake up public sentiments. The BJP likes to believe that they are nationalists. A B Vajpayee had initiated a peace process and these people are disrupting it. The fact is that they are out of power and do not have to worry about issues pertaining to development or relief works. Hence they have decided to rake up a public sentiment.

But why is there such a tussle regarding this issue?
The thing is that most Kashmiris do not consider themselves as part of India. They would not take it too kindly if the flag is hoisted over there.

So what do you think must be done then?
I think what the BJP should ideally be doing is winning the hearts of these people who do not consider themselves to be part of India. By going on the offensive and raking up public sentiments nothing can be gained or achieved.

Why ask the BJP alone to do that? What are the rest of them doing to reach out to these people?
We have tried to reach out to the people. This is a long process and have been going around telling people about this problem. The BJP, instead of trying to move forward and address the real issue are spoiling everything by raking up such issues.

It is the National Flag we are speaking about. What is wrong in hoisting it?
There is nothing wrong. But why pick on places where there is a dispute. Let us try and win their hearts first so that they themselves come forward and do the same. The Flag will be hoisted in Srinagar anyways on January 26th. Is that not enough?

What happened the last time the BJP hoisted the flag in 1992?
They did it many years back. But that was not an event at all. Did it involve the people? No it did not. It only annoyed the people. Moreover there were no people with Murali Manohar Joshi at that time. There were just security personnel protecting him.

There is so much hype around this issue. Do you think that the Congress should have so aggressively blocked the BJP?
There should not have been any sort of hype. The BJP continues to challenge the people of Kashmir. The Congress could have buried this issue quietly and dealt with the BJP in a better manner. The whole issue could have been sorted out in New Delhi itself and should not have reached Kashmir in the first place.

The BJP seems to have a lot of support. You cannot deny that.
They are sure whipping up a national sentiment. However within Kashmir there is no support what so ever. The people of Kashmir did not need this issue at the moment since there are a lot of other problems on hand they have to deal with. Look at Jammu for instance. All the Hindus there too do not want this issue since they feel that it will not serve their needs. The people you see there supporting the BJP are all from outside and no person within the state supports the BJP on this issue.

Are you worried that there will be some retaliation from terrorists in Pakistan if this event goes on?
This is not about that at all. This is about alienating the people of Kashmir. If this event goes on then the people of Kashmir will feel alienated.

What exactly do the people of Kashmir want? It seems impossible to please them.
We need to win over their hearts. It is a process but it can happen. No one should impose things on them. They should not be given a feeling that they are ruled over. However what the BJP is doing now only shows that they want to rule over the people of Kashmir.

How has the handling by the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir been?
He has done nothing. Instead he has added to the hype that this issue is already getting for no rhyme or reason. He should have been in the state and handled the issue. Instead he came to Delhi and made national headlines. This is not the way to deal with a situation like this. The Congress on the other hand seems to have some other agenda on hand. They wanted this issue to become big so that the focus is taken off their scams and they have managed to do that very well.

Now application to summon HDK

H D Kumaraswamy. Photo courtesy: article.wn.com
Seeking to drag matters further, another application has been filed before the Special Sessions court seeking a direction to produce former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (S) leader, H D Kumaraswamy before it.

The application filed before the Special Sessions court which is hearing two complaints filed against B S Yeddyurappa in connection with a land scam states that unless Kumaraswamy is brought before the court proceedings cannot continue. The applicant states that there is an allegation made against Yeddyurappa stating that he had denotified land at Rachenahalli in order to favour his family members. The new application before the court states that the facts have been jumbled and Yeddyurappa had denotified only a small portion of the land. However the major portion of the land was denotified by Kumaraswamy who was the CM before Yeddyurappa and strangely his name does not figure in this complaint.

This application which has been filed under Section 319 says that offences should not be made selective and all those involved in illegalities should be brought before the same forum and justice should be equal to all.

The court will hear this application on January 31 when it commences proceedings next. On the same day it will also hear an application filed by the son-in-law of Yeddyurappa and also the main case filed by the two advocates who are seeking prosecution of the Karnataka Chief Minister in connection with 15 charges pertaining to various land scams.

CM had no moral right to continue: Congress
The Congress in Karnataka has decided to hold a mammoth rally in Bangalore demanding the dismissal of the B S Yeddyurappa government. The Congress says that it would hold this rally on January 30th at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore where scores of people are likely to attend.

The rally is being held to step up the pressure to dismiss the B S Yeddyurappa led BJP government in Karnataka. The Congress says that the CM had no moral right to continue after the Governor had accorded sanction to prosecute him.

15 charges which Yeddi faces

B S Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka finds himself in yet another controversy and he will wait with bated breath for the decision of the Special Court which will start hearing the matter at 2 PM on Monday.

So, what will the special court hear today and what the charges that the Karnataka Chief Minister will have to answer to? The scam as alleged in the complaint is to the tune of Rs 189.71 crore and this amount is divided into 15 different cases which will be heard by the court today.

1.16 acres of land under Sy Number 56 at K R Puram were denotified in the year 2008 and was transferred to M/s Davalagiri Property Developers Private Limited. The land worth Rs 7.4 crore was transferred to this company in which the Chief Minister’s sons and son-in-law are 75 per cent share holders.

2.A road measuring 47,972 sq ft in Vyalikaval HBCS Nagawara was illegally amalgamated and the same was purchased by M//s Davalagiri Property Developers. The company gained Rs 16.26 crore due to this.

3.An acre and 2 guntas of land under survey number 55/2 at K R Puram was denotified and the gain in this was Rs 19.6 crore.

4.2 acres and 5 guntas of land was denotified at the Arkare village. Out of this 1.75 acres was sold to a close associate of the Chief Minister who gained Rs 25.39 crore due to this.

5.9 guntas in survey number 10/1 and 14 guntas in survey number 10/11F of Lottegollahalli, Bangalore was denotified 14 guntas of land in survey number 10/11F was denotified in favour of home minister R Ashoka.

6.Conversion of agricultural lands in Anekal taluk to non-agricultural purpose by modifying zoning regulations was beneficial to M/s Bhagath Homes Pvt Ltd and M/s Davalagiri Property Developers Pvt Ltd, both promoted by CM’s family members. The companies benefited Rs 3 and Rs 2.5 crore due to this.

7.2 acres and 5 guntas of land in survey number 149 of Agara village was denotified in January 2010. 16,000 sq ft and 5,000 sq ft, was sold M/s Elyon Developers Pvt Ltd represented by its director S S Ugendar for Rs 1.76 crore and Rs 44 lakh respectively. Bangalore Development Authority incurred a loss of Rs 74.05 crore due to this.

8.CM allots 100 acres of land at Machenahalli-Honnavile Industrial area, Shimoga district, in favour of M/s E Rama Murthy Power Pvt Ltd promoted by Praveen Chandra. He also granted mining lease for iron ore and manganese ore in 330 acres in Ramajjanahalli Kaval and Mallapura villages of Hosadurga taluk in favour of Praveen Chandra.

9.11 acres and 25 guntas in survey number 15/1 and 15/2 of Srirampura village denotified to benefit M/s Besto Infrastructure Bangalore Pvt Ltd, whose promoter is a partner with the CM’s family in Davalagiri Property Developers Pvt Ltd. Land. The land was denotified in favour of Dr B R Shetty, who in turn sold 2 acres and 20 guntas to Besto Infrastructure Bangalore for Rs 3.75 crore when the market price was Rs 54.45 crore.

10.33 guntas in survey number 21/3 of Kempapura village, 1 acre 36 guntas in survey number 6/2A, 23 guntas in survey number 6/2C and 23 guntas in survey number 6/2B in Hebbala Ammanikere was denotified to benefit Prakash Shetty of M/s Trishul Developers.

11.The CM denotified 9 acres of land at Rachenahalli and the owners of these lands sold 1 acre 23.2 guntas for Rs 2.55 crore to M/s Health Zone Advisors (India) Pvt Ltd when the market value was Rs 34.41 crore.

12.10 acres in survey number 121 of Uttarahalli village was denotified on the request of BJP MLA Dr Hemachandra Sagar.

13.5 acres and 13 guntas of land in survey number 78 of Nagarbhavi village denotified in violation of Supreme Court and High Court orders causing loss of Rs 115 crore to the BDA.

14.Illegal allotment of a site in RMV II Stage, Bangalore, by CM in favour of his son B Y Raghavendra. This property was however returned when the allegations started to pour in.

15.Allegation that the CM helped Adarsh Developers and took favours in return to the tune of Rs 5 crore.

Another twist to the Yeddi case

Adding another twist to the proceedings against Karnataka Chief Minsiter B S Yeddyurappa, his son in law Suhan Kumar has filed an application seeking stalling of the proceedings. The special court which is hearing the two complaints has directed Kumar to file his objections by January 31 when the case comes up next for hearing.
When proceedings commenced this afternoon the CMs son in law said in his application that the matter cannot go on without him being heard. Kumar who is also a party to the proceedings said that he ought to be given a right of hearing.
C H Hanumantharaya coinsel for the two complainants however argued that this case was between a private party and the court and hence such an application could not be entertained.
The court however said that he be given a chance and permitted him to file his objections. The matter will come up next on January 31.

Now Guv to face defamation suit

The war of words between the Chief Minister and the Governor of Karnataka continued with the former telling the media on Monday morning that his friends are planning on filing a defamation against the latter.

Speaking to reporters outside his residence in Bangalore, he said that the Governor had acted in haste and taken the decision to accord sanction to prosecute him. The Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa said that the Governor had made a lot of remarks against him and all of them were not in good taste. My friends are upset with these statements and will be moving the court and filing a defamation case against him.

The Chief Minsiter further said that he is making an appeal to the Governor to tender an apology to the people of Karnataka for making such a hasty decision against their Chief Minister. Due to his hasty actions the people of the state suffered. It is now the moral obligation of the Governor to compensate the people of Karnataka due to the bundh which was called due to his hasty decision, the CM also pointed out.

Meanwhile the Special Court which is hearing the two complaints filed against the Chief Minister in connection with a land scam will hear the matter at 2 Pm on Monday. The two advocates have added three more cases taking it up to 15.

At New Delhi, the BJP leaders met with President of India and submitted a memorandum coupled with documents to show that the Governor of Karnataka was acting as an agent of the opposition. They have sought a recall of the Governor with immediate effect.