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Alarming issues in Karnataka which no political party is addressing

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Every party in the state is playing caste politics and are placing the candidates accordingly Is Karnataka only about caste politics? Looking at the so-called representatives of the society it seems that problem never prevailed in Karnataka

Ahead of the Karnataka elections, one can definitely expect a well-contested battle. While the whole of India is busy discussing the Karnataka Elections, sad part is nobody is focusing on real concerns that surround the state.

On one hand, Congress is constantly screaming about development plans and is distributing free televisions, clothes, and food. On the other hand, BJP is accusing Janata Dal-Secular of betrayal.

Whereas, JD-S is confident on its take that no government can be formed in Karnataka without their blessing and will always be the kingmaker in the state like before.

Every party in the state is playing caste politics and are placing the candidates accordingly. Is Karnataka only about caste politics? Looking at the so-called representatives of the society it seems that problem never prevailed in Karnataka.

Let’s look at the major problems that need to be immediately addressed

Economic imbalance

Economic imbalance is one hard-hitting problem faced by Karnataka. Development has been progressed only in Mysore city and Bangalore. The major part of the state’s revenue is recovered by these two cities, which takes away the attention from the other parts of the state, making them even more deprived of the economic development opportunities which they badly need.

Sadly, highly populated North Karnataka still remains underdeveloped. If this issue is not resolved soon, Bangalore will face a major issue of migration from other parts of the state. If it continues the capital city will no longer be able to accommodate the major chunk of the population.

Geographical imbalance

As per the reports,  a High Power Committee has been proposed several times in the past four years. A sum of Rs. 31,000 crores will be needed to resolve the issue of regional imbalance in Northern area of Karnataka.

However, even after several years, the bill has neither been passed and nor any political party in their agenda has raised this serious issue.

Water

There is a longstanding dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the sharing of Cauvery water. This is not the first time that Karnataka has denied the Supreme Court’s decision about the amount of water left out. Even earlier, when such a situation had occurred, people from both the sides have held each other’s throats. So what had happened in Bangalore is just a recurrence of the events that happened in the past.

However, the question of what’s the way out to it still rests. No one can challenge the Supreme Court’s decision, but sitting face to face can solve the problem and the solution can be reached upon, especially when people’s emotions are attached. Water problem between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu still remains to be a sensitive issue.

Apart from this much-hyped Cauvery issue, the government will have to redress the everyday issue of drinking water. This year several regions of North Karnataka have not even received proper rainfall which is increasing the problem of drinking water.

The paradox is, the Northern part of Karnataka highly depends on agriculture and loss in cotton crop has fueled the issue. No political party has yet announced support price. Moreover, close to 175 talukas in Karnataka is facing this issue

Electricity crisis

Apart from IT hub of India Bangalore, rest other parts of Karnataka are facing power crisis. Karnataka state is bound to not shut power in Bangalore. As Bangalore accounts for 40% of the state revenue, and to ensure that the working hours do not get disrupted there, rest other parts of the state remain in blackout for almost 6 hours a day.

Greater Bangalore

Despite saying, the Bangalore city has its own share of problems. No political party tabled this concern. Even if 8000 sq of area has been added to the Bangalore city there are no concrete plan as far as issues of road plan, infrastructure, growing population and finances are concerned.

Karnataka Election 2018

HD Kumaraswamy passes floor test in Karnataka Assembly, BJP walks out

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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday won the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly shortly after he moved the motion of confidence. Earlier, in a dramatic turn of events, the BJP MLAs staged a walkout from the Assembly minutes ahead of the floor test.

117 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) voted in his favour enabling the JD(S)-Congress alliance to cross the simple majority mark of 112 seats.

Moving the trust vote, he thanked Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun M Kharge, who he said were the first to call him to join hands. He also said his father, former PM H D Deve Gowda, had said if I joined hands with the BJP, the entire family would disown him

The BJP MLAs walked out of the Assembly after Yeddyurappa said that his party will hold a state-wide bandh on May 28, if CM HD Kumaraswamy fails to waive off loans of farmers.

While the Congress has 78 MLAs, Kumaraswamy’s JD(S) has 36, and BSP 1. The alliance has also claimed support of the lone KPJP MLA and an independent. Kumaraswamy had won from two constituencies. The BJP has 104 MLAs.

 

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HDK faces floor test today; expected to sail through

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The three-day old Congress-Janata Dal (Secular coalition government in the southern Indian state of Karnataka headed by H D Kumaraswamy is facing a floor test on Friday which it is widely expected to sail through, barring any unforeseeable events, ending the 10-day political uncertainty in the state.

The election for the post of Speaker will precede the vote of confidence, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielding its candidate S Suresh Kumar to take on senior Congress party leader Ramesh Kumar.

With the numbers game tilted in favour of the coalition, 58-year old Kumaraswamy looks to be sitting pretty to win the trial of strength.

Kumaraswamy was sworn in as chief minister on Wednesday with a galaxy of leaders of non-BJP parties in attendance.

The Congress has 78 MLAs, Kumaraswamy’s JD(S) 36, and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 1.

The alliance has also claimed support of the lone KPJP MLA and an Independent. Kumaraswamy had won two seats.

This is the second floor test in less than a week after BJP strongman B S Yeddyurappa had stepped down last Saturday, two days after he assumed office as the chief minister, without going through the motions of a floor test.

The 224-member Assembly has an effective strength of 221, as election for Jayanagar seat was countermanded following the death of the BJP candidate, and deferred in RR Nagar over allegations of electoral malpractices.

The Congress and JD(S) MLAs who have been confined to a hotel and a resort fearing poaching attempts by the BJP were brought in buses to the Vidhana Soudha, the seat of state legislature.

After taking oath, Kumaraswamy had voiced confidence about winning the floor test, but said he had an apprehension that the BJP would try to repeat “Operation Kamala” to bring down his government.

The term “Operation Kamala” or “Operation Lotus” was coined in 2008, when Yeddyurappa took over as the chief minister.

The party was short of three MLAs for a simple majority.

As part of “Operation Kamala”, named after the BJP’s election symbol lotus, some Congress and JD(S) MLAs were persuaded to join the saffron party, relinquish their membership of the Assembly, and re-contest elections.

Their victory made up for the shortfall in numbers.

Suresh Kumar, a fifth term MLA, has said that based on the strength of numbers and various other factors, his party leaders have confidence that he would win.

The BJP is the single largest party in the Assembly with 104 MLAs.

Kumaraswamy will likely have a smooth sailing during the confidence vote but expanding the ministry may be a ticklish and complicated issue with signs of inner contradictions within the coalition already surfacing.

Senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who was widely credited with having kept the flock of party MLAs together amid claims of attempted poaching by the BJP, is reportedly not happy after being ignored for the deputy chief minister’s post that went to the party’s Dalit face G Parameshwara.

“Is it the same for those who win one seat and those who win the state? I have not come to politics to take sanyas. I will play chess not football,” Shivakumar had said.

In an indication of the tough challenges ahead for Kumaraswamy, deputy chief minister and KPCC president G Parameshwara said on Thursday that the coalition was yet to discuss the tenure of the JD(S) leader as the chief minister.

“We have not yet discussed those modalities,” he had said in response to a question about whether Kumaraswamy will be the chief minister for full five years.

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Deputy CM says full 5-year term for Kumaraswamy not final

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Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will face a floor test today which he is widely expected to sail through, barring any unforeseeable events, ending the 10-day political uncertainty in the state. Ahead of this, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara made a surprising comment on the formation of the government and said that they have not yet discussed those modalities for a full five-year term.

“We have not yet discussed those modalities,” he said in response to a question whether Mr Kumaraswamy will be the Chief Minister for a full five-year term.

When asked again whether Congress was okay with giving chief minister’s post to JD(S) for full a five-year term, Parameshwara, also the KPCC chief, said ” … after discussing … looking at the pros and cons (we will decide), our main intention is to give good administration.”

Ahead of his swearing-in, Mr Kumaraswamy had dismissed reports about his party working out a power-sharing formula of heading the government for 30 months each, with its coalition partner the Congress, saying “No such talks have taken place.”

After taking the oath, Kumaraswamy had voiced confidence about winning the floor test but said he had an apprehension that the BJP would try to repeat “Operation Kamala” to bring down his government.

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