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Another right-wing person killed in Karnataka; CM warns of “strict action”

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As much as 22 Hindu activists were killed in a span of few months in communally charged coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada.

The simmering tension in the coastal towns of Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka does not seem to fade. The coastal region witnessed a slew of killings of Hindu activists causing much uproar socially and politically.

The Siddaramaiah government’s failure to arrest the culprits and bring them to justice has been questioned by an opposition BJP. On Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah sent out a warning saying a stringent action will be taken by the state government against those instigating “Communal hatred”.

Siddaramaiah issuing a warning said, “We will not spare anyone invoking communal sentiments, be it from any religion.” The opposition BJP has blockaded the state government demanding a ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) who has been accused of killing Hindu activists in Karnataka.

“Any organization that indulges in spreading communal violence, be it PFI, Bajrang Dal or Muthalik’s organisation (Sri Rama Sene) we will take stringent action against them,” he said.

A 28-year old RSS and Bajrang Dal affiliate Deepak Rao was brutally killed by a gang of four on Wednesday which led to a communally charged environment in the region. After the incident members of VHP and Bajrang Dal came out on street and held a protest. They were detained by the police after they staged a Raasta Roko.

Siddaramaiah expressing sympathy towards the family said, “We have sympathy towards his family, they need to be consoled and we will ensure timely compensation.”

The politics around the killings has also heated up. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has slammed BJP for giving the incident a communal colour. BJP has been asserting that those who have been killed are all Hindus and Jihadi forces are behind the killings. Siddaramaiah condemning BJP asked, “Have they (BJP) taken Hindutva on the lease? Aren’t we Hindus?”

However, BJP has accused the Congress government of neglecting the deaths of 22 Hindu activists who fell prey to the “murderous agenda of jihadi forces”.

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Karnataka Elections: BSY’s Son and Sobha Karandlaje excluded from the latest BJP candidate list

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The big brawl between the sons of Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa has been scrapped in Varuna after BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa announced at a convention in Mysore that his son Vijayendra won’t contest against Siddaramaiah’s son Yathendra anymore.

BJP did not take this news lightly with party workers creating a commotion by throwing chairs around. It is believed that the elections will be a piece of cake for Yathendra now.

At the same time Yeddyurappa’s close aide Shobha Karandlaje has also been excluded from BJP’s latest list of candidates.

“Shobha is a junior compared to other leaders like Anantkumar Hegde, Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar. They will never let this happen. She is lobbying to contest from Yeshvanthpur and since she is a close associate of Yeddyurappa, he may favour her, but the high command will take the opinions of other leaders and she may not get the ticket,” a source has revealed.

The party has not yet made up its mind on four constituencies. Tuesday is the last date to file nominations.

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Karnataka elections: Congress changes 6 names in the final list of candidates

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Publishing the final list of candidates for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, the Congress announced a change in the name of candidates in six seats and selected nominees for five other seats on Sunday.

The AICC announced the names of candidates for five of the 224 constituencies where it had not announced candidates and changed candidates in six constituencies from those named its first list announced on April 15.

The party replaced nominee HS Chandra Mouli in Madikeri as he was the lawyer of diamond trader Mehul Choksi, who fled the country in January after allegedly defrauding the Punjab National Bank along with his nephew Nirav Modi.

Putting an end to speculation over whether Siddaramaiah would contest a second seat apart from Chamundeshwari in his home district of Mysore, the Congress declared him as the candidate for the Badami constituency in Bagalkot in north Karnataka.

Among the other constituencies where the Congress changed its candidates is Jagalur (ST seat) where the party had announced the candidature of A L Puspha. But following severe pressure, the party replaced her with HP Rajesh, the sitting MLA.

 

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Siddaramaiah – Devegowda’s nomination process turns violent in Mysuru

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MYSURU:  Karnataka election heat has risen as supporters of both CM Siddaramaiah and G T Devegowda of JD(S), ran into each other as their leaders filed their nominations from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru on Friday.

Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple, the North Gate of Mysuru Palace was turned into a battlefield as the two nomination processions were slated to commence.

The front section of the temple was covered by the Congress workers while JD(S) supporters assembled near Town Hall.

As the Congress supporters broke the security cordons, the police intervened and resorted to mild caning.

Sources claimed Congress had sought time to take out a rally before JD(S). But Congress rescheduled its rally, leading to delay and tension for four hours from 11 am. Siddaramaiah was scheduled to arrive at 12 noon and Devegowda at 2 pm. As Siddaramaiah got delayed, Devegowda acceded to the cops’ request and arrived early.

The police changed the route of the procession to the returning officer’s office in Nazarbad 2km away, as the CM reached the procession venue at 2 pm to ensure both party workers did not run into each other. Karnataka state elections will be held on 12 May 2018 in all 224 constituencies of the Legislative Assembly. The counting of votes and announcement of result will take place on 15 May 2018.

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