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BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh records the highest number of communal violence in 2017

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While BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh reported the most number of communal violence with 195 incidents, Congress-ruled Karnataka stood 2ndwith 100 incidents of communal violence.

The year 2017 marked number of Mob lynching incidents and hate crimes. Now, the government has come up with data of casualties in such crimes. According to this data, as many as 111 people lost their lives and over 2000 people were injured in the communal incidents across the country. The data also revealed that in the entire year there were 822 communal incidents that were reported.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday presented the data in the Lok Sabha. He revealed that the highest number of incidents were registered in BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh. In 2017, there were 195 communal incidents reported in Uttar Pradesh in which 44 people were killed while 542 others were injured.

Following Uttar Pradesh, second on the list stands Karnataka ruled by Congress. The state witnessed 100 communal incidents last year. While the death toll is comparatively less in the state at nine, the number of injured is 229.

The third state on the list is Rajasthan where 91 incidents of riots were reported in which 12 people were killed and 175 injured.

Hansraj Ahir told the parliament that there were 85 communal incidents in Bihar in which three people were killed and 321 injured. While 60 incidents of riots killed nine and injured 191 people in Madhya Pradesh.

West Bengal ruled by Trinamool Congress Party recorded 58 incidents of communal violence last year in which nine people were killed and 230 injured while Gujarat has witnessed 50 riots in which eight people were killed and 125 others were injured, Ahir said.

He said that in the previous year 2016, 703 incidents of communal violence took place killing as many as 86 people and injuring 2,321, while in 2015, there were 97 deaths and 2,264 people were injured due to 751 incidents of riots.

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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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