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South Connect: Karnataka Senior IPS officer K Madhukar Shetty passes away

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Senior IPS officer from Karnataka, K Madhukar Shetty passed away on Friday night at a private hospital in Hyderabad. Madhukar Shetty was admitted to the hospital over a week ago and was undergoing treatment. The 47 year old was a 1999 batch IPS officer of the Karnataka cadre. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Known as an upright officer, Madhukar Shetty was well known for his role in the investigation into the illegal iron ore and mining scam in Ballari. Shetty had also closely worked in the probe against Janardhana Reddy and his associates.

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South Connect Ep 109: MLA poaching row: Mumbai at the centre of Karnataka’s operation lotus

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Karnataka’s ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and the opposition BJP traded MLA poaching charges on Monday, and the drama shows little sign of abating. First, a top Karnataka minister levelled horsetrading charges on the BJP, saying three Congress MLAs were in a Mumbai hotel with leaders from the saffron party. Then BS Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s Karnataka unit chief, accused Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy of trying to lure his party’s MLAs using “power and money”. The BJP’s MLAs are currently staying in a hotel in Gurgaon, Haryana. Kumaraswamy says there’s no question of instability in his government. However, Karnataka MLAs are currently spread out across three states.. Maharashtra, Haryana and their own.

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South Connect: Rahul Gandhi changes Sabarimala stance, says let people of Kerala decide

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Taking a U-turn on his earlier stance on women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala Temple, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that he sees validity in arguments in favour of the women’s rights and the traditions of the temple. Gandhi was speaking at a press meet during his 2-day UAE tour. “I can see validity in the argument that tradition needs to be protected and I can see validity in the argument that women should have equal rights,” he said at the press meet. However, earlier last year, Rahul Gandhi had openly said that he held a different opinion on the issue from that of his party’s state unit leaders. He stated that he believed women should not be barred from entering any place, despite the Congress leaders in Kerala feeling otherwise. Reportedly, Kerala MPs wanted to stage a protest outside the parliament over the issue, but former Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi had opposed it. However, in UAE Gandhi also confirmed that he had taken this revised stance after speaking to Congress leaders in Kerala who rooted for protecting the traditions of the Sabarimala temple.

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South Connect: Andhra CM Naidu meets Rahul gandhi, asks more parties to join

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With the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ of opposition parties taking shape ahead of Lok Sabha polls Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said some more parties will be asked to join it. Naidu, who was on one-day visit to the national capital, met Sharad Pawar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and discussed the issue in the wake of a rally in Kolkata being organised by Trinamool Congress on January 19, where Opposition parties will put up a show of unity. According to a news report Naidu discussed with Gandhi the strategy to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming general elections.

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