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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2008 - Complete Coverage


 
Published Date: 08 Jun, 2008 (11:41 PM)
At last Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday allotted portfolios to his 30 ministerial colleagues, besides himself.He has retained 10 departments under his purview including Fina-nce, Intelligence, Urban Development excluding BWSSB, Forest, Kannada & Culture, Department of Personnel & Adminis-trative Reforms. The chief minister has allotted key portfolios to seniors: Home to Dr V S Acharya, Transport to R Ashok, Power to K S Eshwarappa and PWD to C M Udasi...
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Friday won the trust vote in the assembly, marking the formal start of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) first government in southern India. The one-line motion of confidence was approved by voice vote by BJP members and independents supporting the government as opposition Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) members walked out of the house at the end of a two-hour discussion on the motion moved by Yeddyurappa...
If anybody wanted to rock the new governmentís boat nobody could have done better than creating an artificial scarcity of fertilizers. The Khariff season is so important for all the rain fed areas in the state that any crop failure could mean the end of the popularity of the government. It is an old North Indian technique and once or twice it has been used in the South particularly the Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra and not it has come to Karnataka....
Even before the new government has proved its majority the Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa appears to be in dilemma over three main issues. The wrinkles of worry has started appearing on the foreheads of all senior functionaries of the party, well not all exactly -Ananthkumar apparently is sitting pretty in Delhi. When the Mangalorean.com spotted Yeddyurappa at the Bangalore International Airport before leaving for New Delhi, there was so much hush hush business ...
Mangalore's first cabinet minister J. Krishna Palemar, has mooted a special task force which will be constituted on his personal capacity. Addressing a press conference here today Mr. Palemar stated that the task force which had been on his mind even before he became the minister will seriously address all the problems of the district and also of the administration. He said this body will be created on his own capacity and is expected work for the betterment of the district...
The first full term Chief Minister of the Saffron brigade in the South B.S. Yeddyurappa might not find his new found position a bed of roses. In fact problems might catch up with him sooner or later, but the one problem which he might want to solve is that of the Hogenakkal projects in Tamil Nadu. That the DMK Chief Karunanidhi who is also the Chief Minister of that state had put brakes on the Hogenakkal project just to give Karnataka a leeway to go for the elections, but after the elections the Tamil Nadu Development ...
After decades of waiting, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday heralded its rule in south India with a 30-member ministry headed by B.S. Yeddyurappa taking office in Karnataka. Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa, 65, took oath of office in Kannada in the name of god, watched by a galaxy of BJP leaders, chief ministers of National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-ruled states and tens of thousands of cheering supporters...
After a severe drubbing at the hands of BJP, the Congress has now another crisis on its hand. It has now fallen short of people to head its state unit. The KPCC presidentís post which was once a prized position now appears to be a truncated body. Though Mr. Mallikarjuna Kharge has been asked to continue in the post of the president of KPCC till further arrangements were made, the party is now searching for a suitable person. ...
The Congress said Thursday it would offer "constructive support" to the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka and would do nothing to destabilise it, but warned against any attempts to "communalise" the state or turn it into another Gujarat. "As a responsible opposition party, we will offer constructive support to the new government (that assumes office Friday) on development issues and work for the betterment of the state...
B.S. Yeddyurappa, who will become the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) first chief minister in Karnataka and south India Friday, had thought of quitting the party after the 2004 assembly polls because he saw no future in it for himself. A few months after the 2004 polls, Yeddyurappa met H.D. Kumaraswamy, son of Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) president and former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, to explore the possibility of joining that party.At first, Yeddyurappa had vehemently denied any plan to leave the party ..
Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday endorsed the newly elected party legislators' choice of Mallikarjun Kharge as the Congress leader in the Karnataka assembly. As the Congress legislative party (CLP) leader, the 66-year-old Kharge will be the new leader of opposition in the 225-member lower house. He will also continue to be the party's state unit leader.Kharge's name was unanimously proposed to Gandhi by 78 of the 80 newly-elected..
It is now sure that the BJP will form the next government in Karnataka. Even the date and time have been set. It will be Friday at 1.45 pm when B.S. Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as Chief Minister for Karnataka for the second time in 8 months. About 15 ministers are also expected to take oath along with him and Mumtaz Ali Khan will be the only Muslim minister who will represent the minority communities. ..
The booming knowledge industry in India's IT hub is relieved that the people of Karnataka have voted for stability and good governance. As after every election, the industry's expectations from the new government are high , especially in the case of Bangalore's infrastructure, which has crumbled under the weight of disparity between growth and development pace over the last four years. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) set to form its first government in a southern state..
Even the cursory look at the poll results of Assembly elections declared on Sunday would tell a story of a balanced polling. The people of Dakshina Kannada have voted better than the average in the state proving the title the state gave them "land of resourceful and intelligent people." Many times their intelligence was attributed to the fish they eat as staple food but when it comes to electioneering their grey matter worked even harder. And what we got was a balanced voting..
A jubilant Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) late Monday formally staked claim to form the government in Karnataka, its first in southern India, with the support of five independents. BJP's chief minister-nominee B.S. Yeddyurappa met Governor Rameshwar Thakur along with the five independents who pledged support to his party for forming the new government. This is the second time the BJP would be cobbling together a ministry in Karnataka. The BJP government last year lasted barely a week as the Janata Dal-Secular broke off the alliance before Yeddyurappa
A day after the drubbing they received from the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Karnataka assembly poll, the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular Monday appeared set to give a torrid time to BJP's first government in the south. As BJP, with 110 members in the 225-strong house, staked claim to forming the government with the support of three independents, Congress and JDS leaders met separately to finalise their strategies to make difficult for the BJP the task of government formation....
The newly elected MLAs of Dakshina Kannada have determined to help Mr. Yeddyurappa the Chief Minister designate of the state to put the state back on the rails of development. The MLAs of the two districts feel that there has been too much of neglect of local development issues due to the unstable governments in the past and it was time for them put things into perspective. The MLAs who have won in the elections have been summoned to Bangalore by Tuesday night, but before they left their places Mangalorean.com team spent sometime asking them what could they do to the development of their respective areas. .....
Infact this election appears to be nobody's victory, The BJP though has for the second time in last five years emerged as the largest single party has not been able to get to that magic figures of 113 on its own, It still needs 3 seats to arrive there and barely. It is as if the party is on tenterhooks. It is no way for the political parties to be in the business of politics. The BJP has received 110 seats which definitely is 45 percent better than the earlier verdicts the party..
Triumphant Bharatiya Janata Party's chief minister-designate B.S. Yediyurappa Sunday said he will give special attention to Bangalore to make it a world-class city and take IT and outsourcing industry to rural areas of Karnataka as well."We will take IT and outsourcing industry to rural areas also and give special attention to Bangalore's needs," he told a crowded press conference after the party emerged as the single largest after the assembly elections, missing the majority mark by just three seats...
Congress regained some of the constituencies it had lost in the 2004 elections by winning back Bantwal and Belthangady and retaining Moodbidri and Mangalore(formerly Ullal). Its candidates Vasantha Bangera (defected from JDS) won over his brother K. Prabhakar Bangera with a margin of 16,103. He polled 59,528, while his rival polled 43,425 votes. Another major gain was Bantwal where Ramanatha Rai won with a slender margin of 1251 votes. His rival a cousin at it B.Nagaraja Shetty ...
The Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in Karnataka has become all the more sweet as the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) that took it for a ride last year has been decimated in the assembly poll. From claiming that it will be a kingmaker again, the JD-S headed by former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda now has to battle against being rendered irrelevant in state politics by the BJP and the Congress. JD-S is often derided here as 'Thande-Makkala party'...
An upbeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is set to form its first government in south India, Sunday bagged the majority of seats in the state capital and India's IT hub, beating an IT-savvy Congress and decimating Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in the Karnataka assembly election. According to the state election commission results declared for the 28 constituencies in Bangalore urban district, including 21 seats in the city civic limits, BJP has bagged 16 seats, while Congress won 11 and JD-S one....
Jubilation broke out Sunday in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offices here and across Karnataka as it became clear that the party was leading in 100 of the 224 assembly seats. "We were confident of winning a clear majority. Trends show that our confidence was not misplaced," BJP state chief D.V. Sadanada Gowda told IANS. BJP's chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yediyurapa was at his residence in Bangalore glued to TV channels and taking telephone calls from party agents from 48 counting centres across the state...
The Karnataka electorate that voted in three phases to elect a new state assembly would not have imagined that its decision, perhaps for the first time in the state's history, could have a national impact.The results of the voting by around 65 percent of the 42 million voters for the 224-member assembly on May 10, 16 and 22 will be out Sunday. Political circles at both the state and national levels have already begun assessing the possible influence the outcome will have on the timing of the parliamentary polls, due early next year....
With only 24 hours for the poll results to be out, it is prayer time for the politicians who had contested for elections for Karnataka assembly, Prayer it is, and how? Many of them have visited temples and offered prayers some of them most ostensibly and some in hushed silence and many of them in full public glare. When it comes to their own interests the politicians stick to their respective religion and all that talks of secularism and anti religion stand withers away. They all head to the nearest astrologer and temples to perform poojas for their victory....
Exit polls conducted by two leading TV channels Thursday gave differing pictures of the possible outcome of the Karnataka assembly elections, which concluded earlier in the day. CNN-IBN's exit poll indicates a fractured verdict, with the Congress emerging as the single largest party bagging 86 seats in the 224-member assembly. In the last polls in 2004, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had emerged the single largest entity with 79 seats...
The Congress is sweating it out to regain its hold in north Karnataka to return to power in the third and final phase of polling Thursday for the assembly election in eight districts. With an element of uncertainty about its performance in the first two phases May 10 and May 16, the Congress claims to have worked out its caste arithmetic to counter the influence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the erstwhile Bombay-Karnataka province and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region....
Former chief minister N. Dharam Singh is in the electoral battle for the ninth time from this constituency in north Karnataka for the assembly election May 22. A Rajput by birth, the 72-year-old warhorse has been holding fort in state politics as a Congress leader for 36 years, graduating from grass roots in the backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Dharam Singh became the chief minister by a stroke of luck. He was chosen over other party leaders after the May 2004 assembly election, which the Congress lost.....
Central and state leaders of the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Sunday toured parts of north Karnataka campaigning for their candidates for the May 22 assembly balloting for 69 seats. Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi addressed rallies in Bhalki in Bidar, Jamkhandi in Bagalkot and Belgaum, district headquarters of Belgaum district....
Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda, former prime minister and currently Janata Dal-Secular president, Sunday completes 75 years - 55 of them spent in active politics. He is busy waging, and relishing, the biggest political battle of his life - the ongoing Karnakata assembly polls. Gowda has hardly any time or inclination to celebrate his 76th birthday. The JD-S chief's ambition is limited to garnering adequate number of seats in the polls to the 224-member Karnataka assembly in order to dictate terms to national parties - the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)....
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Saturday campaigned for their party candidates in north Karnataka ahead of the third and final phase of assembly elections May 22. The battle in Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Bidar, Gulbarga, Bijapur, Bagalakot and Belgaum districts for 69 seats in the 224-member house is mainly between the Congress and BJP....
With polling in both phases crossing a decent 60 percent, the chances of BJP's victory run appears to be more imminent. The party might just scrape through for a simple majority or even run short of it by couple of seats for a simple majority. Simple majority will be 113 seats and as per the exit polls at the end of the second phase the BJP is slated to get a total of 105-107 seats when the third phase ends on 22nd May. The calculations are done based on the history of voting pattern in the state the elections in 1999 that was when BJP started...
The Dakshina Kannada district has registered 75 percent voting in the second phase of polling held today in the state. The district registered the top among all the ten districts that went to vote today. About 13.34 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the five taluks and eight assembly constituencies of the district and the people of the district have shown why they are the top democrats once again. The voting was peaceful and eventless barring a stray case of impersonation and an electronic voting machine failing to register votes...
This Jain Kashi also known as Sasya Kashi might spring in a surprise this election. One of the most resourceful areas in the district Moodbidri will come up for polls on 16 May in the second phase. The traditional Congress bastion the constituency had elected thrice Janata Dal candidate former labour minister K.Amarnath Shetty and for the last two terms Congress leader K.Abhayachandra. He is now seeking re-entry into the assembly for the third consecutive time. His opponents are Mr. Shetty of JDS and K.P. Jagadish Adhikari ...
A group of people allegedly attacked the Mangalore City North constituency candidate, Mohiuddin Bava of the Congress, and damaged his vehicle near Kavoor late on Wednesday. According to KPCC spokesperson M.G. Hegde, Mr. Bava and some party workers were returning after visiting a cluster of house when the incident took place. The attackers were under the impression that he was distributing money and liquor to voters. Superintendent of Police N. Sathish Kumar said that a group, which believed that Mr. Bava was indulging in electoral malpractice, damaged a vehicle belonging to him. Mr. Kumar...
The Dakshina Kannada is now firmly caught in the election fever, with just two days to go for the crucial day the political parties and the voters are waiting in hushed anticipation. The voters are weighing their options while the parties and their candidates are keeping their fingers crossed. There was never such a situation in Dakshina Kannada. If one closely observes the electoral field there are no ground signals coming. Nobody is sure of winning in the main parties particularly the BJP and the Congress...
The UPA chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has assured the people of Karnataka a "safe and stable government in Karnataka" if they vote the Congress party to power, in an emotional speech she delivered at Mangalore today. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi said Karnataka had been so dear to her heart all these years for reasons more than one. She would like to see the state stable, a future investment destination and a home for socially relevant government programmes....
It is now more or less direct fight between the BJP and Congress in Mangalore City South (which was known Mangalore constituency before the delimitation). This prestigious constituency has attracted widespread attention and considered to be the most important for BJP and Congress after Shikaripur. Here Mr. N. Yogish Bhat is seeking re-election for the fourth time while Ivan D'Souza of Congress has sought entry for the first time ...
Senior Congress leader Vayalar Ravi today called on the voters to choose Congress party to provide stable government in the state, when they vote. Mr. Ravi who campaigned for the Congress candidates in the district, said that only Congress could give a better and stable government and all the other parties mainly BJP and JDS were known for their power mongering and their internal democracy was at grave danger...
Expressing concern over the risisng inflation and soaring food prices, BJP on Monday said UPA Government despite having the services of three renowned economists including the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed to check them. The Congress was having three noted economists in Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Monetk Singh Ahuluwalia, but it could not check inflation and price rise, BJP Natinal General Secretary H N Anantkumar charged at a party's election rally here....
BJP state President D.V.Sadananada Gowda has flayed the Congress party for loosening internal security concerns. He was speaking to the Press before he launched the campaign for the partyís electioneering in Mangalore today. Referring to the bomb blasts at Hubli district court Mr. Gowda stated that the blast were blotch on the UPA government, being not able to control the terrorists. He said the south used to be peaceful...
Janata Dal(JD)(Seculars) Supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Sunday said there was an urgent need to take bold steps by the Centre to ban the use of black money and strictly enforcing compulsory voting to improve the electoral system. Talking to mediapersons here, he said the Centre should have detailed discussions with the legal experts comprising renowned former ...
With the elections over in the first phase the attention now shifts to the second phase where Mangalore, Udupi, Uttara Kannada Shimoga, Bellary, Davanagere and other tier II cities will go to polls on May 16. The political machinery will turn its attention towards these cities now. The Congress leader S.M. Krishna has already toured Mangalore, Udupi and Ullal soliciting votes from the voters. After touring various parts of the district...
Eleven southern districts of Karnataka that went to polls today registered 59.5 percent polling with Bangalore Rural District recording highest with 72.5 Hassan recorded 71 percent. The lowest was recorded in Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike area with just 49 percent. The Bangalore Urban district recorded 60 percent voting. The polling was generally peaceful barring a few incidents at Chickpet, Hoskote and Gandhinagar areas where JDS and Congress workers roughed up each other and police had to intervene.....
About 55 percent of 17.3 million eligible voters Saturday voted in 89 constituencies across 11 southern districts of Karnataka in the first phase of assembly elections. Bangalore recorded the lowest with around 40 percent turnout while Bangalore rural, Tumkur, Chamarajanagar and Chikkaballapur districts saw over 60 percent balloting.The polling was largely peaceful though the police used batons at two places - in Gandhinagar in Bangalore to disperse voters protesting missing names from the electoral list and in Varuna in Mysore....
The run up to the elections in the state had starting with the first phase on 10 May there has been one factor that has been worrying the major political parties is that of the emergence of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The party which was considered an underdog just before the electioneering began has now become a major contender if not to the tune of BJP and Congress it could well be in the driver's seat and could turn out to be a decisive force in the formation of the government. ....
Karnataka goes to polls from Saturday to elect a 224-seat assembly. But very few are considered key constituencies. The two most prominent are Shikaripura in Shimoga district, around 270 km from Bangalore, and Ramanagaram, about 40 km from here. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief ministieral candidate, B.S. Yediyurappa, is seeking re-election from Shikaripura. Former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy is fighting again on Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) ticket from Ramanagaram. ....
More than 40 million voters in Karnataka are eligible to elect a new state assembly in three phases from Saturday in an electoral battle that has assumed national importance. For decades Karnataka's choice has invariably gone against the trend in other states and at the national level. Still the outcome of the election to the 224-member legislature could end up being a pointer to the timing of the next polls for the Indian parliament....
In a rare case one of the Udupi Ashtamath Swamiji has actively participated in influencing the voters to vote for Congress party. This news that spread in this temple town has shocked the people of this world seat of Madhwa philosophy. HH Laxmivara Thirtha Swamiji of Shiroor Mutt has reportedly went from door to door in many parts of the Udupi constituency and asked the voters to vote for Congress. He went with the candidate Pramod Madhwaraj of Congress...
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday exhorted the electorate in this tech city of India to vote for the Congress and save this "symbol of a new India" from "opportunistic" parties whose governments had dented its global brand by neglecting its infrastructure development.Addressing party workers and select invitees including techies, intellectuals and scientists at a "Citizens Meet" on the last day of campaigning for the first phase of Karnataka assembly poll May 10 in the city and 10 southern districts...
With only few days to go for elections the election arena has already fallen silent, as if the winner and the loser have been declared already. Thanks to the EC restrictions the electioneering has fallen dumb and deaf. With no usual election razzmatazz and din of the loudspeaker the Politician has fallen silent and is letting his leg do the work going from place to place and house to house in various towns and cities in the State. ...
Sonia Gandhi the Congress Chairperson and UPA chief has categorically stated that there was no question on soft pedaling on the issues concerned with controlling terrorism. She was speaking at an election rally held at Krishnarajapuram in Bangalore urban BBMP area here today. Alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies had accused that Congress was going slow on controlling terrorism Ms. Gandhi stated that BJP should weigh its words before it hands them out for public consumption...
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has not fielded a single Muslim candidate for the upcoming assembly polls in Karnataka, Wednesday appealed for minority votes promising to induct a Muslim into its ministry if elected to power. "We did not have any Muslim leader whose victory we could assure. Hence we could not give ticket to any Muslim candidate. But we will have a Muslim leader elected to the legislative council and induct him into the ministry," BJP's chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yediyurappa told reporters here....
Exuding confidence that her party would get a clear mandate from people in the Karnataka Assembly polls, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said the party would not go in for a coalition arrangement in the state. "The Congress would not go in for coalition and would not compromise on its principles for power at any cost," she said, addressing a public meeting at this district headquarters town. She claimed that only Congress can provide a stable government that would complete its tenure of ...
It is going to be a case of 'dynasty watch' in several constituencies, as fathers pass on the baton to their sons/daughters and others to their in-laws. Families are all set to play a role in the Karnataka polls this month as children of former chief ministers, siblings and relatives of senior political leaders battle it out in different constituencies. It is going to be a case of 'dynasty watch' in several constituencies, as fathers pass on the baton to their sons/daughters...
Searing temperatures in the day, Twenty20 cricket in the evening, campaign curbs and the absence of a single emotive issue to stir people... the combination of many factors have turned the electoral battle for Karnataka into a drab affair. There is a silver lining though - the restrictions on posters, cutouts, banners and buntings have spared Bangalore and other major commercial and educational centres such as Mysore, Mangalore, Shimoga, Hubli-Dharwad and Gulbarga of the garbage that piles up after every election...
The Janata Dal (Secular) has promised distribution of free gas stoves to people living Below the Poverty Line (BPL), home loan waiver for low income groups and abolition of Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to professional colleges, to woo the electorate ahead of the three-phased Karnataka Assembly polls. Releasing the party's election manifesto, containing 54 promises, here today, JD(S) president and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda said the manifesto had been prepared, keeping in mind the interests ..
Every election has an issue, a commodity or a scandal to dwell upon. Politicians and political parties need that Ďlast strawí to hang on to. In the last elections it was the petro prices, before last it was temple and mosque issue and this elections it is the Arrack issue that is being circulated as a convenient theme. Thanks to former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily who has raked up the issue of Arrack, the political arena is now amuck ..
"If Congress comes to power we will restore the sale of Arrack" says Rajya Sabha member Janardhana Poojary. Not a thing that should come from a person of his stature, but these are the times of elections and he did say that in a press conference here today. Mr.Poojary making this uncharacteristic statement said people with lesser income cannot drink any other Indian Made Liqour...
BJP President Rajnath Singh on Sunday dismissed as "totally absurd", US President George Bush's view, linking high food prices to demand in countries like India. "The interpretation (by Bush) is totally absurd," Singh told reporters here when asked for his reaction to the comments. Bush had said prosperity in countries like India is good but it triggers increased demand for "better nutrition" which in turn leads ...
The Bharatiya Janata Party has roped in its star campaigners to campaign in Karnataka for the next few days till the campaign closes down on 7th May. According to the party spokesperson Suresh Kumar who is also contesting from Malleshwaram, Yeddyurappa and Ananthkumar will take separate routes while L.K. Advani, Rajnath Singh,Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu and others will tour in different parts of the state. The Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts are not likely to get any...
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday criticised the Election Commission for censoring its promotional advertisement film to be broadcast on television channels as part of its campaign for the Karnataka assembly polls this month. In a letter to the chief election commissioner, BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley, who is also in-charge of the party's poll campaign in the state, objected to the censoring of the film containing a message in Kannada by party leader Sushma Swaraj on the price rise and inflation...
A once-bitten-twice-shy Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday said it would sit in opposition if it failed to get a clear majority in this month's legislative assembly elections in Karnataka. "If we do not get a clear mandate to rule Karnataka, we will prefer to sit in opposition than go for alliances," BJP leader L.K. Advani told reporters here. In an appeal to the electorate, Advani said BJP deserved to be given a chance to form a stable government on its own...
The importance of the Karnataka elections lies well beyond the formation of a new government in the state. The poll is the first in a series of contests in the next few months in the four major states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Karnataka where the Congress is not in power. If the Congress fares well in, say, at least three of them, then it might call for an early general election and may even sign the nuclear deal before taking the plunge...
The Bharatiya Janata Party today expelled five party workers including the former MLA Shakuntala Shetty for anti party activities. This was announced by the party leaders at the party office here today. Others who were expelled with Shakuntala Shetty included party's Minority leader Abbas Ali Bohra, Banari Gopalkrishna Bhat of Puttur, Vishwanath Rai and Shivaraj Tangadagi.In this episode Mr. Rai is a close associate of Shakuntala Shetty..
BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani has categorically said that the results in Karnataka assembly elections will have bearing on the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held early part of 2009. Stating this in a public rally held at Anekal near here today Mr. Advani analysed that if the voters of Karnataka gave a decisive mandate to BJP, the elections to the Lok Sabha will be held behind schedule to give some more time to Congress to prepare. Mr. Advani said the anti incumbency ..
Congress candidate Mamta Nichani, daughter of late political stalwart Ramakrishna Hegde, says that she has grown up with politicians and will give her best shot in the poll battle against rival JDS nominee and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. "It is my first experience in electoral politics but I am from a political family and I have been with my father in all his election campaigns. We have grown with politicians", she said as she takes on the former Chief Minister, who is..
The Congress party has done it! It has shown clearly that it does not care for majority votes. This is not the view of Mangalorean.com but of the few second line leaders of the party and that of the voters in the city. The party which is struggling to get the majority Hindu votes into its account appears to be heading for a definite eventuality of losing its votes from the Hindus. The leaders in the party at the district level feel that the party should have given at least one seat for the Hindu candidate in Mangalore...
The Congress party, which has already promised the poor families in Karnataka a colour TV each if voted to power in the elections to the state legislature in May, Thursday sought to woo minority votes by assuring implementation of the Sachar panel recommendations for their uplift.The Sachar Commission, headed by retired chief justice of Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar, recommended wide-ranging measures to improve social, economic and educational standards of the minority Muslim community in India...
It is one of those questions which no politician is willing to answer nowadays neither they can. This hilly constituency has been a BJP stronghold for the last three assembly elections and Mr. S. Angara has kept it that way. He has kept it the same way it has been for the last 15 years. Bad roads, no drinking water, no drainage, no government scheme reaches the poor people and but for obstructing the private initiative with his inimitable blocking methods Mr. Angara has done nothing to improve this constituency...
The Congress in Karnataka was Wednesday caught in an embarrassing situation as a squabble between two contenders left it without a candidate in one of the constituencies where elections are to be held in May. Poll officials of the Davangere North assembly constituency rejected the nomination papers of former Congress minister S.S. Mallikarjun as his 'B' form, which the political parties give to their official candidates, was found to be defective. The loss of face for the Congress...
The three member Election Commission delegation including S.Y. Quraishi and Navin Chawla, headed by Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami today met State Electoral Officer MN Vidyashankar, deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of all districts going to polls in the first phase. The EC has instructed them to keep strict vigil on 'unnecessary expenditures' towards advertising materials ...
This district known for its green fields, white waters and areca gardens is now playing host to a raging electoral battle between two former Chief Ministers - and it is happening in Shikaripur where S.Bangarappa and B.S. Yedyurappa are in the fray for this seat. It is as if all other candidates namely the BSP and that of Congress been made irrelevant. It is truly a battle royale as both of them are veterans of several elections and Mr. Bangarappa state president of the Samajwadi Party ...
With all the problems that dogged the political parties in the last 15 days behind them the political parties are ready with their battle lines. The contenders mainly Congress, BJP and JD(S) are now going head over heels to woo the voters.But things appear to be more than just campaigning and it is the act of bringing the voters to the polling booths. Records show that in urban areas mainly Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli Dharwad, Belgaum, Raichur, Gulburga, and Udupi had only 45-55...
This election has seen all. First it was the drama of re-joining the parties that the estranged leaders had given a mouthful read as Rukmaya Poojary and K. Jayaram Shetty of BJP after it was the drama in Puttur where Shakuntala had been denied the ticket and she started abusing BJP and now Suresh Ballal reconciling with the party candidate Ivan DíSouza.Ballal was once thought to be a man of high standards in politics and was considered to be a gentleman politician...
Congress was playing a dirty game of minority appeasement and was grossly neglecting the interests of majority, accused BJP leader and Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Campaigning in Puttur for the official candidate Mrs. Mallika Prasad today Mr. Modi stated that the Congress party had ruined the secular character of the country by appeasing the minorities which is the great danger it has thrust on the country...
There has been a constant rise in the number of educated women and also in the number of women stepping out of households to eke out a living. More and more women voters are coming out of the confines of their homes to vote and play a decisive role in the elections, said retired professor Miss Sharada Ghate. She was speaking after inaugurating the Women's Convention organized by the Mangalore South unit of BJP Mahila Morcha at Town Hall here today April 26, 2008. Miss Ghate...
The Samajwadi party chief S. Bangarappa now stands alone in the state but is taller and more stronger than ever. His strategy is now coming to the fore which has baffled his political rivals including the JDS and the BSP. Like those parties he is also aiming at earning just minimum seats as to be able to garner enough support for holding one of the strings in making of the government. Mr. Bangarappa did only enough work in the first phase of elections to corner only few seats and out of 89 seats he has contested in only 51 seats
Former railway minister and senior Congress leader C K Jaffer Sharief has quit Congress. He has sent in his resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, sources close to him said. Mr Sharief, the former Railway Minister and permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee, had threatened to resign protesting against the denial of a party ticket to his grandson in the next month's Assembly elections in Karantaka. The decision of the senior leader and one of the biggest names among the leaders from the minority community..
Even while the electioneering in the state has entered the second phase, the horse trading in the parties is continuing unabatedly. The anti defection law which came in 1989 has no relevance anymore, leaders are jumping from party to party without any regard to their integrity or concern for the peopleís trust. Parties are playing the dirty game of headhunting for distraught leaders. In a late night development, the JDS supreme H.D.Deve Gowda has started poaching the Dakshina Kannada leaders of the Congress...
Seeking to counter Congress' manifesto for Karnataka assembly polls, the BJP on Thursday came out with its own freebies, promising free power to farmers, colour TV, rice at Rs two per kg for poor and cyber cafes at all villages.Striving to secure a majority on its own after its first ever ministry failed to last more than a week with its former coalition partner JD(S) withdrawing support, the BJP manifesto promised to build a community hall with a colour TV set and a computer with internet connection to ensure benefits of IT reached not simply cyber capital
It will be a fight between the two giants in Shikaripur the hilly constituency in Shimoga district. It has never seen before such an electoral battle. Two former Chief Ministers namely S. Bangarappa and B.S. Yedyurappa will stake their honour. But inside reports say that they both are intensely afraid of each other and would like to contest from one other place which both of them are not sure at this point of time. Both have decided the Shikaripur will be the place. Before 29 April things would have crystalized to this end. Bangarappa who is nursing an ill health ..
It is as if the wind of sacrifices is blowing in Congress. First it was Sonia Gandhi the AICC president who denied herself a chance to become the Prime Minister, Secondly it was Rahul Gandhi who negated a berth in the union cabinet recently. Enter U.R. Sabhapathy former MLA of Congress here in Dakshina Kannada who has sacrificed his ticket for making way for a youngster in Udupi- otherwise well known for its Krishna Temple and resourceful people and sylvan beaches..
The Congress has fielded women candidates to take on two sons of former prime minister and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader H.D. Deve Gowda in the Karnataka assembly polls, apparently going by the popular belief that the Gowda clan cannot defeat a woman opponent. Mamatha Nichani, daughter of late chief minister Ramakrishna Hegde, is pitted against Gowda's younger son H.D. Kumaraswamy in Ramanagara constituency, about 50 km from Bangalore.
With the second phase of electioneering beginning today Mangalore and Udupi districts are raging with grapevine. These two districts will come into the second phase for which polling will be held on May 16. With last day for filing nominations only a few days away the Congress party is endlessly delaying its second list which has given way to endless grapevine also. Suddenly there are maverick ticket hunters and names floated just out of the box! Most amusing aspect of the affair is that.
In a typical middle class housewife attitude the distraught former MLA Shakuntala Shetty has sworn her loyalty to the BJP and asked why she was discarded? Charged with emotion Mrs Shetty even shedded a few tears during her speech at the Swabhimani Samavesha held here on Tuesday. During the emotion filled speech Mrs. Shetty told in a broken voice that "God will be privy to her innocence against the charges made by the BJP leaders about corruption"..
In an honest effort to quell the dissidence and dis-satisfaction over the allotment of seats among the Congress leaders in Dakshina Kannada former KPCC President and Rajya Sabha member B. Janardhana Poojary has advised those leaders who did not get tickets to contest not to lose heart but continue to work with the party and work honestly for the victory of the official party candidates. He said it was possible that when the party gets majority the leaders who did not get tickets could become MLCs and even head some of the quasi government organisations .
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) had launched its campaign in the state. Its politburo member Sitaram Yechury launched the election manifesto at Bangalore on Monday April 21, 2008. At Mangalore CPIMís candidate began his quest. Mr. Yechury said that Karnatakaís election will have a strong bearing on Lok Sabha elections next year and people should decide now if they wanted the BJP to win here and later rule the country. He said the BJP had not opened..
The total number of nominations across the state has gone upto 313 with 214 today alone including some of the prominent politicians. The names included former Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy who filed his nomination at Ramanagar. He went to the Deputy Commissioner's office in a big procession through the town. He and three others went to the chamber of the DC and handed over the papers to the Deputy Commissioner.
Catholic leader and Congress district Vice President Ivan DíSouza has come up as a probable candidate to represent Congress in the elections to the state assembly according to informed sources in the party. Mr. Ivan DíSouza who has been with the Congress since 2001 elections to the Mangalore City Corporation Council has been found suitable to wear the mantle of former MLA late Mr. Blasius DíSouza as the candidate of Congress campaign for the Mangalore seat.
The Dakshina Kananda which always had a cowed down electioneering unlike its northern Karnataka cousins, this time will have fierce competition in at four constituencies namely Bantwal, Mangalore, Mangalore North and Mangalore South. This time the elections will be fought more on the ideology bases rather than political rivalry. In Mangalore South it is a direct fight between two candidates namely Padmanabha Kottari and U.T. Khader who are though backed by BJP and Congress parties
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Gerrie, Mauritania May 30, 2011
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Harisha, India Feb 9, 2010
Catholic leader and Congress district Vice President Ivan DíSouza has come up as a probable candidate to represent Congress in the elections to the state assembly according to informed sources in the party. Mr. Ivan DíSouza who has been with the Congress since 2001 elections to the Mangalore City Corporation Council has been found suitable to wear the mantle of former MLA late Mr. Blasius DíSouza as the candidate of Congress campaign for the Mangalore seat.
 

 
 
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