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Karnataka bypolls critical for BJP; will-they-won’t-they continues in Congress, JDS

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The southern state of Karnataka is inching towards nail-biting suspense ahead as bypolls will be held in 15 assembly seats in the BJP-ruled state on December 5. Votes will be counted on December 9.

The Congress and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) had stitched an alliance after the Assembly polls last year threw up a fractured mandate.  In the 225-member house, the BJP was the single largest party with 105 seats, followed by 78 (Plus, one of Speaker) for Congress and 37 for JDS. The Congress and JDS joined hands and JDS chief HD Kumaraswamy took oath as the chief minister.

However, the coalition government collapsed in July, within 14 months, following the rebellion by 17 MLAs from both the parties. The coalition accused the BJP of directing the mutiny.

Among 15 constituencies going to polls, 12 were held by Congress and three by JDS. Bypolls in Maski and RR Nagar constituencies have been withheld as separate cases with regard to them are pending before the high court.

The bypolls will take place in Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Yellapura, KR Pura, Yashwanthapura, Hirekerur, Ranebennur, Vijayanagara, Chikkaballapura, Hoskote, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivajinagar, KR Pete and Hunsu.

As Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is ruling the state with a wafer-thin majority, winning at least six of the 15 seats is crucial for his government’s survival.

The BJP has fielded 13 of the 16 disqualified legislators — who joined the party last month after the Supreme Court allowed them to contest the bypolls — from their respective constituencies.

The Congress and JDS, which had contested the Lok Sabha as allies, are contesting the bypolls independently. But sources don’t rule out a realignment, in case the ruling BJP fails to garner required number of seats to be in majority.

The Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress government in Maharashtra, which has given confidence to non-BJP parties in other states to explore new combinations and possibilities, has also encouraged both Congress and JD(S) leaders in Karnataka who have dropped enough hints for a post-poll alliance.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who is Congress General Secretary in charge of Maharashtra, told reporters, “Look at Maharashtra, where Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have formed a government together. To tell you the truth, our President (Sonia Gandhi) was not in favour of it and wanted us to be in opposition, but the people, parties with progressive thinking told us to look at keeping BJP away from power.”

Former Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara too said there was a possibility for Congress and JD(S) coming together if the situation arises.

He said, “When the results are out, if the Congress wins more seats and BJP gets less, the government will collapse, then we will have two options – either stay away or join hands with JD(S) to form a coalition government again.”

Kumaraswamy, too, said there would be a stable government in the state after the bypolls, but not necessarily that of BJP.

However, his father and JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda is exercising caution. The veteran said he would rather work towards strengthening his party and keeping both the BJP and Congress at a distance.

“I have had experience (of running a government) with both the BJP and Congress. Keeping both at a distance, saying ‘namasakara’ to both of them, I will work beyond my limits to strengthen my party,” he said.

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Viral: Residents of Omaxe society face UP government’s bulldozer justice, resident asks have fundamental rights of people vanished | Watch

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

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A video from UP’s Noida has been making rounds on the internet where residents of the Grand Omaxe society in UP can be seen blasting the bulldozer culture started by UP CM Yogi Adityanath. In the video, the resident can be seen saying that the alleged encroachment done by is false and asked the Media to come along with him, he further can be heard saying that these people will get exposed.

The media in reply can be heard that they are not being allowed to see the alleged encroached area of the resident, to which the resident can be seen losing his cool and blasting the government officials asking the media if the fundamental rights of people have vanished. The resident further asked when did India turn into the Republic of China. He further added and asked are Iran? has Uttar Pradesh turned into Iran?

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The Omaxe Society of UP’s Noida recently came into the limelight when a video went viral where Politician Shrikant Tyagi had an altercation with another resident. Subsequently, after the video went viral, Tyagi was arrested for abusing and pushing a woman on camera.

After his arrest, the Noida authorities rolled in with bulldozers to demolish the illegal structures constructed on the encroached land. The residents of the society had welcomed the decision taken by the authorities as many of them came in support of the bulldozer action taken by the government on Shrikanth Tyagi’s residence.

However, in a sudden turn of events, the residents of the Omaxe society, who were celebrating the bulldozer action, became victims of it themselves as the municipal corporation of Noida rolled into the society to demolish any illegal construction done to it.

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

The residents of the Omaxe society were given a 48-hour notice, however, some reports claim that some residents were not given any notice and this action by the authorities came as a surprise to them. The residents of the society can be seen protesting outside the gate of their society, imploring the authorities to not carry out these actions.

Despite incessant impeding and imploring by the residents, the authorities carried out demolition on the encroached land of the residents.

The Supreme court of India recently cautioned and instructed the UP to strictly adhere to due process before carrying out the removal of unauthorized structures.

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Shashi Tharoor files nomination for Congress Party’s presidential election, shares aspirations to seek changes in high command culture

Tharoor, while talking to the media, stated that he believes that a new leader, who has not been demotivated and dismayed by the current working conditions of the congress, can be the one who can come up as a refreshing leader and appeal to more voters.

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Shashi Tharoor on Friday filled for his candidacy ahead of the Presidential elections of the Congress party. The Congress MP had announced his intention for running for party president as soon as the schedule for the party elections was fixed. Madhusudan Mistry, election authority chairman, accepted Shashi Tharoor, Thiruvananthapuram MP, papers at the All India Congress Committee Office.

The Congress MP before officially filing for his candidature had visited Rajghat in honor of Mahatma Gandhi. Tharoor shared the pictures on his Twitter and wrote that he paid tribute to the man who built India’s bridge to the 21st century and also echoed sentiments shared by the former prime minister, Rajeev Gandhi.

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The caption echoed Rajeev Gandhi’s dreams of India being an old country yet a young nation, and the dream of his dream for India to be strong, independent, self-reliant, and be amongst the top-ranked nations of the world in the service of mankind. The tweet showed how Tharoor still believes in the legacy left behind by Rajiv Gandhi.

Tharoor, while talking to the media, stated that he believes that a new leader, who has not been demotivated and dismayed by the current working conditions of the congress, can be the one who can come up as a refreshing leader and appeal to more voters.

He further addressed his underdog tag in the presidential election, however, he did further highlight that the Gandhi family had assured him they will hold a neutral role and won’t back anyone as an official candidate in the party’s presidential elections. Tharoor further said that Gandhi family welcomed his decision to run in the presidential elections.

The Congress MP also reflected on his aim for High command culture and highlighted the problem of how every decision is referred up to Delhi, directing toward the Gandhi family playing the decisionmaker role.

Tharoor’s counterpart and key candidate pit against him is Mallikarjun Kharge who has already claimed the support of all the senior party leaders according to Ashok Gehlot. However, Tharoor with high spirits welcomed the competition as he stated that Kharge is the Bhishma Pitamah of the Congress party and added that they both are not rivals, but rather colleagues, suggesting that there is no bad blood between the leaders.

The Congress MP in his interview also put forward that he aims to seek changes in order to rejuvenate the party and reimagine the leadership while also reiterating the core ideology and focusing on broadening participation by focusing on youth. Tharoor also added his aspirations to see an ethos of politics in social work return if he becomes Party President.

Tharoor, however, while remarking and highlighting the changes he aspires to achieve if he wins stated that the Gandhi Family is and will be the moral conscience, ultimate guiding spirit, and the foundation pillar of Congress

Apart from Tharoor, many names came forward who were supposed to declare their run for the presidency including Ashok Gehlot and Digvijay Singh, however, it is finalized that the key candidate for the presidency will be Malikarjun Kharge.

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Watch: Parents request BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri to resolve local school issues, Bidhuri replies why they birthed their kids | Watch

One parent, in the video, stated that the during the time of elections these BJP leaders implore and ask for votes from us, and do not ask such questions because our votes hold value.

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Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri’s video has emerged on the internet where the BJP MP, in response to the problems in a local school, can be seen asking the parents why have they birthed their children. The parents after hearing his remarks can be seen to be infuriated.

In the video, the BJP MP can be heard asking why did the parents birth their kids, the parents while talking to the press were enraged at the uncouth way the BJP leader dealt with the situation. One parent, in the video, stated that the during the time of elections these BJP leaders implore and ask for votes from us, and do not ask such questions because our votes hold value.

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Another parent remarked that now we have to ask permission from these leaders before birthing and raising a child, whereas another parent urged and promised the MP to start the school and resolve all the issues in the school, promising, if he can resolve all the issues, the member of the parents association will garland and praise the BJP MP for his task.

Twitter users, while being enraged by the statement made by Bidhuri, trenchantly remarked on the incident as one user came forward and wrote and highlighted the type of people the BJP gives tickets to run in the elections.

Whereas, another Twitter user remarked that this is the representative of the people and instead of finding solutions to the problem, the MP himself has problems with people’s issues. The user further proclaimed that despite this, the people will still vote for him, suggesting the hero-worship culture of voting which is followed by some factions of the country.

Another incident of a similar nature transpired in Bihar where a girl asked IAS Harjyot Kaur, Bihar Women Development Corporation’s Managing Director for the sanitary pads to be made available for free. To this request, IAS Harjyot Kaur, asked if there is an end to the demands made by the public and further asked that right now you are asking for sanitary pads and tomorrow you will ask for condoms.

The statement by the official enraged Twitter as many people came to check the official’s remark and asked if India is a welfare state, then why are people’s demands being dismissed and becoming a taboo topic for her.

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