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Karnataka elections: No proposal to ban Bajrang Dal, says former CM Veerappa Moily on Congress manifesto

Former Karnataka chief minister and senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily on Thursday said the party had no proposal to ban the right-wing Hindutva group Bajrang Dal, days after the grand old party’s manifesto sparked a row and invited backlash from the ruling BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



Former Karnataka CM Veerappa Moily

Former Karnataka chief minister and senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily on Thursday said the party had no proposal to ban the right-wing Hindutva group Bajrang Dal, days after the grand old party’s manifesto sparked a row and invited backlash from the ruling BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a statement, Veerappa Moily said the Congress in its manifesto in poll-bound Karnataka, had mentioned both the PFI and the Bajrang Dal, and all other radical. However, Moily said, a state government cannot ban an outfit and the Congress has no proposal to ban the Bajrang Dal—the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad or VHP.

On Tuesday, the Congress in its manifesto for the upcoming May 10 polls in Karnataka, had said that it was committed to taking “firm and decisive action” against individuals and organizations spreading “enmity or hatred, whether among majority or minority communities.”

The Congress manifesto had named Muslim outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), which is banned in some states for having alleged terrorist links, and the Bajrang Dal, a Sangh-backed right-wing Hindutva outfit that is often in the news for its alleged acts of cow vigilantism, violence and moral policing.

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Bajrang Dal’s inclusion in the Congress manifesto had invited backlash from the members of the ruling BJP, including PM Modi, who accused the Congress of insulting Lord Hanuman, a deity revered by the Bajrang Dal cadres, adding that the Congress also had a problem with Lord Ram.

The Congress hit back at the Prime Minister and accused him of “hurting religious sentiments” of devotees by drawing parallels between Lord Hanuman and the Bajrang Dal and demanded an apology from him.

Talking to reporters, Congress spokesman Pawan Khera termed it “shameful” that PM Modi had equated Lord Hanuman with the Bajrang Dal, thus insulting the deity’s millions of devotees.

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Former Karnataka CM Yediyurappa booked under POCSO for assaulting 17-year-old

The prominant BJP leader has been booked under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, and 354 (A) IPC.



Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa has been booked under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, and 354 (A) IPC for assaulting a 17-year-old girl.

According to the FIR, the victim was sexually harassed on February 2 when she and her mother visited him seeking help in another alleged sexual assault case. Reportedly, the 81-year-old BJP leader sexually assaulted the victim after dragging her into a room. When the victim ran out of the room, she complained to her mother about the assault, as per the reports.

The mother of the minor girl filed a complaint with the Sadashivanagar Police in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Yediyurappa has rejected the allegation and questioned the timing of the complaint, coming just weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

Addressing the media, the senior BJP leader said he helped the complainant financially. The timing is questionable since the FIR comes just ahead of the polls, he said.

He also claimed that the minor girl visited him seeking help with some cases of cheating. However, the girl didn’t speak to him properly which gave him the idea that she may not be mentally sound, the former CM said.

A few days ago a woman came to his house. She was crying saying that there was some problem. Yediyurappa asked her what was the matter and he personally called the police commissioner about the matter and told him to help her, the former Karnataka CM said while speaking to reporters. Later, the woman started talking against him. He brought this matter to the attention of the police commissioner, he added. However, police filed a complaint against him on Thursday.

Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said a lady registered a complaint against Yediyurappa last night. Police have registered the case. Until they know the truth, they can’t reveal anything, he asserted. This is a sensitive thing as it involves a former CM and he added he doesn’t think there is any political angle to this. If the distressed woman needs protection, then it will be given, he further added.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurates Indira canteen at Bangalore International airport



Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday unveiled an Indira Canteen at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and said that 600 Indira Canteens would be set up across Karnataka, including in the national capital. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike, which runs the canteen, expects around 2000 customers, mostly airport cab drivers and bus drivers of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation.

The canteen, along with the kitchen has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.35 crore. A BBMP official said that the passengers were also expected to have food at the canteen. He added many passengers are going to depend on Indira Canteen for their food.

After unveiling the canteen Siddaramaiah said they are starting 188 new Indira Canteens in Bengaluru taking the total count in the state to 600. He said 2 canteens have been started as per demand as per demand of taxi drivers and other drivers. He said 40 canteens have already been completed and the rest are underway. The Karnataka Chief Minister said the purpose of the Indira Canteen is to provide meals and breakfast to the poor at low rates.

He said breakfast will be provided at Rs 5 and lunch and dinner will be available at Rs 10. The chief minister said the food menu has been changed and a dining hall has been arranged. He said Indira Canteens will be set up in every ward of Bengaluru and also in other parts of the state.

Setting up Indira canteens was one of the 36 demands submitted by the federation of cab and autorickshaw drivers associations to Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy. The demand came in view of driver’s stressful commute between the airport and the city and also the exorbitant rates charged by restaurants at the airport terminals.

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Rameshwaram Cafe blast: NIA releases new video showing suspect boarding bus, changing seats, seeks help

NIA released new video of suspect and asked citizens to call them on their numbers – 08029510900, 8904241100.



The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday released a new video of the suspect, showing him boarding a bus and changing seats, in the Rameshwaram Cafe blast case in Karnataka’s Bengaluru and requested citizens to help them ascertain his identity.

Releasing the CCTV video of the suspect, the central probe agency asked the citizens with relevant information related to the suspect to call them on their numbers (08029510900, 8904241100) or email them (info.blr.nia@gov.in).

Earlier on March 7, the probe agency shared new photos of the suspected bomber in the Bengaluru blast. The suspect was seen in the photographs travelling on a bus without a mask and cap. At least ten persons were injured in the explosion that happened on March 1 at the Rameshwaram Cafe in Brookfield, East Bengaluru.

On March 5, the suspect was spotted in Tumakuru area at a bus stop. One day later, he left the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat and got on a bus bound for Gokarna. In West Bengal, the suspect got off the bus close to Bhatakul.

NIA has also found the suspect’s baseball cap outside a neighbouring mosque. According to a report, it appeared that the suspect from Bangalore changed his attire following the explosion.

The central agency, on March 6, announced a Rs 10 lakh cash reward for any information on the man who planted the low-intensity IED in the Rameshwaram cafe that left ten people injured. The NIA had said that the identity of the informant would remain confidential in the case and issued a drawing of the accused in a wanted poster.

Both NIA and the Central Crime Branch have been searching for the accused, but no arrests have been made in the blast investigation so far. The Karnataka government refused to turn over the inquiry to the central agency, therefore the Union Home Ministry instructed the NIA to start its investigation on Tuesday.

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