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Karnataka cabinet expanded while new challenges crop up

E ight former Congress and two Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) legislators who quit their positions to switch over to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) and got reelected on the BJP tickets were sworn in as cabinet ministers this morning. In fact, the expansion process was over delayed despite the 05 December 2019 bye-election results that were declared on 09 December itself.But for Mahesh Kumatalli, all other ten former MLAs' have been rewarded with ministerial berths for ensuring the collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy led JDS-Congress coalition government and thereby enabling the saffron party to come back to power. Mahesh Kumatalli, Athani MLA has been vocal enough in letting out his angry outbursts against Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa for letting him down in cabinet expansion. He also termed the CM's action as betrayal for he was assured of a cabinet post when he had offered to resign along with 16 other MLAs'.He was not the only one to air his displeasure in public. MTB N

Karnataka Rebels placated while BJP loyalists raise a banner of revolt

T he much-awaited expansion of the BS Yediyuurappa led state Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) government is finally taking place on this Thursday 06 February. The Chief Minister himself made this announcement to media persons on Sunday. No doubt almost all newly elected and former disqualified Members of state Assembly(MLAs') but for Mahesh Kumatalli, Athani legislator heaved a sigh of relief following the chief minister's over delayed pronouncement. However, MTB Nagaraj, former Minister in the HD Kumaraswamy led JDS-INC coalition government and AH Vishwanath, former state JD-S president and R Shankar, a former minister in the previous government expressed displeasure for being left out of the cabinet formation. Both MTB Nagaraj and AH Vishwanath lost in Hoskote of Bengaluru Rural district and Hunsur constituency in Mysuru district respectively in the recently held bye-elections while R Shankar was denied the ruling party ticket to contest from Ranebennur constituency in Ha

Karnataka: Advantage BJP if poll statistics are to be believed

T he public campaigning for bye-elections in 15 Assembly constituencies of Nine districts in the state came to a close this evening. However, the door to door canvassing and the last ditch efforts to win over the voters through all possible means will continue unabated for the 05 December polls. Thanks to the resignation of 14 Indian National Congress(INC) and three Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) Members of the Legislative Assembly the forthcoming bye-elections have been necessitated. KR Rameshkumar, Speaker during the tenure of JDS-INC coalition government had disqualified all the 17 MLAs' and had also barred them from contesting the elections till the end of tenure of the present Assembly. The Supreme Court after hearing the pleas of disqualified legislators upheld the ruling of the Speaker disqualifying them from the membership of the house but permitted them to re contest the elections. Since the defeated Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) candidates have contested the victorie

Karnataka INC, JD-S leaders day dreaming about becoming CM's while BJP sets "Operation 2" in motion

T hanks to the political developments at Maharashtra, the Indian National Congress(INC) and Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) leaders of the state are in a upbeat mood to come back to power by burying the hatchet. However, to upset their day dreaming of returning to power and thwart all mega plans the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) is said to have set in motion "Operation Lotus 2". The electioneering campaign for the ensuing 05 December bye-elections to 15 Assembly constituencies began with a dull note but for Siddaramaiah, former chief minister and Congress Legislative Party(CLP) leader taking the lead all alone in a whirlwind fashion. Interestingly as the day of public campaigning ends by tomorrow evening, Siddaramaiah by and large has remained all alone in campaigning for the party candidates. Many a party senior leader have chose it wise to abstain themselves from joining hands with the former chief minister elevated as CLP leader soon after the fall of JDS-INC coalition go

Karnataka bye-polls: Ruling BJP poised for a clean sweep?

T he ruling Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) looks to be poised for a comfortable win in a majority of the 15 state Assembly constituencies wherein bye-polls are scheduled on coming Thursday 05 December. However, Rajarajeshwarinagar in Bengaluru city and Maski constituency in Raichuru district are not included in this phase of bye-polls as the defeated BJP candidates have contested the victory of the then rival Congress candidates in both these constituencies during the May 2018 general elections. A lot of dust has been created among the BJP, INC and JD-S leaders who have been overbusy these days by washing linen in public during the electioneering campaign which is getting over in the next couple of days. Although the polling process is slated to be over on 05 December, the results will be known only on next Monday, 09 December when the Electronic Voting Machines(EVM's) will be unlocked for counting of votes. These bye-elections made inevitable due to the resignations of 14 Indi

Karnataka: Onus of winning elections once again on B S Yediyurappa

B S Yediyurappa , Karnataka Chief Minister is once again under heavy pressure from the central party high command to win most of the 15 Assembly bye-elections slated to be held on 05 December. image source: PTI If you were to take cognisance of the situation on ground in most of these 15 Assembly constituencies then the victory path to the ruling saffron party is no way full of roses. On the other hand one can foresee any number of thorns patches all along! But the intriguing hazard that continues to remain for BS Yediyurappa is that the onus of winning the bye-elections is let solely on the shoulders of the only state mass leader just like the previous general elections. The ruling party insiders also have their own theories to put forth for such a predicament to the grand old man of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They claim: He was given a free hand to engineer “Operation Lotus” to bring back the party to the treasury benches and now the challenge of ensuring the victory of these fen

Karnataka bye-elections: Political fate of multiple leaders and parties' at stake?​

T he forthcoming bye-elections to 15 Assembly constituencies in the state on 05 December are not just like any other bye-elections in nature but a forced one upon the people of the state to ensure that the saffron party romps back to power enabling B S Yediyurappa to become a Chief Minister for the fourth time.The two objectives of the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) assuming power and the party's mass leader occupying the hot seat are being accomplished. But these crucial bye-elections have now turned out to be an acid test of political fate for multiple leaders including the incumbent chief minister and three other former chief ministers and an Ex Prime Minister as well. B S Yediyurappa soon after taking the oath of office and secrecy as CM for the fourth time heaved a sigh of relief for making his dream come true. However, the path later on continues to be a stumbling block for him at each and every step so far. He himself admitted during the 100 days in office celebration: Eve

Karnataka disqualified MLAs' heave a sigh of relief following SC verdict

A ll the disqualified 14 Indian National Congress(INC) and three Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) Members of Karnataka Assembly today heaved a sigh of relief following the apex court's orders of permitting them to contest the 05 December bye-elections. The Supreme Court's verdict upholding the former state Assembly Speaker's ruling of disqualifying them from the membership of the state Assembly has come as a blessing in disguise to all the 17 legislators. Although the highest court of the country has minced no words in ratifying the decision of Speaker KR Rameshkumar, at the same time it has been gracious enough in allowing the disqualified legislators to recontest the bye-elections.By nullifying the ruling of the Speaker barring these 17 legislators to contest elections till the end of the tenure of the present Assembly, the apex court has given a rebirth to the political innings of these former MLAs'. Now that the desks have been cleared for their contest it's on

Karnataka's 17 disqualified MLAs' on the crossroads now!

T hanks to Yesterday's announcement of bye-elections to the 15 out of the 17 Assembly constituencies in the state, all those former legislators who quit their memberships' to enable the saffron party to come to power are now literally on the crossroads! Their plea for quashing the state Assembly Speaker's ruling disqualifying them from their memberships and barring them to recontest before the end of the present Assembly's tenure till 2022 is pending before the apex court. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear their petition tomorrow after several adjournments. But the calendar of events for the bye-elections has been declared and as per the Speaker's ruling, they have no eligibility to contest the ensuing by-elections. 14 Indian National Congress(INC) and three Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) Members of Legislative Assembly who quit their positions have been undergoing a harrowing time ever since they resigned. All these legislators submitted their resignations

Karnataka Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) facing threat of extinction?

I s   the state   Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) regional party facing a threat of immediate disintegration to start with and ending up into extinction later?     Well, this has been a pertinent question doing rounds in the state political circles since quite a few days and as of now although the thought may appear to be a figment of imagination, the developments in the party do not dispute such a possibility sooner or later! GT Devegowda, Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) leader who trounced Siddaramaiah at Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency in Mysuru district during the May 2018 general elections looks to be moving far away from the party fold if his outbursts against the rank and file of the party are to be taken for consideration. He has been repeatedly bashing SR Mahesh, another JD-S leader of Mysuru district. Both were ministers in the previous JDS-Congress coalition government and have fallen apart for various personal and political reasons. SR Srinivas, former minister, Gub

Karnataka : Seniors rewarded while dissidents angry for being left out

T he 25 days old lone member BS Yediyurappa led Bharatiya Janata Party cabinet in the state has at last been expanded today with the induction of 17 new cabinet ministers. Among them include 11 former ministers including Jagadish Shettar, former chief minister and two Deputy chief ministers , R Ashok and KS Eshwarappa . The other former ministers include S Sureshkumar, V Somanna, Govind Karajol, LS Savadi, Basavaraj Bommai, B Sriramulu, CC Patil, Kota Sreenivas Pujari and H Nagesh.The first time ministers are Dr Ashwathnarayan CN, CT Ravi, JC Madhuswamy, Prabhu Chavan and Ms Shashikala Annasaheb Jolle.15 members of the state Assembly have joined the cabinet while Kota Sreenivas Pujari, leader of the house in the state legislative Council is the lone member representing the upper house. However, Lakshman Sangappa Savadi, former cooperation minister in the DV Sadanandagowda ministry and who is not a member of either of the houses has made it to the cabinet. It may als