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Thanks to NSG, Mulayam Singh survived a fatal crash

It was the fag end of December 1990 when an official originally from the CRPF joined the National Security Group (NSG) on deputation and took over as Group Commander 12 Special Rangers Group. The group was tasked to provide ‘mobile security to VIPs/VVIPs and Netaji Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party patriarch happened to be one of such 18 personalities. Neither an MLA nor an MP: But then Mulayam Singh Yadav was neither an MLA nor an MP and had become a former chief minister of the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh. In a way, he was in the wilderness and had a huge bungalow. No accommodation to NSG: Although Netaji boasted of a massive furnished residence, the elite NSG commandoes deployed to provide security cover literally had no accommodation. However, some of them managed to get housing facilities in the UP PAC lines and had food in the mess on cash payment. Interestingly, they had no Tactical Proficiency Trainer (TPT), forgetting any firing range to carry out target practice

Sushma Swaraj: Ballari loses her daughter

Sushma Swaraj's relations and personal equations with the people of Ballari district in Karnataka were unique in multiple ways, to such an extent that now a feeling persists in their minds as though they have lost their daughter in the passing away of Ms Swaraj! The former Union External Affairs Minister developed a close rapport with the people of Ballari district, notoriously known for the mining mafia and destruction of natural resources, during the late nineties. She came down to Ballari, way back during the fag end of 1999 to take head-on Sonia Gandhi in the Parliamentary polls. Interestingly, Sonia Gandhi had filed her nomination papers from Ballari Lok Sabha constituency apart from Raybareli, the family's traditional bastion in Uttar Pradesh. Ballari district, ever since the country gained independence had transformed itself into a fortress of the Indian National Congress(INC) party. This taken for a granted fact was so much omnipotent that Congressmen used to joke

BJP surges ahead to spring multiple surprises in the first round of polls

F ourteen Lok Sabha constituencies in the old Mysuru(South Karnataka) region are going to the polls tomorrow i.e, Thursday, 18 April in the first round of general elections while polling is scheduled on 23 April for the remaining 14 constituencies spread over Central and North Karnataka areas comprising of erstwhile Mumbai and Hyderabad province territories. Image source : The constituencies going to polls tomorrow are as follows: Chamarajanagar, Mysuru-Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi-Chikkmagaluru, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South, Bengaluru Central, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru and Chitradurga . Southern Karnataka has been known for fierce battle between the Indian National Congress(INC) and the Janata Party/Dal hitherto party of the Old Congress or Congress(Organization) since early eighties.Although a Congress led Janata Dal Secular(JDS) party supported state government came into being during 2004 for the first ti

CK Jaffer Shariff Congress loses its prominent Muslim face in Karnataka

CK Jaffer Shariff Congress loses its prominent Muslim face in Karnataka Challakere Abdul Kareem Jaffer Shariff was an embodiment of the proverb: Small is beautiful. A relatively dwarf personality by physical stature but made it big on the national politics in general and in a dominant manner on the home turf of Karnataka. But no one disputes the fact of a prominent face of the Congress in the state being withered away with the demise of CK Jaffer Shariff. Unfortunately the former Union Minister’s death went unnoticed in the mainstream media as MH Ambareesh, another former union minister and popular Kannada film personality also passed away the very same day. In fact the local vernacular TV channels beamed live the developments related to the actor’s death and funeral day in and day out but chose to ignore a political leader who had immensely contributed to the state and nation. CKJS’s meteoric rise in politics is typical to the rags and riches stories. He hailed from a

HN Ananthkumar’s demise a big setback to BJP in Karnataka

HN Ananthkumar’s demise a big setback to BJP in Karnataka HN Ananthkumar’s untmimely demise has literally come as a catastrophe to the Karnataka unit of Bharatiya Janata Party. No one had ever wondered that the typical middle class boy who had transformed over a period of time into a national leader would meet such a ghastly end so soon. But ultimately fate had its last laugh. Looking back at the political history of the state Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa was the only person to become the President of All India National Congress. BD Jatti was Vice President and Acting President for some time. HD Devegowda becoming the Prime Minister and SR Bommai becoming the President of Janata Dal are notable developments as far as the state’s leaders are concerned. Although Ramakrishna Hegade nurtured an ambition of becoming the Prime Minister lost the race miserably. In that way HN Ananthkumar had a slow beginning initially but within a couple of decades his political career took the shape of mete

Karnataka BJP loses a shrewd strategist in the untimely demise of HN Ananthkumar

Karnataka BJP loses a shrewd strategist in the untimely demise of HN Ananthkumar In the untimely demise of HN Ananthkumar,Union Parliamentary Affairs,Fertilizers and Chemicals Minister,the state and the Bharatiya Janata Party in particular apart from the nation at large have suffered a severe loss in realistic sense.Perhaps the biggest jolt is to the state unit of the BJP. As rightly pointed out by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, HN Ananthkumar was a great asset and a 'tragic loss' as described by President Ram Nath Kovind.No doubt he proved to be a shrewd strategist boasting of mass contact at the grassroots level. He was only 59 years old when he breathed his last at the Shankar Cancer Hospital in the wee hours today.His wife Tejaswini and daughters Aishwarya and Vijeta were at the bedside when the end came in.In fact he was admitted to the Cancer hospital since more than a month back. He had initial treatment in the United States and later in United Kingdom after

JDS-INC candidates register new records in electoral history

JDS-INC candidates register new records in electoral history The recent bye elections held on 3 November to three Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies which were projected to be an acid test to both,Janata Dal Secular(JDS) and the Indian National Congress(INC),ruling partners of the state government have proved otherwise in the results announced today. Both,Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in Mandya district and Ramanagar Assembly constituency in adjoining Ramanagar district in the old Mysuru region have gone to the Janata Dal Secular candidates as expected.But Ballari Lok Sabha constituency in Hyderabad Karnataka region and Jamakhandi Assembly of Bagalkote district in Mumbai Karnataka area have gone the Congress way thus giving the main opposition party,Bharatiya Janata Party a big jolt. The face saving factor to the BJP remained in BY Raghavendra of the party in retaining Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency in the Malnad region where he trounced Madhu Bangarappa,the combined

B Sriramulu has an uphill task to ensure his sister's victory in Ballari Lok Sabha constituency

B Sriramulu has an uphill task to ensure his sister's victory in Ballari Lok Sabha constituency Ballari Lok Sabha constituency in Karnataka is again poised for another bye elections on 3 November and this time around its no cake walk to B Sriramulu,BJP strong man of the   district.In   fact the vacancy has taken place following his resignation to this Lok Sabha seat.He was elected from the Molakalmuru ST Reserve Assembly constituency in the previous general elections. Former one time Ballari MP  and B Sriramulu's sister J Shanta  is once again the BJP candidate here.She is more known as B Sriramulu's sister rather than carving a niche for herself in the political and public circles.But any way she is considered as a local person in comparison to her Congress rival VS Ugrappa,presently MLC. The iron ore rich district had been in the news for all the wrong reasons for a pretty prolonged period of time.Thanks to excessive illegal mining operations of G Janardhana Redd

Shivamogga LS constituency awaits a royal battle;Sons' of three former CM's into the fray

Shivamogga LS constituency awaits a royal battle;Sons' of three former CM's into the fray Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency in Karnataka is witnessing an unusual tussle for the ensuing bye elections scheduled on 3 November.Irrespective of whoever making it through in the polls considered to be semi finals for the forthcoming general elections during 2019 the tenure is short lived and at the most not more than six months. The bye elections now a bone of contention between the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and two strange bed mates on power sharing seat,Janata Dal Secular and Indian National Congress was necessitated following the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa to the Lok Sabha constituency.He quit it following his election to the state Assembly from Shikaripura constituency in the same district. Now BY Raghavendra,former Shikaripura MLA and Shivamogga MP and son of BS Yeddyurappa is the BJP candidate here.On the other hand Madhu Bangarappa,former Sorab MLA in the

BJP looks like improving vote share in Vokkaliga strong belt

BJP looks like improving vote share in Vokkaliga strong belt Three Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies in the state will be going to the polls on 3 November although less than six months tenure will be left for the new MPs' getting elected on 6 November when the electronic voting machines will declare the results. The constituencies where the bye elections have been necessitated include Mandya,Shivamogga and Ballari Lok Sabha constituencies while Ramanagar in Ramanagar district and Jamakhandi in Bagalkote district are the two Assembly constituencies scheduled to go for polls. Bye elections to Lok Sabha constituencies is being held as the MPs' representing Mandya(CS Puttaraju),Shivamogga(BS Yeddyurappa) and Ballari(B Sriramulu) were elected to the state Assembly during the May 2018 general elections. HD Kumaraswamy,Chief Minister and leader of the 37 members' Janata Dal Secular legislative party in a house with a total strength of 224 elected members had