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JDS may suffer a setback on 20-25 seats due to financial problems : HD Kumaraswamy

the JDS is facing a severe shortage of funds and is struggling to finance its election campaign.

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former Chief Minister of Karnataka: HD Kumaraswamy

Karnataka: HD Kumaraswamy, the former Chief Minister of Karnataka and the leader of the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) party, has admitted that his party is likely to suffer a setback in up to 25 winnable seats in the upcoming elections in the state due to a lack of funds. Kumaraswamy made this statement during a press conference in Bengaluru.

According to Kumaraswamy, the JDS is facing a severe shortage of funds and is struggling to finance its election campaign. As a result, the party may not be able to contest effectively in some constituencies where it has a good chance of winning.

Kumaraswamy also expressed concern that the party’s poor financial situation could lead to a situation where it is unable to pay the salaries of its employees and meet other essential expenses.

The JDS has traditionally been one of the major political parties in Karnataka, but it has been struggling to maintain its position in recent years. In the 2018 assembly elections, the party won only 37 seats out of a total of 224, and was forced to form a coalition government with the Congress party. However, the coalition collapsed in 2019, and the JDS has since been struggling to regain its footing.

The upcoming elections in Karnataka are seen as a crucial test for the JDS, which is hoping to make a comeback. However, with the party facing a funds crunch, its chances of success have been severely diminished.

The JDS is not the only political party in India to be facing financial difficulties. Many smaller parties and independent candidates also struggle to finance their election campaigns, and are often at a disadvantage compared to bigger and better-funded parties.

In order to address this issue, there have been calls for electoral funding reform in India, including greater transparency in political donations and more public funding for political parties. However, progress on these reforms has been slow, and it is unclear when they will be implemented.

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Karnataka Deputy CM alleges BJP plotting Governor’s rule.

Shivakumar vehemently refuted the BJP’s claims, asserting that Karnataka boasts one of the most robust law and order mechanisms in the country.

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Karnataka Deputy CM alleges BJP plotting Governor’s rule.
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In a recent statement, Karnataka‘s Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar has raised concerns over the BJP’s alleged secretive agenda to impose Governor’s rule in the state amidst heightened tensions regarding the law and order situation.

The backdrop to this accusation stems from the BJP’s criticism of the deteriorating law and order scenario in Karnataka following the tragic murder of Neha Hiremath, the daughter of a city civic body councillor, on the premises of her college in Hubballi. The incident has triggered widespread outrage and protests across the state.

Shivakumar vehemently refuted the BJP’s claims, asserting that Karnataka boasts one of the most robust law and order mechanisms in the country. He accused BJP leader R Ashoka of clandestinely plotting to enforce Governor’s rule as part of a political strategy to undermine the current administration.

The tragic incident involved the stabbing death of Neha Hiremath, a 23-year-old Master of Computer Applications (MCA) student and the daughter of Congress Councillor Niranjan Hiremath. The alleged perpetrator, Fayaz Khondunaik, was apprehended by the police following his escape from the crime scene.

The incident has escalated into a political showdown between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP. While the Congress attempts to portray the incident as a personal tragedy, the BJP has framed it within the context of ‘love jihad,’ further exacerbating the political tensions.

Protests, led by BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and other Hindutva-aligned organizations, have erupted across the state, demanding justice and stringent punishment for the accused. This has added fuel to the political fire, with both parties capitalizing on the tragedy to further their respective agendas.

As the situation unfolds, the political landscape in Karnataka remains tense, with accusations and counter-accusations dominating the discourse. The fate of the state’s governance hangs in the balance amidst growing concerns over law and order and the specter of Governor’s rule looms large, intensifying the political turmoil.

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Tejasvi Surya Faces Backlash at Bengaluru Campaign Event

Tejasvi Surya faces criticism at Bengaluru campaign event as investors demand answers on Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam.

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Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya encountered a turbulent situation during a recent election campaign event in the city. The event, held at the Laxmanrao Imandar auditorium, took an unexpected turn when investors who had suffered losses in the multi-crore scam involving the Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha demanded accountability from the parliamentarian.

The investors, visibly frustrated by the delay in compensation for their losses, sought answers from Surya and other leaders present, including Basavanagudi BJP legislator L A Ravi Subramanya. Despite attempts by the leaders to assuage their concerns, the investors remained dissatisfied with the responses provided.

Footage from the event circulated on social media platforms, capturing the moment when Surya was escorted out of the venue by his security personnel. During his exit, he engaged in heated exchanges with some of the investors who approached him with their grievances.

The incident drew attention from various political quarters, with Karnataka Congress seizing the opportunity to criticize Surya’s handling of the situation. The party took to Twitter to highlight the MP’s departure from the event, characterizing it as an escape through an “emergency exit door.”

In response, Surya’s office released a statement accusing Congress workers of disrupting the meeting and attempting to derail the BJP’s campaign efforts. The statement condemned the alleged tactics employed by Congress workers, including pushing and shoving attendees, and emphasized the BJP’s commitment to a positive and development-oriented campaign.

The controversy surrounding the campaign event underscores the ongoing fallout from the Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam, which came to light in 2020. Despite efforts by regulatory authorities and the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation to mitigate the impact on depositors, many individuals remain uncompensated for their losses.

The Enforcement Directorate’s investigation into the scam revealed instances of fund misappropriation and financial irregularities, leading to the attachment of the bank’s properties worth Rs 159 crore. With over 15,000 depositors yet to receive full compensation, the Karnataka government’s decision to hand over the probe to the CBI reflects the seriousness of the situation.

As the election campaign in Bengaluru South unfolds, the incident involving Tejasvi Surya serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by politicians in addressing the grievances of affected constituents amidst ongoing controversies and political scrutiny.

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First Kannada Book Critiquing RSS by Former Activist

Explore the first Kannada critique of RSS, unveiling insights into the dominance of Hindutva in contemporary politics.

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the first Kannada language critique of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), titled ‘Hindu Rashtradege Himseya Hejjegalu’, authored by Lathamala, was unveiled at the Chitrakala Parishat. This significant literary endeavor has sparked discussions on the pervasive influence of Hindutva ideology in today’s political landscape, marking a departure from the erstwhile emphasis on secular principles.

Social activist Shivasundar, addressing the gathering, highlighted the growing hegemony of Hindutva, noting a shift from discussions centered on secularism to those focused on religious identity. He reminisced about a time when parties, including the BJP, vied for the mantle of secularism, contrasting it with the current scenario where the emphasis is on asserting Hindu identity.

Drawing attention to the intrusion of religious rhetoric into political spaces, Shivasundar recalled instances such as former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s retort of ‘Jai Sita Ram’ to ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans, emphasizing the need for maintaining the sanctity of constitutional principles within legislative assemblies.

Reflecting on her motivations for penning the critique, author Lathamala affirmed her non-partisan stance while expressing disdain for exclusionary politics. Her work serves as a poignant reflection on the challenges posed by ideologies that propagate division and marginalization.

Offering academic acclaim, retired lecturer Prof K P Suresh lauded the book as a seminal account of the Sangh Parivar in Kannada, authored by a woman disenchanted with saffron organizations. He commended its scholarly approach, intellectual rigor, and ideological coherence, positioning it as a significant contribution to the discourse on Hindutva.

Renowned thinker and social activist G Ramakrishna hailed the book’s unique perspective, offering fresh insights into a well-explored subject. He humorously critiqued RSS ideologue M S Golwalkar’s assertion that only those born in India could attain salvation after death, attributing India’s population explosion to the purported allure of Indian birth.

Comparative analysis ensued, with writer K Sharifa juxtaposing ‘Hindu Rashtradedege Himseya Hejjegalu’ with seminal works such as ‘RSSna Antaranga’ by A K Subbaiah, ‘RSS Aala Mattu Agala’ by Devanur Mahadeva, and ‘Deshakkagi Naanu RSS Bitte’ by Mukund Raj. Writers R Sunandamma and A R Vasavi also offered insights, enriching the discourse surrounding this groundbreaking critique.

As the literary landscape of Kannada literature expands to encompass critical examinations of socio-political ideologies, ‘Hindu Rashtradege Himseya Hejjegalu’ stands as a testament to the power of literature in challenging prevailing narratives and fostering nuanced discussions on contemporary issues.

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