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Kharge Urges PM: Stop Bureaucracy Politicization

Kharge writes to PM, accuses govt of politicizing bureaucracy, calls for withdrawal of orders to showcase achievements over nine years.



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Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing concerns over recent government directives that he believes are politicizing the bureaucracy. Kharge has called for the withdrawal of these orders.

In his letter, Kharge has taken issue with a government order issued on October 18, 2023. According to Kharge, this directive instructs senior officers, including those with ranks such as joint secretary, director, and deputy secretary, to be deployed to all 765 districts of India as “Rath Prabharis” with the task of “showcasing achievements of the last nine years of the Government of India.”

Kharge has also pointed to another directive from the Ministry of Defence on October 9, 2023. This directive urged soldiers on annual leave to spend time promoting government schemes, effectively designating them as “soldier-ambassadors.”

Kharge contends that this focus on the last nine years specifically aligns with Prime Minister Modi’s tenure in office and raises serious concerns. He alleges that senior officers are being assigned to engage in “marketing activity” on behalf of the incumbent government, which, in his view, violates the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules of 1964, explicitly prohibiting government servants from engaging in political activities.

Kharge asserts that while it is acceptable for government officials to disseminate information, the order effectively turns them into political operatives for the ruling party by requiring them to “celebrate” and “showcase” achievements. He further suggests that these orders are transparently political, particularly in the context of upcoming state and general elections.

Kharge argues that assigning senior officers to engage in “marketing activities” for the current government could disrupt the country’s governance for the next six months. To safeguard democracy and the Constitution, he urges the immediate withdrawal of these orders.

In a social media post, Kharge accuses the Modi Government of turning all government agencies, institutions, and departments into “Pracharaks” or promoters. He reiterates the importance of protecting democracy and the Constitution by withdrawing these orders.

AICC General Secretary Jairam Ramesh has also shared Kharge’s letter on social media, emphasizing the need to maintain the independence and non-political nature of civil servants and soldiers.

Kharge, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, characterizes this issue as a matter of great public importance, expressing concerns over the misuse of government resources for political purposes.

Regarding the order affecting soldiers, Kharge emphasizes the importance of keeping the Armed Forces apolitical. He argues that forcing soldiers to become marketing agents for government schemes represents a perilous step towards politicizing the military, which should remain loyal to the nation and the Constitution.

Kharge concludes by underscoring the need to preserve soldiers’ freedom during their annual leave, allowing them to spend time with their families and recharge for their service to the nation, without being commandeered for political purposes.

He emphasizes that both civil servants and soldiers should be insulated from political involvement, especially in the lead-up to an election. Kharge further alleges that various government agencies, such as the Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax Department, and CBI, are already acting as extensions of the ruling party during elections, and these orders now imply that the entire government machinery is effectively working as promoters for the ruling party.


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.



Tejasvi Surya Faces Backlash at Bengaluru Campaign Event
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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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Fatal Bike Accident in Bengaluru: Man Dead, Two Injured in Pit Fall

Tragedy struck in Bengaluru as a bike accident claimed a life and left two critically injured after plunging into a water pipeline pit. Get the details here.



Fatal Bike Accident in Bengaluru: Man Dead, Two Injured in Pit Fall
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A tragic incident unfolded in Bengaluru, leaving one man dead and two others critically injured after their bike veered off the road and fell into a pit dug up for a water pipeline. The mishap occurred on Sunday, shocking locals and prompting questions about safety measures in construction zones.

According to police reports, the bike’s rider failed to notice the deep pit and drove straight into it. Despite efforts by locals to rush the injured to the hospital, one of the bikers succumbed to his injuries on the spot, while the other two are battling for their lives in critical condition.

Eyewitnesses lamented the lack of barricades or warning signboards near the pit, blaming civic authorities for negligence. A complaint lodged by one of the survivors demands action against the water board contractor responsible for the site.

In response, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board refuted allegations of lax safety measures, asserting that barricades were indeed in place. However, they claimed that the riders were intoxicated, which led them to overlook the warning signs.

Ram Manohar, Chairman of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, emphasized that corrective measures would be taken pending the outcome of the police investigation. He cited reports suggesting that the bikers were performing a wheelie, a risky maneuver where the front wheel is lifted off the ground, contributing to the accident.

Regardless of the circumstances, the incident underscores the importance of safety protocols in construction areas and the need for both authorities and citizens to remain vigilant on the roads. As investigations continue, the hope is that lessons will be learned and actions taken to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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Kannada Film Producer Soundarya Jagadish Dies in Alleged Suicide Attempt

Kannada film industry mourns as Soundarya Jagadish, a prominent producer and businessman, passes away after an alleged suicide attempt.



Kannada Film Producer Soundarya Jagadish Dies in Alleged Suicide Attempt

In a shocking turn of events, Kannada film producer and prominent businessman, Soundarya Jagadish, was reported to have died following an alleged suicide attempt at his residence in Mahalakshmi Layout. The incident, which occurred early this morning, has sent shockwaves throughout the Kannada film industry and among his acquaintances.

According to sources close to Jagadish, the producer was found attempting suicide at his residence. Immediate medical assistance was sought, and he was rushed to the hospital. However, despite efforts to save him, Jagadish was declared dead upon arrival.

Speaking to reporters, a friend of Jagadish, Shreyas, confirmed the tragic incident, stating, “Jagadish has died following a suicide attempt. We brought him to the hospital, where he was declared dead. Further procedures are underway to determine the cause of his actions.”

Addressing speculations regarding Jagadish’s financial troubles, Shreyas clarified that recent bank notices served to him were unrelated to the incident. He emphasized that the issue had been ongoing for some time and was separate from the tragic events of the day.

Contrary to initial reports suggesting a cardiac arrest, Shreyas revealed that Jagadish had attempted suicide by hanging. The police were promptly informed, and investigations into the matter are ongoing.

Soundarya Jagadish, known for his contributions to both the film industry and business sector, was also the proprietor of a popular pub in the city. However, recent controversies surrounding the establishment had led to temporary license cancellations due to late-night partying by certain film personalities and crew members.

Throughout his career, Jagadish had produced several successful films, including ‘Snehitaru’, ‘Appu Pappu’, ‘Mast Maja Maadi’, and ‘Ramleela’. His sudden demise has left the Kannada film fraternity and his fans in mourning.

As the investigation unfolds, the Kannada film industry remains in shock over the untimely loss of Soundarya Jagadish, a talented producer and entrepreneur whose contributions will be deeply missed. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.

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