Deve Gowda targets Siddaramaiah over collapse of Cong-JDS govt

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August 23, 2019

Bengaluru, Aug 23: JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda on Thursday indicated that the Congress-JD(S) coalition government collapsed because the national party's high command decided to make his son H D Kumaraswamy the chief minister without consulting its leader Siddaramaiah.

Continuing to target Siddaramaiah, the former prime minister termed the Congress high command decision wrong, a day after he had alleged that a few Congress friends wanted to unseat the coalition government as they could not see Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister.

"I have clearly said that without taking Siddaramaiah, who was Chief Minister for five years, into confidence Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi all of a sudden came and said Kumaraswamy is the next Chief Minister, it was their wrong decision," Gowda told reporters on Thursday.

He was referring to his interview to a newspaper in which he had held Siddaramiah responsible for the collapse of the government last month, but in remarks made on Wednesday did not name Siddaramaiah.

The coalition government collapsed on July 22 after the confidence motion moved Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was defeated in the Assembly, bringing to an end his 14-month long turbulent tenure marked by dissidence within the Congress.

Raising a banner of rebellion, sixteen MLAs (13 from the Congress and 3 JD(S)) had resigned as legislators which culminated in the fall of the coalition government.

Siddaramaiah had come under criticism after the government collapsed as most of the rebel Congress MLAs, including ST Somashekar, Byrati Basavaraj, MTB Nagaraj, Munirathna and K Sudhakar, were considered his loyalists.

However, rubbishing claims that he instigated those MLAs to resign and destabilise the government, Siddaramaiah had called the allegation as false made with malafide intention.

Congress and JD(S) considered as arch rivals, especially in old Mysuru region, had bitterly fought against each other during the 2018 Assembly polls, but joined hands after the elections threw up a hung verdict to keep BJP, the single largest party in the 225 member Assembly, out of power.

Since day one, the government was facing trouble from within as barring the top leaders of both parties, their rank and file did not accepted the alliance.

Reflecting strains in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, Kumaraswamy had once said he was "not happy" being in the top post and was swallowing the pain like ''Vishakantha'' (Lord Shiva), who drank poison.

At one stage, many legislators and also Ministers from the Congress demanded that their legislature party chief Siddaramaiah be made the Chief Minister, prompting Kumaraswamy to even threatening to step down before the rebels took the decisive step of resigning as MLAs.

Following the collapse of the government, BJP under the leadership of BS Yediyurappa has assumed power on July 26 and proved its majority in the Assembly two days later.

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September 20,2020

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Mangaluru, Sept 20: Normal life has been thrown out of gear and vehicular traffic has been disrupted due to the heavy rains whereas landslides and water logging has also been reported from several areas in Dakshina Kannada.

IMD has sounded a red alert in Dakshina Kannada for three more days. As high tides are likely to lash the coast, the fishermen were advised against venturing into the sea for deep-sea fishing.

With the rise in Nandini and Shambavi river water, the paddy fields at Athooru Panja, Kilenjooru, Pavanje, Kadike and Sasihithlu have been inundated.

Meanwhile, landslides and waterlogging has been reported from several areas in the twin districts.

At Neermarga near Mangaluru city, a concrete road leading to Katinje caved in. The road has split into two and a nearby electric pole too has fallen down.

Heavy rain continued to lash across Dakshina Kannada since Friday night. Two persons sustained injuries and have been hospitalised after a portion of a house collapsed at Alape today.

In another incident, a woman suffered injuries after a compound wall collapsed near Bikarnakatte. The injured woman was identified as Chandrakala Shetty. The wall of a house belonging to Jayalakshmi was in dilapidated condition following heavy rain at Yeyyadi.

Yesterday, a labourer was killed when a compound wall collapsed, at Kuloor. The deceased labourer was identified as Umesh of Neermarga. The work on the extension of the house of Jagadeesh was under progress when the incident occurred.

Due to the drop in air pressure at the Bengal Sea, as recorded on September 20, a torrential rainfall accompanied by thunder is expected to continue till September 22. The coastal and highland regions of the state are expected to bear the brunt of heavy rains due to which a red alert has been issued.

Udupi, Uttara Kannada, and Dakshina Kannada districts are expected to receive heavy downpour accompanied by thunderstorms from September 20 to September 22 as per the forecast released by the Department of Meteorological department.

In the meantime due to heavy rainfall and huge inflow to Kabini reservoir at Beechanahalli in HD Kote taluk in Mysuru district, the outflow of the dam has increased to 35,000 cusec on Sunday morning.

The authorities of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited issued flood alert to the downstream villages. The water has reached its maximum level of 2284 feet, with 12,208 inflow.

Also Read: Heavy rains unleash deluge in Udupi district; many villages inundated

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September 17,2020
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Mangaluru, Sept 17: BJP Karnataka president and Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel on Thursday said the party would work to make Dakshina Kannada district free of drug menace and the sand mafia.

Addressing party workers after inaugurating a blood donation camp organised as part of the 'Seva Saptah' marking Prime Minister Narendra Modis 70th birthday, he said under the previous Congress rule, law and order had collapsed and mafias on the rise in the district.

He alleged that the district had witnessed a series of crimes, including murders, assaults and cattle thefts, under the Congress regime. Congress legislators were also backing the sand mafia, he said.

He further said since the BJP government took over in the state, no communal violence was reported in the district.

The violence over the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was contained within no time, he said.

Kateel said the BJP government has succeeded in preventing crimes and is striving hard to check the drug menace. Attempts are also being made to free the district of plastic, he said. MLAs Vedavyas Kamath, Bharath Y Shetty and city Mayor Diwakar were among those present.

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September 12,2020

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Chikkaballapur, Sept 12: Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar has warned Kolar-Chikkaballapur DCC Bank of action if it does not drop a particular regulation pertaining to loans.

Sudhakar was speaking after distributing cheques for loans to 119 self-help groups under Harobande, Tippenahalli, Poshettihalli, Gollahalli, Chikkaballapura and other gram panchayats of Chikkaballapura constituency, on Friday.

According to a press note, he said several complaints are being heard against the DCC Bank's regulation. Questioning how the beneficiaries could avail the benefit of a loan when a 20% share is secured from them, he urged that the regulation must be discontinued. He warned them to follow the government's regulation or face strict actions.

Dr Sudhakar said the Bank should provide service that is just and pro-people.

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