Karnataka Congress demands ED probe into rise in assets of BJP candidate

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October 28, 2020

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Bangalore, Oct 28: The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday formally lodged a complaint demanding the Election Commission to refer BJP candidate for the Assembly bypolls Muniratna's asset declaration to central agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), to probe the steep rise in his assets.

According to the complaint lodged by the Congress, Muniratna has declared Rs 78.03 crore worth assets while submitting his nomination to the Election Commission of India.

The Congress pointed out that Muniratna, who is a two-time legislator and represented the RR Nagara constituency on both occasions, had declared in 2013 that his assets were worth Rs 28.83 crore. In 2018, he declared as Rs 43.71 crore worth assets while submitting his nomination.

Speaking to reporters after lodging the complaint, KPCC working president Saleem Ahmed alleged that it was a clear case in point that within a span of one fiscal year, his assets have shot-up to the tune of Rs 35 crore.

"The sudden rise in his assets from Rs 43 crore in 2018-19 to Rs 78 crore in 2019-20 is a clear proof of what the Congress had been accusing the BJP of, that it indulged in horse trading by orchestrating 'Operation Lotus' to muster the required mandate," he said.

He further alleged that it was also a case of black money being used through various routes to trade MLAs in the state.

"This is a fit case for the ECI to recommend the matter to the central agencies to probe this sudden spike in his assets," he said.

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November 18,2020

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An art exhibition ‘Art Showcase – More than scribbles’ was held by CFAL & ELC in association with Mandala Art Cafe as part of their children’s day activities. The exhibition featured more than 100 art pieces like painting, science models, sculptures made majorly by the students and alumni of the institution.  Mr. Santhosh D. Andrade, renowned Contemporary Artist was the judge for the event. 

Students put up their artistic acumen on display. The event by CFAL/ELC was an attempt to promote creativity among students, as they have been indoors since a very long time due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The student artists were able to create dramatic images, telling a story that was uniquely their own. The budding artists had explored a wide range of media, from crayons and papier-mâché, to performance art and collage. Many works reflected their personal experiences being stuck at home, separated from friends and attending school online in the age of self-isolation. Some images are made as thank-you to doctors and healthcare workers, or to express how much the artists miss going to school. As children’s’ day coincided with Diwali this year, the premises was lit with diyas and lights. The sparkling diyas, colourful torans and glittering rangolis added charm and radiance to the premises. Keeping with the festivities, the little ones came dressed in ethnic wear.

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November 19,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 19: The waiting game is not over yet for senior BJP MLAs and Congress-JD (S) rebel legislators, hoping to bag ministerial berths. Reason: Chief minister BS Yediyurappa once again couldn’t secure a nod for cabinet expansion from the party brass.

Yediyurappa, who flew down to New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon, was hoping to get the green signal and take up cabinet expansion this weekend.

The chief minister, accompanied by deputy CM Govind Karjol, met BJP chief JP Nadda briefly and explained to him the need to accommodate new faces in the cabinet. “I have informed Nadda about the need to undertake cabinet expansion at the earliest and accommodate new faces. He said he would discuss the issue and get back in the next 2-3 days,” Yediyurappa told reporters after the meeting in Delhi.

A senior functionary, who accompanied the CM to the national capital, said Yediyurappa was hoping to meet Union minister Amit Shah, but he managed to speak to Nadda, who informed him that he would visit Karnataka next month as part of a country-wide tour. Asked if it would be cabinet expansion or reshuffle, Yediyurappa said, “It will depend on the direction given by Nadda.”

According to party insiders, Yediyurappa handed over the list of legislators he intends to induct into the cabinet and requested Nadda to take a call at the earliest as the winter session of the state legislature starts from December 7.

Yediyurappa is planning to restructure his cabinet by dropping a few ministers to make place for new faces. But everything now depends on the decision taken by the party brass.

Eight-month wait

It's been eight months since the CM has been waiting for the high command’s nod to expand his team, but in vain. Though, there is no clarity on why the BJP national leadership is not giving Yediyurrappa, the senior-most BJP CM in the country, the go-ahead, party insiders believe the delay has something to do with reports of leadership change in the state.

Yediyurappa is under tremendous pressure to expand his cabinet, especially from senior party MLAs and turncoat MLCs, including MTB Nagaraj, R Shankar, H Vishwanath and newly elected MLA Munirathna, who together helped him become CM. It’s been more than two and a half months since both Shankar and Nagaraj were made members of the upper house and since then they have been waiting to become ministers in the Yediyurappa government.

If Yediyurappa fails to get a nod in the next 2-3 days, party insiders said Karnataka could witness a lot of political drama as strong discontent is brewing in the state party unit.

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November 26,2020

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Mangaluru, Nov 26: On account of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the cadre of Girls Islamic Organisation, Mangaluru Unit, staged an awareness program near Clock Tower, Hampankatta, on the 25th of November, under the theme "ART RAGE - Where Art meets Revolution." 

The program was inaugurated by Police Inspector Revathi, Mrs. Shobhana, who served as a Lecturer in School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Sister Umaira Banu, the State President of GIO Karnataka and Mrs. Sameena Afshan, the President of JIH Women's Wing, Mangaluru. 

The program began with sloganeering and continued with a flash mob. In between there were poetry recitals in 3 different languages under the same theme. 

Mrs. Shobana addressed the issues of patriarchy in Indian Families and how women need to break free and rise above all atrocities and evil. The concluding address was given by our State President, Sister Umaira Banu, who spoke about the increase in domestic violence during the pandemic and also encouraged women to come forward and raise their voices against the heinous evil acts that have been taking place in the society. 

Mafazah Sharafuddein, a student of Journalism, beautifully portrayed a live art of a woman breaking free from shackles and reaching towards a ray of hope. The crowd dispersed after a group song titled "Bekhauff". Around 60 people witnessed this event and it was also telecasted live.

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