Will Lead BJP from Front in 2024 Lok Sabha Polls, Says Yediyurappa Amid Dissidence Within Party

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October 25, 2020
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Bengaluru, Oct 25: Hitting the poll campaign trail, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday obliquely expressed his intentions to continue as his tenure even after state Assembly elections in 2023.

Notwithstanding the criticism by his own party men, Yediyurppa said that he would want to lead the party to victory in 2024 Lok Sabha polls along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the Congress in the state gets zero seats in the next Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking at the campaign rally in Tumkuru, Yediyurappa dared the Congress leader, Siddaramaiah to accept his challenge to defeat him in 2023 Assembly polls. "Let Siddaramaiah know that I will not allow the Congress party to win single seat now or even in next Assembly elections and will ensure them to sit in the Opposition. And I will lead the party in next Lok Sabha election along with Prime Minister Modi," he said and quickly added that he was stating this to ensure to strengthen the hands of Modi by handing him even bigger victory in next Lok Sabha polls in 2024.

Yediyurappa came out in his defence for the first time nearly a week after his leadership was challenged by his own party leaders.

Last week his own party leader from Vijayapura district, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, had stated that Yediyurappa would be replaced soon as the party high command was fed-up with him.

Besides this, Yatnal had also maintained that the next BJP CM will be from the north-Karnataka region.

The 78-year-old veteran leader is known for his iron grip-like command over his community, Lingayats, who form about 15 per cent of voters in the state.

Due to his clout within the community, he is perhaps the first leader in the BJP across the country under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah to be appointed as the Chief Minister by violating the party's very own rule of compulsory retirement at the age 75 years.

 

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November 28,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 28: Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa’s relative and personal assistant N.R. Santhosh allegedly attempts to commit suicide on Friday evening.

Santhosh, 32-year-old and resident of Dollar’s Colony Bengaluru.

Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister said, “Doctors stated that he is responding to the medications. He is still not out of danger completely. We are hoping for the best.”

A senior staff member of the CM office said on the condition of anonymity that Santhosh was upset over family issues and reportedly swallowed about a dozen sleeping pills with an intention of committing suicide. “Reason for this action was clearly not yet known and the police are yet to register the case,” the officer added.

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November 18,2020

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Kochi, Nov 18: With the completion of the 540 metre stretch across Chandragiri River in North Kerala, the Gas Authority of India is ready for commissioning its much-delayed Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the final stretch of the pipeline work was completed on Saturday of the 510 km Kochi-Mangaluru line and the project is expected to be commissioned by December. The Koottanad-Walyar stretch of Bengaluru pipeline is likely to be commissioned by January next year as the work for 94 km was completed so far, he said.

The Chief Minister also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for clearing the obstacles for the project, as the state would garner a revenue ₹1,000 crore by way of taxes in a year.

The civil works in the final stretch were hindered for a few months, forcing the authorities to reduce the diameter of the pipeline across the river from 24 inch to six inches to complete the project. With this, the pipeline will start supplying gas from the Petronet LNG Terminal in Kochi to various districts shortly.

Cost overrun

The industry sources said that the civil works for the construction of the pipeline were awarded in 2016 with a deadline for completion in December 2018 at an estimated cost of ₹2,915 crore. The project was to be commissioned in 2019. But the deadline was extended to March and later to May 2019 following Kerala floods. The public protest against laying of pipelines also delayed the completion of the work, resulting in doubling the project cost.

“For Kerala, this is a major achievement in the infrastructural sector as gas availability will certainly be ushering a fresh round of industrialization in the State”, M.P.Sukumaran Nair, Director, Centre for Green Technology and Management, Kochi.

The ₹4,500 crore Petronet LNG Terminal was commissioned in 2014. Since then the long wait was for the construction of gas carrying pipeline which was delayed on account of several hurdles-regional, political, natural calamities and technical. The LDF government which came to power in 2016, took up the completion of the project on a fast track with constant monitoring and addressing issues instantly as and when they crop up. Those who extended a ‘right of way’ for the installation of the pipelines were also given a better deal with regard to compensation, Nair said.

He pointed out that a similar project planned at the same time with an installed capacity of 5 million metric tons per annum at Dahej was completed in 2003 and has undergone capacity enhancement to 17.5 MMTPA by 2019, immensely contributed to the industrial prosperity of that state.

The central government proposes to transform the primary energy consumption in the country predominantly towards natural gas, which will become a household fuel and also the prime energy source for the manufacturing sector in the coming decade. Being a fuel of the century and even on account of its lower cost and environmental friendliness, he said Kerala community would accept the same especially on account of its availability, safety being comfortable and price acceptable.
 

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December 2,2020

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Bengaluru, Dec 2: Former minister Varthur Prakash and his driver were allegedly kidnapped on November 25, brutally assaulted and held to ransom by a gang of eight kidnappers who had demanded Rs 30 crore for their release. Preliminary investigations revealed that Prakash had a dispute over a piece of land and had received threat calls, a senior police officer said.

However, unverified accounts also point to the abduction being linked to the ex-minister’s involvement in cattle trade as he owes huge amounts to farmers and traders in Tamil Nadu from whom he had purchased cattle. 

Prakash, in his complaint filed on Tuesday, alleged that on November 25, he and his driver Suneel were at a farmhouse located in Begli Hosahalli in Kolar and had left in his SUV to reach Kolar. Around 7pm, a gang of eight came in two cars and blocked his SUV.

The gang allegedly threatened the duo with lethal weapons and forced Prakash into one of their vehicles. The men tied their hands and legs and demanded `30 crore. Prakash and his driver were assaulted inside the car when the former refused to give them money even as they were driven around Chintamani, Hoskote and around Bengaluru.

Prakash’s kidnappers on the run: Police 

Unable to take it any more, Prakash allegedly contacted his friend Nayaz, asking him to bring Rs 48 lakh in cash. The kidnappers took the cash in Kolar, but again resorted to torturing Prakash and his driver until midnight. In the wee hours on November 27, his driver Suneel lost consciousness.The gang assumed him to be dead and pushed him out of the car.

The police said that Suneel regained consciousness after a while and managed to escape. Fearing they would be caught by the police, the kidnappers took Prakash to an open ground near Shivanapura and threw him out of the vehicle. Passersby helped Prakash to a hospital in KR Puram where he was treated.

Prakash’s abandoned Toyota Fortuner SUV was found near the Halanahalli graveyard in Bellandur with at least 1 kg of chilli powder strewn around in the vehicle. Prakash and his driver sustained severe cut injuries on their legs.

Whitefield DCP D Devaraj told The New Indian Express that an FIR has been registered. The kidnappers had reportedly blindfolded Prakash and Suneel. Two special teams have been formed to nab them and CCTV footage has been obtained to track movements of the vehicles used by the gang.Varthur Prakash, hailing from the backward Kuruba community, was elected back-to-back for two terms from Kolar Assembly constituency between 2008-2018 and is leader of the Namma Congress Party. He was minister in the BJP government headed by D V Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar.

His brother Ramanand confirmed that he had been abducted and released.Incidentally, on January 30, 2018, Kolar Rural police had registered an FIR against six persons, including Varthur Prakash, then MLA of Kolar, in connection with grabbing land belonging to a Dalit family by creating fake documents and threatening their lives.

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