Bengaluru violence: Karnataka Congress sets up fact-finding committee to visit affected areas

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August 13, 2020

Bengaluru,  Aug 13: Karnataka Congress on Wednesday said it has set up a fact-finding committee to visit the violence-hit areas in Bengaluru and condemned the incident which claimed three lives and left 60 police personnel injured.

"Have set up a Congress Fact Finding committee to visit the areas that saw violence in Bengaluru. Karnataka Congress unequivocally condemns the violence that happened. Also, no one has the right to hurt religious sentiments. For us, peace & harmony in Bengaluru is of utmost importance," a tweet by the party's state unit president DK Shivakumar read.

Speaking to reporters earlier today, Shivakumar said that his party will give full support to the government in maintaining peace and harmony.

"I strongly condemn the incident and our party also condemns whatever happened last night. It happened because of a person's tweet on social media. I am getting to know through media that it was a well-planned incident. But at this point of time it is important to maintain peace," he said.

"I have called a meeting of legislators at 12 noon over the violence. I have spoken to our CLP leader Siddaramaiah. We will give full support to the government to maintain peace and harmony," he added.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had also demanded immediate arrest of those who instigated the violence.

"The riots at Kavalabhairasandra last night and the riot that triggered it were both reprehensible. I appeal to both Hindu and Muslim communities to act with restraint and maintain peace," he tweeted.

"Immediate arrest and prosecution of the evildoers who instigated riots and responded with violence. I have informed the Bangalore Police Commissioner. Our party is fully cooperating to the state government's attempt to establish peace," Siddaramaih said in another tweet.

He said that the attack on the police station is reprehensible and the police should act promptly and take action against the guilty.

Meanwhile, 146 persons accused of arson, stone-pelting and assault on the police have been arrested in connection with the violence.
The police said that accused Naveen has been arrested allegedly for posting derogatory material on social media.

Residence of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy was also attacked after the violence broke out.

Section 144 has been imposed in the entire Bangalore city while curfew has been imposed in DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits.

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September 19,2020
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Bengaluru, Sept 19: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday said he expects directions from the BJP high command by "today or tomorrow" regarding the much awaited expansion of his cabinet.

Terming his Delhi trip as "successful", the Chief Minister reiterated that his desire was to complete the process before the monsoon session of the legislature from September 21, but everything will depend on what the high command decides.

"Regarding cabinet expansion I spoke to Nadda ji (BJP President J P Nadda) for about half-an-hour yesterday, he may speak to the Prime Minister and may give directions about the future course of action today itself," Yediyurappa said.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi, he said, based on the high command's directions he will decide on the cabinet expansion.

The Chief Minister who is in New Delhi since Thursday afternoon had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union Ministers regarding issues concerning the development of the state.

Last night, he had met Nadda to discuss the cabinet expansion.

Responding to a question on how many will be inducted into the cabinet, Yediyurappa said, "we will have to see, based on the suggestions given by the Prime Minister and the national president, I will have to take the decision."

He said, "my desire is to complete the process before the session. So I expect they (high command) will let me know by today or tomorrow, let's see what decision they will take."

The monsoon session of the state legislature is scheduled from September 21 to 30.

Last night, Yediyurappa had even hinted at the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle, stating that it will depend on the directions from the Prime Minister and the national President.

Cabinet expansion or reshuffle is expected to be a tightrope for the 77-year old Yediyurappa, considering too many aspirants.

While several of the old guard are waiting for a chance to be inducted into the Ministry, those who defected from the Congress and JD(S) like A H Vishwanath, R Shankar and MTB Nagaraj, who are now BJP MLCs, are also aspiring for slots.

The cabinet currently has 28 members and six berths are still vacant.

Meanwhile, there are also strong speculations about the possible change in leadership in the future, considering Yediyurappa's age.

However, it has been rejected by senior party leaders like BJP state President Nalin Kumar Kateel and Minister R Ashoka among others.

As he returns to Bengaluru today, Yediyurappa also said that the Prime Minister and union ministers whom he met over the last two days have positively responded to the issues raised by him concerning the development of the state.

"I feel that this Delhi trip of mine has been very successful, from the Prime Minister to all the Ministers have positively responded to the requests that we had put forward for the development of Karnataka. I feel that they will take necessary steps in that direction soon," he said.

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September 19,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 19: The security personnel of the Kempegowda International Airport, had detained former minister Anand Asnotikar, for allegedly carrying a gun in his cabin bag on Saturday.

According to official sources, the CISF sleuths, during security check, found a pistol, kept in the bag
by Asnotikar, who had arrived at the Airport to board a Goa bound flight.

The CISF personnel had detained Asnotikar, over the incident and held an investigation into the issue.

The former minister had reportedly told the security personnel, that he has licence for carrying the firearm and was an entrepreneur and hold it for self-defence.

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September 23,2020

Bengaluru, Sept 23: Congress party in Karnataka on Wednesday accused Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's family members of corruption and demanded his resignation.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress party's newly appointed party-in charge for Karnataka, Randeepsingh Surjewala claimed that "We have proof to pin-down Yediyurappa's family members on corruption charges".

Stating that the Congress party leaders in both the houses in the Karnataka Assembly and the Council, will raise

the corruption issues, he said that "Government should order for a probe to be investigated by a Special Team".

Accusing that the 'Union Government's Enforce Directorate (ED) seems to have closed its eyes' on Yediyurappa family's corruption. he said that "Transactions had been done in large sums and had been done through RTGS transfer".

Claiming that the state government is trying to cover-up the corruption in transactions, he said that "attempts also are being made to destroy the evidence".

The Opposition leader in the Karnataka Assembly K Siddaramaiah, who was also present on the occasion,said that "This government is most corrupt and I wonder what Prime Minister Narendra Modi would say".

"In the last 12 months, the corruption in Karnataka peaked" he said.

Accusing that there exist two Chief ministers in the state, he said that this government had not came through

people's mandate.

Congress party's opposition leader in the Karnataka Legislative Council, S R Patil, former KPCC president

Dinesh Gundu Rao and others were also present on the occasion.

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