JDS open for Muslim or Dalit CM if comes to power in Karnataka: HDK

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November 23, 2022

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Bengaluru: Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy has said that Janata Dal (Secular) JD-S is ready to accommodate a Muslim or a Dalit chief minsiter if his party coms to power in Karnataka election 2023.

Kumaraswamy’s statement is expected to invoke sharp reaction from the political parties in Karnataka.

It may be noted that the communal tensions have been on the rise in Karnataka over issues like hijab ban, halal meat, Bajrang Dal activist Harsha murder and the controversy over Tipu Sultan.

The Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Karnataka chief minister made the comments while taking part in his party's ‘Pancharatna Yatra’.

Kumaraswamy has said that JD(S) aims to win 123 seats in the Karnataka election 2023.

The JD(S) has announced its list of candidates for 100 constituencies for the 2023 Karnataka election soon.

Kumaraswamy sounded the poll bugle in Karnataka through party's 'Pancharatna Ratha Yatra' from Mulbagal Assembly constituency of Kolar district.

Janata Dal (Secular) Karnataka president CM Ibrahim recently stoked a controversy by stating that if his party comes to power in the upcoming assembly polls, the party will build a Tipu University.

Some political pundits are of the view that JD(S) is likely to emerge as the kingmaker following the assembly elections in Karnataka.

The Janata Dal (Secular) is trying to retain its traditional Vokkaliga vote base in southern Karnataka.

It may be noted that the BJP has been trying to attract the people of Vokkaliga community to its side.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated 108-feet-tall statue of Bengaluru founder Nadaprabhu Kempegowda in the premises of Bengaluru International Airport. Kempegowda is an icon of the Vokkaliga community.  

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November 19,2022

Bengaluru, Nov 19: Three engineering students of a private college  in Bengaluru have been booked for shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the college premises on Thursday during a cultural festival.

The trio have been identified as Aryan, Dinakar and Riya Ravichandra, all three students of the private college in Marathahalli.

A senior officer said that during the cultural fest, Riya started shouting the slogans. Her friend also shouted the same slogans repeatedly. One person video-recorded the duo shouting the slogans on his mobile phone and circulated it.

The video went viral on Friday. The Marathahalli police have registered a suo motu case under the IPC Section 153. Since it is a station bail offence, the trio will be given bail at the station and will be released, a senior officer.

During interrogation, the trio told the police that they had called out the slogans "for fun" and they didn’t have any other intentions.

The police said that after the trio shouted the slogans, the other students caught them and made them shout ‘Jai Hind’ and ‘Jai Karnataka Mate’, and they were let off only after apologising.

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November 13,2022

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Mangaluru, Nov 13: The National Investigation Agency has arrested one more person in connection with the killing of BJP youth wing leader Praveen Nettaru in Dakshina Kannada district, an official said on Sunday.

Shaheed M, a resident of Masthikatte Road, Bellare village, in Sullia taluk, is the 15th accused arrested by the NIA in its investigation into the murder of Nettaru, a district secretary of the BJP Yuva Morcha, on July 26, a spokesperson of the federal agency said.

“During the investigations, it was found that Shaheed was part of the conspiracy meeting held at his house by the PFI to target leaders of certain political organisations,” the NIA claimed, adding that he was arrested during searches in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka on Saturday.

The spokesperson said incriminating documents were also seized from the house of the accused during the raid.

The NIA said Shaheed was arrested under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The case was initially registered on July 27 at the Bellare police station in Dakshina Kannada district and later re-registered by the NIA on August 4.

“The investigations revealed that a conspiracy had been hatched by leaders and members of the PFI to murder Nettaru to take revenge for the murder of one Masood and to strike terror among the people,” the spokesperson said. 

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November 20,2022

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Mangaluru, Nov 20: The explosion in a moving auto rickshaw in Mangaluru was an 'act of terror,' Karnataka Director General of Police, Praveen Sood said on Sunday.

In a tweet, the DGP said, "It's confirmed now. The blast is not accidental but an ACT OF TERROR with intention to cause serious damage. Karnataka State Police is probing deep into it along with central agencies."

The blast occurred on Saturday evening inside an autorickshaw, near a police station, leaving the passenger and the driver injured. Both have been admitted to the hospital.

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra too said that central investigation teams are assisting the police in the case.

"The person injured in the blast is not in a position to speak yet. The police team is collecting all the information. Early indications into the probe suggest terrorist activity. We have informed the central security agencies, and they have sent a team to Mangaluru. We are expecting concrete information in the next one or two days," he said.

The police have recovered a "burnt pressure cooker with batteries" inside the autorickshaw, sources said.

Speaking to media, Mr Sood said that the main suspect is the passenger in the auto. "The passenger was carrying an Aadhar card which was later found to be of a man from Hubbali. The photo on the Aadhar card looked like his, but it's not his. This gives us a fair idea that he was planning to target something, but we are not sure about his target. We are not ruling out his connection to the recent Coimbatore blast. He is from Karnataka and had travelled outside the state in the last few months. He had recently travelled to Coimbatore and parts of Tamil Nadu. It was a low-intensity bomb. He was headed somewhere. Not sure what was his modus operandi".

CCTV visuals from the location, shared by the police, showed the autorickshaw catching fire following what appeared to be a minor explosion.

"The driver alleged he spotted the fire. They (driver and passenger) are undergoing treatment and are unable to speak now. We request the public not to spread rumours. They should remain calm and not panic. We will update once we speak to them," city Police Commissioner N Sasikumar had said. 

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