Siddaramaiah urges party workers to fight BJP's anti-people policies

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January 12, 2021

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Hubbballi, Jan 12: Former Karnataka Chief Minister and currently the opposition leader in the State Legislative Assembly, Mr Siddharamiah called upon his party workers to prepare themselves to fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa as it has "failed in all levels" to provide a good government in the state.

Addressing the divisional level Sankalp Samavesh of the Belgaum Division of the Congress party held here yesterday, Mr. Siddharamiah said time has come to unmask the failures of the BJP government. He said that the party workers, by launching the movement, make house to house visits and convince people that the BJP is misleading them by playing the Cow slaughter (Gau Hatya) and Hindutva Card. The Hindutva preached by the BJP is not the Hindutva preached by Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabh Bhai Patel, he said and added that his party will not keep quiet any more.

The former chief minister alleged that while the Congress party was in power, the BJP accused us of neglecting the North Karnataka region and made tall promises with regard to Mahadai River Water issue. But, having come to power, they have failed to solve the Mahadai River Water and many other issues and misleading the people by playing the communal card.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D K Shivakumar, addressing the Conference said that this year will be treated as the year of fight and year of organizing the party. Throughout the year the party will organize Movement against the government and through which to become the voice of the people, he added.

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January 14,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 14: Frustrated over dissidence in the Karnataka BJP after cabinet expansion, chief minister B S Yediyurappa today asked the disgruntled legislators to complain to party high command instead of blaming his government. 

"If any of the MLAs have reservations (about Cabinet expansion), let them go to Delhi and complain about it to the BJP national leadership," he told reporters on Thursday.

The legislators should not damage the image of BJP in the state by making remarks against the government, Yediyurappa said. 

The chief minister is again battling disgruntlement from various MLAs of the state BJP unit following the much delayed Cabinet expansion on Wednesday. 

While Vijayapura MLA Basangouda Patil Yatnal and MLC A H Vishwanath alleged that Yediyurappa had succumbed to 'blackmail' and inducted ministers, others such as MLAs M Satish Reddy and Arvind Bellad lashed out for not accommodating young leaders of the party in the Cabinet.

"They can go to Delhi. Party leaders will decide what is right and what is wrong," he said.

On why R R Nagar MLA Muniratna was not inducted, Yediyurappa declined to comment. Muniratna was among the 17 MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) coalition to resign in 2019, and was assured a Cabinet berth before the BJP high command advised against it ahead of expansion. 

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January 15,2021

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Dharwad, Jan 15: At least 11 people, mostly women, were killed after a minibus in which they were travelling met with an accident in Dharwad district of Karnataka on Friday morning.

A group of 16 women from Davangere, who were members of the Ladies Club, were travelling to Goa for a vacation, when the incident occurred. 

The Dharwad Rural Police said that the women had decided to visit the residence of their friend in Dharwad for breakfast and had decided to take a detour. 

The minibus was crossing the Hubbali-Dharwad bypass, when it collided into the tipper truck which was coming from opposite direction as there was not enough room on the road to maneuver, Dharwad Sub-urban Police Inspector Yaligar said. 

Among the deceased include Preethi Ravikumar, the daughter-in-law of a former BJP MLA from Davangere’s Jagalur, Guru Siddanagouda. The other victims are Asha, Meerabai, Paranjyoti, Rajeshwari, Shakuntala, Usha, Veda, Veena, Manjula, Nirmala, Rajaneesh and Swati.

The injured were shifted to KIMS Hospital and several of them were said to be critical.

The 32-km Hubballi-Dharwad bypass is a single lane located along NH 48 between Bengaluru and Pune. Inspector Yaligar said that the residents of Dharwad had been complaining of the bypass being dangerous as the stretch is narrow and that it was not being used as a one-way. 

He said that the road widening work had been delayed for the last few months due to differences between the contractors and the government. “An accident case has been registered. We are still investigating the case,” he added. 

Superintendent of Police Krishna Kant supervised the rescue and relief operation. Police have also registered a case at Dharwad rural police station.

In a tweet, PM Narendra Modi said he is saddened by the loss of lives in the road mishap.

"Saddened by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Karnataka's Dharwad district. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray for a quick recovery of those injured," PM Modi tweeted.

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January 13,2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 13: Parameshwarai, a 39-year-old woman from Bhatkal was helplessly crying with 3-year-old child clinging to her in front of the ICU of the Government Wenlock District Hospital in the city.

There was no one to console the child and the mother as latter’s husband Shreedhar, who hailed from Davanagere, had breathed his last in the hospital. The mortal remains were still lying in the ICU. There was no family members. 

The plight of the woman finally came to the notice of M-Friends Charitable Trust, which has been serving the poor in Dakshina Kannada district for past few years. The M-Friends members regularly serve food to the attendants of poor patients at Wenlock Hospital in the city as part of their ‘Karunya’ scheme. 

They called the ambulance from ‘Friends for Poor’, another charitable group and transported the mortal remains to Hindu mortuary at Nandigudde in the city and made necessary arrangements for the cremation. 

Parameshwarai-Shreedhar couple had been working as labourers in Kundapur taluk of Udupi district. Around eight months ago, Shreedhar fell ill. He used to vomit after having meals. However, he continued to work and last month the duo found a new job at Kavalkatte in Dakshina Kannada. On January 1, 2021, when his health condition worsened, he got admitted to the Wenlock Hospital, wherein he was diagnosed with throat cancer. After two weeks of treatment, Shreedhar breathed his last. 

After realizing the helplessness of Parameshwarai, the staff of the hospital brought the issue to the notice of M-Friends. M-Friends general secretary Rasheed Vittla, members Mohammad Topco, Haris Kanattadka, and staff Ashfak and Shuhan from S K Caterers were present till the end of the last rites.

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