Candidates list –  LS 2019 –  Karnataka

Candidates list – LS 2019 – Karnataka

Candidates list for Lok Sabha 2019 is not yet finalized.  The political parties in Karnataka are rushing to finalize the candidates lists for the Lok sabha elections 2019.

Polling for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for nearly a month, from April 11 to May 19. The date of counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be May 23.

The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.

Voting to elect members to the 17th Lok Sabha, Karnataka will vote in the second and third phase of polling. Karnataka election dates are April 18 and April 23.

2 phases of elections – Candidates list

The two phases of polling in Karnataka will see an even split in constituencies — 14 Karnataka Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in each of the two phases.

According to data collected during the 2018 Karnataka state assembly elections, Karnataka has 4,96,82,351 (roughly 4.7 crore) voters.

Coalition government seat sharing – candidates list :

The Coalition government is sharing the seats.  JD(S) is likely to get 7 seats.  The probable candidates list from JD(S) are :

Hassan –  Prajwal Revanna

Shomogga – Madhu Bangarappa

Mandya – Nikhil Kumaraswamy

Bangalre North – H.D.Deve Gowda

Tumakuru – M.T.Krishnappa/ Ramesh Babu / H.Ningappa

Chikkamagaluru – Bojjegowda or Jayaprakash Hegde

Vijayapura – Siddubondi or Ravi chauhan.

Congress probable candidates list :

According to sources, the election committee of the Congress has suggested the following names :

  1. Eshwar Khandre, C M Ibrahim, Vijay Singh for Bidar
  2. Bayakka Meti, Veena Kashappanavar and Ajay Kumar Sarnaik for Bagalkot;
  3. Raju Alagur, Prakash Rathore, Kanta Naik and Shivaraj Tangadagi for Vijayapura
  4. Basanagouda Badarali, Basavraj Hitnal, Virupakshappa and Basavaraj Rayareddi for Koppal
  5. Anjali Nimbalkar, Chinnaraj Hebbalkar, Nagaraj Yadav, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Vivek Rao Patil for Belagavi
  6. Vinay Kulkarni, Shakir Sanadi and Veeranna Mathikatti for Dharwad
  7. Basavraj Shivannavar, Saleem Ahmed and D R Patil for Haveri;
  8. S.S Mallikarjun for Davangere
  9. Prashanth Deshpande, Nivedith Alva and Bheemanna Naik for Uttara Kannada
  10. Aarthi Krishna, Pramod Madhwaraj and B K Hariprasad from Udupi-Chikkamagaluru
  11. Ramanath Rai, Moiudin Bava and Ivan D’Souza from Mangaluru (Dakshina Kannada);
  12. Rizwan Arshad, B K Hariprasad, Roshan Baig and H T Sangliana for Bengaluru Central
  13. Priya Krishna for Bengaluru South;
  14.  C Narayanaswamy, M R Seetharam, B L Shankar, R Rajkumar and B V Srinivas from     Bengaluru North;
  15.   Vijay Shankar and Sooraj Hedge from Mysuru.

BJP probable Candidates list :

The Karnataka BJP unit announced its poll in-charge leaders for the 28 seats in Karnataka.  The leaders will coordinate with the State BJP party and the local party representatives to monitor and undertake all  general election 2019 related work for the upcoming polls.

The Committee by the BJP is headed by BJP President Yeddurappa,.  The party has strategically picked leaders for each Lok Sabha Segment.

Different leaders for different segments :

The Mysuru – Kodagu segment will be headed by party leader and former  DCM K.S.Eshwarappa, an MLA from Shimmoga.  The Bellari will be handled by former CM and Hubballi-Dharwad MLA Jagadish Shettar.  B.Sriramulu will be in charge of the Koppal segment.

Bengaluru south will be handled by Subba Narasimha .R.Ashok MLA from Padmanabhanagar acts as the convenor of the constituency.

BJP probable candidates list :

  1.  Bengaluru South – Mrs. Tejaswini Ananthkumar
  2. Bengaluru Central – P.C.Mohan
  3. Bengaluru North – Sadananda Gowda / Dr.H.M.Chandrashekar
  4. Bengaluru Rural – Asjwath Narayana Gowda/ Tulasi Muniraju/ C.P.Yogeshwar / M.R.Rudresh
  5. Chikkaballapur – Bachhe Gowda/ Sharath Bachhe Gowda
  6. Kolar – D.S.Veeraiah / Chalavadi Narayana Swamy
  7. Mysuru/Kodagu – Pratap Simha/ Dr.Manjunath / D.Madhegowda
  8. Tumakuru – H.N.Chandrashekar / Sogadu Shivanna / G.S.Basavaraj
  9. Chamarajanagara – M.Shivanna
  10. Shivamogga – B.Y.Raghavendra
  11. Udupi/Chikkamangaluru – Shobha Karandlaje/ D.N.Jeevaraj/ Ratnakar Shetty/ Jayaprakash Hedge
  12. Chitradurga – Janardhana Swamy/ Dr.Lakshminarayan
  13. Davanagere – G.M.Siddeshwar
  14. Dakshina Kannada – Nalin Kumar Kateel
  15. Uttara Kannada – Ananth Kumar Hegde
  16. Chikkodi – Ramesh Kathi
  17. Dharawad – Prahlad Joshi / Vijay Sankeshwara
  18. Koppal – C.V.Chandrashekar / Singanal Virupakshappa / Sanganna Karaddi
  19. Bidar – Bhagavantha Kooba / Mallikarjuna Kooba
  20. Haveri/Gadag – Shivakumar Udhasi
  21. Belagavi – Suresh Angadi/ Prabhakar Koore
  22. Bagalkote – P.H.Poojar/ Sangamesh Nirani/ P.C.Gaddegowdar
  23. Vijayapura – Ramesh Jigajanage
  24. Hassan – Yoga Ramesh
  25. Madhya – Siddaramaiah/ Sumalatha (if she joins BJP)
  26. Bellari – Venkatesh (brother – Nagendra) / J.Shantha
  27. Raichur – Sanna Pakkerappa/ Thipparaja Hawaldar (if congress gives Raichur seat to JD(S) then it will be B.V.Naik (Ex-congress)
  28. Kalburgi – Umesh Jadhav

Chances of giving ticket to new faces are:

  1. Bengaluru North – Dr. H.M.Chandrashekar
  2. Koppal – Singanal Virupakshappa / C.V.Chandrashekar
  3. Tumakuru – H.N.Chandrashekar
  4. Bagalkote – P.C.Poojar / Sangamesha Nirani
  5. Bellari – Venkatesh Prasad (Nagendra’s brother)
Voting and democracy :

In a democracy, a government is chosen by voting in an election: a way for an electorate to elect, i.e. choose, among several candidates for rule. In a representative democracy, voting is the method by the which the electorate appoints its representatives in its government.

Voting and democracy is very important in a nation because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority.

Voting is perhaps the most important thing a citizen can do to support their democratic form of government.

Democracy system :

A democracy is a system in which the people have a voice in the decisions of their community or nation. Voting has long been the method used to determine the will of the citizenry. Without a vote, a citizen is essentially voiceless.

Importance of Vote :

Voting is a basic process that keeps a nation’s governmental system works. It enables the citizens to choose their own government. It also allows the people to choose their representatives in the government. The purpose of every government is to develop and implement various policies for the benefit of its citizens.

In a democracy, every eligible citizen should be able to vote, including members of the military and civilians scattered across the globe.

Every vote counts :

Your Vote Always Counts, So Be a Responsible Voter. It’s your civic duty as an Indian  to vote, and a precious Indian right. Remember that your vote always counts – not just in close elections, but in every election.

So  Come out.  WALK TO VOTE.  EVERY VOTE IS PRECIOUS. 

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Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

Elections dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th March.  Election Commission announced General Elections Dates and  Assembly polls schedule.  Elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May. 

Elections will be held in seven phases. The EC announced the General Elections 2019 Schedule in New Delhi. After the announcement of the election dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force.

The Election Commission had convened a meeting to assess preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections. In the meeting, Polls in Jammu and Kashmir was also reportedly discussed.

Importance of voting in a democracy :

Voting and democracy is very important in a nation because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority.

Code of conduct – election dates :

According to Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, “ the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday and 10 lakhs polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakhs in 2014”.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3. As soon as the elections dates were announced, the model code of conduct came into force.

Lok sabha 2019 : elections dates announced :

The 543 elected Members of the Parliament will be elected from single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post-voting. The President of India nominates an additional two members from the Anglo-Indian community if he believes the community is under-represented.

Eligible voters must be Indian citizens, 18 or older, an ordinary resident of the polling area of the constituency and possess a valid voter identification card issued by the Election Commission of India.

Some people convicted of electoral or other offences are barred from voting.

Karnataka Elections dates declared :

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.
Karnataka will send 28 MPs to the Lok Sabha

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

Total number of LS seats in Karnataka: 28

Here are the dates and number of seats that will go on polls

Phase II– The election will be held on April 18 on 14 seats.

Bengaluru votes on April 18.

Phase III– The election will be held on April 23 on 14 seats. 

Election dates – Filing of Nomination  :

According to the EC, for the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations is on March 26. The last date for scrutiny of nomination is March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.

For those 14 constituencies going to the polls on April 23, the last date for filing nominations is April 4 and the last day for withdrawal of nomination is April 8.

Elections dates in Karnataka :

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka

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Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru South,
Chikkballapur and Kolar.

Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. 

Different phases of voting :

Polling for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for nearly a month, from April 11 to May 19. The date of counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be May 23.

The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.

Voting to elect members to the 17th Lok Sabha, Karnataka will vote in the second and third phase of polling.Karnataka election dates are April 18 and April 23.

The two phases of polling in Karnataka will see an even split in constituencies — 14 Karnataka Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in each of the two phases.

Neutral voters :

Neutral voters are being wooed by the political parties using social media.  AS elections dates are announced, Congress party targets BJP turf social media in the coming General elections 2019

Chasing of voters has begun.  The political parties are targeting neutral voters with the help of voter intelligence software.  The parties are planning to tap every voter thru automated phone calls, text messages and WhatsApp messages.

Role of social media – general elections dates declared 2019 :

Social media platform is going to play a major role in the country’s general election 2019.  This alone is to corner Rs.12000 crore in political ad spends.

The most common platforms of mass social media includes news paper, radio, television, magazines, internet, facebook, twitter etc.

India has become a digital society where social media has set itself in the lives of people.  The country ranks on the top of the list in the countries with the highest number of Facebook users.

Social media platforms are setting for a major windfall in this years general elections.  According to media experts, the advertising spends on social media will see a major of 150%. 

“Walk to vote” – elections dates announced :


Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. In many countries, the minimum age for voting is 18 years.

Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

Right to vote:

Right to vote energizes social awareness since it empowers political cooperation. The citizens can follow the progress of the political representatives and the legislature.

This consistent process enables the general population to settle on educated choices about whom to vote in favor of in the following term. Also, the legislature can’t generally act arbitrarily when the entire nation is observing.

Every adult is given the right to vote, irrespective of sex, class, occupation and so forth. This is representative of uniformity and congruity.

It is a fundamental right in which all citizens get an opportunity to choose who represents them.

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Janata Dal (S) – Enters Gowda 3G – Karnataka politics

Janata Dal (S) – Enters Gowda 3G – Karnataka politics

Janata Dal (S) has announced its candidate for Mandya.   Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Gowda makes entry into politics from Mandya.

Nikhil Gowda – Janata Dal (S) :

The 28 year old is seen as the heir to Kumaraswamy’s legacy.  Sources say he is being pushed to contest elections because of his father’s deteriorating health.

The Janata Dal (S) party is demanding 12 seats out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State from its alliance Congress party.

“A few party leaders from Mandya have been pressing me to contest the LS Polls.  As the Chief Minister’s son, I have some responsibilities.  If the party leaders decide that I have to contest the elections, I have no choice” Nikhil said.

Congress +Janata Dal (S) alliance :

Nikhil’s candidature will mark the entry of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s second grandson into electoral politics, as the Janata Dal (S) supremo has already indicated that Prajwal Revanna is likely to be the party candidate from Hassan.

INC + JDS

The assertion to claim Mandya came as Congress and JD(S) have decided to fight the parliamentary polls together but are yet to finalize a seat-sharing arrangement.

H.D.Kumaraswamy on Janata Dal (S) Seat from Mandya :

“Mandya candidate will be from JD(S), there is no question of our party going back. If Nikhil Kumaraswamy has to contest the election, we will not flee to Mysuru or any other place.If he contests, he will contest from Mandya,” he said, adding his family has grown in politics from struggle, and there was no question of going elsewhere fearing somebody.

Kumaraswamy’s comment comes days after Mrs. Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of the late actor-turned-politician M H Ambareesh, expressed strong intentions to contest from Mandya on a Congress ticket.

Reaction of Sumanalatha Ambareesh on Janatal Dal (S) candidacy :

Mrs. Sumalatha said that she was still waiting for response from Congress to her willingness to contest from Mandya. 

Addressing media she quoted that she was not interest in announcements by other political parties.  “I am yet to hear anything officially from the Congress. I will not take any decisions until I hear from the party” she said.

Conclusion :

Many citizens view Karnataka politics becoming political dynasty.  At one time, Mulayam’s family had 7 law makers in Uttar Pradesh .  Lalu Prasad had as many as 10 law makers in Bihar.  Now it is Karnataka’s turn.  Gowda’s Janata Dal (S) will have 7 members now.

To know more about Janata Dal (S) candidates in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Read : https://www.bangalorean.com/politics/bengaluru-north-s-m-krishna-vs-deve-gowda/

Coalition government Seat sharing – Bengaluru

Coalition government Seat sharing – Bengaluru

Coalition government seat sharing is doing rounds in Karnataka.  JD(S) asks for 12 seats and the congress sites on winnability criteria. 

JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda and Congess president Rahul Gandhi will take a final call on seat-sharing.

Winnability criteria – Coalition government :

Karnataka’s ruling coalition government partners, the Congress and the JD(S), began the first round of discussions on seat-sharing for the upcoming General elections 2019 in Karnataka.

The two allies, who had formed the coalition government after striking a post-poll alliance threw up a hung verdict, have decided to fight the parliamentary polls together under a coalition arrangement.

According to KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao, “we have discussed all 28 Lok Sabha seats.  It has been decided based pm the winnability of the candidates”.

Seat sharing by coalition government :

Seat-sharing is likely to be a major test for coalition government parties.  The JD(S) is banking on two-third, one-third formula was adopted in ministry formation and allocation of boards and corporations.  JD(S)  has demanded 10 to 12 seats out of the total 28.

The Congress is opposed to this, maintaining that sharing of seats will be based on “merit”.

There is pressure from within the Congress not to surrender too many seats to JD(S). The party workers does not want to give the ten seats where the party has sitting MPs.

Sharing of seats for coalition government for old Mysuru region is expected to be an acid test for both the parties. The JD(S) considers it as its bastion  and the Congress has its sitting members from most of the seats there.

JD(S) vs. Congress – coalition government seat sharing:

The Vokkaliga centered region of  Mandya will be another bone of contention between the coalition government partners as JD(S) plans to field Kumaraswamy’ ‘s son Nikhil from the seat that it currently holds.

The congress is getting pressure within the party to field Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician M.H. Ambareesh from there.

JD(S) supremo announced Madhu Bangarappa’s name as his party’s candidate from Shimoga Lok Sabha Constituency.  He is the first candidate announced by the coalition partners.

The Shimoga Lok Sabha set is presently held by B.Y.Raghavendra, son of B.S.Yeddyurappa.

The grand old party of Congress is under pressure from its party workers not to surrender the seats to the JD(S).

Budget 2019 – Karnataka state budget

Budget 2019 – Karnataka state budget will be presented by the Chief minister Kuamraswamy today in Vidhana soudha.  The Karnataka budget will be presented at around noon today after legislative party meetings by the Congress, JDS and BJP.

Congress meeting before budget 2019 :

The Congress issued a whip requiring all its lawmakers to accept  by directives, failing which they would be disqualified and banned from contesting polls for the next six years.

Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah also directed four disagreeing Congress lawmakers to attend a Congress Legislature Party meeting today before budget 2019, warning of action as per the anti-defection law.

Kumaraswamy woos rebel leaders with posts before budget 2019:

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has tried to attract the rebel congress leaders with prime positions in the government prior to  the Karnataka Budget 2019.

Among the beneficiaries of this move are lawmakers Pratap Gowda Patil, Basaveshwaranagar Daddal and MA Gopalaswamy. While Mr Daddal has been appointed as chairman of the Scheduled Tribes Welfare Board, Mr Gopalaswamy is the new parliamentary secretary to Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar.

Disgrunted lawmaker Umesh Jadhav — found to be absenting himself from Congress.  He has been replaced by Mr  Patil as the chairman of the Warehouse Corporation.

Congress MLA’s :

The budget 2019 session will be held at 12.32 pm, following legislative party meetings by the Congress, BJP an JDS. Sources said Mr. Jadhav and another dissident, Ramesh Jharkiholi, may be sacked by the Congress today.

As no Congress MLA has resigned from the party so far, the coalition still officially has 118 MLAs in a House with 113 as its halfway mark. Earlier the Congress leadership had exuded confidence that all the party MLAs will be present for the budget 2019.

Citizen’s views on Budget 2019:

Will H.D.Kumaraswamy placate the voters with a lot of sops in budget 2019? With an eye on elections, will the chief minister dole out freebies just like the farm loan waivers? If yes, where will he finance all these goodies?

Voters of other castes will take umbrage if nothing is done to better their conditions. It is indeed a tight-rope walk. Pampering one can vex the other and vice-versa.

In such a precarious situation, H.D.Kumaraswamy’s moves will certainly be scrutinized with the precision of a surgeon. Will the chief minister bait the caste-card or will he fearlessly and assiduously tilt the needle in favor of development not riddled in the chasms of caste in budget 2019?

Highlight of the Budget by HDK

  • Rs.12,650 cr for CORP loan waiver
  • Rs.950 cr for Ayushman Bharath Arogya Karnataka
  • Move to make CET online
  • Technological University at Hassan by bifurcating VTU
  • Rs.20 cr for mango processing units in Ramanagarm dharwad and tomato processing units in Kolar

for Namma Bengaluru

  • Rs.8,015 cr for Nava Bengaluru Kriya Yojane
  • Rs 50 cr for Bengaluru Mobility plan
  • Rs.1,000 cr for elevated corridor
  • Incubation centre to help start-ups
  • Common Commuter Card for Metro and BMTC
  • Construction of Peripheral ring road
  • Extension of Kengeri Metro network
  • Additional loop for Hebbal flyover towards KR Puram
  • 400-tonne waste-toenergy plant
  • Study viability of Metro for Mysuru, Mangaluru Hubballi-Dharwad.

Wait and watch for more news.

Crop loan waiver – Karnataka Government

Crop loan waiver scheme is to provide loan wavier relief of up to Rs.2 lakhs for the poor and marginalized farmers. The scheme intends to provide financial support to the drought-hit farmers in the state.

Farmer

Features of crop loan waiver scheme :

The following are the features of the scheme –

  • To grant financial assistance to the debt-ridden farmers.
  • To reduce farmers debt.
  • To provide current loans to the farmers for the forthcoming sowing season.

Highlights of the crop loan waiver scheme :

The following are the highlights of the housing scheme. – The loan amount will be distributed to the eligible farmers in four phases.

  • The amount of Rs.10,500 crore is allocated in the budget 2018-19.
  • The amount of Rs.6,500 crore is allocated for the farmers to get an initial loan from the banks for agricultural activity.

As per the declaration by the Karnataka Information, Department of Information and public relation concerning crop loan waiver :

As per the commitment of the coalition government to about 40 lakh crop loanee farmers of both commercial banks and co-operative banks, the crop loan waiver scheme is implemented to reach all eligible farmers.  In this

  • 36 lakh farmers have submitted their self declarations, in which
  • 20 lakh farmers have correctly submitted their Aadhar Card, Ration Card and Land Sy. No. and remaining
  • 7 lakh farmers are requested to give their correct Aadhar Card/Ration Card/Land Sy. No. in February 2019 itself for prompt waiver release
  • Rs. 1900 crores released in 1st installment to
  • 4 lakh farmers towards crop loan waiver.

Crop loan waiver – 1st installment :

All eligible farmers who submit their Aadhar Card, Ration Card and Land Sy. No. will get loan waiver 1st installment release within February 2019 for restructured, overdue and regular commercial bank loans.

All eligible farmers in co-operative sector will get their loan waiver release in the very month when their loan repayment become due for repayment.

For details about Farmer’s loan waiver,  visit : http://clws.karnataka.gov.in/

Chiefs to boards, Corporations – Karnataka

Chiefs to boards and corporations in Karnataka have been appointed.  Congress legislators have been approved for the appointment to various boards and corporations.  The list has left out five key recommendations made by the party.

Power house of Karnataka State

This move by Chief Minister Kumara Swamy will bring hostility between the coalition partners. 

Chief to Boards, Corporations – Congress Recommendation

The congress party has recommended 19 legislators names to the post of Chiefs to boards, Corporations.  9 members were recommended for the appointment as the parliamentary secretaries. 

The Chief Minister has not signed the recommended legislators order upsetting the congress.  The recommendation had nominees for boards, corporations coming under the departments controlled by the JD(S) ministers.

The congress party had recommended Congress MLA T.Venkataramaiah as Chairperson of Karnataka Road Development Corporation.  N.A.Haris was recommended as chairperson of BMTC.  The BMTC comes under the Transport department controlled by the JD(S) party. 

The other names not approved by Kumara Swamy includes for the post of Chiefs of boards, corporations includes S.N.Subbareddy as Chairperson of KSIC, S.T.Somashekar as BDA Chairman and K.Sudhakar as KSPCB Chairman.

Chiefs to Boards, Corporations – Names approved by H.D.Kumara Swamy

Chief Minister H.D.Kumara Swamy

The following are the names approved by the Chief Minister for the post of chiefs to boards, corporations are :

B.K.Sangameshwar – Karnataka Land Army Corporation

Narendra.R – Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Corporation

Umesh G Jadhav – Karnataka State Warehousing Corporation

T.Raghu Murthy – Hutti Gold Mines Ltd.

Yashwantharaygoud B.Patil – Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board

B.A.Basavaraj – Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd.

B.Shivanna – Keonics

Narayanaswamy S.N. – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Development Corporation

Munirathna – Karnataka Skill Development Corporation

Shivaram M Hebbar – North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation

B.S.Suresh – Karnataka State Small Industries Development Corporation

Laxmi Hebbalkar – Mysore Minerals Ltd.

T.D.Raje gowda – Malnad Area Development Authority.

PWD Minister H.D.Revanna was keen to get these positions to his recommended candidates. 

The chief minister approved the recommendations by the congress for the parliamentary secretaries.  The names includes legislators Anjali Nimbalkar, Mahantesh S Koujalagi, Roopa Shashidhar, Raghavendra H. Hitnam, Durgappa Hulageri (all MLAs), A.Abdul Jabbar, Ivan D’Souza, K.Govindaraj (all MLCs). 

Cabinet Expansion – Karnataka State

The Cabinet expansion and reshuffling is taking place in Karnataka on 22nd December 2018.

To contain the boiling dissatisfaction within the party over cabinet expansion, the Congress-JD(S) coalition government will be expanding on 22nd  December 2018.

Coalition Government

The Congress legislation party (CLP) met at Suvarna Soudha.  The winter session of Karnataka State is underway in Belagavi.  Many legislators raised issues concerning the developmental work progressing in a slow pace.

Cabinet expansion and reshuffle:

Many projects are taking a back seat under the coalition government.  According to congress sources it will be both cabinet expansion and reshuffle.  According to an agreement reached between the 2 parties at he time of formation of the coalition government, there are 6 vacant ministerial positions left for congress and 2 for JD(S).

Karnataka Government Cabinet

The cabinet expansion on 22nd December will be the 2nd expansion of the coalition government.  The Chief Minister at present is heading a 26 member cabinet.  Along with the cabinet expansion, the congress party will be filling up of MLA’s as heads to various boards and corporations.  Their appointment will be as Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers.

North Karnataka not happy 

Many MLA’s from north Karnataka strongly opposed about the lesser representation of legislators from their region in the cabinet.  41 MLA’s represent North Karnataka.  Only 5 are accommodated in the cabinet.  Out of 36 MLA’s belonging to Southern Karnataka, 11 MLA’s are having a plum post.

Recently Ramalinga Reddy of BTM layout Constituency openly expressed his unhappiness over the cabinet expansion.  Leaders and former ministers were to given berths during the 1st cabinet expansion. 

The senior MLA’s who missed the posts are Ramalinga Reddy, M.B.Patil, Satish Jarkoholi, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Roshan Baig and S.R.Patil.  All these leaders have expressed their unhappiness for denying cabinet positions.

Cabinet Expansion – 2nd round

The 2nd round of cabinet expansion has been postponed many times since 1st round of cabinet expansion in June mentioning different reasons.  The reasons including local body elections, by polls and of course inauspicious times.

Lobbying for Ministerial berth

Ahead of the cabinet expansion, many legislators are lobbying for inclusion in the ministerial berth.  Some of the senior leaders have urged Mr. Siddaramaiah to recommend them to the party high command for the vacant 6 cabinet posts.

Sharing by the Coalition government – cabinet expansion

Out of 34 member ministry, the congress party made 15 of its 80 legislators cabinet ministers.  The JD(S) made 9 out of 11 posts as its quota. 

As per the sharing quota congress is entitled to 20 out of the 30 State run boards and corporations and JD(S)  balance 10 posts to the statutory bodies. 

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New Deputy Mayor – Bengaluru

B.Bhadre Gowda of JD(S) is been elected as the new Deputy Mayor of Bengaluru.

New Deputy Mayor

The post of deputy Mayor was vacant for some time.  Barely a week after she was elected as Bengaluru’s new deputy Mayor, Ramila Umashankar, the Janata Dal (Secular) Corporator from Kaveripura ward, died after she suffered a heart attack.  She was 44.

Following the death of Deputy Mayor Ramila Umashankar, the regional commissioner had ordered BBMP to conduct the polls for the post.

Appointment of Deputy Mayor :

As Bhadre Gowda was the only person to file nomination for the post, Regional Commissioner declared  him elected unopposed.

He had held the position of Chairman of Standing Committee in 2016.   The Bengaluru City’s new Deputy Mayor B. Bhadre Gowda is 52 years old.  He is from JD(S) party.  He represents Nagpura ward (Ward No.67) in Mahalakshmi Layout assembly constituency.  He is a 1st time corporator.

The New Deputy Mayor’s demand as soon as he got elected for the post was a new Multi Utility Vehicle.  He requested the Bengaluru Maha Nagara Palike (BBMP) to replace his “too old” official car with a new top-end Toyota Innova Crysta.

As the State is run by a coalition government (JD(S) and congress) there is an understanding that the post of the Mayor will be held by Congress and Deputy Mayor post by JD(S).

Standing Committee:

The elections were held for the positions of chairperson for 12 Standing Committee’s of the BBMP council.  The chairmen for 4 of the Standing committees will be given to the JD(S) corporators in the BBMP council.

The JD(S) party is demanding to retain the post of chairman of Tax and Finance Standing committee.

Prior to the elections, there were differences of opinion between the congress and the BJP about the nominations to different Standing Committees.

The New Deputy Mayor’s priority is to make Bengaluru clean and green.  He has his own ideas for the city and is trying to implement it in a short span of time.

 

Property tax hike – Bengaluru city

Property tax hike – Bengaluru city

BBMP(Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike)  plans property tax hike – Bengaluru from April 2019.

The hike in the property tax in Bengaluru will be by 25-30%. This is to meet the pressure of taking important new projects by the BBMP.

If the BBMP goes ahead with property tax hike – Bengaluru,  the residential areas will pay 25% more  and commercial areas 30%.  If the coalition government approves and endorses the same, the rates will be coming to effect from 1st April 2019.

The BBMP revenue department has prepared a proposal for the property tax hike – Bengaluru.

BBMP Commissioner confirmed the proposal of property tax hike- Bengaluru by saying “revision of property tax is being done as per the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act.  The Act mandates revision once in 3 years”.

BBMP is struggling to meet the deadline of the on-going projects due to financial problems.

Reasons for opposition to property tax hike – Bengaluru:

The move by BBMP to property tax hike – Bengaluru has irked the residents and property owners.  Many expressed  the city lacks basic infrastructure including good roads.  The garbage and solid waste management is a day to day crisis in the city.

The problems also include poor maintenance of street lights, bad footpaths and no drainage system.

Citizens of Bengaluru say there is no transparency in the system.  Nobody knows how much of revenue is being generated by BBMP through property tax.

Properties which comes under the new BBMP zones are yet to get ‘A’ Khata and do not have even occupancy certificates.  Some of the areas lack basic necessities such as water and sanitation connection.  Without providing these basic facilities BBMP is proposing Property tax hike-Bengaluru.

In some of the BBMP Zones even after paying property tax the areas have been neglected.  The citizens in these areas have seen little or no development in terms of infrastructure and amenities.

When was property tax raised previously?

With a similar aim, property tax  was raised by 20 % for residential building and 25% for non-residential properties in 2016. The civic body can revise the property tax in every 3 years, with a min. of 15% and max. 30% according to the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976.

Some even suggested that the citizens must be able to penalize the BBMP for not performing their duties in the Bengaluru city.

The general opinion is that the property tax hike is unlikely to go ahead in an election year.