Car pooling halt in Karnataka – Ola and Uber riders affected

Car pooling halt in Karnataka – Ola and Uber riders affected

Car pooling or share ride in Karnataka is halted immediate effect.   The Karnataka Transport Department on 28th June directed popular cab aggregators Ola and Uber to withdraw car pooling feature from their mobile applications immediately.

While the drivers are happy about the ban on car pooling, the move is likely to affect and disappoint passengers who regularly use share services, known for being cheaper than the regular cab services. 

Ola and Uber Services :

Ola and Uber may have had a great year with the homegrown ride hailing service getting funding, while the international company reached its IPO landmark.

But coming as a bump in this glorious path is Karnataka government’s order to both the companies to withdraw their pool services in Bengaluru.

Ola & Uber drivers reaction to halt Car pooling :

The drivers pointed out that both companies did not have the licence to provide carpool service. They had also been protesting against the hassles faced during pooling services, which includes passengers frequently arguing or fighting with each other and issues related to women’s safety.

However, both Ola and Uber said the car-pooling services enables customers to save money and fuel.

Ola’s investment :

Ola has been in the news lately. It recently announced a strategic partnership with Hyundai Motor Group,  where Hyundai and Kia Motor Corporation, both part of the same group, will make a combined investment of $300 million in the ride-sharing platform. 

Last month, it raised Rs 650 crore in funding from Sachin Bansal, Co-founder of Flipkart. In January, Sachin had invested Rs.150 crore in the company  and committed additional funding. The ride-hailing aggregator has already raised $74 million led by Steadview Capital as part of its larger $2 billion round.

Public Reaction :

Ola Share and UberPOOL, the ride-sharing features from the two aggregators, enjoy popularity among commuters and have been hailed as practical solutions to traffic congestion. The transport authority’s previous attempt to ban the carpooling feature in 2017 saw opposition from transport experts. 

Public are not happy about the ban of car pooling by the Government.  Banning car pooling is definitely not the way out.  With last mile connectivity and lack of public transport infrastructure, car pooling is much more better than having 4 different/separate cars on the road.

According to public ride sharing is legal as long as it involves cost sharing and the owner/driver of the said car is not flouting the law to make a profit. Owners of private cars involved in car pooling in India do not require a special permit.

Ola share banned during night :

Recently Ola Ride-Sharing was blocked by taxi aggregator Ola at night between 11 pm and 6 am  due to the safety of the passengers and the driver’s earnings.

Commuters will not be able to use ola ride-sharing to work through taxi aggregators ola.

Bengaluru, where Ola is headquartered, is also its single largest market in the country. The city is estimated to have 120,000 cabs, out of which around 65,000 operate on the Uber and Ola platforms interchangeably, state authorities and experts said. 

This isn’t the first run-in for a ride hailing firm with the Karnataka authorities. 

Recently, Ola and other cab aggregators which operate bike taxis have been facing the heat from the Transport Department. In February, transport officials seized close to 500 such bike taxis for operating illegally.

Car Pooling / Ride-sharing :

Thousands of commuters rely on ride-sharing to get to places as it is affordable.  But nobody knows whether it remains permanent.  The facility was stopped earlier this week.

The passengers pay 30% to 60% less by sharing the cab with others travelling on the same route.

Road space – car pooling / ride sharing :

The ride sharing or car pooling was well appreciated for its role in reducing congestion by carrying more people in less vehicles. The decision was a disappointing news for a lot of people who work late in the night.

Ola talked about “ease of use”, “lower prices”, and “decongesting cities”, they do not take responsibility for the passenger’s safety. The companies do guarantee passenger safety even after the rider has boarded the cab.

In a country where fake identity proofs are so common, allowing strangers to share rides can be risky.

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Jaladhare – water supply project – Bengaluru

Jaladhare – water supply project – Bengaluru

Jaladhare drinking water supply project is a big  project, which will be implemented by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department.  The project aims to provide piped water supply to every village in the state.

Raising a loan for Jaladhare project :

The State Government of Karnataka is planning to raise a loan of US $400 million which comes to about Rs.2,800 crore from Beijing head quartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to fund drinking water supply project Jaladhare.

Key numbers under the Jaladhare project :

Estimated cost of Jaladhare project :  Rs.53,000 crore

Supply target – 85 litres per capita per day

Coverage : 4.02 crore rural population

Water Requirement : 78 tmcft

Live storage capacity in reservoirs/dams : 665 tmcft.

Aim of Jaladhare project :

The Jaladhare project aims to provide piped water supply to all rural households over a period of 7 years in the State of Karnataka.  This project cover a population of 4 crore people. 

Water for the project will be drawn from reservoirs, canals and perennial rivers.

Funding for the project :

The Central Government has cleared the loan proposal for water supply project and the Finance Ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs has recommended Jaladhare Project for AIIB Funding. 

If the project gets approved, this will be the 2nd project from Karnataka to be funded by the Beijing headquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). 

The first project funded was to construct the Gottigere-Nagavara Metro line at a cost of $335.

With Jaladhare project, the Government is planning to redo water supply.  The main focus will be from ground water to surface water.

According to Minister Krishna Byre Gowda, “from 1985, Karnataka invested heavily on ground water-based supply schemes.  But due to recurring drought, ground water has failed and the investment has become redundant”.

Jaladhare in phases :

The first phase of Jaladhare covers Raichur, Vijayapura, Kolar and Mandya Districts.

  • Raichur gets water from Narayanapura and Tungabadra reservoirs.
  • Vijayapura gets pipes water from Almatti and Narayanapura reservoirs.
  • Mandya gets water from KRS and
  • The source of water for Kolar is from Yettinahole project. 

The project Yettinahole plans to cover Kolar, Hassan, Tumakuru, Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru rural districts. 

The cost for these 4 districts will be amount to Rs.6000 crore.

Second phase of Jaladhare covers Belgavi, Kulbargi and Shivamogga.

Prosperity and Poverty – 2 faces of Bengaluru

Prosperity and Poverty – 2 faces of Bengaluru

Prosperity and poverty – prosperous Karnataka State’s poor secret.   Poor access to State healthcare and drinking water are the two major woes of the State.

The economy of Karnataka State is predominantly agrarian. In the total State Domestic Product, the contribution of agriculture and allied activities is 37 per cent. 65 per cent of the work force in the State depends on agriculture. 

Features of Karnataka Economy :

Karnataka economy is largely service oriented and income from the sector contributes half the state’s GDP with the agricultural and the industrial sector contributing to nearly 25% each. The major manufacturing oriented industries in the state include: Sugar. Paper.

Karnataka statistics :

Karnataka’s per capita State income was Rs.1,83,737 in 2017-18.  This was above the per capita National Income of Rs.1,12,835. 

According to the 15th Finance Commission the State’s poverty rate is at 21%.  Karnataka State has not fared well on the healthcare front.  The reason may be the frequent transfer of officers running the health programs. 

Traditional ploughing – Karnataka

Karnataka being IT capital of India, known as the home of technology and startups it is very difficult to explain why the poverty rate is very high.  The expected poverty rate is below 20%. 

Health care access – Prosperity and poverty :

Healthcare is a casualty as the citizens comprises of poor and middle class families among the elite and rich in the State.  There are many private hospitals but  very few can afford them.  

People who are poor has to either go in search of government hospitals or an NGO run hospital.  The other option is to visit the government run hospitals at Bengaluru city. 

Travelling to these hospitals in the city is also tiresome.  The roads are congested and the distance to travel is gruesome. 

Present scenario :

There is very poor agricultural growth rate and incomplete irrigation projects dragging for years as only 33% of the State’s area was irrigated. 

Karnataka took up several projects but the net result of these projects are not reflected in the performance in agricultural sector.

In the last 6 to 7 years, agriculture is either stagnant or shrinking.  It is -0.3%. 

Per-Capita Development Expenditure :

The per capita development expenditure in Karnataka during 2014-15, 2015-16(RE) and 2016-17(BE) was Rs.13928, Rs.15591 and Rs.17413 respectively as compared to all State’s average of Rs.10437, Rs.13545 and Rs.14404.The high percentage of committed revenue expenditure to revenue receipts (78%) in 2016-17(RE) reveals that the State has limited flexibility in allocation of its resources for new schemes.

Hence the need of the hour is expenditure rationalization/ re-calibration.

Non-tax Revenue :

The ratio of non-tax revenue to total receipts has been continuously declining over the years. This is due to low recovery of costs. In many departments, the revision of user charges, fees & fines and other such non-tax receipts have not taken place for many years. Even with revision of rates and better collection mechanisms, increase in revenues from this avenue may not be large due to existing low base.

State’s Borrowings :

The State’s borrowings are more expensive than the loans advanced by the government. The recipient boards and corporations are unable to service the loans given to them by the State government in view of low recovery of cost of their services from the consumers.

The debt to GSDP ratio has gone up, while it still remains below 20%.   In future there will be pressures from all sides to spend more.  There has to be caution on how finance-through more revenues rather than more debts.

Current Fiscal Challenges and Way Forward :

Despite the State’s broad successes in its fiscal consolidation efforts, the State government faces many fiscal challenges arising from limited potential for resource mobilization relative to GSDP, rigidities in the form of committed expenditure, and weak linkages between expenditure and development outcomes.

Ponzi scheme by fraudsters – Beware Bengaluru

Ponzi scheme by fraudsters – Beware Bengaluru

Ponzi scheme – by fraudsters are becoming a nightmare in Bengaluru city.  Bengaluru public went on a panic mode as  thousands fell victim to IMA ( I Monetary Advisory) jewel’s ponzi scheme by its owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan.  

Red flags had been raised about  IMA (I Monetary Advisory) way back last year.  But thousands of investors, majority from the muslim community failed to understand and get the real picture.

IMA Jewels – Ponzi scam :

Police have received around 8,500 complaints involving investments approximately worth Rs.1500 crore.   

On its website, IMA claims to have presence in bullion trading, educational academies offering pre-primary to higher secondary education, credit co-operative and housing society, health care services and a multispecialty hospital, hypermarkets and supermarkets, infrastructure and real estate development, printing and publishing and retail sales of gold, silver, diamond & platinum jewellery. 

Most of those who invested in the company belong to the minority community, working as auto-rickshaw drivers, beedi manufacturers, carpenters and street vendors.

Who is Mohammed Mansoor Khan?

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IMA or I Monetary Advisory Jewels was launched in 2016 and Khan was its promoter and Managing Director. Khan is believed to have houses in Jayanagar as well as Richmond town in the city. He also launched a second outlet of the jewellery store in Jayanagar in 2018.

One of the sister concerns, IMA Advisory Private Limited, however, describes itself as a 13-year-old company. Investors are spread across the various subsidiaries and returns were being paid for a while before they stopped a few months back.

Khan claims that the IMA group has properties worth Rs 1,050 core in the city. The group claims to have a clientele of seven thousand.

Some of its board of directors are Nasir Hussain, Naveed Ahmed Nattamkar, Nizammuddin Azeemuddin, Afshan Tabassum, Afsar Pasha and Arshad Khan.

Group companies of IMA :

Group companies include IM Digital, IM Trends, IM Entertainment, IM Zayee, IMAIP Bullion and Trading, MMK Institute of Education, IMAW Jewellery, IMA Women Empowerment Business Module. Most of these were set up as limited liability partnerships.

Highlights of IMA Ponzi scam :

In an audio clip, IMA Jewels owner allegedly said he is “tired of bribing corrupt politicians and bureaucrats”

As soon the audio went viral, investors gathered at the IMA Jewels headquarters, demanding action against him

Police suspect that at least 26,000 investors from across Karnataka have been cheated

The principles of IMA according to their website :

  • Belief in Allah Subbanahu Wa Ta’ala
  • No interest
  • No haram investments
  • Financing based on real assets
  • Risk sharing

Why public get interested in Pvt. Organisations?

Some are of the opinion that due to lack of deposit schemes by banks, public are opting for investment in private  co’s. 

The interest amount paid by private financiers are on a higher side and this lures the people to invest their hard earned money in ponzi schemes.

Normally banks offer an annual interest of around 7% whereas ponzi schemes offer 2.5% monthly interest which comes to around 30% p.a.

The returns on the investment encourages public to invest in these private co’s.

The closure of popular Janada Deposit schemes by banks may have led to rise of Ponzi Schemes and fraud firms.  The Janata Deposit Scheme suited the needs of many people. The public included businesspersons, professions, daily wage labourers, traders and home makers.

How ponzi scheme works :

Information about these schemes spreads by words of mouth.  The fraudulent operators usually avoid being in touch with the investors.  The Co. will not have any accountability or do they give any record of having received money. 

All the transactions are done without using banks so there will not be any money trail. Some of the private operators offer higher rate of interest to lure more investors quickly.

For example IMA largely offered three kinds of investments. The first one was a business investment, which guaranteed around 3 per cent return per month.

The second one was an education investment scheme, which offered similar rate of annualized return during March-April to the investee.

The third one was a marriage investment that would fetch around Rs 5-6 lakhs in five years over Rs 50,000 investment

Another case which came to light is the Karvy group. 

Karvy group scam :

The Bengaluru police has booked the top officials of another fraudulent firm, Karvy group for cheating its investors by promising huge returns.

Operating under many firms, Karvy Group of Co’s had allegedly cheated its investors by promising them a secure investment and 20% returns.

Like IMA, most of the complainants in Karvy have also invested a major part of their life savings in the firm hoping for a better future. Some had invested for their children’s marriage while others hoping for a steady even income after their retirement. But it came as shock to the investors when the money flow halted suddenly.

Among those booked include directors of Karvy Stock Brokers, Karvy Realty India Pvt. Ltd. and Karvy Capitals, who allegedly cheated investors by promising 18-20% returns.

Cheated Amount  and reasons :

Till now, nine investors, have been cheated of Rs.3.81 crore, have filed a complain at Basavanagudi police station. 

Some of the complainants are retired professionals from different fields and had invested  all their savings.  When the returns stopped coming, it was a shock to the investors. 

The reasons given by the company for non payment is demonetization and GST.  Some of the cheques given by the company were bounced. 

Wake up call:

The above mentioned incidents are a wake up call to the public to consider before investing their hard earned money.  Even though the returns are less, opting for government backed institutions are always safer.

Even if the returns are 10% or more, investing in private co’s are always risky. 

It is always better to take advice and to enquire about the financial status of private co’s before investing. 

Government holiday on 4th Saturday in Karnataka

Government holiday on 4th Saturday in Karnataka

Government holiday on 4th Saturday every month in Karnataka to Government offices.  The Karnataka Cabinet decided to declare fourth Saturdays a holiday for the state government employees in addition to second Saturdays.

According to sources, the decision would save a lot of money to the State exchequer since it would reduce consumption of electricity, water and fuel used by employees.

Pay Commission recommendation :

According to Rural Development Minister Krishna Byre Gowda this major decision was taken based on a recommendation of the State Pay Commission. 

In 2011 the Pay Commission had recommended five-day week.  There is no proposal to extend the working hours.

6th State Pay Commission :

This Pay Commission has been constituted to examine the present pay structure of employees of State Government, aided educational institutions, local bodies and non-teaching staff of the Universities and to recommend new pay structure which may be feasible.  

The Commission is inviting responses to the Questionnaires from all the stake holders like employees, their associations and from officers.  The Questionnaires are available in this website for reference.​

Cut in other Government holidays :

The State Government employees will be loosing 7-8 Government holidays across categories in a year.  The Government is likely to cut the annual casual leave quota from 15 to 10.

Though the Cabinet discussed about reducing festival and other holidays such as on the occasion of ‘jayantis’, it felt such a move might hurt sentiments of certain sections.

The Cabinet did not approve a long-pending recommendation to provide a 5-day work week.

Counselling for Grade C & D employees’ transfers :

To bring in transparency and to reduce corruption in transfers of Government employees, the Government decided to effect transfers of all Grade C & D employees through counseling from year 2020.

The government is planning to bring an amendment very soon to the Act governing transfers of employees.

Under the new system, the Government notifies the names of employees who are eligible for transfer.  The places available for transfers are also notified.  The employees are given the option of selecting the places.

Grade C employees are eligible to seek transfer after serving one place for 4 years and Grade D employees with a minimum of 7 years.

Karnataka MP’s as Union Ministers – Bengaluru

Karnataka MP’s as Union Ministers – Bengaluru

Karnataka MP’s – 3 of the elected members made it as Union Ministers.  Three newly elected MPs from Karnataka took  oath as members of Union Council of Ministers, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won 25 out of 28 seats in the state. It was their best-ever mandate.

They are D V Sadananda Gowda, who was a member of the Modi Cabinet earlier, Pralhad Joshi, a four-time MP from Dharwad and Suresh Angadi, four-time MP from Belgaum. 

Nirmala Sitharaman, who served as defence minister in the previous government, also inducted into Modi’s new ministry.  She represents Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha. 

Karnataka MP –  Mr. Sadananda Gowda :

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda born 18 March 1953 to  Venkappa Gowda and Kamala of Mandekolu Village in Sulya taluk, Karnataka. His native village is close to the Kerala-Karnataka border.

He has served as the 20th Chief Minister of Karnataka. He previously served as the Minister of Kaw and Justice, having been shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016. 

He is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha representing the Bengaluru North constituency.

Positions held by Sadananda Gowda :

  • 1983–1988 State Secretary, BJP Yuva Morcha, Karnataka
  • 1994–2004 Member, Karnataka, Karnaka Legislative Assembly ( 2 times)
  • 1995–1996 Member, Cell for preparing Draft Bill on Prohibiting atrocities on Women, Government of Karnataka.
  • 1999–2004 Deputy Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 1999–2001 Member, Committee on Commerce
  • 2001–2002 Member, Committee for Energy, Fuel & Power, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 2002–2003 Member, Public Undertaking Committee, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 2003–2004 President, Public Accounts Committee, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 2004 Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
  • 2006–2010 State President, BJP, Karnataka
  • 2006–2009 Member, Committee on Commerce
  • 2006–onwards Member, Sub-committee of the Department Related Parliamentary standing Committee on Commerce for Special Economic Zones
  • 2009 Elected to 15th Lok Sabha
  • 2011–2012 Elected as 20th Chief Minister of Karnataka
  • 2013 Elected as the leader of opposition of Karnataka Legislative Council
  • 2014 Elected to 16th Lok Sabha from Bengaluru North and took oath as Central Railway Minister
  • 2015-2016 Cabinet Minister – Law & Justice
  • 2016- 2019  Minister of Statistics and Program Implementation
  • 2019 Elected  to 17th Lok Sabha

Mr. Pralhad Joshi – MP from Dharwad :

Pralhad Joshi (born 27 November 1962) is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha. He represents the Dharwad constituency of Karnataka and is the Ex-President of the Karnataka state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

He was part of the pool (as of 2014) which helps Lok Sabha Speaker by chairing the house proceedings when both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are not present.

Pralhad Joshi won the Dharwad Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 2,05,072 votes, defeating Congress’s Vinay Kulkarni, a former minister, in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls.

Positions held  by Pralhad Joshi :

  • General Secretary of BJP –  Dharwad unit in 1998 and its President in 1995.
  • Member of Parliament in 2004
  • In 2008 December he participated as a member of the Indian parliamentary delegation at the 63 Session of General Assembly and spoke on atrocities on women and children.
  • Member of Parliament in 2009
  • Participated as a member of the Indian parliamentary delegation in April 2012 and spoke on the need for a “genuine political settlement” to the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka.
  • Served as BJP Karnataka state unit General Secretary and went on to become its President in 2013.
  • Member of Parliament in 2014
  • Served as  chairperson of the Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas during 16th Lok Sabha
  • Member of various committees including- panel of chairpersons, Lok Sabha, Business Advisory Committee, and Committee on Ethics among others during 16th Lok Sabha.
  • He is also been the Member, Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hubballi.
  • Member of Parliament in 2019.

Mr. Suresh Angadi –  MP from Belgaum :

Suresh Angadi, born 1 June 1955 to Smawwa and Chanabasappa Angadi is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha from Belagavi.

He completed his graduation from S.S.S. Samithi College of commerce in Belgaum. Later he also graduated in Law from the prestigious Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum. Before entering public life he used to run his own private business.

Positions held by Suresh Angadi :

  • Vice president of BJP – Belgaum district unit in 1996.
  • 2001 he became President of the BJP district unit.
  • In the 14th Lok Sabha he served on the committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, consultative committee on Finance and Human Resource Development.
  • In the 15th Lok Sabha, he served as a Member of the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, Joint Committee on Pension Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament, Advisory Committee on Central Direct Taxes.
  • In 16th Lok Sabha, he was the member of House Committee on Petitions, Standing Committee on Defence, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs and Chairperson, Committee on House.

Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman  : Karnataka Rajya Sabha member :

Nirmala Sitharaman born 18 August 1959 to Savitri and Narayanan Sitharaman  served as the Minister of Defence of India since 2017 since 2017 and has served as Member of Rajya Sabha, since 2016.

Sitharaman is India’s second female defence minister. . She has served as the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance and the Minister for Commerce and Industry with independent charge. Prior to that, she has served as a national spokesperson for the BJP.

Positions held by Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman :

  • 2003-2005 – Member, National Commission for Women
  • 26 May 2014 onwards Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • 26 Nay 2014 – 9 November 2014 – Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
  • June 2014 Elected to Rajya Sabha
  • September 2017 – May 2019 Defence Minister of India.

Full list of Ministers who have taken oath at the Rashtrapati Bhavan :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Cabinet Ministers:

  1. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister and also in-charge of: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues; and All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

      2.   Raj Nath Singh – Minister of Defence

      3.   Amit Shah – Minister of Home Affairs.

      4.   Nitin Jairam Gadkari  – Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

       5.   D. V. Sadananda Gowda – Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

      6.   Nirmala Sitharaman – Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.

      7.   Ramvilas Paswan –  Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

      8.   Narendra Singh Tomar – Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural

            Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.

      9.   Ravi Shankar Prasad – Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and  Minister of  Electronics and Information Technology.

    10.   Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Minister of Food Processing Industries.

    11.   Thaawar Chand Gehlot – Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

    12.   Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – Minister of External Affairs.

    13.   Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ –  Minister of Human Resource Development.

    14.   Arjun Munda – Minister of Tribal Affairs.

    15.   Smriti Zubin Irani – Minister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles.

    16.   Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences.

    17.   Prakash Javadekar – Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

    18.   Piyush Goyal – Minister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry.

    19.   Dharmendra Pradhan – Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel.

    20.   Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minister of Minority Affairs.

    21.   Pralhad Joshi – Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines.

    22.   Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey – Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

    23.   Arvind Ganpat Sawant – Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise.

    24.   Giriraj Singh – Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

    25.   Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Minister of Jal Shakti.

List for Ministers of State (Independent Charge):​​​​​​​
  • Santosh Kumar Gangwar – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and
  • Employment.
  • Rao Inderjit Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and
  • Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.
  • Shripad Yesso Naik – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga
  • and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of
  • North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of space.
  • Kiren Rijiju – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports;
  • and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  • Prahalad Singh Patel – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Raj Kumar Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Hardeep Singh Puri – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and
  • Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Mansukh L. Mandaviya – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and
  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

List of Ministers of State:

1. Faggansingh Kulaste –  Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.

2. Ashwini Kumar Choubey – Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

3. Arjun Ram Meghwal – Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of

   State in  the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

4. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh – Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

5. Krishan Pal – Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

6. Danve Raosaheb Dadarao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

7. G. Kishan Reddy – Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

8. Parshottam Rupala – Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

9. Ramdas Athawale – Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti – Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.

11. Babul Supriyo – Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

12. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan – Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

13. Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

14. Anurag Singh Thakur – Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the  Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

15. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa – Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

16. Nityanand Rai – Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

17. Rattan Lal Kataria – Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

18. V. Muraleedharan – Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the  Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

19. Renuka Singh Saruta – Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

20. Som Parkash – Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

21. Rameswar Teli – Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

22. Pratap Chandra Sarangi – Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

23. Kailash Choudhary – Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

24. Debasree Chaudhuri – Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) Elections – May 29

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) Elections – May 29

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections will be held on May 29.  The total number of Urban Local Bodies in Karnataka are 277. The election will be having 1646 polling stations with 8230 personnel involved. 

The Karnataka State election commission announced elections for different local bodies, including city corporations and councils, panchayats and other urban local bodies.

This election is likely to test the resolve of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition and particularly its grass-root level workers who have been unable to overcome differences.

The Number of Urban Local Bodies going to polls are 63.  This includes 8 city municipal councils, 33 town municipal councils and 22 town panchayats.  The total number of wards are 1361.

Events Calendar – Urban Local Bodies :

Date of issue of notification – May 9 for 63 ULB’s

May 13 for by-polls to taluk and gram panchayats.

Last date to file nominations – May 16

Scrutiny of file nomination papers – May 17

Last date for withdrawal of nominations – May 20

Poling date – May 29 (7 am to 5 pm)

Total number of voters – 14.74 lakh

Total number of wards that will go to the polls : 1361 (248 in 8 City municipal councils, 783 in 33 Town Municipal Councils and 330 in 22 Town Panchayats)

Bypolls – Urban Local Bodies :

Bypolls to ULBs will also be held for vacant seats in ten taluk panchayats, 202 gram panchayats, two seats in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and one seat in Tumkuru corporation. Voting for bypolls will happen on May 29.

Urban Local Bodies election :

ULB polls are being held in 22 districts and model code of conduct will come into effect immediately, until May 31, in specific wards and ULB limits. ULB seats in Bengaluru rural (Anekal) and Urban (Devanahalli and Nelamangala) are going to polls.

Select CMC, TMC and TPs in Chitradurga, Davangere, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Shivamogga, Tumakuru, Mysuru, Chikmagalur, Dakshin Kannada, Hassan, Mandya, Chamarajnagara, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada, Bidar, Ballari and Yadgir will go to polls.

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) :

Urban Local Bodieshas existed since the year 1687, with the formation of Madras Municipal Corporation, and then Calcutta and Bombay Municipal Corporation in 1726. In the early part of the nineteenth century almost all towns in India had experienced some form of municipal governance.

In 1882 the then Viceroy of India, Lord Ripon, who is known as the Father of Local Self Government, passed a resolution of local self-government which laid the democratic forms of municipal governance in India.

History of ULB’s :

According to the 1991 Census of India,  there were 3255 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the country; classified into the four major categories:

  1.  Municipal Corporation (Nagar Nigam)
  2. Municipality (municipal council, municipal board, municipal committee) (Nagar Parishad)
  3. Town area committee
  4. Notified area committee

The municipal corporations and municipalities are fully representative bodies, while the notified area committees and town area committees are either fully or partially nominated bodies.

Responsibilities of Urban Local Bodies :

The municipal bodies are vested with a long list of functions delegated to them by the state governments under the municipal legislation. These functions broadly relate to public health, , welfare, regulatory functions, public safety, public infrastructure works and development activities.

Public health includes water supply, sewerage and sanitation, eradication of communicable diseases etc.  Welfare includes public facilities such as education, recreation etc. Regulatory functions related to prescribing and enforcing building regulations,   encroachments on public land, birth registration and death certificate etc. Public safety includes fire protection, street lighting etc

Public works measures such as construction and maintenance of inner city roads, etc.  and development functions related to town planning and development of commercial markets.

In addition to the legally assigned functions, the sectoral departments of the state government often assign unilaterally, and on an agency basis, various functions such as  family planning,  nutrition and slum improvement, disease and epidemic control, etc.

Municipal Corporation :

Mahanagar Palika (Munucipal Corporation ) in India are State Government formed departments that works for the development of a metropolitan city,  which has a population of more than 1 million.

The growing population and urbanization in various cities of India were in need of a local governing body that can work for providing necessary community services like health centres, educational institutes and housing and property tax.

They are formed under the Corporations Act of 1835 of panchayati rai system which mainly deals in providing essential services in every small town as well as village of a district/city. Their elections are held once in five year and the people choose the candidates.

The largest corporations are in the eight metropolitan cities of India, namely Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune. These cities not only have a large population, but are also the administrative as well as commercial centres of the country.

Municipality ( Nagar Palika) :

The members of the Nagar palika are elected representatives for a term of five years. The town is divided into wards according to its population, and representatives are elected from each ward. The members elect a president among themselves to preside over and conduct meetings.

A chief officer, along with officers like an engineer, sanitary inspector, health officer and education officer who come from the state public service are appointed by the state government to control the administrative affairs of the Nagar Palika.

Existing Urban Local bodies in Karnataka :

There are total 103 urban local bodies whose term comes to an end between March and July.  39 urban local bodies are pending before the High court.   The highest wards are in Bidar (128), followed by Tumakuru (114) and Mysuru (95) districts.

Election Commission :

According to the Election Commission, electronic voting machines (EVM) will be used for polling with out VVPAT. (Voter verifiable paper Audit Trail).  Throughout India,  VVPATs are not being used in any Urban local bodies polls. 

Sale and manufacture of liquor is banned from May 13 to May 31 in the 10 taluk panchayat and 202 gram panchayat seats.  Where EVM’s are not used, ballot papers will be used for the rural bypolls. 

Alliance – Urban local bodies :

The Coalition parties, who have fought fierce battles in south Karnataka over the decades, decided to form an alliance to circumvent the fractured verdict in the May assembly elections last year.

So intense is the fight between their workers that the JD(S) and Congress decided to go in for a ‘friendly fight’ in the August 2018 ULB election, despite the two coming together earlier in the year to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of power in Karnataka.

The Congress has already announced that it will not have any alliance with the JD(S) for this election. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president, Dinesh Gundu Rao said that local leaders are free to enter into understanding depending upon local needs.

Congress had earlier confirmed to its workers that its electoral understanding with the JD(S) was limited to assembly and Lok Sabha polls and it has of late found that the workers of both the Congress and JD(S) at local levels have been finding it very difficult to get along with each other as they have been harboring bitter political rivalry since long.

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – seat sharing

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – seat sharing

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing wrangling between Karnataka’s ruling coalition parties Congress and  JD(S) has reached a pact.  JD(S) had demanded 12 seats but were given 8.  Congress has conceded Tumakuru seat that it holds to JD(S).

Coalition government seat sharing started doing rounds a while back in Karnataka.  JD(S) had asked for 12 seats and the congress had sited on winnability criteria. 

No seat has been earmarked for Mayawati, who is Mr Kumaraswamy’s ally in the State.

Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing – Winnability criteria :

The two allies JD(S) and Congress  who formed the coalition government in Karnataka after striking a post-poll alliance threw up a hung verdict, decided to fight the Karnataja Lok Sabha Polls 2019 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”.

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat-sharing became a major test for coalition government parties.  The JD(S) banked on two-third, one-third formula  adopted in ministry formation and allocation of boards and corporations.  JD(S) had demanded 10 to 12 seats out of the total 28.

JD(S) vs. Congress – Coalition Government seat sharing:

The Vokkaliga centered region of  Mandya was a bone of contention between the coalition government partners as JD(S) is fielding Kumaraswamy’ ‘s son Nikhil from the seat that it currently holds.

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

JD(S) had its pick – the list includes the prize seats of Shimogga, Tumakur, Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru North.

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

Karnataka – Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing – Congress :

The congress party will be contesting 20 Lok Sabha seats in the coming Lok Sabha polls 2019.  The deal was finalized at Kochi Between Congress national President Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali. 

In the deal of seat sharing, the JD(S) had gained 2 seats i.e, Tumakuru and Bengaluru North where it has a favourable support base.

The party conceded Mysuru and Chikkaballapura constituencies.  The compromise of JD(S) has given a new life to Veerappa Moily as he retained the Chikkaballapura seat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls by a mere margin.

HIGHLIGHTS – Karnataka Lok Sabha Polls 2019 SEat sharing :

  1. JD(S) gets crucial seats like Shimogga, Tumakur, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North, Uttara Kannada, Chikkamangaluru and Vijayapura.
  2. JD(S)  had been haggling over Mysuru-Kodagu seat, which went to Congress
  3. The southern region of the State is where both parties have a base

Hassan and Mandya are considered the JD(S) strongholds, although the leaders’ apparent plans to field two grandsons of Devegowda — Prajwal and Nikhil — in these seats has caused some dissatisfaction within the party.  Out of 8 seats 3 seats are confirmed to be going to the Gowda family.

Nikhil is being fielded by Mandya, Prajwal from Hassan and Bengaluru North is being considered as a possible seat for Mr  Devegowda. 

In 2014, the BJP had walked off with the bulk  share of the seats – 17 Nos.  The Congress won 9 and the JD(S) 2 seats. But to the 43 per cent vote share of the BJP, the combined vote share of the Congress and the JD(S) was nearly 52 per cent.

Karnataka- Seat sharing choice – Deve Gowda :

The JD(S) Supremo Deve Gowda has an option of contesting from either Bengaluru north or from Tumakuru.  He has already given up the seat of Mandya and Hassan to his grandson’s Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna.

H D Devegowda-Politicion
H D Devegowda-Politicion

JD(S) had a good show in the last years Assembly elections in Vijayapura Assembly.

The Congress has given up the seats of Shivamogga, where B.S.Yeddyurappa contested and Uttara Kannada, where Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hedge contested, to JD(S).

Former CM Siddaramaiah, who had insisted that the Congress keep the Mysuru seat, had his way.

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing by JD(S) :

Both Mr. Devegowda and Mr. Kumaraswamy had a series of meetings with congress President  Mr.Gandhi. After each meeting, they underscored that winning seats, and not their number, was crucial. Party sources initially said the JD(S) was willing to settle for nine seats. After Mr Kumaraswamy’s meeting with Rahul Gandhi, the figure dropped to eight.

Prakash Raj has announced that he is contesting from Bengaluru Central.  But Bengaluru Central has many ticket aspirants from congress.  As Prakash raj has sought congress support, the party may not field a candidate against him.

The political weather in India is going to be the hottest like never before as we go for the national election.

Congress minister D.K.Shivakumar :

D.K. Shivakumar is often seen as a trouble-shooter for the Congress. With his sharpness to heal political wounds, he is the go-to man during all political crises. But when it comes to Mandya, it certainly seems like he has lost out on his charm.

With Ambareesh’s widow Sumalatha sticking to her guns on contesting from Mandya, she has become a certain headache for both the Congress and the JD(S).

The opposition to DK Shivakumar coming to Mandya is coming not from anywhere else, but from Mandya itself. The local leadership of Mandya Congress is dead against DK Shivakumar coming to Mandya as a peacemaker.

The local leaders have started a campaign called ‘Go Back DK Shivakumar’ as a mark of protest against him. And it is no secret that the local leaders of Mandya Congress do not want Nikhil Kumaraswamy contesting from there.

Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Sumalatha Ambareesh :

Sumalatha Ambareesh clarified her fans that she will be contesting from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency.  She was responding to the rumours that she might decide against contesting.  She used Social media and clarified her stand on standing for elections from Mandya.

Actor Sumalatha Ambareesh and her son Abhishek Gowda campaigned for the Lok Sabha elections at BG Pura Hobli in Balakavad, Mandya during her campaign tour.

Sumalatha started her campaign from Malavalli with son Abhishek Gowda.  The actor participated in a hunger strike organized by like-minded people near the statue of Viswesharaiah in the city urging tickets to only locals.

Walk to vote  –

Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. 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.


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)
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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.

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Democracy system :

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Importance of Vote :

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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 :

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Swachh survekshan 2019 – Mysuru -Karnataka

Swachh survekshan 2019 – Mysuru -Karnataka

Swachh Survekshan is conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. 

The objective of the Swachh Survekshan survey is to encourage citizen participation, increase city capacities for sustainable ODF and sanitation measures.

It also creates awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of collective action to contribute in India’s journey towards a ‘Swachh Bharat’.

The survey is conducted to rank cities on various sanitation and cleanliness parameters.  It was  launched under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) in January 2016, with the intention of enthusing cities with a spirit of healthy competition towards the concept of ‘swachhata’.

Objective of Swachh Survekshan :

The objective of the Swachh Survekshan survey is to encourage citizen participation, increase city capacities for sustainable ODF and sanitation measures.  It also helps in creating awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of collective action to contribute in India’s journey towards a ‘Swachh Bharat’.

Indore, Ujjain and Dewas from Madhya Pradesh, Ahmedabad and Rajkot from Gujarat account for 50% in the top list.

City from Karnataka – Swachh Survekshan  :

The top cities in the list of Swachh Survekshan are:

  1.  No. 1   is Indore from Madhya Pradesh
  2.  No.2    is Ambikapur from Chattisgarh
  3.  No.3  is  Mysuru from Karnataka

The other cities from Karnataka are :

At No. 165 is Mangaluru and at No.194th place is Bengaluru.

The authorities of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) are receiving the award.  The total participation in the Swach Survekshan survey are as many as 4237 urban local bodies across India.

Namma Bengaluru – Swachh Survekshan :

Bengaluru had ranked 7th in 2015, 216th in 2018 and this year ranked at 194th place.

Many are of the opinion that Bengaluru’s 194th rank in Swachh Survekshan is due to lack of effective waste management measures.  Statewide Karnataka stands at the 14th place.

Swachh Survekshan – Data Collection :

The data to be collected for ranking of the cities shall be segregated into 4 main areas:

1. Collection of data from online MIS portal of MoHUA for Service Level Progress

2. Collection of data from Direct Observation

3. Collection of data from Citizen Feedback

4. Certifications for Garbage Free Cities and Open Defecation Free Cities.

To read more about Bengaluru garbage management click on the link

Bengaluru North – S.M.Krishna Vs. Deve Gowda????

Bengaluru North constituency is going to see a tough fight.  Speculations are on who is going to contest the elections. 

BJP might field former Karnataka Chief Minister S.M.Krishna  to prevent the candidature of JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda.

Bengaluru North Constituency

S.M.Krishna to represent Bengaluru North :

Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna (born 1 May 1932) is a politician who served as Minister of External Affairs from 2009 to October 2012.

As a member of congress :

 A member of the Indian Parliament in the Rajya Sabha,  Krishna was the 16th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1999 to 2004 and the 19th Governor of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2008.


Krishna resigned as a member of INC on 29 January 2017 quoting that the party was in a “state of confusion” on whether it needed mass leaders or not. He also complained of having been sidelined by the party and that the party was “dependent on managers and not time-tested people like himself. 

As a member of BJP :

After speculations on his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, he formally joined the party in March.

Speculations are high whether BJP is going to field S.M.Krishna for the Bengaluru North Constituency.

Bengaluru north – Deve Gowda:

Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda (born 18 May 1933)  is an Indian politician who served as the 11th Prime Minister of India from 1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997. He was previously the 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996.

Deve Gowda

He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha, representing the Hassan constituency of Karnataka and is the National President of the Janata dal (Secular) party. 

The JD(S) party is speculating to field Deve Gowda for the Bengaluru north constituency.

Big Fight – Bengaluru North :

Karnataka’s Bengaluru North Parliamentary constituency might witness a high-voltage battle between two senior leaders, former External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.

The move could be the saffron party’s strategy to pre-empt Gowda’s possible candidature, since BJP feels Gowda would be hesitant to take on Krishna in a direct battle.

Big fight at Bengaluru North

Both Gowda and Krishna are former chief ministers of Karnataka, and belong to the Vokkaliga community. However, they have never had a direct face-off with each other.

BJP feels that while Krishna has a positive image in Bengaluru for developing it as an Information Technology (IT) hub, the JD(S) is trying to make inroads there by fielding a tall leader like Gowda. JD(S) currently has two Lok Sabha members.

Conclusion  – Bengaluru North constituency :

The general view is that the JD(S) wants to strengthen its electoral base is Bengaluru.  The party wants to field former Prime minister Deve Gowda.  The party wants to consolidate the vokkaliga vote bank in the city to snatch all three seats from the BJP.

S.M.Krishna is from the Vokkaliga community.  This might likely split the JD(S) vote bank.  According to some reports, BJP believes that Deve Gowda may backout of the context to avoid a face-off with S.M.Krishna.

Life Imprisonment – SIT files a report – Supreme Court

Life Imprisonment punishment if the report filed by the SIT with the Supreme court proves.

The SIT has filed a report in the Supreme Court concerning Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy and Yeddyyurappa. If proved, attracts life imprisonment.

The investigation by the Lokayukta SIT of Chief Minister Kumara Swamy may result in punishment with life imprisonment.

58 cases are pending against Members of Legislative Assembly.  These cases are on the basis of the SIT constituted by Lokayukta.

Out of these 58 cases, 34 cases belongs to 9 sitting MLA’s and 24 cases against 6 former MLA’s.

Kumara Swamy face criminal charges ranging from forgery to causing death by negligence. Former Chief Minister and BJP Leader B.S.Yeddyurappa is facing investigation in 18 cases.

SIT Report

  1. 58 cases pending against MLA’s.
  2. 18 cases against Mr. Yeddyurappa out of which 14 cases – life imprisonment,  4 cases   – 10 year jail term
  1. 9 cases against mining baron Mr. G. Janardhana Reddy Former MLC.  Out of which 8 cases –  Life imprisonment  out of which 6 cases are awaiting final report and pending investigation.  1 case   – 7 years imprisonment
  1. 8 cases are against Mr. S.K.Sali, former MLA.  All these cases are punishable with life imprisonment.  These 8 cases were registered during 2012 and 2014.  The cases are stayed by the High Court.
  2. FIR against Mr. H.D. Kumara Swamy with SIT on 16.05.2017 for offence punishable with life imprisonment is awaiting.
  3. 5 cases against M.B. Nagendra, MLA. These cases were registered during 2014 and 2015.  Stay by High court.
  4. 14 cases against C.P .Yogeshwar, former MLA. 5 cases are punishable with life imprisonment.
  5. 9 cases against Mr. N.P. Anand Kumar, MLA. 7 cases are punishable with life imprisonment. The cases were registered during 2014 and 2015.  8 cases are stayed by the High Court.

Total cases in Karnataka

  1. 80 sessions Trial cases against sitting and former legislators.
  2. 4 cases are against sitting MP’s.
  3. 2 cases are against former MP’s
  4. 95 cases against sitting MLA’s
  5. 60 cases against former MLA’s


Innovation Authority – Karnataka State Startup

Innovation Authority being set up in Karnataka.

Innovation Authority being set up in Karnataka.

The State will soon set up an innovation authority to empower the startups for the ‘ease of doing business’.   This initiative is to protect the IP of Companies.

To give a fillip to protect the intellectual property of co’s, the State government is setting up an Innovation Authority.  Bengaluru city which is the forefront of IT, is taking the next step to increase the IT/BT sector growth.

Karnataka Innovation Authority

Bengaluru is ranked 20th among the world’s innovation cities.

Innovation authority will be an independent and impartial public entity that operates for the innovation ecosystem in the state.

The Karnataka Innovation Authority (KIA) will be set up through a law to overcome the legal problems the startups face.  This setup will be headed by the Chief minister.  The startups face problems in innovating technologies and ideas

One of the reasons the government has taken this initiative is to do with legal hurdles in commercializing new ideas.  The small businesses and start-ups often struggle with IP being stolen or submission by big companies.

This problem was brought to the notice of the government by the IT/BT sector.  The Innovation authority – Karnataka will have over-riding powers to overcome the legal hurdles.

The state government will put in place a legal framework to protect the IO, a first in the country.  This will be based on block-chain technology, where the ideals are protected for commercialization.

Israel is the only country in the world to form the  Israel Innovation Authority, formerly known as the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy to foster innovation in the country.



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Nanna Prakara – Kannada crime-suspense-thriller movie

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Girish Karnad – tribute to a great theatre personality

Girish  Karnad died at a hospital in Bengaluru at 6.30 am on 10th June. He was 81 years old.  Jnanpith Award winner and recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Girish Karnad was one of the most noted playwrights in India.  He is survived by his wife Saraswathi, Son Raghu Karnad, a Journalist and […]

Ratnamanjari – a Kannada suspense/thriller movie

Ratnamanjari is a Kannada thriller and suspense movie is releasing on 17th May 2019.  Cast & Crew – Ratnamanjari : Prasiddh is the movie’s  Director, screenplay writer and also the story writer. The movie is produced by Nataraj Halebeedu usa S.Sandeep Kumar.  The music for Ratnamanjari is scored by Harshavardhanraj.  All the beauty is captured […]

Missing Boy – Gurunandan -Kannada movie

Missing boy is a emotional drama based movie directed by D P Raghuram and produced by Kolla Praveen and Kolla Mahesh under Kolla Films banner while V Harikrishna scored music for this movie. Cast and Crew of Missing Boy : Gurunandan and Archana Jayakrishnan are played the main lead roles along with Jaijagadish, Vijayalakshmi Singh, Ravishankar […]

First Kannada talkie – Sathi Sulochana turns 85

First Kannada talkie movie Sathi Sulochana turns 85 tomorrow (3rd March).  Sati Sulochana was released at Kalasipalyam Paramount Cinema (Daddanna Hall) on March 4th 1934.  Sadly archivists have not been able to find a copy or a print of this historical movie. The duration of the movie is 173 minutes and had 30 songs.  People […]

KGF – Chapter 1 – heading for a century

KGF – Chapter 1 is heading to complete 100 days.  The movie won accolades for the most popular kannada film of the year at BIFFES 2019. The movie is rocking at the box office.   KGF – Chapter 1 – success : The movie became the first kannads film to be shown on Amazon Prime and […]

Yajamana – Darshan – kannada movie

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Seetharama kalyana movie leaked online

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Natasaarvabhowma – new kannada movie

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BIFFes – Bengaluru International Film Festival 2019

BIFFes – Bengaluru International Film Festival 2019 is starting on February 2019 at Bengaluru.  This is the 11th edition of the film festival. The festival is being organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra (Film) Academy for Government of Karnataka.  The screening of the movies and other events are scheduled to be held at Orion Mall in […]

Ignite Film Festival

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“Birbal Trilogy” a Kannada thriller movie

Birbal is a Trilogy suspense thriller series written and directed by M.G. Srinivas.  The film is dark crime thriller. The movie is produced by T.R. Chandrashekar under the banner Crystal Park Cinemas. The music for the movie is composed by Saurabh Vaibhav and Saurabh Lokhande.   Bharath Parashuram is the cinematographer of the film.   The movie […]

9 Confirmed Facts about KGF Kannada Movie 8th one is my favourite

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2.0 Movie Review

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Late Actor Vishnuvardhan’s family hurt

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Rajnikanth’s 2.0 Teaser – Here’s A Sneak Peak

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Want to know where DeepVeer’s-reception-at-Bengaluru ??

Newlywed Bangalorean Deepika Padukone and Punjabi Ranveer Singh known popularly known as DeepVeer arrived on 20th November afternoon in Bengaluru. Deepveer returned to India on 18th November.   The couple had two wedding ceremonies. The first on  14th November in  accordance with Deepika’s traditional Konkani ceremony.  This was followed by Ranveer’s Sindhi wedding rituals on 15th […]

Gultooo – a new dimension in the cyber crime -Kannada Movie

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Badhaai Ho – Racing Far Ahead At Box Office

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Kannada Rajyotsava – 2018

Kannada Rajyotsava – 2018

Karnataka is all set to celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava or Karnataka Foundation Day on November 1. Karnataka Rajyotsava is Karnataka Formation Day; literally “Karnataka State Festival’ is celebrated on 1 November of every year.  The State of Mysore was founded on November 1, 1956, with the passing of the State Re-organisation Act.

The state came into being in the year 1956 when all the Kannada speaking regions of South India were merged into one.  However, the name was not accepted by some regions and after a prolonged discussion, it was again renamed on November 1, 1973.  Kannada Rajyotsava is one of the biggest celebrations in the state.

Karnataka Kulapurohita :

Aluru Venkata Rao was the first person who dreamt of unifying the State as early as 1905 with the Karnataka Ekikarana movement. Rajyotsava Day is listed and celebrated by Kannadigas across the world. The state came into being through the contribution of Aluru Venkata Rao, who is revered as Karnataka Kulapurohita in the region.

In 1950, India became republic and different provinces were formed in the country on basis of language spoken in the particular region and this gave birth to the state of Mysore including various places in south India, which were earlier ruled by the kings.

Celebrations start with presentation of the honors list for Rajyotsava Awards by the Government of Karnataka, hoisting of the official Karnataka flag and a speech by the Chief Minister and Governor of the state. Festivities carry on throughout the day with communities holding their own ceremonies and concerts.  Kannada flags are prominently hoisted and displayed at almost all office and business establishments across the State.

The entire state of Karnataka wears a festive look during Rajyotsava day, with red and yellow Kannada flags decorating streets, houses and institutions. The state flag is also hoisted at offices of political parties and various localities.  Since the celebration of the day is not associated with any particular religion or community, people cutting across all religions or community celebrate it with full fervour and zeal.


P C Gaddigoudar


Parvatagouda Gaddigoudar was born on 1st June 1951 at a small hamlet Heballi in Bagalkot district to Balavva and Chandanagouda Gaddigoudar. He is a member of BJP to the 16th Lok Sabha.

Elected From Bagalkot.

Education– Graduate in Arts from Basveshwar Arts College at Bagalkot. Bachelor’s degree in Law from Raja Lakhamagouda College of Bagalkot.

Positions Held

1988-1994 Member,Karnataka Legislative Council
2004 Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
5.8.2006- 5.8.2008 Member, Committee on External Affairs
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (2nd Term)
31.08.2009 Member, Committee on Human Resource Development
23.9.2009 Member, Committee on Private Members Bills and Resolutions.
May, 2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
14.8.2014 onwards Member, Committee on Papers laid on the Table, Member – consultative Committee, Ministry of Road Transport and highways and Shipping
3.7.2015 Member, Sub-Committee-III, Committee on Estimates
25.08.2015 Member, Sub-Committee of the Committee on Estimates on the Subject ‘Panchayati Raj’.

President (1986-87), District Reorganisation Committee of Karnataka State President, Nehru Yuvaka Kendra, Hebballi, District Bagalkot President, Bar Association, Badami District Bagalkot, Karnataka.