QBengaluru: BSY Trust Vote Today; Speaker Disqualifies 14 MLAs
Latest news and updates from Karnataka
1. BJP Expected to Have a Smooth Sailing in Trust Vote
A confident BJP, though holding a legislature party meeting on Sunday evening, did not indulge in any flock-keeping exercise. Instead, it asked its MLAs to assemble at Vidhana Soudha on Monday for the session.
Though the BJP vehemently opposed the Speaker’s decision to disqualify rebel MLAs, the decision also came as a relief for the party as the coalition leaders were still trying to woo back the rebels. Senior BJP leader R Ashok had been with the rebels for the past four days to prevent any setback.
(Source: The Hindu)
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2. Advantage BJP as Speaker Disqualifies 14 Rebel MLAs
Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday, 28 July disqualified the 14 under the anti-defection law till the end of the term, ending suspense on their fate and paving the way for the BJP to secure a simple majority during the confidence motion.
Addressed a news conference, Ramesh Kumar said he had disqualified the MLAs under paragraph 2(1)(a) of Tenth Schedule read with Article 191(2) of the Constitution. Soon after the decision was announced, several rebel MLAs said they would challenge the decision in the Supreme Court.
With the disqualification of 14 MLAs on Sunday – 11 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) – the total number of disqualified MLAs stands at 17. Three MLAs – two from the Congress and one from the Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janata Party – were expelled on Thursday.
3. 9 IPS Officers, Top Politicians Under ED Lens in IMA Scam
Nine IPS officers from Karnataka are under the Enforcement Directorate’s scanner for their alleged complicity in the IMA Ponzi scheme that defrauded around 30,000 people of Rs 3,000 crore in Bengaluru and other parts of the state.
The agency’s investigations have said these officers were allegedly paid not to crack down against the Ponzi scheme. The ED, which has the custody of scam mastermind Mohammed Mansoor Khan, has not issued a statement on the outcome of its investigations so far.
“Khan has made disclosures on the bribes paid to police officers and politicians,” a police source said. An IPS officer, who’s from Uttar Pradesh and has served in Bengaluru, allegedly got Khan to sponsor interior decoration-related accessories, including furnishings sourced from China, for a house he was constructing in Delhi.
(Source: The Times of India)
4. After Moderate Success in Trial run, Karnataka to Begin Cloud Seeding
The Karnataka government’s trial cloud seeding exercise to mitigate drought conditions in the state has seen moderate success. The Rs 91 crore-worth cloud seeding exercise will start on Monday, 29 July and go on for the next three months, as the state is witnessing deficit rainfall and has seen three consecutive years of drought.
There is a 19 percent deficit in rainfall for the state this year, with 50 percent of the taluks witnessing deficient rainfall.
Cloud seeding is a weather modification experiment to induce rainfall from rain-bearing clouds using chemicals. However, its success rate has remained debatable, given the astronomical costs involved. For Karnataka, flares of sodium chloride and potassium chloride will be used to trigger hygroscopic cloud seeding.
Previously, the state government carried out cloud seeding in 2017, which saw considerable success.
(Source: The News Minute)
5. Gang Robs Techie at Knifepoint
Three men abducted and robbed a 42-year-old techie last Wednesday, as he was in a hurry to catch a Chennai bus he missed at the Shanthinagar bus station.
The crime happened near NICE toll plaza at Electronics City. Raja Selvam, employed with an IT firm in Electronics City, said in his police complaint that he had reserved a ticket to visit his native Chennai.
Wanting to catch the bus at Electronics City, he hired an auto but found two strangers getting in midway. The auto driver told Selvam that the other two were also headed to Electronics City.
But the driver diverted the vehicle to the NICE Road toll plaza, where the three men dragged Selvam to the roadside at knifepoint, thrashed him and made away with Rs 10,000 and two mobile phones in his possession.
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