QBengaluru: CCD’s Siddhartha Laid to Rest; Kageri is New Speaker
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1. A Wave of Grief as Thousands bid Their Final Goodbye to Siddhartha
An outpouring of grief marked the last journey and rites of Café Coffee Day founder-owner VG Siddhartha on Wednesday, 31 July, thousands lined the route of the ambulance conveying his body from Mangaluru to his hometown in Chikkamagaluru district.
Many more — including public figures, corporate bosses, villagers whose lives were touched by the entrepreneur and his enterprise, coffee planters, and CCD employees — gathered at his ancestral residence, Chethanahally Estate, in Chikkamagaluru, where he was cremated in the evening. Almost everyone had a memorable story to share about Siddharatha.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa led a long line of politicians who paid their respects to Siddhartha, 59, and offered condolences to his devastated family. Siddhartha, the son-in-law of former Union minister SM Krishna, is survived by his wife Malavika and two sons.
2. BJP's Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri Elected as Speaker of Assembly
The Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, 31 July elected BJP MLA from Sirsi, Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri as the new Speaker. Vishweshwar Kageri had filed his nomination for the post on Tuesday and was the only one to do so. He was elected the Speaker after Congress leader KR Ramesh Kumar resigned as the Speaker on Monday.
BJP sources say that the high command hand-picked Vishweshwar Hegde for the post. "The orders came in at around 11.30 am on Tuesday that Vishweshwar Hegde must file nomination for the post of the Speaker. He was picked as he is a veteran in the party and been an MLA six times," the source said.
Vishweshwar Hegde was elected as the Speaker unanimously without opposition from the Congress and JD(S).
3. Congress and JD(S) Expel 17 Rebel MLAs for Anti-Party Activities
The Congress and JD(S) on Tuesday expelled 17 legislators, disqualified by former Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh, for anti-party activities.
In a press communique, the party said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) had approved the proposal from the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee seeking expulsion of these MLAs from the party.
The expelled MLAs Congress legislators Pratap Gouda Patil, BC Patil, Shivaram Hebbar, ST Someshekhar, Byrati Basavraj, Anand Singh, R Roshan Baig, Muniratna, K Sudhakar, MTB Nagaraj, Shrimant Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumatahalli and R Shankar, and JD(S) legislators AH Vishwanath, Gopalaiah and Narayana Gowda. A day before the trust vote on the BS Yediyurappa government in the Assembly, the Speaker on Sunday disqualified 14 rebel legislators of the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular for defying party whips to attend the House on 23 July.
4. BSY Skirts Queries on Tipu Jayanti, Leaves Oppn, Siddaramaiah Fuming
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday left the Congress fuming after he evaded questions on the reasons behind his cancelling Tipu Jayanti celebrations. Yediyurappa chose to walk away even as opposition leader Siddaramaiah continued to raise the issue.
On a day when the new speaker, Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri, took charge of the assembly unopposed, the Congress was ready to use the opportunity to raise the Tipu Jayanti issue. However, Yediyurappa chose to turn a deaf ear to the former CM, who kept asking: “Yediyurappa avare, kuthkoli bari aidhu nimsha... yen agala (Yediyurappa please sit for five minutes, nothing will happen)”. The CM, however, folded his hands, asked Siddaramaiah to excuse him and walked out of the assembly.
5. Posing as Recovery Agents, Gang ‘Seizes’ Autorickshaw
Five miscreants posing as recovery agents stole an autorickshaw from a driver saying the latter defaulted on EMI payment.
The incident happened when Punith Jai Shankar was returning after dropping a passenger on Friday. Shankar was waylaid on the Outer Ring Road near Marathahalli.
Shankar dropped a passenger from Koramangala in Marathahalli near the JP Morgan office and was on his way back. Meanwhile, four to five persons approached and stopped the autorickshaw. They claimed they are from the financing firm from which Shankar had taken the loan for his autorickshaw and said they are seizing the vehicle for not paying the EMI. They told him to pay the loan amount at the finance firm’s office in order to collect the auto-rickshaw.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
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