QBengaluru: HDK Wins Vote of Confidence; BJP Calls for Bandh
Latest news updates from Karnataka.
1. Kumaraswamy Breezes Through Vote of Confidence
The H D Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka sailed through the vote of confidence in the Assembly on Friday amid a walkout by the BJP members who described the coalition as “unholy and opportunistic.”
This brought the curtains down on one part of the political drama that has unfolded over the last two weeks. What lies ahead is the hard task of ironing out differences and working out the modalities for Cabinet formation. Congress leaders, who were to leave for Delhi to decide on Cabinet expansion, have now put off their trip to next week.
2. Waive Loans or Face Bandh: Opposition Leader BS Yeddyurappa
Opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa on Friday said the BJP will observe a state-wide bandh on Monday if the new Congress-JD(S) coalition government failed to waive farm loans.
The bandh threat was Yeddyurappa’s final word as he led his party’s walk-out from the assembly during the trust vote, indicating that the BJP in its role as opposition will be combative and shrill.
Picking on the JD(S) manifesto where the party had promised to waive Rs 53,000 crore loans farmers had availed from private, co-operative and nationalised banks, Yeddyurappa said: “Since the CM and his party had made a promise to waive farmers’ loans within 24 hours of coming to power, we hold them accountable. If they do not announce the farmer loan waiver immediately, the BJP will call for a bandh on 28 May.”
3. Make People Feel Proud of You, new Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar Tells MLAs
The much-anticipated election of the speaker in the Karnataka legislative assembly ended in an anticlimax within minutes of the House assembling today, as opposition BJP informed pro-tem speaker K G Bopaiah that it does not want to press for the election.
The BJP withdrew its candidate S Suresh Kumar, paving the way for unanimous election of Congress MLA KR Ramesh Kumar.
Following this, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah proposed Ramesh Kumar's name for the post and deputy chief minister G Parameshwara seconded it
4. Moderate Flood Alert in Parts of Bengaluru but Messages of 'Cyclone Sagar' are Hoax
The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre has issued moderate flood alerts owing to the intermittent moderate to heavy rainfall across many parts of Bengaluru city on Friday.
Project Scientist (Hydrologist) at KSNDMC said that flood alerts have been issued across four zones of the city.
“One of the recording stations in Bommanahalli Zone has recorded 20mm of rainfall so far. It is likely to go up with the forecast and the present cloud formation,” she said.
Widespread, moderate rainfall alongside thunderstorm activity with gusty winds was predicted across the city for Friday. The KSNDMC alert on Friday evening read, “The real-time rainfall shows moderate flooding in flood vulnerable location of Bommanahalli Zone, South Zone, Mahadevapura zone, and East Zone of BBMP area.”
5. ‘Child lifter’ Messages Keep Police on Their Toes
Messages of “child lifters” continued to do the rounds of social media, resulting in a spate of mob attacks in the city for the third consecutive day on Friday.
On Friday afternoon, three women from Hoodi, who work as housekeepers, became victims of the rumour-mongering as a mob that suspected them of abducting children surrounded them at Vijayanagara Gutte, near Whitefield. The three women were eventually rescued by the police.
Since the brutal lynching of a 26-year-old construction labourer from Rajasthan at Pension Mohalla in Chamarajpet on Wednesday, several incidents of attacks by the public have kept the police on their toes.
6. Karnataka’s First Woman DGP Neelamani Raju has not been Transferred, Clarifies CM
In a video of Mamata entering the venue of Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in, captured by ANI, an angry Mamata was seen gesturing towards Neelamani Raju, the DG and IGP of Karnataka, and later was seen explaining her situation to former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar, who were also present for the ceremony.
While proceeding towards the seating area, Mamata was once again seen complaining to the leaders present there. She refused to sit down, but later went on to greet the dignitaries on the dais and the audience at the venue, after allegedly being pacified by Deve Gowda and other leaders.
She was seen giving Neelamani Raju, the state’s topmost police officer, a dressing down on the steps of the Vidhana Soudha.
Kumaraswamy was also seen apologising to Mamata Banerjee and issuing a warning to Neelamani. On Thursday, several news reports of Neelamani Raju being transferred were published in the media.
However, when TNM contacted Neelamani, she said that she had not been transferred but had submitted a verbal report to CM Kumaraswamy.
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