QBengaluru: Floor Test Today; 14 Arrested for Lynching Man
Latest news updates from Bengaluru.
1. Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy to Face Floor Test Today
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will face a floor test on Friday, 25 May, which he is widely expected to sail through, barring any unforeseeable events, ending the 10-day political uncertainty in the state.
BJP's BS Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as the chief minister on 17 May, had stepped down two days later in the face of imminent defeat without going through the motions of a floor test.
Unfazed by Yeddyurappa's unceremonious exit, the BJP fielded its senior leader S Suresh Kumar, a fifth term MLA, for the post of Speaker, whose election will precede the trust vote. Ramesh Kumar of Congress too filed his nomination for the post as the candidate of the ruling coalition.
2. Can Once-Divorced JD(S)-Congress Make Their New Marriage Work?
The alliance between the Congress and the BJP lasted only 615 days in 2004. Even though both parties were successful in amicably sorting out power-sharing equations, the differences that cropped over the next one year resulted in the collapse of the hung government and the BJP coming to power with the support of the JD(S).
After the floor test on Friday (25 May), both parties will decide the seat-sharing formula for the 2018 JD(S)-Congress coalition. As per the deal announced so far, the Congress will be get 22 ministerial berths, including the posts of the deputy chief minister and speaker.
But the uneasiness of leaders like DK Shivakumar – who played key roles in creating the coalition – over the allocation of portfolio cast a shadow over the future of the coalition.
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3. Congress Files Complaint Against BJP Leaders for Horse Trading
The legal cell of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) filed a complaint before the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) regarding the alleged horse-trading by the BJP, on Thursday, 24 May. The complainant, Surya Mukundraj, secretary, legal cell of KPCC, attached the audio clips containing purported conversation between the BJP leaders and the MLAs of Congress and JD(S) and the copy of the BJP legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa’s speech in the Assembly.
Recalling the alleged attempt of BJP leaders to lure the MLAs of Congress and JD(S) to win the floor test, the complainant alleged that Yeddyurappa, along with MLA B Sriramulu, MLC BJ Puttaswamy, Yeddyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra, former minister Janardhana Reddy, and BJP in-charge of Karnataka Muralidhar Rao, hatched a criminal conspiracy to bribe the legislative members of Congress, JD(S) and others.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. Mob Lynching: Fake WhatsApp Messages on Child Trafficking Spread to Bengaluru
“What if he took our children and dismembered their bodies? Should we be quiet? That’s why the people beat him up,” this is what angry residents of Bengaluru’s Bakshi Garden had to say after the brutal lynching of a man perceived to be a child trafficker.
In a barbaric act, 25-year-old Kalu Ramu was lynched to death by a mob of several hundred residents from the area.
The wrath of the residents of Anjanappa Garden in Chamarajpet was triggered by the sight of Ramu allegedly distributing chocolates and sweets to a few children. In a state of panic and angered by what they perceived as an intruder set out to harm their children, the residents descended upon Ramu and began beating him brutally with wooden sticks, iron rods and cricket bats.
(Source: The News Minute)
5. Kashaya Doesn’t Cure Nipah: Doctors
Boil six leaves of night-blooming jasmine (parijatha) in 200 ml of water and prepare a 100 ml kashaya. Add black pepper powder and three drops of lime juice. Consume the mixture thrice or four times a day; consume honey with onion extract regularly.
These are some of the ‘home remedies’ against the Nipah virus (NiV) doing the rounds on social media. While researchers are yet to find a cure for the deadly virus, messages on the ‘power of Indian herbs’ has caught the attention of social media users, especially WhatsApp.
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