QBengaluru: K’taka CM Sends Rs 100 Cr Legal Notice to Modi & More
Latest news updates from Karnataka.
1. Siddaramaiah Sends Legal Notice to Modi: ‘Apologise, or Face Rs 100 Crore Suit’
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has sent a legal notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, 7 May, seeking a public apology, for the “baseless and false” claims made by him in the run-up to the Assembly polls.
In the seven-page legal notice, Siddaramaiah has threatened to sue Modi for Rs 100 crore and file a criminal defamation case if he fails to apologise.
The other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders who have been sent legal notices on the same grounds include party National President Amit Shah and BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yedddyurappa.
(Source: The News Minute)
2. Manmohan Singh Goes All Guns Blazing on PM Modi in Bengaluru
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attacked the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the Indian economy while speaking at a press conference in poll-bound Karnataka’s Bengaluru. Singh focused on various issues, such as demonetisation, GST and banking frauds under the current government.
While talking about the economic policies adopted by the NDA government, the former PM called GST and demonetisation ‘avoidable blunders’ and said that they have resulted in massive loss of jobs in the country.
“The losses the economy suffered due to these blunders have severely hurt our micro, small, and medium enterprise sector and have resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs”, Singh said.
3. Journalist Manhandled, Illegally Confined by Minister Tanveer Sait’s Men
Journalist Shivendra Urs, a stringer with The Times of India, Mysuru, was manhandled and illegally confined, allegedly by the supporters of Karnataka primary and secondary education minister Tanveer Sait, when he was covering his election campaign.
In a complaint to the police and Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar, Urs alleged that he was heckled, intimidated and finally confined in a room for about 20 minutes by Sait’s supporters, when he was on duty in Narasimharaja constituency in Mysuru city.
(Source: The Times of India)
4. Metro Services Disrupted for More Than 30 Minutes Due to Signalling Failure
Hundreds of metro commuters on the Purple Line were inconvenienced for more than 30 minutes on Monday morning due to signalling failure. Metro staff had to evacuate 158 passengers with the help of a walkway from train number 21, close to Baiyappanahalli metro station.
The signalling failure occurred at 10:18 am at the Baiyappanahalli entry point, as a result of which the train could not be received or dispatched from the station till 10:57 am Three others trains were terminated, one at S.V. Road and two at Indiranagar metro stations. BMRCL was forced to cancel six round trips.
In a press release, BMRCL stated that the signalling system was manually reset and restored. Sixteen passengers, who had bought tokens at Baiyappanahalli, Indiranagar and Mysuru Road stations, were refunded a cumulative sum of Rs 340.
5. The Sugar Baron Tasked With Siddaramaiah’s Victory in Badami
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has campaigned only once at Badami since the time of his nomination. As the Chief Minister spends time campaigning in other parts of the state, his chances of returning to Badami – which is the second seat he is contesting from this election – are limited.
The Congress and its CM, however, are confident of bagging the Badami seat with the support of Bombay-Karnataka strongman, Satish Jarkiholi. Leaving his own constituency in Yemakanmardi, where he says he doesn’t have to sweat for victory, Satish has been camping in Badami since his nomination.
6. Security Guard Arrested for Sexual Assault on Minor Girl
The Bellandur police have arrested a 24-year-old security guard for allegedly sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl last Tuesday. According to the police, a neighbour had asked the girl to take care of her baby so that she could wash some clothes.
While she was keeping the toddler occupied, the guard, who lived next door, invited her to his house where he promised to show her a video clip on his mobile phone. He started to molest her, but the girl was able to run out of the house.
She narrated what had happened to her mother in the evening when she returned from work, following which they approached the police.
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