Karnataka election: Yeddyurappa to fight from Shikaripura; top developments

BJP released its first list of 72 candidates who will contest in the Karnataka Assembly elections May 12, to be held on May 12. Yeddyurappa will contest from Shikaripura, not Shimoga


The BJP on Sunday released its first list of 72 candidates to contest in the Karnataka assembly elections 2018, to be held May 12 for the 224 seats across the southern state. “The central election committee of the party has decided the first 72 names for the ensuing Karnataka legislative Assembly elections,” said the BJP in a statement released by its state unit. The committee met under the party’s national president Amit Shah. Other members of the committe, such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also attended the meet at the party’s head office in New Delhi.

Among the candidates are many of the party’s 48 sitting or outgoing legislators from the state’s northern, central and southern regions, including Bengaluru, which has 28 Assembly constituencies. Prominent nominees are the party’s chief ministerial face B S Yeddyurappa from Shikaripura, K S Eshwarappa from Shivamogga, Jagadish Shettar from Hubli-Dharwad Central, Basavaraj Bommai from Shiggaon, C.M. Udasi from Hangal, K.V. Hegde from Sirsi and B. Sriramulu from Molakalmuru (reserved).

For Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s CM candidate, this is a do-or-die election as it will be seen as a prelude to the 2019 general elections as far as South India goes. For the Congress, on the other hand, this is an election for survival. Karnataka is one of the few states in India where they still hold power – and the party will be looking to retain the state.

Top 10 developments on Karnataka Elections 2018 and BJP campaigns

1. BS Yeddyurappa to contest from Shikaripura: State BJP President and the party’s CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa will contest from Shikaripura. B Sriramulu, the party MP from Ballari district will contest the Assembly polls and will be the party’s candidate from Molakalmuru in Chitradurga district. BS Yeddyurappa’s rival within the party, and former party President K S Eashwarappa will contest from Shimoga.

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Karnataka Assembly election 2018: Why it is important for BJP and Congress

Keeping all these political issues and twists and turns in Karnataka State, The entire nation and Karnataka state is eagerly waiting for the election and who will win.


This April-May will evidence the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections in 224 constituencies to elect their respective members. Karnataka Assembly tenure ends in May 2018. The upcoming election is scheduled for April-May 2018.

The Lotus Strategy: Criticizing Invites Death

The official campaign of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began on November 2, 2017. They launched Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivarthana rally, which was for 75 days across the entire state lead by the state president, Y.S Yeddyurappa. The rally was completed on February 8, 2018, covering all the constituents in Karnataka covering all the constituencies and ended with a note addressed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister in his speech said that the entire world is busy with ease of doing business, while the Congress is busy with ease of doing murders.” “Anyone who criticizes the government will pay with death.”

Mr. Modi also stated that he wants to free Karnataka from the dynasty rule of the inefficient Congress. This would also mean putting an end to corruption and dirty politics.

A fourteen-day “Protect Bengaluru” was conducted by BJP party. According to this party, they were reviving and rebuilding the city from the gross negligence of the Congress party. The BJP and Janatadal parties were campaigning against the Congress pointing out the flaws and shortcomings under Siddaramaiah. This act has compelled Congress to emphasize on the achievements made to counter both the parties. The BJP has given enough indications that this time the election campaign will be Modi-centric and less of B.S.Yeddurappa. BJP prefers to seek votes in the name of Mr. Modi by having him as the face of the elections. The chief minister seems to be shrewd in engaging the Prime Minister.

The Congress Way: Being More Aggressive

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) took up an act of setting up a booth level committee at 54,261 locations. They will spread the information on the various programs undertaken by the ruling Indian National Congress. This was an extensive outreach program, which was held just before the elections. The ruling congress has taken aggressive steps to reach to grass root level to halt the impression created by BJP. This micro-level reach by the Congress had created a positive impact on the people. Congress was on losing end for the past few elections.

Twists & Turns In The End

When an opinion poll was gathered, a sample revealed that Kumaraswami from Janata dal was their first choice, followed by Yeddyurappa (BJP) and then Siddaramaiah (Indian National Congress). Keeping all these political issues and twists and turns in Karnataka State, The entire nation and Karnataka state is eagerly waiting for the election and who will win in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018.

UP, Bihar bypolls: Gorakhpur loss start of BJP’s worry? Top 10 developments

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said over-confidence and inability to understand the understanding between SP and BSP were the prime reasons for the BJP’s shocking loss


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received a severe setback in the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections, losing four of the five seats in the bypolls, including the all-important Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats in Uttar Pradesh. Especially worrisome for the BJP was the fact that it was trounced by the BSP-backed Samajwadi Party in the high-stakes Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls which could boost the chances of a ‘mahagathbandhan’ of anti-BJP parties before the 2019 general elections.

After sweeping the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections last year, the BJP faced a last-minute alliance stitched by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the bypolls. BSP supremo Mayawati had announced her party’s backing for SP candidates in both Gorakhpur and Phulpur in return for the SP’s support for her party’s candidate in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections.

The BJP lost the Gorakhpur seat to the SP by a margin of 21,961 votes. SP candidate Pravin Kumar Nishad got 456,437 more votes than his nearest rival, BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla, who secured 434,476 votes. In the Phulpur constituency, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeated BJP candidate Kaushalendra Singh by a margin of 59,613 votes. The winner polled 342,796 votes, while the BJP candidate secured 283,183.

Significantly, Gorakhpur was earlier held by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had held the Phulpur seat.

Meanwhile, in Bihar, the BJP also lost the Araria Lok Sabha constituency and the Jehanabad Assembly seat while scoring a consolation win in the Bhabua Assembly seat. The results in both the states triggered calls for a Grand Alliance — a la Bihar — all across India to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Once the outcome of the Uttar Pradesh 2018 bypolls was known, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that “over-confidence and the inability to understand the understanding between SP and BSP” were the prime reasons for the BJP’s defeat.

Here are the top 10 developments in the shock defeat for BJP in UP and Bihar bypolls:

1) SP victory boosts chances of an anti-BJP coalition in UP: With the tacit understanding between the Samajwadi Party and the BSP in the Lok Sabha bye-elections for two seats paying off, chances of a ‘mahagathbandhan’ of anti-BJP parties before the 2019 general elections got a boost in Uttar Pradesh. These results are the beginning of the formation of a broadest possible alliance of Opposition forces before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, senior political analyst and retired head of the political science department of the Lucknow University Ramesh Dixit said.

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Tripura violence continues, another Lenin statue razed: Top 10 developments

Two statues of communist icon Vladimir Lenin were brought down in South Tripura as the CPI(M) and its arch-rival in Bengal, the Trinamool Congress, blamed the BJP for the incidents


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday strongly condemned the incidents of vandalism of statues in parts of the country and spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the matter. The Union Home Ministry said it had taken serious note of such incidents and that it had directed state governments to take strong action in such cases.

Tripura continued to see post-poll violence for a fourth straight day, even as the Northeast Assembly elections result 2018 sank in. Communist icon and leader Vladimir Lenin became the symbolic casualty, with at least two of his statues in the state being razed or pulled down.

The Left was defeated in the Tripura Assembly polls 2018 by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which together won a two-thirds majority in the House in a state where the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) had been in power for 25 years.

Both the BJP and the CPI(M) have urged everyone to maintain peace. Chief Minister-designate Biplab Kumar Deb repeatedly urged Tripura’s people not to disturb the peace and abstain from attacking the rival party’s members. He said that anybody indulging in violence would be punished.

On Tuesday, Rajnath Singh had spoken to state Governor Tathagata Roy and the director general of police and asked them to ensure peace till a new government was installed.

Meanwhile, according to reports, at least two statues of communist leader Lenin were brought down in South Tripura. Along with the CPI(M), Opposition parties, including the Congress and the All India Trinamool Congress, condemned the razing of these statues.

Here are the top 10 developments surrounding the post-poll violence in Tripura and the razing of Lenin’s statues:

1) PM Modi disapproves of statue vandalism: On Wednesday, as the incidents of defacement and vandalism spread beyond Tripura, Prime Minister Modi “strongly disapproved” incidents of vandalism of statues in certain parts of the country. Further, the Prime Minister spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the matter.

2) MHA asks states to take strong action: Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry said that it has taken serious note of such incidents of vandalism. Further, the ministry said that it has directed state governments to take strong action in such cases.

In an advisory to all states and Union Territories, the Home Ministry has said that incidents of toppling and damaging statues have been reported from certain parts of the country and that it has taken serious note of such incidents.

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Rajinikanth political speech highlights: Thalaivaa next MGR of Tamil Nadu?

Rajinikanth’s first political speech after the announcement of his entry into Tamil Nadu politics didn’t drop any hints about the launch of a political party


Southern superstar Rajanikanth’s maiden political speech has set social media and political circles abuzz. Tweeple are wondering if Rajinikanth would be the next MGR. Political analyst Muralidharan has been quoted by Times NOW as saying that AIADMK and DMK, the two principal parties in Tamil Nadu are set to lose a chunk of their vote-share in the next round of polls.

The ‘Thalaivaa’ explicitly said that he did not compare himself to MG Ramachandran and that one would be ‘crazy’ to do so. According to news agency ANI, the superstar said that no one could match the achievements of MGR in a thousand years, even as his supporters on social media continue to hope that his political career will be akin to MGR’s.

Rajanikanth said that his detractors should remember what happened in 1996. According to him, his opposition of Jayalalithaa’s rule cost her the state Assembly elections.

“I have a duty towards the people and that’s why I have come to politics,” Tamil superstar Rajinikanth said on Monday during his maiden political speech after announcing his entry into Tamil Nadu politics. The ‘Thalaivaa’ rebutted his political opponents and entertained the crowd with his famous dialogues during his 35-minute speech.

The ‘superstar’ showered lofty praises on the reign of AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran. However, he didn’t drop any hints about the launch of his political party. Rajinikanth had announced his much-awaited entry into the political arena amid a lot of fanfare in December last year. He had said that he would join politics, and field candidates in all 234 Assembly segments in the upcoming general elections in 2019.

The ‘Thalaivaa’s’ maiden political speech came at the unveiling of a statue of the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M G Ramachandran at Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in the presence of a huge crowd in Chennai. He also advised students to work hard for four years so that they could reap the benefits for the next 40 years. Rajinikanth’s speech also sparked an outrage among Chennai residents as his supporters erected banners and ‘illegal posters’ that disrupted traffic in the southern metropolis. Kamal Haasan took a dig at the superstar for the same.

Here are the top 10 highlights of Rajinikanth’s first political speech:

1. Spiritual Politics

Rajinikanth said that his political philosophy would be that of ‘spiritual politics’, explaining that honest and casteless politics meant spiritual politics. This is not the first time that he spoke of ‘spiritual politics’. When he had announced his entry on the plank of a new brand of politics in December, DMK leader M K Stalin had said Tamil Nadu was the cradle of the Dravidian movement, where there was no place for ‘spiritual politics’ as enunciated by the superstar.

2. ‘Learnt about politics from Karunanidhi, Moopanar’

“With my close relationship with M Karunanidhi, G K Moopanar and others, I learnt a lot about politics,” Rajnikanth said. Politics is a way where there are snakes, thorns and difficulties.

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Meghalaya, Nagaland polls 2018: One dead in clashes; top 10 developments

Voting underway in Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly elections 2018; BJP and Congress slug it out for the Northeast


Voting in the crucial Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly elections began on Tuesday at 7 am amid tight security, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress slugging it out to see who would emerge as the more dominant party in the Northeast. Despite security being beefed up, one person was injured in a bomb blast at a polling station in Mon District’s Tizit in Nagaland.

According to the Election Commission, 22 per cent voting was recorded in Meghalaya till 9:30 am. While 17 per cent voting was recorded in Nagaland till 9 am.

Nagaland CM TR Zeliang has said that he will move towards a Naga political solution after the state polls are concluded.

The two states have a 60-member House each. However, voting will be held only for 59 constituencies in each. Voting for the 60-member Assemblies will commence from 7 am and conclude by 4 pm, except at some polling stations in Nagaland’s interior districts where the process is scheduled to be completed at 3 pm.

Encouraged by the formation of governments in Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a determined bid to expand its footprint in the Northeast. Meanwhile, the Assembly election’s outcome in Meghalaya is particularly significant for the Congress, which has been ruling the state for the past 10 years.

The results of the polls in the two states, along with that of Tripura, will be declared on Saturday, March 3. The high-octane Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly elections campaign, during which barbs flew thick and fast among parties, ended on Sunday.

Here are the top 10 developments in the crucial Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly polls:

1) Naga political solution after polls: Speaking to news agencies, Nagaland CM TR Zeliang said, “We expect that polling will finish smoothly and we will get absolute majority according to the voice of the people. We hope peace will prevail in the state and we will move for Naga political solution.”

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Section 377’s days numbered? SC to re-examine verdict criminalising gay sex

A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud decided to re-consider the top court’s December 12, 2013, order


The Supreme Court on Monday said it will re-examine its 2013 verdict upholding the Indian Penal Code’s Section 377 criminalising gay sex as it observed that “a section of people or individuals who exercise their choice should never remain in a state of fear”.

A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud decided to re-consider the top court’s December 12, 2013, order saying that “individual autonomy and also individual orientation cannot be atrophied unless the restriction is regarded as reasonable to yield to the morality of the Constitution”.

“The morality that public perceives, the Constitution may not conceive of,” the court said making it clear that the “consent between two adults has to be the primary pre-condition. Otherwise the children would become prey, and protection of the children in all spheres has to be guarded and protected”.

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Referring the matter to a larger Bench, Chief Justice Misra, in his order, said: “The determination of order of nature is not a constant phenomenon. Social morality also changes from age to age. The law copes with life and accordingly change takes place”, referring to the phrase in Section 377 which says, “Carnal intercourse against the order of nature”.

Stating that understanding of “natural” is not constant, the court said: “What is natural to one may not be natural to the other but the said natural orientation and choice cannot be allowed to cross the boundaries of law and as the confines of law cannot tamper or curtail the inherent right embedded in an individual under Article 21 of the Constitution.”

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