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Karnataka BJP leader asserts that CM will be replaced soon




Former union minister and BJP leader from Karnataka, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal stated that the BJP central leadership was contemplating replacing Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa shortly as the party central leadership was “fed-up” with him.

Yatnal made this statement on Monday late night while participating in a function in Vijayapura city, which he has been representing in the Karnataka assembly since 2018.

Vijayapura is 521 kms from the state capital, Bengaluru.

Yatnal is considered to be the bete noire of Yediyurappa within the BJP. He has a Sangh Parivar background but does not enjoy a mass following in the state the way Yediyurappa does.

Speaking at a rally, Yatnal said that the party’s central leadership was mulling replacing Yediyurappa shortly as they were fed-up with his style of functioning.

Subtly playing the north Karnataka and south Karnataka divide, he claimed that Yediyurappa would not only be replaced soon but whenever it happens it will be done by replacing him with a Lingayat leader from north Karnataka.

Continuing his tirade against Yediyurappa, Yatnal charged that the former had become the Chief Minister of Shivamogga alone and not a pan-Karnataka CM. “Any development fund allocated to other than Shivamogga district has been diverted to Shivamogga again through various means. Rs 125 crore development fund was allocated to Vijayapura city constituency, which has been diverted to Shivamogga,” he alleged.

The former union minister asserted that he knows how to bring back the money to Vijayapura.

“Now everyone stands in queue before his (Yediyurappa’s) house in Bengaluru for funds and the day is not far when they will have to stand in queue to seek funds from someone in north Karnataka,” he alleged.

Reacting sharply, revenue minister R Ashoka said that the CM’s seat was not vacant and there is no question of any replacement for Yediyurappa for the next three years. “One should not waste his time trying to block a seat that is not vacant,” he said.

The CM’s political secretary M P Renukachrya said that Yediyurappa is a tall leader of the party and is like a banyan tree that gives shade.

“He (Yatnal) cannot become the CM by ridiculing Yediyurappa. There has been no discussion about replacing the CM. Yatnal is daydreaming and the party leadership will not tolerate such arrogant behaviour,” he added.

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TV actress Kamya Panjabi joins Congress in Mumbai





 The Congress got a fresh dose of glamour with well-known television actress Kamya Panjabi joining the party here on Wednesday.

Mumbai Congress President Bhai Jagtap and other leaders like Charan Singh Sapra welcomed Panjabi to the party fold.

Shooting to popularity with her appearance in the reality show “Bigg Boss-7” (2013), Panjabi has been working in the entertainment industry for over two decades and had expressed a desire to join politics and serve the masses.

Congress activist Niraj Bhatia and other leaders shared pictures of her joining the party on the social media.

Kamya, 42, has worked in several teleserials including “Banoo Main Teri Dulhann”, “Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak”, “Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki”, “Rethi”, Astitva… Ek Prem Kahani”, “Piya Ka Ghar”, and “Kyun Hota Hai Pyaar”.

Besides, she has acted in Bollywood films like “Na Tum Jaano Na Hum”, “Yaadein”, “Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani”, “Koi.. Mil Gaya”, and music videos like “Mehndi Mehndi” and a play “Pajama Party”

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Amarinder to meet Shah on farmers’ stir




 Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will lead a non-political delegation of agricultural experts to meet the Union Home Minister to discuss possible solutions to the ongoing farmers’ agitation on Thursday.

Disclosing this here on Wednesday, Amarinder Singh, who announced to float a new political party with seat sharing with parties, including the BJP, said he had been discussing various options with Home Minister Amit Shah, whom he will be meeting in Delhi again on Thursday, and others.

“I think I can help in finding a solution as I have been the Chief Minister of Punjab and am also an agriculturist,” Amarinder Singh told a press conference.

While there could be no pre-decided formula for resolution of the farmers’ stir, something will emerge during the talks as both sides — the Central government and farmers — want a resolution to the crisis triggered by the farm laws, he said.

Making it clear that he had not met any farmer leaders, the former Chief Minister said he had deliberately not interfered in the matter as the farmers did not want politicians involved.

The farmer leaders had four inconclusive meetings with the Centre but back channel talks have been going on, he added.

Amarinder Singh had earlier said any seat arrangement he made with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be subject to a resolution of the farmers’ issue in their interest.

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TN CM announces Rs 5L as relief to kin of victims killed in fire





Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announced a financial compensation of Rs five lakh to the family of all five persons killed due to an alleged fire in a firecracker shop in Kallakurichi district.

Eight others were reportedly injured in the incident, which occurred on Tuesday evening and are in a serious condition.

Stalin announced a relief of Rs one lakh to the injured persons admitted in the Kallakurichi government hospital.

The deceased victims include Khaleed (23), Shah Alam (25), Shaikh Basheer (67) and Ayyasamy (62). The police said it is yet to identify the fifth deceased victim.

Police sources told IANS that the mishap occurred due to a short circuit in an electric line and further investigation is on to ascertain the exact cause. A grocery shop was allegedly converted into a firecracker shop ahead of Diwali and was doing brisk business when the incident occurred.

The whole building was engulfed in fire and the police and fire personnel from Sankarapuram and Kallakurichi arrived at the spot to douse the fire.

Kallakurichi District Collector, P.N. Sridhar told media that the fire was doused after nearly three hours of intense efforts by the team of fire personnel and the police units that rushed to the spot.

The team cordoned off the area and started rescue operations as well as saved the grievously injured from the fire engulfed building.

State Minister, E.V. Velu reached the spot and visited the injured persons at the Kallakurichi government hospital on the same day of the incident.

The police said further investigation is on and whether the grocery shop that was converted into a firecracker shop had the mandatory license to conduct business. Whether the shop had the precautionary measures required to conduct a firecracker business, the police added.

The state government had issued warnings to the people and the firecracker manufacturers and traders to be safe during the Diwali season.

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