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Karnataka Bengaluru July 26, 27 Highlights: Next CM to be appointed soon, says Basavaraj Bommai

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News July 26, 27 Highlights: Yediyurappa will be the caretaker Chief Minister until “alternate arrangements are made”, Governor Thawarchand Gehlot said in a notification after accepting the resignation and dissolving the Council of Ministers.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 28, 2021 8:12:35 am
B S YediyurappaB S Yediyurappa speaks at an event in Bengaluru on Monday (PTI)

Karnataka Bangalore July 26, 27 Highlights: Senior BJP leader and former Karnataka Home, Law, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister in the Yediyurappa-led cabinet Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday said in Bengaluru that the process of appointing a new chief minister will be completed soon.

“This process (of announcing Yediyurappa’s successor) will be completed in the next three to four days. There won’t be much gap from now,” he said. However, when asked about any possible decision that has been made by the party’s High Command, Bommai said, “The state leaders are yet to have exact information on who would be the next CM. Ours is a national party and we have a set system in place where decision making is done at different levels,” he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bommai and former Revenue Minister R Ashoka had met caretaker CM Yediyurappa at his official residence in the Karnataka capital as well.

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18:13 (IST)27 Jul 2021
S Angara, 6-time Dalit MLA, is dark horse in race for Karnataka CM

A six-time BJP MLA from a Scheduled Caste community, who has been described as “a loyal worker” of the party and the RSS from the coastal Karnataka region, has emerged as the dark horse to be the new Chief Minister of the state after the resignation of B S Yediyurappa on Monday, sources told The Indian Express.

Karnataka Fisheries Minister S Angara, a low-profile leader who never became a minister until recently despite being elected on six occasions from the reserved Sullia constituency in the RSS stronghold of Dakshina Kannada, has emerged among the ranks of frontrunners for the post, sources said. If Angara gets the nod, he is likely to become the first Dalit Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Other frontrunners in the race are central BJP leader B L Santhosh, a Brahmin; home minister Basavaraj Bommai, a Lingayat and close associate of Yediyurappa; Union minister Pralhad Joshi, a Brahmin; and Arvind Bellad, an MLA with no administrative experience but who hails from a numerically large but politically frustrated Panchamshali Lingayat group.

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14:59 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Next Karnataka CM to be surprise choice: B Y Raghavendra

Adding to the suspense among public and political circles in Karnataka as the state awaits the ruling BJP to announce the next Chief Minister, Shivamogga MP B Y  Raghavendra said the selection will be a "surprise choice."

"It (next Karnataka CM) will be a surprise choice like those made by the party in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. For instance, even during the latest Union cabinet reshuffle, neither you (media) nor us (politicians) could predict what was to happen," Raghavendra, who is also the son of outgoing CM Yediyurappa said at Bengaluru airport on Tuesday.

13:35 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Karnataka BJP legislators party to meet today in Bengaluru

BJP Karnataka legislators party have a meeting scheduled at 7.30pm today, said BJP spokesperson Capt. Ganesh Karnik. 

The meeting will be held at Capitol hotel. BJP leaders Dharmendra Pradhan and G Kishan Reddy as observers will be part of the meeting. 

According to sources, Karnataka incharge Arun Singh and DK Aruna should be in Bengaluru in an hour.

13:25 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Next CM to be appointed soon, Basavaraj Bommai says

Senior BJP leader and former Karnataka Home, Law, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister in the Yediyurappa-led cabinet Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday said in Bengaluru that the process of appointing a new chief minister will be completed soon. 

'This process (of announcing Yediyurappa's successor) will be completed in the next three to four days. There won't be much gap from now,' he said. However, when asked about any possible decision that has been made by the party's High Command, Bommai said, 'The state leaders are yet to have exact information on who would be the next CM. Ours is a national party and we have a set system in place where decision making is done at different levels,' he added. 

Earlier on Tuesday, Bommai and former Revenue Minister R Ashoka had met caretaker CM Yediyurappa at his official residence in the Karnataka capital as well.

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12:56 (IST)27 Jul 2021
DA case: Mangaluru official gets 5 years imprisonment, Rs 34 lakh penalty

A district court in Karnataka has held an official of the Mangaluru City Corporation guilty in a disproportionate assets case. 

According to an order pronounced by the third district and sessions court in the city, Assistant Town Planning Officer (ATPO) B P Shivaraju was sentenced to five years imprisonment and asked to pay a fine of Rs 34 lakh.

The judgment was delivered 14 years after the Lokayukta Police filed a chargesheet in the case. During the investigation, the police had stated that a search on July 25, 2007 revealed Shivaraju to be in possession of assets accounting to Rs 30 lakh in excess of his known sources of income.

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12:30 (IST)27 Jul 2021
BJP parliamentary board meets today, Karnataka new CM likely by Thursday

With veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa stepping down from the chief minister’s post, all eyes are on Tuesday’s BJP parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi, where a new CM candidate will be picked by BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP parliamentary board, the highest decision-making body in the party, will pick a candidate from a shortlist of over half a dozen probables and communicate the choice to the BJP legislators in Karnataka through emissaries.

Some members of the parliamentary board and the BJP leadership will subsequently travel to Karnataka with the intent of ensuring the smooth election of the new candidate at the legislature party meeting.

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12:06 (IST)27 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Siddaramaiah visits flood-hit villages in Belagavi, takes stock of situation

Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah Tuesday visited Belagavi to take stock of the situation in flood-hit villages in the district. He was accompanied by party MLAs Sathish Jarkiholi, Anjali Nimbalkar, and Laxmi R Hebbalkar for the visit. 

The former Karnataka CM also met top officials of the district administration earlier today. Incessant rains that lashed Karnataka since last Thursday left the north Karnataka district as the worst affected from across the state. Yediyurappa, on Sunday as the CM, had visited several spots in the district as well.

11:09 (IST)27 Jul 2021
SIT finds no evidence to prosecute Karnataka BJP MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi in sexual assault case

A special investigation team (SIT) of Bengaluru police has completed its probe into a sex CD episode involving former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi — where a case of sexual assault has been filed against Jarkiholi by a woman and a complaint of extortion against unnamed suspects by the BJP MLA.

The SIT found no evidence to prosecute the case of sexual assault filed by the woman but has found evidence to prosecute the woman and two others who were allegedly involved in the extortion of the BJP MLA, sources said.

The SIT has proposed filing a B report or a closure report in the sexual assault case and a chargesheet in the extortion case. In the investigations of the alleged case of sexual assault, the probe has found no evidence to establish the woman’s claims that the minister offered her a government job to coerce her into a sexual relationship. The probe has found no evidence of the woman seeking a job through the minister as claimed by her. It was found that she was not an engineering graduate as claimed but had dropped out of an engineering course in her second year at college.

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10:22 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Karnataka hikes DA from 11.25 to 21.50 per cent, announces releasing additional installments for govt employees

The Karnataka government on Monday ordered releasing additional instalments of dearness allowance, revising it from the existing 11.25 per cent to 21.5 per cent for the period January 2020 to June 2021, which it had frozen in view of the crisis arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Government is pleased to release the additional installments of the dearness allowance for the period January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Accordingly, the rates of dearness allowance payable to the state government employees in the 2018 revised pay scales shall be revised from the existing 11.25 per cent to 21.50 per cent of basic pay with effect from July 1, 2021,” a government order said.

Government also announced enhancing the rates of dearness allowance from the existing 11.25 per cent to 21.50 per cent of the basic pension or family pension with effect from July 1, 2021 to state government pensioners or family pensioners and pensioners or family pensioners of aided educational institutions whose pension or family pension is paid out of the consolidated fund of the state.

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10:18 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Vajpayee had asked me to be central minister, but I chose to work for BJP in Karnataka: Yediyurappa

In an emotional speech on Monday, Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa announced his resignation during an event which was held to celebrate his government’s second anniversary in Bengaluru. Terming his tenure as an ‘agnipariksha’ (trial by fire), a visibly emotional Yediyurappa, in a choked voice, said he has always worked to build the party and even when the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had asked him once to become a central minister, he had chosen to stay back in Karnataka to work for BJP.

“Not out of grief, but with happiness, I am resigning from the post of the CM. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda for giving me an opportunity to serve as the CM for two years, despite completing 75 years of age. There is an unwritten rule in the BJP that those above 75 years are kept out of elected offices,” he said.

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10:00 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Politicians react to BSY’s exit; Siddaramaiah terms him ‘most corrupt Karnataka CM’

Hours after BS Yediyurappa resigned from the post of Karnataka Chief Minister, Opposition party leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah termed him as the “most corrupt chief minister” and said that the resignation was expected.

In a tweet, Siddaramaiah said “The resignation by @BSYBJP was expected & I had told about this long back. There is nothing to be celebrated about it now. We will celebrate only when the corrupt @BJP4Karnataka party loses in the election & that will happen very soon. There is nothing to be celebrated about it now.”

The former Chief Minister, speaking to reporters in Gadag in North Karnataka said that there is no loss to Karnataka with the resignation of Yediyurappa, and there is no benefit either, with the arrival of a new CM.

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09:59 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Bengaluru power cuts today: These localities to face power outage from July 31

There will be no power supply in the following areas till July 31 between 10 am and 5 pm.

According to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM), the power cut is for replacing 15 old 11KV Areva switchgear with new MEI switchgear of Bank-1 and Bank-2, at 66/11kv Austin Town Sub-Station.

According to an official release, the areas affected are Victoria Layout, Palm Grove Road, Agaram, Viveknagar, Sonnenahalli, Vannarpet. Austin Town, Anjaneya Temple Street, KSRP Quatrus, Lindon street, Palm Grove Road, Xavior Layout, Y.G. Palyam

F2 FEEDER: Air Force Hospital, Domlur, Lifestyle, Campbell Road Junction, Richmond Road, Rudrappa Garden, Austin town, Neelasandra, Bazar Street, R.K. Garden, Rose Garden, ORC road.

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09:59 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Hampi world heritage site to be illuminated to attract tourists at night too

The Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority (HWHAMA) has decided to provide lights in its areas and surroundings allowing tourists to visit the place during night hours too. 

According to officials, the development is part of a project named 'Hampi by Night' which is expected to be operational from August 15. "As many as 17 monuments including Virupaksha temple, Narasimha temple, Kamal Mahal, and Gejjala Mantap have been picked for the project. They will remain illuminated every night, different from the usual scenario when they are illuminated only during Hampi Utsav," the official said. 

However, officials are yet to finalise an official date for the launch, entry fee, and timings to allow entry to tourists during night hours too. Technical works for the same are now underway, they added.

09:59 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Hampi world heritage site to be illuminated to attract tourists at night too

The Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority (HWHAMA) has decided to provide lights in its areas and surroundings allowing tourists to visit the place during night hours too. 

According to officials, the development is part of a project named 'Hampi by Night' which is expected to be operational from August 15. "As many as 17 monuments including Virupaksha temple, Narasimha temple, Kamal Mahal, and Gejjala Mantap have been picked for the project. They will remain illuminated every night, different from the usual scenario when they are illuminated only during Hampi Utsav," the official said. 

However, officials are yet to finalise an official date for the launch, entry fee, and timings to allow entry to tourists during night hours too. Technical works for the same are now underway, they added.

09:59 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Hampi world heritage site to be illuminated to attract tourists at night too

The Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority (HWHAMA) has decided to provide lights in its areas and surroundings allowing tourists to visit the place during night hours too. 

According to officials, the development is part of a project named 'Hampi by Night' which is expected to be operational from August 15. "As many as 17 monuments including Virupaksha temple, Narasimha temple, Kamal Mahal, and Gejjala Mantap have been picked for the project. They will remain illuminated every night, different from the usual scenario when they are illuminated only during Hampi Utsav," the official said. 

However, officials are yet to finalise an official date for the launch, entry fee, and timings to allow entry to tourists during night hours too. Technical works for the same are now underway, they added.

09:58 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Bengaluru civic body proposes hospital in every Assembly constituency and PHC's in 57 wards

Bengaluru city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has proposed to upgrade health infrastructure in the city. 

The BBMP has submitted a proposal for Rs 1,242.27 crore to the State government. Apart from setting up primary health care centers in 57 wards that don’t have one, the BBMP has also proposed setting up a hospital in every Assembly constituency of Bengaluru. 

So far, Bengaluru has only 141 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and seven referral hospitals that mainly cater to maternity and women’s health issues under the civic body. 

According to BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta, four new multi-speciality hospitals are being planned at Rs 238.2 crore, while paediatric care facilities will be created in the seven referral hospitals at Rs 10.61 crore.

09:58 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: State reports 1,606 new cases; Bengaluru has most infections, discharges so far

Karnataka on Monday reported 1,606 new cases of Covid-19 and 31 deaths, pushing the infection count to 28,96,163 and the death toll to 36,405.

The day also saw 1,937 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 28,36,678.

Bengaluru Urban logged 467 new cases while it reported 497 discharges and three deaths.

Active cases in the state stood at 23,057. Out of 31 deaths reported, four were from Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Urban, Havri, three from each of Mysuru and Uttara Kannada, two from each of Belagavi, Kolar, Mandya and Vijayapura, followed by others.

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09:58 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Karnataka: As BJP looks for successor, B S Yediyurappa will have say

Weeks after the Union Cabinet reshuffle signalled a generational change in the BJP, the party on Monday managed to effect a transition in Karnataka, with B S Yediyurappa stepping down as chief minister and leaving the succession race wide open.

With memories intact of 2012 — when the Lingayat heavyweight had walked out of the party, wrecking the BJP’s political fortunes in the state — this time, the BJP leadership is treading carefully as it looks for a candidate who can lead the party into the next election in 2023, aware that it can only do so with the 78-year-old veteran’s blessings.

Party leaders indicated that “the leadership will consider Yediyurappa’s preferences” while choosing his successor. Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be the party’s central observer to oversee the election of the new leader.

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09:58 (IST)27 Jul 2021
IISc model indicates double vaccination rate in Karnataka would reduce caseload by 55%

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru have indicated that a model developed recently has helped them calculate Karnataka's need for an enhanced rate of Covid-19 vaccination, which in turn would help reduce the caseload in the state drastically. 

According to the scientists, who developed the model from teams also from the Indian Statistical Institute and the University of Virginia, if Karnataka administered four lakh doses per day, the state’s Covid-19 caseload would reduce by 55 per cent by August 31. At present, the state is administering between one to two lakh vaccine doses on a daily basis. It however noted that vaccination should go hand-in-hand with strict non-pharmaceutical interventions such as lockdowns and curfews.

09:57 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Karnataka schools reopening likely to be delayed

The Karnataka government's decision on reopening schools, after nearly a year and a half due to Covid-19, is likely to be delayed further courtesy the political situation in the state.  

However, the Director of Public Instruction (DPI) handed over its report to the government on Monday recommending reopening of schools on August 1. As per sources in the directorate, the report has indicated that classes for higher classes (Class 6 and above) should reopen in the first or second week of August followed by classes for younger students a week later. 

Earlier last week, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar had announced that a decision would be taken on Monday or Tuesday. However, with the council of ministers now dissolved following Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's resignation accepted by the Governor, the process is likely to face more delays.

Hours after BS Yediyurappa resigned from the post of Karnataka Chief Minister, Opposition party leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah termed him as the “most corrupt chief minister” and said that the resignation was expected.

READ | Politicians react to BSY’s exit; Siddaramaiah terms him ‘most corrupt Karnataka CM’

Ending months-long speculations over a leadership change in Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday (July 26) announced his resignation during a programme commemorating two years of the BJP government in the state. While his replacement hasn’t been announced yet, Yediyurappa said that the party leaders will decide the next CM soon.

READ | How months-long speculation culminated in B S Yediyurappa’s exit as Karnataka CM

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