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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal seems to have become the go-to man for senior leaders from other political parties. A day after BJP MP Shatrugan Sinha called on him, reportedly to "discuss Delhi," former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda of JD(S) has reached out to Kejriwal.
04 Aug: Bengaluru civic polls to be held on August 22:
"Elections for 198 wards of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will be conducted on August 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; re-poll, if any, on August 24; and counting of votes on August 25," Election Commissioner P.N. Srinivasachary told reporters here.
The model code of conduct came into force till the completion of the poll process on August 26.
16-July-15: Poll push: BBMP takes up tarring of 300 km roads
BBMP is all set to begin the asphalting of 274 roads, measuring about 300 km, by the weekend. With one eye on the upcoming civic body polls, the ruling Congress government hurried to clear Rs 417 crore for this purpose.
13-July-15: Amit Shah launches workshop for party’s Mahasampark Abhiyan
BJP president Amit Shah today launched a workshop here as part of the party’s ‘Mahasampark Abhiyan’ in North Indian states, including Delhi.
13-July-15: Moodbidri: Roopa D Shetty Elected President of Town Municipal Council
Moodbidri: Supriya D Shetty, whose tenure of 15 months as president of the town municipal council here, had ended and she had resigned recently.
11-July-15: Bye Elections to five GP seats on August 2
SEC will holding byelections to five gram panchayat seats in Udupi district on August 2. The notification for elections will be issued on July 15. The last date for filing nomination papers is July 22. The scrutiny will take place on July 23. The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is July 25. The counting of votes will take place on August 5, the release added.
Byelections will be held to:-
Kukkehalli-1 seat in Kukkehalli Gram Panchayat
Nadsalu-3 seat in Padubidri Gram Panchayat
Koteshwar-9 seat in Koteshwar Gram Panchayat
Katbelthur-1 seat in Katbelthur Gram Panchayat
Gopady-3 seat in Gopady Gram Panchayat
11-July-15: Woman contested GP election on fake caste certificate
Renuka K. Basappa Hanchinal, a Hindu Lingawant, projected herself as a Scheduled Tribe
Renuka K. Basappa Hanchinal, who contested from Ward No. 6 in Chikka-Ulligeri under Inam Hongal GP of Savadatti taluk, got elected defeating another woman ST candidate Majula Hanchinal.
11-July-15: Poll Panel Braces for Bengaluru Elections
Even as the State Election Commission is preparing to hold elections to the city corporation council before August 28 -as directed by the Supreme Court - the Namma Bengaluru Foundation appealed to the apex court not to extend polling date beyond July 28.
6-July-15: BBMP poll notifications withdrawn
After the SC extended the deadline for conducting BBMP polls, the state election commission has withdrawn its notification for announcing poll dates. With this, the code of conduct automatically comes under suspension. The withdrawal of poll notification has helped the government to carry out several developmental works as a last attempt to woo voters.
6-July-15: Bengaluru civic polls by August 28
The elections to the Bengaluru civic corporation will be completed by August 28, a month later than scheduled, after the Supreme Court on Friday granted more time to complete the process, a top official said on Sunday.
“As the Supreme Court on July 4 gave us eight more weeks to conduct the civic polls, we have to complete the entire process by August 28 rather than July 28, as announced earlier (June 25),” Karnataka Election Commissioner P.N. Srinivasachary said.
4-July-15: SC gives Karnataka eight more weeks for Bengaluru civic polls
Supreme Court on Friday gave the Karnataka government and the State Election Commission eight more weeks to hold the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palika (BBMP) polls, declining the state's plea for more time for delimitation of wards on the basis of 2011 Census.
Now the election to the civic body will be held by October 5 after the completion of the delimitation of wards as per 2011 census.
26-Jun-15: BBMP polls on July 28, results three days later
The BBMP goes to the polls on July 28. The State Election Commission on Thursday announced the calendar of events for the elections in the wake of a diktat from the Karnataka High Court to hold the same by August 5.Read More..>>
25-Jun-15: Karnataka seeks Rs.500 crore for 'Swachh Bharat'
Bengaluru, Karnataka on Wednesday sought Rs.500 crore from the central government to expand infrastructure for the Swacch Bharat Mission in the state. "The state government has invested Rs.400 crore to set up basic infrastructure over the last eight months. We require Rs.500 crore support from the central government to complete civic projects, including basic amenities in the city," Chief minister Siddaramaiah said at a meeting of the mission's sub-group here.
5-Jun-15: Counting of votes today
The district administration has made all arrangements for the counting for the gram panchayat elections. Read More..>>
5-Jun-15:Karnataka rural poll: Toss decides winner after 2 candidates get same number of votes
Toss isn't the only way to decide the winner in sports. Nowadays, it is even used in elections in India! Yes, one such bizarre incident happened on Friday, when the results of the gram panchayat election in Karnataka came out. Sachin and Somappa, two candidates in Madanur Gram panchayat in Koppal taluk received 130 votes in the recently held election and to decide the winner, the election officer went for a toss and Sachin had a better luck.
GRAM PANCHAYAT ELECTIONS 2015:
The elections were held for the first time under the new Panchayat Raj Act, which made voting compulsory. However, the state government has decided not tot ake any punitive action on those who failed to turn up to the polling stations to exercise their franchise this time.
30-May-15: First Phase Witnesses Over 75 Per Cent Polling
About 75 to 80 per cent of polling was reported in the first phase of the elections held to 3,272 Gram Panchayats (GPs), covering 15 districts of the state.Belagavi reported the highest poll percentage, over 83, followed by 82 in Mandya, 80 in Chamarajnagar and 72 in Dakshina Kannada district, they added.
The SEC sources informed Express that re-polling has been ordered in 11 polling stations across six districts due to technical reasons, including wrong printing of symbols.
Re-polling will be held at three stations each in Belagavi and Mysuru districts, two in Dakshina Kannada, and one each in Chikkamagaluru, Chamarajnagar and Gadag districts.
30-May-15: 71 p.c. turnout in Udupi
A voter turnout of 71.65 per cent was recorded for the Gram Panchayat (GP) elections in Udupi district on Friday according to the final figures provided by the district administration here. The polling was by and large peaceful in the district.
The voter turnout in the three taluks were as follows: Udupi 70.55 per cent, Kundapur 71.19 per cent, and Karkala 74.93 per cent.
As many as 4,740 candidates are in the fray for 2,126 GP seats in the district.
30-May-15: Re-polling ordered in a ward of Hudli Gram Panchayat
Polling for Gram Panchayats took off on an embarrassing note for the State Election Commission and district authorities when they were forced to suspend and order re-polling in Ward No. 2 of Hudli Gram Panchayat in Hudli of Belagavi following protests by a woman candidate and her supporters on Friday.
The candidate, Shivagangavva Mutyannavar staged protest when she found that her name was missing from the list of the contestants, following which the polling officers had to suspend the polling and order a re-poll for the affected ward on May 31, Tahsildar Preetam Naslapure told The Hindu.
30-May-15: Siddaramaiah Votes in GP Polls, But Without ID Card
Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday cast his vote in the Gram Panchayat (GP) elections at his native Siddaramanahundi though he could not produce any identity card.
When he arrived at the polling booth, a woman polling officer asked the CM if he had his identity card. Siddaramaiah replied in the negative and said he himself was the identity card. He then proceeded to collect the ballot paper and cast his vote.
However, State Election Commissioner P N Srinivasachari said in Bengaluru that he was not aware of Siddaramaiah reportedly refusing to show his identity card inside the polling station. “I have not received any such report from the Mysuru DC or the presiding officer of the concerned polling station.”
He also maintained that the question of identity arises only if somebody raises doubt over the authenticity of the voter.
30-May-15: Polling passes off peacefully in Hassan district
The gram panchayat election on Friday was peaceful in Hassan, barring one incident of poll boycott by the residents of a village in Channarayapatna taluk, following the death of two persons in an accident there.
The response of voters in parts of Belur and Arsikere taluks was poor. However, in other areas, a large number of voters were standing in long queues for exercising their franchise.
According to the information provided by the district administration, 66.7 per cent of voters had exercised franchise till 3 p.m. on Friday.
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Security tightened for gram panchayat poll today
-15 districts with 3154 GP polling today.
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29-May-15: Siddaramaiah faces litmus test in Gram Panchayat polls
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who has completed two years in his office this month, will face a litmus test at the grasssroots level when the state goes for Gram Panchayat polls, to be held in two phases – tomorrow and on June 2.
Facing the first major electoral test after the Lok Sabha polls, faring well matters a lot for Siddaramaiah to re-establish his authority in the state where he has been having a smooth run so far.
The ruling party has been listing several achievements of the government and seeking votes on the premise of giving a "scandal-free" administration compared to the previous BJP rule, during which cases were filed against 13 ministers.
29-May-15: Karnataka government to complain to state EC over Centre's poll code violation
The Congress government in Karnataka today said it would lodge a complaint with the state Election Commission against the central government for allegedly publishing advertisements in newspapers in violation of poll code of conduct for the two-phase Gram Panchayat elections beginning tomorrow.
"We are lodging a complaint against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for violating poll code of conduct by publishing government ads in newspaper," Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said here.
28-May-15: BJP hopes to gain big in gram panchayat polls
The district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday exuded confidence that people would largely support candidates backed by the party in the gram panchayat elections even as the curtains came down on campaigning for the polls scheduled for May 29.
28-May-15: ‘Autorickshaw’ symbol popular in upcoming gram panchayat elections
Autorickshaw — the popular mode of transport — is a much sought-after symbol that candidates have opted for in the ensuing panchayat elections in the district on Friday. Only a few have opted for whistle, carpet, violin, electricity pole and hockey-ball symbols. According to an official press release, as many as 1,045 candidates have opted for the autorickshaw symbol.
The next popular symbol has been finger ring (744), followed by coconut (604) and gas cylinder (517). Only one candidate each in Mangaluru taluk has chosen whistle and carpet symbols respectively. Only two candidates have chosen the tent symbol, while three each have chosen bread, calculator, hockey-ball and blackboard symbols.
28-May-15: ZP member contesting in gram panchayat polls
It is a common trend in politics that a person who generally contests in the gram panchayat (GP) elections, eyes for zilla panchayat (ZP) elections to elevate himself to a higher position in the Panchayat Raj system.
But in contrast to this trend, a sitting BJP ZP member of Hirebevanur ZP of Indi taluk, Sunanda Walikar is contesting in the GP election from ward number seven of Tadavalaga GP in Indi taluk.
28-May-15: Over One Lakh Women in Fray
Over one lakh women candidates will try their luck in the Gram Panchayat (GP) elections in the statetobe held in two phases on May 29 and June 2. There are 6,073 GPs in the state, but the elections will be held in 5,835 GPs for 94,348 seats. The elections to the remaining 238 GPs have been put off for different reasons like court cases, non-completion of term and upgradation of a few GPs into urban local bodies (ULBs).
14-May-15: Karnataka progressing under Congress rule: Siddaramaiah
Asserting that Karnataka was rated as one of the most progressive states of India, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said the ruling Congress gave equal importance to social and economic sectors.
"Karnataka has been appreciated as one of the most progressive states in the country with proactive industrial policy and welfare schemes for the benefit of the people," Siddaramaiah said at 'Meet the Press' event, held to mark the completion of two years of his government.
14-May-15: Siddaramaiah: Our focus is on social sector
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said his government accords top priority to the social sector, but other sectors have not been neglected.
6-May-15 Karnataka to hold two-phase panchayat polls
Election to 5,844 rural local bodies (gram panchayats) will be held in two phases on May 29 and June 1 in Karnataka, an official said on Wednesday.
"As new rural local bodies have to be constituted following the expiry of their previous five-year tenure, polling will be held on May 29 and June 1 in 15 districts," state election commission chief P.N. Srinivasachari told IANS.
Counting of votes for both phases will take place on June 5.
Ahead of notification for the first phase, the model code of conduct will come into force from May 10 and prevail till June 7 in all villages, taluks (sub-districts) and zilla (districts) including urban local bodies.
5-May-15: CM assures 50 p.c. quota for women in civic polls
Mysuru, May 04: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said the government had sent reservation details for the gram panchayat (GP) elections to the State Election Commission (SEC). Speaking to presspersons here, the Chief Minister said 50 per cent of the seats in the gram panchayat polls would be reserved for women.
25-Apr-15: Hold Bengaluru civic polls in six months: HC
The Karnataka High Court on Friday put off elections to the city's Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) civic body.
Setting aside a single bench order, which directed the state election commission (SEC) to conduct the civic poll by May 30, a division bench headed by Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice Ram Mohan Reddy told the state government to hold the elections by six months, as per the 74th constitutional amendment.
The state government filed a review petition on April 7 seeking a stay on the March 30 order of Justice B.V. Nagarathna to the SEC for holding the civic poll by May 30, as its five-year term was ending on April 22.
24-Apr-15: BJP confident of winning GHMC polls
BJP is gearing for a good show in the upcoming GHMC elections. Apparent from the fact that it has five MLAs, one MLC and one MP from the GHMC region, it wants to further strengthen the base here by identifying potential candidates for the ensuing civic body polls.
Also, BJP is banking on TRS “lack” of organisational strength and the population profile of the twin cities to ensure that its candidates triumph. State BJP leaders have already made it clear that the party’s target is to win the Mayoral post, and MIM is its main rival.