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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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-15 districts with 3154 GP polling today.
-119650 candidates in fray
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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.
Court restrains election panel on Bengaluru civic poll date
The Karnataka High Court on Monday restrained the state election commission (SEC) from announcing the date for the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) poll till April 22.
A division bench, headed by Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice Ram Mohan Reddy, directed the poll panel through an interim order not to decide the election date till Wednesday when the case would come up for hearing again.
The order was issued on a review petition filed by the state government on April 7 against the March 30 directive of a single bench of Justice B.V. Nagarathna to the SEC for holding the poll by May 30, as the five-year term of the civic body ends on April 22.
BBMP polls to be announced tomorrow
BENGALURU: The Congress government is unlikely to get a six- month breather it was hoping for by superseding BBMP, as the State Election Commission (SEC) is set to announce the date for the civic body polls on Monday.
The announcement is likely to come on a day when the government will hold an emergency legislature session to pass a Bill on trifurcation of BBMP and the high court will decide on a government's plea regarding the polls.
The 198 wards of BBMP are likely to go to polls around May 20 as the SEC will get busy with the gram panchayat elections in the last week of May. State Election Commissioner P N Srinivasachari has convened a news conference at 4.30 pm on Monday, when the calendar of events for the polls is expected to be announced.
Karnataka government calls one-day Assembly session to trifurcate BBMP
The Karnataka government called a special one-day Assembly session on Monday to trifurcate the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike so as to ensure better administration.
The BBMP's term comes to an end this week and the opposition is alleging that the government is taking the measure only to side-step civic polls as it is too scared to face an election now.
Defending the move, the government said the BBMP is embroiled in too many scams and trifurcation is the only way to ensure easier management and administration.State Law Minister TB Jayachandran said, "The purpose for which BBMP is constituted is being defeated. If trifurcated, BBMP will be easier to regulate. There is no question of going back on this issue."
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BBMP trifurcation was part of 2013 poll manifesto: Siddaramaiah
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Monday that the trifurcation of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) was one of the proposals made in the party's 2013 election manifesto. “This is not a new idea that has been proposed with the coming BBMP elections in view. The party had promised to do it in the poll manifesto itself,” he told presspersons.
The Chief Minister was here for laying the foundation stone for Ganganal Lift Irrigation project and to commission Kachenahalli Lift Irrigation project.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said, the party had told the electorate that the urban local body had become too vast with the inclusion of seven city municipal councils and 110 villages. Trifurcation was essential to ensure effective administration, he said.
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BBMP trifurcation: Government submits ordinance to governor
Opposition parties take to the streets in protest
The government on Thursday submitted to Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala an ordinance on trifurcation of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) amidst protests by opposition parties.
Bangalore MPs attack CM Siddaramaiah for decision to split BBMP
BENGALURU: The three MPs representing Bengaluru in the Lok Sabha have opposed chief minister Siddaramaiah's idea of trifurcating the monolithic Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), thereby challenging the March 20 decision of the state Cabinet. Their views, which are broadly in sync with the BJP's, could throw a spanner in the works of Siddaramaiah's pet idea.
Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan was critical of the CM for thinking of dividing BBMP instead of working on strengthening the city infrastructure."Bengaluru generates about 70 % of revenues for the state, but the CM pays little or no attention to issues dogging the city.The CM should fix revenue leaks in BBMP first, tone up the administration, and generously support it with funds for improving the city infrastructure," Mohan said.
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