QBengaluru: Cong to Seek Disqualification of 4 MLAs & More

1. Congress to Seek Disqualification of 4 ‘Rebel’ MLAs

The Congress has decided to seek the disqualification of four disgruntled legislators, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah announced here on Friday.

The party will move a petition for disqualification of Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Mahesh Kumathalli (Athani), Umesh Jadhav (Chincholi) and B Nagendra (Bellary). These four legislators have given the Congress sleepless nights for several weeks on end as they are said to have been in touch with the BJP.

The trigger for the drastic decision of seeking their disqualification was their absence in the special CLP meet that was convened Friday morning.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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2. Cabinet Post, 25 Cr, High Drama: A Lowdown of Karnataka Budget Day

BJP MLAs stormed the well of the House during the first day of the Karnataka budget on Tuesday, 6 February.

Budget day in Karnataka arrived amidst a flurry of action, with the BJP vowing to continue protests against the “unpopular coalition government”. However, the drama began much earlier than that.

Calling an emergency press conference at his residence on Friday morning, 8 February, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy claimed that there were concerted efforts being made by the BJP to poach MLAs, as recently as the night of 7 February.

Rs 50 crore to ‘book’ the Speaker of the House Ramesh Kumar, an offer of Rs 25 crore and a ministerial berth to switch camps and join the BJP. These are the kind of offers, Kumaraswamy alleged were being made to his party men. Indicating that Operation Kamala was still very much in progress, Kumaraswamy brought out multiple audio clips that purportedly contained proof of his claims.

(Source: The Quint)

Also Read: Karnataka Congress to take legal action against 4 rebel MLAs

3. Businessman, Father Arrested for Assaulting Police Personnel

A 32-year-old businessman and his father allegedly attacked a woman sub-inspector and two other police personnel when the trio visited their house to follow up on a complaint by a neighbour that he was beating his wife. The alleged incident took place on Wednesday morning.

The accused, Revanth and his father Srinivasalu, were arrested after additional personnel arrived at the spot. The duo were taken to the police station.

Constables Manjunath and Anil Kumar attached to HSR Layout Police Station, were on patrol duty when they received an alert from the control room around 2.45 a.m. about a woman being beaten up in her house.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. In Rare Case, 8 Bonded Labourers in B'luru Get Rs 9.6L Pending Wages Soon After Rescue

Bonded labourers preparing to make bricks in a Kota kiln. 

In an exceptional case in Bengaluru, nine persons rescued on Tuesday from bonded labour from a borewell unit in Sahakara Nagar did not have to wait for months and years to get the wages they were owed from the owners. Eight of the rescued labourers were paid a cumulative sum of Rs 9,61,560 by the employers through individual cheques. One person had taken a larger advance from the offending employer, and was paid a nominal undisclosed amount in back wages in cash.

The rescue was facilitated by Madhya Pradesh based NGO Jan Sahas, and International Justice Mission (IJM), a global non-governmental organisation focused on human rights, law and law enforcement. IJM India works with the central and state governments to tackle two forms of human trafficking – bonded labour and sex trafficking of minors. Jan Sahas, which is a partner organisation of IJM, found out about the bonded labourers when the relatives of the one of them called up their helpline and intimated them.

(Source: The News Minute)

5. PM Modi Misled People on the Floor of Parliament: CM Kumaraswamy

HD Kumaraswamy said he was more concerned about the development of his state than his own physical development than PM Modi's #FitnessChallenge.

At his pre-budget press conference and during the budget speech on the floor of the Assembly, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy trained guns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He picked on the prime minster’s statement, on 7 February, alleging Karnataka government’s farm loan waiver hadn’t reached more than 60,000 families. He said, PM Modi misled people on the floor of Parliament.

On Thursday, talking about the Karnataka government's loan waiving scheme, PM Modi had said that Karnataka’s coalition government had not delivered on its promises to farmers.

“Your government announced loan waivers, out of the 43 lakh only 60,000 people have benefited,” PM Modi had said. In his rebuttal, Kumaraswamy said PM Modi doesn’t know about the progress made by the state.

(Source: The Quint)

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