QBengaluru: HDK Will Be Out of Power by Friday, Says BJP & More

1. Kumaraswamy Will Be Out of Power by Friday: DV Sadananda Gowda

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy conducts an aerial survey of the flood-hit Kodagu in Karnataka.

HD Kumaraswamy will be out of the chief minister’s post by Friday morning, senior BJP leader DV Sadananda Gowda claimed on Wednesday, indicating that a BJP victory in the Lok Sabha elections would trigger a change of government in Karnataka.

Gowda, who led the ministry of statistics and programme implementation in the Modi government, was confident of his own chances in the elections, saying he would retain the Bengaluru North seat and continue being a Cabinet member.

Gowda offered the bleak assessment on Kumaraswamy, and the JD(S)-Congress government he leads in Karnataka, while commenting on Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to Bengaluru on Tuesday. Naidu, who has been holding discussions with opposition leaders across the country to cement a grand alliance, met JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Will JD(S) Jump Ship in Karnataka After Lok Sabha Poll Results? 

2. Counting Centres Turn Into Fortresses

Bengaluru: Preparations in full swing at Mount Carmel College which is the counting center for Bengaluru Central, on the eve of the counting of polls for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in Bengaluru on May 22, 2019. Counting of votes for the 17th Lok Sabha and four State Assemblies will take place on May 23, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

Security blanket will be thrown around all the 28 counting centres across the State as nearly 12,000 election officials will commence counting of votes from 8 a.m. on Thursday.

As many as 4,215 rounds of counting will be taken up, and separate arrangements have been made to count VVPAT slips.

All the 28 counting centres will turn into fortresses with a three-tier security cover — 100-m perimeter around the counting centre, the boundary wall, and at the entrance of the counting halls.

Prohibitory orders have been clamped across the State and victory processions and meetings have been banned.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. Another Karnataka Congress MLA Strikes Discordant Note

K Sudhakar, Congress MLA from Chikkaballapura

In another note of dissent from the Karnataka Congress, MLA K Sudhakar questioned why the issue of alleged EVM manipulation was being brought into the discourse about the Lok Sabha exit poll predictions.

Sudhakar's stand is contrary to that of the Congress, which has joined other opposition parties in upping the ante on alleged EVM tampering or manipulation ahead of the counting of votes on Thursday.

The Congress MLA's remarks came a day after senior party lawmaker Roshan Baig unleashed a scathing attack on its state leadership, calling Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Dinesh Gundu Rao a "flop show" and party general secretary K C Venugopal a "buffoon".

(Source: Deccan Herald)

4. Elderly man Injured as Metro Iron Panel Collapses on Auto

An 81-year-old passenger was severely injured after an iron panel above a Metro rail work site came crashing down on the autorickshaw in which he was travelling with his wife at BTM Layout on Wednesday.

While the driver and the woman escaped with minor injuries, Anand Rao, from BTM Layout, is battling for life at a city hospital. Rao and wife Soubhagya were coming from Jayadeva Junction at BTM II Stage at 10.30am when the incident occurred near SBI bank.

BMRCL chief public relations officer BL Yashavanth Chavan said: “The rail-cumroad pier de-shuttering work was being carried out between Central Silk Board and RV Road and while placing shuttering at the ground level, the panel hit the barricading boards placed along the alignment due to a sudden jerk from the crane.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Businessman Steps Into Lift Shaft, Falls to Death

Representational image of a crime scene. 

A 47-year-old businessman fell down an elevator shaft after the doors of the lift opened and he stepped in without realising that the cabin was not there. He was taken to hospital where he died from excessive bleeding, said the police.

The incident took place at a garment showroom on Magadi Road on Tuesday.

The deceased, Ajay Katavakar, a resident of Mahalakshmi Layout, owned a sewing machine shop. He had gone to Sparkle Fashions to buy second-hand sewing machines, said the police.

(Source: The Hindu)

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