1. Tejasvi Surya: The Tech-Savvy Swayamsevak To Replace Ananth Kumar
Bengaluru South is considered a BJP bastion and a “safe seat,” since the party hasn’t lost since 1991. But the candidate for this constituency was announced post-midnight on 26 March, with only few hours left for the submission of the nomination.
The seat held by late BJP leader Ananth Kumar for six terms was initially offered to his wife Tejaswini Ananth Kumar. But her name was missing from the initial BJP list. Soon, party leadership made it clear that she will not be given a ticket.
As the discussion prolonged, sitting MLAs and senior leaders like Suresh Kumar and Ravi Subramanya, were considered for the seat. However, post-midnight, Surya, the preferred candidate of BL Santosh-led RSS faction of the BJP in Karnataka, was made the candidate.
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2. Three More Sumalathas to Take on Sumalatha in Mandya
Actor Sumalatha Ambareesh will not only have to contend with chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in the general election from Mandya; she will also have to make sure that voters identify her correctly on the electronic voter machines when they vote on 18 April.
Here’s why: Three other contestants named Sumalatha filed their nominations on Tuesday to contest the election from the constituency.
Sumalatha Siddegowda from Ranganatha Layout in Kanakapura, Sumalatha Manjegowda is a resident of Goravi village in KR Pete, and a third candidate, S Sumalatha, from TM Hosur village, is an active JD(S) member who was president of the Srirangapatna taluk panchayat. It was not immediately clear whether the first two are members of a political party.
The trio asked for the same symbols that the actor did: a sugarcane farmer, a man blowing a turha and a coconut farm, in that order of preference.
(Source: The Times of India)
3. Feeling Hot Already? It’s Going to Get Worse
Riled with the heat in Bengaluru? There is bad news in store. While there is no relief in sight in the form of rains, meteorologists have said that the temperatures will only rise in the city in the coming days.
“The current temperatures are usual for summer. Temperatures are 2-3C warmer than normal as in the case of past two-three years. For this week, there will be no rainfall in Bengaluru. Maximum temperatures may be around 35-36C while minimum temperature will remain 21-22C,” CS Patil, Indian Meteorological Department Bengaluru director and in-charge said.
The maximum temperature recorded in the city for Monday was 35.4C, while the minimum temperature was 21.5C. According to the IMD forecast, the maximum temperature in the coming week is expected to touch 36C while the minimum temperature is going to increase to a maximum of 22C.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. 362 Lok Sabha Nominees in Karnataka's First Phase
A total of 362 candidates have filed nominations from 14 constituencies in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka on 18 April, an official statement said on Tuesday.
With the last date for filing nominations for the first phase having ended on Tuesday, 362 candidates filed their papers in 14 parliamentary seats, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said in the statement.
The 14 constituencies spread over the central and southern regions of the state are Udupi-Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamrajnagar, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkaballapur and Kolar.
(Source: Business Standard)
5. Home Minister Asks DGP to Submit Report on Child Death
Home minister MB Patil on Tuesday said he’d sought a report from Director General and Inspector General of Police Neelamani N Raju on the child’s death. He said the police department would punish those responsible for the tragedy.
Harshaali, daughter of police constable Lokeshappa, fell into the burning garbage pile on 5 March and died in Victoria Hospital on 13 March. “We have taken the incident very seriously, and I’ve asked the DGP for a report. We want to find out who’s responsible,” said Patil.
On the issue of poor infrastructure at police quarters across the state, Patil said the government is planning to improve facilities, including water supply. He refused to spell out the details due to the poll code being in place. Sources said, plans are afoot to demolish old buildings and construct new seven-storey structures. Patil had sought Rs 200 crore from the government to revamp the quarters.
(Source: The Times of India)
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