1. Karnataka Trust Vote Today
With little wiggle room left ahead of Monday’s trust vote, the ruling JD (S)-Congress coalition went all out to reach out to the rebels — offering a Congress chief minister, tapping family members to pressure them, and CM HD Kumaraswamy appealing to “sit together and discuss all your problems and save this democratically elected government” — only to be met with a stubborn ‘no’.
Minutes after minister DK Shivakumar said JD(S) had “agreed to sacrifice the CM’s post” and that Congress could pick among him, Siddaramaiah or G Parameshwara, the rebels issued a video saying they will not relent. “Our self-respect has been hurt. There’s no question of returning even if Siddaramaiah is made chief minister,” said Byrathi Basavaraj, once a staunch follower of the former CM.
State BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said he was “100% confident” that “Monday will be the last day of the Kumaraswamy government”.
(Source: The Times of India)
2. Why the JD(S)-Congress Camp Is Delaying Trust Vote in Karnataka
Since the BJP has more MLAs with them, the outcome of trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly is tilted in the saffron party’s favour. However, the coalition’s debate over the trust vote will extend to a third session, when the House resumes on Monday, 22 July. This is despite the Karnataka Governor giving two deadlines to the chief minister to finish the floor test.
So what does the coalition gain from delaying the votes, considering they don’t have the numbers to win the trust vote? According to sources, the coalition has a two point agenda.
First, to get the rebel MLAs disqualified and ensure they don’t get any ministerial posts if the BJP forms the government. Second, to establish that the BJP was behind the horse trading that resulted in the collapse of the government.
(Source: The Quint)
3. NGT Karnataka Chief Tells Mayor to Implement Plastic ban From September 1
There should be 100% implementation of the plastic ban from September 1. This was the direction of Subhash B. Adi, who heads the Karnataka chapter of the National Green Tribunal, to Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun.
He also suggested amending the bylaws of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 to increase the fine. This will dissuade citizens and traders from using the banned plastic items.
Adi was addressing a gathering of citizens, welfare groups and organisations from 44 wards that come under the South zone, here on Sunday.
(Source: The Hindu)
4. IMA Scam: Mansoor Khan Taken to Jayadeva With Chest Pain
I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Group founder and managing director Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who is accused of cheating investors of over ₹2,500 crore, was admitted to Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research on Sunday after he complained of chest pain.
Sources said Khan, who is in Enforcement Directorate custody after he landed in New Delhi from Dubai on Friday, was to undergo a health check-up, for which he was taken to Victoria Hospital on Sunday. However, he complained of chest pain and was rushed to Jayadeva Institute around 7 p.m.
C.N. Manjunath, senior cardiologist and director of Jayadeva Institute, told The Hindu that Khan came in with complaints of chest pain and palpitations. This, he said, could be an indication of stress and anxiety.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Five Held in Nava Brindavana Vandalism Case
Koppal police on Sunday arrested five miscreants who vandalised the memorial of Vyasaraja Theertha at Nava Brindavana in Anegondi of Gangavathi taluk. Police said the five — all natives of Tadapatri town of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh — had dug up the Brindavana for treasure.
They have been identified as Pollari Murali Manohara Reddy (35), D Manohara (27), K Kummata Keshava (29), B Vijayakumar (36) and T Balanarasaiah (42).
Police said the gang had conducted a recce of the place and hidden axes and sickles on the premises. They assumed they would find treasure inside the memorial as Vyasaraja Theertha was the Rajaguru of Vijayanagara Kings.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
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