Polls over, Yeddyurappa shifts focus on governance
Corporation elections, ministerial reshuffle, development works and review meetings on agenda
From R Guru Prasad in Bengaluru
About 3,000 voters in eight villages in Hassan Lok Sabha constituency from where former prime minister HD Deve Gowda is seeking election, boycotted the polls protesting over poor infrastructure. Voters from parts of Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Koppal, Kolar, Chikkaballapur were upset over the failure to provide them basic infrastructure.
Yeddyurappa feels that getting anything around 22 seats out of 28 is not difficult as the BJP is popular among all segments. Even interior villages where earlier Congress and JD(S) had a strong base are now accepting BJP.
CM BS Yeddyurappa has finally returned to his office in Vidhana Soudha after a gap of 45 days. Especially when everybody thought CM may need a break from his long marathon of uninterrupted exhaustive election campaign , he set an example by returning to his office and conducting high level meetings on fertilizers, on going junior doctors strike, law and order etc., on day one itself.
While he was travelling extensively throughout the State campaigning for his party LS candidates victory by actively taking part in road shows, more than 250 huge public meetings , door to door canvassing, motivating party workers at the grass root level and attending core committee meetings to review political strategies to ensure winning maximum seats , Opposition parties kept brining out many issues to tarnish the image of the Government. He did not react to most of the allegations till the elections got over and now he is ready to address each such issues.
The Congress leaders had alleged that the BJP had misused official machinery to further the prospects of their candidates in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka. They had accused the Director of Ayurvedic, Unani, Sidha and Homoeopathic Medicines (AYUSH) of issuing a confidential circular to his subordinate officers (District AYUSH Directors) asking them and their family members to vote in favour of BJP candidates. Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council VS Ugrappa alleged that AYUSH Director BN Prakash had issued the circular on the direction of Chief Minister?s secretariat and the office of the Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sriramulu. Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa denied government having any role in this controversial circular and ordered for an enquiry. He also ordered for an enquiry by the chief secretary to study the case of an IAS officer Nandakumar who was working in the Chief Minister?s office, got involved in a controversy of violating the code of conduct and by misusing his powers, allegedly distributing money by staying in BJP leader?s house at Chikmagalur. Karnataka BJP unit chief Sadananda Gowda is the BJP candidate from Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha Constituency.
Chief Minister?s seriousness in calling for an urgent meeting of all Bengaluru MLA?s , Bengaluru District incharge ministers and leaders who have defected from other political parties indicates that election to Bruhut Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is the top priority after the LS polls, as the BBMP elections are pending for the last three years. Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BMP) became Bruhut Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike by taking nearby rural areas and villages into its fold. Earlier BMP had 100 wards and the same has been increased now to 147 wards. So far BJP has not tasted success in the corporation elections but BS Yeddyurappa?s popularity will help to add another milestone in this important election now. State government did not show any interest to conduct these elections despite several court orders to complete the election process as the delimitation process was complicated. The latest High court order has fixed July 31, 2009 as the last date to conduct civic elections to Bengaluru. Rumours that Government may put forth an argument in the High Court that more time is required for the elections as the government wishes to increase the wards upto 200, is in the air. There is a technical hitch. Earlier rule was formed that a ward will be made for every 40,000 people cluster. Now if the number of wards to be increased from 147 to 200, then a ward has to be formed for every 25,000 people. For making this to happen delimitation process has to be revised and this may result in further delay for conducting BBMP elections. BBMP elections are considered to be a mini battle as both the Congress and the JD (S) may jointly try to put a brake to the BJP?s ambition to catch the powerful civic body. Now there is a BJP wave as the BJP MlA?s are dominant and Congress MLA?s are representing few Assembly segments like Bytarayanapura, Mahalakshmi layout, Pulakeshinagar (SC), Sarvagnanagar, Shivajinagar, Shanthinagar, Gandhinagar, Vijayanagar and BTM layout. JD(S) has a lone MLA from Chamrajpet. Congress MLA from Govindarajanagar Constituency and former Urban Development Minister V Somanna who has recently resigned and officially joined BJP, is eying on the lucrative mayor post.
In view of agitation by farmers during the kharif season last year following shortage of fertilizers, Yeddyurappa government has taken effective measures to procure and stock fertilizers this time. Government has assured the farmer community not to panic as there is enough stock of fertilizers to cater to the needs.
According to the rule book of the Election Commission, except for the voter, none should be allowed to enter the compartment where Electronic Voting Machines are kept. However defying the rule, many candidates, political leaders, former ministers, sitting MLA?s violated the rule as both husband and wife stood next to each other while casting their vote. The Election Commission has issued a notice to JD(S) supremo and Hassan parliamentary constituency candidate HD Deve Gowda, his son and former minister HD Revanna for various violations. Voters boycotting polls has reached a new high as reports of boycotting are coming from many constituencies across the State. About 3,000 voters in eight villages in Hassan Lok Sabha constituency from where former prime minister HD Deve Gowda is seeking election, boycotted the polls protesting over poor infrastructure. Voters from parts of Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Koppal, Kolar, Chikkaballapur were upset over the failure to provide them basic infrastructure.
Former Chief Minister S Bangarappa has demanded that the Income Tax Department should take up suo motu enquiry against Bhadravathi Congress MLA BK Sangameshwara, as the MLA had recently said that he had paid Bangarappa Rs 50 lakh of black money, to secure a B-form during 1999 Assembly election. In a public meeting at Bhadravathi, held as part of the Lok Sabha election campaign, Bangarappa did not allow Sangameshwara to sit next to him and that upset supporters of the MLA. A few threw stones at the dais and many were injured in the incident. Bangarappa alleged that Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa had influenced the MLA to level charges against him.
According to reliable sources within the party, a major surgery is awaiting soon after the Lok Sabha election results are out. Two independents (Who are ministers now) and three non performing BJP ministers will be dropped and senior BJP MLA?s and MLC?s will be given the ministerial berths to make Yeddyurappa?s team more effective. Minister for Animal Husbandry, Revu Naik Belamgi has contested from Gulbarga Lok Sabha constituency, if he wins, another BJP MLA will get a chance to become a minister. In order to strengthen the image of the party and to put up a team spirit, apart from inducting new faces, changing of portfolios are also expected. From the beginning of first BJP government at the State, Government could not concentrate more on developmental issues as there was a Padmapriya issue, Haveri firing issue, Operation Lotus, Naxal issue, by-elections, Lok Sabha elections etc. Now it is full fledged government and also there are no distractions to deliver, sky is the limit for achievement.
While there is a huge fan fallowing for Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa across the State, he felt disappointed when a youth and a JD(S) party worker hurled the footwear at him when he was addressing a public meeting at Chennarayapatna of Hassan Lok Sabha constituency. Yeddyurappa feels that getting anything around 22 seats out of 28 is not difficult as the BJP is popular among all segments. Even interior villages where earlier Congress and JD(S) had a strong base are now accepting BJP, he said. Referring to the candidature of his son BY Raghavendra who contested from Shimoga against former Chief minister S Bangarappa, the Chief Minister said: ?He has already won the election. What remains to be seen is the victory margin.?