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Namma Metro services hit, partially on north line

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BENGALURU: A strange power supply glitch stopped the metro services between Sampige road station and Rajajinagar at 7:30 am in the northern line of Namma Metro, on Thursday. Officials said that the services were restored at 5 pm. However, the technical snag is under investigation.

But the services from Rajajinagar to Nagasandra on Tumkur road was not affected. In order to help commuters in this stretch access Malleswaram and Rajajinagar, BMRCL pressed the BMTC feeder bus services the whole day.

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Budgetary allocation not spent proportionately: Suresh Kumar

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BELAGAVI: Taking the state government to task, BJP spokesperson Suresh Kumar said when a meagre three months are left before the presentation of the annual budget, many departments including agriculture have not spent even 20% of the funds allocated so far.

Suresh Kumar was in Belagavi on Thursday, campaigning for Mahantesh Kavatagimath, BJP’s candidate for legislative council elections for local bodies. Addressing the press conference Kumar said government has spent just Rs 100 crores on its ambitious ‘Krishi Bhagya’ scheme in the past nine months against budgetary allocation of Rs 1,000 crores.

Former minister also listed out the other departments where money is not spent in proportionate to the allocation. Government spent just Rs 2,248 crores under the Special Component Plan for scheduled castes against Rs 11,772 of budgetary allocation, which is nothing but doing injustice to the people of scheduled castes. Similarly, under Tribal Sub Plan for scheduled tribes, government spent Rs 1,324 crores against total allocation of Rs 4,582 crores, he said.

Just Rs 815 crores spent on drinking water projects against Rs 1,589 budgetary allocation. Even more serious thing is, the Karnataka Government Teachers Association has planned to go on strike for three days in the month of January. There is no money to even buy a chock piece, as government hasn’t released annual maintenance funds of Rs 15,000 to each school since past seven months.

Taking jibe on CM Siddaramaiah, Rajajinagar MLA said ‘earlier he had one aim to become chief minister of the state and he achieved it. Seeing his level of governance now, it looks that he becomes the last CM of Congress in the state. Suresh Kumar said if government make hurry in spending allocated money in last days, money spends but wouldn’t be useful to public, he said.

MLA Sanjay Patil, MLC Arun Shahapur, district BJP president Ujwala Badavanache, local leaders RS Mutalik Desai, Deepal Jamkhandi and advocate Ramesh Deshpande were present.

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BJP strongly condemns ‘beef party’ in Raibag

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BELAGAVI: The issue of the ‘beef party’ organized by the workers of Karnataka Praja Vedike (KPV) on the premises of Raibag tahasildar office recently triggered a war of words between the Congress and the BJP.

When the district in-charge minister Satish Jarkiholi on Wednesday defended this act of the organization, describing it as their right, the BJP state spokesperson and former minister Suresh Kumar strongly condemned it on Thursday. Responding to mediapersons here, Suresh Kumar called it a gesture that knowingly hurts the sentiments of a particular community.

Kumar said food choices are an individual right, but organizing a ‘beef party’ at a public place, that too on the premises of a government office is to knowingly hurt the sentiments of a particular community. The intention of such activities clearly aren’t the best, he added.

Rajajinagar MLA described minister Satish Jarkiholi’s defence of the ‘beef party’ as ‘unfortunate’. He said defending such acts rather than taking steps to curb them equates to promoting them. CM Siddaramaiah too gave a similar statement, he rued. This reflects the lack of sensitivity towards social harmony, he said.

Workers of KPV headed by advocate Surendra Ugare had organized a ‘beef party’ on December 10. Around 40 workers had eaten 10 kg of beef on the premises of the tehsildar’s office claiming it to be their constitutional right which none can question. In response, activists of Sri Ram Sene had cleaned the office premises by sprinkling cow urine (gomutra) on Tuesday and demanded registering criminal cases against the organizers of the ‘beef party’.

Satish Jarkiholi had defended the Vedike and condemned cleaning the place using cow urine by Sri Ram Sene.

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