Vikram Gopal

Vikram Gopal

Vikram Gopal is Hindustan Times’ state correspondent for Karnataka.

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Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and Congress leader K Siddaramaiah.(ANI Photo)
Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and Congress leader K Siddaramaiah.(ANI Photo)

Karnataka ex-CM Siddaramaiah hits back as BJP attacks him over ‘politics based on caste’

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 06:23 AM IST
In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah said his statements were being misinterpreted. “Casual private discussion at my residence is being misinterpreted by @BJP4Karnataka leaders to derive sadistic pleasures.
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Congress leader D K Shivakumar being welcomed by his supporters on his arrival in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Congress leader D K Shivakumar being welcomed by his supporters on his arrival in Bengaluru.(PTI)

‘Not allies’: Siddaramaiah criticises DK Shivakumar for holding JD(S) flag

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 06:17 AM IST
The reference was to the rally to welcome Shivakumar back to Bengaluru from Delhi, where he had been in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate for 50 days in connection with a money laundering case.
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Former Deputy CM of Karnataka, G Parameshwara’s personal assistant, Ramesh (in the picture) has allegedly committed suicide in Gnana Bharathi area of Bengaluru.(ANI photo)
Former Deputy CM of Karnataka, G Parameshwara’s personal assistant, Ramesh (in the picture) has allegedly committed suicide in Gnana Bharathi area of Bengaluru.(ANI photo)

A day after raids on ex-deputy CM of Karnataka, his aide commits suicide

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2019 04:18 PM IST
Ramesh was with Parameshwara during the raids, but a senior I-T official said neither was he covered in the raids nor was his statement recorded.
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The raids were conducted as part of an investigation into a medical seat scam. The scheme involved candidates of the NEET, who were already pursuing medical training, taking the entrance exam and blocking seats in these colleges.(HT Archive)
The raids were conducted as part of an investigation into a medical seat scam. The scheme involved candidates of the NEET, who were already pursuing medical training, taking the entrance exam and blocking seats in these colleges.(HT Archive)

I-T dept raids continue in Karnataka, Rs 9 cr seized from several medical colleges

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2019 01:52 AM IST
The raids were conducted at the Sri Siddhartha Medical College and Sri Siddhartha Dental College, that are affiliated to Tumakuru-based Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education, where Parameshwara is chancellor.
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The Tamil Nadu police, which had formed seven teams to crack the case, sought the help of their Karnataka counterparts to nab Murugan.(CCTV PHOTO.)
The Tamil Nadu police, which had formed seven teams to crack the case, sought the help of their Karnataka counterparts to nab Murugan.(CCTV PHOTO.)

Lalitha Jewellery heist: Mastermind S Murugan surrenders in Bengaluru

By M Manikandan/Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Chennai/Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 09:26 PM IST
The case pertains to the October 2 heist at the jewellery store, which was captured on CCTV cameras that showed a masked duo looting jewels worth Rs 13 crore.
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The income tax department on Thursday conducted raids at former Karnataka deputy chief minister and senior Congress leader G Parameshwara’s house.(PTI File Photo)
The income tax department on Thursday conducted raids at former Karnataka deputy chief minister and senior Congress leader G Parameshwara’s house.(PTI File Photo)

I-T raids on Karnataka ex-dy CM G Parameshwara continue for 2nd day, over Rs 4 cr seized

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 11:00 PM IST
As many as 30 premises were searched by the (I-T) Department on Thursday as part of its investigation into alleged sale of government quota seats in the three institutes, officials said.
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76 years age Yediyurappa is visiting villages, but some people are creating trouble sitting in New Delhi said BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal.(ANI Photo)
76 years age Yediyurappa is visiting villages, but some people are creating trouble sitting in New Delhi said BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal.(ANI Photo)

BJP MLA hits back at party, says people working against CM Yediyurappa

By Vikram Gopal | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 06:31 PM IST
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was again attacked by its own MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, who said on Wednesday that some people in the party were trying to end both his and chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s careers.
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The director of Bandipur Tiger Reserve clarified that the shoot order was only in case things go wrong while capturing the animal and in case it attacks forest staff.(HT File / Represenatational Photo)
The director of Bandipur Tiger Reserve clarified that the shoot order was only in case things go wrong while capturing the animal and in case it attacks forest staff.(HT File / Represenatational Photo)

Karnataka orders capture or shooting of tiger that killed 2 persons in Bandipur Reserve

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 11:12 AM IST
According to a forest official, the tiger has killed two people since September as well as 13 heads of cattle in the past three months.
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Jagadish Shettar said the split between the Congress and JD(S) was set to help the saffron party in the byelections to 15 seats that fell vacant as a result of the disqualifications of 17 MLAs, who brought down the coalition government. (Photo @JagadishShettar)
Jagadish Shettar said the split between the Congress and JD(S) was set to help the saffron party in the byelections to 15 seats that fell vacant as a result of the disqualifications of 17 MLAs, who brought down the coalition government. (Photo @JagadishShettar)

‘JD(S) a broken house’: BJP predicts more exits from Kumaraswamy’s party

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 08:23 PM IST
In his address to party workers Jagadish Shettar also took aim at the Congress, saying there was no better fact to highlight that party’s weakness than its inability to name a person to the vacant Leader of the Opposition post.
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The BJP is unlikely to face much difficulty in passing its Bills, considering the fact that it enjoys a majority in the House. (Photo @BSYBJP)
The BJP is unlikely to face much difficulty in passing its Bills, considering the fact that it enjoys a majority in the House. (Photo @BSYBJP)

BJP braces up for stormy winter session of Karnataka assembly

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2019 08:06 PM IST
The winter session has already run into trouble after the government decided to hold it in Bengaluru and not the northern city of Belagavi, where the winter session is held annually.
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State leaders expect a decision on this by Tuesday, as the party will also have to take a call on the party’s leader in the state’s upper house and the whip. (Photo @siddaramaiah)
State leaders expect a decision on this by Tuesday, as the party will also have to take a call on the party’s leader in the state’s upper house and the whip. (Photo @siddaramaiah)

Siddaramaiah musters state unit backing for LoP in Karnataka assembly

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2019 09:02 PM IST
One Congress leader confirmed that all state unit estimates put former chief minister Siddaramaiah’s support base at 57 MLAs out of 66 and 30 out of 38 MLCs.
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Om Pathak, member secretary of the central disciplinary committee of the BJP, issued a show-cause notice in which he asked Yatnal to respond within 10 days why it should not take action against him.(ANI/Twitter)
Om Pathak, member secretary of the central disciplinary committee of the BJP, issued a show-cause notice in which he asked Yatnal to respond within 10 days why it should not take action against him.(ANI/Twitter)

BJP issues show-cause notice to Karnataka MLA who criticized party leaders

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 09:35 PM IST
Yatnal had said that though the state had elected 25 BJP MPs, out of the total 28 seats, these MPs had not raised their voice in the matter. He said the party must remember that the nation and state were bigger than the party.
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Negotiations over a wage revision have been underway since 2016, as a new structure was to come in place on January 1, 2017. (File photo @ArshadRizwan)
Negotiations over a wage revision have been underway since 2016, as a new structure was to come in place on January 1, 2017. (File photo @ArshadRizwan)

HAL asks union, seeking wage revision, to call off strike in national interest

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 06:49 PM IST
The All India HAL Trade Unions Coordination Committee (AIHALTUCC) had announced its decision to go on an indefinite strike on Monday. It had said then that it was forced to do so because of the “adamant/arrogant” attitude of the management of the company.
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Former state minister and senior Congress leader MB Patil said the incident was cited as proof of the alleged apathy of the central government. Representative Image(HT Photo)
Former state minister and senior Congress leader MB Patil said the incident was cited as proof of the alleged apathy of the central government. Representative Image(HT Photo)

Farmer’s suicide in Karnataka draw sharp responses over relief delay

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2019 12:03 AM IST
A farmer in Karnataka’s Chickamagaluru allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday as he had not received relief after part of his four-acre coffee plantation was destroyed in the heavy rains that lashed the state last month.
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About 1.9 million people out of 33 million applicants were excluded in the final NRC published in Assam on August 31.(Bloomberg)
About 1.9 million people out of 33 million applicants were excluded in the final NRC published in Assam on August 31.(Bloomberg)

Govt planning NRC in Karnataka: State minister

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 03:07 AM IST
“There is a talk on the implementation of NRC across India. We are one of the states where people across the border have come and settled down. We are collecting information and will discuss with Union home ministry and go ahead,” state home minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
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The minister’s statement of Thursday was a reiteration of a similar remark he made in Haveri district on Wednesday, where he said two meetings had already been held on the issue.(Photo: BSBommai/ Twitter)
The minister’s statement of Thursday was a reiteration of a similar remark he made in Haveri district on Wednesday, where he said two meetings had already been held on the issue.(Photo: BSBommai/ Twitter)

Karnataka government looks at introducing NRC in state

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON OCT 03, 2019 07:54 PM IST
Karnataka home minister Basavaraj Bommai’s comments on the citizenship screening exercise come after Union home minister Amit Shah’s repeated call for a nationwide NRC
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Basavaraj Bommai said Karnataka will proceed on working toward Assam-like NRC.(Twitter photo/ @BSBommai)
Basavaraj Bommai said Karnataka will proceed on working toward Assam-like NRC.(Twitter photo/ @BSBommai)

Will discuss NRC with Centre, says Karnataka home minister Basavaraj Bommai

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2019 12:34 PM IST
Several other BJP leaders from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Tripura have demanded the exercise across the country after Amit Shah’s repeated call for a nationwide NRC.
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Yediyurappa faced opposition from the youngest Ballari brother Somashekhar Reddy on the plea to bifurcate Ballary into two districts(ANI Photo/Representative)
Yediyurappa faced opposition from the youngest Ballari brother Somashekhar Reddy on the plea to bifurcate Ballary into two districts(ANI Photo/Representative)

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa postpones Ballari bifurcation decision after threats from within party

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2019 11:03 AM IST
Karnataka CM Yediyurappa decided to maintain the status quo on the proposal to bifurcate Ballari till December 5 bypolls for 15 assembly seats in the state after hearing out the elected representatives from the district on Wednesday.
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Bengaluru cops arrested a bookie accused of trying to fix Karnataka Premier League cricket matches and booked another(PTI Photo/File/Representative)
Bengaluru cops arrested a bookie accused of trying to fix Karnataka Premier League cricket matches and booked another(PTI Photo/File/Representative)

Delhi Bookie asked KPL bowler to give more than 10 runs in over, arrested

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 10:51 PM IST
Bengaluru police arrested a bookie and booked another for trying to fix KPL matches. The arrest comes days after police picked up the team owner of KPL team Belagavi Ali Ashfak Thara for his alleged role in a betting ring allegedly linked to persons in Dubai.
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Representative image(Getty Images)
Representative image(Getty Images)

Bookie arrested for trying to fix Karnataka Premier League matches

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2019 07:17 AM IST
Police said an FIR was registered against Bhavesh Bafna and Sanyam, two bookies, for allegedly approaching a bowler from KPL team Bellary Tuskers to fix a match.
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The Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka failed to put up a fight in the Lok Sabha elections, winning just two of the 28 seats in the state.(HT PHOTO)
The Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka failed to put up a fight in the Lok Sabha elections, winning just two of the 28 seats in the state.(HT PHOTO)

JD (S) votes went to BJP, says Congress report on Lok Sabha poll debacle

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 10:18 PM IST
The Congress fact-finding committee’s report said that the Congress-JD(S) alliance polled only 41% of votes in the 2019 Lok Sabah elections which was substantially lower than the 57% vote share the two parties polled in the 2018 assembly elections.
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The elections were held on Tuesday, despite chief minister BS Yediyurappa ordering on Monday that they be postponed.(HT PHOTO.)
The elections were held on Tuesday, despite chief minister BS Yediyurappa ordering on Monday that they be postponed.(HT PHOTO.)

After four years, BJP wins Bengaluru mayoral elections

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 09:31 PM IST
Mayoral polls are held every year, although councillors enjoy a term of five years. The BJP had been kept out of power in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the city’s civic body, over the past four years because of a coalition between the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) at the local level.
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The mayoral elections have assumed importance as the BJP is set to win after a gap of four years. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday postponed Tuesday’s elections to the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Bengaluru. Harsh Gupta, regional commissioner of the Bengaluru Division overruled the decision.(ANI Photo)
The mayoral elections have assumed importance as the BJP is set to win after a gap of four years. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday postponed Tuesday’s elections to the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Bengaluru. Harsh Gupta, regional commissioner of the Bengaluru Division overruled the decision.(ANI Photo)

BS Yediyurappa postpones Bengaluru mayor poll, overruled by IAS officer

By Vikram Gopal | Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON OCT 01, 2019 09:16 AM IST
Harsh Gupta, regional commissioner of the Bengaluru Division, who is in charge of holding the polls, said that he had decided to go ahead with elections for the mayor and deputy mayor posts.
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The BJP won the highest number of wards in the BBMP elections in 2016, it was pipped to the mayoral post thanks to a coalition of the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular). (Photo @BSYBJP)
The BJP won the highest number of wards in the BBMP elections in 2016, it was pipped to the mayoral post thanks to a coalition of the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular). (Photo @BSYBJP)

Yediyurappa postpones Bengaluru mayor poll, overruled by IAS officer

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 08:38 AM IST
The mayoral elections have assumed importance as the BJP is set to win after a gap of four years.
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Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.(ANI PHOTO.)
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.(ANI PHOTO.)

‘Amit Shah has assured tickets for rebel MLAs in bypolls,’ says Yediyurappa

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 06:49 AM IST
By-elections are to be held on December 5 for 15 seats that fell vacant after rebel legislators from the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition resigned and were subsequently disqualified for ensuring the downfall of former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s coalition government.
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Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s two months in charge have proved to be turbulent.(ANI PHOTO.)
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s two months in charge have proved to be turbulent.(ANI PHOTO.)

EC’s decision to defer Karnataka bypolls offers Yediyurappa little respite

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2019 10:16 PM IST
The by-elections are being held for 15 seats after rebels from the previous Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government were disqualified for helping oust the alliance from power.
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JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda (right) has been tirelessly engaged in efforts to rejuvenate the party.(PTI)
JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda (right) has been tirelessly engaged in efforts to rejuvenate the party.(PTI)

Discontent in JD(S) after govt collapse, concerns grow over desertions

By Vikram Gopal | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 11:38 PM IST
The party is struggling to convince doubters within its rank and file that there is still space for a regional political party in Karnataka, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under BS Yediyurappa came to power after the July 23 resignation of HD Kumaraswamy, Deve Gowda’s son, who headed the JD (S)-Congress coalition.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mysuru MP Pratap Simha came in for criticism on Friday from after he ensured an event of Dalit assertion was called off because it celebrated Mahishasura, a demon king who was slayed by the goddess Chamundeshwari.(ANI Photo)
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mysuru MP Pratap Simha came in for criticism on Friday from after he ensured an event of Dalit assertion was called off because it celebrated Mahishasura, a demon king who was slayed by the goddess Chamundeshwari.(ANI Photo)

BJP MP faces Dalit ire in K’taka over cancellation of festival

By Vikram Gopal | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 11:58 PM IST
Mahisha Dasara is an annual celebration of Mahishasura, who Dalit groups claim, has been misrepresented by Vedic myths as a demon, when in fact he was not.
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An investigation was launched into this, but was enlarged after disqualified former MLA AH Vishwanath claimed that many politicians’ phones had also been tapped on the instructions of former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy.(PTI)
An investigation was launched into this, but was enlarged after disqualified former MLA AH Vishwanath claimed that many politicians’ phones had also been tapped on the instructions of former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy.(PTI)

Phone tapping scandal gives BJP a stick against JD(S)

By Vikram Gopal | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 10:47 PM IST
Allegations of phone tapping by the previous government are being investigated. Former Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar was questioned on Friday by the Central Bureau of Investigation, which had searched his house on Thursday.
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