Kalyan Singh resigns as BJP's UP in-charge
Four days after the declaration of the Vidhan Sabha results, BJP vice-president Kalyan Singh took the moral responsibility of the party’s debacle and resigned from the post of in-charge,UP affairs.
In the one-page emotional resignation letter written to BJP president Rajnath Singh, Singh who was projected as BJP CM candidate, regretted that the party won much less than expected number of seats despite the best possible efforts of his own and that of the party workers in the elections which were fought under his leadership.
He urged the workers not to be disappointed by the poor show at the hustings and get ready for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
The tally of the saffron party came down to 51 from 88 in the 2002 polls.
Singh suggested to Rajnath Singh that he must “spare” at least three days to hold discussions with BJP office-bearers and leaders to analyse the results to know the weaknesses of the organization and to identify the mistakes.
A meeting of the BJP’s core committee consisting of about 20 senior state leaders, organizing secretaries and others has been convened here on Wednesday for a postmortem of the results.
Though the formal introspection within the BJP over humiliating poor show at the hustings is yet to start, the blame game has already started in the party as nobody is ready to take the responsibility for the defeat.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha L K Advani told the BJP parliamentary party that the party lost the UP elections because it was not able to convince voters it can form the government on its own.
He told BJP MPs that there was also need to strengthen the organisation. BJP’s deputy leader in Lok Sabha V K Malhotra quoted Advani as saying that “we were not able to inspire confidence (among voters) that we can form the government on our own."
A month after leaving the Uddhav Thackeray camp, rebel Shiv Sena legislator Prakash Surve has asked his supporters to physically assault Shiv Sainiks. Surve, who is a two-term legislator from Magathane in the western suburbs, is among those who shifted loyalties to the Eknath Shinde-led camp when he launched his rebellion in June. Surve could not be contacted for a response.
This year's Ganesh Chaturthi festival falls on August 31 and, like clockwork, the annual Ganesh Utsav programme is back in Bengaluru with its usual pomp. Every year, the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsav is organised by the Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha at the APS College Grounds in Basavanagudi. However, performances take place in multiple locations, including Orion mall in Rajajinagar and National College grounds, Ravindra Kala Kshetra, Sringeri Shankara mutt, Jayanagar.
With a Karnataka Minister's alleged remarks that the "government is not functioning, we are somehow managing", causing an embarrassment to his administration, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday tried to do damage control by stating that the comments were made in a "different context". Madhuswamy's comments have drawn criticism from some Ministers, with Horticulture Minister Munirathna even advising him to quit the Ministry. Madhuswamy can be heard saying.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday in a message to the central government said that free education and healthcare facilities that the Delhi government provides should not be termed as 'freebies'. Hailing the Aam Aadmi Party's efforts, Kejriwal said that the central government should use Delhi's expertise to make India's school education and healthcare facilities "number one in the world".
Renowned freedom fighter from Karnataka, Tammannappa Budni, breathed his last on Monday as India celebrated 75 years of freedom. Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai paid tributes to Budni. The last rites of Tammannappa Budni are expected to take place on Tuesday. The 94-year-old Tammannappa hailed from Chichakandi village in Mudhola Taluk of Bagalkote district and he was one of the very few freedom fighters that are alive in the state.