Bengaluru: The return of B.S. Yediyurappa for the fourth time as Karnatakas Chief Minister is a case of now or never again as his age is against him for the top post in troubled times. At 76 years, the never-say-die veteran politician is above the ’75 years age’ bar his party (Bharatiya Janata Party) has set for all its members against holding an executive post since the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah to national politics. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “In view of Yediyurappa’s singular contribution to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rise in the southern state and leading it to power for the fourth time in 12 years, an exception to the age bar was made to enable him to become chief minister in 14 months after he quit, when the party fell nine seats short of the 113-halfway mark for a simple majority in the 225-member Assembly,” a party official told IANS here on Saturday. A split verdict in the May 2018 Assembly elections threw up a hung House, without simple majority (113) for any party, as the BJP won 104 seats, Congress 80 and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) 37. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In fairness, state Governor Vajubhai Vala gave Yediyurappa an opportunity to form the government on May 17, 2018 despite a fractured mandate because the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats and asked him to prove majority within 15 days to survive and continue. But a midnight order by the Supreme Court to prove majority in 24 hours forced Yediyurappa to resign three days after being in office for the third time than face a humiliating defeat in the trial of strength on May 19, 2018 in the absence of the required numbers. Though the present situation is no better in the number game, Yediyurappa is upbeat on winning the trust vote this time on July 29, thanks to over a dozen Congress and JD-S rebel legislators who resigned affirming to abstain from the Assembly on Monday for allowing him to win the trust vote, albeit with a thin majority. Absence of 15 rebel lawmakers, two Congress MLAs as they are in hospitals, two Independents and one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member from the Assembly, enabled the BJP to defeat the JD-S-Congress government on July 23 by six votes when former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy put his confidence motion to vote in a truncated 205-member Assembly. As the BJP’s mascot in South India where it has been striving to spread footprint over the last two decades, the phoenix-like rise of Yediyurappa to the top executive post from the ranks of being an ordinary activist in the right-wing Hindu organisation, the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS), has been anything but smooth, as controversies dogged him throughout his five-decade-old political career. When fortune favoured Yediyurappa to become the chief minister for the first time in October 2007 in the BJP-JD-S coalition government, he lasted in the elusive post for over a month as the regional party withdrew support, resulting in its fall in November 2007. Yediyurappa became chief minister for the second time after the BJP came to power for the first time in South India on its own in the May 2008 mid-term assembly election, riding on a sympathy wave over the JD-S betrayal. But his indictment by the state anti-graft watchdog (Lokayukta) in the multi-crore mining scam, however, forced Yediyurappa to resign three years later in July 2011, denying him a full (five-year) term in the office. The BJP’s hope of spreading its wings beyond Karnataka in South India suffered a blow when Yediyurappa left the party in December 2012 over differences with its then high command and floated a regional party – Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) – which not only split the votes in the May 2013 Assembly election, but also reduced the BJP’s strength in the lower House to 40. The return of Yediyurappa to the BJP in late 2013 revived its fortunes as the party won 18 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats from the state in the 2014 general elections under his leadership. He also won from the Shivamogga parliament constituency. On reprieve from courts in various cases related to freeing of lands from government control (denotification) and his alleged involvement in the mining scam that rocked the state from 2001-2010, Yediyurappa was made the party’s state unit president and the party declared him as its chief ministerial face ahead of the May 2018 Assembly elections. Born on February 27, 1943 in Mandya district, about 100km southwest of Bengaluru, Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa (B.S.Y.) is confident of proving majority this time and remaining in office for the next four years of the Assembly term. The seasoned politician won for the eighth time from the Shikaripura assembly segment in his home district of Shivamogga in the Malnad region, about 300km northwest of the state capital. After graduation in the early sixties, Yediyurappa joined the government service as a clerk in the state social welfare department but quit soon and started a small-time business to sell hardware at Shivamogga. His long-term association with the RSS and the Jan Sangh since boyhood instilled a sense of hard work and pride in him to do social work and he entered politics for public service, especially farmers, women and youth.
New Delhi: The RSS-affiliated ABVP on Friday won three posts, including that of the president, in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls, while the Congress-backed NSUI bagged the secretary’s post. Celebrations broke out outside the counting centre in Kingsway Camp with supporters dancing to ‘dhol’ beats and rose petals being showered on the winners. The winners wearing garlands then proceeded to the varsity’s Arts Faculty, from where they will take out a victory march. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAkshit Dahiya of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) defeated National Students Union of India (NSUI)’s Chetna Tyagi for the president’s post by a margin of over 19,000 votes, the highest ever, the student outfit claimed. “Our presidential candidate has won by a margin of over 19,000 votes, the highest ever margin in recent times. We have won on three posts. We intend to start ‘Mission Sahasi 2.0’ to empower women,” Monika Chaudhary, National Media Convenor, ABVP said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn 2014, Ashish Mathur of ABVP had won the post of Joint Secretary by a margin of over 11,800 votes, the party said. The posts of vice president and joint secretary were won by ABVP’s Pradeep Tanwar and Shivangi Kharwal by a margin of 8,574 and 2,914 votes, respectively. NSUI bagged the secretary’s post with its candidate Ashish Lamba, who is also celebrating his 24th birthday on Friday, defeating ABVP’s Yogit Rathi by a margin of 2,053 votes. “ABVP fielded Yogit Rathi who was college president of Ramjas College when the violence took place in 2017. The students have given a clear mandate against violence,” NSUI’s Delhi president Akshay Lakra said.
OTTAWA — Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.During a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau said he believes a broad Canadian consensus holds that immigration is good for the country, in the face of growing opposition to it in other places.The Liberal leader’s line suggests a theme for next year’s election campaign.“The decision that the Conservatives have taken recently to, for example, go after the global compact on migration in a way that is deliberately and knowingly spreading falsehoods for short-term political gain and to drum up anxiety around immigration is irresponsible, is not the way we should be moving forward in a thoughtful way on one of the big issues that is facing our country,” Trudeau said.The prime minister says he welcomes debate and discussion about immigration — as long as it sticks to meaningful areas of policy, such as the right number of immigrants to bring to Canada each year and how to properly integrate newcomers within the country.“But the fearmongering, and the misinformation that is being deliberately and knowingly put out by the Conservative party right now, is very dangerous to something that has been an extraordinary advantage and benefit for Canada for generations,” he said.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s press secretary Brock Harrison said Trudeau’s comments demonstrate that he is failing to take responsibility for Canadians’ concerns about the border. “He resorts to personal attacks and phoney arguments whenever he’s criticized for it,” Harrison said. “Conservatives will continue to hold him to account over the lengthy delays in processing and billions in added costs caused by his failure to secure the border.”Last week, Canada joined 164 countries in signing the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It is the first large-scale agreement to cover all dimensions of international migration and is aimed at improving co-operation.But the pact has incited protest, particularly in Eastern Europe, where a number of far-right groups and political parties have used the compact to fan public concern over a historic increase in the number of migrants and displaced people fleeing wars, persecution and violence in their home countries — or, in some cases, seeking better economic opportunities.Scheer came out strongly against the compact on the grounds that it would give foreign entities influence over Canada’s immigration system, claims that have been rejected by many immigration-law experts.The Conservatives have also been hammering the Liberals over the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada “irregularly,” away from official entry points, over the last two years. The issue has led to clashes with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Quebec Premier Francois Legault, who each want Ottawa to fork over $200 million or more to cover costs the two provinces have borne to house and provide services to asylum seekers.They say the federal government is too slow to assess refugee claims and while claimants wait, the provinces have to support them.Over 38,000 irregular migrants have arrived in Canada since early 2017.Trudeau might face a steep challenge if migration turns out to be an election issue. An Angus Reid Institute poll conducted this fall suggested the Liberals are vulnerable on the issue of asylum seekers. Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, told The Canadian Press at the time that concerns about the border resonate across the political spectrum every time the Conservatives bring the issue up.Trudeau said he plans to address the Canadian public’s growing fears by emphasizing that Canada has a robust immigration system that ensures incoming refugee claimants pose no security risk and meets international obligations that Canada has agreed to uphold.“This process is working to keep us safe,” he said. “There is a careful approach (by the Conservatives) to try and scare people, and as we’ve said, it’s always easier to try and scare people then to allay fears in a time of anxiety.”Anti-immigrant rhetoric is helping some political parties, Trudeau acknowledged, pointing specifically to Eastern Europe and the United States. These views have gained traction online in Canada, he added, noting this as an area “that I think requires us to be more vigilant.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press