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Politics over BR Ambedkar statue at Bangalore Vidhana Soudha

7 Jan

BR Ambedkar statue at Bangalore Vidhan soudha - Politicians trapLooks like the misters of Karnataka don’t have better work than politicising the issue of shifting the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar from the premises of Bangalore’s Vidhana Soudha. The High Court in this matter had issued a directive on December 13, 2012, asking the state government to shift the statue within fifteen days to facilitate work on the Bangalore Metro. With the assembly elections approaching, the great government of Karnataka waited till the last day of the fifteen days deadline given by the High Court to tell the court that they require another two months for shifting the statue. The Government requires another two months to seek technical advice on the safety of shifting the statue.

The State Government of Karnataka probably thinks that the citizens of India and Indian judicial system are fools, not to understand that all state government wants is to buy out more time for the Assembly elections in Karnataka to get over. With all this drama, it looks like the Metro Rail work is unlikely to commence before July 2013. Even if the Metro engineers go ahead with the constructions in the other stretch, operations of Metro rail cannot commence till the Vidhana Soudha station is ready. So who is finally going to suffer, of course we citizens, by the way, will any minister ever travel in Metro? So why will they care? But surely they will care about the BR Ambedkar statue for impressing the votes of innocent dalits of the state. It’s a shame to see ministers banking votes for a statue rather than some key issue which matters more to the dalits.

According to a report by Times of India, if the statue is left undisturbed, additional excavation will cost Rs 100 crore, while maintaining the tunnel-boring machine will cost Rs 20 crore. Apart from the losses western Bangalore will have to wait for one more year to avail Metro Services. The clever ministers very well know that Rs 120 crore which does not belong to them is no match with the valuable votes of dalits which will keep them in office for another five years and help them milk many more crores. It’s really sad to see the politics of India going to such a low.

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Bangalore Mysore expressway scam: Probe ordered against SM Krishna, BS Yeddyurappa and HD Devegowda

1 Nov

SM Krishna former Chief minister of Karnataka and former External Affairs MinisterA special Lokayukta court on October 25, 2012 ordered Lokayukta police to probe the involvement of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Devegowda(former prime minister of India 1996-97) in the alleged Mysore-Bangalore Express Highway scam.

A private complaint was filed by social activist TJ Abraham against the consortium of NICE (Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise) and various ministers and bureaucrats. In his complaint, he has accused 103 people of fraud including ex-chief ministers of all three major parties in Karnataka: B S Yeddyurappa, H D Devegowda, S M Krishna, Dharam Singh along with 57 IAS officers including 4 principal chief secretaries. Abraham has also alleged the involvement of ICICI Bank’s ex-chairman N Vaghul and former Advocate – General Ashok Haranahalli and NICE Managing Director Ashok Kheny. Total allotment of this scam could amount to Rs 17,000 crores.former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa

T.J. Abraham, highlighted alleged irregularities in the acquisition of farmers’ land for the project and the execution of the same.

Major allegations:

(1) Increase in extent of lands in the Frame Work Agreement
(2)Subsequent increase of government lands at minimum lease rent contrary to agreed conditions.
(3) Alignment shift of Peripheral Road, Link Road & Township No.1 brought in after 1998, but list gets circulated in 1997 itself.
(4) KIADB(Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board) enters into agreement with NICE on 14/10/1998, and incorporates fraudulent land list/details to the schedule
(5) Fraud in obtaining/claiming stamp duty exemption for the toll road and also increasing the private lands by deceit.
(6) Creation of sale of land at interchanges on toll road to facilitate financial closure for NECEL and to grab an additional extent of around 1,200 acres of private lands for mortgaging with ICICI Bank to raise funds:
(7) Construction of bituminous road instead of concrete road and collection of tolls ‘illegally’ and
(8) Preparation of Outline Development Plan (ODP) for 1,67,000 acres instead of 20,193 acres – ODP prepared by NICE and stamped by government as if prepared by latter.

HD Devegowda - former prime minister of IndiaIn the hearing in the Lokayukta court on 17th September, Abraham said, not a single kilometre of the ‘concrete road’ of Bangalore Mysore Expressway is built, as per the framework. He claims, “It was a myth created about Bangalore to Mysore expressway by NICE. In reality it is a Bangalore to Bangalore project exercised for land grabbing.”

Additional DGP (Lokayukta) H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao has been ordered to conduct the probe against the three(Krishna, Yeddyurappa, Devegowda) and 27 others.