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JD(S) with Cong in K’taka’s Kalburgi City mayoral election

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Bengaluru, Sep 11: In a shocker to the ruling BJP, the JD(S) has decided to go along with the Congress to elect their mayoral candidate for the Kalburgi City Corporation in Karnataka, according to sources.

As things play out, the JD(S) has called its elected members to Bengaluru and shifted them to a resort for the time being.

The opposition Congress has emerged as a single largest party, winning 27 seats in the house of 55 in Kalburgi City Corporation polls. The BJP has garnered 23 seats for the first time. While JD (S) bagged 4 seats and emerged as the kingmaker. An Independent candidate also won in the elections.

It was predicted that BJP would easily come to power with the help of JD (S). However, the party sources said that things have changed as the Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge personally spoke to the JD (S) supremo and former Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda.

The JD (S) has called for legislators meeting of the party on Monday. A decision on going with Congress will be announced after the meeting. Deve Gowda has advised his son former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to hold his plans of supporting BJP in Kalburgi City Corporation, according to sources.

The decision of JD (S) to go with Congress has assumed importance as the party sources say it will set the tone for the alliance of Karnataka’s regional party with the Congress for the next assembly elections in 2023. The expected alliance also points to a possible joint fight by JD (S) and Congress in the upcoming Zilla, Taluka Panchayat elections, as well as Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) polls which are scheduled to be held soon.

Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy have maintained that they will go as per the wishes of the representatives in public. Deve Gowda has mentioned that both Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai have called on him seeking support of JD(S).

Ruling BJP MP Umesh Jadhav has already announced that BJP will elect its mayoral candidate. Holding the reins of Kalburgi has turned into an issue of prestige between Kharge and Bommai.

Fearing hijacking by the national parties BJP and Congress, the JD(S) has called its elected members to Bengaluru and shifted them to a resort.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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