Daily NEWS Summary | 26-07-2021; B S Yediyurappa announced his resignation as Karnataka Chief minister, his government has just completed its two years in power. The 78-year-old BJP veteran said he would submit his resignation to the governor after lunch.
“Do not take me any other way, with his permission … I have decided that after lunch I will go to Raj Bhavan and present my resignation as prime minister to the governor,”
Yediyurappa said in a strangled voice, he got emotional.
- He is seen by the BJP, aged 78 years, which reminds him of the fact that he has served as chef in Karnataka, the greatest name for the importance of CM, well that he could complete a full mandate once.
- Two terms were short because he failed to gather the support of a sufficient number of MLAs to support the government. But he was unable to complete the other two terms due to disputes in his own party, which built brick by brick in Karnataka.
- A close examination of the turn of events, particularly in the last two years, shows that there was a clear indication that he had not completed his term this time, as well as the gap between him and the party cadres as well as the high command had started to disappear, widen from the start.
- Furthermore, his past mistakes, particularly regarding the administration, continued this time as well, with men from his own party making accusations of corruption and nepotism.
- But unlike his earlier period, when he unceremoniously resigned after a report on illegal mining, Yediyurappa had an honorable exit this time.
- Although he endeared himself to party workers and held important positions, such as leader of the opposition, chairman of the party’s state unit, and deputy prime minister, Yediyurappa had not emerged strongly on the state’s political spectrum until 2008.
- The failure of coalition partner JD (S) to transfer power to the BJP in 2008 changed the political destiny of the BJP and Yediyurappa.
- The party’s campaign, led by Yediyurappa on the subject of “deception” by the JD (S), was not only well received by the people, but also raised Yediyurappa’s political stature and made him a leader.
- But despite a leap forward in terms of seats won by the party, he is slightly below the bar for the majority. It was at this point that Yediyurappa resorted to the controversial strategy of getting several opposition parliamentarians to resign from their assembly and again challenge the BJP ballot, a maneuver that was codenamed “Operation Kamal.”
- In the 2018 legislative elections, the BJP again failed to achieve a majority. After Congress and the JD (S) forged a coalition and formed the government, Yediyurappa again resorted to “Operation Kamala”. He persuaded 16 opposition MLAs to resign and managed to catapult the BJP to power in 2019.
- This set the stage for a repeat of history, as the old party guards raised the flag of revolt again after missing ministerial positions. Furthermore, Yediyurappa’s fourth term in power was marked by alleged interference in the administration of his youngest son, B.Y. Vijayendra, who rubbed a lot the wrong way.
- It now appears that what is often called “subversion of democracy” in the form of “Operation Kamal” caused problems for the BJP pillar, which had to resign despite the party reaching its peak in Karnataka.
Pegasus issue: West Bengal government creates two-member commission of inquiry
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-07-2021; The West Bengal government has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the Pegasus spyware dispute, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday. The decision was made at a cabinet meeting, she said.
The two-member commission will include retired Supreme Court Justice M.B. Lokur and the former President of the Calcutta High Court, Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya. Banerjee said that since there were “aggrieved parties” in West Bengal whose phones had been put under surveillance, the commission would investigate the matter. Last week she urged the Supreme Court to hear the suo motu matter.
Later that day, the chief minister left for Delhi, where she is expected to meet with opposition party leaders. Significantly, there were key changes in the dynamics of Congress and the TMC ahead of his visit, the former showing a willingness to make many concessions.
The first step was to remove West Bengal Pradesh Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from the equation, with whom the TMC was unwilling to speak. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has entrusted Mallikarjun Kharge, opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, with the responsibility of coordinating with allies in both houses of parliament.
Sources said that main leader Shashi Tharoor has now signed up to serve as a liaison with the TMC in Lok Sabha. Tharoor met the leader of the parliamentary party TMC, Sudip Bandhopadhyay, to brief him on July 26.
The second step was that Congress acknowledged that not only Rahul Gandhi, but also TMC General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee were victims of the Pegasus cyberattack with a tweet from his official ID. He posted a photo saying Banerjee had been attacked due to the West Bengal Assembly elections. “The insecurities of the Modi government are endless,” the tweet read.
Banerjee is expected to meet with a number of leaders during his visit. He will also visit Sonia Gandhi. He will spend a day in Parliament, where meetings with other opposition leaders are scheduled, including Akhilesh Yadav, DMK, RJD from the Samajwadi party and others. The party has remained silent on whether or not to organize a joint meeting of the opposition.
Six Assam Police Killed in “Border Showdown” with Mizoram “Criminals”
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-07-2021; At least six members of the Assam police force were gunned down by criminals from neighboring Mizoram on Monday as violence escalated along the interstate border in Cachar district, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
- A senior Assam police officer, who was still inside the forest amid continued shooting across the border, told PTI that at least 50 staff, including the Police Commissioner Cachar Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant, were shot and stoned.
- I can’t immediately say how many people were injured, but I guess at least 50 people. Our SP was also shot and wounded in his leg, the officer said over the phone.
- The Indian Police Department officer spoke to PTI while hiding in a forest and gunshots were heard in the background.
Congress establishes two conditions for the functioning of Parliament
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-07-2021; A discussion of the Pegasus cyberattack in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Home Secretary Amit Shah, followed by a judicial inquiry, are the prerequisites for the functioning of parliament, Congress said on Monday.
- This was to counter criticism from the government, which accused the opposition of disrupting parliament for the sixth consecutive day of the current monsoon session.
- Since the Pegasus affair erupted, congressional leaders, including Rajya Sabha member Shakti Sinh Gohil, had called for an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC).
- The party has now finalized its position that a JPC will be ineffective because it has limited powers.
- Party leader Shashi Tharoor, who also heads the Standing Committee on Information Technology, which has held a few meetings about Pegasus, had said that mere summons to witnesses would not be enough to investigate a case of this. magnitude.
Rahul Gandhi drives tractor in parliament to protest against farm bill
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-07-2021; Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by his fellow MPs, drove a tractor into parliament on Monday to express solidarity with protesting farmers and demand the repeal of the three farm laws.
In addition to supporting farmers in their fight against farm laws, the tractor trip to Parliament aimed to highlight the cause of the farmers’ unions who have been protesting on the outskirts of Delhi’s borders for the past eight months.
His tractor ride from Moti Lal Nehru Marg to one of the perimeter gates of Parliament had taken the police by surprise, as the area fell under Article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and no more gatherings of four people were left. ‘is authorized.
Police arrested about eight congressional workers and seized the tractor. A senior police officer said tractors were not allowed in the New Delhi area under traffic rules. The tractor was driven to Mandir Marg police station. It had no registration number.
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