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BJP’s CM face Yeddyurappa files nomination for Karnataka polls

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Bengaluru, April 19 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Chief Ministerial candidate for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly polls, B.S. Yeddyurappa, on Thursday filed his nomination papers from Shikaripura Assembly segment, a party official said.

“Yeddyurappa has filed his nomination from Shikaripura constituency,” the party’s state spokesman S. Shantharam told IANS here.

He will be contesting from his hometown Shikaripura in Shivamogga district, about 300 km northwest of Bengaluru, for the eighth time since 1983.

Yeddyurappa, 75, a Lok Sabha member from Shivamogga in the state’s Malnad region, was the BJP’s first Chief Minister in Karnataka from 2008 to 2011 when he resigned following an indictment by the state ombudsman (Lokayukta) in a multi-crore mining scam.

In a related development, another BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa, the party’s leader in the state Legislative Council, also filed his nomination from Shivamogga Assembly segment.

Eshwarappa, who was the Deputy Chief Minister in the BJP’s first government in the state from 2008 to 2013, will be contesting from the seat for the sixth time. He lost the seat in the 2013 Assembly elections to the Congress.

Also, the ruling Congress’ Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar filed his nomination from Kanakapura in Ramanagara district, about 55 km from Bengaluru.

Polling across the state’s 224 Assembly segments will take place in a single phase on May 12 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Votes are to be counted on May 15, as per the notification issued by Governor Vajubhai R. Vala on Tuesday.

According to it, April 24 is the last date for filing nominations. Scrutiny of nominations will be on April 25 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 27.

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US Senate reconvenes to certify Biden win after mobs invaded Capitol

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Congress met in a joint session to count electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election and officially confirm Joe Biden’s win.

Though Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to join fellow Republicans in challenging the count in a doomed show of fealty to President Trump, chaos soon broke out as pro-Trump protesters breached security, entering the Capitol Building.

Below, live updates on the volatile situation.

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Democrat Jon Ossoff projected to win US Senate runoff in Georgia

In the other race, a special election runoff, Democrat Raphael Warnock has been projected to win against incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

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Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks with members of the media at Dunbar Neighborhood Center on January 05, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Polls have opened across Georgia in the two runoff elections, pitting incumbents Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) against Democratic candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Washington, Jan 7 : Democrat Jon Ossoff is on track to defeat Republican incumbent David Perdue in the US Senate runoff in the southeastern state of Georgia, which would give Democrats control of the upper chamber, multiple US media outlets projected Wednesday afternoon.

NBC News, CNN, and ABC News have projected Ossoff to be the winner in the second of the two Georgia Senate runoffs, the Xinhua news agency reported.

In the other race, a special election runoff, Democrat Raphael Warnock has been projected to win against incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

Ossoff’s win would allow Democrats to split the 100-seat US Senate 50-50 with Republicans, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in a position to cast the tie-breaking vote.

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Congress leaders meet Christian clergy in Kerala to mend fences

The Congress and the Muslim League are clear that before the next Kerala Assembly elections, they must mend all issues with the Church for victory in the elections.

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The AICC leadership, which is in Kerala to get a ground level report on the drubbing the Congress and the United Democratic Front (UDF) received in the recent local body elections, is trying to meet all sections of people, including religious heads and social groups.

However, the immediate visit by the AICC leaders, including Tariq Anwar, holds significance as the mouthpiece of the Ernakulam Archdiocese “Satyadeepam” recently launched a scathing attack on the Congress party.

It said the Congress and the UDF received a drubbing in Central Travancore – the party’s stronghold, not due to the exit of Kerala Congress(Mani) from the UDF fold and joining the Left Democratic Front (LDF), but owing to the wrong policies it had taken vis-a-vis the Christian community.

The mouthpiece said the Congress and the UDF faced a backlash from the Christian community owing to several factors, including the political stand taken by the Indian Union Muslim League, a major UDF constituent, in the Hagia Sophia Museum case.

The Muslim League state Youth President Sadiqali Shihab Thangal wrote in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Chandrika’ acknowledging the position taken by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Hagia Sophia is not a museum but a mosque.

This statement created major resentment among the Christian community and the Congress leaders are now trying to settle the issue with the Church.

Muslim League All India General secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty had met the Thamarassery Bishop, Remigiose Inchananiyil, on Christmas and celebrated the festival with the Bishop and other priests. This was also a move by the Muslim League to create a bridge with the Christian community.

The Congress and the Muslim League are clear that before the next Kerala Assembly elections, they must mend all issues with the Church for victory in the elections.

Senior Congress leader and former Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, P.J. Kurien, while speaking to IANS said, “Congress is a political party staying true to its secular credentials and our leaders met all senior social and religious leaders. Even if there are any differences of opinion with the Church or for that matter any group, Congress will iron it out.”

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