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Ex-chief minister of Karnataka

Siddaramaiah lashes out at BJP for ignoring Dalit Karnataka MPs in its cabinet

Senior Congress leader and former chief minister criticised BJP for 'big talk' and no action even after five Dalit candidates won the recent Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka.
JSW steel plant at Toranagallu village in Ballari

Karnataka govt accused of selling 3,666 acres of land to JSW at ‘throwaway prices’

Senior Congress leader H.K. Patil has opposed the JD(S)-Congress govt’s decision, alleging that the land might be worth Rs 1.5 crore-2 crore per acre.

Karnataka’s shaky Congress-JD(S) coalition set for another test — Lok Sabha results

The bickering has only intensified between the Congress and JD(S), and a poor showing in the Lok Sabha elections could hasten the end for the uneasy coalition.
Lingayats and Veerashaivas

‘There’s a time to be CM’: Kumaraswamy & Siddaramaiah in Twitter war over Kharge

Karnataka's Congress chief and former CM Siddaramaiah took a swipe at current state CM Kumaraswamy, who said Mallikarjun Kharge shuold've been made CM years ago.

Income Tax dept seeks action against Karnataka CM & deputy CM for intimidating officers

The I-T department is seeking legal action on the grounds that the leaders led protests on 28 March against tax raids carried out across Karnataka.
File photo of Rohini Sindhuri Dasari | indicivil.blogspot.com

This Karnataka IAS officer is taking on the politically mighty, transfers be damned

In the last couple of years, Rohini Sindhuri Dasari has had run-ins with Congress minister A. Manju and the CM’s brother H.D. Revanna. But she’s undeterred.
File photo of H.D. Deve Gowda with son Kumaraswamy

Son-loyalist rivalry back to haunt Karnataka’s Congress-JD(S) alliance

JD(S) chief H.D. Deve Gowda has sprung to son and Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy’s defence, hitting out at Congress leader and former aide Siddaramaiah.
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Congress MLA’s Rs 1.5-cr Mercedes ‘gift’ is not a first for Siddaramaiah

Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has long courted controversies for accepting expensive 'gifts', including Hublot watch and Toyota Land Cruiser.

In Ballari Lok Sabha bypoll, Siddaramaiah & Sriramulu cross swords by proxy

Ballari Lok Sabha bypoll is being seen as an extension of the rivalry on display in the May election, when Siddaramaiah defeated Sriramulu from Badami.
Lingayats and Veerashaivas

Three reasons why Siddaramaiah is not letting Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy rule in peace

Siddaramaiah recent remarks that he will be CM one day has once again rattled the shaky JD(S)-Congress coalition. Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah appears to be suffering from the three-month itch. Over the past two days, Siddaramaiah — who had announced that the May 2018 assembly elections were his last — has only added to speculation that the shaky JD(S)-Congress coalition may not last its term, while making it clear that he is not content at just being the chairman of the coalition government’s coordination committee.   On Friday, speaking in Hassan district, he declared that he was ready to become chief minister again. “I will become the CM again. I am well aware that there were many who had ganged up against me after the 2018 assembly polls and I could not take the post. But we all know that politics is not stagnant, there will be wins and losses....

On Camera

Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.