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Rise in Murders and Extortion in Kalaburagi during Priyank Kharge’s Tenure: Karnataka BJP

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Murders, extortion have increased in Kalaburagi during Priyank Kharge's tenure: K'taka BJP

BENGALURU (IANS) – The Karnataka BJP has raised concerns over the increase in murders and extortion in Kalaburagi district following the appointment of Minister Priyank Kharge as the District in-charge Minister. The BJP alleges that the situation has worsened under his tenure, with party workers and leaders falling victim to violence.

According to the Karnataka BJP, “Priyank Kharge is a troll minister. During his tenure, incidents of murders and extortion have increased. After he took over as the District in-charge Minister of Kalaburagi, BJP workers and leaders have been hacked to death one after the other.”

The BJP has accused Priyank Kharge of allowing nefarious elements to take control of Kalaburagi, directly blaming him for the deteriorating law and order situation in the district. The party has called for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to dismiss Kharge from his position.

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The recent incident that has sparked outrage involved the killing of BJP leader Girish Chakra, a close associate of BJP MP Umesh Jadhav from Kalaburagi. Chakra was invited to a felicitation party and was brutally attacked at a farm in Saganura village near Afzalpur taluk. The assailants threw chili powder into his eyes before hacking him to death.

Umesh Jadhav expressed his grief over the loss, stating, “There is no law and order in Kalaburagi. There is a fearful environment in the district. Girish was like a son to me. He had worked tirelessly for the party for 10 years. The killers must be arrested immediately.”

Kalaburagi, known as the stronghold of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s family, has been a key battleground for political power. The BJP’s victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, where Umesh Jadhav defeated Mallikarjun Kharge, further intensified tensions in the region. The BJP continues to push for justice and accountability in the face of escalating violence in Kalaburagi.

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Madras High Court dismisses petition challenging nomination of BJP candidate

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Madras HC dismisses petition challenging BJP candidate's nomination

Chennai, April 16 (IANS) The Madras High Court dismissed a petition challenging BJP leader Nainar Nagendran’s nomination for the Tirunelveli Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu. The division bench refused to entertain the petition, citing its late submission close to the polling date on April 19.

The petition, filed by V. Maharajan, argued that Nagendran’s nomination was accepted without considering his representation against it. Maharajan claimed the BJP candidate had withheld crucial information, including a criminal case, in his nomination papers.

Maharajan also called for action against the returning officer for negligently accepting Nagendran’s nomination. However, the court ruled in favor of Nagendran, stating that the timing of the petition was inappropriate given the impending poll date.

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The first bench of the Madras High Court, comprising Chief Justice S.V. Gangapurwala and Justice J. Sathya Narayana Prasad, deliberated on the matter on Tuesday before rejecting the petition. Despite Maharajan’s concerns, the court upheld Nagendran’s nomination for the Lok Sabha constituency.

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Student at IIIT Basar found dead by suicide on campus

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IIIT Basar student dies by suicide on campus

A tragic incident has shaken the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge and Technologies (RGUKT) in Basar town of Telangana’s Nirmal district as a 17-year-old student, B. Arvind, allegedly died by suicide in the hostel on Tuesday, just days before the commencement of exams. The police have launched an investigation into the matter.

Hailing from Siddipet district, Arvind was a student of the Pre-University Course (PUC) second year at the institute known as IIIT Basar. This unfortunate event adds to the distressing trend of student suicides at the university, with several such incidents reported in recent years.

In February, a 17-year-old female student took her life in the hostel due to the inability to cope with the death of a relative. In 2023 alone, six students at IIIT Basar have died by suicide, highlighting a concerning pattern. The university has witnessed tragic events like a student ending his life due to homesickness and another student falling from the fourth floor under suspicious circumstances.

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The alarming number of student suicides at IIIT Basar raises concerns about the mental well-being and support system available to students. The institute must address these issues promptly to prevent further tragic incidents from occurring on its campus. The authorities need to prioritize mental health support and create a safe environment for students.

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Jaunpur’s Battle: Two Former Ministers and a Mafia Don’s Wife Enter the Fray

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Battle for Jaunpur: Two ex-ministers and a don’s wife in the fray

Jaunpur Lok Sabha seat has become a center of attention with unexpected twists in the upcoming elections. Sreekala Reddy Singh, wife of former mafia don and MP Dhananjay Singh, will now compete on BSP’s symbol after her husband’s conviction in a kidnapping case. BJP’s Kripa Shankar Singh and SP’s Babu Singh Kushwaha were the main contenders until now.

Dhananjay Singh’s influence in Jaunpur could play a significant role as he had won in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. The Thakur vote might split between Dhananjay Singh and Kripa Shankar Singh. With Sreekala Reddy Singh’s entry, equations have been disrupted, adding an interesting element to the election dynamics.

In a constituency known for its ‘imarti’ sweet and Chameli oil, Jaunpur faces challenges of neglect and lack of employment opportunities. Sreekala Reddy Singh, asserting her connection to the constituency, states, “Jaunpur will contest the election for me. I am their daughter-in-law and will do as the people of this constituency say.”

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While Kripa Shankar Singh expresses confidence in BJP’s performance under PM Modi and CM Yogi, Babu Singh Kushwaha is relying on the support of OBCs, especially the Nishad votes in the region. The election in Jaunpur, scheduled for the sixth phase on May 25, is expected to be a closely watched contest with shifting political equations in play.

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