The Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition had its core committee meeting, here on Monday, March 4, under the leadership of the coalition leaders and AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal. The coalition partners have come to the conclusion of contesting the Lok Sabha elections together. After the meeting, which was held in the Kumara Krupa Guest House, Chairman of Government-alliance Coordination Committee, Siddaramaiah said that if Congress-JDS would fight together, then there were high chances of winning more than 20 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats. He opined that today’s meet was fruitful and that the best of the strategies have been planned to restrain the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from coming into power.
Siddaramaiah said, “In a few days from now AICC President Rahul Gandhi and JDS Supremo H D Deve Gowda will be organizing a meet in which the final list of candidates will be confirmed”. “The seat share is still not sorted out, but will be decided soon”, he added. General Secretary of JDS Danish Ali said that a round of meeting was held earlier between the Congress leaders, JDS State President H D Deve Gowda and Public Works Department Minister, H D Revanna. “Compared to the previous meetings between the Congress-JDS leaders, today’s meeting was taken to an advanced level. There are some more points to be still discussed”, he added. Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah said that a petition has already been submitted to Speaker Ramesh Kumar against rebel Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav, who resigned from the Congress party and had decided to join the BJP.
The decision of who has to be the next Pradesh Congress Committee chief is still unclear. Congress high command in Karnataka seems to be still in a dilemma. It had been asking its previous chief, Siddaramaiah who recently resigned to his post after his defeat in by-polls, to pursue his post.
However, Siddaramaiah doesn’t seem to have any interest in taking up the post again. Recently, he even went to meet Sonia Gandhi regarding this. They both had a deep conversation on this issue and yet their meeting didn't prove to be fruitful. As the party high command is still in discussion, it had asked Siddaramaiah to continue his post till they get any alternative. However, he didn't accept it.
High command is likely to choose, Lingayat leader, MB Patil for this post. At the same time, Vokkaliga leader as well as, party’s money bag DK Sivakumar has his eyes on this post. According to Sivakumar, he is eligible for it as he had saved the party and its 14 months of governance during the Kumaraswamy regime. Another positive towards Sivakumar is that he has a belief in Rahul Gandhi. However, none of his party members are in support of him. This issue too had taken to Sonia Gandhi by Siddaramaiah.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa announced ₹10 lakh relief each to the families of victims who died in Mangaluru during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protest.
The two persons died following the bullet injuries they sustained in police firing during the protest. The police have also mentioned their names in the FIR registered in connection with the violence that erupted during protests.
According to CMO, the deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district directed to immediately provide relief to the families. Jaleel (42) and Nauseen (23) had killed as police opened after the CAA protests turned violent on Thursday in the city.
Yediyurappa had visited the port city on Saturday to take stock of the situation. They will take a decision to investigate the causes of the rioting soon, he said.
LS Sheshagiri Rao passed away on Friday due to age-related illnesses. He was 94. He was popularly known as Professor LSS and was much beloved by critics and lay readers alike. He was born in Bangalore and received his MA from Nagpur University. He had a stellar academic career, publishing multiple works, and becoming a college lecturer at only 19.
LSS was best known for the Kannada-to-English dictionary that he compiled. It is still widely used by critics and translators. The dictionary was part of his larger effort to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western literary studies. Rao translated English classics into Kannada, including the works of Shakespeare, Kafka, and Goldsmith. In addition, he wrote several well-received critical commentaries on a wide variety of subjects, from Greek theatre to Modern Kannada prose.
LSS was also known as a writer of fiction, primarily short stories. “Idu Jeevana” (“This is Life”) and “Jangama Jathreyalli” (“In the Festival of the Jangamas”) are his two collections of Kannada short stories.
He was the recipient of multiple awards, most notably the Masti Award, the Kendra Sahitya Award, and the Rajyotsava Award. His passing had mourned by many, both within and outside the Kannada literary sphere. LSS, like Girish Karnad who passed earlier this year, was one of many who warned against linguistic jingoism. For many, his passing signals a subtle but troubling change in the Kannada literary scene.