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‘Congress’ Vendetta Politics Over Case Against Rahul’: BJP On Warrant Against BS Yediyurappa In Pocso Case

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The 81-year-old Yediyurappa has denied the charge and said he would fight the case legally. (PTI)

According to police, Yediyurappa has been booked under the POCSO Act and Section 354 A (Sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) based on a complaint by the mother of a 17-year-old girl who alleged that he molested her daughter during a meeting on February 2

Soon after a Bengaluru court issued an arrest warrant against former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act case registered against him, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of doing “politics of vendetta”.

Addressing the media in Bengaluru, former BJP national General Secretary CT Ravi said the Siddaramaiah government is pursuing the case after four months in retaliation for dragging Rahul Gandhi to court in a defamation case.

The case was registered against Yeddyurappa on March 14. The 81-year-old Yediyurappa has denied the charge and said he would fight the case legally.

“Is this not politics of hatred? CM Siddaramaiah claimed he wouldn’t pursue the politics of hatred, but now he is doing just that. The people of the state will question this. The people are asking why the government was inactive for four months after the POCSO case was lodged against Yediyurappa. Home Minister G. Parameshwara had even stated that there was no substance in the case,” Ravi said.

The BJP leader also claimed that it is an open secret that since Rahul Gandhi was dragged to court in Bengaluru, the Congress wants the BJP to be dragged to court as well.

“We will honour the court order in Yediyurappa’s case. But this is a political conspiracy. The alleged incident took place on February 2, and the case was lodged in March. Yediyurappa had gone to the police station to record his statement. But the police told him that it was not necessary, and later recorded his statement at his residence,” Ravi said.

Commenting on the matter, N. Ravikumar, BJP MLC and the party chief whip in the Legislative Council, said that there is no substance or truth in the case.

“Home Minister Parameshwara had said that the complainant is mentally challenged and has lodged more than 60 cases against IAS/IPS officers, and politicians. The government itself had said that this case was not important. Despite Yediyurappa conveying to the police that he was ready to give a statement, the police asked him not to come to the police station and later collected his voice sample in April,” he said, adding that the entire matter is a conspiracy hatched by the Congress in retaliation to Rahul Gandhi being dragged to court in a defamation case.

“The CM, Deputy CM, and Home Minister have acted on the advice of Congress’ Karnataka in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala and hatched this conspiracy,” Ravikumar alleged.

“The Congress, which did not act in the last four months, has suddenly woken up. They have obtained a non-bailable arrest warrant and want to arrest Yediyurappa. This is highly condemnable,” said BJP MLC Chalawadi Narayanaswamy.

Case Against Yeddyurappa

In a major development, a special court in Bengaluru on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant against the BJP veteran in connection with a POCSO case against him relating to the alleged sexual harassment of a minor.

According to police, Yediyurappa has been booked under the POCSO Act and Section 354 A (Sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) based on a complaint by the mother of a 17-year-old girl who alleged that he molested her daughter during a meeting on February 2 this year, at his residence in Dollars Colony here.

The victim’s brother had filed a petition in the court earlier this week alleging that though the case was registered on March 14, no progress has been made in the investigation. The petitioner prayed that Yediyurappa should be arrested and interrogated.

After the Sadashivanagar police registered the case in March, the Karnataka Director General of Police Alok Mohan issued an order transferring it to the CID for further investigation.

The 54-year-old woman, who had levelled the charge against Yediyurappa, died at a private hospital in the city last month, due to lung cancer.

In April, the CID collected the voice sample of Yediyurappa after summoning him to the office.

The government, meanwhile, has appointed Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Ashok H Nayak to represent the CID in the case. Yediyurappa has moved the court seeking quashing of the FIR.



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Sikkim chief minister and SKM supremo P S Tamang. (File photo)

Chief Minister Tamang’s Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) swept the Assembly elections held recently by winning 31 out of the 32 seats, besides winning the lone Lok Sabha seat in the state

Krishna Kumari Rai, the wife of Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, quit as the MLA from Namchi Singhithang just a day after taking oath of office.

Chief Minister Tamang’s Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) swept the Assembly elections held recently by winning 31 out of the 32 seats, besides winning the lone Lok Sabha seat in the state.

Meanwhile, after his wife stepped down as the MLA, the Chief Minister said that it was a unanimous decision taken by the SKM.

“My wife has vacated her seat in alignment with the unanimous decision of the party, prioritising its welfare and objectives. It is important to note that, at the request of the parliamentary committee of the SKM, she contested the elections for the welfare of our party.

“SKM is committed to providing opportunities to the genuine and dedicated party functionaries. To the residents of Namchi-Singithang, I assure you that you will continue to have a dedicated and genuine MLA who will serve your interests,” the Chief Minister said.

In a statement issued earlier, Krishna Kumari Rai said, “With a very heavy heart, I write to inform you that I have officially submitted my resignation from the Namchi-Singithang constituency. I had never imagined that I would enter electoral politics so soon, and to garner the overwhelming support of everyone was beyond my imagination, for which I am forever grateful.”

“I have always viewed politics as a social activity, and the reason I entered the election was because I had to honour the decisions made by the parliamentary board and the party president,” she added.

Rai also asserted that the new candidate for the Namchi-Singithang constituency will be a committed and dedicated person who will serve the people of this Assembly segment.

The Speaker of the legislative Assembly has accepted Rai’s resignation.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – IANS)



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Lok Sabha Speaker’s Election on June 26, Candidates Can Be Proposed Till Noon Day Before

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The 18th Lok Sabha will meet for the first time on June 24 and the session will conclude on July 3. (Image: PTI/File)

At any time before noon on the day preceding the date fixed for the election, any member can give notice in writing to the secretary general of a motion supporting another member for the office of the speaker, a Lok Sabha bulletin noted

The Lok Sabha will elect its new Speaker on June 26 for which notices for motions supporting candidates can be submitted by members by noon a day before, the Lok Sabha secretariat said on Thursday. The 18th Lok Sabha will meet for the first time on June 24 and the session will conclude on July 3.

At any time before noon on the day preceding the date fixed for the election, any member can give notice in writing to the secretary general of a motion supporting another member for the office of the speaker, a Lok Sabha bulletin noted.

“In the present case, notices of motions for the election of the Speaker can be given before 12 noon on Tuesday, June 25,” it said.

While first two days will be devoted for oath taking of newly elected members, June 26 has been fixed for the election of the speaker. On June 27, President Droupadi Murmu will address a joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

The notice for the motion has to be seconded by a third member. Also, it has to be accompanied by a statement by the candidate contesting the poll that he or she is willing to serve as Speaker if elected.

A member cannot propose one’s own name, or second a motion, the secretariat pointed out, citing rules.

A member in whose name a motion stands on the list of business will, unless makes a statement conveying unwillingness to move it, will move the motion when called upon to do so, it said.

The motions moved and duly seconded will be put one by one in the order in which they have been moved, and decided, if necessary, by a division. If any motion is carried (adopted), the person presiding the proceedings (a pro-tem speaker) will declare that the member proposed in the motion which has been carried has been chosen as the Speaker of the House. The other motions will become infructuous.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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