Karnataka News Updates: State reports 45 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths – Times of India

Karnataka reports 45 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths. Positivity rate is at 0.73%

BJP national president J P Nadda will be on a two-day visit to Karnataka from April 17. He will take part in various important programs and visit many historically famous temples. (ANI)

Initial probe dismisses ‘inability to speak Urdu’ as reason behind youth’s murder in Karnataka
The preliminary investigations in connection to the murder of a youth, who was allegedly killed as he was unable to speak in Urdu, has revealed that the language was not the reason for the murder, sources said on Saturday. The investigation into the matter is being done by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Karnataka Police.
State exec meet today to draw BJP’s poll strategy
The stage is set for BJP’s twoday state executive committee meeting starting Saturday, which could lay the template for the party’s strategy for the assembly elections next year. The meeting comes in the backdrop of KS Eshwarappa’s resignation from the Bommai cabinet after he was accused of abetting the suicide of civil contractor Santosh KPatil, besides the hijab and halal controversies. It will be held at Hospet in the new district of Vijayanagara, about 320km from Bengaluru, and will be inaugurated at 2. 30pm on Saturday. The valedictory is scheduled for 5. 30pm on Sunday, which will be attended by BJP national president JP Nadda, said Channabasavanagouda, BJP district president of Vijayanagara.
Only 1 train to KIA halt station now; Memu services elusive
The much-hyped suburban train services to and from Kempegowda International Airport appear to have derailed. South Western Railway operated five pairs of trains a day to and from KIA halt station when it was inaugurated on January 4, 2021. At present, only one pair (06387/06388 Bengaluru-KolarBengaluru) is operational.
Deve Gowda’s JD(S) to begin ‘water yatra’ in K’taka today
The Janata Dal(S) will launch the ‘Janata Jaladhare-Ganga Rath Yatra’ from Saturday in Karnataka in an attempt to reach out to the people of the state. The programme has been organised to demand the implementation of all irrigation projects by the ruling BJP government. The programme will be inaugurated from 15 river banks of the state. The water will be collected from 94 water bodies across the state in Kalash (sacred tumbler, considered as a symbol of the whole universe in Hindu traditions). The Ganga Raths (four-wheelers designed as chariots) till May 8 will travel through 180 Assembly constituencies of 31 districts in the state. The programme is organised to get the attention of the state and central governments to complete the irrigation projects.
Projects worth Rs 400 crore taken up in RDPR dept without approval: Contractors’ assn
The Rs 4 crore road development project that Belagavi-based contractor Santosh Patil took up at Hindalga without a tender or work order is not an isolated case, the Karnataka State Contractors’ Association and rural development and panchayat raj (RDPR) officials have said. The project is at the centre of a gathering political storm as Patil, who died by suicide on April 12, had earlier alleged that BJP leader KS Eshwarappa wanted a 40% commission for it.
BSY backs KSE, says he will be cleared of charges
Former chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday extended moral support to KS Eshwarappa, saying he was confident that the BJP leader would be cleared of all charges and return as a minister soon. Eshwarappa, who was the rural development and panchayat raj minister, is accused in an FIR of abetting the recent suicide of contractor Santosh K Patil. The contractor had earlier alleged that Eshwarappa had demanded 40% commission for a Rs 4-crore project.
‘Resignation not a setback for govt’
hief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said the resignation of RDPR minister KS Eshwarappa, booked for abetting the suicide of contractor Santosh Patil, can’t be considered a setback for the government. “Eshwarappa is confident about getting a clean chit after the investigation. Then it will be known who will face setbacks and for whom it will be a step forward..,” Bommai told reporters. On state Congress leaders, who have been sitting on dharna in front of Vidhana Soudha demanding arrest of Eshwarappa, the CM said the opposition must allow a free, fair and thorough investigation instead of seeking to become investigating officers, prosecutors and judges. “Was KJ George arrested by the Congress government in connection with police officer MK Ganapathy’s case? Neither Karnataka police nor CBI arrested him, despite the NDA government at the Centre,” he added.
A group of women in tears asked him not to resign. They shouted slogans against Congress. Eshwarapa pacified them saying, it was his trialby-fire moment, and he would come out victorious. “Don’t you want it? So, don’t cry,” he told them. Hundreds of Eshwarappa’s supporters were with him when he inaugurated a convention hall built by Kanakadasa Seva Trust in Shivamogga town to express their support. When he offered puja to Ganesha idol at the convention hall, Eshwarappa said he got a good omen and he could see it while he was praying.

There were dramatic scenes since Eshwarappa left his house in his hometown Shivamogga early in the day to attend different public functions with his supporters, who had gathered in large numbers, trying to prevent him from stepping down. They demanded that he continue in office. Some of them also squatted on the road to block his car. Police used force to evict them.

Eshwarappa, who is allegedly linked to the death of civil contractor Santosh K Patil, had announced his decision to resign on Thursday after giving into pressure from the party high command. The resignation letter will be forwarded to governor Thawar Chand Gehlot for acceptance, the CM’s office said.

After high drama, Eshwarappa submits his resignation to CM
Karnataka rural development and panchayat raj minister KS Eshwarappa on Friday formally submitted his resignation to chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, ending his 33-month stint under two CMs. He had taken oath as minister in August 2019 when BS Yediyurappa was chief minister.

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