Monday, April 29, 2013

‘Bahujan’ concept took root in Bidar in 1950

The BSP won the Bidar seat, its first in South India, in 1994

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati will address an election rally in Humnabad on April 27, just after her campaign in Jewargi in Gulbarga. The only other stop in Karnataka is Chikkodi in Belgaum.

There is a historical reason why the political leader chooses Bidar as an important destination for her campaign. After all, the first-ever BSP victory in south India was from Bidar in 1994.

Bidar, Bahujan link

Bidar has the distinction of being one of the few places where there has been an alliance between voters of Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes, backward classes and minorities (collectively referred to as “Bahujan” by the party) not seen in other districts.

This is attributed to the legacy of thinkers like B. Shamsundar who spoke of a “Bahujan” alliance way back in the 1950s. “Long before BSP founder Kanshi Ram came up with the strategy of political unity of SC/ST, Other Backward Castes and minorities, Mr. Shamsundar applied it successfully in the erstwhile Nizam State,’’ said Vaijanath Suryavanshi, BSP State general secretary.

Back in 1957, Mr. Shamsundar became one of the two members to be elected from the dual-member Assembly constituency in the second general election. The Independent member got 22.04 per cent votes and won with a margin of 2,274 votes.

“Mr. Shamsundar postulated that 85 per cent of the Indian population was deprived and attaining political power was the only route to emancipation. This, he said, had to be obtained only by forging unity of these groups. He left a lasting influence on the erstwhile Nizam State that got divided into Maharashtra, Andhra and Karnataka,’’ Mr. Suryavanshi said.

Mr. Shamsundar served as a member of the legislative Assemblies in Hyderabad and Mysore States.

He founded institutions like Bhim Sena and All India Federal Association of Minorities.

He was elected the chairperson of the minorities and backward classes convention in Lucknow in 1968. He gave a call for “action against Hindu right-wing oppression” of the untouchables and minorities. His book They Burn is considered among the earliest works on Dalit political ideology.

Later, Syed Zulfikar Hashmi of the BSP won the Bidar seat in 1994, making him the first BSP MLA in South India. “Mr. Kanshi Ram arrived from Delhi to campaign for me,” recalls Mr. Hashmi. He won in 1994, 1999 and 2004, but lost in 2008.

Bidar has a high density of SC, ST and minority community population, 22 per cent as per the 2001 census. Bidar and Gulbarga are among the 90 districts with high minority population.

Union government’s multi-sectoral development plan estimates the minority population in Bidar district at 20 per cent, higher than the State average of 12 per cent.


Steelbird opens Riderz Shopee in Bidar, Karnataka

Helmet brand, Steelbird Hi-Tech India Ltd, recently set up its second exclusive retail outlet, 'Riderz Shoppe', selling riding gears and helmets here in Karnataka's Bidar.

The concepts of the retail outlet is to enable a motorcycle rider to choose riding gears at his own.

According to official sources, after the success of first pilot project in Delhi, Steelbird set up the shop in Southern India due to overwhelming demand of Steelbird products in this part of the country.

Steelbird Helmets, Head Sales & Marketing, Shailendra Jain said, “Cities like Bidar, Bangalore, Mysore, Pondicherry Ludhiana, Patiala are known as biker’s hub, where people are fascinated for bikes. You can find super bikes and lot of trendy bikes in the possession of youngster these days."

Jain said, "To ride these bikes one must have riding gears which we will provide through the shoppe. To begin with we are selling Steelbird‘s exclusive range of helmets, pannier boxes, bikers gloves, shoes, jackets goggles and other allied products."

He added, "We shall keep introducing new and hi-tech biking gears in due course of time in these shoppe."

Elaborating the company's expansion plans, Jain said, “Within next 2 years, we intend to open around 200 Riderz Shoppe across India, out of which we intend to open 50 outlets in southern India including cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Udupi, Chennai, Hyderabad, where biking is also a passion, more than commuting.”

He added, “Indian two wheeler industries has maximum share of motorcycles, creating a huge market for Biking Gears. However, the riders have hardly any choice if he wishes to buy authentic branded and international quality riding gears."

"By opening Riderz Shoppe, we are certainly bridging this huge gap and also educating people to go for qualitative products as every single product we are offering will help the riders to drive safely with style.”

At Steelbird Shoppe people will be able to feel the buying experience with combination of technical know how through the experts sitting in the showrooms to educate the people on the products and their functionalities.

These exclusive stores would enable populace to go through the whole product range of the brand as these stores are positioned as a single window solution, where customers can choose from the portfolio.

At exclusive stores they will be able to feel the product with guidance on what kind a product they must go with or what kind of accessories would meet their requirements by the experts sitting in the showrooms.

This educative drive will make them choose the right product.


Actor Sudeep is in BIDAR

Senior actor Ambareesh, who is campaigning for the impending state elections from Mandya, isn't the only contestant who has got Kannada film stars campaigning for him. Ashok Kheny, who is campaigning in Bidar (his hometown) today, has got Kicha Sudeep to campaign for him for the elections.

Kheny, who is campaigning on behalf of his own party, Karnataka Makkala Paksha, also owns the Celebrity T20 team ( Karnataka Bulldozers) that Sudeep is the captain of. Incidentally, the team emerged victorious at this year's edition of the tournament, in which they defeated the Telugu Warriors.

ನಟ ಕಿಚ್ಚ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅವರು ಯಾವುದೇ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರದಿದ್ದರೂ ಚುನಾವಣಾ ಪ್ರಚಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ್ರ ಬಿಜಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ಅವರು ಪದ್ಮನಾಭನಗರದ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿ ಆರ್.ಅಶೋಕ್ ಪರ ಭರ್ಜರಿ ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈಗ ಅಶೋಕ್ ಖೇಣಿ ಪರ ಬೀದಿಗಿಳಿದಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಸೂತ್ರಧಾರ ಅಶೋಕ್ ಖೇಣಿ ಪರ ಬೀದರ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸುದೀಪ್ ರೋಡ್ ಶೋ ಮಾಡಿ ಮತಯಾಚಿಸಿದರು. ತಾವು ಯಾವುದೇ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರಿಲ್ಲ. ಒಬ್ಬ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಚಾರಕೊಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಎಂದು ಸುದೀಪ್ ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳಿದರು.

ಬೀದರ್ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಅಮಲಾಪುರ, ಮರ್ಜಾಪುರ, ಯಾಕತಪುರ, ಮನ್ನಳ್ಳಿ, ಹೊಕ್ರಾಣಾ, ಚಿಂತಲಗೇರಾ, ರಾಜಗೀರಾ, ಪಾತರಹಳ್ಳಿ, ಬೇಮಳಖೇಡ, ಕಾರಕಮಪಳ್ಳಿ, ಸಿಂಧೋಲ ಮುಂತಾದ ಕಡೆ ರೋಡ್ ಶೋ ನಡೆಸಿ ಖೇಣಿ ಪರ ಮತಯಾಚಿಸಿದರು.

ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಸುದೀಪ್ ನನಗೆ ಪಕ್ಷಕ್ಕಿಂತ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಮುಖ್ಯ. ಖೇಣಿ ಅವರು ನೈಸ್ ಕಂಪನಿ ಮೂಲಕ ಅನೇಕ ಜನೋಪಯೋಗಿ ಕೆಲಸಕಾರ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ರಂಜೋಳ ಖೇಣಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದವರಾದ ಅವರು ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಕೀರ್ತಿಪತಾಕೆಯನ್ನು ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಟ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ಹಾರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ 105 ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ ಅವರು ದೃಢಸಂಕಲ್ಪ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು, ತಮ್ಮ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವನ್ನು ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಮಾದರಿಯನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಪಣತೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಖೇಣಿ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಮತ ನೀಡಿ ಎಂದು ಅವರು ಪ್ರಚಾರದ ವೇಳೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. 


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Shah Rukh Khan the goat bags movie role!

o what if Janaki Vishwanathan’s upcoming film does not feature Shah Ruklh Khan! The film stars a goat (no kidding), who shares its name with the star.

Janaki Vishwanathan with the goat

And incidentally, just like any actor would clinch a film deal, this goat too had to appear for an audition, along with 300 of its brethrens.

Janaki says that she purchased the goat from a village in Bidar, near the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, especially to cast in her film.

Says Janaki, “I have been SRK’s fan right from his Fauji days. With due respect to him, children in villages tend to call their pets by the names of the film stars.”

In fact while paying for the animal, Janaki says the goat’s original owner told her how many Shah Rukhs and Salmans go on sale in the rural parts of Maharashtra.

And in true star style, the goat apparently is living a life of ‘luxury’ right now. Says the director, “We have donated the goat to the Vetenary University in Chennai. It has its own room and is treated like royalty there.”


20 candidates withdraw nominations in Bidar

111 left in Bidar

Bidar Special Correspondent writes:

As many as 20 candidates withdrew their nominations from five of the six constituencies in the district.

There are now 111 candidates left. Eight withdrew from Bidar South, including Sanjay Kheny of the Karnataka Makkala Paksha. Six withdrew from Bidar: Syed Aslam Ishaq of the All-India Muslim League (Secular), and Independents Ali Khan M.D. Khan, Nayeemuddin Raheemuddin, Shridhar Shripal, Sudesh Kumar Devidas and Syed Wahid Syed Shabbir Ali.

Three Independents withdrew from Bhalki: Indrajit Rao Ramachandra, Anil Naganath and Vivekanand.

Two independents withdrew from Aurad: Hanumanth Nagappa and Baburao Arjun.

Basavakalyan saw the withdrawal of the Lok Satta Party’s candidate, Deepak. No one withdrew from Humnabad.

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Kheny nomination accepted.

Bidar South Constituency Returning Officer Neelkanth, on Friday, rejected the twin petitions challenging the nomination of Karnataka Makkala Paksha Chief Ashok Kheny, stating the objections raised were untenable.

Anti-corruption activist T J Abraham and JD(S) candidate Bandeppa Kashempur had filed petitions against the nomination of Kheny. Abraham who is contesting the election against Kheny as independent candidate had challenged Kheny’s candidature on the ground that he had voluntarily acquired citizenship of USA. Therefore, based on the election law, person holding citizenship of foreign nations should be barred from contesting elections in India.

Kashempur had raised objection on the grounds that Kheny had held office of profit. Earlier, both Kheny and Abraham argued their respective cases before Returning Officer Neelkanth. Senior Advocate S M Chandrashekar presented the case of Kheny, while Abraham pleaded his own case. However, Kashempur remained absent during the hearing.

After hearing the petitions, the returning officer stated that objections were not acceptable as Kheny had submitted valid documents. The announcement from the returning officer sent cheer among supporters of Kheny, who rejoiced over the decision.

Kheny flayed JD(S) National President Deve Gowda stating he should not resort to cheap politics through fielding proxy candidate Abraham. Gowda should come forward and fight directly instead of pushing such persons, he charged.

Abraham told reporters that he had raised seven points in his objection petition but Kheny failed to give written reply even to one of them or produce a single documentary proof to support his claim. He neither denied the allegations levelled against him in writing, he added. Abraham has decided to represent before the State Election Officer Anil Kumar Jha on Friday morning seeking a rehearing of the issue.


Friday, April 19, 2013

CID to probe 3 Jr seers' immolation.

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today ordered a CID inquiry into the self-immolation of three junior seers of Chowli Math in Bidar District of Karnataka.

The three seers had allegedly jumped into a pyre set up by them early this month and committed suicide in their quest to reach to their guru who died under suspicious circumstances in February this year.

They jumped into the huge pyre of firewood collected for a festival in the Math.

In their suicide note, the seers stated that they took the extreme step to reach their guru and they belonged to 'Kailash'. No one was responsible for their act, they explained.

The inquiry will also be held into the happenings in the Mutt since last three months and seers committing suicide, Mr Shettar added.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Bidar constable stabs colleague, kills himself

 A police constable stabbed a fellow constable at the office of the superintendent of police in Bidar on Wednesday morning. Caught in the act, the attacker stabbed himself and succumbed at a Hyderabad hospital in the night.

Manohar, 30, the jeep driver of an inspector with the district crime records bureau in Bidar, was stabbed by his friend Narasa Reddy, a constable at the Mannalli police station. Both were appointed in the same year and were good friends. They had worked together at the Hallikhed police station in Humnabad taluk.

Narasa Reddy reportedly came armed with a knife. They met in the morning at the SP's office, talked for an hour and then went to the canteen which is on the ground floor of the SP's office.

After a snack, they came to the first floor office and sat in a corner which was deserted. "Ten minutes later, Manohar started screaming. We rushed in and saw Manohar lying in a pool of blood," said HM Ingleshwar, inspector, DCRB, who saw Narasa Reddy holding a knife in his hand. The other policemen grabbed Narasa Reddy and pushed him away from Manohar.

When Narasa Reddy saw Manohar bleeding profusely, he got frightened and suddenly stabbed himself. "We managed to stop him from stabbing himself again," said Ingleshwar.

Both were given first aid at the Bidar district hospital which said Narasa Reddy died later. Manohar's condition was critical.


Anguished followers set themselves on fire in Bidar math

Three persons, including a teenager, immolated themselves inside the Sri Ganeshwar Avadhoot Maharaj Math at Chowli village in Bidar taluk of Karnataka in the early hours of Monday. The village is about 7 km from Bidar.

Jagannath Swami (30), Eera Reddy Swami (45) and Pranav Swami (16) are believed to have sat on a mound of firewood and set fire to it after dousing it with kerosene around 4.30 a.m., the police said.

They were all followers of Lingayat pontiff Sri Ganeshwar Avadhoot Maharaj, who died on February 28, allegedly after consuming poison.

Inmates of the math alerted the police about the fire. “Loud cries woke them up. They saw flames and alerted our constables. They called the New Town police station and the Fire Services personnel,” said a police officer, who was present at the math.

Firefighters arrived within minutes and struggled for nearly an hour to put out the blaze, he said. “We started removing the firewood and noticed the bodies. Only then did we know of the suicide,” he added.

While the reasons for the death of the 55-year-old pontiff remain a mystery, the three left a note stating their reasons for committing suicide.

In the two-page, partly printed and partly handwritten note, they stated: “Unable to bear the pain of separation” they were “going to meet their departed guru.”

They also stated that they have “no relatives, friends or foes in this world.” They said their “Guru’s spirit had instructed them to come to him through the route of Agni.”

A police van was stationed outside the math premises after the pontiff’s death and the police personnel were sleeping in the math’s community hall when the incident occurred, the police said.

“The Avadhoot had spoken of suicide before he actually ended his life on February 28. Some devotees told us that he had spoken of a mass suicide along with his devotees,” the police said.“The firewood was stocked for the mass feeding to be organised on the math’s annual fair scheduled for April 11,” Shantappa, a devotee from Bhalki said.

Aravind Patil, a devotee from Humnabad, said Jagannath Swami was the one who oversaw the math’s daily affairs. The police have registered a case of unnatural death. They had matched the handwriting of Jagannath Swami from the math’s account books and correspondence with the suicide note and are sure it was written by him.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Shettar for Bidar

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar will address the Vijay Sankalpa Yatre rally in the Ganesh Maidan here on Monday (01/04/2013).

Pralhad Joshi, BJP State unit president, and leaders such as Ananth Kumar, K.S. Eshwarappa, R. Ashok, and D.V. Sadananda Gowda will speak.


Over 10 lakh voters in Bidar have EPIC

As many as 10,96,359 voters, of 11,38,617 in Bidar have Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) now, making it one of the districts with very high level of voter enrolment. The remaining 42,258 have yet to receive the cards. The best covered constituency is Bhalki with just 90 voters left out.

The worst is Bidar with 15,880 electors yet to get the cards. Bidar South and Basavakalyan are yet to distribute cards to around 8,000 voters while there are around 4,000 to 5,000 residual voters in Humnabad and Aurad. The district has 5,96,667 male voters and 5,41,950 female voters.

Those who have their names on the rolls but do not have EPIC can get the cards by submitting their photographs to the electoral roll revision officer, the last date for which is March 31.

New additions to the rolls can be made before April 7. All those who have completed 18 years as on January 1, 2013, can register their names. Heads of families can register the names of their family members. But block registration of names by unrelated individuals is not allowed.

A specially designed software of the Election Commission has detected around 30,000 duplicate names of electors. However, officials have retained names of all those voters who have not applied for deletion or change of addresses. This is to allow all genuine voters to exercise their franchise.

Block level officials have been instructed to correct all errors in rolls by the evening of March 27.

Assistant commissioners in Bidar and Basavakalyan are the nodal officers for electoral roll revision in these constituencies. The Joint Director of Industries, is the nodal officer in Bidar South; district water shed development officer in Humnabad; deputy secretary ZP in Bhalki; and the Joint Director of Agriculture is responsible for updating of rolls in Aurad. Each of them leads a team of six officers, said a release by P.C. Jaffer, Deputy Commissioner and district electoral officer.

  • Last date to register is April 7
  • ECI has detected 30,000 duplicate names