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# Amid protests, Yeddyurappa takes oath as CM
Congress, JD(S) members hold dharna outside Vidhana SoudhaNarendra Modi and Amit Shah stay away from swearing-inSupreme Court to take up Congress-JD(S) plea todayAttorney-General told to present BJP leader’s letters to Governor
Bharatiya Janata Party State president B.S. Yeddyurappa took the oath as the 29th Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday, while the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) continued their protest against the Governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government despite the strength of their alliance being bigger.

As the 75-year-old leader took the oath at Raj Bhavan, amid a legal challenge by the Congress and the JD(S) against his appointment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah stayed away from the ceremony.

Legal challenge

Though the Supreme Court — in a pre-dawn hearing — refused to stay the swearing-in, it is still hearing the Congress’s legal challenge, and that cast a shadow as just a few Union Ministers, including Prakash Javadekar, were present and prominent central leaders gave it a miss.

The rest of the Cabinet members would be sworn in after the floor test, for which the Governor has given 15 days. The oath-taking also triggered a Twitter war between Mr. Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who called it a “mockery of the Constitution and defeat of democracy.” The BJP chief hit back, arguing that the Congress that had imposed Emergency should not talk about subverting the Constitution.

No fanfare

Draped in a green shawl, Mr. Yeddyurappa took the oath, shorn of any fanfare, in the name of God and farmers. This is the third time he was sworn in as Chief Minister.

At a press conference held soon after, he promised to waive farm loans and weavers’ loans from co-operative and nationalised banks up to Rs. 1 lakh in the next 48 hours, after consulting officials.

Protests staged

Leaders of the Congress and the JD(S) held protests in front of the Gandhi statue at Vidhana Soudha, calling the Governor’s decision to swear in Mr. Yeddyurappa, who is short of a majority, “unconstitutional and unprecedented.”

As the Congress and JD(S) worried that their MLAs, locked in resorts on the outskirts of Bengaluru, could be poached by the BJP to shore up its number (from the present 104), speculation was rife that two of the Congress’s MLA-elects — Anand Singh from Vijayanagara and Pratap Gouda Patil from Maski — are no longer in the Congress camp amid reports that they had been contacted by the BJP camp.

# Tension as access to cemetery denied
Some of the landholders are creating problems
When private landholders in Balocola village, near here, refused to allow local residents to take the body of Parvathiammal (86) to be interred at a cemetery in the area on Tuesday, they decided to voice their protest by refusing to move the body from the area.

They stood guard over the remains for over two hours till the police arrived, and forced the landholders to give way.

Action needed

Now, the residents of Mahalinga Nagar in Kundah taluk, who along with people in Balocola Village have been using a half-acre plot to bury the dead, wants the district administration to ensure that no one in the area has to suffer the ignominy of not being allowed to bury the dead.

R. Udhayakumar, a resident of the area, said that local residents had been using a different burial site near Kathadimattam till 2002.

With the number of buildings on the increase, and with agriculture lands also growing, the cemetery became too small, and the district administration themselves had set aside the new plot of land to be used as a burial ground.

“We have buried 25 people in this place, and over the last few years, the people who are cultivating crops in the land surrounding the cemetery have refused us passage to carry the dead,” said Mr. Udhayakumar.

Local residents claim that while most of the land owners do not object to them getting to the burial ground crossing their farms and private property, a few people, alleged to be encroaching on revenue land in the area, were blocking the small pathway leading to the cemetery. On Tuesday, the police asked the landholders to allow the body to be carried to the cemetery.

Local residents have now asked for a permanent solution to the problem.

The 60 families in the area are ready to pay for access to the cemetery.

# Police and Maoists exchange fire in the AOB area
About 40 extremists led by Sudheer camping at the site, say sources
There was an exchange of fire between security forces and CPI (Maoist) near Panapadar village in Jodambo block in Malkangiri district in Odisha on Thursday morning. The site is in the interior parts of the Cut-Off area on the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) and close to Ramaguda or Ramgarh, where in October 2106 about 31 Maoists were killed by the Andhra Pradesh elite anti-Naxal force the Greyhounds.

It is learnt that the joint force of the Greyhounds and the Odisha Special Police and the District Voluntary Force (DVF), were on a combing operation based on information that a large number of Maoists were present. The force retaliated when they were under fire and Maoists detonated an improvised explosive device to escape. No casualties were reported on either side, but security forces found at least 15 kit bags at the site.

Sources say about 40 Maoists led by senior leader in the AOB Sudheer alias Bengal Sudheer were camping at the site.

“The presence of Central Commitee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK and Gajarla Ravi or Uday, in-charge of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC), is not being ruled out.”

According to DIG Visakhapatnam (Range) the security forces had moved deep inside the forest area.

# CM: no going back on quota commitment
Will put pressure on Centre for Constitution amendment
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office has clarified that there is no question of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government going back on its commitment to provide 10% reservation for the poor among the forward communities in Devaswom board appointments and its resolve to push for a Constitution amendment for reservation of 10% general posts for poor among the forward communities.

In a press note here on Thursday, the Chief Minister’s office said the Chief Minister was unequivocal when explaining the stand of the LDF and the government on the reservation question at his meeting with Hindu communities here on Wednesday. The government stand was that the poor among forward communities who were not eligible for reservation should get 10% reservation. However, this would be possible only with a Constitution amendment. What the government proposed to do was to exert pressure on the Central government to achieve this, the press note said.

This, the press note pointed out, did not apply to the Devaswom board appointments, which fell well within the jurisdiction of the State government. The Cabinet had decided to grant 10% reservation in such jobs to the poor among the forward communities. Only persons belonging to various Hindu communities were eligible for appointment in Devaswom boards. The 18% reservation for minority communities was not applicable to such appointments. It was from this quota that the Cabinet had chosen to set apart 10% of jobs in Devaswom boards for the poor in the forward communities.

The remaining 8% would be divided among Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Ezhavas and other backward communities. Amendments to Devaswom board recuritment rules to facilitate this were under preparation. The reports relating to the Chief Minister’s statements at the Hindu community leaders’ meeting appearing on Thursday were, therefore, baseless and meant only to create misunderstanding among the people, the office said.

# SC reserves orders on Cauvery scheme
Centre submits draft with changes
The Supreme Court reserved its final orders on the draft Cauvery Water Management Scheme 2018 prepared by the Centre.

On Thursday, Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal re-submitted the draft scheme after incorporating the amendments suggested by the Supreme Court and Tamil Nadu.

The Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra informed that the court may pass the order at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Named as authority

Notable among the amendments in the draft scheme is the naming of the Cauvery authority under the scheme as ‘Cauvery Water Management Authority.’ The headquarters of the authority has been shifted from Bengaluru to New Delhi. Besides, in case of non-cooperation by the States, the authority can seek the help of the Centre, but the latter’s decision would not be final and binding on the States as mentioned in the earlier draft scheme.


# ‘Governor must be true to oath’
Eminent jurist Fali S. Nariman said the year 2018-19 needs Governors who are true to the oath of office and who must ensure that the person invited to be the Chief Minister is capable of forming a “responsible and reasonably lasting government.” In the choice of Chief Minister, Governors must inform themselves of the ground realities of a given situation.

# Kejriwal will join probe in CS assault case
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has consented to join the investigation into the Chief Secretary assault case. However, the Delhi police have turned down his request to video record the questioning session. The questioning will be video recorded by the police, but the Chief Minister will not get a copy of the recording, a senior police officer said.

# Celebrations, protests in twin cities
The twin cities on Thursday witnessed both celebrations and protests over the swearing-in of BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister of the State. While members of the Congress and the Janata Dal(S) parties staged protests in the twin cities condemning the Governor’s action to invite Mr. Yeddyurappa to form the government despite not having numbers, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) distributed sweets and burst crackers after Mr. Yeddyurappa took oath as Chief Minister.

Source:- The Hindu

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