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Bengaluru: Two days after former chief minister SM Krishna joined BJP, many of his ex-ministerial colleagues are expected to follow him. Considered among his inner circle, his ex-colleague Nafees Fazal is expected to join BJP. Sources said, she could be the face of minority when state goes to Assembly polls in 2018.

Bengaluru: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slammed the Siddaramaiah government for not implemented the PC Hoota Committee report, which probed a series of scams in the Karnataka State Public Service Commission (KPSC) and submitted a report in July 2013. 

Bengaluru: Former union minister SM Krishna will join BJP tomorrow at the party's office in New Delhi. He will be inducted into the party in the presence of party president. BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa called on former Congress leader and greeted him to the party. Yeddyurappa is learnt to have told Krishna that he would not be able to make it for the occasion as he was busy with election campaign in Nanjangud and Gundlupet constituencies.  ​

Bengaluru: The Income Tax Department on Monday denied leaking a controversial diary seized from the house of Karnataka Congress lawmaker K. Govindraju here in March 2016. "We have not leaked the diary. You should ask them from where or whom they got it. Though many documents were seized during the search, we have not disclosed or made them public as investigation was underway," Income Tax Director-General (Investigation) B.R. Balakrishnan said here.

Bengaluru: Will Sandalwood actress-turned politician Ramya aka Divya Spandana follow in the footsteps of her mentor SM Krishna to BJP? Ever since the former Congress leader announced his decision to join the Saffron party, there have been rumours that former Mandya MP would also join him.

Bengaluru: With Assembly elections scheduled for next year, BJP state unit – which is leaving no stone unturned to come back to power – is eying small screen celebrities to add star power to its party. It is learnt that the party is hunting for popular faces in small screen including anchors and reality show stars. According to reliable sources in the TV industry, BJP state leadership has directed the party's cultural cell to identify popular faces of Kannada small screen and forward a list.

Bengaluru: There is no uncertainty about former External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna's plan to join the BJP and the move has only been postponed following his younger sister's death here on Tuesday night, a party leader said on Wednesday. "Though Krishna flew to Delhi on Tuesday to meet our party President Amit Shah on Wednesday and join the party this week, he rushed back after coming to know of his sister Sunitha's death," the Bharatiya Janata Party official told IANS.

Bengaluru: Ahead of the state assembly elections in early 2018, the Congress government in Karnataka in its Budget for fiscal 2017-18 on Wednesday doled out goodies, freebies and sops to students, urban and rural poor and farmers. Presenting a populist and tax-free Budget in the state legislative assembly here, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told the lawmakers that free laptops would be given to 1.5 lakh students joining engineering, medical, polytechnic and degree colleges across the state in the new academic year.

Bengaluru: Christian community which amounts to four per cent (28 lakh) of the state’s total population is elated with Rs 175 crore earmarked for the welfare of the community in this year’s budget. Community leaders who welcomed the move urged the state government to set up Christian Development Board on the lines of Wakf Board. Besides, they also want to the community members to be allowed to visit the Holy Land in Jerusalem.

Bengaluru: Congress leaders are making an all-out effort to retain former MP and actress Ramya in the party fold. According to sources, Ramya is likely to be nominated to the state legislative council and offered a post in Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s cabinet. The party high command is also reportedly considering elevating energy minister and Vokkaliga community strongman DK Shivakumar to the KPCC president post to prepare the party cadre for the 2018 assembly elections.

Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who was expected to waive off farmers' loan has disappointed the farming community. He announced that he will not waive off farm loans, instead, the farmers have been given time till March 31 to repay the loan.

Bengaluru: Defying the tradition of presenting the budget on Fridays, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who also holds the Finance portfolio presented the budget at 11.30 am on Wednesday. This is the last budget of this government and 12th budget for Siddarmaiah as Finance Minister.  CM announces six new medical colleges, five multi-speciality hospitals 100 per cent reservation for Kannadigas in private firms Siddaramaiah announces 49 new taluks Providing basic facilities, erasing gender inequality are our priorities: CM

Bengaluru: India's former External Affairs Minister and former Karnataka Chief Minister S.M. Krishna is set to join the BJP this week in New Delhi, said a party official on Monday. "Krishna will join our party in New Delhi on March 15 or 16 after meeting party's national President Amit Shah. He will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi later," a BJP official told IANS here on the condition of anonymity. Krishna, 84, resigned from the Congress on January 29 after 46 years of association with the grand old party for "being sidelined by its leadership".

Bengaluru: There have been innumerable instances of ministers misusing their official position to benefit their personal cause. But this one takes the cake. Roshan Baig, minister for Urban Development and Haj has found out a novel way to invite guests to his son’s wedding through a letter signed under his official letter head page. It baffles us to understand why would the minister of that stature need to send invitations under his official letter head. The letter accompanies an invitation card sent out to select guests in the city.

​Bengaluru: How will the UP poll results impact the 2018 assembly polls in Karnataka? Buoyed by the landslide win, BJP leaders believe that this is the beginning of the end for the state Congress while JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda said the results won’t have any impact on the polls. Reacting to the results, Deve Gowda admitted that Modi made a “huge difference”. "But the results will not have any bearing on Karnataka,” he added.

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