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Bengaluru: Karnataka's Congress lawmaker K. Govindaraju on Thursday denied paying "crores of rupees" to the party high command or President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Treasurer Motilal Vohra, whose allegedly abbreviated names were found in a diary at his home here. "The diary, alleged to have been found when the Income Tax officials searched my house last year, does not belong to me. The entries in it were not made by me nor its my handwriting. Someone had left it in my house," Govindaraju told reporters here.

Bengaluru: A member of T Begur gram panchayat, Bengaluru Rural District, on Monday accused the panchayat chief Rekha of indulging in widespread corruption.   Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on Monday, panchayat member Nandini alleged that though Rekha was the chairperson of the gram panchayat yet the entire official work was controlled by her husband Karivaradaiah.  

Bengaluru: The Karnataka unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took on PM Narendra Modi, terming the PM's plan to demonetise high value currency an "Rs8-lakh crore scam" and demanded to know the benefits of the move which had allegedly claimed 150 lives and caused "4lakh plus job losses".

Bengaluru: Apparently irked over allegations that he had paid high command to save his chair, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah dared BJP leaders to show proof to their allegations. If proved, he would resign immediately, he said. Siddaramaiah was speaking at the House while thanking the Governor for his address here on Tuesday.

Bengaluru: Welcoming the calm on the India-Pakistan border, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said New Delhi desired good ties with Islamabad and Beijing. Asked about the border situation, the Minister said: "Can any country have a problem if there is peace in the neighbourhood? Keeping calm does not mean you should not be prepared." Parrikar was speaking to the media on the sidelines of Aero India 2017 here. India wanted peace with both Pakistan and China, he said.

Bengaluru: India remained unaffected by global slowdown and the rhetoric of protectionism in developed economies, said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on Monday. "Unpredictable global slowdown and the rhetoric of protectionism in developed economies have not affected India," he said at the 'Make in India - Karnataka' conference here. Asserting that the government would continue to focus on investments and growth, Jaitley said the policy-makers were under pressure as the people wanted the country to grow at a faster rate.

Tumakuru: JD(S) legislator Zamir Ahmed has threatened that 15 legislators will follow him to the Congress if the party deserts him and six others. 

Bagalkot: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has bribed Rs 1,000 crore to a few Congress leaders in Delhi to save his chair, alleged BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa. He wanted Siddaramaiah to speak truth at the session. Addressing a press meet here on Friday, the Saffron strongman alleged that Siddaramaiah has given Rs 1,000 crore towards party fund through his friend and MLC Govindaraju to leaders in Delhi. "Based on the information, Enforcement Directorate officials have enquired Govindaraju," Yeddyurappa added, reports Prajavani.

Bagalkot: Days after BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa announcing that former Congress leader SM Krishna would join the Saffron party, has now gone back on his words. Speaking to reporters in Bagalkot, Yeddyurappa refused to confirm that former External Affairs Minister would join his party, reports Public TV. "It's not yet official that Krishna will join BJP. I don't know when he will take a decision in this regard. I have not met him, yet," said Yedyurappa.

Bengaluru: Governor Vajubhai Vala on Monday lauded the state for ensuring "smooth implementation" of centrally sponsored schemes even though there has been confusion over "sharing pattern and components of the schemes". 

Bengaluru: State president of Bharatiya Janata Party( BJP), B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday said that ex-Congress leader S.M. Krishna will join the Bharatiya Janata Party. On January 29th Krishna resigned from all the posts held by him in the grand old party. Krishna had resigned from the Congress and Congress Working Committee as well. The Congressman is said to have written a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi apprising her of his decision. The 84-year-old first became a Member of Parliament (MP) in 1968 from Mandya.

Mysuru: Countdown has begun for state budget and it is expected to be presented by March. Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah hinted that he would present the budget in the second week of March. "The state's performance in employment sector has been satisfactory. We will raise our target and present the budget accordingly," Siddaramaiah said.

Bengaluru: Urging the Congress top brass to convince senior leader S. M. Krishna not to quit, Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara on Monday expressed hope that the high command will be able to convince him not to leave the party. "Hopefully, the high command will be able to convince him to stay in the party," Parameshwara said.

Bengaluru: Attempting to downplay the shocking resignation of former external affairs minister S.M. Krishna, the Congress Party on Monday said that one must not feel disappointed and quit, adding the focus at the moment is to fight the 'non-secular' Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said it is part and parcel of being a politician to feel neglected or less in value compared to others, but one must not feel disappointed and quit.

Bengaluru: In the wake of senior Congress leader S.M. Krishna's resignation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday launched a scathing on Rahul Gandhi and said the 'young' Congress vice-president is overlooking the leadership of his senior colleagues. BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI the 'misguided' youth in Gandhi's leadership is consistently disregarding the loyal services of the party veterans.

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