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Mr.Yeddyurappa is expected to take oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka today evening

He is expected to take oath as the Chief Minister on Friday evening.

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A group of Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, J C Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappa’s son Vijeyendra on Thursday had met party Chief Amit Shah in New Delhi and discussed regarding the Government formation.

The 14- month-old Congress – JD(S) coalition government headed by H.D> Kumaraswamy collapsed on Tuesday after losing the vote of confidence.

Mr Yeddyurappa displayed a letter by Governor Vajubhai inviting him to form the government, Mr Yedurappa says he will now consult party high command and inform who will take oath as Ministers along with him. He is expected to take oath as the Chief Minister on Friday evening.

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Omar Abdullah’s sister Safia detained in J&K over woman protest

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Sister of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Safia Abdullah, has been detained during a protest in Srinagar today. Safia Abdullah was taking part in a civil society protest in Srinagar, the first of its kind in the past 73 days since August 5 when Article 370 was made inoperable in Jammu and Kashmir.

Several Kashmiri women tried to organize a sit-in protest at Lal Chowk in Srinagar today.

The police however foiled the protest and detained them. Many of the detained women include former professors and academicians from the Kashmir valley.

This is the first time in the last 73 days that an all-woman civil society protest was held against the abrogation of Article 370, bifurcation of J&K state, and detention of political leaders.

More than 1,000 people, including former J&K chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and his father Farooq Abdullah, have been detained or put under house arrest in Kashmir since August 5.

Normal life has been hit in the Valley due to a near-complete shutdown in the past two months. Market places, schools, and colleges largely remain shut or see thin attendance. However, the government has been claiming that the situation is “normal” and that the detentions are “purely for precaution”.

For much of the past 73 days, telephone and mobile connectivity remained suspended in Kashmir. These restrictions have been relaxed in the past few days but mobile internet remains suspended.

The Block Development Council (BDC) elections are scheduled for October 24 in Kashmir. All three major political parties—the Congress, the National Conference, and the People’s Democratic Party–have decided to boycott the elections to protest government action in Kashmir.

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Muslims are living in India because of the constitution, not Congress

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Ahead of the Maharashtra elections, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed Congress and asked it to stop pretending to be the savior of Indian Muslims.

“If for more than 70 years, the Muslims have continued living in India it is not because of your (Congress) grace, but due to the Constitution and the one above (God),” Owaisi said addressing an election rally for his party’s candidate from the Bhiwandi West seat on Monday.

In the same rally, Owaisi had also targeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said when a ship sinks, the captain evacuates everyone safely but Gandhi is a captain who himself left on seeing Congress ship sink.

“When a ship sinks in the middle of a sea, the captain evacuates everyone safely but Gandhi is a captain who himself left after seeing the Congress sinking. Muslims are not alive due to Congress’ mercy on us for 70 years, rather we are alive because of the Constitution and by the grace of God,” said Owaisi.

The AIMIM leader, however, also slammed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the same rally, by stating that India never had been a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ nor will he and AIMIM let it become one.

“India is not a Hindu Rashtra and we will never let it become one, we are strongly against it,” Owaisi said in response to Bhagwat where the RSS chief referred to India as a country of Hindus.

Addressing a meeting of intellectuals in Bhubaneswar on Saturday, Bhagwat had said: “We are a country of Hindus. Hindu is not the name of a language, province or country but a culture, which is the legacy of all people living in India.”

Owaisi did not spare Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the anti-triple talaq law passed by his government too as he went ahead to add, “Our Prime Minister speaks a lot on the issue of Triple Talaq, I am in anguish because of one wife, while the ones who have none, they are happy.”

AIMIM is likely to contest on 44 out of the 288 seats in Maharashtra. The elections in the state will be held on October 21. The counting of votes is scheduled to begin on October 24.

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Delhi HC to hear bail plea of DK Shivakumar today

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Delhi High Court will continue hearing the bail plea of senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Monday. Shivakumar was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) last month in connection with a money laundering case.

A Delhi court on October 1 extended Shivakumar’s judicial custody till October 15 after ED counsel moved an application seeking further interrogation of Shivakumar in judicial custody in Tihar.

The court allowed the ED to interrogate Shivakumar on October 4 and 5 in the Tihar Jail.

The leader was arrested by the agency on September 3 and was sent to judicial custody in Tihar jail on September 17. Prior to that, he was in ED’s custody for 14 days.

The money laundering case was registered against him by the ED in September last year, based on a complaint filed by the Income Tax department, alleging tax evasion and hawala transactions running into crores.

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