The Great Saga of State Politics

There is a whole new wave of reservations and clashes adding into the drama and turmoil of Indian state politics.

Democracy or Tragicomedy

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The Karnataka government debacle continues to be a big issue, with the speaker setting 6 pm today as the deadline for the floor test of the coalition government led by Janta Dal Secular and Indian National Congress. This is after HD Kumaraswamy government didn’t abide by two deadlines set by Governor for the trust vote on July 18 and July 19.

Meanwhile, The Supreme Court today, adjourned till tomorrow, the plea filed by two independent MLAs of the Karnataka Vidhana Soudha, who were seeking holding of the floor test “forthwith” in the state Assembly. The court’s decision came after the counsel for Karnataka speaker told the highest court that the trust vote is most likely to happen today or tomorrow.

The entire issue began after 16 coalition MLAs rebelled against the government. The Speaker, K.R. Ramesh Kumar, had summoned rebel MLAs to appear before him today before 11 a.m. to respond to the complaint of disqualification filed against them.

Andra Pradesh becomes the first state to reserve 75% of jobs for the locals

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Six bills were introduced in the assembly by the Andra Pradesh government amid protests from the opposition, Telegu Desam Party. The bills included 50% reservation for the SC, ST and other minority groups in government nominated contracts, service contracts and nominated posts. The government also proposes to provide 50% reservation to women in nominated posts.

The promise to provide quota for local jobs was made by Andra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy during his ‘padyatra’ in the state at the time of the elections.

According to the new law, if a company does not find the necessary skills in locals, then it will need to train them in association with the state government. The government also  proposes to provide free electricity up to 200 units to SCs, for which an investment of 411 crores has to be done.  As many as 15,62,648 people will benefit reportedly from the scheme.

“Any employer/occupier/owner violating the Act will be liable for a penalty,’’ says the Bill.

Police clash with Kerala Youth Congress protesters

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At least 20 police personnel and students got injured after clashes broke out between Congress party-affiliated Kerala Students Union (KSU) and the police in front of the state secretariat building in Kerala on Monday.

As reported in Gulfnews, the pitched battle between police and protesters in the state capital erupted on the eighth day of a protest fast by KSU leaders, who were demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the stabbing incident at the University College here on July 12 and the subsequent recovery of University of Kerala answer sheets.

A site of protest turned into a war zone when the police resorted to using tear gas bombs and stun grenades to disperse the protesters.

Likewise, Mathrubhumi online reported that KSU state committee has announced a ‘bandh’ in protest of the police brutality on its activists.