Karnataka Polls 2013: Udupi has 1,038 polling booths: DC / Improve quality of politics to develop India, says Arun Jaitley

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Deputy Commissioner Dr M T Reju said that as many as 19,544 voters were included in the electoral lists since January, 2013. The total number of voters in the district is 8,73,612.

Speaking to the media persons here on Saturday, the DC said prior to April 7 the total number of voters in the district was 8,54,068 as on January 16. The indelible ink will be applied on the ring finger of the left hand. There are 6,800 postal ballots in the district.

As many as 5,500 polling officials, 294 micro observers and 1,000 police persons will be deployed for the free and fair election. Arrangements have been made for these officials to exercise their franchise and two phases of postal balloting has been completed on April 24 and 28. Those who could not exercise their postal ballot will exercise their franchise on April 29, 30 and May 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Around 111 sectoral officers have been empowered with magisterial powers. There are 1,038 polling stations in the district. Police personnel and para military forces will be deployed for the peaceful polling. As many as 294 micro observers, besides 110 video observers are deployed.


The counting of the polls will be held at T A Pai English Medium School in Kunjeebettu. Around 15 tables will be arranged for the purpose. Web casting will be done of the polling process for the seven polling stations each in Kaup, and Baindoor constituencies, five stations each in Kundapur, Udupi and Karkala constituencies, the DC said.

The mustering and de-mustering will take place at Bhandarkar’s College, Kundapur for both Baindoor and Kundapur assembly constituencies, E M High School, Kunjeebettu for Udupi constituency, St Cecily School, Brahmagiri for Kaup assembly constituency and Mini Vidhana Soudha, Karkala for Karkala constituency.

He said that he has denied permission for telecasting seven advertising materials. As many as nine cases have been booked under violations of model code of conduct. In Baindoor, two cases were booked against the BJP and one against independent candidate. In Kaup, case was booked against one independent candidate.

In Karkala case was booked against BJP candidate. One case was booked against independent candidate in Kundapur and two cases were booked against the Congress candidate and one against BJP candidate, in Udupi.

60 cases booked

The excise department has booked 60 cases and arrested 21 persons. Rs five lakh cash has been seized, near Hejamadi check post. Goods worth 1,00,49,575 meant for distribution among the voters have been seized.

Improve quality of politics to develop India, says Arun Jaitley

‘India will not develop by 2020 as envisaged by former President Abdul Kalam’.

Improving the quality of politics, cutting across party line is the key for India to become a developed nation, opined senior BJP leader and Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley. He was delivering a talk on “India 2020-Issues and concerns,” organised by the Citizens Council, Mangalore at Sanghanikethan here on Saturday.

Stating that the country will not become a developed nation by 2020 as envisaged by former President Abdul Kalam, he said: “We have already wasted a few years.”

Quality of politics

“Though we have wasted a few years in the journey towards a developed nation, we can still improve the nation provided the quality of Indian politics improves regardless of parties,” he said.

Noting that the power of politics is immense, he said the politics decides policies and policies determine the overall development. Supplementing his statements, Jaitley said that quality politics would emerge, if only dynasty politics is shattered in India. “Dynasty politics is a great injustice to the country. Leadership should be accorded on the basis of provability and not on the charisma of surname,” he noted.

Leader of stature

Stressing on the need for a leader of stature at the helm to get the things done, he said: “We need a leader of stature who has to be decisive and inspiring, patriotic enough to defend the sovereignty of the country, a man of determination, integrity and compassionate and not meek.”

Reverse capital flow

Jaitley also flayed the present economic growth of the country terming that Indian industrialists are now investing abroad due to the adverse situations here. “Reverse capital flow is going on,” he said and added that when states like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and others are performing well, why can not the Centre do it?” The success behind the growth in Gujarat is that it is a manufacture hub,” he said.


Arun Jaitley saw several challenges ahead to reach the league of developed countries. Eradication of poverty, weak coalition government ruling the country, insurgency and cross border terrorism, Maoist presence, need to convert population into economic resources are the challenges, he listed.

“The most worrying factor is that some have a desire to seek vote advantage in every move. India’s north eastern parts have a huge number of illegal migrants posing big security problem.

But the government wanted to encourage illegal migration as each migration means a vote,” alleged Jaitley. He also found it worrisome to have women and girl child living under constant threat in a country of rich culture.

Extremist outfits

Jaitley also cautioned the presence of extremist outfits in disguise as political parties. “They are in Assam, UP and in Maharastra. Now they have their presence in South also. It should be nipped in the bud itself,” he said.

Brig (retd) I N Rai was the guest of honour. Karavali group of colleges chairman S Ganesh Rao presided.

It’s veteran vs political novice in Belthangady

Belthangady constituency that boasts of having contributed a finance minister, assembly speaker, minister for youth affairs and sports and a chief whip to the State, has played quite a significant role in the Karnataka politics.

The well-known political battle between Bangera brothers, decades old political rivalry between Bangera and Gowda families, party hopping leaders are some of the features of politics in Belthangady.

As the D-day is fast approaching, Belthangady constituency is all set to face yet another political battle, this time between a youngster and a veteran politician. If the Congress has fielded four time MLA/sitting MLA K Vasanth Bangera, the BJP has taken the ‘risk’ of fielding a fresher Ranjan Gowda, who is less than half his age, to fight the elections. The fight seems more interesting, for Bangera is facing Ranjan Gowda who happens to be the son of his long time political rival Gangadhar Gowda.

Political history

A quick look at the political history of Belthangady constituency unfurls an exciting political journey. Of the 14 assembly elections that Belthangady constituency has witnessed so far, the Congress has won nine elections, the BJP has savoured the victory four times, while the JD(S) has won the seat only once.

Since the very first election in 1952, Belthangady remained as a strong fort of the Congress till 1978. The Congress won the polls seven consecutive times and this strong fort was then broken by Vasanth Bangera in 1983, who won the election as the BJP candidate against sitting MLA from Congress K Gangadhar Gowda, thus paying way for the BJP to gain entry into Belthangady politics.

Bangera won the next election too as a BJP candidate. However, he quit Congress and contested as the JD(S) candidate in the next assembly election where he was defeated by Gangadhar Gowda from Congress. The subsequent election in 1994 witnessed a tough fight between Bangera and Gowda, wherein Bangera won thus helping the JD(S) to win the seat in Belthangady. But, the election opened a new chapter of family politics between Vasanth Bangera and his brother K Prabhakar Bangera who for the first time contested as a BJP candidate.

In the very next election Prabhakar Bangera emerged victorious defeating both the former MLAs - Vasanth Bangera and Gangadhar Gowda. He succeeded to win for the second time in 2004 election too. The last assembly election (2008) created curiosity, as by then Vasanth Bangera had joined the Congress and Gangadhar Gowda had shifted his loyalty from the Congress to the JD(S). Vasanth Bangera succeeded to defeat his younger brother and Gangadhar Gowda, winning the seat for Congress.

The big fight

This time the table has turned again, as Gangadhar Gowda’s (who quit JD(S) and joined the BJP) son Ranjan Gowda will fight it out against his father’s political rival Vasanth Bangera. With it, the 30-year-old political rivalry has revived once again. The candidates and workers in both the camps are busy calculating and chalking out winning strategies.

The BJP is trying to cash in on the age factor and poor health of Vasanth Bangera who is now in his late 60s. “Ranjan Gowda is an active BJP member who has served as the President of BJP Yuva Morcha. Apart from the BJP votes and votes from his father’s supporters, he has the capacity to draw votes largely from the youth. Vasanth Bangera has not worked for the constituency during the last five years mainly for his health reasons. So, it is the time, Belthangady needs a fresh face,” taluk BJP media head U Prabhakar Shetty told Deccan Herald.

On the other hand, in the Congress camp, the party workers are confident of Bangera’s victory. Bangera’s close aide and retired DySP Peethambara Heraje is quick in showing the campaigning Bangera and asks, “he is so actively taking part in the election campaign for last 15 days. How can anybody say he is not capable of working?” Further he adds that people know the contribution of Bangera for the development of the constituency. The party votes and personal votes will help him win.

Though Belthangady constituency has in the past witnessed triangular contests, this time the fight appears to be directly between Bangera and Gowda. JD(S) candidate and former ZP vice-president Rajashri S Hegde too is trying her luck for the first time in this election.
Billavas would emerge as decision makers in the election as the constituency has highest number of Billava voters (48,000) followed by Vokkaligas (43,000) and Muslims (25,000).

No dearth for issues

Belthangady constituency consists of Belthangady taluk with highest number of villages (81) compared to all other constituencies in Dakshina Kannada district. There is no dearth for problems in Belthangady, be it the Maoists issue, endosulfan agony, rehabilitation of tribals from Kuduremukh National Park, the taluk has it all.

Maoists frequent visits to the villages, exchange of fire between ANF and Maosists, combing operations are a cause of concern for the villagers in some parts of the taluk. For the residents of Yelaneeru, Bangarpalke, Badamane, Kuthlur, Naavur, Naaravi, Sulkeri, Mogru, Malavanthige and Shirlalu villages, the issue of rehabilitation is a matter of worry. The government has not yet implemented a comprehensive plan and package for either rehabilitation of families from KNP or for providing them the basic amenities within the forest. The long pending demands have only gone in-vain, irrespective of the political party which is in power.

Endosulfan is yet another issue plaguing the residents of Kokkada, Patrame and Nidle villages. Over 200 endosulfan-affected families are demanding for a rehabilitation and compensation package based on the Kerala model.

Apart from it, there are problems pertaining to delay in title deed distribution, government land encroachment by rich class, interior road development, transportation etc.

Though people appreciate the work of Vasanth Bangera towards the development of the constituency, during his youthful days, the clouds of doubt cast over his capability now.
Bangera had defeated his brother with the highest margin of votes when compared to all other constituencies of the district, in the last assembly election. Though this time the curtains are down for politics between brothers, the decade old political rivalry between two families has revived, making one wonder where will it lead to.

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