Dr. Batra’s extends its footprints in Bengaluru

The world’s largest homeopathic healthcare corporate launches its 66th clinic in the world, its 8th clinic in Bengalaru

After the successful launch of its new, international homeopathic clinics in Muscat, Dubai and London, Dr. Batras’ Positive Health Clinic Pvt. Ltd., the world’s largest homeopathic healthcare corporate, expanded its presence in the West of India with its 66th clinic in the world and the 8th clinic in Bengaluru. The new clinic showcases the corporate’s vision of reaching out to the length and breadth of the country and bringing branded homeopathic healthcare solutions to the discerning consumer.

As a part of their expansion plans, Dr. Batra’s will be opening new clinics, this year, in places like Mysore, Coorg, Goa, Jammu, Jodhpur, Pondicherry, Nasik, Bhubaneshwar, Patna, Nagpur etc., aside from the metros/major cities such as Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi.


Virajpet town panchayat president resigns

President of the Virajpet town panchayat Kanti Belliappa has tendered her resignation on Saturday as the Opposition members in the panchayat were preparing to move a no-confidence motion against her.

In a dramatic development that unfolded on September 26, 2009, as many as 12 members of the panchayat had ‘passed’ a ‘no-confidence’ motion against Ms. Belliappa, and ‘installed’ B.K. Chandru, the current vice-president as the president of the panchayat. Of the total 16 members in the panchayat, 12 members from the BJP, Congress and the JD (S) attended the meeting to oust Ms. Belliappa from her position in her absence. But Ms. Belliappa had refused to resign and the matter was taken to the court.

Ms. Belliappa said on Saturday that she was tendering her resignation as soon as the in-charge chief officer of the panchayat Nagaratna started reading out the no-confidence motion being passed against her. She submitted her resignation to Ms. Nagaratna and walked out of the meeting hall.

Eleven members of the total 16 voted for the no-confidence motion. Interestingly, A.H. Vishwanath, MP, who was present, also supported the no-confidence motion by raising his hand, taking the total votes against Ms. Bellliappa to 12.

The panchayat members who voted against her were vice-president B.K. Chandru, M.K. Poovaiah, Satish and Tara (all Congress), Zareena Noor, Maria Sequeira, Moinuddin and Mateen (JD-S), Independent member Kausar and two BJP members – Katti Poonacha and B.A. Kumar.

Those who did not support the no-confidence motion were besides Ms. Belliappa herself, Kootanda Suresh, Umavathi and Savita. Congress member Madan Mandanna was absent.

BJP members Mr. Poonacha and Mr. Kumar defied the ‘whip’ issued by the BJP to vote against Ms. Belliappa. She had won from the JD (S) and later joined the BJP.

On hearing the news of Ms. Belliappa’s resignation, members of the Congress and certain others owing allegiance to a particular organisation celebrated by bursting firecrackers outside the town hall.

Reacting later, Ms. Belliappa said political power was not permanent as winning and losing always was part of political game. She would accept defeat and success equally. She considered failure as the stepping stone for success. Ms. Belliappa clarified that she had resigned on her own and not under any pressure.

-The Hindu

T John wins Council polls

Former Minister T John won the MLC polls to local bodies constituencies in Kodagu by defeating BJP’s S G Medappa with a margin of 278 votes. 

T John being taken out in a procession after the declaration of the MLC election results.  dh photo

In fact, Kodagu was considered as BJP’s forte. However, the internal squabble which broke out soon after giving ticket to S G Medappa helped in the victory of Congress-JD(S) candidate. Of 1,374 votes, John could secure as many as  795 votes. S G Medappa could get 517 while independent candidate Kudiyara Muthappa could fetch only 10 votes.

About 52 were found invalid. From the beginning of the counting, T John was ahead of BJP candidate. S G Medappa had defeated Congress candidate Mittu Changappa in MLC by election held one year ago. However, this time, S G Medappa could not fetch expected votes. The internal squabble had not subsided. Owing to the direction of party High Commanad BJP rebel candidates had withdrawn their nominations. However, they did not work for the victory of their candidate.

In the first round, Congress could get 114 (BJP—77), second round—Cong- 106, BJP- 83, third round—Cong-131, BJP-64, fourth round—Congress-120, BJP-69, fifth round—Congress 108, BJP-82, sixth round—Congress-124, BJP-72, seventh round—Congress-92, BJP-70.

”We had pinned lot of hopes in Kodagu and Chikmagalur districts. We should have won in these two districts. Forget about the rest,” this was the first reaction of CM B S Yeddyurappa on television, after the council results were out.

Devt of Kodagu

Speaking to presspersons, T John said that he will work for the development of Kodagu.

He said: “I will make a honest attempt for the development of Kodagu. Congress-JD(S) leaders and workers have worked for my victory.”
To a query on allegations that Congress won due to money power, he said “there is no need to heed to such allegations. As we were into alliance with JD(S), I had expected my victory from the beginning.”

As soon as the results were announced, Congress-JD(S) party workers started celebrating by shouting slogans and took out a procession in the mainstreets. They even burst crackers during the procession and observed Vijayotsava.

Former minister M M Nanaiah, Suma Vasanth, Mittu Changappa, Veena Acchaiah, K P Chnadrakala, T P Ramesh and others were present.


Three in fray for Council poll from Kodagu

Three candidates are in the fray for the election to the Legislative Council from Kodagu.

Eight candidates had filed their nomination papers and five of them withdrew their papers on Friday, the last day for withdrawal.

Those contesting are T. John from the Congress, S.G. Medappa from the Bharatiya Janata Party and Kudiyara Muthappa, independent candidate.

M.P. Shuja Kushalappa, C.P. Gopal and G.L. Nagaraj of the Bharatiya Janata Party and H.S. Ashok and S.P. Mahadevappa, independents, withdrew their nomination papers on Friday. It is said that M.P. Appachu Ranjan, Madikeri MLA; M.P. Sunil Subramani, president of the Kodagu Bharatiya Janata Party unit, and Ravi Kushalappa, general secretary of the district unit, have convinced Mr. Kushalappa to refrain from contesting in the election in interests of the party and the decision of the party leadership.

Mr. Kushalappa said on Thursday that he would not withdraw from the contest.

 -The Hindu

BJP members unhappy over confusion created by rebels

Madikeri: Office-bearers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the Chettalli local committee in Somwarpet taluk on Friday threatened to “vote for a candidate of their choice” in the coming election to the Legislative Council from Kodagu following confusion in the party ranks over filing of nomination papers by the “rebels” in the party.

President of the Chettalli local committee Ballaranda Mani Uthappa told presspersons here that if the party leaders in Kodagu did not mend ways and show unity, the committee would have its own way. “All leaders of the BJP have committed mistakes,” he said.

His observations came in the wake of three “rebels” from the party filing nomination papers. Mr. Uthappa said that if anyone had the right to contest the election, they should be from the gram panchayat.

There were more than 1,233 members in 98 gram panchayats. Whereas none of the aspirants represented any local body in the district, he said. Mr. Uthappa, who also heads the Chettalli Janapara Horata Samiti, urged the BJP leaders to take the voters into confidence to ensure the victory of the party candidate. Carson Kalappa and M. Nanaiah, members of the committee, were present.

 -The Hindu

MLC polls: 8 papers are in order

The nomination files were scruitinised on Wednesday. Those who are in fray are Cong-JD(S) candidate T John, BJP candidate S G Medappa, rebel candidates Suja Kushalappa, C P Gopal, G L Nagaraj, S P Mahadevappa and independent candidates H S Ashok and Kudiyara Muthappa.

Friday is the last date for the withdrawl of the nomination. It is said that BJP leaders are pressurising MLA Appacchuranjan’s brother Suja Kushalappa to withdraw the nomination. However, Kushalappa had clarified that he will not bow to the pressure from the party high command and withdraw the nominations.

MLC S G Medappa said that he had not entered into an agreement to leave the MLA post to others in the election. However, Suja Kushalappa said “Medappa had agreed to give the seat to me. If there was no agreement on this, let him make a swearing on Goddess Cauvery.”

According to sources in BJP, neglecting two MLAs while giving ticket to S G Medappa has given rise to rebel candidates in the party. In fact, BJP President M P Sunil Subramani’s name was in the list till BJP announced its list. In fact, an influential Minister had assured him of a ticket and asked him to carry out the campaign. Even when District unit President was in Bangalore, without consulting him, Medappa’s name was included in the probable candidates list which has led to dissidence in the party, said a leader on condition of anonymity to Deccan Herald. 

It was said that State President Sadananda Gowda, Shobha Karandlaje, Minister R Ashok played a vital role in giving ticket to Medappa.  If rebel candidates fail to withdraw their nominations, then BJP candidate S G Medappa has to fight the election alone. BJP district President Sunil Subramani, MLA M P Appacchuranjan, Assembly in-charge Speaker K G Bopaiah have remained away from the candidate. Will the rebel candidates withdraw their nominations? It will be known on Friday.


John, Medappa file nomination papers

Congress candidate T. John and S.G. Medappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party filed their nomination papers on Tuesday for the election to the Legislative Council from Kodagu constituency.

Janata Dal (S) leader M.C. Nanaiah, MLC, said the tie-up between the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) would pave the way for a new political development in the State soon. Replying to a question on several candidates filing nomination papers from the BJP, Mr. Nanaiah said if the BJP split in Kodagu and other parts of the State, it would be a boon to the people, who were frustrated by its “misrule”. KPCC general secretary Mittu Chengappa and Janata Dal (S) district unit office-bearers were present.

Addressing presspersons after filing his nomination papers, Mr. Medappa ruled out differences of opinion among the BJP leadership in Kodagu over his candidature. Asked why several other BJP workers, including Shuja Kushalappa, brother of Madikeri MLA, M.P. Appachu Ranjan, had filed nomination papers, Mr. Medappa said aspiring for the party ticket was common in a democracy.

He said that he enjoyed the support of Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly K.G. Bopaiah and Mr. Ranjan, apart from the electorate. However, the absence of Mr. Bopaiah, Mr. Ranjan and Sunil Subramani, brother of Mr. Ranjan, who tried for the party ticket, was conspicuous. He had served the zilla panchayat and as an MLC for 14 months. This would stand him in good stead to work for the development of the local bodies, especially the gram panchayats.

G.L. Nagaraj (BJP worker) and Kudiyara Muthappa too filed their papers on Tuesday. In all, eight candidates have filed 12 sets of nomination papers. S.P. Mahadevappa and H.S. Ashok, independents, have filed three sets of papers each, while Mr. John, Mr. Medappa, Mr. Shuja Kushalappa, C.P. Gopal, Mr. Nagaraj and Mr. Muthappa have filed one set each.

 -The Hindu