BBC News – India Karnataka: Modi ally resigns in regional crisis

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered a setback after the chief minister of the southern state of Karnataka resigned minutes before a vote of confidence in the assembly.

Bengaluru – Karnataka – India, 19 May 2018. B S Yeddyurappa said he could not get the numbers to secure a majority.

A coalition government will take over and replace the chief minister, who has held office for less than three days.

The Supreme Court ordered the vote when the opposition Congress complained the BJP lacked the necessary support.

The BJP won 104 of the 222 seats in recently concluded state polls, but fell short of a majority by eight seats.

The Congress emerged as the second largest party and declared an alliance with a regional party, Janata Dal (S), which won enough seats to give their coalition a majority in the new assembly.

But the governor, Vajubhai Vala, invited the BJP to form the government and even allowed their candidate, BS Yeddyurappa, to be sworn in as chief minister.

His controversial decision had led to a major standoff, with many calling it a violation of the constitution.

Opposition parties challenged his decision in the Supreme Court, which ruled that the BJP had until 1600 (1030 GMT) on Saturday to win over eight members from the opposition alliance to form the government.

Analysts believe losing Karnataka would have been a major blow for Congress which rules only three of India’s 29 states. The BJP and its allies are in power in 21. – Punjab government annuls FIR registered against Sarbat Khalsa organizers

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Amritsar – Panjab – India, 20 May 2018. On the recommendation of Justice Ranjit Singh led Investigation Commission, the Congress led Punjab government has annulled the FIR registered against organizers of ‘Sarbat Khalsa-2015’.

Notably, the Amritsar police had registered an FIR against around 20 Sikh leaders indicting all of them under sedition charges on November 10, 2015.

The District Police of Amritsar has submitted a detailed report in Court about cancelling this FIR against Sikh leaders.

Warmly welcoming the move, the SAD (Amritsar) president Sardar Simranjit Singh Mann has conferred the credit of this FIR cancellation to Justice Ranjit Singh.

The Sikh congregation named ‘Sarbat Khalsa-2015’ organized at village Chabba (situated on the outskirts of Amritsar Sahib) on November 10, 2015 had witnessed a record gathering of Sikhs. This Sikh congregation had annulled the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars while appointing Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara as new Akal Takht Jathedar.

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Outlook India – NDA government has almost done away with blacklist of overseas Sikhs: Ram Madhav

Washington DC, USA, 21 May 2018. The NDA government has almost done away with the “blacklist” of overseas Sikhs which denied them an Indian visa, a senior BJP leader told Sikh community members in Washington on Monday.

The blacklisted NRI Sikhs are barred from travelling to India due to their alleged ties with Khalistan movement in the 80s and 90s. The list was prepared at different levels by the security agencies.

The names in the list, and denial of India visas to them, of late, has been one of the main reasons of discontent among the Sikh communities in the US.

“We have almost done away with the most inhuman black list, which used to deny the community their right to visit India, the right to visit Harmandr sahib, right to meet with their relatives, near and dear ones,” BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told a congregation of Sikhs at one of the oldest Gurdwaras of Maryland in a suburb of Washington DC.

“The (black) list has been almost completely removed. Only a few individuals remain (on the list). Those names will also go,” he said.

Early this year, several Sikh Gurdwaras in the US had announced that they would not let any Indian government official to address their congregation. A large number of Gurdwaras had later denied such a move.

Madhav said the the government has approached the Supreme Court to cancel anticipatory bails of those who had led the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, that took the lives of more than 3,000 people, so that they can be put behind the bars, he said.

Madhav also addressed a gathering of Indian Americans where he said the BJP wants to be ruling in all the 29 states of India.

“We narrowly missed the 22nd State. It should rightfully belong to us. People voted for Mukti from Congress,” he said and alleged that the Congress-brand politics has made a “back-door entry” to power in Karnataka, even after it lost the recently concluded Assembly elections.

“They have managed to try and enter from the backdoor. Congress is the party of the past. It is (now) ready to be a second fiddle to a local party. They are happy, as long as they are able to keep BJP out (of power) for at least three months.

BJP is the present of India and BJP is going to be the future of India,” Madhav said at the New India event organised by Overseas Friends of BJP to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the NDA government.

He said that the government has decided not to have security operations during the month of Ramadan in Jammu and Kashmir.

But this does not mean that the security forces would be siting ducks for anybody to come and attack.

“If any attack happened, it would be retaliated with full force,” said the BJP leader who is party’s in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir.

Dawn – Road to Jati Umra: Nawaz Sharif skips NAB hearing

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 21 May 2018. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday did not appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Lahore, in “illegal” construction of a road leading to his residence in Jati Umra, Raiwind.

Earlier, the bureau had sent the PML-N supreme leader a notice asking him to appear before its combined investigation team on April 21, but he could not appear before it as he was in London to inquire after his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz.

“The NAB had issued Nawaz Sharif a notice to appear on May 20 (Sunday) for his own convenience as he usually has to appear before an accountability court in Islamabad during working days”, a source told Dawn. He said Mr Sharif neither appeared before the NAB at Thokar Niaz Baig office nor sent his legal counsel.

In the notice to Sharif, NAB said: “Investigation has revealed that you (Nawaz Sharif) being then prime minister illegally convened a meeting on March 15, 1998 regarding construction of the road from Adda Plot to Sundar Mull by utilising funds of Zila Council Lahore for your personal benefit”.

It asked him to explain his position regarding his “illegal direction” to the authorities concerned to enhance the width of the road from 20 feet to 24 feet for his “personal benefit” which resulted in cost escalation.

“It has also been revealed that you exercised the authority which was not vested with you by passing illegal directions on the project funded by the Zila Council Lahore”.

The notice further says: “Being then prime minister you misused your authority by way of initiating the project for your personal benefit in connivance with your brother Shahbaz Sharif who was then the chief minister of Punjab.

Because of your illegal direction the Zila Council Lahore had to drop various other projects of public welfare at the cost of the said project in connivance with Shahbaz Sharif”.

The source further said the NAB would decide whether to issue another notice to Mr Sharif or file a reference in this case in the accountability court.

Earlier, the NAB executive board had approved the filing a reference against Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and others involved in this road project case.

Mr Sharif, his sons Hassan and Hussain, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar are already facing trial in three corruption references filed against them by NAB.