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Govt accepts Manje Gowda's resignation

The state government on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Karnataka State Government Employees' Association president B P Manje Gowda.

Gowda, who was serving as a senior inspector of motor vehicles in the Transport department, had resigned from his post on November 3, 2017. He is likely to be the Congress candidate from Holenarasipura constituency in Hassan district.

Though the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms and the Finance Department had approved his resignation, the Department of Law had raised objections stating that Gowda could not be relieved, owing to a Lokayukta enquiry initiated in 2007.

Amit Shah to tour three districts

BJP National president Amit Shah will be campaigning in Dharwad, Gadag and Belagavi districts on April 12 and 13.

He is scheduled to arrive in Hubballi on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, he will be visiting Siddaruda Mutt and later take part in the valedictory of the party's 'Mushti Akki Abhiyana' in Gadag. He is scheduled to address a rally in Hubballi the same day.

He will stage a dharna in front of the office of Dharwad deputy commissioner against impasse in Parliament.

On Friday, he is scheduled to visit Sangolli Rayanna memorial at Nandagad and later take part in a roadshow and a women's convention in Belagavi.

Ramesh likely to contest as JD(S) candidate

Disgruntled BJP leader N R Ramesh is planning to contest the polls on the JD(S) ticket from Chickpet constituency in Bengaluru. The JD(S) is said to have offered Ramesh the ticket.

Ramesh had rebelled against the party for denying him the ticket from Chickpet.

JD(S) to rely on Mayawati's charm to woo Dalits

The JD(S), which has entered into a pre-poll alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), is keen to launch BSP chief Mayawati's election campaign in Chamundeshwari constituency.

JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda, who has taken it upon himself to ensure Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's defeat in Chamundeshwari, is of the belief that Mayawati's presence in the constituency will help attract Dalit and minority votes, which is crucial for the Congress.

Winning Chamundeshwari has become a matter of prestige for both Siddaramaiah and the JD(S) leadership, which has decided to field G T Deve Gowda to take on the chief minister.

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