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Congress woos marginalised sections The Tribune / January 15 2012
The Punjab Congress has come up with a manifesto which focuses on corruption-free governance, fiscal responsibility, welfare of marginalised sections and reforms in the education and health sectors. PCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh has promised the creation of an effective Lokayukta and a statutory vigilance commission. Other salient features are:

For weaker sections

l A dedicated Rs 100 crore venture capital fund to support enterprises by SC members

l Basic pension for senior citizens to be raised to Rs 400 per month, for widows Rs 500 per month and the physically challenged Rs 600 per month

l Marriage gift to grand-children of freedom fighters worth Rs 51,000

l Pension for freedom fighters at Rs 6,000 per month

l Life insurance cover

For women folk

l Every family to get Rs 15,000 on the birth of a girl-child birth and Rs 5,000 each on admission to Class I, Class VI, Class XI and Class XII

l Shagun scheme sum to be increased to Rs 31,000

For ex-servicemen

l Affairs of ex-servicemen to be directly under the CM

l No VAT on CSD items

l To pursue one rank, one pension demand with Centre

For citizens' safety

l To discard the practice of putting every police station under the local MLA

l It proposes one cyber police station per police zone and online system for complaints

l Promises to get 50,000 "false" cases against Congress workers investigated

Education

l 3 state-of-the-art senior secondary schools with modern infrastructure in each block

l Effective implementation of computer education

l Focus on improving English and maths skills among schoolchildren

l Online school education content in Punjabi

Health sector

l 3 new tertiary care hospitals besides five medical colleges and cancer hospitals

l Integrated health services from primary health centre to district and referral hospitals

l Full-time doctors and nurses at all primary health centres in rural areas

For the youth

l Employment department of to focus on jobs

l 100 skill development centres and free training for defence, police and security services

Agriculture

l Functioning of horticulture department to be monitored by a committee under CM

l Special nurseries for processing varieties of orange plants and free saplings to be given to small farmers

l 100 per cent subsidy on drip irrigation

l Three agro processing SEZs and agriculture technology information centre in each district

l An international dairy research institute besides 5 new dairy training centres

l A special revolving fund to encourage diversification

Industry

l An effective single-window clearance system

l A mega petro-chemical complex at Bathinda

Infrastructure

l Three inland container depots at Rajpura, Jalandhar and Amritsar.

l Rural roads to be widened to 18 ft

l Highways to be upgraded

l Transport policy of private bus operators to be reviewed
Hazare is a Hitler wearing Gandhi cap Times of India (Hubli Edition) / August 28 2011
Hazare is a Hitler wearing Gandhi cap, said BK Hariprasad, general secretary of the AICC,. Addressing press persons in kumta on Saturday he said people have doubts about the motive behind anna's agitation. Hariprasad was on his way to honnavar from Goa to participate in a program on former CM Late DevarajUrs, he said it is difficult to identify who is honest among the 120 crore people in India. P.M. Man Mohan Sign is hundred times cleaner than hazare, he said that Anna wants to bring politicians and officials within the ambit of the Jana Lokpal bill but is silent about NGO's and the corporate institutions which are leading in scams. This give rise to doubts about his intensions. He said some unemployed and retired persons have formed the self style Civil Society of Anna Hazare. In parliamentary system like India it is impossible to accept such dictation.
rajasthanpatrika.com / August 22 2011

B K Hariprasad: Baba Ramdev is dhongi and Anna Hazare panel corrupt cheatingindia.com / June 16 2011

After Digvijay Singh, it’s the turn of the General Secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) – B K Hariprasad to attack yoga guru Baba Ramdev. He has called him a most corrupt and dhongi (fake) baba. This senior Congress leader from Karnataka has not spared the members of civil society in Lokpal Bill drafting committee from his attack.

B K Hariprasad had participated in a mass health check-up programme that was organized by Sarvajanika Jagruthi Vedike, and while talking to the press he said that Baba Ramdev is corrupt and made huge money only by attracting people through his yoga training. The senior congress leader claimed that the yoga guru has support of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He added that since the yoga guru owned assets worth thousands of crores, it was natural to have serious suspicions. Backing the Union Government, the General Secretary of AICC said the government is taking measures for bringing back the black money from the foreign banks. He said that the yoga has political motives and deliberately continued his fast. Also, the Union government had explained him the measures adopted for curbing black money.

While talking about the anti-corruption campaign that is launched by Anna Hazare, B K Hariprasad said that he respects Anna Hazare; however, some of his members are corrupt. He claimed that the panel of the civil society representatives in the drafting committee is corrupt. He added that advocate and member of civil society Shantibhushan should disclose how he made assets worth thousands of crores. He also said that the Bhartiyta Janta Party had no moral right of initiating a campaign against corruption, as it turns blindfolded to corrupt leaders.

Regional parties in RS opposed President's Rule: Hariprasad The hindu / June 14 2011

The Hindu

BANGALORE: All India Congress Committee general secretary B.K. Hariprasad on Monday said the United Progressive Alliance Government could not impose President's Rule on Karnataka as it lacked support in the Rajya Sabha to get the passage of the order taking such an action.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Hariprasad alleged that the regional parties in the Upper House expressed their inability to support the Centre to impose President's Rule in the State dismissing the B.S. Yeddyurappa government that is facing serious charges of corruption, illegal mining and disqualification of MLAs.

He said that neither civil society members on the Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee or others could preach to the UPA or the Congress on curbing corruption.

At the same time, Bharatiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari and other leaders had no “moral right” to speak on the issue. He said that civil society members should express their views at the committee meeting and not indulge in politics as they are presently doing. While he had high regards for Anna Hazare, he had no respect for Baba Ramdev, who had done nothing to stop female infanticide in his native town of Rajasthan, he said.

Mr. Ramdev, he demanded, should disclose the source of his huge income.

"He is a 'dhongi (fake) baba'. Times of INDIA/June 12 2011

DEHRADUN: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday finally ended his nine-day fast against corruption and vowed to pursue his campaign. But the Congress still denounced him as a "fake baba".

Within hours of Ramdev sipping fruit juice at a hospital here on the frantic appeals of spiritual leaders like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Congress general secretary BK Hariprasad dubbed him a fraud.

"He is a 'dhongi (fake) baba'. He should tell people from where he got his Rs.1,100 crore," Hariprasad said in Bangalore, referring to the financial empires Ramdev reportedly presides over.

BJP leaders taken to task for graft tribuneindia.com/ May 27 2011

Haryana Congress Mahasammelan at panchkula
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 27
If the proceedings of the Haryana Congress Mahasammelan held here today on the occasion of the death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru are an indication, one can safely say that the brief for party leaders is clear - attack the BJP and don’t bother about regional parties.

Opening the attack on the BJP, AICC general secretary in charge of Haryana affairs BK Hari Prasad said while each and every Congress family had been associated with the freedom struggle, what to talk of BJP leaders, even their “ghar ka kuta” was nowhere near the country’s struggle for independence.

During its five-year rule, BJP leaders broke all records of corruption and even its national president was caught on camera while accepting bribe. It was for this reason that the people had started calling the BJP as the “Bhrashtachar Janata Party”. Even Anna Hazare had kept BJP men out of his team on the committee for drafting the Lokpal Bill.

The BJP Government set up a “Neelami Mantralya (Disinvestment Ministry)” under Arun Shourie to “fritter away assets created by Nehru under the public sector”. The ministry, he alleged, was nothing but an agency to get commissions.

Hari Prasad claimed that Congress President Sonia Gandhi was tough on corrupt leaders and did not hesitate in taking strong action against them. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was removed though he was not indicted by any court for corrupt practices. Similarly, action was taken against Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. Against this, the BJP did not act even when there was overwhelming evidence of corruption against its leaders.

He also alleged that while the UPA Government pumped huge money in the states for the welfare of people, the BJP-ruled states were not spending it on the stated purpose but were siphoning off the funds for personal benefits.

Warning his party men against airing their differences in the press, Hari Prasad said everything came to the knowledge of Sonia Gandhi within five minutes of occurrence.

Continuing the refrain set by the Central leader, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the BJP had been left without a leader after Atal Behari Vajpayee . He claimed that if the country was to be strengthened, the Congress must be strengthened first. He said his government had worked meticulously to ensure inclusive growth of the state.

However, he had a dig at Om Prakash Chautala, leader of the main opposition party in Haryana. Hooda said Chautala was in the habit of claiming that his party would oppose the UPA Government, forgetting that the INLD did not have even a single MP in the Lok Sabha.

Earlier, the mahasammelan adopted a political resolution moved by Ambala MLA Venod Sharma, highlighting various achievements of the UPA and Hooda Governments.

It also adopted an economic resolution moved by PWD Minister Randeep Surjewala, acknowledging that economic policies of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had saved the country from economic meltdown. 

Insurance scheme for traders sought tribuneindia.com/ May 23 2011

Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, May 23
The Agarwal Vaish Samaj (AVS), a prominent voluntary organisation of the Agarwal Vaish Community in Haryana, has sent a communication to BK Hari Prasad, AICC general secretary and in charge of the party affairs in Haryana, urging him to formulate a scheme regarding the insurance of traders and shopkeepers in the state on the pattern of the Uttarakhand government.

Copies of the communication have also been dispatched to Congress president Sonia Gandhi as well as Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Emphasising upon the urgency of introduction of the scheme for traders in Haryana, AVS chief Ashok Buwaniwala pointed out that a number of traders and shopkeepers lost their lives either in road accidents or at the hands of anti-social elements in the state in the recent years.

Simultaneously, stating that when members of the trading community spent their lifetime in filling up the state coffers with the revenue collected through tax on sold goods, Buwaniwala asked if it was not the responsibility of the ruling brass to provide such financial security to all these earning hands of the government and their dependants?

Giving out details of the scheme already introduced by the Uttaranchal government for the welfare of the trading community of the state, he said each one of the traders registered with the Trade (Sales) Tax Department of the state had been insured for Rs 5 lakh, whose premium was being paid by the Uttarakhand government.

Buwaniwala said the AVS wanted expeditious implementation of the scheme for traders and shopkeepers in the state. He also informed that a delegation of senior functionaries of the AVS would soon call on Bhupinder Singh Hooda with the request to do the needful speedily in Haryana as well.

bhaskar.com / 05 April 2011

‘Ignored’ Congress men speak out at party meet tribuneindia.com/ Apr 5 2011

‘Ignored’ Congress men speak out at party meet
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

The change of guard has brought about a change in the strategy of Haryana’s Congress unit, so it seems. If there is one phrase that sums up the proceedings of the state unit’s first general body meeting held today under its newly appointed party in charge BK Hariprasad, it is “guarded aggression.”

While the agony of the “ignored” Congress worker prominently figured in the speeches of Congress men, the divided Congress house agreed that there was an urgent need to strengthen the party. Member of Parliament Avtar Singh Badhana spoke first, inviting Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to hold party rallies in all 10 parliamentary segments. “There have been a number of rallies in the state of late. However, these have been more of government rallies and less of party rallies. Somehow, we are conveying the impression that the Chief Minister is single-handedly running the Congress show,” he said.

Finance Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav suggested that the process of appointing chairpersons of boards and cooperations should be hastened to “accommodate”committed party workers. He said senior party leaders should be co-opted in the AICC and Congress leaders and party workers in constituencies represented by non-Congress men should also be given their due.

Public Works (B and R) Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala was of the opinion that the district units as also the party workers’ network should be strengthened to facilitate better coordination between the government and the party. “There is a need for a channel to point out shortcoming so that these can be rectified,” he said. Excise and Taxation Minister Kiran Choudhry said it was important that the worker felt “happy and secure” if the party was to be strengthened, inviting a big round of applause from partymen. Karam Singh, president of the party’s unit at Indri, said the Chief Minister alone could not be expected to keep all the workers together, insisting that MLAs should also take the workers along. “We have seen that an MLA usually promotes his friends at the cost of loyal party workers,” he observed. “The Chief Minister gives nothing to anybody. So, we can’t ask him for anything,” he added, sending shock waves. This prompted Hooda to retort: “He’s a little confused. He wanted to say that I don’t keep anything with me. I give everything away.”

Cooperatives Minister HS Chatha gave a “certificate of credibility” to the Chief Minister as also himself, stating that neither had ever accepted a garland of currency notes. Hooda took on the dissidents, stating he knew exactly “how much Congress there is in every leader as also the leaders who are in the Congress”.

He said: “I have seen many a leaders go, float parties and return to the Congress fold,” he maintained, urging the workers to gear up for elections in Punjab. Hariprasad made it clear that he was not here to play politics but to convey the workers’ sentiments to the high command.

Chandigarh: General Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee and in charge of the Haryana state Affairs BK Hariprasad today said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was far better than his Gujarat counterpart Narender Modi. He was responding to a query at his first press conference as the Haryana Affairs in charge at the Haryana Congress state office here today.

He said Gujarat and Haryana could not be compared because Gujarat was among the leading state since its inception, while Haryana’s progress was recent. Hariprasad said the decision regarding the re-constitution of the state coordination committee would soon be taken in consultation with the Chief Minister and the Pradesh Congress Committee. He said as per the decision of the Burari conclave of the AICC, the state and district-level committees would be constituted for monitoring the working and implementation of the UPA and the state government flagship programmes.

He said “Jan Jagran Abhiyaan” would be launched in the state and Vidhan Sabha-level meetings would be organised in which Hooda and HPCC president Phool Chand Mullana would participate. — TNS

Churchill, Subhash meet Hariprasad TNN, Jan 20, 2011

PANAJI: PWD minister Churchill Alemao and president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Subhash Shirodkar called on AICC general secretary incharge of Goa desk B K Hariprasad and discussed the political situation in the state.

The meeting assumes significance as Hariprasad is scheduled to visit Goa and hold a general body meeting of the GPCC on January 21. The issue of the new presidentship of GPCC was also discussed and sources say Shirodkar is likely to be reappointed to the top post. Alemao said status quo would be maintained in the cabinet.

Cong to launch Jan Jagran programme in MP: Hariprasad 24dunia.com Jan 11 2011

Bhopal: Congress General Secretary and Madhya Pradesh In-charge B K Hariprasad today said the party will soon launch a Jan Jagran programme in the state to highlight the United Progressive Alliance's ''successes'' at the Centre.

''Besides, the party will also apprise people about Congress ideology and expose the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's propaganda about its achievements,'' he told reporters here.

A coordination committee will soon be constituted in Madhya Pradesh for strengthening the party, Mr Hariprasad said but did not elaborate about its composition.

To a query regarding appointment of the state unit's new president, he said, ''there is no confusion on appointing the head. Congress president Sonia Gandhi will take the final decision soon.'' About appointment of the Congress Legislature Party leader, he said that a consensus will be arrived at.

Denying state-level groupism, Mr Hariprasad said, ''the Congress is a major party and differences among leaders are nothing new. However, the party resolves all differences amicably. During the recent Plenary Session in New Delhi, Ms Gandhi directed parliamentarians and ministers to visit their states regularly and coordinate with local leaders.'' Expressing concern over farmers' suicides in Madhya Pradesh, he said, ''the situation is extremely alarming and the state Government is failing to fulfill electoral promises to peasants.''

“Praveen Togadia & Pramod Mutalik are Indian Osama Bin Laden”: B K Hariprasad, dakshintimes.com/January 4, 2011
Hariprasad

MANGALORE: “Hindutva has nothing more than political connotations for the BJP and its religious affiliates such as the VHP," said B K Hariprasad, AICC general secretary. He described VHP General Secretary Praveen Togadia and Sri Ram Sene leader Pramod Mutalik as Indian Osama Bin Laden.

While addressing the reporters on Saturday, he asserted that he would take 'political sanyas' if the BJP leaders could give the correct definition of 'Hindutva.' He stated that the 5,000-year-old Hindu religion does not require any saffron brigade to protect its faith, as the religion is all encompassing and there isn't any requirement for any keepers.

B K Hariprasad averred that BJP remembers the religion only during elections in any part of the country and Hindu Samajotsav is just another programme in this regard. Leaders such as Togadia and Muthalik have not done any good for the nation or the Indian society and culture so far and their deeds have always divided the Indian identity, he added.

While recalling the incident of former national President Bangaru Lakshman accepting bribe, he said that BJP ruled state Government is also on the top with corruption. A senior BJP leader, he said without naming Ananth Kumar, has the dubious distinction of propping up Neera Raadia, when he was in the Union civil aviation ministry. His track record on corruption is well known, Hariprasad added.

Announcement of MP Oppn leader shortly: Hariprasad news.webindia123.com/Wednesday, 01.12.2011

Bhopal: Congress General Secretary B K Hariprasad has said the party will shortly announce appointments to the posts of Congress's Madhya Pradesh unit President and the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly.

''The appointments will be made shortly keeping in view the state assembly polls scheduled after three years and to maintain regional balance,'' Mr Hariprasad, party in-charge Madhya Pradesh, told UNI here.

''Block-level party organisations in Congress party have an important role to play at ground-level. Keeping this in view, 95 per cent block presidents have been appointed,'' he said.

He said the party will soon launch a Jan Jagran programme in the state to expose the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's failures and anti-people policies to highlight the United Progressive Alliance's achievements at the Centre.

Asserting that groupism will find no place in the party following directions by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Mr Hariprasad said a state-level coordination committee will soon be constituted for establishing coordination between senior leaders and legislators.

Regarding delay in appointment to the post of new Congress Madhya Pradesh unit President and the Leader of Opposition, the Congress leader said deliberations had been held in this regard and the process was in final stages. He said the appointments to these posts as well as that of district units presidents will be made soon.

Speaking about upcoming Goa Assembly polls slated to take place after a gap of one-and-half years, Mr Hariprasad, who is also party in charge for Goa, said Goa Pradesh Congress Committee was scheduled to meet on January 21 to assess its preparations.

The Congress would enter into an alliance with Nationalist Congress Party for the Goa Assembly polls.

Admitting that the Congress had certain differences with the NCP due to coalition government in Goa, the Congress's Gujarat incharge said, ''the matter would be sorted out before elections.'' He said the Pradesh Congress Committee in Gujarat was scheduled to meet on January 17 to decide its future course.

Yeddyurappa funded Gadkari’s son’s wedding: Congress Gogian | Dec 31, 2010

NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary B K Hariprasad on Thursday alleged that Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had provided resources for BJP chief Nitin Gadkari’s son’s wedding party in Nagpur.

Responding to Gadkari’s interview to a newspaper in which he has virtually given a clean chit to Yeddyurappa, who is charged with nepotism in land allotment, Hariprasad said that corruption and nepotism have become the order of the day in Karnataka. “Morally, Gadkari is wrong. The entire resources for his son’s wedding came from illegal transactions of Yeddyurappa,” Hariprasad told reporters here.

In the interview, Gadkari had said what Yeddyurappa had done was “immoral but not illegal”.

Hariprasad, who hails from Karnataka, said that Yeddyurappa cannot be let off by merely returning the land that was “de-notified and given to his family.”

He said the state Lokayukta (ombudsman) was taking action against a large number of people for possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. “Can he (Lokayukta) let off these people if they return their assets?” he asked.

Gadkari's defence return gift to BSY: Congress TNN, Dec 31 2010

NEW DELHI: BJP president Nitin Gadkari's defence of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa that his decision to allot land to his relatives was immoral but not illegal has triggered strong reaction from Congress. It said the BJP chief's statement stemmed from favours he had received from the CM.

Gadkari, in a statement to reporters on Wednesday, presented strong defence of Yeddyurappa saying his predecessors had done the same on a bigger scale. He said while it was not right, it was within the rules. "It is immoral but not illegal," he said.

Reacting to the statement, AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad said, "The resources for the lavish wedding party of Gadkari's son in Nagpur came from the illegal acts of Yeddyurappa."

The Congress leader, who himself hails from Karnataka, said the CM had sponsored the wedding event which was huge affair. "Three ministers have resigned from the state ministry on corruption charges and son of a minister was in jail for 20 days after being caught on camera taking bribe. Is there nothing illegal about it," Hariprasad asked.

The statement may not go down well with the BJP chief who was earlier accused by Congressmen for having benami property in the controversial Adarsh Housing Society. The charge __ that his defence of Karnataka CM was a return gift __ may only rile him further.

Yeddyurappa funded Gadkari’s son’s wedding’ hindustantimes.com/December 31, 2010

In a personal attack on BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Congress general secretary BK Hariprasad on Thursday alleged that Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa had funded his son’s wedding bash in Nagpur recently. The attack came in response to Gadkari’s interview to HT in which he stated that Yeddyurappa’s allotment of land to his sons and other relatives was “immoral but not illegal”.

“Morally, Gadkari is wrong. The entire resources for his son’s wedding came from Yeddyurappa’s illegal transactions,” Hariprasad alleged.

The Nagpur extravaganza, he claimed, was “part of a deal” struck between Gadkari and Yeddyurappa. On his part, Gadkari has maintained that the de-notification of land done during Yeddyurappa’s tenure did “not amount to corruption but was only unethical”.

But Hariprasad questioned the chief minister’s move to return the de-notified land. “How could the Chief Minister be let off by merely returning the land that was de-notified and given to his family,” he said. The Lokayukta, Hariprasad said, has been taking action against a large number of people for possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. “Can he let off these people if they return their assets?” he asked. Citing Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde’s resignation — he later took it back following the intervention by senior BJP leader LK Advani — over the chief minister’s “refusal to act against his corrupt ministerial colleagues”, Hariprasad said corruption and nepotism have become the order of the day in Karnataka.

Yeddyurappa funded Gadkari’s son’s wedding’ indiantimes.com/December 31, 2010

NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary B K Hariprasad on Thursday alleged that Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had provided resources for BJP chief Nitin Gadkari's son's wedding party in Nagpur.

Responding to Gadkari's interview to a newspaper in which he has virtually given a clean chit to Yeddyurappa, who is charged with nepotism in land allotment, Hariprasad said that corruption and nepotism have become the order of the day in Karnataka.

"Morally, Gadkari is wrong. The entire resources for his son's wedding came from illegal transactions of Yeddyurappa," Hariprasad told reporters here.

In the interview, Gadkari had said what Yeddyurappa had done was "immoral but not illegal".

Hariprasad, who hails from Karnataka, said that Yeddyurappa cannot be let off by merely returning the land that was "de-notified and given to his family."

He said the state Lokayukta (ombudsman) was taking action against a large number of people for possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. "Can he (Lokayukta) let off these people if they return their assets?" he asked.

‘Panaji will re-elect me’ TNN, Dec 30, 2010

PANAJI: Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar who has won the Panaji seat four times in a row, said it doesn't matter who would be his opponent but he is sure that the electorate will re-elect him for the fifth time.

"I wish to make it clear once again that I will contest from Panaji and only from Panaji," he said when asked for his reaction to Taleigao MLA Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate's move to contest from the Panaji constituency.

"I don't want to comment on my opponent(s). Who will be on the other side is for the other political set up to decide," Parrikar said. "What I know for certain is that my voters will elect me again and I will win the seat. I's sure." He added, "I have no comments to offer (on who intends to contest)."

On Tuesday, Monserrate said he had informed AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad of his intention to shift from Taleigao to Panaji to wrest the seat for Congress.

Congress rejects Mickky's re-entry into cabinet indiatimes.com/Dec 28, 2010

PANAJI: After days of haggling and bowing to internal pressure from rebels, the Congress on Monday outrightly rejected the NCP demand to reinduct Benaulim MLA Francisco 'Mickky' Pacheco into the Digambar Kamat cabinet. AICC general secretary in charge of Goa desk B K Hariprasad said, "It would be problematic for the government considering the thin majority it has." NCP, however, has not given up its demand and still wants the former tourism minister back in the ministry.

Referring to the charges against Pacheco in connection with the death/suicide of Nadia Torrado, Hariprasad after a 90-minute meeting with PWD minister Churchill Alemao and nine other MLAs who had threat ened to topple the government if Pacheco was re-inducted said, "They are charges in connection with the death of a woman," adding that they are of a serious nature and Pacheco had not been cleared of them as yet.

Hariprasad Likens Togadia and Mutalik to Bin Laden mangalorean.com/Dec 26, 2010
Hariprasad

Mangalore: Comparing VHP leader Pravinbhai Togadia and Sri Ram Sene leader Pramod Mutalik to Osama bin Laden, AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad said here on Saturday that there was no difference between them. He was addressing a press conference in the district Congress office.

Hariprasad accused the BJP of trying to grab power by using the props of Hindutva and the people need to teach it a lesson. He further said that it was the very same party which in had nursed and nurtured persons like corporate lobbyist Nira Radia. The Rs 13,000-crore HUDCO scam included, the party was teeming with corruption and corrupt individuals.



Hariprasad Hariprasad

"Hindutva is only a political concept of the BJP. Even a senior leader Jaswant Singh had once admitted that in spite of having been in the BJP for so long, he had not come to know what Hindutva was. The Hindu faith has had a long history of 5,000 years and it did not need the BJP or a government run by it to protect it. The Hindu faith is strong by itself, The BJP resorts to Hindu Samajotsavas only when the elections approach, otherwise, it does not have concern for the Hindus until then," he said. He also threw a challenge that if anyone in the BJP could tell him the real meaning of Hindutva convincingly, he would retire from politics. He further charged the state BJP government with having lost all morality and being steeped in corruption and nepotism. Thus the dignity of the state had crashed, he added.

Hariprasad

Replying to a query on the BJP leaders' steady attacks on the office of the governor, Hariprasad said it was no surprise that those who did not have respect for the Constitution kept issuing statements of insults and insinuations about the governor, who had been functioning within the parameters of the law.

He also referred to BJP national president Nitin Gadkari's justification of land denotification by CM Yeddyurappa. The grandeur with which Gadkari's son's wedding was held in Nagpur recently led to a suspicion that large sums had flown from the state. Party leaders Sadashiva Ullal, P V Mohan, former mayor Shashidhar Hegde, T K Sudhir and others were present at the press conference.

Hinduism doesn’t need saffron organisations for its survival: B K Hariprasad coastaldigest.com/5 Feb 2011
Hariprasad

Mangalore, December 25: Terming ‘Hindutva’ a pure political concept generated to polarise Hindu votes, AICC General Secretary BK Hariprasad said that the people of the state have already understood the fake religiosity of Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Addressing media persons at Dakshina Kannada District Congress Office in the city on Saturday afternoon he said that the Hindutva slogans proclaimed by the leaders of BJP, RSS and other saffron organisations have nothing to do with true Hindu religion, which has a glorious history of over five thousand years.

“The Hindu dharma survived through the ages without the help of any saffron organisation. It doesn’t require any khaki knickers, brandish lathis or provocative slogans for its survival even today,” the Congress leader said.

Hariprasad

He also accused the ruling party of the state of hosting Hindu Samajotsavas during election times through its sister organisations in order to turn the public opinion towards Hindutva, thereby creating a Hindu vote bank.

“The state government has no other option but such foul tricks as its dark side has already been unveiled before over six crores of Kannadigas,” he said recalling the series of sex, land and other scandals reported in the past two and half years.

While criticising the hardline leaders of saffron groups, the Rajya Sabha member went on the compare Praveen Bhai Togadia and Pramod Mutalik to Osama Bin Laden.

When asked whether Congress, as an opposition party in the state, has any idea to thwart the bid of saffron party to come to power in the name of Dharma, Hariprasad said that Congress considers democracy as its supreme Dharma and Indian Constitution as its sacred book.

“We will struggle to defeat the illegal and illicit government of the state and to restore the real spirit of Democracy in Karnataka by using all the means but within the jurisdiction of constitution,” he added.

Hindu Activists are laden of Country: B K Hariprasad megamedianews.in/December 25th, 2010
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Mangalore : AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad said that Karnataka was said to be the model state and when the present Karnataka Government started to follow the rule of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar government, then it lost its image. Addressing the media persons at the press meet held at District Congress Office on December 25, Saturday, he said that the issues like Padmapriya case, Renukacharya and Hallappa case had made all the efforts to spoil the reputation of the state. No development has taken place in the state unless in corruption.

He also said that, BJP President Nitin Gadkari who said that CM’s denotification was given back is unethical, later was silent in the matter and supported his every move. Gadkari has made his son’s marriage grandly and when his house was raided huge amount of money was found, this show what made him to support CM in his denotification.

Lokayukta Justice Santhosh Hegde itself agreed that the entire minister in the BJP government are corrupt, hence he was made to resign from his post. It must be questioned whether Lokayukta will excuse the minister if they give back all the money gained through corruption, he said.

He informed that, the BJP has given various advertisements in the newspapers regarding the development schemes for farmers, but actually no development has taken place so far. The Hindu activists are holding Samajotsav during the election. This is not to show love towards the religion but for the sake of votes. The Hindu activists are Osama Bin Laden of the country.

Speaking about the JDS, he said that JDS leaders are good to gain publicity. Hindutva is made for political purpose and not for religious matter.

Rathwa as new CLP leader? indianexpress.com/Wed Oct 27 2010

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With Shaktisinh Gohil’s resignation having been accepted by the party high command, speculations are rife over as to who will be the next Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader.

Sources say former CLP leader Arjun Modhwadia and tribal leader Mohansinh Rathwa are the main contenders but since the former is also being considered to succeed Siddharth Patel as the state Congress president, Rathwa is likely to be appointed as CLP leader.

Patel too had quit following Congress’s humiliating performance in the panchayat polls.

Party sources say an aggressive leader like Modhwadia was needed to match Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The new appointments will likely take place soon after the AICC meeting in Delhi scheduled on November 2.

When contacted, Gohil confirmed his resignation had been accepted by state party in-charge B K Hariprasad. “It is now for party high command to decide about the next CLP leader,” he said, adding he was not in the race to become the state Congress president.

Cong changes tack, won’t push for Prez Rule deccanchronicle.com/October 13th, 2010

Changing its strategy on Karnataka crisis, the Congress on Tuesday hinted that the party was disinclined towards pressing for President’s Rule in the state and instead claimed that the BJP government would crumble under its own weight.

Most of the party leaders who were favouring Central rule in the state till Monday late evening after the controversial floor test in the Assembly on Monday have now decided to change their tune following governor H.R. Bhardwaj asking chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to go in for a second trust vote on October 14.

Claiming that any move to impose President’s Rule in the state would make Mr Yeddyurappa a “martyr”, senior leaders in the party, on the condition of anonymity, said the Congress would not like to be blamed for any toppling game. “This would give ammunition to BJP to browbeat us in the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. Why should we give them the opportunity, when we are sure that the BJP government will crumble under its own weight?” they said.

The top leadership of the party, which met on Monday to take stock of the Karnataka situation, weighed the option of invoking Article 356 in the state, but realised that the UPA did not have majority in the Rajya Sabha and the parties like the Left and DMK have reservations on the use of the constitutional provision, a senior leader informed.

Earlier in the morning, AICC general secretary in-charge for Karnataka Ghulam Nabi Azad and law minister M. Veerappa Moily met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to once again discuss the Karnataka issue.

External affairs minister S.M. Krishna, who is also a former chief minister of Karnataka, expressed his deep disappointment. “It is a blot on the face of Karnataka. I am deeply disappointed and pained,” he said.

Meanwhile, AICC general secretary B.K. Hariprasad, who is from Karnataka, even went to say that there was no possibility of the Congress forming any alternative government in alliance with Janata Dal (Secular) headed by H.D. Deve Gowda. Mr Gowda’s son and party MP H.D. Kumaraswamy has taken the lead in opposing the BJP government in the state.

“As far as an alliance with the JD(S) is concerned, no loyal Congressman will accept it. Congressmen will not like to align with any communal or casteist party,” Mr Hariprasad said.

Party spokesperson Mohan Prakash accused the BJP of attacking the governor unnecessarily to divert attention from the main issues.

Congress padayatra enters 8th day.AICC leader B. K. Hariprasad joined the padayatra Chitradurga, August 1, 2010

A file picture of Bangalore to Bellary Padayatra of Congress on NH 4 near Kuluvanahalli. Photo: Special Arrangement.

The 320-km ‘Bellary chalo padayatra’ undertaken by opposition Congress against the BJP government in Karnataka for its “failure” to check illegal mining entered the eight day on Saturday.

AICC leader B. K. Hariprasad and veteran B. Janardhana Poojary joined the padayatra that resumed its onward journey from Javalagondanahalli in Chitradurga district.

The padayatra continued to draw good support from locals, besides Congress workers from other parts joining it.

Partymen from Mangalore travelled to Chitradurga and became part of the protest today.

’Yakshagana’ (traditional art form of Karnataka) artistes’ performance not only enthralled those walking towards Bellary but added glitter to the yatra.

Congress leader Siddaramaiah, who is leading the padayatra, took a swipe at state Tourism Minister G. Janardhana Reddy, who had challenged him to contest from one of the Assembly constituencies of Bellary.

“Let BJP dissolve the State Assembly. I am ready to contest from Bellary (stronghold of Reddy brothers) itself,” he said.

Meanwhile, the padayatra by Health Minister B. Sreeramulu and Reddy brothers - Janardhana and Karunakara - to counter Congress’ entered the fourth day on Saturday.

Sreeramulu, along with Reddy brothers and BJP supporters, went on padayatra in Hospet.

They had set out from Chellagurki village on July 29 to garner public support on the issue and also for the mega rally planned in Bellary on August 20.

Cautious Cong treads easy on modi link to Shah case Hindustan Times New Delhi, July 30, 2010

The Congress is treading cautiously on the issue of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s name cropping up during the CBI’s interrogation of former minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, apprehending that any move to attack the BJP leader might “backfire”. “We want the law should take its own course. If we attack Modi now, it might backfire. One has to think twice before speaking against him as otherwise he might twist the situation to his advantage,” a senior party functionary said.

It fears the move could trigger violent protests in Gujarat and other BJP-ruled states. But at the same time the party doesn’t want to let go of the “political advantage”.

“We don’t want to give him the advantage.... The possibility of the CBI questioning Modi in the Sohrabuddin case is hanging like a sword of Damocles over him,” the leader said.

But the party also wants that the truth should come out “at all costs” and the guilty “whosoever it is” should be punished.

“India is not a banana republic. There should not be anarchy. Even the country’s first and biggest terrorist Nathuram Godse was given a fair trial and so was Ajmal Kasab.

Sohrabuddin too deserved a fair trial. He was in their custody and should have been interrogated to get vital information,” Congress general secretary in-charge of Gujarat BK Hariprasad said.

The government, however, chose not to comment on the issue. “The issue is distressing for any democracy. One should be extra cautious about what one does or says. It should be seen that we don't overstep the law of the land," Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.

Modi has no right to criticise CBI: Congress hindustantimes.com/July 24, 2010

The Congress on Saturday slammed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for criticising the CBI for its probe into the 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, saying he was attacking the Supreme Court by doing so. Congress general secretary B K Hariprasad said Modi has no right to criticise the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the probe into Sheikh's killing was held under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

"By attacking CBI, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is attacking the apex court. The CBI investigation is being monitored by the Supreme Court. And Modi is speaking against the Supreme Court," Hariprasad said.

Modi, before announcing the resignation of Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah's on Saturday, accused the Congress of "misusing" the CBI to "fabricate allegations" against his minister and also "conspiring" to hamper the development of Gujarat.

Shah is alleged to be involved in Sheikh's killing and has been summoned by the CBI.

Reacting to Modi's remark that the Congress has made Sheikh a national hero and tried to use this issue for the 2007 assembly elections, Hariprasad said "the Congress is not a party of sadists". He also called Modi a "champion" of dividing people.

"It is the Bharatiya Janata Party who divide the people for electoral purposes. Modi is a champion of dividing people for electoral purposes," Hariprasad, who is also the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge general secretary of Gujarat, said.

He added that the "law will take its own course."

The Congress also asked Shah to surrender before the CBI.

"He (Shah) needs to submit to the process of justice. He must set an example by surrendering," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told a television channel.

Sheikh was killed in an alleged gunfight with the police Nov 26, 2005 and police accused him of being a Lashkar-e-Taiba activist. They claimed he had come to Ahmedabad to target senior political leaders. His wife Kausar Bi went missing later.

The dead man's family alleged that Sheikh and his wife were abducted from a bus and then killed in cold blood near Ahmedabad.

Senior Cong leaders on fact-finding mission to Bundelkhand TNN, Jul 16, 2010

NEW DELHI: Congress will send two of its senior leaders to Madhya Pradesh on Friday to assess if there are irregularities in implementation of the Bundelkhand relief package. Congress MLAs from Bundelkhand region of MP had recently met Rahul Gandhi and complained about the implementation.

The AICC general secretary in-charge of Madhya Pradesh B K Hariprasad and PCC president Suresh Pachauri will visit the districts falling in MP to check the facts. They will submit a report to party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The Bundelkhand package was approved by the Centre following a concerted bid by Rahul, and it is applicable to 13 districts of the region across UP and MP.

A senior leader said there were reports of misuse of funds and the extent of the rot would be known after the visit to the region.

A dud for a deed Business Standard / New Delhi June 13, 2010

Congress General Secretary B K Hariprasad must have learnt the hard way that it’s very difficult to trust other politicians. During the first UPA regime, Hariprasad, a Rajya Sabha MP, got a call from H D Kumaraswamy, former chief minister of Karnataka and JD(S) leader, to help one of his friends. A film director close to Kumaraswamy had some problem with the environment ministry when he tried to get permission for film shooting. Hariprasad then met Namo Narayan Meena, who was minister of state for environment then, and sorted the issue. After a few months, when the time came for Hariprasad’s re-nomination to the Rajya Sabha, the JD(S) leadership preferred to back liquor baron Vijay Mallya and gave Hariprasad a cold shoulder. Hariprasad is now waiting for opportunity from some other state to return to the Rajya Sabha.

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FIVE WORKING PRESIDENTS FOR CONGRESS

Bhopal: Congress General Secretary and In-charge of the State B. K Hariprasad has appointed Working Presidents for the 5 districts. Dilip Mishra for Satna rural, Sumer Singh for Tribal areas of Alirajpur, Dhaneswar Singh Mandla for Ratlam Rural areas and Gokul Patel for Damoh rural areas have been appointed as working presidents. With these the [...]

ಬಿಎಸ್ಸೆನ್ನೆಲ್ ಐಟಿಐ ವಿಲೀನಗೊಳಿಸಿ Kannada Praba Aug 09, 2009
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No supporters now Business Standard / New Delhi June 23, 2009

During the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party spoke of Indira Gandhi’s bank nationalisation and Jawaharlal Nehru’s decision to set up public sector units (PSUs) — both these decisions were touted as the reason why India escaped the worst of the global meltdown. But at the party’s pre-Budget meeting with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, only one leader spoke of the need to strengthen the public sector. B K Hariprasad, a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka and a general secretary of the party, appealed to the finance minister to use the money received from disinvestment to strengthen other ailing PSUs.

B K Hariprasad trashes Priyanka’s claim on Rahul becoming PM centralindianews.com | 14 April 2009

Madhya Pradesh Coorespondent:

All India Congress Committee General Secretary B K Hariprasad, on Monday, ruled out any possibility of change of Prime Ministerial candidate and said that Dr Manmohan Singh would continue to be the Prime Minister for full five years if Congress win the Lok Sabha polls.

Replying to a query about Priyanka Vadra’s recent statement on Rahul Gandhi being qualified to become Prime Minister, Hariprasad said that the Congress had already projected Manmohan Singh as its Prime Ministerial candidate and he will be the same in all circumstances.

Talking to reporters here, he said that the AICC Chairperson Sonia Gandhi is kick-starting her election campaigning in Madhya Pradesh from Mandla on April 14 where she would address an election rally.

He further informed that Sonia Gandhi would also visit MP in second and third phases of election campaigning. Besides, he said, Dr Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders would also address public meetings in the State. When asked why Manmohan Singh is not in the election fray, he said that it is the party which fight elections and Singh is representing entire Congress party thus fighting on all 543 Lok Sabha seats in the country.

To a query about party’s stand in Rajkumar Patel’s matter, whose nomination papers were rejected from Vidisha Lok Sabha seat, Hariprasad said that the Election Commission had rejected the nomination of Congress candidate Patel on technical grounds. He further said that a panel of AICC observers, state and district representatives have been probing into the matter. The party will act according to the report presented by the panel, he added.

The AICC General Secretary warned of strict disciplinary action against Congress leaders, who have left their constituencies to campaign in favour of their dear leaders.

ಐಐಎಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಮೈಸೂರು ಲ್ಯಾಂಪ್ಸ್ ಜಾಗ ಕೊಡಿ Kannada Praba Aug 09, 2009
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Prithviraj Chauhan timescontent.com/May 1, 2008

(L - R) AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, Prithviraj Chauhan displays the party manifesto with committee chairman C K Jaffer Sharief, KPCC president Mallikarjun Kharge, former chief minister N Dharam Singh and AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad during the release function of the manifesto of the Indian National Congress, in Bangalore on May 1, 2008.

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AICC promotes Hariprasad hindu.com/Jan 07, 2006
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Bangalore: It is a windfall for Karnataka in the reconstitution of the Congress Working Committee and appointment of new AICC (All-India Congress Committee) general secretaries announced by Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Friday.

Member of the Rajya Sabha B.K. Hariprasad, one of the secretaries to the AICC, has been promoted as General Secretary. Former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily and former Railway Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief will be permanent invitees to the Congress Working Committee (CWC). Former Minister G. Parameshwara will be a special invitee to the CWC. Margaret Alva has retained her position as AICC General Secretary. The other permanent invitee to the CWC from the State is Union Minister of State for Statistics Oscar Fernandes. K.B. Krishnamurthy, member of the Rajya Sabha, is being continued as one of the secretaries of the AICC. A.K. Antony will continue as the AICC General Secretary in charge of the State. Irshad Baig makes way for Praveen Davar as AICC Secretary for the State.