BJP MP Tejasvi Surya has criticized the Opposition alliance, calling it a "snake and mongoose coming together." He accused the alliance of engaging in anti-Hindu politics and openly speaking against Sanatan culture and Dharma. Surya's comments came in response to DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin's remarks about eradicating Sanatan Dharma. The remarks have sparked a political controversy, with leaders from rival parties taking shots at each other.
Pressure is mounting on the government of Karnataka to release the findings of its caste survey, known as the 'caste census', following the Bihar government's release of its own survey. The findings of the Karnataka survey, which was commissioned in 2015, have not been made public, with some analysts claiming that the results do not align with the traditional perception of caste strength in the state. Political parties have been blaming each other for not accepting the survey and making it public.
Karnataka Police have revealed they are in constant contact with Delhi Police regarding the recent arrest of three suspected Islamic State (IS) terrorists. The Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested the suspects, who were part of a module disguised as IS members but sponsored by Pakistan's ISI. Initial investigations suggest the arrested individuals conducted surveillance in Western Ghats, southern India, including Hubbali, Dharwad, and Ahmedabad, to establish hideouts. The suspects have been sent to 14 days of police custody.
Heavy rains in Kerala have caused flooding and led to the closure of educational institutions. Relief camps have been set up in affected areas, providing shelter to around 246 people. The India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for several districts in the state, predicting heavy rainfall. No major casualties have been reported so far, but incidents of trees being uprooted and walls collapsing have been recorded. The Disaster Management Authority has advised people in high ranges to remain vigilant.
Amid criticism within the JD(S) over forming an alliance with the BJP in Karnataka, senior leader H D Kumaraswamy said that the party has unanimously given its approval to the decision. Kumaraswamy held a meeting with party leaders at his Bidadi farmhouse, where he stated that the alliance was being done in the state's interest and not for power. He also appealed to the Muslim community not to listen to the "false propaganda" of the Congress against his party. Several Muslim leaders of the JD(S) have resigned in protest against the alliance.
A 28-year-old woman was found dead with a gunshot wound in Uttar Pradesh, with her family accusing her in-laws of killing her. The woman's body was discovered in her bed with an illegal firearm in the room. The family initially reported the death as a suicide and did not inform the police for about an hour. A probe is ongoing.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries. He praised Gandhi as a role model and said that his model of development is still relevant today. He also spoke highly of Shastri, calling him an exemplary leader. Siddaramaiah participated in a program organized at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office in Bengaluru to commemorate Gandhi's 154th birth anniversary.
Former chief minister Basavaraj Bommai has accused Deputy Chief Minister and Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar of misleading the public about the inflow of water in the Cauvery river. Bommai stated that Shivakumar had claimed there was heavy inflow, but the authorities reported only around 2,000 cusecs of water. He also criticized Shivakumar for prioritizing Brand Bangalore over saving Cauvery water for the city. Bommai called for the implementation of a distress formula to address the water problem. He also criticized the Congress government for failing to maintain law and order in the wake of the recent stone-pelting incidents in Shivamogga and Kolar.
Congress leader Zameer Ahmed Khan has claimed that many Janata Dal-Secular (JD(S)) leaders who are dissatisfied with the BJP-JD(S) alliance are in touch with the Congress party. He stated that these leaders will be inducted into the Congress party during a mega convention to be held in Bengaluru. Khan also criticized JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, accusing him of hating the Muslim community. He questioned why JD(S) leader BM Farooq was not appointed as a minister despite three vacancies in the state cabinet. Khan also highlighted the BJP's treatment of the Muslim community.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka has accused the Congress government of failing to maintain law and order following a stone-pelting incident in the district headquarters town of Shivamogga. The BJP leaders say that adequate measures were not taken to prevent the incident during an Eid Milad procession, while recent Ganesh visarjan processions took place peacefully. The leaders also criticized the government for failing to control illegal activities and alleged terror activities in Shivamogga. The situation is now under control, according to police.
Over 40 people have been arrested in connection with a stone-pelting incident during a religious event in Shivamogga, Karnataka. The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, stated that his government will not tolerate such incidents and will take action against those involved. The situation in Shivamogga is now peaceful and under control, with the police taking necessary measures to maintain peace. The Home Minister of Karnataka, G Parameshwara, described the stone pelting as a minor incident and stated that the police have arrested the suspects and taken them into custody.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna has called for all four riparian states to discuss and create a distress formula to end the Cauvery river water sharing dispute. Krishna praised the state government for its stance on the issue and advised them to continue seeking advice from former Chief Justice of India M N Venkatachalaiah and other senior judges. The veteran leader also commented on the BJP-JD(S) alliance, stating that he is not in politics and therefore his opinion is irrelevant.
Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan has called for Western Uttar Pradesh to become a separate state, with Meerut as its capital. Balyan made the statement at the International Jat Parliament, where public representatives from the Jat community gathered to discuss various demands, including the creation of a separate state and the installation of a memorial for Maharaja Surajmal. Balyan also expressed his support for reservation for the Jat community.
A man in Uttar Pradesh, India, died from his injuries after allegedly being attacked by his neighbors for confronting them about harassing his daughter. The incident occurred when the daughter saw men taking her pictures and making inappropriate comments from a neighboring house. The man sent his son to investigate, but instead of apologizing, the neighbors attacked the family with lathis and sticks. One person has been arrested, and a search is ongoing for the other two suspects.
British MP Virendra Sharma has sent a postcard to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, praising the state's "changed perception" and congratulating him on his achievements. Sharma also received a graphic novel as a gift from author Shantanu Gupta, who discussed the development of Uttar Pradesh at the House of Commons. Gupta highlighted the state's improved ranking in ease of doing business and implementation of central government schemes, as well as its infrastructure and law and order situation. The author also shared anecdotes from his conversations with Adityanath's father.