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Chamundeshwari Vardhanti Mahotsava Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, her son Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and his wife Trishikha Kumari Wadiyar seen pulling the palanquin carrying the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari to mark Chamundeshwari Vardhanti Mahotsava atop Chamundi Hill this morning. Picture right shows Police Band leading the procession.

Mysuru, July 26 - Despite the ongoing strike by KSRTC with no city buses in service, thousands of devotees thronged Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Hill here this morning to have darshan of the deity on the occasion of Chamundeshwari Vardhanti Mahotsava (birthday of the Goddess).

The District Administration had deployed about 25 private buses to ferry people from Lalitha Mahal Helipad to hill-top right from 6 am. A fare of Rs. 15 per person was charged for a one-way trip and all the buses were found jam-packed with twice its capacity. Many people were seen taking the steps to reach the hill-top.

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     Feature Article  

By K.J.S. George

Political law-breaking of a kind never seen in India before was seen in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh recently.

Rioting of a kind never witnessed in Kashmir before is wrecking that State now. These disturbing elements have one common cause: The BJP's haste in wanting to bring every inch of the country under its uncontested hegemony. Democracy has its ways and means, its checks and balances. But strategists of the ruling dispensation are too impatient to tolerate them. Control of power in the centre emboldens them to flout Constitutional obligations with abandon.

Capturing the few States under Congress rule has been a priority for BJP strategists. If they were sensible enough to bide their time, the Congress itself would have obliged them. In Kerala, for example, it was Congressmen who destroyed Congress hopes of victory. In Karnataka, the Congress is doing everything it can to consummate its demise. Similar Congressisms would have given the BJP a walkover in Uttarakhand and other States as well.

But they couldn't wait. So they engineered dissensions. When nine Uttarakhand Congressmen went public with their rebellion, the obliging Union Government declared that the Harish Rawat Government had lost its majority and imposed President's Rule. This was just a day before Rawat was to take a trust vote in the Assembly. When the Supreme Court ruled that the Chief Minister must be given his chance to prove his majority on the floor of the House, the Central Government was forced to withdraw President's Rule. The exuberance of the Congress' jubilation equalled the intensity of the BJP's humiliation.

More ignominious was the BJP's setback in Arunachal Pradesh. It again took advantage of the fact that MLAs are a purchasable commodity in many parts of the country. With some early trading done, Governor Rajkhowa abandoned all Constitutional caution and advanced a session of the State Assembly by nearly a month. This led to shamef...more

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