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House Dissolved

President Pratibha Patil has dissolved the State Legislative Assembly.

The three advisors to Governor Rameshwar Thakur are likely to assume charge on November 29.
S Krishna Kumar, P P Prabhu (both retired IAS officers) and P K H Tharakan (retired IPS officer) have been appointed as the three advisors.

Poll Dates
The polls are likely to be held during the last week of April or first week of May next year. The sources said that there was no difficulty in holding elections in the last week of April or first week of May. The pre-university examinations would be over by March-end and that of the SSLC by April 6, and teachers and buildings would be available for election work. There would also be no rain.

Electoral Lists
Sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said that fresh electoral lists would be out on January 1, 2008. There were 4,28,31,482 voters as on January 1, 2007, and the number may increase by three per cent by January next.

They would be continuously updated and the names of eligible persons added to the lists, if necessary. There were 3,85,86,418 voters in the 2004 elections.

The eligible persons could apply for adding their names in the voters’ list with the tahsildars in rural areas and assistant revenue officers of the BBMP, who are also called assistant electoral registration officers.

Sources: DH, The Hindu

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PB Mahishi might go

Change Of The State’s Chief Secretary?
Guv contemplating shifting the incumbent chief secretary P B Mahishi.

While the Governor is said to have discussed the issue with key people during his three-day visit to Delhi from November 26 to 28, the issue may have come up during a lunch that the Governor had with cabinet secretary K M Chandrashekar on Tuesday.

While it is not known what reasons the new regime will cite if Mahishi is shifted, the fact that he was appointed by the regime headed by H D Kumaraswamy and his closeness to the H D Deve Gowda family may prove to be his undoing.

These sources told Deccan Herald that the Congress-led UPA coalition at the Centre would not like any shadow of the Gowda family on the new administration.

Before becoming chief secretary, Mahishi was secretary, PWD, a department for which another Gowda son, H D Revanna was the minister.

While he was appointed as chief secretary, the 1972-batch officer, Mahishi had superseded five others but it is not known whom the new administration would prefer if he is to be changed. These five officers are either retired now or on deputation to the Centre, unwilling to get back to the state. Mahishi, who took over on January 1, 2007, has about a year more to go for retirement.

Mahishi came under attack from his fellow IAS officer M N Vijay Kumar who was transferred six times within a span of six months between September 2006 and February 2007 by the state executive headed by Mahishi. Some of the postings lasted only three days.

The only time in the recent history when the incumbent chief secretary was removed in Karnataka took place during the tenure of S Bangarappa as chief minister of the State when S Shankaranarayanan was shifted to bring in N K Prabhakara Rao.

Some Other Goings On
** A day after the dissolution Guv on Thursday assumed the reins of administration in the state which is under the President's rule.
** Guv met the three advisors.
** S Krishnakumar and PP Prabhu took charge on Thursday.
** PKH Tharakan,to take charge on Dec 5.
** First cabinet meeting tomorrow.

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Janata Darshan & Polls

Janata Darshan & Polls Governor Rameshwar Thakur will hold Janata Darshan every Saturday, at the Banquet Hall in Vidhana Soudha, to redress the grievances of the people. The Janata Darshan will commence at noon every Saturday, and the Governor will be assisted by his three advisers Briefing reporters fter presiding over the first Executive Committee meeting, Mr Thakur said that medical relief had been provided to 381 people at the Janata Darshans he when the state was under the first spell of President’s rule in October this year. Advisers S Krishnakumar and P P Prabhu were also present. Mr Thakur said 523 people had sought financial help for medical treatment, and after processing applications; 381 of them had been granted relief and cheques issued to beneficiaries. A total of 112 applications had been withheld for want of documents, 16 were rejected for doubtful claims, and 14 were found to have already claimed relief from the government. A total of Rs 17.25 lakh has been provided as relief, he said. Rolls revision Mr Thakur said the State Election Commission would undertake revision of electoral rolls with January 1 2008 as the cut-off date, and complete the exercise by January end. The Executive Committee also decided to extend the tenure of Third State Finance Commission up to June 30, 2008. Mr Thakur said that principal secretaries of all departments have been directed to submit progress reports and targets achieved till November this year. comment guidelines

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