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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Political support poured in on Wednesday for ex-servicemen demanding the implementation of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme, even as the BJP sent party leader Vijay Goel to assure the veterans on their demand.

While Anna Hazare said he would arrive at Jantar Mantar to join the ex-servicemen’s protest on July 26, Trinamool Congress and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) too voiced their support for the veterans, protesting here since June 14.

Goel met the agitating ex-servicemen on Wednesday – the 32nd day of their protest – and assured them that the central government was working towards implementing the scheme.

The ex-servicemen have been resorting to a relay hunger strike since June 15.

“I met the ex-servicemen today on the OROP issue. Many of them have faith that the Modi government will implement it, but they are questioning why it has been delayed,” Goel said in a tweet.

Maj. Gen Satbir Singh (retd), chairman of the Indian ex-Servicemen Movement, told IANS that Goel assured them that OROP will be implemented.

“He assured that the prime minister will give us the OROP. We told him the delay is not acceptable; it should have happened long back,” Singh told IANS.

“We conveyed that if the implementation (of OROP) is announced, we will end the agitation. If there is further delay, we will like to know what is the reason for the delay,” he said.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien met the protesting veterans on Wednesday and conveyed the support of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for their cause.

United Front of Ex-Servicemen Morcha (UFESM) spokesperson Col. Anil Kaul (retd) told IANS they also got a letter of support from CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

“We have urged them (political leaders) to raise the issue in parliament,” Singh told IANS.

The ex-servicemen are demanding that the government give them a definite date for OROP implementation and that the nature of the scheme should not be changed.

Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the pay commission recommendations in force at the time of their retirement.

This leads to a difference in pension for officers of the same rank who retire on different dates.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Karnataka Polls: BJP On The Way to Win, Congress May Get Hard Defeat

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

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A state of 60 million people, Karnataka is home to the Information Technology hub of Benguluru and was ruled by the BJP once before.
Congress may have to taste defeat in Karnataka, VOA

The BJP was on Tuesday set to return to power in its southern bastion Karnataka as its candidates crossed the half-way mark in vote count, stunning and ousting the ruling Congress and leaving the JD-S at the third spot.

Noisy celebrations broke out in party offices in Bengaluru, New Delhi and across Karnataka as Bharatiya Janata Party nominees were on the victory lap in 118 of the 222 constituencies which voted on Saturday.

This was a dramatic jump from the 40 seats the BJP won five years ago.

The Congress, desperate to retain power in the state amid shrinking appeal nationally, suffered major blows and was ahead only in 62 seats, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah trailing in both the constituencies he contested: Badami and Chamundeshwari.

The Congress leader was way behind G.T Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal-Secular in Chamundeshwari, Election Commission officials said. And after leading initially, Siddaramaiah fell behind B.R. Sriramulu of the BJP in Badami.

In contrast, the BJP’s Chief Ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of his Congress rival by more than 11,000 votes in Shikaripura.

Energy Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar said that the numbers indicated that his party was on the way out after five years in power.

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

The BJP was overjoyed. “We are in a jubilant mood because we have crossed the half-way mark. We are confident of winning,” spokesman S. Shantharam told IANS.

BJP activists and leaders celebrated noisily in both Bengaluru and New Delhi, waving party flags and shouting slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their main vote-getter, and party President Amit Shah.

There were also celebrations outside the residence of Yeddyurappa, who has been Chief Minister earlier too.

Of the 2,654 candidates in the fray for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, at least 883 are crorepatis and 645 have criminal cases against them, said two watchdogs after analysing their affidavits filed with the Election Commission (EC).
Karnataka Polls counting suggests big win for BJP, wikimedia commons

The Janata Dal-Secular of former Prime Minister H.D. Dewe Gowda, which has been expected to play the role of a kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly, was leading in 40 seats — the same number it won five years ago.

As the vote count progressed, BJP leaders became assertive, saying they were confident of taking power again in Karnataka while Congress leaders began to speak about the possibility of an alliance with the JD-S.

BJP leader and Union Minister Sadanand Gowda said that there was no question of any alliance.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of Karnataka, met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Analysts said the BJP was leading in Lingayat dominated seats and the JD-S in Vokkaliga dominated areas.

Expectations of a BJP victory in Karnataka lifted the key Indian equity indices during the mid-morning trade session on Tuesday.

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According to market observers, broadly subdued Asian indices and disappointing macro-economic inflation data points released on Monday capped some gains.

Sector-wise, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, capital goods, metals, consumer durables and automobile stocks.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 35,993.53 points and a low of 35,498.83 points during the intra-day trade. (IANS)

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