Varanasi: At least twelve persons have been crushed to death and more than four dozen people have been injured as an under construction bridge collapsed near the Cantonment railway station here this evening.
The death toll is expected to rise.
Many cars and other vehicles were crushed when a pillar collapsed bringing down a huge girder. The knowledgeable are asking why the area had not been cordoned off to block the flow of traffic for ensuring human safety near the construction site. This is gross negligence and the culprits should be dealt with under the law.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the incident. He addressed party workers at the BJP headquarters here this evening on the violence and rigging of panchayat polls in Bengal, his party’s good performance in Karnataka elections and received a huge round of applause from his supporters after disaster had struck Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and Rs. 2 lakh for the critically injured.
Bengaluru: Post result developments in Karnataka have proved that any alliance is possible for power as in democracy number is the determining factor. JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda has accepted the offer of Congress and Kumaraswamy has staked his claim to form the next government. Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy gave a statement in this regard at a joint press conference here. Goa experiment has been now effectively used by Congress and JDS. Ball is in the court of the State Governor, who has also received the claim to form a government from senior BJP leader and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa. The voter is keeping his fingers crossed and looking towards the Rajbhawan.
Bengaluru: With electoral fortunes oscillating fast as counting of votes progressed, there was a ray of hope for the Congress when BJP tally got restricted to 106 – a handful short of a clear majority needed to form a Government, Congress leader Sonia took the lead this afternoon and spoke directly to Janata Dal (Secular) [JDS] leader HD Deve Gowda to explore the possibility of stitching an alliance to stake claim for forming the next Government in Karnataka.
Deve Gowda, on his part, summoned all his party leaders to discuss the future strategy.
BJP President, Amit Shah has to prove his post-election maneuvering skills once more now. In a similar situation during Bengaluru corporation election, Congress and JDS joined hands to keep the BJP away from power. Congress has offered the CM’s post to Kumaraswamy. Tremors can be felt in the BJP at this stage and the situation would be more clear about the emerging equations later this evening.
Party-wise result status
Bengaluru: The Karnataka electorate mandates BJP to pilot the State government engine for the next five years. Latest trend assures simple majority for the BJP. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah trails in both constituencies. Obviously, it is divisive politics that has caused Congress to bite dust and lose its base in a large number of constituencies it was representing in the Assembly till now. Yet, Congress may not learn a lesson. Yedyurappa will be the next Chief Minister.