In a significant development, The Karnataka government on Tuesday made an important change to its list of people chosen for the Vidhan Parishad. They decided not to include Congress Leader Mansoor Ali Khan’s name on the list. This change has given an advantage to Umashree, who used to be a Minister and is now a politician after being an actor.
According to some sources, the party had officially approved the MLC nominations of MR Seetharam, Mansoor Ali Khan, and former IRS officer Sudham Das. These nominations have been put forward to be appointed by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, in replacement of the expiring terms of Mohan Kumar Kondajji, PR Ramesh, and CM Lingappa.
Notably, Siddaramaiah’s efforts have led to the inclusion of Umashree, a former minister, in place of Mansoor, who is the son of senior leader K Rahman Khan, on the list of nominations.
The party’s Muslim leaders had anticipated securing one MLC position as a token of appreciation for the substantial support the community extended to the party during the May 10 Assembly elections. Expressing their sentiments, a Muslim leader stated, “We were promised an MLC position. Now, there’s a growing sense that the community’s contribution is being overlooked.”
During the Assembly election, the Congress had nominated 15 Muslim candidates, with nine emerging victorious. Similarly, in the 2018 Assembly election, the Congress had fielded 17 Muslim candidates, out of which seven emerged as winners.
The leader highlighted, “Historically, Muslims have held three positions in the Cabinet. However, this time, we’ve been allotted only two positions (Zameer Ahmed Khan and Rahim Khan). We also requested for a Muslim candidate to be appointed as the Bengaluru police commissioner.”
Highlighting their concerns, Muslim leaders have drawn attention to the absence of representation from their community in the recent June elections that saw the selection of Jagadish Shettar, NS Boseraju, and Thippannappa Kamaknoor for the upper house.
Expressing their viewpoint, a Muslim MLA stated, “It’s not solely about Mansoor Ali Khan. We desired to see a Muslim individual appointed as an MLC.” This sentiment has led them to face a wait until the following year when eight MLC seats will become available.
Seeking to address this issue, Housing Minister BZ Zameer Ahmed, CM’s Political Secretary Naseer Ahmed, and Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad engaged in discussions with Siddaramaiah on Friday. In response, Siddaramaiah reportedly informed them of his commitment to offer Umashree an MLC position. The Muslim delegation further advocated for the elevation of Muslim officers by granting them favorable postings, urging Siddaramaiah to prioritize this aspect.
In response to emerging allegations of alleged illicit money laundering linked to M.R. Seetharam, the Governor has taken a proactive step by instructing the Chief Secretary to the Government to provide additional information. This move aims to address the concerns surrounding M.R. Seetharam’s involvement.
As a result of this directive, the Chief Secretary has arranged a meeting with the Governor, scheduled for Wednesday. During this meeting, the Chief Secretary will present a comprehensive explanation of M.R. Seetharam’s background and current standing about the allegations. This proactive approach underscores the commitment to transparency and accountability in the nomination process.