Bengaluru, Aug 5: The Congress in Karnataka came down heavily on the ruling BJP alleging flaws in the reservation of municipal wards ahead of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections.

Congress state president D K Shivakumar on Friday charged that the reservation of wards should have been done according to the population.

"However, the BJP government in Karnataka carried out the exercise in a way that the Congress should not win the BBMP election. The party threw social justice to the wind and released the list of reservation of wards," Shivakumar said in a statement.

He was referring to the Karnataka government releasing the list of reservation of wards through a gazette notification on Wednesday.

"The BJP government has cheated the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Castes and women. The BJP is synonymous with cheating," the Congress state president alleged.

Shivakumar warned that his party will take up a legal fight against it.

The Karnataka government recently increased the number of municipal wards in Bengaluru from the existing 198 to 243.

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Bengaluru, Aug 8: Some students who passed the Pre-University Course (PUC) in 2020-21 but are also writing the Common Entrance Test (CET) in 2022, have approached the High Court.

These students have challenged an alleged note of the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) not considering the 2020-21 marks for entrance to professional courses in 2022.

"The marks of students who have passed out in 2021 will not be computed for the purpose of giving ranking in the CET and only the marks obtained in the CET will be taken into consideration for the purpose of granting rankings," the petition cites a KEA note.

A single-judge bench of SR Krishna Kumar heard the petition on Monday.

The Additional Advocate General, Dhyan Chinnappa, informed the High Court, which was hearing the petition, that the counselling of students for admission to professional courses is yet to commence.

The AAG informed the court that the counselling will not commence till the HC hears the petition after which the case was adjourned to August 18.

The petition was filed by Keerthana Y H and a dozen other students.

"Qualifying examination marks are usually higher in the nature of the examinations and the CET markings are usually lower. By excluding the qualifying examination marks, and by taking the CET marks alone for half the proportion would completely disturb the merit matrix of every student," the petition claims.