LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE AIADMK NAMES JAYALALITHAA PERMANENT GENERAL SECRETARY Sasikala out, nephew vows revenge Panel with EPS, OPS to steer party; DMK seeks floor test ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, SEPTEMBER 12 WITH ITS government in Tamil Nadu still short of the 117-mark to establish a majority in the state Assembly, the united AIADMK on Tuesday moved to consolidate its position by sacking its jailed interim general secretary V K Sasikala from the top post. At a general council meeting, the ruling group, headed by Chief Minister E Palaniswami AIADMK leaders in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, announced that the late J Jayalalithaa would be the party’s permanent general secretary. The meeting, headed by the AIADMK’s presidium chairman E Madhusoodanan, also cancelled all appointments and decisions taken by Sasikala as party chief between December 30, 2016, and February 15, 2017, including the appointment of her nephew T T V Dinakaran as deputy general secretary. Besides, a resolution read out CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 To open coal mining sector, Govt set to auction 10 mines DEEPAK PATEL NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 12 BREAKING THE 41-year-old stranglehold of state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL), the government has decided to offer 10 mines for auction as a first step in opening up India’s commercial mining market for coal. This comes seven months after the Centre had an- 19 N.E.W.S. BULLET TRAIN ROUTE, MOSTLY OVERHEAD nounced that the coal mining sector would be opened for commercial mining in 2017-18. Four coal mines from Odisha are likely to be auctioned in the first phase — Chendipada, Chendipada-II, Mahanadi and Machhakata; four coal mines from Chhattisgarh — Shankarpur Bhatgaon II Extension, Durgapur II/Taraimar, Durgapur II/Sariya, Madanpur (North) — Shah summoned as defence witness in 2002 riots case SATISH JHA AHMEDABAD, SEPTEMBER 12 A DESIGNATED court Tuesday summoned BJP president Amit Shah as a defence witness in a 2002 post-Godhra riots case in which former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani is an accused. Shah has been directed to appear in the Ahmedabad court on and one each from Madhya Pradesh (Dongri Tal-II) and Jharkhand (Mednirai). “The Centre is yet to decide the timeline to auction these ten coal mines,” sources said. While coal mines such as Chendipada and Machhakata have fairly high estimated extractable reserves of 1244.37 million tonnes (MT) and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT Has been asked to appear on Sept 18. September 18 to depose in the Naroda Gam case in which 11 Muslims were killed on February 28, 2002, a day after the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● MODI, ABE TO VISIT MUGHAL ERA MOSQUE, P 4 In Chennai churn, Kamal Haasan set to launch party ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, SEPTEMBER 12 A STATE where film actors have stolen the show in mainstream politics over the last five decades, from M G Ramachandran to J Jayalalithaa and Vijayakanth, may soon witness a new star entry — Kamal Haasan. With the political situation in 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Eyes local body polls first Tamil Nadu in a state of flux, sources close to Haasan told The Indian Express that the veteran CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The guest lecturer Rahul Gandhi seemed the troubled student of Cong, not its next leader Agenda for Raksha Mantri First, we need to create a sub-cadre within IAS, trained in management of national security issues BY ARUN PRAKASH Roads decked up, cameras in place for Abe visit today SHUBHAJIT ROY AHMEDABAD, SEPTEMBER 12 EXACTLY THREE years ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had flown down to Kyoto, one of Japan’s historic cities, and welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi in what was his first bilateral visit outside India’s immediate neighbourhood within four months of assuming office. Now, Modi will be returning the favour and welcoming Abe in poll-bound Gujarat on Wednesday. He is likely to go to the airport to receive him — a departure from protocol he has made only for a handful of leaders, including US President Barack Obama. Sources said Modi would then take Abe on a “massive roadshow” — from the airport to Sabarmati Ashram, possibly in an “open-top limousine” — with people cheering for them. There are plans of having schoolchildren lined up on the route, along with tableaux of 28 states. The road from the airport to the city has been dotted with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rahul admits to Cong failure and arrogance EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 12 OVER THREE years after his party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi admitted on Tuesday that a “certain amount of arrogance” had crept into the party midway through UPA II, and it had stopped having “conversations with people”. Responding CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Confession of a failed dynast, says Irani EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 12 CALLING CONGRESS vice-president Rahul Gandhi a “failed dynast”, the BJP on Tuesday said his statement that arrogance had crept into his party during UPA II was a “big political confession”. “A failed dynast today chose to speak about his political journey in the United States of America. As a karyakarta of the BJP, it was fascinating for me to watch the vice-president of the Congress party publicly proclaim that under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, the Congress became arrogant. The confession... is something for the Congress to delve into,” said Union Information and Broadcasting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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