TheIndian EXPRESS LATECITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ‘To defeat BJP’, BSP to support SP in UP bypolls DAY AFTER NE RESULTS BJP takes Meghalaya too, ropes in allies, numbers to pip Cong to post SEEMA CHISHTI & SARAH HAFEEZ With 2 of own, stakes claim with 34 MLAs; Conrad Sangma will be CM NEW DELHI, VARANASI, MARCH 4 MANOJ C G SHILLONG, MARCH 4 In new NCERT textbooks for Class VII, Maharana Pratap, more Shivaji RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 4 THE NATIONAL Council of Educational Research and Training(NCERT)hasintroduced material on Rajput king Maharana Pratap and added more information on Maratha rulerChattrapatiShivajiinitsclass VIIHistorytextbook,‘OurPast-II’, The Indian Express has learnt. The previous version of the textbook was criticised by Shiv Sena and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), which is based in Maharashtra, for allegedly glorifying Mughal emperors and ignoring Hindu kings. The changes are part of the textbook review — the first since 2007 — undertaken last year by the NCERT, an autonomous organisation that advises the HRD Ministry on school education. When contacted Sunday, NCERT director Hrishikesh Senapatysaidhewasoutoftown and could not comment on the changes without seeing the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MARKING A slip again between the cup and the lip for the Congress, the BJP on Saturday managed to deny the party, which emerged as the single largest party in Meghalaya, a shot at power. Led by Conrad Sangma’s Nationalist People’s Party (NPP), the BJP, with two MLAs, brought together regional parties UDP, HSPDP and the PDF and met the governor to stake claim to form the next government, claiming the support of 34 MLAs in the 60-member House. NPP chief and Lok Sabha MP Conrad Sangma will be the chief minister of the alliance. Allitsconstituents, including the BJP, would be a part of the newgovernment.Theswearingin is scheduled for 10.30 am on March 6. It was a Super Sunday in Shillongasparleysthatbeganon Saturday night, hours after the 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Conrad with family. File photo counting got over, continued through the day. The Congress’s nemesis again turned out to be HimantaBiswaSarma,whoheld negotiations with Conrad and UDP chief Donkupar Roy to clinch the deal. By Sunday evening,MLAsandleadersof the NPP,BJP,UDP,PDF,HSPDPandan Independent MLA had jointly met Governor Ganga Prasad and staked claim. While the NPP has 19 MLAs, the UDP (United Democratic Party) has six, the HSPDP (Hill StatePeople’sDemocraticParty) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Why this win is historic for BJP BY RAM MADHAV BJP CM probable Biplab Deb at a victory march in Agartala on Sunday. Abhishek Saha Ally IPFT pricks BJP’s Tripura celebrations, demands tribal CM ESHA ROY AGARTALA, MARCH 4 BARELY 24 hours after the Tripura results were declared, giving the BJP-IPFT alliance a thumping majority in the state, there were first signs of a fissure. The BJP’s tribal ally, the IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura), demanded that the next Chief Minister of the state should be a tribal. The demand came even as Tripura BJP chief Biplab Deb, A CPM office in Khowai allegedly ‘seized’ by BJP CPM CLAIMS ATTACKS; MORE REPORTS, P5 Nagaland: Ex-CM stakes claim, incumbent hangs on DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, MARCH 4 IN A stalemate familiar to Nagaland politics, a former chief minister has staked claim to form the government, while the incumbenthasrefusedtoresign. In a meeting Sunday with Governor P B Acharya, NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio claimed the support of 32 MLAs in a 60member House. However, Chief Minister T R Zeliang, whose NPF emerged as the single largest partywith26seatsintheassemblypollresultsSaturday,islearnt to be hoping that the BJP, with whichhehadanallianceuntilrecently, may side with him. On paper, the NDPP-BJP alliance has the numbers with the NDPP winning 18 seats, the BJP 12.Thisalliancealsohasthesupport of an independent and the lone JD(U) MLA. While the results had first given the NDPP 17 seats and the NPF 27, Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha confirmed Sunday thattheECIhaddirectedto“cancel the wrong result in favour of ShriNRZeliangduetowrongtabulation”. He said Namri Nchang ofNDPPhadwontheTeningconstituency seat by 168 votes. On Sunday morning, Rio met Acharya along with BJP general secretaryRamMadhav.Intheafternoon, in what was thought wouldbeameetingtotenderhis resignation, Chief Minister Zeliang met the Governor to stake his claim. The Governor has given both sides 48 hours to prove on paper that they have the numbers. CentraltotheNPF’shopesare two aspects: stability of the government in Manipur, and the strength of the government in Nagaland. Sebastian Zumvu, senior leader of the NPF, said, “It is very CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 touted to be the next CM, took out a massive victory road show through his Assembly constituency Banamalipur, accompanied by his wife and thousands of supporters. IPFTpresidentNCDebbarma madethedemandforatribalCM at a meeting at the press conference, which was reportedly called without the knowledgeof its ally. Debbarma said, “The outcome of the elections, the thumping majority that the BJP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE BSP has lent support to bitter rival Samajwadi Party to defeat the BJP in the coming bypolls to two crucial Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, in a move that the SP called the beginning of “a larger Bahujan secular alliance”. The announcement, made via Twitter by SP spokesperson Pankhuri Pathak, came a day after results were announced to the three Assembly elections in the Northeast, further establishing the BJP as a force that the Opposition has few answers to. The bypolls will be held on March 11 at Phulpur and Gorakhpur, both high-stakes BJP seats. While Gorakhpur is the traditional constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Phulpur has been vacated by Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. PREETI DAS AHMEDABAD, MARCH 4 FOR JHANAK Meelapir, a 22year-old primary school teacher, the “most exciting thing” about her new role is that she will get to wear sports shoes with her salwar kameez. “If I find anyone teasing girls in my village, I can chase them,” she says. Jhanak is one of 1,041 women from villages surrounding Ahmedabad and Surat who have been undergoing training on gender issues, self-defence and basic police work since November at the rural police got more votes in four of its five Assembly segments than BJP Phulpur: SP, BSP got more votes in four of its five Assembly segments than BJP 2014LOKSABHAPOLLS GORAKHPUR: BJP vote share 51.80%; SP+BSP 38.60% PHULPUR: BJP vote share 52.43%; SP+BSP 37.38% In her tweet Sunday morning, SP spokesperson Pathak said, “BSP to Support @samajwadiparty in the LS By-Polls in Phulpur & Gorakhpur. Much CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BHIWADI, MARCH 4 A JATAV mahapanchayat held here on Sunday, drawing people from 18 villages near the AlwarHaryana border, threatened to cut off association with upper castes over the killing of a 16year-old boy on Holi. Addressing the assembly of more than 300 people, former BSP leader Omprakash Jatav said, “Till how long will we tolerate this? Pagdi unke bandhte ho, samman unka karte ho, sab chodh do (You tie the turban of upper caste people, give them respect, stop doing all this).” Jatav is the state secretary of the Ambedkar Mission Sanstha, which is active in the Bhiwadi area. Dharamveer Jatav, whose At a training session in Markaba, Ahmedabad. Javed Raja For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com GORAKHPUR: SP, BSP DEEP MUKHERJEE THESE VOLUNTEERS WILL HELP GUJARAT POLICE BATTLE CRIME EVERY MONDAY 2017 ASSEMBLY POLLS Bhiwadi mahapanchayat warns upper castes over Dalit teenager’s death ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TRACKING CHANGE» THE SEAT ARITHMETIC headquarters. By the end of this month, they will take charge as Mahila Police Volunteers (MPV), marking a first in the state and acting as a bridge between victims of crimes against women in their villagesandpolice,ensuringthat cases are reported and lodged. “Theytaughtusaboutunderstanding the issues that women face and how to deal with them. A lot of it is new to me,” says Jhanak, a graduate in Gujarati and the “onlyeducated woman” from Yubapur village in Dhandhuka teshil, over 100 km from Ahmedabad city. This month also marks the completion of a year since the MPV project was launched by Gujarat’s departments of Home, and Women and Child Welfare (WCWD). “We identified areas to launchtheinitiativeandselected one woman from every village in those areas after inviting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur At the home of Neeraj Jatav Sunday. Deep Mukherjee wife is a Congress councillor from Bhiwadi’s Ward 31, said, “It was decided at the mahapanchayat that if, even for a moment,wefeeltheadministration is not supporting us and there are efforts to shield the accused, we will take to the streets as part of a Jan Andolan.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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