TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `4.00 ● MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAY AFTER NE RESULTS BJP takes Meghalaya too, ropes in allies, numbers to pip Cong to post With 2 of own, stakes claim with 34 MLAs; Conrad Sangma will be CM SHILLONG, MARCH 4 UTTAR PRADESH ● CONG SHOULD ASSESS RAHUL, BJP WON 5 STATES SINCE HIS ELEVATION: ADITYANATH P3 Karti brought to Mumbai for questioning with Indrani 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE NPP’s Conrad to be sworn in on March 6. 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 State People’s Democratic Party) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Why this win is historic for BJP BY RAM MADHAV BJP CM probable Biplab Deb takes out a victory march in Agartala on Sunday. Abhishek Saha Ally IPFT pricks BJP celebrations in Tripura, raises demand for 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, At the IPFT office in Agartala on Sunday. Abhishek Saha CPM CLAIMS ATTACKS; MORE REPORTS, P 4 Nagaland: Ex-CM stakes claim, incumbent hangs on DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, MARCH 4 Karti outside Byculla Jail on Sunday. Ganesh Shirsekar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MARCH 4 THECBIonSundaybroughtKarti Chidambaram,thesonof former Union minister P Chidambaram, to Byculla Jail in South Mumbai toquestionhimtherefacetoface with Indrani Mukerjea, in connection with alleged charges of corruption in an INX Media deal. Karti, who is under arrest, was flown to Mumbai early on Sunday from Delhi and taken directly to Byculla Jail, escorted by half-a-dozen CBI officials. SourcessaidthatMukerjea,who is charged in a separate case of murder of her daughter Sheena Bora and lodged in the women’s prison at Byculla, was taken to a separate room, where the two were questioned together for over four hours, from 11 am to 3.20 pm. Sources said that Karti was confrontedwithMukerjea’sconfessional statement in the INX Media case. He was arrested following her statement to the CBI, recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC, alleging that as Union Finance Minister, P Chidambaram had asked her andherhusbandPeterMukerjea to help his son’s business. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 party with 26 seats in the Assembly poll results Saturday, islearnttobehopingthattheBJP, with which he had an alliance untilrecently,maysidewithhim. On paper, the NDPP-BJP alliancehasthenumbers,withthe NDPP winning 18 seats, the BJP 12.Thisalliancealsohasthesupport of an Independent and the lone JD(U) MLA. While the results had first THE SEAT ARITHMETIC SEEMA CHISHTI & SARAH HAFEEZ NEW DELHI, VARANASI, MARCH 4 MANOJ C G 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 National 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. All its constituents, 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 ‘To defeat BJP’, BSP to support SP in UP bypolls 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 of the NDPP had won the Tening constituency 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 governmentinManipur,andthe strength of the government in Nagaland. Sebastian Zumvu, senior leader of the NPF, said, “It is very toutedtobethenextCM,tookout a victory road show through his Assembly constituency, BanamalipurinAgartala,accompaniedbyhiswifeandthousands of supporters. IPFTpresidentNCDebbarma madethedemandforatribalCM at a meeting at the press club, which was reportedly called without the knowledge of its ally BJP. Debbarma said, “The outcome of the elections, the thumping majority that the BJP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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. 2014LOKSABHAPOLLS GORAKHPUR: BJP vote share 51.80%; SP 21.75%; BSP 16.95% PHULPUR: BJP vote share 52.43%; SP 20.33%; BSP 17.05% 2017 ASSEMBLY POLLS GORAKHPUR: SP+ Cong, BSP got more votes in 4 of 5 Assembly segments than BJP PHULPUR: SP+Cong, BSP got more votes in 4 of 5 Assembly segments than BJP 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 GAURI LANKESH MURDER Police probe caller from Mangalore, suspect plot to kill another writer JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, MARCH 4 POLICE ARE trying to locate a frequent caller to K T Naveen Kumar, a Hindu outfit member arrested in the Gauri Lankesh murder case, who would phone Kumar from the coastal Karnataka region of Mangalore using only public telephones. The Special Investigation Team that took Kumar into custody on March 2 as part of its probe into the September 2017 killing of the journalist-activist has found from his mobile phone records that he received many calls from numbers with the prefix 0824 (the code for Mangalore), which have been traced to public booths. Investigators are looking at the possibility of the caller, who went to great lengths to hide his identity,beingKumar’s“handler” — a link between Kumar and others believed to be involved directly and indirectly in the operationandconspiracybehind the Gauri Lankesh murder. Police are also probing if the two were planning to target Mysuru-based writer and rationalist K S Bhagwan, who was among those given police protection in Karnataka following Gauri Lankesh’s murder. Bhagwan is outspoken in his views regarding Hindu beliefs. Sources said that they had found that Kumar made preparations in January to carry out another killing at the behest of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Attack on Army camp, In new NCERT books Bhiwadi mahapanchayat warns Kathua murder row for Class 7, Maharana upper castes over Dalit’s death bid to divide: J&K CM Pratap, more Shivaji DEEP MUKHERJEE ARUN SHARMA RITIKA CHOPRA J&K CHIEF Minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday described the terror attack on the Army camp in Sunjuwan and the opposition to police investigations in the murder of an eight-year-old Bakarwal girl as attempts to divide the people of Jammu region on communal lines. Mufti’s remarks on the girl’s murder came on a day when senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said the state government “will ensure fair investigations into the matter so as to bring the accused to book”. Addressing a PDP youth con- THE NATIONAL Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has introduced materialonRajputkingMaharana Pratap and added more informationonMaratharulerChhatrapati ShivajiinitsClassVIIhistorytextbook ‘Our Past - II’. The previous version of the textbook was criticised by Shiv Sena and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), which is based in Maharashtra, for “glorifying Mughal emperors” and “ignoring Hindu kings”. The changes, The Indian Express has learnt, are part of the textbook review — the first since JAMMU, MARCH 4 NEW DELHI, MARCH 4 In Jammu, Sunday. PTI vention in Jammu, Mehbooba said, “The recent terror attack on the Sunjuwan military CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANTI-ROHINGYA ADS; SHOPIAN ON BOIL, P 9 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 changeswithoutseeingthetextbook. Senapaty said that all the revised textbooks have been dispatchedtotheprintersandthe new versions are expected to reachthemarketthismonth-end. Last year, the Shiv Sena and the HJS had submitted separate petitionstotheMaharashtragovernment reiterating their longstanding demand for a revision in‘OurPast-II’.Theyallegedthat this segment had insufficient or 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 the home of 16-year-old 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.” The mahapanchayat also warnedpoliceagainstanyaction against the community members who blocked roads and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR THESE VOLUNTEERS WILL HELP GUJARAT COPS BATTLE CRIME AGAINST WOMEN TRACKING CHANGE» PREETI DAS AHMEDABAD, MARCH 4 FOR JHANAK Meelapir, a 22-year-old primary school teacher, the “most exciting thing” about her new role is that she will get to wear sports shoes withhersalwar-kameez.“If Ifind 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 headquarters. By the end of this month, they will take charge as Mahila EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org PoliceVolunteers(MPVs),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 “only educated woman” At a training session in Makarba, Ahmedabad. Javed Raja 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 applications. We completed one round of recruitment in November-December last year andanotherinJanuary-February this year,” says Jigisha Patel, regional coordinator at the WCWD’s Gender Resource Centre. According to Patel, candidates were selected by committees of 10 members each that were formed in every village identified, including social health workers, the village head and the school teacher. “Insomevillages,wegotalist of names from which we selected the candidate based on the criteria that she has to be Class 12-pass, and over 21 years old with no criminal record. In villages that are Muslim-dominated, the volunteer is a Muslim... similarly in villages with a large Dalit population, a Dalit representative was chosen,” she says. Originally conceived by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development, MPV is a joint initiative with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs under the Nirbhaya fund, set up after the 2012 gangrape in Delhi. According to officials, Gujarat is thesecondstateafterHaryanato have MPVs in villages. “We selected the rural districts of Ahmedabad and Surat because they are developed as comparedtotheothers.Ouridea istouseavailablelevelsof education and awareness, and pair it with the pilot project so that we can replicate it,” says R V Asari, SP, Ahmedabad Rural. “The idea is to have one police volunteer from each village. The candidates are paid Rs 1,000 per month. After training, they will be able to attend panchayat meetings and intervene in cases discussed. They will also go on rounds in the village regularly andspeaktootherwomen,”says Asari. “Right now, we are at a very basic level. We are training the women to first get over their own inhibitions and understand their rights,” he says. Echoing the police officer’s views, 33-year-old Gita Dabhi from Bavla village near Ahmedabad says becoming a police volunteer has given her dignity and respect. “From the time people in my home and village got to know about my training, they respect me more. In Bavla, there are many cases of women being beaten up by their husbands. During training, we were told that women think it is the right of husbands to hit them, and it is true.Inmyvillage,atleast,Ihope to ensure that women understand that they are not there to bebeatenupbytheirhusbands,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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