TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ANDHRA DENIED SPECIAL CATEGORY STATUS INSIDE TDP walks out of Govt, puts NDA on notice ahead of 2019 ONTHEFARMERS’ MARCH:BLAZINGSUN, SPARSEMEALSBUT HIGHSPIRITS ● Oppn attacks STATE: Centre must bear total expense, including cost of land acquisition, relief, rehabilitation (`33,000 cr). SREENIVAS JANYALA & SUNNY VERMA 14 WORLD FRESH VIOLENCE IN SRI LANKA POLAVARAM Jaitley attitude hurt: Naidu REVENUE DEFICIT HOURS AFTER Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley ruled out “special status” to Andhra Pradesh, TDP leader and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday night announced that the party was pulling out its two ministers from the BJP-led government at the Centre. The TDP, he said, would decide later over its continuance in the NDA thoughtheCentre’sattitudewas “very hurtful and insulting”. Union Civil Aviation Minister STATE: Total revenue deficit `16,000 cr. CENTRE: Actual deficit less; `4,000 cr paid, only `138 cr pending. SPECIAL STATUS STATE: Assured special category status. CENTRE: Special status scrapped; offer 90:10 funding for all centrally sponsored schemes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AMARAVATI STATE: Wants `33,000 cr to build new capital. CENTRE: Given `2,500 cr, including `500 cr each for Guntur, Vijayawada NEW RAILWAY ZONE TDP says Centre delaying project as Odisha opposing it. FUNDING STATE: Want funds from local agencies like Hudco, Nabard. CENTRE: Propose funding in form of loans from external agencies like World Bank. LALMANI VERMA & SARAH HAFEEZ BENGALURU, MARCH 7 GORAKHPUR, PHULPUR, MARCH 7 Accused had complained against government officials ADDRESSING A rally in Gorakhpur Wednesday to drum up support for party candidate Praveen Nishad, SP president Akhilesh Yadav told the crowds “so many political parties have come together and the BSP too Akhilesh Yadav at a poll rally in Gorakhpur. Express Mohammed Shami with wife Hasin Jahan SHAMIK CHAKRABARTY NEW DELHI, MARCH 7 THE TDP decision to pull out its ministersfromtheModigovernment not only plays a spoiler in BJPcelebrationsoveritselectoral gains in three north-eastern states but, for the long term, clouds the ruling NDA’s poll fortunes in Andhra Pradesh which sends 25 members to Lok Sabha — a number that matches seats from all of North-East in the Lower House. Though the TDP chief has not announced parting of ways with the NDA, his public reference to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In eastern UP bypolls, BSP goes door-to-door, seeks votes for SP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAVISH TIWARI WHAT TDP WANTED, WHAT IT GOT HYDERABAD, NEW DELHI, MARCH 7 Karnataka Lokayukta stabbed, assailant held KARNATAKA LOKAYUKTA P Vishwanath Shetty (73) was stabbed inside his chamber at hisofficehereonWednesday,by a man who had reportedly met him a few times earlier with complaintsof negligenceagainst government officials. The assailant, identified as Why this poses a challenge to BJP’s numbers count for 2019 CENTRE: Paid `5,000 cr, assure more funds later. Ministers to quit, I tried to speak to PM, but he wasn’t available: Naidu state govt over re-employment of ‘tainted’ bureaucrat postretirement Panel puts Shami contract on hold after wife alleges abuse, adultery has extended support... this is no longer an ordinary election... it is the first time that such an equation has been formed, such large number of votes have united”. He never mentioned Mayawati. Nor was her photograph on the board at the rally venue — it had Babasaheb Ambedkar, RamManohar Lohia, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh himself apart from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KOLKATA, MARCH 7 Police guard a Lenin statue in Kolkata Wednesday. Partha Paul PM seeks action against vandals, BJP in damage-control LIZ MATHEW & RAHUL TRIPATHI BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, MARCH 7 BY UNNY THE MORNING after a Periyar statue was vandalised in Tamil Nadu following a senior BJP leader’s remarks on Facebook, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped in to condemn acts of vandalism and directed that strict action be taken against those responsible. Worried over the political fallout and aware that such acts were “taking the sheen off” its spectacular victory in Tripura — the swearing-in of the new governmentislikelyFriday—theBJP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE COMMITTEE of Administrators (CoA) running the BCCI Wednesday held back MohammedShami’scontractafterhiswife,HasinJahan,accused him of domestic violence and adultery, which Shami has denied. The fast bowler is a regular in the Indian Test team and has alsoplayedlimited-overscricket. 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