TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CHALLENGE TO VENKAIAH NAIDU’S ORDER NottoldwhoformedSCbenchtohearCJI impeachmentmatter,MPswithdrawplea 5-judge bench tells Sibal to argue on merits, agrees this is unprecedented INSIDE ● DUST STORM HITS JODHPUR AND BIKANER DIVISIONS, P3 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 8 TWO CONGRESS MPs, who had moved the Supreme Court challengingRajyaSabhaChairmanM Venkaiah Naidu’s April 23 decision to reject the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of IndiaDipakMisra,withdrewtheir petitionTuesdayfollowingsharp exchanges with a five-judge benchwhichdidnotanswertheir query on who constituted the bench to hear their matter. The bench of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Kapil Sibal on Tuesday. Praveen Khanna Arun Mishra and A K Goel “dismissed” the plea of Partap Singh Bajwa and Amee Harshadray Yajnik “as withdrawn” after senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the two MPs, maintained he would not proceed with the matterif hewasnotgivenacopy of the order by which the matter was allocated to the bench. The court asked him to argue the petition before it on merits, but Sibal declined to do so and said he was withdrawing it. Theexchangesevenforcedthe benchtoremindSibalthathehad started with the caveat that his soleaimwastoupholdthedignity of thejudiciaryandnottomalign anyone and that his refusal to argue the matter on merits could give the impression that “there is something else” to the petition. “You must give me the order. Only then will I be able to decide CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 What you have done is sheer contempt, CJI warns Centre over Cauvery delay On possible supersession of Justice Gogoi, Shah says not view of Govt RAVISH TIWARI BENGALURU, MAY 8 DISTANCING HIS party and its government from the debate surrounding the Supreme Court Collegium, BJP president Amit Shah has dismissed fears of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the next in line to head the apex court, being superseded after the retirement of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Says no advancing of Lok Sabha polls Respondingtoaqueryonapprehensions voiced in this context by Justice Chelameswar, the second most senior judge, Shah told The Indian Express in an interview: “Yeh unka vyaktigat vichar hai. Sarkar ka vichar nahin hai (This is his personal view. This is not the view of the Government).” The BJP president, however, defendedthegovernment’smove to seek reconsideration of the Collegium’s recommendation to elevateUttarakhandChiefJustice BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY KARNATAKA APURVA MANDYA, MAY 8 ITWASpartof twogovernments in the state since 2004, but Karnataka’s southern region, or Old Mysuru as it is called, has always eluded the BJP. In 2008, when B S Yeddyurappa formed thefirstBJPgovernmentinsouth India,thepartywonsevenof the region’s 55 seats. And that was its best showing ever. Five years later, the BJP was reducedtojusttwoseats,further emphasising its lack of experience or leadership in this farmers’ belt that is also the heart of INTERVIEW PAGE 5 Vokkaligapolitics.Fivedaystogo for voting in another election, senior BJP leaders in the region admit their chances are no different but believe they can still affect the outcome. “The BJP has no support base inthisregion.Thoughourorganisation is strong, we have few Vokkaliga leaders here. But we can still hurt the Congress. And that is our main aim... There are many seats where we will not win. In such seats, we tell many of ourvoterstomovetotheJD(S) instead. If we cannot win here, neither will the Congress,” says a senior party functionary in Mandya. On the campaign trail, this strategy is clearly visible. BJP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Eye on polls, PM to announce bus link for Janakpur-Ayodhya SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MAY 8 IN HIS third visit in four years to Nepal on May 11-12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce a direct bus service between Janakpur in Nepal and AyodhyainIndia,bothkeyplaces intheRamayanatourismcircuit. A development project for Janakpur,withIndiaprovidingfinancialanddevelopmentalassistance, may also be announced. The move to connect the birthplacesof RamandSitaisset to appeal to the BJP’s core constituency as the country heads forLokSabhaelectionsnextyear. Besides Janakpur, Modi will also travel to Muktinath temple, areveredsitefortheSriVaishnava sect,whoholdthekeytotheelectionresultsinpartsof Karnataka. Modi is scheduled to visit the templeonthemorningofMay12, when Karnataka is set to vote. Modi and Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Oli are also scheduled to jointly inaugurate the Arun-III, a 900 MW power project. This is Modi’s third visit as Prime Minister — he visited the neighbouring country in August and November 2014. OnMay11,Modiisscheduled CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MAY 8 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Karnataka south where it’s a bit player, BJP doesn’t target JDS DECISION 2018 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G 7 WORLD IRAN DEAL: TRUMP KEEPS WORLD WAITING 6 Why EXPLAINED science is looking at Timbaktu Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with a relative of R Thirumani, a tourist from Chennai who was killed in the Valley on Monday. Shuaib Masoodi Valley parties, separatists condemn tourist’s death BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, MAY 8 A DAY after a tourist from Chennai died after he was hit on the head by a stone during a protest at Narbal, on the outskirts of Srinagar, there was widespread condemnation in the Valley on Tuesday. R Thirumani (22) was on his way to a resort in Gulmarg with his parents when their car was stoned by protesters on Monday morning. He suffered a head in- jury and was taken to hospital, where he died in the evening. Chief Minister Mehbooba Muftitermeditasa“heartbreaking” tragedy, and called for a “sustained and meaningful dialogue and outreach” from the Centre. “It is truly heartbreaking when a family saves for years to realise their dream of visiting Kashmirandwhiletheyarehere they face the worst nightmare, I have no words strong enough to condemn this tragic incident or even begin to condole the family,” she tweeted. “Withouta sustained, meaningfuldialogueandoutreach,not just from the government but from entire country, J&K will get pushed deeper into this vortex of gloom. My deepest condolences to the deceased’s family and my prayers go out to the girl, who was injured in the same incident,” she tweeted. “We’ve killed a tourist by throwingstonesatthevehiclehe was travelling in. Let’s try and wrap our heads around the fact that we stoned a tourist, a guest, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TICKING OFF the Centre that it wasin“sheercontempt”of court by not acting on its ruling on the Cauvery river water matter, the SupremeCourtTuesdaydirected theSecretary,UnionMinistryfor Water Resources, to appear beforeitonMay14withthedraftof the Cauvery management schemedrawnupbythegovernment. “By now, the authority shouldhaveframedthescheme. It can’t go on like this. What you have done is sheer contempt,” a three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud told Attorney General K K Venugopal when he sought more time, on behalf of the Centre, to finalise the draft scheme. In its February 16 verdict, the Supreme Court had asked the 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE BJP fields kin of late lawmakers for UP, Uttarakhand bypolls LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, MAY 8 BANKING ON sympathy votes, the BJP on Tuesday named family members of the party’s late legislators as its candidates for by-elections to one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. ThepartydeclaredMriganka SinghasitscandidateforKairana Lok Sabha constituency, which fell vacant after the death of her father, Hukum Singh, in February this year. In 2016, Hukum Singh had made an issue out of what he called “Hindu exodus” from Kairana, in western UP - the BJP made it a part of the party’s Vidhan Sabha poll manifesto in 2017. Mriganka had unsuccessfully contested from Kairana in lastyear’sUPAssemblyelections. TheBJPcandidateforNoorpur AssemblyseatinBijnordistrictof UPwillbeAvaniSingh,wifeoflate BJP leader Lokendra Singh Chauhan, who became the MLA for the second consecutive term in 2017. Chauhan died in a road accident in February this year. TheBJPwillmakeanextraeffort to retain both Kairana and Noorpur seats to send across a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN BENGAL POCKETS, SAFFRON AND RED QUIETLY JOIN HANDS FOR PANCHAYAT POLLS RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, MAY 8 THEYAREbitterrivals,sparingno opportunity to display their contemptforeachother,evenengaginginaviolentturf warinKerala. But in pockets of West Bengal, wherethepanchayatpollswillbe held on May 14, saffron and red appearhavequietlyteamedupto faceacommonenemy—theblue of Mamata Banerjee’s TMC. InNadiadistrict,over190km north of Kolkata, election graffiti on walls have the lotus symbol of the BJP and the hammer-andsickle of CPM sharing space along with the names of candidates and a common appeal. One such image at Mollahad vil- lage in Karimnagar seeks votes for Sumitra Mondol of CPM in the gram panchayat, and Bikas Mondol and Ajit Roy of BJP for the panchayat samiti and zilla parishad. It’s not just graffiti. In Burdwan’s Purbashali, BJP leaders claim that local CPM leaders have even invited them to take partin“smalljointprotestrallies” against the Trinamool. On April 28,ataprotestrallyinRanaghat’s Majhergram village, CPM MLA Rama Biswas and party workers were seen walking with BJP workers and leaders. “It was a spontaneousprotestrallybypeople. Apart from BJP and CPM, Congressworkerstoowerepresent,” said Biswas. InKolkata,BJPandCPMlead- Sharing space in poll graffiti in Nadia. Express ers admit that some of their workersare“joininghandsatthe grassroots level”. They say this is needed to counter “Trinamool’s terror”,especiallywhenthepolls have been postponed once followingallegationsof violenceby the ruling party. “For people at the grassroots level, it is practical for all parties tojoinhandsagainstTrinamool’s terror.SincetheBJPhasemerged as the biggest opposition, many are coming to us from different parties, including CPM. In Purbasthali,CPMleadersarecallingusforjointprotests.Thistime, despitetheterrorandattacks,we have been able to file nominations in over 25,000 gram panchayat seats and around 30,000 seats overall,” says Sayantan Basu, BJP state secretary. The view from the left appears to be the same. “Our party line is clear. We are maintaining equal distance from the Trinamool and the BJP. But it is true that in some pockets, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur Centre to frame the Cauvery management scheme, which also includes creating the Cauvery management board, within six weeks for smooth release of water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.Ithadsaidthedeadline could not be extended. “Wedonotwanttocomeback tosquareone.Oncethejudgment hasbeendelivered,ithastobeimplemented,”thebenchsaidasthe Centre sought more time to implement the order. TheCJIpointedoutthatthere were drinking water problems etc that needed to be addressed and told the Attorney General “you can’t abdicate your obligation... It’s your duty to implement the scheme”. Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for the Tamil Nadu government, told the bench that “we have been taken for a ride by the Centre on one pretext or another”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A curious friendship BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT & HAIDER ABBAS RIZVI
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