LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE HARD CAMPAIGN CLOSES 20 YEARS OF POKHRAN TODAY Karnataka chooses tomorrow 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The difference the n-tests made BY GEORGE PERKOVICH 13 Kakodkar looks back, forward ‘ Post-1998, India got tech freedom’ 3 GUJARAT CID SAYS NO SABOTAGE IN RAJKOT GROUNDNUT GODOWN FIRE; CONGRESS DEMANDS PROBE BY SC JUDGE Rivals meet the press in Bengaluru on the last day of campaigning on Thursday: Rahul Gandhi with Siddaramaiah (left) and Amit Shah. PTI Modi has anger inside him... I attract that anger because he sees a threat in me We will win at least 130 seats... Congress wants to win in an undemocratic manner RAHUL GANDHI, CONGRESS PRESIDENT AMIT SHAH, BJP PRESIDENT Siddaramaiah leaves one of his 2 seats for last dash APURVA CHAMUNDESHWARI, MAY 10 14 WORLD TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT IN SINGAPORE ON JUNE 12 GOVT & POLITICS ● BENGAL LOCAL POLLS: SC STAYS NO-CONTEST RESULTS, PAGE 8 LEADERS MADE a last-minute dash Thursday to try and sway voters in Karnataka and parties braced for the vote Saturday at the end of a bitter, hard campaign for the assembly elections. And it was no different in Chamundeshwari. After leading the Congress charge across Karnataka over the last few weeks, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah left Chamundeshwari — one of the two constituencies he is contesting — for the very end. He began with an apology. “I couldn’t come here earlier. I went to north Karnataka. But this place is not new to me, you have all always supported me,” Siddaramaiah said. “You have a chance to elect the CM again. I am winning, you know. I know with your blessings, I will be CM again.” But the cracks in his own campaign showed when he reached D Kattur village Wednesday night, his tenth stop for the day. As he left his car to visit a local leader, a small crowd gathered and raised slogans — in support of his opponent and incumbent JD(S) MLA G T Devegowda. Annoyed, the Chief Minister hurried into the leader’s house, while his security detail seat lucky, DECISION Home lap — with BSY does a final a prayer 2018 KARNATAKA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AARON PEREIRA & VISHNU VARMA SHIKARIPURA, MAY 10 A DECADE after his victory in Shikaripura allowed him to head the first BJP government in a southern state, B S Yeddyurappa, counting on his home turf to return him to power, wrapped up a scorching campaign Thursday with a roadshow and prayers at a temple. Declared the chief ministerial candidate by his party, Yeddyurappa headed to Badami in the morning where BJP president Amit Shah led a final assault on one of the two constituencies chosen by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. By afternoon, he was in Shikaripura for the last lap of campaigning. In Shimoga district, Shikaripura is dominated by the Lingayat community to which Yeddyurappa belongs. As they waited for him outside the Anjaneya temple, BJP workers and supporters cheered while auto-rickshaws with giant speakers blared campaign songs and recorded speeches, praising the achievements oftheir strongman. Finally, around 3.30 pm, Yeddyurappa stepped out of a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 12 EXPLAINED PAGE Govt said buy VVPATs from pvt sector, EC said no, will hurt public faith Poll panel put foot down after three letters from govt seeking its views RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 10 ARGUING THATthe involvement of private players could hurt the credibility ofthe electoral process, the Election Commission (EC) rejected the government’s proposal to buy voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units from private manufacturers. This is confirmed by official records obtained by The Indian Express this week under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The Commission put its foot down after the Law Ministry sent three letters, between July and September 2016, seeking its views on the suggestion. In its reply, dated September 19, 2016, the EC stated that it “is of the firm opinion that private manufacturers cannot be given the very sensitive job of manufacturing VVPAT which are integral to YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION EVMs”. Nasim Zaidi was the Chief Election Commissioner then. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs in India, from the beginning, have only been produced by two public sector units — Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Bengaluru and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) in Hyderabad. VVPAT units produce a printout of the vote cast using an Electronic Voting Machine or EVM, which can be shown to the voter to dispel any doubts. This printout is then deposited in a box and can be used to resolve any dispute regarding the election. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Deal done, Walmart SC collegium meets today, Justice Mob assaults woman cop, police CEO: Will create jobs, Joseph’s returned file on its table ‘parade’ three accused in Vadodara good for customers SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, MAY 10 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NINE DAYS after it deferred its decision at the meeting called to consider the reiteration of the choice of elevating Chief Justice of Uttarakhand Justice K M Thomas to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court collegium is set to meet Friday NEW DELHI, MAY 10 US RETAIL major Walmart Inc. will comply with any potential tax demand arising from its $16-billion buy of a controlling stake in India’s online-retail market leader Flipkart. “Our intent is, whether looking backwards related to our acquisition here or looking forward, we will be compliant with whatever the tax rules are. We will work with regulatory agencies on this,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told reporters here. The statement comes in the backdrop of continuing tax litigation faced by global investors such as UK’s Vodafone Plc and Cairn Energy Plc. Ahead of Wednesday’s announcement about the deal, the tax department is learnt to have sent a communication to both Flipkart and Bentonville-based Walmart, Will comply with tax rules: CEO Doug McMillon apprising them about sections of the Income-Tax Act that would apply to the transaction since Flipkart derives “substantial value” of its shares from assets held in India and would be liable for taxation here. McMillon said the Flipkart acquisition notwithstanding, the retailer plans to continue running its cash-and-carry business and expand it further. Walmart will operate both the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AT 73%, GUJARAT RECORDS LOWEST CLASS XII SCIENCE SUCCESS IN 5 YRS RITU SHARMA AHMEDABAD, MAY 10 THE STEADY FALL 92.53 100 86.10 72.99 90 81.89 94.14 80 79.03 2017 2018 2015 2016 2013 70 2014 THE GUJARAT Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) declared the results for Class 12 science stream on Thursday. With 72.99 per cent students having cleared the board examination this year, there has been a dip of around 8.9 per cent — the lowest recorded in the last five years (2012-2017) when the semester system was in place — in the pass percentage as compared to last year when 81.89 per cent students had passed the exams. While 74.91 per cent girls cleared the exams, for boys the pass percentage was 71.84 per cent. Unlike in 2016-2017, when the boys broke the previous records and outshone girls though only by a narrow gap of Y axis: pass percentage 0.46 per cent, this year, the girls retained their numero uno position by a margin of 3.07 per cent. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Pressure on CJI to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name afternoon at 1 pm. It was four months ago, at its meeting on January 10, that the Collegium consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the seniormost judge in the apex court Justice J Chelameswar and Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph had decided unanimously to recommend the names of Justice K M Thomas and (then senior advocate) Indu Malhotra to the Supreme Court. On April 26, the government CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VADODARA, MAY 10 A DAY after a woman sub-inspector was assaulted by a mob of street vendors while she was trying to shut roadside eateries in the Raopura area of Vadodara, police on Thursday arrested three of the 19 accused and paraded them handcuffed. Police arrested the three ac- The three accused on Thursday. Bhupendra Rana cused — Mohammad Rafiq Doodhwala, Shabbir Sadiq Golawala and Mohammed Hanif Ghulamnabi Dumbawala — from the old city area and paraded them from Nyaymandir to Lal Court building, escorted by a team of male and female police constables. An officer of the Raopura police station, however, said that the accused were not paraded CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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