TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE KARNATAKA VOTES TOMORROW Bitter, hard campaign finally over 20 YEARS OF POKHRAN TODAY 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE The difference the n-tests made BY GEORGE PERKOVICH 6 Kakodkar looks back, forward Govt pushed for private sector to sell VVPATs, EC said no INSIDE ● BARMER TOWN SHUT AS HINDU OUTFITS PROTEST Congress president Rahul Gandhi with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah; BJP president Amit Shah in Bengaluru on Thursday. PTI ● FRESH WARNING Modi has anger inside him... I attract that anger because he sees a threat in me We will win at least 130 seats... Cong wants to win in an undemocratic manner RAHUL GANDHI, CONGRESS PRESIDENT AS UP STORM TOLL RISES TO 16 AMIT SHAH, BJP PRESIDENT ● LALU GETS PAROLE FOR SON’S WEDDING ● SOHRABUDDIN BROTHER CLAIMS THREAT TO LIFE, PAGES 3, 4, 5 7 WORLD TRUMP,KIM TOMEETIN SINGAPORE ISRAEL ATTACKS TARGETS IN SYRIA AFTER IRANIAN FIRE ON GOLAN HEIGHTS Siddaramaiah leaves one of his two seats for last APURVA CHAMUNDESHWARI, MAY 10 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 campaignfortheassemblyelections. 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 twoconstituenciesheiscontesting — for the very end. He began with an apology. “I couldn’t come here before. 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 left his car to visit a local leader, a small crowd gatheredandraisedslogans—in support of his opponent and incumbent JD(S) MLA G T Devegowda. Annoyed, the Chief Minister hurried into the leader’s house, seat lucky, DECISION Home lap — with BSY does a prayer 2018 a final KARNATAKA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AARON PEREIRA & VISHNU VARMA SHIKARIPURA, MAY 10 A DECADE after his victory in Shikaripuraallowedhimtohead the first BJP government in a southernstate,BSYeddyurappa, 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 presidentAmitShahledafinalassault on one of the two constituencies chosen by Chief Minister EXPLAINED PAGE Siddaramaiah. By afternoon, he wasinShikaripuraforthelastlap 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-rickshawswithgiantspeakers blared campaign songs and recorded speeches, praising the achievementsoftheirstrongman. Finally, around 3.30 pm, Yeddyurappa stepped out of a white SUV, in his trademark allwhite attire complete with a white Nike cap, and headed straight to the temple where he CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Poll panel put foot down after three letters from govt seeking views on engaging pvt players to cut cost RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 10 ARGUINGTHATtheinvolvement of private players could hurt the credibilityoftheelectoralprocess, theElectionCommission(EC)rejectedthegovernment’sproposal 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 viewsonthesuggestion.Initsreply, dated September 19, 2016, theECstatedthatit“isof thefirm opinion that private manufacturers cannot be given the very YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION sensitive job of manufacturing VVPAT which are integral to 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 Bangalore and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) of Hyderabad. VVPATunitsproduceaprintout of the vote cast using an Electronic Voting Machine or CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Aadhaar: Second longest hearing SC collegium meets PANCHAYAT POLLS ends, apex court reserves order today, Justice Joseph’s SC stays e-nominations in Bengal, returned file on table says hold results of uncontested seats EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, MAY 10 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 afternoon at 1 pm. It was four months ago at its meetingonJanuary10,2018that theCollegiumconsistingof Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the seniormost judge in the apex court Justice J Chelameswar and Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan LokurandKurianJosephhaddecided unanimously to recommend the names of Justice K M Thomas and (then senior advocate) Indu Malhotra to the Supreme Court. Govt had returned Justice K M Joseph’s file On April 26, the Government returned for reconsideration the collegium’s recommendation to elevate Justice K M Joseph but notified the appointment of Malhotra as a judge. Interestingly, while the agenda on May 2 spoke of the matter of reconsideration of JusticeKMJoseph’sname,italso appended the matter of elevation of judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh “in view of the concept of fair representation”. This time, however, the second subject-matter on the agenda, is NEW DELHI, MAY 10 TWO DAYS after the Calcutta High Court directed the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) to accept the nominations sent through email for the panchayat poll elec- tions, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the order. Taking note of the submission that about 34 per cent of candidates had won the panchayat polls unopposed, the Supreme Court said it was “worried” and restrained the SEC from declaring the results of these constituencies. Hearingapetitionfiledbythe SEC, a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud directed that “the election process in respect of the constituenciesshallbecompleted inallaspectsandtheresultsofthe election can be notified as per CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 10 THE SUPREME Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the 2016 Aadhaar Act, after a marathonhearinglasting38days over a period of four months. A five-judge bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud andAshokBhushanbeganhearing the matter on January 17. In concluding remarks, Attorney General K K Venugopal said this was the second longest oral hearing in the history of the Supreme Court, the first being CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR CEASEFIRE CAN’T BE ONE-SIDED, LET MILITANTS MAKE FIRST MOVE: DY CM ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, MAY 10 OPPOSING CHIEF Minister MehboobaMufti’scallfora“unilateral ceasefire” in view of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra, BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta on Thursday said “it (ceasefire) is never a one-sided affair”. Speaking to The Indian Express,hesaid:“If thereisanappeal from their (militants’) side, only then we can think of it... Let themfirstmakeanappealforit... Itcannotbeacceptedthatweannounce a ceasefire, despite their (militants) continuous attacks on our security forces”. Stating that “they (militants) will have to take the initiative”, he said, “we want the ceasefire tolastforever,notjustthemonth of Ramzan”. Gupta said that someparticipantshadsuggested a ceasefire during the all-party meeting on Wednesday, but Mehbooba Mufti with Kavinder Gupta (left) there was no consensus. Speaking to reporters after the meeting on Wednesday, Mufti had said that “the consensus of all was that we should appeal to the Government of India toconsider...theunilateralceasefire... The way (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee did a unilateral ceasefire in 2000... “ Gupta had then told The Indian Express that his party’s standwas“whatthechief minister said”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur the landmark Kesavananda Bharati case in which the apex court had outlined the basic structure of the Constitution in 1973. Appearingforthepetitioners, Senior Advocate Gopal Subramanium told the bench that if the Act was struck down, the database should be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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