TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE HARD CAMPAIGN CLOSES Karnataka chooses tomorrow 20 YEARS OF POKHRAN TODAY 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE The difference the n-tests made BY GEORGE PERKOVICH 9 Kakodkar looks back, forward ‘Post-1998, India got tech freedom’ Rivals meet the press in Bengaluru on the last day of campaigning on Thursday: Rahul Gandhi with Siddaramaiah (left) and Amit Shah. PTI 11 WORLD TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT IN SINGAPORE ON JUNE 12 UTTAR PRADESH, P 4 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 ● LAWYER SHOT DEAD, COLLEAGUES PROTEST ● RAMPANT CORRUPTION IN AGRA CIVIC BODY, SAYS BJP MLA 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’tcomehereearlier.Iwent tonorthKarnataka.Butthisplace is not new to me, you have all always supported me,” Siddaramaiah said. “You have a chancetoelecttheCMagain.Iam winning, you know. I know with yourblessings,IwillbeCMagain.” 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 gatheredandraisedslogans—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 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 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 7 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 ARGUINGTHATtheinvolvement of private players could hurt the credibilityoftheelectoralprocess, the Election Commission (EC) rejected the government’s proposal to buy voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units fromprivatemanufacturers.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 downaftertheLawMinistrysent three letters, between July and September 2016, seeking its views on the suggestion. In its reply,datedSeptember19,2016, theECstatedthatit“isof thefirm opinionthatprivatemanufacturerscannotbegiventheverysensitive job of manufacturing VVPAT which are integral to YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION EVMs”.NasimZaidiwastheChief Election Commissioner then. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs in India, from the beginning, have only been produced by two public sectorunits—BharatElectronics 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 printoutisthendepositedinabox and can be used to resolve any dispute regarding the election. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Deal done, Walmart SC collegium meets today, Justice Aadhaar: Second longest hearing in CEO: Will create jobs, Joseph’s returned file on its table SC comes to an end, order reserved 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 andBentonville-basedWalmart, Will comply with tax rules: CEO Doug McMillon apprisingthemaboutsectionsof 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 acquisitionnotwithstanding,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 MILITANTS MUST APPEAL FIRST: ALLY BJP’S RED FLAG ON J&K CEASEFIRE ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, MAY 10 OPPOSING J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s call for a “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 themfirstmakeanappeal forit... It cannot be accepted that we announce 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 Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta: Can’t be one-sided someparticipantshadsuggested a ceasefire during the all-party meeting on Wednesday, but there was no consensus. Speakingtoreportersafterthe meeting on Wednesday, Mufti hadsaidthat“theconsensusofall wasthatweshouldappealtothe GovernmentofIndiatoconsider... theunilateralceasefire...Theway CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 10 WRAPPING UP a marathon hearing that lasted 38 working days spread over four months, the Supreme Court Thursday reserveditsverdictonaclutchof petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the 2016 Aadhaar Act. 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 SupremeCourt,thefirstbeingthe landmark Kesavananda Bharati case in which the apex court in 1973 outlinedthebasicstructure oftheConstitutionandruledthat it cannot be tampered with. Appearingforthepetitioners, senior advocate Gopal Subramanium told the bench that if the Act was struck down, the database should be destroyed and those who suffered due to failure of authentication should be paid damages. JusticeChandrachudreferred to Section 7 of the Act which CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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