eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY A Song Called Bharati MAY 13, 2018 22+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY BIG PICTURE PAGE 13 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 10-11 Tipping the cart Once there was a hill The $16 billion acquisition of Flipkart by Walmart changes the online marketplace for India, the two companies, their main rival Amazon A look at the centrality of Subramania Bharati in the making of modern Tamil political culture and why he is relevant now more than ever In Himachal Pradesh’s tourism hotspots, rampant construction has worked its way around rules RESULTS ON TUESDAY Karnataka exit polls: BJP single largest party in hung house, JD(S) may be kingmaker DECISION 2018 SPLIT FORECAST KARNATAKA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 12 AS VOTING ended in Karnataka on Saturday, six out of eight major exit polls aired by six national television channels and one regional channel, predicted that the BJP would get the largest number of seats in the new assembly. Seven polls predicted a hung assembly, with neither the BJP nor the Congress getting to the simply majority mark of 112 seats. All these polls suggested that the JD(S) would be kingmaker, with the party predicted CM Siddaramaiah after voting in Mysore on Saturday. PTI to get between 20 and 40 seats. The predictions were made for 222 of the 224 seats in the assembly. Voting in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar seat was deferred to May 28 after 9,896 voter ID cards were found in a city flat ahead of Saturday’s voting. Election for the Jayanagar seat was put off following the ABP-CVoter News Nation NewsX-CNX Republic-Janta ki Baat Dighvijay-Vijayawani Times Now-Chanakya Times Now-VMR India Today-Axis BJP 104-116 99-108 102-110 104 103-107 120 94 79-92 death of the BJP candidate. The ABP-C Voter, NewsX-CNX, Republic-Jan ki Baat and News Nation exit polls predicted the BJP would be the largest party in the assembly. A similar prediction was made by the regional Dighvijay-Vijayawani survey. Times Now broadcast two exit polls. One, Times Now-VMR, CONG 83-94 75-84 72-78 78 76-80 73 97 106-118 JD(S) 20-29 31-40 35-39 37 31-35 26 28 22-30 OTHERS 0-7 3-7 3-5 3 4-8 3 3 1-4 gave the Congress a narrow lead; the other, Times Now-Today’s Chanakya, gave the BJP a clear majority. The India Today-Axis exit poll said the Congress would be the single largest party. The ABP-C Voter survey predicted 104-116 seats for the BJP, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 70 pc vote, big turnouts in Cong-JDS battlegrounds JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, MAY 12 ELECTIONS TO222 of the 224 assembly seats in Karnataka concluded peacefully on Saturday. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer put the voter turnout at excess of 70 per cent, and possibly higher than the 71 per cent that was registered in the elections of 2013. “At this stage we are not in position to reveal the overall voting percentage since that can be concluded only after the entire demustering process is completed. It will go above 70 per cent is what we can say,” CEO in Karnataka Sanjeev Kumar said. Election officials said they expected the voter turnout to be around 73 per cent. The 71 per cent turnout of 2013 had been higher than the 65 per cent of 2008. The Election Commission had reported a turnout of 64.35 per cent until 5 pm. Some of the highest turnouts — around 75 per cent — were reported in the Vokkaliga heartland of Mandya, Hassan, Mysore, Bengaluru Rural and Chikaballapur where the electoral battle is essentially between the ruling Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sharif questions Pak policy on militants: Should we let them kill in Mumbai? SHUBHAJIT ROY Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif NEW DELHI, MAY 12 FORMER PAKISTAN Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that militant organisations are active in the country and questioned Islamabad’s policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai. This is a rare admission from a top Pakistan political leader, almost 10 years after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008. His party is still in the ruling establishment, whose term expires in May-end. Sharif, who has been disqualified from holding public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated itself. “We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” he said in an interview to Pakistan’s leading newspaper, Dawn. Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar’s militant organisations — Jamaatud-Dawah and Jaish-eMohammad — operating in the country with impunity, Sharif CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Communal clashes hit Aurangabad: J&K BJP leaders’ land: Omar seeks 1 killed in attack, one in police firing probe into Army’s concerns CHANDAN HAYGUNDE MUZAMIL JALEEL & BASHAARAT MASOOD AURANGABAD, MAY 12 NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, MAY 12 Sabira Bibi’s husband, Hafizul Mollah, was killed in Bhangar on Friday. Partha Paul Death and power plant protests cast shadow over Bengal rural polls ESHA ROY BHANGAR, MAY 12 THIS IS the first time that Sabira Bibi (20) is visiting her husband’s house in Bhangar, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, after they got married six months ago. She didn’t really know her husband, Hafizul Mollah (28), too well. And now, she will never get the chance to know him. Mollah was killed on Friday, during a rally in support of nine candidates fielded by the villagers for the panchayat polls. The villagers were allegedly attacked by TMC strongman and panchayat sabhapati Aribul Islam and his men with “bombs and bullets’’. Mollah was hit by a bullet on his upper lip. The bullet smashed through his teeth and exited from the back of his head. He was rushed to a private hospital in Rajarhat, where he was de- 16 clared dead — the latest victim of poll-related violence in the state. “I hadn’t visited my husband’s house because we were newly married and there was a lot of trouble in the area,’’ says Sabira. She was with her parents on Friday, when she received a call from her brother-in-law. “He first said that my husband had been shot, and then added that he had died,’’ she says. On Friday night, her youngest brother-in-law, Shahidul Rehman (20), escorted her to Machibanga, her husband’s village, to a house plunged in grief. Machibhanga, a large village with a population of about 8,000, is the battleground of a bitter fight between villagers and the state government over a power plant. Three persons have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 9 TWO PERSONS, including a minor, were killed and over 50 injured after communal clashes broke out in marketplaces across Aurangabad city on Friday night, and continued till Saturday morning. While Mohammed Abdul Haris Kadri (17) was reportedly killed in police firing in Navapur area, Jaganlal Chaganlal Bansile, a 72-year-old disabled person, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The clashes in Aurangabad broke out on Friday night, continued till Saturday morning. PTI FORMER JAMMU and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Saturday sought an immediate probe into the Army’s “serious misgivings and concerns” over the construction on land bought by top BJP leaders next to an ammunition depot in Nagrota in Jammu. The Indian Express reported in its Saturday edition that Lt The Indian Express report; Nirmal Singh’s house under construction. Arun Sharma ISHRAT JAHAN ENCOUNTER Gen Saranjeet Singh, Corps Commander of the Army’s 16 Corps, had written to state assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh asking him to stop the construction, which he said violated a string of laws, and had “implications on the security of a major ammunition storage facility as well as the safety of all personnel living in close vicinity...” Nirmal Singh had rejected the “politically motivated” opposition to the construction, which he said was “the Army’s view”, which was not binding on him. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT PAGE 3 Seeking discharge, retired SP N K Amin, an accused, calls CBI probe ‘false, funny’ SATISH JHA AHMEDABAD, MAY 12 ARGUING FOR his discharge from trial in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, retired Superintendent of Police N K Amin, key accused in the case, on Saturday called the CBI investigation “false and fabricated, funny and dirty”, and one based on “assumption and presumptions of two Vermas and Jha”. Amin also told the CBI court, “One of the key eyewitnesses (Ibrahim K Chauhan), despite being a Muslim, took oath of speaking the truth in the name of Bhagwan, and not Allah; the other witness (B A Patel) takes pills of mental disorder and therefore cannot be trusted.” With his jibe at “two Vermas and Jha”, Amin was referring to retired IPS officer R R Verma and Gujarat cadre IPS Satish Verma and Mohan Jha, who were part of the Gujarat High Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the case. The SIT had found out that Ishrat Jahan, her friend Pranesh Pillai (alias Javed Sheikh) and two alleged Pakistani nationals — Zeeshan Johar and Amjadali Rana — were killed in cold blood on June 14, 2004 on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Amin alleged that the CBI probe is a “brainchild of Satish Retired Superintendent of Police N K Amin, key accused in Ishrat case Verma”. Arguing his discharge application as party-in-person before Special CBI Judge J K Pandya, Amin maintained that Chauhan and Patel cannot be relied upon, and at best they should be arraigned as accused in the case since they also participated in the alleged fake encounter. He said the encounter carried out by the Crime Branch was genuine but he did not participate in the firing, as was alleged. “At the time he recorded his statement Chauhan was police inspector of Bharuch, which is place of his Godfather,” Amin told the court, without naming the “Godfather.” Similarly, he said, Patel is a “replica of accused no-4 (IPS officer G L Singhal) and his (Singhal’s) right-hand...(he) actually compromised with national integrity by spying over Intelligence Bureau officers.... He takes pills for mental disorders since 2003-2004... aa manas toh gando chhe (this man is mad).” Chauhan was also part of the SIT which probed the 2002 riots case. He retired last year as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) and was granted a year’s extension. DySP B A Patel and Chauhan were posted with Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch as police sub-inspectors at the time. Amin said that Chauhan and Patel are equally responsible and their role begins from alleged abduction till execution in the encounter. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● ACQUISITION FOR BULLET TRAIN: ‘LAND OWNERS WILL GET ENTITLEMENT CARDS ● WEAVERS’ BODY FINDS IT TOUGH TO GET SPACE FOR MAY 14 MEETING Janakpur-Ayodhya first bus: ‘Journey easier, can come when we want’ WORLD MAULSHREE SETH AYODHYA, MAY 12 MALAYSIA’S MAHATHIR BARS FORMER PM FROM LEAVING COUNTRY AID WORKER CHARGED WITH CHILD RAPE IN NEPAL PM: INDIA TO BE ‘SHERPA’ TO HELP NEPAL ACHIEVE DEVELOPMENT, PAGE 5 A DAY after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli flagged off the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, the first batch of 66 pilgrims arrived here on Saturday morning, around 8.30 am. For some, it was their first visit to Ayodhya; for others, it brought back memories of their previous visits. With the direct bus service linking the 400-km distance between the two key places on the Ramayana Circuit, the birthplaces of Ram and Sita, all of them said they were looking forward to more frequent visits now. “It used to be a difficult jour- ney. It would take two days if we came via train, as there is no direct train. It was easier this time, it took us just 10 hours,” said Shushila Devi, one of the pilgrims. “We came here about five years ago, but since there was no public transport, we had to come as part of a religious tour group. Now, we can come whenever we want, it is a welcome change,” said Babal Nand, a lawyer who had come with his wife. The first batch of pilgrims, in two buses, was hand-picked by Nepal’s tourism ministry. They were accompanied by two Nepal ministers, Saroj Kumar Kushwaha and Usha Yadav, and Janakpur’s Deputy Mayor Rita Kumari Mishra. “For years, we had been promised such a service. As soon as we The first batch of pilgrims arrived in Ayodhya on Saturday. Vishal Srivastav received information about this bus service, we enrolled ourselves. The ghats ofSaryu in Ayodhya are considered very auspicious. But only a few could afford to make the trip,” said Neelam Mishra, 62, who was accompanied by her daughter and son-in-law. She recalled that during her last trip to Ayodhya, about three years ago, she had hired a private vehicle from Janakpur. “There were thousands who wanted to come on this trip... This bus service has been due for about 10 years now,” said Janakpur’s Deputy Mayor Rita Kumari Mishra, adding that this was her first visit to Ayodhya. Welcoming the pilgrims, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the travel time would further come down to 6-7 hours, once the Ram- Janki Marg was developed. Invoking cultural ties between India and Nepal, from Pashupatinath to Kashi Vishwanath, and now Janakpur to Ayodhya, he said: “There are several such threads which link us together. These cultural relations are more significant than any political relations.” Stating that his government had started work on schemes worth Rs 133 crore in Ayodhya, he said the Ramayana Circuit would connect Nepal, as well as Sri Lanka. Among those on the dais with Adityanath were Nritya Gopal Das of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, State Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Industries Minister Satish Mahana, local MP Lallu Singh and local MLAs.
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