eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE JAIPUR,LATECITY A Song Called Bharati MAY13,2018 16+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY BIG PICTURE PAGE 7 PAGES 8-9 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 70% TURNOUT, RESULTS ON TUESDAY Karnataka exit polls: BJP single largest party in hung house, JD(S) may be kingmaker EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 12 AS VOTING ended in Karnataka onSaturday,sixoutof sevenmajor exit polls predicted that the BJP would get the largest numberof seatsinthenewassembly. All seven exit polls, aired by six national television channels and one regional channel, predicted a hung assembly, with neither the BJP nor the Congress getting to the simply majority mark of 112 seats. All the polls suggested that the JD(S) would be kingmaker, with the party predicted to get between 18 and 43 seats. DECISION 2017 SPLIT FORECAST KARNATAKA The predictions were based on voting until late afternoon at 222 of the 224 assembly seats. Voting in Bengaluru’s Raja Rajeshwari Nagar seat was deferred after 9,896 voter IDs were found in a flat. Election for the Jayanagar seat was put off following the death of the BJP candidate. The Election Commission CM Siddaramaiah after voting in Mysore on Saturday. PTI said 70 per cent of voters turned out to vote, slightly less than the 71.4 per cent turnout during the 2013 assembly election. The ABP-C Voter, NewsXCNX, Republic-Jan ki Baat, News ABP-CVoter NewsNation NewsX-CNX IndiaToday-Axis TimesNow-VMR Republic-JantakiBaat Dighvijay-Vijayawani CONG 88 75-84 72-78 106-118 97 73-82 76-80 Nation, Times Now-VMR, and regional Dighvijaya-Vijayawani surveys predictedtheBJPwould be the largest party in the new assembly. The India Today-Axis poll said the Congress would be BJP 107 99-108 102-110 79-92 94 95-114 103-107 JD(S) 25 31-40 35-39 22-30 28 32-43 31-35 OTHERS 4 3-7 3-5 1-4 3 2-3 4-8 the single largest party. The ABP-C Voter survey predicted 107 seats for the BJP, followed by 88 for the Congress, and25fortheJD(S).NewsX-CNX predicted 102-110 seats for the BJP,72-78seatsfortheCongress, 18-31 for the JD(S), and 1-8 for others. The Republic-Jan ki Baat poll suggested the BJP would get 95-114, Congress 73-82, JD(S) 32-43, and others 2-3. The News Nation poll predicted 99-108 seats for the BJP, 75-84fortheCongress,31-40for the JD(S), and 3-7 for others. Dighvijaya-Vijayawanigave103107 seats to the BJP, 76-80 to the Congress, 31-35 to the JD(S), and 4-8 to others. The India Today-Axis poll predicted a clear victory for the rulingCongress.Itpredictedthat theCongresswouldgetbetween 106 and 118 seats, while the BJP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Aurangabad: 1 killed in communal Omar slams BJP leaders buying clashes, minor killed in police firing land close to ammo depot EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUZAMIL JALEEL TWO PERSONS, including a minor, were killed and over 30 injured as communal clashes broke out in different areas of Aurangabad city on Friday night, and continued till Saturday afternoon. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), MaharashtraPolice,BipinBihari, confirmed that the minor was hit by pellets fired by the police to rein in the crowd. The second victim died after the roof of his house, on which a petrol bomb was hurled, collapsed, police said. FORMER J&K Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Saturday sought an immediate probe into the Army’s “serious misgivings andconcerns”regardingtheconstruction on land bought by top BJP leaders next to an ammunition depot in Nagrota in Jammu. “BJP is so keen on CBI enquiries why not a CBI enquiry on thisthen?”Omarsaid.Hesaidhe hadheardaboutBJPleadersbuying land at throwaway prices earlier.“Wedidn’t knowthatthe Army was opposing it because it isasecurityrisk.”hesaid.Hesaid MUMBAI, MAY 12 5 WORLD NEW DELHI, MAY 12 The clashes in Aurangabad broke out on Friday night, continued till Saturday morning. PTI Fifteen policemen, including threeofficers,wereamongthose injured. “A minor argument broke out between members of the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Panchayat polls personal now, says kin of man killed in Bengal ESHA ROY BHANGAR, MAY 12 MALAYSIA’S MAHATHIR BARS FORMER PM FROM LEAVING COUNTRY AIDWORKER CHARGEDWITH CHILDRAPEIN NEPAL RAPE AND MURDER OF INFANT: INDORE MAN AWARDED DEATH, PAGE 3 THIS IS the first time that Sabira Bibi(20)isvisitingherhusband’s house in Bhangar, in South 24 Parganasdistrictof WestBengal, 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 attackedbyTMCstrongmanand panchayat sabhapati Aribul Islam and his men with “bombs and bullets’’. Mollah was hit by a bulletonhisupperlip.Thebullet Sabira Bibi’s husband was killed on Friday. Partha Paul smashed through his teeth and exited from the back of his head. He was rushed to a private hospital in Rajarhat, where he was declared dead — the latest victim of poll-related violence in the state. “I hadn’t visited my hus- band’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 callfromherbrother-in-law.“He first said that my husband had been shot, and then added that he had died,’’ she says. OnFridaynight,heryoungest 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 powerplant.Threepersonshave beenkilledsincetheprotestsbegan in 2016. In January 2017, two CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The Indian Express report that conveniently, “IIT, IIM and a zooweresetuptherebythegovernment, close to this place.” “Of coursethisisasheerconflict of interest. This company is owned by BJP leaders and the Armysaystheiractivities(onthis land) are a security risk.” He said that he (Nirmal Singh) was powerministerandwasrunning a power company. “It is a clear conflict of interest,” Omar said. Omar said he doesn’t expect any action by the PDP-BJP government, “because this government isn’t bothered”. “The BJP absolves Mehbooba Mufti of all her misgovernance and the CM absolves BJP of this sort of activity... So it is a very cosy partnership, and that’s why the CM’s brother called it partners in crime. This leads back to what (Tourism Minister) Tassaduq Mufti had said. This is it. This is what he meant. They are partners in crime.” Omar said “the truth is that had these been Kashmir-based politicians and the Army had said this about us in the Valley, BJP people would have been screaming from the skies”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sharif: Militants active in Pak, should we allow them to kill in Mumbai? SHUBHAJIT ROY 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 atopPakistanpoliticalleader,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,whohasbeendisqualified 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 notbeingaccepted.Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but oursisnot.Wemustlookintoit,” 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 — Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-eMohammad — operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said: “Militant organisations are active in Pakistan... Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial.” The Mumbai attacks-related trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 6 ‘PLAYERS HAVE MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS. THEY SHOULD SPEAK UP (ON AN ISSUE) IF SOMETHING’S WRONG’ VIJAY AMRITRAJ On first bus from Janakpur to Ayodhya: ‘Journey easier, can now come whenever we want’ MAULSHREE SETH AYODHYA, MAY 12 A DAY after Prime Minister NarendraModiandNepalPrime Minister K P Oli flagged off the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, the first batch of 66 pilgrims arrived here on Saturday morning, around8.30am.Forsome,itwas 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 themsaidtheywerelookingforward to more frequent visits now. “It used to be a difficult journey. 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 yearsago,butsincetherewasno publictransport,wehadtocome as part of a religious tour group. Now,wecancomewheneverwe 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 wereaccompaniedbytwoNepal ministers, Saroj Kumar Kushwaha and Usha Yadav, and Janakpur’s Deputy Mayor Rita The first batch of pilgrims from Nepal arrived in Ayodhya on Saturday morning. Vishal Srivastav Kumari Mishra. “For years, we had been promisedsuchaservice.Assoon as we received information about this bus service, we enrolled ourselves. The ghats of SaryuinAyodhyaareconsidered very auspicious. But only a few could afford to make the trip,” said Neelam Mishra, 62, who wasaccompaniedbyherdaughter 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... Thisbusservicehasbeenduefor 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.Invokingculturalties CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif anti-terrorism court. “It’s absolutely unacceptable (to allow non-state actors to crosstheborderandcommitterrorism there). President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. PresidentXi(Jinping)hassaidit,” he said. Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif said: “You can’t run a country if you have two or three parallel governments.Thishastostop.There can only be one government — the constitutional one.” Sharif, known for his proIndia views, is perceived by Pakistan’s Army as a politician who has challenged their authority. In the last few years, Sharif tried to improve bilateral ties with India, but terrorist attacks in Pathankot — a week after his meeting with Prime Minister NarendraModiinLahore—scuttled the dialogue process. This was followed by Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentencing, and Uri attacks, thereby derailing the dialogue process.
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