eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE A Song Called Bharati KOLKATA,LATECITY MAY13,2018 18+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (EX KOLKATA `7, `12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY P AGE BIG PICTURE 12 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 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 regionalchannel,predictedthatthe BJPwouldgetthelargestnumber 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 NewsNation NewsX-CNX Republic-JantakiBaat Dighvijay-Vijayawani TimesNow-Chanakya TimesNow-VMR IndiaToday-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 NationexitpollspredictedtheBJP 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 gavetheCongressanarrowlead; 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 ELECTIONSTO222of the224assembly 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 positiontorevealtheoverallvoting 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. Electionofficialssaidtheyexpected 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,BengaluruRural and Chikaballapur where the electoral battle is essentially between the ruling Congress and theJanataDal(Secular)of former primeministerHDDeveGowda. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K BJP leaders’ land: Omar seeks Communal clashes hit Aurangabad: 1 killed in attack, one in police firing probe into Army’s concerns MUZAMIL JALEEL & BASHAARAT MASOOD NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, MAY 12 FORMER JAMMU and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar AbdullahSaturdaysoughtanimmediate 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 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 15 The Indian Express report; Nirmal Singh’s house under construction. Arun Sharma the“politicallymotivated”opposition to the construction, which he said was “the Army’s view”, which was not binding on him. The land in question belongs to Himgiri Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, a company owned by BJP leaders including Nirmal Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta. Omar Abdullah said he had heard about BJP leaders buying land at throwaway prices, but “We didn’t know that the Army wasopposingitbecauseitisasecurity risk”. After the land was purchased, an “IIT, IIM, and a zoo were conveniently set up there by the government, close to this place”, Omar alleged. “BJP is so keen on CBI inquiries, so why not a CBI inquiry into this then?” he asked. “Of course, this is sheer conflict of interest. This company is owned by BJP leaders, and the Armysaystheiractivities(onthis land) are a security risk.” Also, Nirmal Singh was power minister, and was running a power company (Himgiri). “It is clear conflict of interest,” Omar said. However, he did not expect any action on this issue, because the PDP-BJP government “isn’t bothered”, Omar said. “The BJP absolves (Chief Minister) Mehbooba Mufti of all her misgovernanceandtheCMabsolves CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AIDWORKER CHARGED WITHCHILD RAPEINNEPAL PM: INDIA TO BE ‘SHERPA’ TO HELP NEPAL ACHIEVE DEVELOPMENT, PAGE 5 INSIDE ● J&K DGP: NSG MAY BE DEPLOYED TO PREVENT DESTRUCTION OF HOUSES ● TILAK FAMILY TELLS RAJASTHAN TO BAN BOOK 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 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 — 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 CHANDAN HAYGUNDE AURANGABAD, MAY 12 TWO PERSONS, including a minor, were killed and over 50 injured after communal clashes brokeoutinmarketplacesacross Aurangabad city on Friday night, and continued till Saturday morning. ESHA ROY BHANGAR, MAY 12 Sabira Bibi’s husband, Hafizul Mollah, was killed in Bhangar on Friday. Partha Paul Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial.” The Mumbai attacks-related trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. “It’s absolutely unacceptable (to allow non-state actors to cross the border and commit terrorism there). President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it,” he said. Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif said: “You can’t run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. 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 Narendra Modi in Lahore — scuttled the dialogue process. This was followed by Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentencing, and Uri attacks, thereby derailing the dialogue process. The clashes in Aurangabad broke out on Friday night, continued till Saturday morning. PTI While Mohammed Abdul Haris Kadri (17) was reportedly killed in police firing in Navapur area, Jaganlal Chaganlal Bansile, a 72-year-old disabled person, was charred to death after a petrol bomb was hurled on his house. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), MaharashtraPolice,BipinBihari, IDEA EXCHANGE said the minor was hit by pellets fired by the police to rein in the crowd. Minister of State for Home Affairs Ranjit Patil said the clashes were triggered by some petty disputes over the last few days. While there was no official statement on the cause of the riots, residents and police sources CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PAGE 7 ‘PLAYERS HAVE MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS. THEY SHOULD SPEAK UP (ON AN ISSUE) IF SOMETHING’S WRONG’ VIJAY AMRITRAJ Death and power plant protests cast shadow over Bengal rural polls WORLD MALAYSIA’S MAHATHIR BARS FORMER PM FROM LEAVING COUNTRY Sharif questions Pak policy on militants: Should we let them kill in Mumbai? THIS IS the first time that Sabira Bibi(20)isvisitingherhusband’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 panchayatsabhapatiAribulIslam 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. Hewasrushedtoaprivatehospital in Rajarhat, where he was declareddead—thelatestvictimof 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 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 youths, Alamgir Mollah and Mofizul Khan, died, allegedly in police firing, after protests took a violent turn. A few months later, in July 2017, a TMC panchayat samiti member, Ashikur Rehman, died during clashes CONTINUEDONPAGE2 WEST BENGAL PAGE 3 ● KOLKATA: MAN ARRESTED FOR COMMITTING ‘INDECENT ACT’ IN PUBLIC BUS ● COOCH BEHAR: 7 OF FAMILY KILLED AS SUV FALLS INTO POND ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 3 Janakpur-Ayodhya first bus: ‘Journey easier, can come when we want now’ MAULSHREE SETH AYODHYA, MAY 12 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 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 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 The first batch of pilgrims arrived in Ayodhya on Saturday. Vishal Srivastav Kumari Mishra. “For years, we had been promised such a service. As soon as we received information about this bus service, we enrolled ourselves. The ghats of Saryu 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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