TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE At least 18 dead, several injured as flyover collapses in Varanasi EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE LUCKNOW,MAY15 AT LEAST 18 people were killed and several others injured when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed near Varanasi’s Cantonment railway stationonTuesday.Policesaidthe flyover’stwopillarscollapsedand brought the slab down. Circle officer Rakesh Kumar Nayak said the flyover is around 1.5 km long and stretches from Chowka Ghat to Naharpara via Cantonment area. Police cordoned off the area whileNationalDisasterResponse Force (NDRF) teams was rushed to the spot for rescue operations. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY The Uttar Pradesh government formed an agriculture productioncommissionerRajPratap Singh-ledpaneltoprobetheaccident. Thepanelwasaskedtogiveits report within two days to chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Adityanath said the panel has beenaskedtorecommendaction againstthosefoundguilty.Heannounced Rs five lakh compensation for families of the deceased andRstwolakhforthoseinjured. His principal secretary Awanish Awasthiconfirmed18bodieshad beenrecoveredfromtheaccident scene. Prime Minister Narendra Modi,whorepresentsVaranasiin CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 My husband and son died in front of my eyes: Survivor EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE VARANASI,MAY15 Rescuers search for survivors at the accident site. AP KUMKUMSINGH,45,wasonher way to Varanasi’s Cantonment railway station along with her husbandtodroptheiraspiringengineer son there en route to Kota on Tuesday when a concrete slab from an under construction flyoverfellontheircar.Shesurvived withaminorheadinjury.Herhusband and retired Indian Air Force (IAF)officer,RBSingh,46,andson CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kumkum Singh Results are in, jury is out KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY ELECTION Hours after rout, Cong gets together with JD (S) to stake claim, single largest party BJP falls short INSIDE ● CONG-JD(S) TALKS BEGAN SUNDAY, OPP WEIGHED IN AFTER DEFEAT P 2 DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA JOHNSON T A & MANOJ C G BENGALURU, NEW DELHI, MAY 15 LATE NIGHT meetings, secret huddles and the spotlight firmly on the Bengaluru Raj Bhavan set the stage for what will be a hectic week in Karnataka after no single party crossed the halfway mark in the state elections, the results of which was a rollercoaster ride much of Tuesday. TheBJPwith104seats—eight short of a simple majority — emerged as the single largest partybuttheCongress,inthesecond position with 78 seats, moved quickly to extend support to JD(S) which, with 37 seats, staked claim to form the government. TheCongressofferedunconditional support to JD (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy and they approached Governor Vajubhai Valatoletthemformthenewgovernment.TheBJPtooapproached the Governor, stating that it had emergedasthesinglelargestparty inthepolls. But unlike 2008 when it had 110seatsandrodetopowerafter winning over five Independent MLAs,theBJPwasinabitofaspot this time — the Others are only threeincludingonefromtheBSP. Before meeting the Governor, Kumaraswamy CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP No. 1 but tables turned, its challenge: how to get the chair LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, MAY 15 BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa meets Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala. PTI MORE THAN a year after the Assembly elections in Goa and Manipur where it formed governments despite not being the single largest party in the polls, the BJP Tuesday found the tables turned in Karnataka. Emerging as the single largest party but short of majority in the Karnataka House, the BJP was scrambling to plot a strategy by evening after the Congress,inthesecondposition, movedswiftlytoextendsupport CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2018 data crunch: Congress plus JD(S) could mean only 6 Lok Sabha seats for BJP KAUNAIN SHERIFF M & RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, MAY 15 BOTHTHECongressandtheJD(S) appeared to brush aside their campaign bitterness to try and denypowertotheBJP.Sortingout their chemistry may be easier saidthandonebutit’stheirpolitical arithmetic that’s of serious electoral consequence to the BJP. A pooling of the votes secured by the Congress and JD(S) (and its pre-alliance partner BSP) suggests that the BJP could have been reduced to merely68Assemblyseatsif both these rivals had come together before the elections. And the coalition would have got 156. Given how this post-poll alliancebetweentheCongressand JD(S) is likely to continue to the nextLokSabhaelectionsin2019, a pooling of the Assemblywise votes secured by these two partieswillbeaformidableelectoral 11 EXPLAINED What may guide the Governor’s decision combination. An analysis by The Indian Express of data from today’s results shows that pooling of Congress and JD(S) votes in each Assembly segment corresponding to respective Lok Sabha seats translates into the BJP winning only six of 28 Lok Sabha seats. This is a massive drop for the BJP from its tally of 17 in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. These six Lok Sabha seats that BJP is projected to win include Bagalkote, Haveri, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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