TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20+4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BYPOLL RESULTS From Kairana in UP, BJP gets second reminder of Opp unity Opposition parties take 11 of 14 assembly and Lok Sabha seats PAGES 16-17 INSIDE PAGE 5 ● TOP 3 RANKS IN LAW ENTRANCE GO TO FRIENDS IN JAIPUR ● LANKESH MURDER: SIT NAMES 3 MORE DECISION 2018 BYPOLLS PAGES 3, 7 In Palghar, north Indian votes, chinks in strategy cost Shiv Sena heavily 10 THEEDITORIALPAGE Kairana: More local, less ideological By GILLES VERNIERS & RAJKAMAL SINGH CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RLD, SP, BSP and Congress workers celebrate in Kairana, UP, on Thursday after RLD’s Tabassum Hasan won. Gajendra Yadav Behind the win: Jats, Muslims stepped over riot faultlines to vote together Present in 10 Lok Sabha seats, RLD key factor if votes pooled LALMANI VERMA & RAVISH TIWARI KAIRANA, NEW DELHI, MAY 31 THE RESULT of the bypoll for the KairanaLokSabhaseatThursday sent a second reminder in less than three months to the ruling BJP, after its defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in March, that a united Opposition that includes theSamajwadiParty(SP)andthe Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh is a political force to reckon with. “This is a vote for Opposition unity,” Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader and former Lok Sabha BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY member Jayant Chaudhary told TheIndianExpressaftertheresults were declared. Backed by the Congress, SP and BSP, his party candidate Tabassum Hasan won by about 45,000 votes. This is significant for several reasons. For one, it reaffirms RLD’s electoral utility in the Opposition’s matrix. It has presence in over 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in western UP: FatehpurSikri,Mathura,Aligarh, Hathras, Baghpat, Kairana, Bijnore, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar.Apoolingof their votes polled during previous Assemblyelectionssuggeststhat a united Opposition will win a majority of seats in this region. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP trounces its ally Sena NCP rides to victory on Patole in Bhandara-Gondia to win Palghar bypoll VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, MAY 31 THE RULING BJP on Thursday lost the Lok Sabha bypoll at Bhandara-Gondia in Maharashtra with the CongressNCP alliance winning the seat with a margin of 48,097 votes. While NCP’s Madhukar Kukde polled 4,42,213 votes, BJP’s Hemant Patle could managedonly3,94,116votes.Thereal winner, however, was Nana Patole — the incumbent BJP MP — who had joined the Congress last year. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not listening to anyone, Patole had alleged that the PM had asked him to keep quite when he had tried to raise the issue of farmers. While the BJP chose not to expel him, Patole joined the Congress, necessitating the bypoll. “They tried their best to see to it that the election is not held because they were sensing defeat. They could have held it CONTINUEDONPAGE2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MAY 31 THE RULING BJP on Thursday emerged victorious in the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll in Maharashtra,defeatingitsallyin thestate,theShivSena,byamargin of 28,474 votes. The election saw the Congress being relegated to the fifth position — its worst performance in six decades — with its candidate winning only 47,713 votes. The bitterly contested bypoll saw BJP’s Rajendra Gavit — a former Congress minister — polling 2,72,780 votes and Sena’s Shrinivas Wanaga bagging 2,43,206 votes. While the candidate of Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA), the runner-up in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, won the third spot with 2,22,837 votes, the CPI(M)candidategotvotes71,887. Speaking to mediapersons after the results were declared, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “I express gratitude to the people of Palghar for CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Aurangabad violence: Police look at CWG gold lifter Sanjita booking Flipkart for online swords Chanu faces dope charge RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, MAY 31 POLICE IN Maharashtra are exploring the possibility of levelling criminal conspiracy charges against Flipkart after the Aurangabad Crime Branch recovered a consignment of 30 weapons, including 12 swords and 16 knives, that were allegedly ordered online through the e-commerce firm. According to police, orders for most of the consignments were placed on May 16 by 24 lo- Some of the weapons seized by the police. cal residents and the weapons reached a courier company’s office for delivery on May 21. The orders were placed days after Aurangabad witnessed clashes over rumours of water connections being disconnected, leadingtocommunalriotsonMay11 and12inwhichaboywaskilled. The orders were placed underthecategoriesof ‘toyswords’ and‘kitchenappliances’,saidpolice. The state’s Anti Terrorism Squad is also part of the probe. Speaking to The Indian Express, ADGP (Law and Order), Bipin Bihari, said: “We are exploringalllegaloptionsforbooking Flipkart for providing and transporting, knowingly or unknowingly, such dangerous CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 31 TWO-TIME Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sanjita Chanu has been provisionally suspended for consuming performance enhancing drugs, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said in a statement. The 24-year-old tested positive for testosterone, which improves muscle strength and endurance. Reacting to the IWF statement, a top official of the Indian federation defended its Suspended for now by IWF star athlete, hinting at foul play. If provenguiltyof drugabuse, Chanu can be suspended for up to four years, which will end her hopesof competinginthisyear’s AsianGamesaswellastheTokyo Olympics in 2020. “IWF reports that the sample of Ms Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham has returned an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SWACHH BHARAT, NOTEBAN, GANGA: GOVT SCHEMES ENTER TEXTBOOKS RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 31 THE NEW NCERT textbooks are dotted with references to decisions and flagship programmes of the NDA-II government. Of the 14 references spotted byTheIndianExpressaspartof its analysis of 25 textbooks for Classes6to10,themajoritywere devoted to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, followed by Namami GangeProgramme,DigitalIndia, BetiBachaoBetiPadhao,Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana on skilling, and demonetisation. Earlier, the NCERT did include references to flagship schemesof theUPAgovernment in textbooks. For instance, NREGA (now known as MNREGA) was added to the Class 11 economics textbook, the National Food Security Act 2013 was included in Chapter 4 of the class 9 economics textbook and the Right to Information Act in chapter 5 of the Class 10 political science textbook. However,thereweren’tmultiple references made to the same scheme in different text- Good rabi crop, uptick in factory output lift GDP up to 7.7 per cent NEW DELHI, MAY 31 NEW DELHI, MAY 31 ‘I believe that touching a snake opens people’s minds and changes it’ PROVISIONAL ESTIMATES AANCHAL MAGAZINE MANOJ C G & LIZ MATHEW ADDING TO the BJP’s string of electoral reverses in bypolls, Opposition parties Thursday won 11 of 14 assembly and Lok Sabha seats, including the Kairana parliamentary constituencyinUttarPradesh,sending the ruling party a wake-up call in the run-up to the 2019 general elections. The saving grace for the BJP came from Maharashtra where it defeated the Shiv Sena in a keen contest for the Palghar Lok Sabha seat. In Uttarakhand, the BJP won the Tharali assembly seat while NDA partner NDPP took the Nagaland Lok Sabha seat. In the bypolls to four Lok Sabha seats, the score was 2-2 for the Opposition and the NDA —allthefourseatswerewiththe NDA earlier. The RLD-SP-BSPCongress combine wrested Kairana from the BJP and the NCP-Congressalliancesnatched the Bhandara-Gondiya seat in Maharashtra. The silver lining for the BJP, however,wasitsperformancein West Bengal where it pushed the Left front candidate to the third spot in the Maheshtala assembly election where the Trinamool Congress emerged victorious. Barring the Tharali seat, the JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 25 NEW NCERT TEXT BOOKS AN EXPRESS SERIES-PART-IV books as seen with NDA -II schemes. These additions have been made to the Geography, Science, Political Science, Economics and English books and are part of the textbook review—thefirstsince2007—undertaken last year by the NCERT, whichadvisestheuniongovernment on school education. Here are the key changes: ■ Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has been introduced in five textbooks. A small box, added to the chapter on human life in the tropical and subtropical regions, in the Class 7 Geography textbookstates,“Toacceleratetheefforts to achieve universal sanitationcoverageandtoputfourson sanitation, the Prime Minister of India launched the ‘Swachh BharatMission’on02ndOctober 2014.” Chapter 6 of the Class 6 Geographybookreads:“Healthy mind lives in healthy body and forahealthybodycleanenvironmentparticularlycleanwater,air and hygienic surroundings are pre-requisites. Swachh Bharat Mission, a government of India programme aims to achieve all these for people.” This chapter is on the major landforms of the Earthsuchasmountains,plateau CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BOOSTED BY an uptick in the manufacturingandconstruction sectors, and a good rabi harvest, India’srealgrossdomesticproduct (GDP) surged to a sevenquarter high of 7.7 per cent in January-March, the last quarter of the2017-18financialyear.The rise in output came alongside a favourable base effect related to low growth in the fourth quarter of the previous year. The provisional estimates of GDP, released by Central Statistics Office (CSO) Thursday, showed that while the overall growth rate for the full financial year (2017-18) is estimated at 6.7 per cent, up marginally from the second advance estimate of 6.6 per cent and first advance estimate of 6.5 per cent, it would be the slowest in four years, and the lowest since the NDA government came to power. The country had recorded GDP growth of 7.1 per cent in the previous financial year (2016-17). Growth is projected to rebound to 7.5 per cent this year. On Wednesday, Moody’s Investors Service cut its 2018 GDP growth outlook for India to 7.3 per cent from its earlier estimate of 7.5 per cent, citing surging oil prices and tighter financial conditions. According to the latest data, GDP growth rate for all three previousquartersof 2017-18has been revised downward from thesecondadvanceestimate released in February. The GDP growth rate for April-June has been revised lower to 5.6 per cent from 5.7 per cent in second advance estimate, for JulySeptember to 6.3 per cent from 6.5 per cent and for OctoberDecember to 7.0 per cent from 7.2 per cent estimated earlier. The provisional estimate for Gross Value Added (GVA) — the more closely watched indicator for growth — is estimated at 6.5 per cent in 2017-18, slightly higher than the 6.4 per cent rate of second advance estimate, but down from 7.1 per cent in the previous financial year and the lowest in five years. Asperthenewmethodology followed by the CSO, the GDP is calculated by adding product taxes to the GVA at basic prices and removing subsidies. UnionMinisterPiyushGoyal, who is holding charge of the finance ministry in the absence of Arun Jaitley, said the 7.7 per cent GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2017-18 showed that the economy was on right track for higher growth in the future. Finance and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said that the higher growth rate reflects the impact of reforms taken by the government, especially the sequential rise in CONTINUEDONPAGE2 GROWTH IN NUMBERS 2017-18 (Provisional) 2nd advance 2016-17 estimate (1st RE) April-June 5.6 5.7 Jul-Sep 6.3 6.5 8.1 7.6 Oct-Dec 7 7.2 6.8 Jan-Mar 7.7 - 6.1 Full financial year 6.7 6.6 7.1 (Source: CSO) To cut fuel rates, Govt works on ONGC plan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 31 THECENTREisworkingoutasolution with the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation(ONGC)toannounce a cut in diesel and petrol prices. A meeting was held late Thursday, sources said, at PetroleumMinisterDharmendra Pradhan’s residence. Askedwhenthegovernment could decide on the cut, an official told The Indian Express that the announcement could come any time. OnMay24,TheIndianExpress had reported that the government is working on getting ONGC to shoulder the burden of rising fuel prices as it is reluctant to cut the excise duty levied on petrol and diesel. The government’s plan was todirectONGCtosellitscrudeoil at below ruling international prices by capping the price for theentirefiscalyear.OilIndiaLtd, the other national oil producer, will not be a part of this scheme. ONGC supplies an estimated 20 per cent of the country’s total crudeoilrequirementtorefining and marketing companies IOC, HPCLandBPCL.ONGChadasked for a higher price to fund its capital expenditure for the next two years. Incidentally, ONGC and OIL last contributed to fuel subsidies in June 2015 with contributions of over 40 per cent of the annual subsidy bill. There was a 19-day freeze in revising rates before Karnataka went to polls. Fuel prices have gone up significantly since the timethehiatusendedonMay14. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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