TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE STAGE SET FOR SPELL OF GOVERNOR’S RULE BJP ends its J&K alliance with PDP, cites national interest, security slide Omar for early polls, Rahul says BJP-PDP set fire to J&K BJP surprises PDP by pulling out, had a huddle with RSS leaders days earlier RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, JUNE 19 DAYS AFTER its leadership had a huddle with the RSS, the BJP Tuesday pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, citing “the larger national interest... the deteriorating security situation”, and settingthestageforGovernor’srule in the state. BlamingthePDPforthefallof thealliancegovernment,BJPgeneralsecretaryRamMadhav,inthe presence of the party’s J&K leaders, told reporters in New Delhi that “continuance in the government had become untenable... responsibilityforthiskindof scenario lies with the other side”. “Keeping in mind the larger national interest of India’s integrity and security, keeping in mind the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in GOVT & POLITICS ● J&K GOVERNOR SENDS REPORT TO CENTRE PAGE 6 Split may be signal ahead of 2019, result in hardening of policy THEEDITORIALPAGE 12 MUZAMIL JALEEL & BASHAARAT MASOOD SPORT SRINAGAR, JUNE 19 HOURS AFTER she resigned as Chief Minister of Jammu and KashmirfollowingtheBJP’sdecision to pull out of the coalition government, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said her government “did everything that we could manage to do to address the situation on the ground” because “we are convinced that a muscular policy will never work and the only wayforwardisourhealingtouch ENGLAND SMASH HIGHEST EVER ODI TOTAL WITH 481 FOR 6 AGAINST AUSTRALIA 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE BY UNNY Governor’s rule, then polls, says Omar. Shuaib Masoodi the state, we have decided that itistimethereinsof powerinthe state be handed over to the Governor,” Ram Madhav said. Before the announcement about the party’s withdrawal from the government, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met BJP president Amit Shah. GST, a buoyant force By KAPIL PATIDAR & ARVIND SUBRAMANIAN ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TELANGANA TRIBAL STUDENTS CHASE A DREAM — ALL THE WAY TO DELHI Students from Telangana with their admission forms at the arts faculty of Delhi University, Tuesday. Abhinav Saha SHRADHA CHETTRI NEW DELHI, JUNE 19 CARRYING THEIR certificates in files adorned with colourful tribal motifs, they walked in a line out of the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station — all 84 of them, eager and excited. They had reached Delhi on Sunday after a 30-hour train journey from Hyderabad. Now, these students from two residentialinstitutionsfortribalchildren in Telangana were on their way to make a dream come true — admission to colleges in the National Capital. Last year, 12 students from one of the two institutions — Telangana Tribal Welfare ResidentialGurukulam—gotadmissions in colleges under Delhi University for the first time, sparking a buzz back home. This time, students from schools undertheTelanganaSocialWelfare Residential Gurukulam, too, have joined the queue — both the institutions are affiliated to the state board. “The 12 who got admissions lastyeararedoingverywellhere, studying at Miranda House, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JUNE 19 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Muscular policy won’t work, J&K not enemy territory: Mehbooba Opportunity lost in J&K 24 BUSINESS AS USUAL policy...Kashmirisnotanenemy territory”. Speaking to The Indian Express,Mehboobasaid:“Weare in good spirits. We have no regrets”. She said her party did not wanttoattemptanothergovernment formation. “I have sent my resignation to the Governor Sahib (N N Vohra), saying we don’t want to explore any other alliance,’’ she said. “Our alliance with the BJP was against the temperament of our people. But there was a much bigger reason for this alliance. The situation in J&K is not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Amit Shah after meeting his party leaders at the BJP office in New Delhi, Tuesday. Prem Nath Pandey Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar after the fall of her government. Shuaib Masoodi THE CONGRESS and National Conference (NC) are not looking at the option of forming a new government in J&K with the PDP after Mehbooba Mufti resigned Tuesday as Chief Minister following the BJP’s withdrawal from her government. Reacting to the state government’s collapse, NC leader Omar Abdullah called for fresh elections while the Congress indicated that it preferred the imposition of Governor’s rule at this juncture. In 2014, both the parties had mooted the idea of a unity government along with the PDP. Speaking to The Indian Express, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the situation in J&K is not conducive for elections, and that the way ahead is imposition of Governor’s rule. But this stand is at variance with that of some Oppositionparties,includingthe Left, which believe that Governor’s rule “may not help in addressing the deepening alienation of the people”. The only other option on the table is formation of a new government by the BJP and the NC. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After 9 days, Kejriwal ends L-G office sit-in, officers back at work EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 19 DELHI CHIEF Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday called off his nine-day sit-in at the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to protest against an alleged strike by Delhi IAS officers. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said the sit-in had been called off afterbureaucratsstartedattending meetings at the Secretariat. Kejriwal and three Cabinet colleagues had been on a sit-in protest in Baijal’s office since June 11, demanding that the Lt Governor intervene in ending the alleged strike by IAS officers, and grant approval for the doorsteprationdeliveryscheme. Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain had also started a hunger strike and were hospitalised. Both were discharged Tuesday. According to Sisodia, IAS officers attended several meetings CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 5 Hapur lynching linked to cows, claim victim’s kin; police deny, say road rage ADITI VATSA HAPUR, JUNE 19 A DAY after a cattle-trader was beaten to death and a 65-yearold severely injured by a mob, the families of the victims alleged that the attack was due to a “cow-related matter” while police insisted that it was the fallout of a road rage incident. Qasim (45) was beaten to death by a mob at a sugarcane field in Hapur’s Pilakhuwa and 65-year-old Samiuddin was injured in the incident. Police have arrested two men — Yudhishtir Singh and Rakesh Sisodia — on the charge of murder. According to the FIR filed at the Pilakhuwa police station, the incident was the result of a scuffle between unidentified bike-borne men and the two victims. But the familyof Samiuddinandthetwo men arrested insisted that it CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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