DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 26 PAGES `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 2018 VIDHAN SABHA ELECTION RESULTS CHHATTISGARH (90/90) 2013 MADHYA PRADESH (230/230) 2013 RAJASTHAN (199/200) 2013 TELANGANA (119/119) INC 68 39 INC 114 58 INC 99 21 TRS 88 MNF 26 5 BJP 15 49 BJP 109 165 BJP 73 163 INC+ 21 INC 5 34 7 2 BSP 2 4 BSP 6 00 BJP 1 BJP 1 00 Others 5 3 Ind+Others 21 16 Ind+Others 9 Ind 8 1 Others 16.4% 43.1% Rest INC 12.1% +2.8% 33% 7.5% BJP JCC (J) -8% 41% Rest 12.4% INC 39.3% Rest INC +4.62% 5.8% IND 17.6% Rest MIZORAM (40/40) 46.9% TRS 9.3% 37.6% Rest MNF +8.9% +6.2% 41.1% 38.8% 9.5% BJP BJP IND -3.78% -6.4% 2013 28.5% 7% INC 30.2% 22.9% INC IND BJP -14.4% Wins and leads at 12.30 am. Election countermanded at Ramgarh seat in Rajasthan. Source: Election Commission of India RAHUL THANKS OUTGOING BJP CMs ACCEPT MANDATE WITH HUMILITY: PM CONG BANKS ON REBELS IN MP Cong brings BJP 3 notches down Chhattisgarh rout for BJP, Congress takes Rajasthan, is a breath away in MP MANOJ C G, MILIND GHATWAI, DIPANKAR GHOSE, DEEP MUKHERJEE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Prime Minister Modi at Parliament House. Praveen Jain NEW DELHI, BHOPAL, RAIPUR, JAIPUR, DECEMBER 11 INSIDE LIZ MATHEW It’s time for change. We are going to provide these three states with a vision... Mr Narendra Modi has taught me a lesson — what not to do” KCR rides welfare wave to majority in Telangana, signals Andhra, 2019 intent — RAHUL GANDHI HYDERABAD, DECEMBER 11 port to the Congress. In the evening, Congress president Rahul Gandhi declared victory in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, giving the credit to “party workers, farmers, youth and small businesses”. He thanked the outgoing “AUR EK baar, KCR”. This whisper hurtled across Telangana on polling day on December 7, a hat-tip to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao or KCR’s slew of sops and welfare schemes. Three months earlier, on September 6, KCR told his Cabinet he was calling for early elections nine months before his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SREENIVAS JANYALA term ended. “Populism will work and this is our chance. We will have to build on it,’’ he told them. Confident of his government’s schemes, KCR believed it would yield rich dividends for his party, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which Tuesday swept the state election, winning an absolute majority. Decimating the Prajakutami, an alliance including the Congress and Telugu Desam POLL RESULT ARITHMETIC How this translates to Lok Sabha: BJP tally down 62 to 31 in 3 states RAVISH TIWARI & PIYUSH AGGARWAL NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 11 AN ANALYSIS by The Indian Expressof constituency-wise poll data of the assembly elections in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh shows the BJP may lose as many as 31 Lok Sabha seats if the latest revealed vote preferences hold true for respective Lok Sabha seats. This is a substantial dip given the fact that BJP had won 62 of 65 Lok Sabha seats PAGES 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Rumbling in BJP: Just as they take credit, top should share blame too Outside the Congress headquarters in New Delhi as the results came in on Tuesday. Abhinav Saha across these states in 2014. BJP leaders sought to ringfence their government at the Centre from the assembly election results. Their argument: Yes, the Congress made gains but the fact that it was so close in EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT VERDICT: NEW GOVT, NEW TASK PAGE 5 Madhya Pradesh and not so bad in Rajasthan shows that the party may be down but it’s certainly not out. The reality could be a little more complicated. In the three Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the BJP has lost as many as 180 assembly seats — almost 48 per cent of what it held in 2013. The Congress, in contrast, which has been on a losing streak since its rout in 2014 — TRS workers celebrate in Hyderabad. PTI Party (TDP), the TRS won 87 of the 119 assembly constituencies, with 47% of the vote share. It meant a surge of at least 13% and 24 more seats compared to Telangana’s first assembly election in 2014. KCR won the Gajwel seat with a margin of over 50,000 votes while his son, K T Rama Rao, won from Sircilla with a margin of 89,909. The Prajakutami won 22 (Congress 20, TDP 2) with a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE TIME FOR HOPE AND HUMILITY BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA PAGE 14 THE IDEAS PAGE LESSONS FOR CONG IN RAJASTHAN BY SANJAY LODHA PAGE 15 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 11 SINCE COMING to power in 2014, the top two in the BJP — Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah — have held “victory” marches at its headquarters after every assembly poll win that followed, and credited each other for the achievement. But, as the results of the five state polls came in Tuesday, party leaders were scrambling to distance the two from the debacle. From office-bearers to MPs and MLAs, they insisted that these elections were fought on local issues and that the outcome cannot be seen as a referendum on the NDA government. “In fact, Congress loses its last N-E outpost, trounced by MNF in Mizoram HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 11 THE BIG rural economy takeaway for the BJP from the justconcluded assembly elections is that mere asset creation — building roads, houses and toilets or providing access to electricity, LPG and broadband connectivity — isn’t enough. For rural voters, incomes count as much, if not more. “Incomes” not rising, due to low crop prices and stagnating wages, has more than offset any E G “asset” gains in the recent period, which also probably explains the party’s heavy losses in the three states it ruled, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The Modi government’s record in creation of assets and provision of amenities in rural areas is quite impressive. Consider the following: I The total number of rural houses constructed since 201516 under Central schemes, including the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin, is 3.3 times that during the preceding four financial years. The last three fiscals alone (the current one still has 4.5 months left) have seen over 1 crore houses being built, with more than 27% of them in MP (15.43 lakh), Chhattisgarh (5.99 lakh) and Rajasthan (5.96 lakh). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 — PRIME MINISTER MODI the efforts by Amit Shah and Modiji helped the party put up a good show in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan,” said P Muralidhar Rao, general secretary and Rajasthan poll in-charge. Beneath the surface, however, the rumbling was clear. Speaking to The Indian Express, at least two senior BJP leaders admitted that the Modi-Shah CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Behind EC delay: new process and extra caution GUWAHATI, DECEMBER 11 RITIKA CHOPRA THE LAST outpost of the Congress in the North-East fell Tuesday when it was trounced in the Mizoram assembly polls as the Mizo National Front (MNF) roared back to power after ten years. MNF chief Zoramthanga, the 74-year-old former insurgent who was Chief Minister from 1998 to 2008, is set to form the ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 11 SHAKTIKANTA DAS, former top bureaucrat in the Finance Ministry and key face of the government during demonetisation, has been appointed as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India for a period of three years. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the move a day after Urjit Patel abruptly resigned from the post citing “personal reasons”. Das, who retired as Secretary Congratulations to the Congress for their victories... We accept the people’s mandate with humility... Victory and defeat are an integral part of life” ABHISHEK SAHA NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 11 Revenue department and as a key official in the Budget division. After his retirement on May 28, 2017, he was appointed as a member of the 15th Finance Commission and as the G20 Sherpa. Das, 61, a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, is a post-graduate in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. During demonetisation, he held regular briefings on behalf of the government as Economic Affairs Secretary to announce key changes, even as then RBI THE RELATIVELY slow counting of votes and the announcement of results Tuesday was because of a combination of procedural reasons. Until midnight Tuesday, the Election Commission, on its official website, had announced results for 170 of 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh, of which Congress had won 84 and BJP 82. In Chhattisgarh, the election was called in case of 58 seats out of 90. Counting, by this time, had been wound up for Telangana, Rajasthan and Mizoram. The delay, according to EC sources, was primarily due to four factors: increase in votes cast through postal ballot, mandatory tallying of EVM count with VVPAT slips, wafer-thin margins in Madhya Pradesh and a cautious approach adopted to avoid the embarrassment suffered during Nagaland polls this year. Sources said the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System, which was introduced a year ago, enabled the service voter to send her ballot on time and, hence, led to an increase in number ofpostal ballots received. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MNF celebrates return. Lafava government. He has met the Governor and staked claim. In the 40-member House of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LPG, toilet, house: BJP built solid Officer who spoke of inking thumbs rural assets but income didn’t rise after noteban is new RBI Governor EXPLAINED ENDING ITS near eclipse and breathing new life into Opposition attempts to set up a united front against the BJP-led NDA in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress returned to the Hindi heartland with impressive gains in the assembly elections Tuesday, routing the BJP in Chhattisgarh after 15 years. The party is set to form the government in Rajasthan and has staked claim in Madhya Pradesh though, until late at night, the seesaw battle for power in Bhopal continued. That nine of the 13 Independents elected in Rajasthan and the four Independents in Madhya Pradesh are all Congress rebels appeared to have tilted the scales in the favour of the party in these two states. MP Congress president Kamal Nath sought a late night appointment with the Governor on behalf of his party to form the government. In his letter to Raj Bhavan, he underlined that all the Independents have assured sup- Shaktikanta Das of the Department of Economic Affairs, had served in various capacities in the Finance Ministry, including as Secretary in the
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