DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2019, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 24 PAGES `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Inside Sabarimala: RahultargetsPM overRafale,Jaitley Kanakadurga, 42 slamsCong‘legacyoflying,corruption’ and Bindu, 40 ‘SC satisfied conscience... LOK SABHA DEBATE GETS OFF TO ACRIMONIOUS START Cong president calls for JPC probe, says PM doesn’t have guts to face House; later, calls for ‘one-on-one’ debate DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 ‘Contract was snatched from HAL’. Anil Sharma SETTINGTHEtoneforanacrimonious debate with the BJP-led government over the Rafale fighter deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he “hides” in his room and does not have the “guts” to come to Parliament to respond to questions. Outside the House, Gandhi told reporters: “I would very much like to debate with the Prime Minister one-on-one on Rafale, on anything about combat aircraft, on any strategic issue...” “Just give me 20 minutes with the Prime Minister, debate one-on-one on Rafale, and then you decide what is what.” Speaking in Lok Sabha, Gandhi demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft from France. Alleging corruption in the deal, PANAJI, JANUARY 2 WITHIN AN hour of his alleged conversation — where he purportedly quotes Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar saying in a Cabinet meeting that all files on Rafale were in his bedroom — with an unidentified personbeing madepublic, Goa’s Health Minister Vishwajit Rane called it a “conspiracy”. He said he was being used as a pawn by an opposition party which wanted to “just sensationalise Rafale”. The taped conversation was released by the Congress at a press conference earlier in the day and Congress president Rahul Gandhi referred to it in RAHUL GANDHI ■ PM favoured Anil Ambani ■ PM unilaterally fixed requirement at 36 aircraft ■ Former French president Hollande and President Macron have contradicted govt ■ Raises ‘Goa minister’ audio tape ■ Demands JPC ARUN JAITLEY ■Rahul trying to manufacture a scam ■SC has already satisfied its conscience ■Targets Gandhis with Bofors, Agusta, Herald ■Challenges Rahul to authenticate audio tape ■No JPC needed after SC order CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cong plays Goa ‘minister’ tape to claim Parrikar has Rafale files, both deny it SMITA NAIR THE EXCHANGE Lok Sabha. In the audio clip, a voice purportedly of Rane’s can be heard saying,“...Therewasathree-hour Cabinetmeeting...theCMmakes one very interesting statement. ThatIhavealltheinformationon Rafale in my bedroom... which youshouldactuallymakeastory and actually you can cross check with somebody whom you are close to within the Cabinet. That meansheisholdingthemtoransom. He said it’s in my bedroom, here only in the flat. Each and everydocumentof Rafaleiswith me. Now whether he wanted somebody to go and to inform them in Delhi or what exactly, I didn’t understand.” In a hastily called press meet, Rane called the tape “doctored” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cong manufactured scam’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 UNDERLINING THAT the Supreme Court had already satisfied its “conscience” on the Rafale matter and there was, therefore, no need for a JPC probe into the deal, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday hit back at Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress presidenthada“legacyof speaking falsehood” and “the family understood the arithmetic of money better than the equation of national security”. Taking a swipe at Gandhi over his understanding of the fighter deal, Jaitley said: “Rahul Gandhi ki padhai ABC se shuru karni padegi (His education has to begin with ABC).” He rejected demands for a JPC probe into the deal and said all issues had been dealtwithbytheSupremeCourt. Listingallegeddefencescams during Congress rule, he said these very “conspirators” had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JANUARY 2 ‘Audacity of conspirators of past scams’. Renuka Puri Cong MPs throw paper planes towards Jaitley, Speaker pulls them up DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE J&K: RECOGNISE THEPARADOX BY SHAH FAESAL, MEHBOOB MAKHDOOMI PAGE 12 AS THE Opposition and governmenttraded charges in a fiercely contested debateover the Rafale deal, Parliament Wednesday was adjourned multiple times afterprotests,wavingof placards and Congress members even hurling paper planes during Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s counter to Congress presidentRahulGandhi’sallegations. The House was finally adjourned for the day at 5 pm with the suspension of 26 AIADMK MPs, who protested in the well shouting slogans and raising placards in protest against a Cauvery water project in ‘On the way, a few devotees recognised us, but we did not face any protests’ TV grab shows paper planes hurled by Cong members. PTI Karnataka. As Jaitley attacked “the family” and raised issues of the National Herald case and the Bofors and AgustaWestland cases, Congress members gatheredin the well andshoutedslogans of “Chowkidar Chor hai”. In reply, the treasury benches CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE TWO women who entered the Sabarimala temple Wednesday,markingafirstafter the Supreme Court removed the traditionalage-linkedgenderbar last September, were under police protection since their first bid to enter the shrine nine days ago was blocked by protesters, oneof theirfamilymemberstold The Indian Express. But early Wednesday, the two women did not face any opposition from devotees inside the shrine, although their move later triggered protests and calls for a hartal by BJP-backed Hindu organisationsandcriticismfrom the Congress in the Left-ruled state. Temple authorities confirmed that A Bindu (40) and Kanakadurga (42) entered the shrinearound3.45amthrougha passagemeantforstaff andwere escorted by policemen dressed in black, which is the customary colour of clothing for devotees. Bindu is a former member of the CPI (ML) and an associate professor on contract with Welcoming entry, BJP MP says most SC/STs support it LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 A clip shows the two women entering the shrine. Express Kannur University’s School of Legal Studies. She lives with her husband, who is also a former CPI (ML) member, and their school-going daughter in Koyilandy in Kozhikode district. Kanakadurga is employed as the manager of an outlet of the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation in neighbouring Malappuram district. She lives CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Easespressureon stategovt, fresh ammofor Opp THE ENTRY in Sabarimala of two women in their 40s, the first time since the Supreme Court order three months ago, eases political pressure on the Left Front government in Kerala. For, it had vowed to implement the order but was stalled by protests. With the Lok Sabha polls just months away, this also gives fresh ammunition to the Congress and BJP, which will hope to capitalise on the anger among a wide section of society that has come out in support of the temple’s traditions. How the state government handles this will be key. THE DAY after Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to a woman judge’s dissenting order on Sabarimala, his party colleague and Dalit Lok Sabha MP struck a contrarian note. Welcoming the entry of two women in the shrine early Wednesday, Udit Raj said that he wanted women to enter the shrine as “a Udit Raj majority of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Ambedkarites have backed the SupremeCourtverdictliftingthe ban on menstruating women’s entry.” “Why should women be banned to enter the Sabarimala temple? Both genders are equal before God, God does not reside inoneparticularplace.Heisomnipresentandwomenareeverywhere. Then is it not impossible for God to stay away from them?” asked Udit Raj. Clarifying that it was his personal view, Udit Raj told The Indian Express: “Men also have come from women. Then if women are impure, how can men be pure?” Asked about the fact that several BJP leaders, including the Prime Minister, have cited CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP PROTESTER KILLED PAGE 9 SHUBHRA RANJAN Always Ahead Emergency’s torchbearer Kamal Nath puts on hold pension for its prisoners MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, JANUARY 2 WEEKS AFTER returning to power in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Kamal Nath has put on hold further payment of a monthly pension to those detained during the Emergency under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India Rules (DIR). Indications that the MP gov- WORLD WHITE HOUSE REJECTS DEMOCRAT PLAN TO END US GOVT SHUTDOWN CHINA BUILDING ‘MOST ADVANCED’ NAVAL WARSHIPS FOR PAK: REPORT PAGE 14 IN PARLIAMENT GOVTINTRODUCES AMENDMENTS TO AADHAAR LAW PAGE 6 ernment would change the scheme had begun soon after the Congress government assumed power in December. Under the Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan Samman Nidhi Niyam, nearly 2,000 people jailed duringtheEmergencygetamonthly pension of Rs 25,000. The move has drawn sharp criticism from the Opposition BJP, which has dubbed the proposed changes as a political vendetta. Incidentally, Nath was His govt sends circular to MP district authorities among several leaders Sanjay Gandhi inducted into the Congress during the Emergency between1975and1977andwas part of Sanjay’s inner circle. According to an MP government circular, dated December 29, 2018, and issued to all divisional commissioners and district collectors, the process to distributethehonorariumneeds to be changed to make it “accurateandtransparent”.According CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GS Prelims Quality Enrichment Program 2019 CITY Without Strategy, Execution is Aimless. Without Execution, Strategy is Useless. Open Test cum Workshop on 05 JAN 2019 Venue: 25, Pusa Road, Delhi. Timings: 10am to 5pm. 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