DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Rajnath gets manifesto, Jaitley publicity duty in BJP’s collective front for LS polls Party showshas sabka saath,senior leadersget signal LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 6 THE EDITORIAL PAGE CARRYOVERS FROM2018 BY VIKRAM MEHTA PAGE 10 Ready for CBI probe, people will teach BJP a lesson: Akhilesh MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, JANUARY 6 A DAY after the CBI searched more than a dozen locations across Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in connection with an illegal mining case that allegedly involves Samajwadi Party leaders, former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav Sunday said the BJP has shown its “true colours” and that the CBI can never help anyone win elections. Targeting the BJP, Akhilesh said that the CBI is being used to thwart the SP-BSPallianceinthe state. “It is a question of just 100 days. After 100 days, all of us will be before the public. The CBI is not going to win an election for anyone.TheCBIisgoingtoaskus questions and we will answer but the public is going to decide andtheyarereadytoteachthem (BJP) lessons,” he said. Amid reports of an alliance without the Congress, Akhilesh said that the BJP was using the CBI just like the Congress did it in the past. “I am happy that the BJP has shown its true colours. I will get the chance to meet the CBI again. One chance was given by the Congress and now another chance has been given by the BJP,” he said. He said that an announcement on seat-sharing with the BSP will be made in about a week’s time. “What do we have? All we can do is enter an alliance andgobeforethepublic.Butthose whowanttostopus,whatdothey have?TheyhavetheCBI?”hesaid. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY STEPPINGUPitspreparationsfor the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP Sunday appointed Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairman of its manifesto committee and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was named the head of the publicity committee. TransportMinisterNitinGadkari will lead a team to coordinate with social and non-governmental organisations. After giving senior leaders key election responsibilities in the states, the BJP also announced Sunday 17 groups ahead of the 2019 polls, with an emphasis on communication. Signalling that the crucial elections will be fought with cooperation from all leaders, party president Amit Shah has distrib- A Delhi BJP Dalit outreach, with “5,000-kg samrasta khichdi”, in the Capital on Sunday. Prem Nath Pandey PAGE5 uted responsibility to almost all senior and key leaders. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been given chargeof thecontentgeneration team,LawMinisterRaviShankar Prasadwilloverseetheactivities of the media group. The social mediacommitteewillbeheaded by party secretary Shyam Jaju, WHILE UNDERSCORING that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has touched various sections of society with its welfare schemes and programmes, the new appointments have signalled that the BJP now wants its senior leaders to fully engage in communicating this to the electorate in the run-up to the LS polls. The BJP leadership has also tried to ensure that a wide cross-section of society is represented in the committees for the elections to emphasise its campaign slogan of sabka saath, sabka vikas. whoalsoleadsthegroupforpublicity material distribution. The Rajnath Singh-led manifestocommitteehasUnionministers Arun Jaitley, Nirmala over issue of symbols ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, JANUARY 6 SENIOR ASSAM minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday that if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which is opposed in the state by large sections, is not passed, Assam will go to the “Jinnahs”. “People are concerned that wearetryingtobringsomebody (outsiders), which is false. Without that Bill, we are surrendering ourselves to the philosophy of Jinnah... This is a fight betweenJinnah’slegacyandIndia’s legacy,” Sarma, the BJP’s Northeast face, said at a press conference here. The Bill essentially proposes to make minority (or nonMuslim) immigrants from three neighbouring countries, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, eligible for Indian citizenship. The Centre is set to bring the Bill before Parliament, andspeakinginSilcharonFriday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it“atonement” of themis- SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JANUARY 6 A protest against BJP over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, in Guwahati Sunday. PTI CENTRENOTIFIESPANEL8 takes of Partition. The Bill is seento beviolating the 1985 Assam Accord that, simply put, says that any immigrantwhocameintothestateafter the midnight of March 24, 1971, would be identified as a foreigner. Asked about this on Sunday, Sarma said, “Let the AssamAccordbeviolated,butlet us not go to Jinnah. You have to determine between the Assam Accord and Jinnah. Which way will you go?” When a reporter asked if he meant Muslims by “Jinnah”, he replied that he had said “Jinnah” and not named any community. Sarma added, “The Bill itself will strengthen us, but rumours are being spread about it. If the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ASTHEtenureoftheNDAgovernmentattheCentrenearscompletion, there is no progress on negotiationsforapeaceaccordwith Naga armed groups, with talks stuck for almost a year due to an intransigentpositiontakenbythe Naga side on ‘symbolic’ issues, such as a separate flag. As reported by The Indian Express on April 26, 2018, ‘substantive’ issues had been resolved between the two sides and a draft agreement was ‘almost ready’ by then. But a change in Naga position has led to apprehensions that any gains madesince2014willbelostwith a change in political dispensation at the Centre. Contacted by The Indian Express, the Centre’s interlocutor and Deputy National Security Advisor, R N Ravi, said: “I would not like to comment on it as we are engaged with the In Odisha, how a jobs revolution is giving rural poor a fresh start Accidental PM: Firm tied to director faces UK tax fraud charges SAMPAD PATNAIK KHUSHBOO NARAYAN BHUBANESWAR, JANUARY 6 IT TOOK Poonam Kumari three months to turn her life around from an unemployed high school graduate to an internationally awarded coffee ‘brewmaster’. And it started when her father, a truck driver, decided to move his family to Odisha from Bokaro in Jharkhand. InKhordhadistrict’sJatni,she heard about the state government’s skill programme under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojana (DDUGKY). She trained for three monthsin2015incoffeemaking and currently earns Rs 20,000 a month at a Café Coffee Day in Thane. Mother to a ten-monthold baby, she plans to enrol all TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com her four siblings in Odisha’s skill development centres under DDU-GKY. A 2014 rural youth employmentschemeundertheMinistry of Rural Development (MoRD), the DDU-GKY has been spearheading a quiet revolution in Odisha. Poonam is one example amongthousandswhoseskilldevelopment has helped the state win the best performer under DDU-GKY for two years in a row. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, JANUARY 6 VRG DIGITAL Corporation Pvt Ltd, a company linked to Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the director of the film The Accidental Prime Minister, is not only facing charges of violating Indian tax laws but also allegedly indulged in “circuitous transactions” with afewdomesticfirmsto“defraud” the British Film Institute and claim tax rebates in the United Kingdom, according to court filings seen by The Indian Express. The British Film Institute is the principal agency for certification of a film as British. Under the UK Creative Industry Tax Reliefs, the British government allows up to 25 per cent tax concession for films qualifying as PAGE 1 ANCHOR & New Year Report CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Get citizenship Bill or Assam Clock ticking, Naga goes to Jinnahs: BJP’s Sarma talks stuck for long Still from film. Release Jan 11 British films. To qualify as one, production companies should bewithintheUKcorporationtax net and at least10 per cent of the expenditure in making the film should be spent in the UK. The tax relief is available on the actual expenditure incurred in the UK or 80 per of total filmmaking expenses, whichever is lower. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Pak jail, a few good men, oil skimmed off food for sale fuelled Ansari’s hopes RUSSIA: Christmas Sitharaman, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, K J Alphons, Kiren Rijiju, SAGAR RAJPUT & TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, JANUARY 6 HAMID ANSARI has two handmade velvet paper boxes as reminders of his time in Pakistan. Now kept in a show-case in his suburban Mumbai home, the boxescontain bracelets,arosary, a pen and a keychain, that he fashioned out of beads during his prison term. Hamid Ansari with his family on arrival in Mumbai. File “I learnt it, just like cooking, in prison,”says Hamid, 33. Three weeks since returning to India after six years in jail for illegally entering Pakistan, he is just back after meeting friends. His oiled hairhasthinned,hiscomplexion darker than when he was 27, but he smiles easily. “A few days ago, I went to a friend’s place in Andheri. My mother kept calling to check on me,” he grins. Fauzia Ansari, 59, straightens in her chair. “I get restless every time he leaves the house,” she admits. In November 2012, the IT engineer and MBA graduate had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 peace process.” Ravi has been closely associated with negotiations with Naga groups for decades, first in various capacities as an Intelligence Bureau officer and later as the Centre’s interlocutor in July 2014. He signed the framework agreement with the NSCN-IM in August 2015. Sources said the current logjam is largely due to the Church, whichhastakenaleadroleinarticulating the Naga political position in the past year. The Church has argued that symbols are integral to the identity of the Nagas, and that Naga identity wouldnotbesafewithoutthem. It is politically unviable for the Centre to accept demands such as a separate Naga flag, even though, sources said, it has agreed to guarantee protection of the Naga identity. But if these changes can be brought later through a democratic political process, the Centre would have no objection, sources explained. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FARMER DISTRESS Cane arrears up to Rs 11,000 cr, set to mount before polls In UP, Maharashtra, sugar mill owners fail to pay farmers govt-fixed prices PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS & HARISH DAMODARAN GOVT & POLITICS PUNE, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 6 HARDLY TWO months into the start of crushing operations for the new sugar season, mills in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have piled up almost Rs 11,000 croreinpaymentduestofarmers. The arrears could peak towards April,justwhenvotingfortheensuing Lok Sabha elections takes place. The two states account for almost 75 per cent of the sugarcane grown in the country. According to the latest data from the Maharashtra government’s Commissionerate of Sugar, mills in the state, as on December 31, were to have paid growers Rs 7,450.90 crore for cane at the “fair and remunerativeprice” orFRPof about Rs245 per quintal declared by the Centre for the 2018-19 season (average rate, after deducting harvestingandtransportcharges from field). But they had only managed to pay Rs 2,875.37 crore, which translates into arrears of Rs 4,575.53 crore. It is worse in Uttar Pradesh, where mills are still to pay Rs 1,770.18 crore out of the total Rs 35,463.68 crore value of cane supplied by farmers in the 201718 season (October-September). For the current season, they PAWARWARNSOF ‘MASSREVOLT’ PAGE 8 BITTER HARVEST MAHARASHTRA ■ Mills were to pay Rs 7,450 crore by Dec 31 ■ Managed to pay Rs 2,875 cr UTTAR PRADESH ■ Till Jan 4, mills bought cane worth Rs 10,000 cr ■ Arrears so far at Rs 6,123 cr have, till January 4, bought cane worth Rs 10,051.02 crore at the stategovernment’saveragestate “advised” price or SAP of around Rs 320 per quintal. Out of this, they were to pay Rs 7,210.11 crore within the stipulated 14day period from the date of cane CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT & POLITICS EXPRESS NETWORK SIGNAL TO SENA, ORGANISERS CANCEL INVITE TO NAYANTARA SEHGAL FADNAVIS, SHAH HINT MAYGOALONE PAGE 7 PAGE 9
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