eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE NEWDELHI,LATECITY JANUARY13,2019 22+6(EYE)PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA& RAIPUR, ` 12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BIG PICTURE IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 10 ‘NO DEBATE, NO DATA, NO ANALYSIS. THEY HAVE JUST CHOSEN THE 10 PER CENT FIGURE. WHY NOT 9 OR 11?’ The RNG stories NSCN camp to Moga, power corridors to sewers, East UP to Kashmir: celebration of India’s finest journalism SACHIN PILOT, Rajasthan Deputy CM UP opens up Raised this question in meeting, says member of panel that sacked Verma 38 seats each for BSP and SP; Mayawati says undeclared Emergency MANOJ C G & RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, JANUARY 12 Akhilesh Yadav welcomes Mayawati before their joint press conference in Lucknow Saturday. Vishal Srivastav MOREREPORTS,P7 80 seats: Why both are banking on arithmetic NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 ADVOCATE INDRA Sawhney, whosepleaintheSupremeCourt led to the landmark Mandal judgment capping reservations at50percent,hassaidshewould soon decide whether to challengethegovernment’smoveextending 10 per cent reservation toeconomicallyweakersections amongthegeneralcategory.The law passed by Parliament, she said, violates the basic structure of the Constitution. 2017 PROJECTED TO 2019 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 PM: Work for mazboot govt, stop the majboor LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Saturday exhorted party workers to work relentlessly as the country prepares to choosebetweenamajboor(hapless)andamazboot(strong)government in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. In his 80-minute speech at the BJP national convention, the Prime Minister pitched strongly forarenewedmandatewithformidablenumbers,andsoughtto address the two major issues that the Opposition has targeted his government with — the Rafale aircraft deal and the crisis CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 11 Quota pe Charcha “Some people have approached me and have asked if I would challenge the 60 per cent reservation before the Supreme Court.Someonehasalreadyfiled a petition in the Supreme Court. At present, I have not decided whether I will move the SC, I am thinking about it. Let me decide and then I will come forward,” 67-year old Sawhney told The Sunday Express. The Constitution (124th Amendment)Bill,Sawhneysaid, violates Article 14 (equality before law) and Article 15 (prohibition of discrimination on the SP+ BSP E basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth). “These two provisions are part of the basic structureof theConstitution.The 10percentreservationisforgeneral category. It excludes the Other Backward Classes and SC/STs from this reservation, which is on economic basis... Hence, the amendment is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PASSESEQUALITY TEST BUT FORWARD CLASSES WILL GAIN: JUSTICE SAWANT P9 MALLIKARJUN KHARGE, the Opposition member in the three-member Selection Committee led by the Prime Minister that removed Alok Verma from the post of CBI Director, said Saturday that the government did not share with the Committee the report of Justice A K Patnaik, who supervised the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry into theallegationsagainstVerma on theordersof theSupremeCourt. Kharge said it was “wrong” on the government’s part not to have shared the report despite his asking for it. Justice Patnaik had told The Indian Express on Friday that there was “no evidence of corruption” against Verma, and “what the CVC says cannot be the final word”. Asked for his view on Justice Patnaik’s statement, Kharge said: “My view, he has already expressed.” TheSundayExpresshaslearnt LS SEATS IN 2014 BJP+ SP CONG combined. The SP-BSP alliance could win at least 57 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats, and the NDA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 IN HIS formal submission to Justice A K Patnaik, the retired Supreme Court judge supervising the inquiry against him being conducted by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), deposed CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma had said Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary paid a visit to his residence on October 6 as an “arbitrator” for then CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana. This was 17 days before the governmentsentVermaonleave in a midnight order on October 23-24. Verma’ssubmission describ- NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 PAGE 17 that Justice Patnaik’s report was also not shared with Justice A K Sikri, the nominee of the Chief Justice of India on the Selection Committee. Justice Sikri, however, declined to comment on the matter. Kharge told The Sunday Express on Saturday: “This is the question I raised there (in the Selection Committee meeting). That whether they have recorded the proceedings or not... because the proceedings had not yet come. I told them I have not received Justice Patnaik’s report and you should give a chance to Alok Verma to apprise about the allegations made by CVC, whether they are true, false... they did not place those records before the Committee. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 THE DECISION to remove Alok Verma from the post of CBI Director on Thursday by the high-power Selection Committeehingedostensiblyontheinquiry report prepared by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). A close scrutiny of the 53page report shows that the report was either ambivalent about, or dismissive of, most of the 10 allegations made by then CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana against his erstwhile boss, Verma. The Sunday Express has accessed the report, which completely dismissed three allegations made by Asthana against CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CVC didn’t include submission by Verma in report to SC ingthemeeting,thatlastedmore thananhour,saidChowdaryhad concerns regarding Asthana’s Annual Performance Appraisal Report signed by Verma. While the submission was also addressed to Chowdary and his two fellow Commissioners, T M Bhasin and Sharad Kumar, it did not find any mention in the 53page report submitted by the CVC to the Supreme Court on November 12. This report formed the basis for Verma’s removal as CBI chief for the second time, on January 10, by a Selection Committee including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Friday, in an interview to The Indian Express, Justice Patnaik had said that he was not associated in any manner with the CVC’s findings. Documents accessed by The Sunday Express show that Verma told Justice Patnaik that Chowdary had come to his residence on October 6, a Saturday, with concerns over Verma’s remarks on Asthana’s appraisal report, signed by him in July 2018. “It is probably for the same ‘special’ reasons about the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chairman becomes 5th to drop out, says Assam panel virtually defunct RAHUL TRIPATHI FBI INVESTIGATED WHETHER TRUMP SECRETLY WORKED FOR RUSSIA AMID YELLOW-VEST PROTESTS, PARIS STUNNED BY GAS BLAST KILLING 3 Mallikarjun Kharge CVC’s Verma verdict: Clean chit in some, call for probe in other cases CVC met me on Asthana’s behalf on Oct 6: Verma to Justice Patnaik SEEMA CHISHTI EXPLAINED Shah, Modi at the BJP meet in Delhi Saturday. Lalmani Verma THE ALLIANCE between the SP and BSP in Uttar Pradesh — long in the works and announced formally Saturday — has the potential to change the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. From almost entirely saffron now, ● UP could turn predominantly red-green-blue, the colours of the SP and BSP flags. (See maps right.) An analysis of constituencywise data from the 2017 Assembly elections, the latest in the state, shows the NDA could lose as many as 50 of its 73 Lok Sabha seats in UP if the votes obtained by the SP and BSP are Indra Sawhney 2.0: Says may go to SC against 10 per cent quota, violates basic equality rights KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Five artists engage with history and its reclamation at Kochi Biennale for a new map to an old world Govt didn’t share Justice Patnaik’s report: Kharge RIVALS SP AND BSP UNITE AFTER 24 YEARS TO TAKE ON BJP IN LS 2019 SITTINGBELOWabannerwhere B R Ambedkar and ‘Jai Bhim’ sharedspacewithRamManohar Lohia and ‘Jai Samajwad’, BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday announced their alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections.Thetwopartieswould contest 38 seats each in Uttar Pradesh, leaving the two Congress bastions of Rae Bareli and Amethi, and keeping two seats aside for any future allies. The alliance was the “rajnaitikkranti(politicalrevolution) of 2019”,Mayawatisaidatajoint press conference, adding that it would cause the “guru-chela”, in a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, to “lose sleep”. She also said the tie-up was “permanent” and would continue for the Assembly elections. Akhilesh, who read out from a paper instead of speaking extempore as he normally does, said he had been ready to take the back seat for the sake of the alliance, but that “Behenji” had given him equal space. Thetie-upmarks thecoming together of the two bitter rivals after nearly a quarter century of hostility, for the biggest prize in the general elections, Uttar Pradesh. Of the 80 seats in the state—comprisingnearlyasixth of the Lok Sabha — the BJP and its allies scooped 73 in 2014. The alliance announced Saturday, a month after the BJP’s defeat in three other Hindi heartland states, boosts the Opposition’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGES 12-13 Look Back in Anger, and Some Regret LESS THAN two weeks after the Union Cabinet announced a high-level committee to implementClause6of the1985Assam Accord, its chairman and former Union tourism secretary M P Bezbaruah has refused to be a part of the panel, becoming the fifth of its nine members to drop out. Without the presence of those members, he said, the committee “becomes defunct”. Speaking to The Sunday Express over the phone, Bezbaruahsaid,“Ihaveinformed theHomeMinistryaboutmydecision. It is untenable for me to continueinthecommitteewhen the representatives of the civil society have refused to be a part of it.Beingtheheadof acommittee without civil society members does not make any sense.” The All Assam Students’ Union(AASU)wasthefirsttopull outof thecommittee,whichwas set up on January 2 to look into implementing Clause 6 of the Accord,pitchedasasteptowards protecting the interests of the Assamese community in terms of reservationof Assemblyseats, protection of Assamese and otherindigenouslanguages,and job quotas. This was followed by resignationsfromthecommittee of two presidents of the Assam Sahitya Sabha, Nagen Saikia and Rongbong Terang, and educationist Mukunda Rajbangshi. The members resigned in protest against the government goingaheadwiththeCitizenship Amendment Bill 2016, which violatesoneof thebasicprovisions CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 MORE REPORTS, PAGE 8 The class must go on: Behind trouble-hit South Kashmir’s Class 10 success ADIL AKHZER PULWAMA,SHOPIAN, JANUARY 12 ON THE evening of November 3, when Zeeshan Mushtaq, 16, was preparing for his Class 10 exams at his uncle’s home at Kanipora in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, a gunbattle broke out between militants and security forces in a village nearby. As the firing went on all night, Zeeshan says, they put off all the lights in their house, and he couldn’t study. “I could have scored more in my Urdu paper had there been no encounter that day,” says Zeeshan, a student of the Government High School in his village Sedow in Shopian. Zeeshan got 472 marks out of 500 (94.4 per cent) in the Class 10 exams of the J&K State Board of School Education (JKBOSE). In the results for Kashmir divisionannouncedbytheJKBOSE on December 29, Shopian along with Pulwama, the hotbeds of the current unrest in Kashmir, saw the highest pass percentages of all the districts in the Valley(83per centand84.50 per cent respectively). Even among government schools, the two districts were among the best performers. Behind those statistics lie many stories like Zeeshan’s, of studentsandschoolscarryingon through gunfights and civilian protests, that often led to shutdowns. Zeeshan says he made it a point to never miss his tuitions. “Theclasseswerealittlefarfrom my home. When there was a shutdown, I would walk for severalkilometres.Attimes,Iwould Tawheeda (left), Aksa Manzoor of Government Central High School in Pulwama, who scored 96% and 93.6%. Shuaib Masoodi reach at 12 pm, for classes that began at 9 am. I took it up as a challenge, that under any circumstances, I have to reach my classes and study.” TawheedaAkbarof Mandena village in Pulwama, who studies at Government Central High School in the main town, scored 96 per cent, and wants to become a doctor. “We had one thing in mind, that the situation is not going to improve, and that shutdowns will always be there,” she says. “So, we would goto schooleventhroughstonepelting. Once I was back from school, I would take some rest and study till late in the night.” School teachers in Pulwama call the results “miraculous”, given the circumstances that prevailed in the district last year. Government Central High School, for example, had 119 working days. Of the 115 studentsof the schoolwho gave the Class 10 exam, 16 secured distinction and 47 first division. Lateef Gowhar, the in-charge of the school, says, “It is difficult to be a student in South Kashmir because of the various challenges. It is due to the efforts of students, teachers and parents that the students performed really well.” Mudasir Bashir, who teaches Social Science at the school, says they took extra classes for Class 10 and also converted some holidays into working days to complete the syllabus. Since 2015-2016, the state government has organised classes for students during winter vacations in the Valley. Bashirsaysitwasonlyin“extreme conditions” that the classeswerecancelled.Crediting CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
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