DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 24 PAGES IAF worry: In next two years, only 26 fighter squadrons, short by 16 SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JANUARY 23 IN ANOTHER two years, the IAF will be left with an alarmingly low 26 squadrons of fighter aircraft against an authorisation of 42 — even if all the scheduled supplies, including of Rafale and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, are completed on time. Around the same time, the Pakistan Air Force will have 25 fighter squadrons while China’s PLA Air Force is estimated to have the capacity to bear 42 squadrons against India. The Indian Express has reviewedofficialdocuments,which showthatwhiletheIAFcurrently has 30 fighter squadrons, the numberwillslipto26in2021and 2022. By then, six squadrons of the old Soviet-era MIG aircraft will be decommissioned, and only one squadron of the French Rafale and another of the HALmanufactured LCA Tejas will be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Justice (retd) Lokur breaks silence on Collegium decision change: I am disappointed KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JANUARY 23 BREAKING HIS silence on the change in the resolution that stopped the elevation of Chief Justices of Rajasthan and Delhi High Courts who had been recommended for the Supreme Court by its Collegium on December 12, Justice (retired) Madan Lokur, a member of that Collegium, said he is “disappointed” that the resolution was Justice (retd) Madan Lokur on Wednesday. PTI not made public. When asked if he had requested Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to upload the December 12 decision on the website,JusticeLokursaid:“There CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 PRIYANKA NAMED AICC GEN SECY IN CHARGE OF EAST UP, SCINDIA OF WEST Rahul gets sister organisation Sign of party chief’s failure and family’s chokehold: BJP Arun Jaitley’s MANOJ C G & MAULSHREE SETH NEW DELHI, AMETHI, RAE BARELI, JANUARY 23 ENDINGTHEprotractedwill-shewon’t-shespeculationwithinand outside the Congress — one also fuelled by the family — Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday formally joined her party’s politics, theeighthmemberoftheNehruGandhi family to do so. Congress president Rahul Gandhi appointed her AICC general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East signalling the party’s intentiontogoalloutinthisyear’sLok Sabha elections in the crucial Hindi heartland state. Drawing a cricketing analogy, Rahul said the Congress would no longer “play on the back foot.” Priyanka, significantly, will manage party affairs in eastern Uttar Pradesh that accounts for around 40 Lok Sabha seats and is a BJP stronghold that includes the Varanasi constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gorakhpur, the home turf of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Modi and Yogi are two key pivots of the BJP’s election machinery that hopes to repeat 2014 against the Samajwadi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Arun Jaitley; Piyush Goyal LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 23 Sonia waited for Rahul Gandhi to establish himself, induct his sister rather than impose her on the party. Express file GOVT & POLITICS NEW DELHI, JANUARY 23 THE EDITORIAL PAGE SHE WILL HAVE TO ANSWER: WHERE IS YOUR CV? PAGE 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 X-factor in 2019, Congress signals to UP voter it is risking its big trump card MANOJ C G ON THE GROUND, YET TO SINK IN PAGE 6 THE BJP on Wednesday said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s entry into active politics was an indication of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s “failure” and the party’s “dynastic politics”. Hours after the Congress’s announcement, while interact- ing with party workers from Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Family is party for some parties, but for the BJP, party is the family”. While BJP leaders, in their official reactions, targeted “dynastic politics” in the Congress, some of them privately admitted that her entry would “alter the optics in favour of the FOR the record, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra routinely denied any interest in a role larger than helping brotherRahul and mother Sonia work in their Lok Sabha seats Amethi and Rae Bareli. But with SP and BSP keeping it out of the alliance and the BJP announcing 10% quota for the unreserved poor, the Congress had to think out of the box — to stay in the game. Party insiders said that after the tri-state triumph, leaders had urged Rahul Gandhi to do “something” in UP. He is said to have assured them of a “440-Volt jolt.” How electrifying Priyanka’s induction will be is anybody’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY return may be delayed, Goyal to fill in EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 23 SIGNALLING THAT Arun Jaitley’s return from the US, where he is undergoing treatment, could be delayed, President Ram Nath Kovind has temporarily allocated the Finance Ministry to Piyush Goyal, who is currently Minister of Railways and Coal. In a communique issued Wednesday, Rashtrapati Bhavan stated that Jaitley has been designated as “Minister without portfolio” until he is able to “resume” work. 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