DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019, PUNE, LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES 8 held, 17-yr-old detained for IS links, says ATS SAGAR RAJPUT & ATIKH RASHID MUMBAI, AURANGABAD, JANUARY 23 THE MAHARASHTRA AntiTerrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday arrested eight men and detained a 17-year-old youthfortheirallegedlinkswith the Islamic State (IS) and hatching a conspiracy to carry out strikes in Mumbai, Aurangabad and other places. Early Tuesday, several ATS teams had carried out simultaneous raids at the residences of the accused in Aurangabad and Mumbra in Thane district. Those arrested from Aurangabad have been identified as Mohsin Sirajuddin Khan (32), Mohammed Taqi alias Abu Khalid (20), Mazhar Abdul Rashid Shaikh (21), Mohammed Mushahid-Ul-Islam (23) and Mohammed Sarafaraz (25). From Mumbra, Salman Sirajuddin Khan (28), Fahad 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 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 NEW DELHI, AMETHI, RAE BARELI, JANUARY 23 Sagar Apartment in Mumbra, where Mazhar Shaikh lived. Express Mohammed Ishtiyaq Ansari (25) and Zaman Nawab Khuteupad were arrested. A 17year-old, who was detained from Mumbra, was sent to a juvenile home. After monitoring the group’s conversationoncyberplatforms for several weeks, the investigators first got hold of Mohsin, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 have the capacity to bear 42 squadrons against India. The Indian Express has reviewed official documents, which show that while the IAF currently has 30 fighter squadrons, the number will slip to 26 in 2021 and 2022. By then, six squadrons of the old Sovietera MIG aircraft will be decommissioned, and only one squadron of the French Rafale and another of the HAL-manufactured LCA Tejas will be additionally inducted. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 MANOJ C G & MAULSHREE SETH IAF worry: In next two years, only 26 fighter squadrons, short by 16 SUSHANT SINGH JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ENDING THE protracted willshe-won’t-she speculation within and outside the Congress — one also fuelled by the family — Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today formally joined her party’s politics, the eighth member of the Nehru-Gandhi 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 Party-BahujanSamajPartycombine announced last week. For organisational purposes, the Congress divided UP into two and appointed Jyotiraditya Scindia as general secretary in charge of the other half — the Western region. Having lost the Chief Ministerial race in Madhya PradeshtoKamalNath,itwasalways expected that Scindia would land a key organisational role.Andgettingoneonparwith Priyanka certainly boosts his 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 EXPRESS NETWORK 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 interacting with party workers from Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Family is NEW DELHI, JANUARY 23 THE EDITORIAL PAGE SHE WILL HAVE TO ANSWER: WHERE IS YOUR CV? PAGE 8 stock. Priyanka, who is abroad now, is expected to take charge in the first week of February. Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was AICC general secretary in charge of UP, was reassigned to Haryana. “The Congress party is fighting a battle of ideology. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOR the record, Priyanka Gandhi routinelydeniedanyinterestina role larger than helping brother Rahul 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 thetri-statetriumph,leadershad urgedRahulGandhitodo“something”inUP.Heissaidtohaveassured them of a “440-Volt jolt.” How electrifying Priyanka’s induction will be is anybody’s guess but two things are clear: One, her entry has told the UP voterthattheCongressisserious BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NOTTHEEVM AGAIN BY S Y QURAISHI PAGE 8 Jaitley return may be delayed, Goyal to fill in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New X-factor in 2019, signal to UP voter that Congress risking its big trump card MANOJ C G ON THE GROUND, YET TO SINK IN PAGE 6 party for some parties, but for the BJP, party is the family”. While BJPleaders,in theirofficial reactions, targeted “dynastic politics” in the Congress, some of them privately admitted that her entry would “alter the optics in favour of the Congress at the national level”. Responding to a question on how the BJP could be projected as a party with a difference during his video conference with boothworkersinBaramati,Modi THE EDITORIAL PAGE about its fight in the state, against the BJP and in the face of the SP-BSP combine, so serious that it has risked its biggest trump card; two, it has told the voter outside UP that the stakes for Rahul have gone up with another Gandhi at the Congress’s high table. For the Congress, eastern UP isn’t exactly friendly terrain. Of the 21 seats it had won in 2009, 15 were from eastern UP but in 2014, it drew a blank except for the two family seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Varanasi and Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur will be under her watch. Many in the party feel that as Sonia Gandhi, battling ill health, prepares to withdraw, her 47year-old daughter is the one to stepinto connecttowomenand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Arun Jaitley, Piyush Goyal 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. JaitleyhadleftfortheUSafter the winter session of Parliament CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD 6INDIANS DEAD, 6 MISSING IN FIRE ON SHIPS OFFRUSSIA P10
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