DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 48 SEATS IN MAHARASHTRA Sena signals it is ready to deal with BJP DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, JANUARY 28 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Party idea radical, marks return to UPA social welfare politics MANOJ CG NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28 RAHUL GANDHI’S promise of minimum income guarantee may be radical, but the Congress party under him had taken that leap in imagining its version of a welfare state over the last six months to a year leading up to victory in three Hindi heartland states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Seat-sharing pact in works, Uddhav for ‘personal bond’ with Modi Gamechanger, butfundsa test income has been discussed in policy circles in India since Monday’s announcement by Rahul, coupled with the promise of a national farm loan waiver, marks a return to a more aggressive UPA politics. The UPA I and II governments had deliveredpath-breakingsocialjustice schemes including MGNREGA (rural job guarantee), right to food and right to information. NREGA along with the Rs 60,000-crore loan waiver for farmers played a major role in CONTINUEDONPAGE2 `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 In Raipur, Rahul’s poll promise: Vote me in, guarantee minimum income RAHUL GANDHI’S minimum income guarantee promise ahead of elections is a powerful idea. It has not been undertaken in a sustained manner anywhere in the world. With this announcement, he has taken the first mover advantage. The idea of universal basic income itself is untested, but the biggest challenge will be to raise the money required. REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2019, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES WITH LOK Sabha elections just a few months away, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday announced that if voted to power, his government would provide a “minimum income guarantee to every poor person” in the country. Addressing a large gathering at the Kisan Abhaar rally in Atal Nagar, Rahul Gandhi said, “It is a historic decision. No governmentanywhereintheworldhas taken such a decision. Only the Congress can do it. The Congress party has decided that immediately after winning the 2019 elections, the government will provide a guarantee for minimum income to every poor. This means there will be a minimum income in the bank account of every poor Indian. This means that nobody in India will stay hungry, or will be poor.” The idea of a universal basic ● IN CONVERSATION Filmmakers Shridhar Raghavan and Sriram Raghavan with The Indian Express Film Critic Shubhra Gupta and Deputy Editor Seema Chishti in New Delhi on Monday. Neeraj Priyadarshi Monopoly routes is new buzzword in Indian skies PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28 INCREASING COMPETITION, rising costs and a growing market have prompted India’s airlines to pursue a strategy of operating routes in which only one player in the fray runs direct flights — they account for nearly half of around 392 routes in India, latest data show. Data sourced from UK-based air travel intelligence firm OAG show that 188 air routes have direct flights operated by only one airline on that route, including Hyderabad-Raipur, KolkataLucknow, Amritsar-Goa, Mumbai-Kanpur, Pune-Indore and Ahmedabad-Chandigarh. Of these, 35 are operated un- der the UDAN scheme on which, as per the agreement with the government, carriers enjoy flying exclusivity of three years. Of the 188 routes, data show, 108 are operated by the two largest budget carriers — IndiGo (61) and SpiceJet (47). The remaining 80 are operated by GoAir, Jet Airways, Air India, Air India Express, Alliance Air, Air Deccan, TruJet and Zoom Air. The data, which is based on January 2019 figures filed by the airlineswithOAG,alsoshowthat 123 of these routes do not involve any of the four metro airports — Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Ameya Joshi, a former aviation industry professional, told The Indian Express: “The logic CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE CITY FLORA FOUNTAIN SHUT, LEAK SUSPECTED SOON,CRRAJDHANI WILLRUNDAILY PAGE 3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, PUNE, MUMBAI, JANUARY 28 AFTERYEARSof bitterness,starting with the last Assembly polls in Maharashtra that they fought separately in October 2014, the BJP and the Shiv Sena appear to be moving closer to each other with just a few months to go for the Lok Sabha elections. In Delhi, sources said the BJP has offered the Sena half of the 48 Lok Sabha seats from Maharasthra — in 2014, the BJP had contested from 26 and the Sena 22. In Mumbai, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray chaired a meeting of his party’s MPs where he is said to have expressed the wish that he wanted a “personal bond with Narendrabhai(NarendraModi)”. Speaking to The Indian Grand alliance of Oppn parties in state will be finalised in a week: Chavan Ashok Chavan during Idea Exchange. Nirmal Harindran EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 28 Uddhav Thackeray with Devendra Fadnavis. File DECISION 2019 THE QUESTIONS THAT MATTER Beginning today, a daily Explainer on the elections PAGE9 Express, Sena leader Sanjay Raut CONTINUEDONPAGE2 FORMER CHIEF minister and Congress state president Ashok Chavan said on Monday that the grand alliance of the Opposition in Maharashtra will be finalised within a week. While Maharashtra’s principal Opposition parties — CongressandNCP—havealmost finalisedaseat-sharingpactfora majority of the Lok Sabha seats in the state, leaders from both parties have been in talks with smaller parties to stitch together CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BJP EYES 3 STATE POLLS WITH LOK SABHA 2019 PAGE 7 IL&FS Rail used shell firms for bogus invoices worth crores: I-T KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JANUARY 28 ANONGOINGIncomeTaxinvestigationintoIL&FSRailLtd,asubsidiary of IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd, has alleged that the firm used accommodation entries from “shell companies” to show expenses running into crores of rupees for “nonexistent” infrastructure work. The I-T department has allegedly identified multiple contracts that IL&FS Rail awarded to shell companies, procuring fake invoicesfor“non-existent”work to lower its profits. The official spokespersonof IL&FSGroupdeclined to comment on the case. According to the tax department, in 2013-14 for instance, CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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