DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 NDA RALLY IN BIHAR Wrestler claimed dal was spiked, CBI finds no evidence PM onairstrike:Oppdemoralising armedforces,makingPakhappy Shah: Over 250 terrorists killed in airstrike SANTOSH SINGH PRITAM PAL SINGH & MIHIR VASAVDA UTTAR PRADESH SECURITY AND HONOUR OF THE COUNTRY NOT IN SAFE HANDS: MAYA PAGE 4 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY INSIDE ED QUESTIONS CHANDA KOCHHAR FOR THIRD DAY PAGE 13 WOMAN ‘MOWS DOWN’ MECHANIC, IS ARRESTED PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MARCH 3 HE FAILS a dope test and is banned. But then, he claims his dalwasspiked,andrumoursstart swirling of a top star hatching a plot to end his Olympics dream. Nearly three years later, the CBI has quashed the sabotage theory proffered by wrestler Narsingh Yadav as his primary defence after failing a dope test days before the Rio Olympics, The Indian Express has learnt. According to sources, the agency has now urged the Delhi High Court to dismiss the writ petition filed by Yadavinrelation to his dope ban. Yadav, who had been Narsingh to missed Rio selected represent the Olympics after failed country in the 74-kg category, dope test tested positive for the banned drug, methandienone, three weeks before the start of the 2016 Olympics. He is currently serving a four-year international suspension imposed by the World Anti Doping Agency. In his defence, Yadav alleged his “meal/ drink” was spiked at the Sports Authority of India’s Sonepat Centre, where he trained.Yadavfurtherclaimedin CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 15 PATNA, MARCH 3 RAISING THE poll pitch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Opposition of demoralisingthearmedforces by “raising doubts” and “asking forproof”of theBalakotairstrike. Saying this was a “new India” with a new policy, he said: “Yeh India chun chun ke sab hisab leta hai(ThisIndiasettlesallscores).” Addressing an NDA rally here, with allies Chief Minister Minister Nitish Kumar and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan sharing the dais, the PrimeMinistersaidtheCongress and its allies were trying to “finish Modi”, while he wanted to “finish terrorism, poverty and malnutrition”. This was Modi’s first political rally with Nitish. Setting the tone for his speech, Modi began by asking CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AMETHI WILL NOW BE KNOWN FOR MAKING OF RIFLES: PM PAGE 3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VADODARA, MARCH 3 ABURNINGrailwaybogieonthe narrow gauge between Pratap NagarandDabhoirailwaylinein Vadodara on Sunday morning hadmanypeoplewatchingfrom their rooftops nearby. The burn- TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org AHMEDABAD, MARCH 3 Narendra Modi , Nitish Kumar on Sunday. Nagendra Kumar Singh Cong hits back: PM Modi raising questions, not us EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 3 WHILE DISTANCING itself from senior party leader Digivijaya Singh’s statement that the central government should provide evidence of the IAF airstrike in Balakot, the Congress on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself was raising ques- tions on the February 26 action. “The Opposition is not raising questions on the airstrike. The Prime Minister himself is doing that. The Prime Minister has said that if India had Rafale jets, the results would have been different. What does that statement mean? If India does not have Rafale jets today, it is the Prime Minister who is directly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Train coach set on fire to recreate Godhra attack for ‘biopic on Modi’ ADITI RAJA & AISHWARYA MOHANTY First-time voters could hold key to 282 seats this time ingbogiewaspartof afilmshoot to re-create the attack on S6 coach of the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002, in which 59 passengers, mainly kar sewaksreturningfromAyodhya, were killed, which set off riots across Gujarat. The Indian Express has learnt that the Western Railways and the Vadodara fire department had given permission to shoot the film, which, according to an executive of the production company, “captures the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” It is slated for a social media releaseaheadof the2019elections. Western Railway PRO Khemraj Meena said, “Permission was given to shoot CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJPPRESIDENTAmitShahsaidon Sunday that “more than 250 terrorists”werekilledintheairstrike in Balakot on February 26. “After the Uri attack, the army did a surgical strike. After the Pulwama attack, people said there could notbeasurgical strikeduetothe high level of alertness. But on the 13th day, ‘Firsttime the Narendra PoWset freesosoon’ Modi government carried out an airstrike, and more than 250 terrorists were killed without suffering any losses,” Shah said. Speaking at an event here, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPLAINED INDIA-PAK: HOW A PATTERN ENDED PAGE 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE LESSONS FROM A CRISIS BY ARUN PRAKASH PAGE 8 RAVISH TIWARI & RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 3 THIS LOK Sabha election, the youth may hold the key in as many as 282 seats across 29 states, where there could be morefirst-time votersthantheir respective winning margins in 2014, an analysis of Election Commission (EC) data by The Indian Express has revealed. Thesevoters—bornbetween 1997 and 2001 — were not eligible to vote in the last general elections. In fact, there will be an estimated average of 1.49 lakh first-time eligible voters in each Lok Sabha constituency and this figure is larger than the winning margin in 297 seats in 2014. 12 STATES, 217 SEATS State Total Low-margin seats seats* WestBengal 42 32 Bihar 40 29 UP 80 24 Karnataka 28 20 TamilNadu 39 20 Rajasthan 25 17 Kerala 20 17 Jharkhand 14 13 AndhraPradesh 25 12 Maharashtra 48 12 MP 29 11 Assam 14 10 TOTAL 404 217 *Seats with margins below state average of first-time voters Some of these voters may have got an opportunity to vote during the Assembly elections since 2014, but this will be their first Lok Sabha election. Given the import of regional dynamics in electoral contests, TheIndianExpressalsocompared CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Post-Mandal, post-Babri:Over 8 cr new voters THE UPCOMING Lok Sabha elections will see an estimated 8.1 crore first-time voters born between 1997 and 2001. These voters did not participate in the 2014 elections as they were below 18. This is a demographic that has missed some of the defining forces that have shaped Indian politics. How will parties respond to the issues that touch this post-Babri, post-Mandal generation and their aspirations is a key question in 2019.
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