DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 72-HR BAN FOR YOGI, AZAM; 48 HRS FOR MAYA, MANEKA After SC prod, EC cracks whip on Yogi, Maya, Khan, Maneka IN FOCUS West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee takes a photo of the crowd at a rally in Murshidabad on Monday. Express Amid El Nino scare, Met Dept forecasts a near normal monsoon EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, PUNE, APRIL 15 AMID FEARS of a subdued monsoon this year due to a developing El Nino condition over the Pacific Ocean, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that rainfall as a whole during the fourmonth monsoon season would be ‘near-normal’. In the first long-range forecast for this season, the IMD said rainfall was likely to be 96% of the long period average, or LPA. The LPA, defined as the average of monsoon rainfall over a 50year period between 1951 and 2000, for the country is 89 cm. The IMD also said the possibility of rainfall being excessive or ‘above normal’ was very low. The forecast of 96% is at the lower end of the band in which rainfall is classified as ‘normal’. “The good news is that 2019 10-YR REPORT Year Forecast Actual (%) (%) 2018 97 91 2017 98 95 2016 106 97 2015 88 86 2014 93 88 2013 98 106 2012 96 93 2011 95 102 2010 102 102 2009 93 78 Source: IMD, Pune will have a near normal south west monsoon seasonal rainfall betweenJune-Septemberof 96% of the long term average, with a modelerrorof plusorminus5%,” M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, said at a press conference. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CJI bench to poll panel: What are you doing about it?... answer, or we will get CEC “Agar Congress ko Ali par, SapaBaspa ko Ali par vishwas hai, hame bhi Bajrangbali par vishwas hai” YOGI ADITYANATH UTTAR PRADESH CHIEF MINISTER EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE “Mein 17 din mei pehchan gaya ki inke neeche ka jo underwear hai woh khaki rang ka hai” NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW, APRIL 15 ON THE day it was asked searching questions by the Supreme Courtontheactiontakenagainst leaders for provocative speeches during the poll campaign, the Election Commission Monday invokeditsextraordinarypowers to temporarily ban four political leaders — UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP chief Mayawati, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi andSPleaderAzamKhan—from campaigning. While Adityanath and Khan were barred for three days (72 hours)startingTuesdaymorning, Gandhi and Mayawati cannot campaignfortwodays(48hours). The punitive action was taken against the BSP chief for appealing directly to Muslim votersinSaharanpurandBareilly districtsduringajointrallyof the BSP-SP alliance on April 7. Adityanath was punished for his “Ali and Bajrangbali” remark at a Meerut rally on April 9 and the “green virus” comment which was a reference to Muslims. Maneka Gandhi was barred for saying, at a meeting in Sultanpur on April 11, that she will not be inclined to help Muslims if they do not vote for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AZAM KHAN SP LEADER “Muslim samaj... vote baantna nahin... ek tarfah vote BSP, SP, RLD ke umeedwaron ko... ” MAYAWATI BSP CHIEF “Agar meri jeet Musalmano ke bina hogi... phir Musalman aata hai kaam ke liye ... mein sochti hoon rehne do” MANEKA GANDHI UNION MINISTER EC wants Vellore polls cancelled: Money used to influence voters ABANTIKA GHOSH, ARUN JANARDHANAN & RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, CHENNAI, APRIL 15 IN WAKE of cash seizures from DMK leaders over the last two weeks,theElectionCommission (EC) Monday recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind that elections in the Vellore parliamentary constituency be cancelled. It cited the suspected useof moneypowertoinfluence voters. Vellore is scheduled to go to polls with the rest of Tamil Nadu In 2014, Shah, Azamfacedban on April 18. It is unclear whether the two Assembly seats, Ambur and Gudiyattam, under the Vellore LS seat, facing bypolls will also be countermanded or go as planned on Thursday. Rashtrapati Bhavan received the EC’s proposal Monday night. Therecommendation,TheIndian Express has learnt,will be shared with the Law Ministry for its views on Tuesday. However, cancellation is imminent since the President, in this case, has littlechoicebuttoaccepttheEC’s proposal. Once notified by the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THIS IS only the second time the EC has imposed a temporary ban on a political leader’s poll campaign. In 2014, it barred now BJP chief Amit Shah and SP leader Azam Khan for making inflammatory speeches in defiance of notices. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY RAFALE: LEKHI’S CONTEMPT PLEA Misquoting the apex court: SC asks Rahul to explain, BJP says he lies EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 THE SUPREME Court Monday soughtan“explanation”withina week from Congress president Rahul Gandhi following a plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against him for allegedly attributing to the top court certain remarks in its Rafale matter order. It was hearing a plea by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi who contended that Gandhi, while referring to the court’s April 10 order rejecting the Centre’s objectionstotheadmissibilityof certaindocumentssubmittedby review petitioners, had attrib- Will give a full reply, says Cong uted his own statements about ‘chowkidar chor hai’ to the court ruling. After the bench of Chief Justiceof IndiaRanjanGogoiand Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna clarified that it had not made any such observation, Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad asked the Election Commission to take “serious cognisance” of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 By BJP chiefs in Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, two speeches: ‘abuse & hate’ KAVITA UPADHYAY & SHAJU PHILIP SHIMLA, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, APRIL 15 DECISION 2019 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 6, 7, 8 AS THE Election Commission suspended four top political leaders for a few days over their campaign speeches that allegedly “contaminated” the poll process, two new speech videos emerged which the Opposition flagged for alleged hateful and abusive content. Delivered on Sunday by BJP chiefs of Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, these speeches triggered complaints to the Election Commission. While Himachal BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti Satti (left) and Pillai referredtoapurportedFacebook post to use the word “ma......d” in the context of Rahul Gandhi, his Kerala counterpart made a derogatoryreferencetoMuslims. Addressing a meeting of BJP workers at Ramshehar in Solan district which falls under the Shimla (SC) Lok Sabha constituency, Satti said Sunday: CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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