eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE Cushion and Swipe JAIPUR,LATECITY MAY19,2019 16+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY BIG PICTURE PAGE 7 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 The Indian woman’s evolving relationship with love, sex and dhokha is now carried out via a host of dating apps The garh and the gathbandhan Finding Fani The story of UP 2019 began in Gorakhpur 2018, when an SP-BSP informal alliance won the BJP fortress. What is in store today? 69 dead, 18,388 villages across 14 districts affected, fields flattened, livelihoods lost. Odisha’s long road to recovery On eve of last phase, EC split wide open Minority opinion not recorded, so Lavasa opts out of meetings EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CEC Sunil Arora with ECs Lavasa (left) and Chandra NEW DELHI, MAY 18 ELECTION COMMISSIONER Ashok Lavasa has recused from meetings on violations of the ModelCodeof Conduct(MCC)in protest over his minority decisions going unrecorded in the Commission’s final orders, even as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora issued a statement Saturday that disagreement between Commissioners was not new as they were not “clones of each other”. A meeting of the full Election Commission (EC) has been called Tuesday to discuss the Lavasa’s recusal. Lavasa is learnt to have informed Arora of his decision on May 16, after his suggestion, dated May 4, on recording his dissent in EC orders on MCC violations and two subsequent reminders on May 10 and May 14 went unheeded. Stating that his minority de- cisions “continue to be suppressed in a manner contrary to wellestablishedconventionsobserved by multi-member statutory bodies”, Lavasa wrote on May 16, “In the present circumstances, I am left with no option but to keep away from such proceedings.Further,Imayalsotake recourse to other requisite CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 59 CONSTITUENCIES IN 8 STATES WILL VOTE IN LAST OF BITTERLY FOUGHT 7-PHASE, 38-DAY ELECTION Whatlawsays ondissent THE law says that all EC business shall, “as far as possible, be transacted unanimously”. Dissent is, however, provided for in the Act itself: “If the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners differ... such matter shall be decided according to the opinion of the majority”. Lavasa note pushes poll panel to rethink clean chit to NITI, PMO RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 18 THEELECTIONCommission(EC) has decided to revisit its clean chit to the NITI Aayog and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) over an alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), at Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s insistence. Last week, the poll panel had disposed of a Congress complaintallegingmisuseof theNITI Aayog by the PMO for gathering information on Gondia, Wardha and Latur ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s elec- DECISION 2019 SEALED TODAY SHIMLA, MAY 18 PRIMEMINISTERNarendraModi spent the night before Election 2019 comes to an end in a cave 11,700 feet up in the Himalayas. While the newly constructed space near the Kedarnath shrine isdesignateda‘meditationcave’, it was not clear whether the PM was to spend his entire time inside, starting 2 pm Saturday, meditating. Rudraprayag District Magistrate Mangesh Ghildiyal saiddinnerwouldbesentforthe PM to the cave which, he added, has electricity, a heater, a simple bed, mattress, a small bathing area, an attached toilet, and an electric geyser for hot water. “There’s a telephone too in the cave. And two tents have been erected at 30 m and 100 m from the cave for security reasons,” Ghildiyal said. With intermittent rain exacerbatingthecold,thetemperature inKedarnath,whichiscoveredin snow, is expected to drop to minus 3 degrees Celsius at night. TheSundayExpresshaslearnt that the PMO had sought permission for the visit from the Election Commission, and it was approved on condition that no Model Code of Conduct provisions are violated. Modi reached Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun on Saturdaymorning,wherehewas received by Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat. He then proceeded to Kedarnath, reaching amidst tight security at 9.30 am, for what Uttarakhand BJP presidentAjayBhattcalleda“spiritual and absolutely personal” visit. GhildiyalsaidthePMdiddarshan at the shrine, followed by a puja. “After the puja, the Prime Minister reviewed the reconstruction works at Kedarnath. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gondia, Wardha and Latur, and if the information was used for the PM’s visit. The complaint was dismissed as Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra felt the exemption granted to the PM on October 7, 2014,renderedtheallegationinfructuous. Lavasa is learnt to have subsequently questioned how the matter was decided withoutobtainingcompletefacts.Following his objection to the process followed,theECwroteasecondletter to Kant on Thursday asking him to clarify whether the NITI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 VOTING: MODI’S VARANASI, VIOLENCE-HIT NORTH KOLKATA, YOGI’S BASE GORAKHPUR, ALL PUNJAB Opp coalition talks begin, Naidu meets Cong, gathbandhan Modi spends night in meditation cave near Kedarnath KAVITA UPADHYAY tion rallies there. Speaking at a press conference on May 12, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena had informed journalists that the EC had found no merit in the complaint as the PM, by virtue of an instruction issued on October 7, 2014, is permitted to combine his official and electioneering visits. The clean chit, The Sunday Express has learnt, was given despite Lavasa’s request on file for further clarification from NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on whether the government think tank had indeed sought information from the collectors of EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 18 Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditates in a cave near the Kedarnath Shrine, Saturday. PMO A DAY before 59 constituencies vote Sunday in the seventh and last phase of a bitterly fought Lok Sabhaelection,Oppositionparties Saturday began reaching out to each other to discuss a post-election front even as the ruling BJP exudedconfidenceofreturningto powerwithanabsolutemajority. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu spearheaded the effort to bring disparateOppositionparties,which fought against each other in several states, together to forge a post-poll front. On Saturday, he met Congress president Rahul Gandhi,NCPchief SharadPawar, UttarPradeshgathbandhanleaders Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati and CPI leaders S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja. He is learnt to have told sev- Naidu, Akhilesh in Lucknow Saturday. Vishal Srivastav eral leaders that Opposition parties should waste no time in securingnumbersintheeventthat the ruling BJP and the NDA fall short of the majority mark. He is said to have suggested that the Opposition approach President Ram Nath Kovind even before the results, to urge him not to invite the BJP in a hurry if such a situation emerged. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi Police have rejected the CM’s allegations. Archive BJP is after me, I can be killed like Indira Gandhi, says Kejriwal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 18 ALLEGING THAT Delhi Police personnel in his security detail could target him, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Saturday that the BJP was planning to get him killed, and that he would work for the country until his last breath. The Delhi Police denied his chargesandsaidthatthepersonnel in its security unit provided protection to dignitaries of all political parties in the national capital, and were “thoroughly committed” to their job. Kejriwal made the remarks on Twitter after returning from Punjabaftercampaigningended Friday. “BJP kyun mujhe marvana chahti hai? Mera kasoor kya hai? Main desh ke logon ke liye school aur aspatal hi toh banva raha hoon. Pehli baar desh main school auraspatalkisakaratmakrajneeti shuru hui hai. BJP isko khatm karna chahti hai. Lekin antim saanstakmainedeshkeliyekaam karta rahunga,” he said. “(Why does BJP want to get me killed? I am only making schools and hospitals for people of this country. For the first time, positive politics has started. The BJP wants to end this, but I will workforthecountryuntilmylast breath).” Earlier, Kejriwal told a news channelthathissecurityofficers reporttotheBJPgovernmentand thepartycangethimkilledbyhis PSO. He cited Indira Gandhi’s assassination to make his point. “I havenocontrolovermysecurity detail... My life can end in two minutes,” he told Punjab Kesari. NEWS In final lap, BJP and gathbandhan Across North Kolkata, a night of ‘preparations’: woo smaller castes in eastern UP by security forces, election officers, TMC, BJP SEEMA CHISHTI GORAKHPUR, MAHARAJGANJ, KUSHINAGAR, DEORIA, MAY 18 AS UTTAR Pradesh votes in the seventh and final phase on Sunday, the fight may well rest on who wins the votes of the smaller castes. Before the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP had assiduously wooed these groups, both within the WORLD Scheduled Castes and OBCs, to breakthestrangleholdof theBSP and Samajwadi Party. As that support still lingers, all eyes are onwhetherthegathbandhancan break away enough of them in its bid to make it a backwards vs forwards battle. Among the constituencies that vote on Sunday are Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VaranasiandUttarPradeshChief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s for- mer seat Gorakhpur. The BJP’s reconfiguration of the old caste mosaic, drawing smaller groups with the promise of samman and fitting them into its Hindutva-driven base, had been central to the decimation of the SP, BSP and Congress in the Assembly elections, with all the three parties tumbling to their lowest ever numbers. In Chhaiti Ram Naitola in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, MAY 18 STANDING NEXT to the iron gates of Vidayasagar College through which a bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidayasagar can be seen, first-time polling officer Susanta Biswas says he has been fending off calls from his wife and mother every hour asking if all is okay. An armed central force jawan stands guarding the gates and blocking any attempts to venture inside. A stone’s throw away is the Vidyasagar College hostel that saw the clashes between Trinamool Congress Chhatra ParishadandBJPworkersduring which another Vidyasagar bust was vandalised. The hostel has now been cordoned off and policemen posted inside, but the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 5 Security at Vidyasagar College in North Kolkata. Partha Paul After the leaders and the crowds have left, the safai karmacharis and volunteers move in PAGE 11 Sprinter Dutee says she’s in same-sex relationship with soulmate Says SC judgment on Sec 377 gave her courage, wants to settle down in future INDIA OFFERS LANKA FULL SUPPORT TO FIGHT ‘COMMON THREAT OF JIHADI TERRORISM’ AIRCRAFT RISK BEING TARGETED BY IRAN AMID TENSIONS: US ONE RALLY = 100 KG LITTER NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, MAY 18 INDIA’S FASTEST woman has said she has found a soulmate, a girl from her hometown whom she has known for a few years. Dutee Chand, the 100 m record holder and winner of two silver medalsatthe2018AsianGames, is the first Indian sports star to acknowledge being in a samesex relationship. Chand, 23, did not identify her partner because shedoesnotwanthertobecome “the centre of undue attention”. The sprinter is currently training hard to qualify for the World Championships and the TokyoOlympicsnextyear,soany plansof formalisingtherelationship have been put off for later. “I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have al- Busy preparing for Tokyo Games next year, says Dutee Archive ways supported the rights of those who want to be in a samesex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently my focus is on the World ChampionshipsandtheOlympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her,” Dutee told The Sunday Express. She said she had gathered the courage to speak out for the rights of the LGBT community, and about her own same-sex relationship after the Supreme Court’s historic decision to decriminalise Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code last year. “I have always believed that Jaipur everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied. The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me asanathletebecauseof mydecision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at internationalmeets,”Duteesaid. ThoughIndiadoesnotrecognise LGBT marriages, there is no law that prohibits a symbolic same-sex union. In September lastyear,theSupremeCourtread down the 158-year-old Britishera law that criminalised samesex relations between consulting adults in private, and punished them with jail terms. “The sexual orientation of each individual in the society must be protected on an even platform for the right to privacy and the protection of sexual orientationlieatthecoreof thefundamental rights guaranteed by Article 14, 15, and 21 of the Constitution,” the five-judge Bench ruled. Dutee said it had been her dream to find someone who CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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