LATE CITY KOLKATA, THURSDAY APRIL 17, 2014 18 PAGES Rs. 3.00 TheIndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA ELECTIONS 20 4 ‘I have never created mountains out of molehills’ PA G E S 16, 17 THE FEVER PAGES 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 IndianExpress.com twitter.com/IndianExpress facebook.com/IndianExpress IS THERE A VIKAS VOTE? IN SAMBHAL, WHAT MATTERS MORE THAN MODI IS A RAILWAY LINK BAREILLY MUSLIMS FIND FEW CHOICES IndianExpress.com/Apps HEALTH HEALTHIER BABIES MAKE NOT A WHIMPER ON CAMPAIGN PITCH WEST BENGAL ● SPECIAL OBSERVER FOR BENGAL IRKS TMC ● RAIL PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED BY MAMATA HALTED DUE TO SHODDY PLANNING: ADHIR ‘Won’t be vindictive... will ask SC to clear MP MLA cases in a year’ , TWIN MODI TV INTERVIEWS ❚ Says investors will return if govt restores trust EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Modi should be hanged in the town square if he has committed a crime... There should be no apology — NARENDRA MODI NEW DELHI, APRIL 16 T HE BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has vowed that he would not be vindictive if voted to power. Respondingtoquestionsduring two TV interviews telecast ahead of the largest phase of the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday, Modi stressed that he would not launch a witch hunt against Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra in connection with his controversial land deals. The Gujarat chief minister also spoke about disposing of criminal cases against MPs within a year’s time and said he should be hanged in the town square if he was found guilty in the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat. “Let the law take its own course,” Modi said in an interview to TV9 telecast Tuesday when asked about Vadra’s land deals. “There will be no role for Modi or Modi government... Our focus will be positive, to fulfill the pledge made to the public. No government should work with a vindictive mindset. Democracy is not meant for that. Modi, in particular, should never do that.I have faced it for the last 12 years.” Reacting strongly to questions about his “silence” on the 2002 Gujarat riots, Modi said that if there was any truth in the allegations against him, he should be hanged in the town square and made an example of. “I am convinced that if there is even a grain of truth in the allegations, I feel, for India’s bright future and traditions, Modi should be hanged in the town square. There should be such exemplary punishment that no one dares commit such a crime for 100 years... If he has committed a crime, Modi should not be pardoned. There should be no apology,” he said in an interview to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Plea to vote for ‘secular party’ splits Bollywood DIPTI NAGPAUL D’SOUZA MUMBAI, APRIL 16 AN appeal by some members of the Hindi film industry, asking people to vote for a “secular party”, has left the fraternity divided. The appeal, an initiative by screenwriter Anjum Rajabali, has been signed by nearly 60 people, including filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj, Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar and Kabir Khan. Stating that the “need of the hour is to protect our country’s secular foundation”, the appeal says, “Undoubtedly, corruption and governance are important issues, but we will have to vigilantly QUICK TAKES National Awards: Ship of Theseus gets best film NEW DELHI: Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus has been adjudged the best feature film for the 61st National Film Awards, while Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has bagged the best popular film award. Hansal Mehta has been named the best director for Shahid. EC censures Azam, Shah for remarks NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Wednesday censured BJP leader Amit Shah and SP leader Azam Khan for their “highly provocative speeches which have the impact of aggravating existing differences between different communities”. work out ways of holding our government accountable... However, one thingisclear:India’ssecularcharacteris not negotiable... We appeal to you to vote for the secular party which is most likely to win in your constituency.” While it does not name any party, Rajabali said, “It’s absolutely clear that we are referring to any party that does not have a secular approach, which means the right wing BJP and its allies.” He said a party that does not support cultural diversity and pluralism can pose a threat to artistic thought and expression. A section of the film industry has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Priyanka in Rae Bareli on Wednesday. VISHAL SRIVASTAV HINDUSTAN KO ULLU BANANA BAND KARO, RAHUL TELLS MODI CHOICE BETWEEN THE POLITICS OF UNITY AND THAT OF DIVIDE-AND-RULE, SAYS PRIYANKA R E P O R T S , PA G E 7 Alagiri backs ‘great man’ Modi as PM MANOJ C G IPL NEW DELHI, APRIL 16 DASHING N Srinivasan’s hopes of being reinstated as the head of the Indian cricket board, the Supreme Court Wednesday said that the ousted BCCI chief was among 13 “very important personalities in cricket” against whom the IPL probe panel had cited serious allegations and he could not return until an investigation was carried out. The court’s damning observations came on a day Srinivasan’s counsel was expected to argue for his reinstatement as the BCCI president as he had contended in his plea that Srinivasan could not be asked to stay away only because of “unfair and unsubstantiated” allegations. t20 KKR BEAT MI IN OPENER KALLIS SLAMS 46-BALL 72, NARINE GRABS 4 WICKETS IN 41-RUN WIN REPORT, PAGE 13 However, a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and F M I Kalifulla disclosed in court that the confidential report by the Mudgal panel had noted serious charges and “incriminating material” against Srinivasan and 12 others. “The allegations in the sealed cover report require verification and investigation. There is nothing personal against Srinivasan. There are 12 others involved and his name is the last on the list. These 12 others are also very important personalities in cricket. Very important cricketers’ names are there but we do not want to name them at this stage. “Having come to know of all this, we cannot close our eyes. We cannot throw out what is there in the sealed cover report of the probe panel. You may be concerned with the BCCI or Mr Srinivasan, we are concerned with the game of cricket, the way it is played in this country and reputation of several players,” the bench said. Making it clear that the allegations would have to be probed by a credible team of investigators, the court said that if the BCCI was to be given the authority to probe, it would have to be done without IN what could spell trouble for the DMK and boost the BJP-led alliance’s prospects in Tamil Nadu,MKAlagiri,DMKchiefMKarunanidhi’s son who has been expelled from the party, WednesdayendorsedNarendraModi’scandidature for the PM’s post, saying he was a “good administator” and there was a “wave” in his favour. Alagiri also asserted that the DMK would be (DMK to get) routed in the Lok Sabha three to five elections and relegated to third place, after the (seats), or AIADMK and the BJPmaximum five led alliance. Asked how or six... will be many seats the DMK relegated to would get, Alagiri said, the third “Three to five, or maxiposition mum five or six. Even five M K ALAGIRI or six, I have my doubts. DMK will be relegated to the third position.” The 63-year-old Madurai strongman also accused his brother M K Stalin of “blackmailing” his father and forcing him to act against him. “Everything will come out one day. He will be caught and exposed,” he said, adding that Karunanidhi had become Stalin’s “slave”. Alagiri, however, said he had no plans to float a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 » ‘MY FATHER TOO HAS BECOME STALIN’S SLAVE’, FULL INTERVIEW, PAGE 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 16 HOLDING that opinion polls that have published results of the 111 Lok Sabha constituencies that have already voted were, in effect, exit polls, the Election Commission Wednesday asked all media organisations not to publish opinion polls that were exit polls for all practical purposes. This, the commission said, was required to maintain a level playing field, and to ensure free and fair elections. Noting that “certain news channels have broadcast what they call opinion polls” April 14 even as multi-phase polls are in progress and that “certain newspapers have also published the so-called ‘opinion polls’”, the EC said “in view of 12 STATES, 16.6 CR VOTERS, 121 SEATS MAHARASHTRA, KARNATAKA, RAJASTHAN VOTE IN BIGGEST PHASE CURRENT TALLY BJP 42 39 40 Others CONG Security personnel wait to leave for polling stations, in Patna. PTI BIHAR: ■ Losses likely for JD(U), BJP set to gaint NEW DELHI, APRIL 16 Charges serious, BCCI chief Don’t show exit polls disguised can’t return until probe: SC polls, saysas opinion poll panel UTKARSH ANAND VOTING TODAY the fact that the results of the aforesaid ‘opinion poll’ also included results in respect of various polls which have already been concluded in 111 constituencies”, this dissemination of result of opinion poll “in effect becomes dissemination of result of exit polls in respect of the said seats”. The EC said it had noticed that the results of this opinion poll “included the number of seats expected to be won by political parties where polls have already been held”, and added the “telecast by TV channels and publishing of the same by newspapers amounts to violation of Section 126A of RP Act, 1951”. An EC official said: “Projecting results can potentially impact the polling on the remaining five polling days.” 7 seats (Munger, Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, Arrah, Buxar, Jahanabad) out of 40; 6 seats voted on April 10 Currently: JD(U) 5, BJP 1, RJD 1 CHHATTISGARH: ■ Fate of Jogi, Raman's son to be decided 3 seats (Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, Kanker) out of 11; 1 seat voted on April 10 Currently: BJP 3 JAMMU & KASHMIR: 1 seat (Udhampur) out of 6; 1 seat voted on April 10 Currently: Cong JHARKHAND: ■ BJP ahead, could sweep entire region 6 seats (Giridih, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Singhbhum, Khunti, Hazaribagh) out of 14; 4 seats voted on April 10 Currently: BJP 3, Cong 1, JVM(P) 1, Ind 1 KARNATAKA: ■ Despite Modi, BSY return, BJP tally likely to fall All 28 seats Currently: BJP 18, Cong 9, JD(S) 1 MADHYA PRADESH: ■ BJP strong; no cakewalk for Scindia in Guna 10 seats (Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Bhopal, Rajgarh) out of 29; 9 seats voted on April 10 Currently: BJP 8, Cong 2 MAHARASHTRA: ■ BJP-Sena likely to gain on back of Modi wave 19 seats (Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Maval, Pune, Baramati, Shirur, Ahmednagar, Shirdi, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Sholapur, Madha, Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Hatkanangle) out of 48; 10 seats voted on April 10 Currently: Cong 6, Sena 5, NCP 4, BJP 2, SWP 1, Ind 1 Business as Usual By UNNY Polling on 17th April Polling over MANIPUR: 1 seat (Inner Manipur); other seat voted on April 9 Currently: Cong ORISSA: ■ Going tough for BJD, BJP may win a seat or more 11 seats (Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Bhubaneswar) out of 21; other 10 voted on April 10 Currently: BJD 9, Cong 1, CPI 1 RAJASTHAN: ■ BJP, Cong 2009 tallies likely to be reversed 20 seats (Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur, Ajmer, Nagaur, Pali, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Banswara, Chhittorgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Kota, Jhalawar-Baran) out of 25 Currently: Cong 16, BJP 4 UTTAR PRADESH: ■ BJP tally likely to improve at SP, Cong cost 11 seats (Nagina, Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Amroha, Badaun, Aonla, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Kheri) out of 80; 10 seats voted on April 10 Currently: SP 4, Cong 3, BJP 2, BSP 1, RLD 1 WEST BENGAL: ■ TMC, Left and BJP in evenly matched contest 4 seats (Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling) out of 42 Currently: LF 3, BJP 1 STAR CANDIDATES CONG: Nandan Nilekani, Veerappa Moily, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan BJP: Shatrughan Sinha, Maneka Gandhi, Gopinath Munde OTHERS: Jaswant Singh, Supriya Sule, Misa Bharati, H D Deve Gowda ASSEMBLY POLLS In Orissa for 77 seats out of 147 (70 seats voted on April 10); in West Bengal at 2 (Kumargram, Maynaguri) seats 111 out of 543 constituencies have voted until now ‘We gave instant justice, today’s youth can’t stand up for their mothers’ 1 PAGE ANCHOR Ex-dacoit Malkhan Singh is now BJP campaigner in Chambal DIPANKAR GHOSE GWALIOR, APRIL 16 H E is over six feet tall, his commanding voice and unruly hair and moustache speaking of a past that was once untamed. The over a hundred criminal cases against him have earned him a prefix to his name. But he says, “Dacoit nahi, main baaghi tha (I was a rebel, not a dacoit).” Over three decades after he surrendered, “Baaghi” Malkhan Singh has returned to the ravines of Chambal. He and his men once stomped this land. But in 2014, Singh comes in peace, seeking to tap into the “respect” his name once generated, in his campaign for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. Singh claims his word still carries weight because he was never a “daku”. “We were baaghis, revolutionary maan lijiye. Our lands had been taken away and there was no respect. We never looted from the poor in Chambal. Bhind-Morena knew that I did Malkhan Singh at his Gwalior residence . RAVI KANOJIA what no government would do at the time. Bandook se hi sahi, lekin nyay ke liye ladta tha (we fought for justice even if it meant taking up guns),” says Singh. He says he took to a life with arms in 1972, after a land dispute in his village of Bilao in Bhind. The next decade saw him earning infamy, with cases registered against him in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In 1982, he surrendered to the then Arjun Singh government in the state. “There were 5,000 po- licemen in Chambal but they couldn’t find me. I got tired of playing hide and seek,” he says. His life in Gwalior, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, is now bound by rules. “I wish I could show you the guns I used to have. But you will take a photo, and the model code of conduct is in place,” says Singh. Speaking of his days in the wilderness, he becomes almost wistful. “Yeh balatkaar jo ho rahe hai, ye kya badtameezi hai? Jab hum the, to apmaan ka badla vahi ho jaata tha. Koi behen beti ki taraf aankh nahi uthata tha. But today’s generation doesn’t have the ‘current’ to stand up for their mothers,” says Singh. Explaining his decision to back the BJP, he says, “I supported Congress before. But in 10 years, they have been weak. Other countries take away our soldiers and we do nothing. What use are our guns and bullets if we don’t respond to anyaya. Our only hope is Narendra Modi.”
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