LATE CITY PUNE, TUESDAY MAY 13, 2014 18+6 (NEWSLINE) 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 Edit & Op-ed PAGES 10, 11 TOLL ON THE PARTY by Suhas Palshikar ■ RISING TURNOUTS ARE AN ACHIEVEMENT FOR DEMOCRACY, RESPONSIBILITY FOR NEW GOVT ELECTIONS 20 4 THE FEVER PAGES 4, 6, 7, 10 IndianExpress.com MODISEEKS VOTESIN VIDEO MESSAGE, CONGRESS MOVESEC twitter.com/IndianExpress facebook.com/IndianExpress IndianExpress.com/Apps FIRFILED AGAINST AJAYRAI FORWEARING PARTY SYMBOL CONGRESS GOES INTO A HUDDLE, STRESSES ON ‘COLLECTIVE’RESPONSIBILITY TDP SWEEPS SEEMANDHRA CIVIC POLLS, CONGRESS AHEAD IN TELANGANA BEFORE RESULTS, PRESIDENT MEETS LEGAL EXPERTS PUNENewsline ● ‘MISSING’ VOTERS: HC REJECTS INTERIM RELIEF ● MBA ‘PAPER LEAK’: WHISTLEBLOWER STUDENT SAYS ENTIRE QUESTION PAPER LEAKED BJPSURGE, CONGROUT ABP NEWS NEILSEN BJP+ Cong+ Others 281 97 165 CNN-IBN CSDS INDIATODAY CICERO 270-282 261-283 92-102 110-120 150-159 150-162 INDIATV CVOTER NEWS 24 CHANAKYA 289 101 153 340 70 133 3 TIMES NOW ORG-INDIA 249 148 146 MAY 16 DAYSTO RESULT Most exit polls give Modi+ majority TV channels predict BJP will hit all-time high, Cong record low EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 12 T HE BJP-led NDA is set to rout the Congress and come to power comfortably, exit polls by TV channels suggested as the bitterly-fought five-weeklong Lok Sabha polls concluded Monday. The exit polls said that the BJP, led by its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, would register its best electoral performance while the Congress, which has ruled the country for a decade as the head of the UPA, would fall to a record low. Votes will be counted on May 16, and results are expected the same day. All surveys telecast Monday projected the BJP would win more than 200 seats, bettering its previous best of 182 seats in 1998 and 1999. In contrast, most polls barring the one by Times Now-ORG suggested the Congress would slip below the 100 mark. The ruling party’s worst showing was 114 seats in 1998. The Times Now-ORG Marathon poll ends with highest ever turnout as women, youth throng booths RAGHVENDRA RAO Business as Usual NEW DELHI, MAY 12 By UNNY survey, however, suggested the Congress would cross 100 seats. The surveys gave the NDA between 249 seats (Times Now-ORG) and 340 seats (News 24-Chanakya), and between 70 (News 24-Chanakya) and 148 seats (Times NowORG) to the UPA. In 2009, the UPA won 262 seats against the NDA’s 159. The surveys suggested that Uttar Pradesh would be the biggest contributor to the BJP’s tally, with all predicting the BJP winning more than CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Voters outside a polling booth in Varanasi on Monday. NEERAJ PRIYADARSHI Muslims ‘pick AAP’ over Cong in Varanasi NEERAJ PRIYADARSHI ASHUTOSH BHARDWAJ VARANASI, MAY 12 Arvind Kejriwal visits a poll booth on Monday. MUSLIMS in Varanasi seem to have rallied behind Arvind Kejriwal Monday, turning up in large numbers at several places evidently to back the AAP candidate against the BJP’s Narendra Modi. B.Com. student and first- time voter Saleha flashed her inked finger for the cameras at Badshah Bagh. She was accompanied by her neighbour Neelofar, and they claimed that AAP was the community’s choice there. Muslims have some 3 lakh votes in Varanasi, which were split between the Congress, SP and BSP in earlier elections. While the Congress banked on the Muslim vote this time, its hopes seemed to have taken a blow even opposite its own office in Sigra, where Muslims returning from the polling booth confirmed their choice. They said the contest was between Kejriwal and Modi. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS polling ended on Monday, the 2014 elections recorded the highest ever turnout with 66.38 per cent voters casting their votes to elect 543 members of the 16th Lok Sabha, beating the previous high of 64.01 per cent in the 1984-85 elections. With the turnout details from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar — the three states that voted for 41 seats on Monday — still being updated and postal ballots from across the country yet to be counted, Election Commission (EC) officials said the final tally was expected to be higher. The final day turnout was 79.03 per cent in West Bengal, 55.29 per cent in Uttar Pradesh and 54 per cent in Bihar. Of the total 83.05 crore voters in the country, 55.13 crore voters exercised their franchise in the 2014 elections — an increase of 13.40 crore voters compared to the 2009 general elections. “As many as 15 states and A NEW RECORD 66.38% (PREVIOUS HIGH: 64.01% IN 1984-85) 55.13 CRORE INDIANS VOTED, 13.40 CRORE MORE THAN IN 2009 Turnout numbers were likely to rise further as Election Commission got more information, postal ballots were counted UTTAR PRADESH 55.29% VARANASI: 55.3% WEST BENGAL 79.03% BIHAR 58% union territories (UTs) have witnessed their highest voter turnouts ever. In 32 of the total states and UTs, the turnout was higher than the last Lok Sabha polls,” said EC director general Akshay Rout. The three states where the turnout showed a dip — just marginal — as compared to 2009 are Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, said Rout. Among the bigger states, West Bengal witnessed the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Election Commission gives nod, govt set PMO gets a makeover, flat-screen TV, to name Lt Gen Suhag as next Army Chief coat of paint to welcome new PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 12 GOING by the time-tested principle of seniority, the government is set to appoint Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag as the next Army Chief. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) forwarded his name to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) on Monday afternoon, hours after it got formal clearance from the Election Commission (EC) to go ahead with the process. within a day or two. A top defence With the model ministry functionary code of conduct in confirmed that Lt place, the governGen Suhag, curment had referred rently the Vice Chief the matter to the EC of Army Staff and last month. In a theseniormostArmy complaint to the officer after Gen DALBIR SINGH SUHAG EC, the BJP had Bikram Singh who urged it to restrain retiresonJuly31,has beenrecommendedforthetop the government from moving post, and that he would be- ahead with the appointment. come Army Chief-designate The BJP’s argument was that after approval from the ACC. since the current Army Chief The ACC clearance is only a only retires on July 31, the technicality and is expected matter of his successor should be left to the new government. The UPA government countered that Gen Bikram Singh was appointed three months before the retirement of his predecessor Gen V K Singh. Sticking to the timetable of the past, the government went ahead with the appointment process and obtained all clearances from intelligence and vigilance authorities. With the EC’s clearance in place, the ACC headed by Prime Minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANIL SHARMA VIJAITA SINGH NEW DELHI, MAY 12 A NEW-LOOK Prime Minister’s Office and cabinet committee room await the successor of Manmohan Singh, who is set to relinquish charge this week. Singh is set to hold the last cabinet meeting of UPA2 Tuesday when the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) meets to decide projects that include the allotment of four coal blocks to A NEW HOUSE FOR MRS KAUR: Manmohan Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur checks out their new residence at 3 Motilal Nehru Marg in Delhi, Monday. REPORT, PAGE 4 the Railways. His successor will step into a refurbished and renovated office. The PM’s chamber, whichdidnothaveaflat-screen TV, has finally got one. Singh, who was in office for 10 years, had not asked for the colour TV set to be replaced but it was decided to get a new one as he prepared to move out. The upholstery has been done in brown and the walls have been given a fresh coat of paint. It was decided not to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mukul Sinha, who fought for 2002 riot victims, succumbs to cancer 1 PAGE ANCHOR ‘Modi gave us the agenda,’ lawyer-activist had said in an interview earlier EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, MAY 12 T HE muezzin’s call for evening prayer mixed with full-throated cries of “Comrade Mukul Sinha ko laal salaam” as a stream of visitors made their way to the Maharana Pratap Complex in the Paldi area on Monday. In the complex that housed his office, the leftist activist lay in state for friends, clients and colleagues to pay their last respects. Sinha died on Monday afternoon after a long battle with cancer, leaving his body to the Gujarat Cancer Research Institute (GCRI). The physicist-lawyer was 62. He also left behind unfinished battles for the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots and alleged fake encounters by the state police, and an unbridgeable void in innumerable lives that he touched. The plasma physicist who went on to become a voice for Physicist-lawyer was 62. He is survived by wife and son. trade unionists, took on the Narendra Modi government through sustained cross-examination in the Nanavati-Shah Commission, literally driving the investigations into the Godhra train carnage and the communal riots that followed. It was the riots, in fact, that pulled the man who was hitherto a labour activist and scientific researcher into the 2001 earthquake, into the field of civil rights. “Modi gave us the agenda,” Sinha told this paper after his sixth chemotherapy last January. Jan Sangharsh Manch, the organisation he had founded in 1990 under the umbrella of New Socialist Movement, fielded a core team of 20 activists and lawyers to take up riots cases. Sinha, who led this team, also contested the Gujarat assembly elections from Shahpur in 2007 and Sabarmati in 2012. Sinha also fought in the courts and the Central Administrative Tribunal for IPS officers CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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