DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM OATH-TAKING CEREMONY AT 11 AM TODAY BJP plays safe in Karnataka: BSY loyalist and fellow Lingayat, Basavaraj Bommai, new CM BSY personal pick is key trouble-shooter, with friends across parties Son of former CM S R Bommai, says will follow in Yediyurappa’s footsteps BENGALURU, JULY 27 BASAVARAJ BOMMAI, who was the Home Minister under B S Yediyurappa, will be sworn in as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka at 11 am Wednesday following his election as the new leader of the BJP state legislature party. The 61-year-old, who joined the BJP only in 2008, is a former Janata Dal (United) leader and son of former Janata Party Chief Minister of Karnataka, the late SRBommai.Heisalsoacloseassociate of Yediyurappa and member of the dominant Lingayatcommunityliketheformer Chief Minister. Bommai’s name was pro- Didn’t get ok for CBI post, Asthana is new chief of Delhi Police Was to retire in 4 days, replaces a chief named month ago MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 27 THE CENTRE on Tuesday appointedformerCBIspecialdirector Rakesh Asthana as the new Delhi Police Commissioner untilJuly31,2022.Hisappointment — made four days before his retirement — has also come with a service extension of one year. Asthana’s appointment as Delhi Police chief comes two months after he lost out on his chance to become CBI Director. Asthana’s candidacy, along that of then NIA chief Y C Modi, had been rejected after CJI N V Ramana — part of the PM-led committee to appoint the CBI chief — cited an earlier Supreme Court ruling that no officer with less than six months to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JULY 27 Yediyurappa, Bommai after his selection Tuesday. PTI RAIPUR, JULY 27 CHHATTISGARHHealthMinister T S Singh Deo Tuesday staged a walkout from the Assembly demanding that his government clear the air over allegations levelled against him by his party colleague and Congress MLA Brihaspati Singh. The BJP has stalledtheHousefortwodayson the matter, including Tuesday. Later, Singh Deo returned to attend a meeting with Chief MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 27: AMID THE continuing standoff in Parliament, a meeting on Tuesdayof floorleadersof opposition parties in the Lok Sabha, chaired by senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, decided that they would come together on the Pegasus spyware phone hacking row and mount pressureonthegovernmentforadiscussion in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah. On Wednesday, sources said, all the opposition parties would give adjournment notices in the LokSabhaonthePegasusscandal. Sources in the Opposition camp claimed that the government side had indicated that it wasreadyforadiscussiononany subject, barring the Pegasus revelations. The government’s move to push through two Bills during the din in the Lok Sabha on Monday has also infuriated opposition parties. Besides Gandhi, Congress leaderinLokSabhaAdhirRanjan Chowdhury,andtheparty’sfloor managers, the meeting was attended by, among others, the DMK’sT R Baalu andKanimozhi, the NCP’s Supriya Sule, the Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant, the Kerala Congress (M)’s Thomas Chazhikadan, the National Conference’s Hasnain Masoodi, the RSP’s N K Premachandran, the Muslim League’s E T Mohd Basheer and the CPM’s S Venkatesan and AM Ariff. During the meeting, some of the opposition floor leaders argued that the message that needs to go out to the BJP should be of Opposition unity and there should be no division or misunderstanding among them. One leader, sources said,spokeabout the need for a more aggressive disruption of the House, arguing that the governmentwas able to carry out business despite the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Minister Bhupesh Baghel in his chamber. “I have been called by the CM for a meeting so I have come. But I stand by my statement that I made in the Assembly,” he told reporters. On Sunday, Singh, a tribal MLA from Ramanujganj, had accused Singh Deo of orchestrating an attack on his convoy the previousnightinSargujadistrict. He had alleged that it was done as he had spoken in praise of Baghelatapressconferenceearlier this month, amid speculationof apossiblechangeof guard OLYMPICS MIHIR VASAVDA TOKYO, JULY 27 PAGE 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BAGHEL DEFENDS COLLEGE TAKEOVER PAGE 6 DGPs, Chief Secys of both the states summoned to Delhi today by Govt TORA AGARWALA & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY GUWAHATI, NEW DELHI, JULY 27 A DAY after six Assam Police personnel and a civilian were killed in firing and clashes at a disputed border point between Assam and Mizoram, the Ministry of Home Affairs summoned the Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of the two states to Delhi Wednesday as part of efforts to dial down tensions. As the Centre stepped in, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said his govern- ment would deploy 4,000 commandos along the state’s 165km boundary with Mizoram, and move the Supreme Court to ensure that the reserve forest in the disputed area is protected and no settlement comes up there. Sarma’s remarks followed a statement Monday night from Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana who accused the Assam Police of “forcibly” crossing over and overrunning a post CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 REVIEW OF ASSAM’S N-E BORDER ROWS PAGE 7 Photo tweeted by PMO of Modi’s meeting with CM Mamata Banerjee in Delhi on Tuesday BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Mamata asks PM for more vaccines in first post-win meet, then ups Pegasus heat DIPANKAR GHOSE & MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 27 HOUSE HOLDUP: PM SAYS ‘EXPOSE’ OPP PAGE 6 INSIDE TERMING HER meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday as a “courtesy visit”, West Bengal Chief Minister MamataBanerjeesaidsheraised two issues: supply of more vaccines and the longstanding demand for changing the state’s name to ‘Bangla’. But, speaking to reporters after her 4 pm meeting, Banerjee raised another issue. Speaking on the Pegasus snooping controversy, she said the PM should call an all-party meeting, take all opinions on board, and announce a Supreme Court-aided probe. On Monday, Banerjee had announced an inquiry into the issue,byacommissioncomprising retired Supreme Court judge CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JULY 27 WITH A steady stream of engineeringcollegesapplyingforclosure since 2015-16 and a significantreductionincapacityacross others, the total number of seats in engineering institutes in India has hit the lowest in a decade. The latest data from the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE)showthatengineeringseatsattheundergraduate, postgraduate and diploma levelshavedeclinedto23.28lakh — the lowest in at least 10 years. The reduction in seats this year, on account of institute closure anddecreasedadmissioncapacity, is pegged at 1.46 lakh. Despite the significant drop, engineering still accounts for 80 per cent of the total seats in the technical education space (also NEW DELHI, JULY 27 PAGE 7 At their peak, in 2014-15, AICTE-approved institutions had almost 32 lakh engineering seats. Since then, lack of demand has forced around 400 engineering schools shut. Still, they account for 80% of seats in the technical space (including architecture, management, etc). made up of architecture, management, hotel management andpharmacy,amongothers)in the country. At its peak, in 2014-15, engineeringeducationhadalmost32 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Blinken’s visit to prepare ground for Quad summit; Afghan situation on talks agenda SHUBHAJIT ROY DHOLAVIRA: UNESCO TAG FOR GUJARAT HARAPPAN SITE EXPERT PANEL FOR PHASE 2-3 TRIALS OF VACCINE FOR MINORS E Lackof demand ● fuelsdip US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken arrived in New Delhi on Tuesdayonabrief visitthatisexpectedtolaythegroundworkfor the Quad leaders’ summit later this year in the US, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend. Modi is expected to travel to the US for the first in-person Quad leaders’ summit, provided US Secy of State Blinken arrives at Delhi airport Tuesday. PTI the Covid-19 situation does not disrupt travel schedules of the leaders from the four member countries, which include Japan and Australia. Blinken is scheduled to meet External Affairs Minister S JaishankarWednesdaynoonand PM Modi at 4 pm, before flying to Kuwait later in the evening. BlinkenisalsolikelytomeetNSA Ajit Doval. Meanwhile,DefenceMinister Rajnath Singh is in Dushanbe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Guns out, infighting blamed as shooters miss by a mile EXPRESSAT US IRAQ MISSION TO CONCLUDE BY YEAR END, SAYS BIDEN in the state. He also claimed a threat to his life. Soon after Singh Deo’s walkout,AICCChhattisgarhin-charge P L Punia released a statement saying a notice has been served on Singh, asking him to explain his allegations and his stand. The BJP had staged a walkout on Monday, the first day of the Delhi steps in, Assam talks SC, Mizoram for peaceful ‘resolution’ Engg seats down to lowest in a decade; 63 instts to shut in 2021 All to give adjournment notices today; seven Opp parties write to President PAGE 1 ANCHOR THE WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rahul chairs Opp meeting, to push jointly in House for Pegasus discussion Singh Deo walks out of House, lashes out at own govt for not clearing name GARGI VERMA AHEAD OF the 2013 elections to the Karnataka Assembly, when B S Yediyurappa quit the BJP following his ouster from the Chief Minister’s post, Basavaraj Bommai did not follow him to join the veteran leader’s breakaway Karnataka Janata Party. At the time, in an interview with The Indian Express after campaigning for the KJP in the Shiggaon in north Karnataka, whichisBommai’sconstituency, Yediyurappa had hit out at his protege for deserting him. “He kept on dilly-dallying and in the end, did not come withmeanddidnotallowothers to come with me too. He has betrayed me in that way. He ranks number one for betrayals,” Yediyurappa had said. On Tuesday, eight years later, it was Yediyurappa who proposed the name of Bommai to replace him as Chief Minister of Karnataka — a position he had vacated in tears on Monday. Bommai, who has no rootsin the BJP’s ideology, is a politician with socialist moorings who followed in the footsteps of his father S R Bommai, a leader of the Assam CM Sarma visits policemen injured in the clash with Mizoram forces, at a hospital in Silchar Tuesday. PTI E X P L A I NE D JOHNSON T A posed at the legislature party meeting on Tuesday evening by Yediyurappa and supported by seven others. The selection is being seen as a signal that Yediyurappa will wield sizeable clout in the state government — and that the BJP leadership is wary of the veteran leader who bid a tearful farewell Monday while suggesting that hewasbeingeasedoutaftertwo years at the helm. Bommai’s father, S R Bommai, was the eleventh Chief Minister of Karnataka between 1988 and 1989, and a former Union Minister. “We have unanimously electedBasavarajBommai asthe legislature party leader. I proposed the name of Basavaraj ON TUESDAY morning, a storm that swirled towards Japan skirted Tokyo. But at the Olympics, the Indian shooting campfounditself atthecentreof a storm of its own. On a day when the shooters were reasonably confident of winning at least one medal but ended with none, National Rifle Association of India(NRAI)presidentRaninderSinghtookaimat thecoachingstaff andpointedto why India missed the target by such a wide margin. He said there would be an overhaul of coaching staff, highlighted the internal wrangling within the team and warned that no one was indispensable — even himself, although he cheekily added that he felt “less responsible” for the below-par performances. “We are going to see an overhaul of the Indian coaching staff for sure. Everybody will be evaluated... You think it is only the athlete who will be evaluated? Even I will be evaluated as president of the NRAI. No one is indispensable,” Singh said after another medal-less day for India at shooting. “I am consciously aware that I have done everything that is humanly possible. That’s why I feel a little less responsible this time. But, it’s my team,” he said. The timing of these remarks wasintriguing,though.TheNRAI chief was speakingmoments after the 10m air pistol qualifying round, where the pairing of Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary made a tepid exit, and just when the two rifle Bhaker during the10m air pistol mixed team event Tuesday. The medal hopeful made a tepid exit. PTI FULLCOVERAGEP17,18 teams were about to begin their match. Besides, India’s shooting campaign is yet to conclude. Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant, Sanjeev Rajput and Aishwary Pratap Tomar are still to shoot. Singh issued a clarification later, saying “post-mortems can waittillafter the Games”, buthis comments exposed the pressure-cookersituation withinthe shooting team. The NRAI chief claimed that internal wrangling within the team, especially among coaches of the pistol team, might have impacted the performances. He also spoke about “issues” be- tween Bhaker and her former coach Jaspal Rana, a former world and Asian champion. “There was just one person who was the negative factor in the whole thing (wrangling within the team). I am referring to Jaspal Rana. Before the tour to Croatia (where the team moved in May)... (there was) a lot of internal wrangling in the pistol squad among coaches. That was addressed to all by me in person in an eight-page letter I wrote prior to the team leaving for Croatia,” Singh said. He said that after issues croppedupbetweenBhaker,one CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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