DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 OATH-TAKING CEREMONY AT 11 AM TODAY BJP plays safe in Karnataka: BSY loyalist and fellow Lingayat, Basavaraj Bommai, new CM JOHNSON T A 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- 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 iswary 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 electedBasavarajBommaiasthe legislature party leader. I proposed the name of Basavaraj CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JULY 27 Yediyurappa, Bommai after his selection Tuesday. PTI 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. Rahul chairs Opp meeting, to push jointly in House for Pegasus discussion 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 MAHARASHTRA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 27 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 8 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’. PAGE 4 THE WORLD US IRAQ MISSION TO CONCLUDE BY YEAR END, SAYS BIDEN PAGE 12 NEW DELHI, JULY 27 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 US Secy of State Blinken arrives at Delhi airport Tuesday. PTI PAGE 1 ANCHOR OLYMPICS MIHIR VASAVDA ` 140 per kilo ` 174 per kilo ` 68 per Dozen CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 scheduled to attend. Modi is expected to travel to the US for the first in-person Quad leaders’ summit, provided 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Guns out, infighting blamed as shooters miss by a mile EXPRESSAT ` 112 per kilo 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,bya commission comprising retired Supreme Court judge Blinken’s visit to prepare ground for Quad summit; Afghan situation on talks agenda SHUBHAJIT ROY PAWAR ASKS POLITICAL LEADERS TO REFRAIN FROM VISITING FLOOD-HIT VILLAGES UDDHAV HAS ABILITY, WILL LEAD NATION, SAYS SANJAY RAUT TOKYO, JULY 27 ON TUESDAY morning, a storm that swirled towards Japan skirted Tokyo. But at the Olympics, the Indian shooting campfounditself atthecentreof CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Didn’t get ok for CBI post, Asthana is new chief of Delhi Police All to give adjournment notices today; seven Opp parties write to President opposition parties. Besides Gandhi, Congress leaderinLokSabhaAdhirRanjan Chowdhury,andtheparty’sfloor managers, the meeting was attended by, among others, the DMK’sT R BaaluandKanimozhi, 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,spoke about the need for a more aggressive disruption of the House, arguing that the government was able to carry out business despite the “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 Bhaker during the10m air pistol mixed team event Tuesday. The medal hopeful made a tepid exit. PTI FULLCOVERAGEP15,16 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 Associationof India(NRAI)presidentRaninderSinghtookaimat thecoachingstaff andpointedto why India missed the target by such a wide margin. He said there would be an overhaul of coachingstaff,highlightedtheinternalwranglingwithintheteam and warned that no one was indispensable — even himself, althoughhecheekilyaddedthathe felt “less responsible” for the below-par performances. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Assam CM Sarma visits policemen injured in the clash with Mizoram forces, at a hospital in Silchar Tuesday. PTI Delhi steps in, Assam talks SC, Mizoram for peaceful ‘resolution’ 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 government would deploy 4,000 commandos along the state’s 165km boundary with Mizoram, and move the Supreme Court CONTINUEDONPAGE2 REVIEW OF ASSAM’S N-E BORDER ROWS PAGE 7 Engg seats down to lowest in a decade; 63 instts to shut in 2021 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 E E X P L A I NE D 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 Lackof demand ● fuelsdip 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).
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.