DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2021, JAIPUR, 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 is new CM 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 followinghiselectionasthenew 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 Dal Chief Minister of Karnataka, the late S R Bommai. He is also a close associate of Yediyurappa and member of the dominant Lingayatcommunityliketheformer Chief Minister. Bommai’s name was pro- 2 yrs after CBI exit, Asthana makes return, 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 Yediyurappa with Bommai (centre) on Tuesday. PTI JAIPUR, JULY 27 ELEVEN PERSONS, all of them minors, have been detained on the charge of vandalising graves of peoplefromtheDalitcommunity in Barmer district, apparently in the belief that "chasing awaythespirits"therewouldresult in rainfall. On Tuesday, members of the Dalit community held a dharna accusing police of shielding the real accused. RAJASTHAN GOVT ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOLS GET EXTRA FORMS PAGE 3 THE WORLD US IRAQ MISSION TO CONCLUDE BY YEAR END, SAYS BIDEN PAGE 8 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 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 Lok Sabha on one issue -- the Pegasus scandal. 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, amongothers,DMK’s T R Baalu and Kanimozhi, NCP’s Supriya Sule, Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant, Kerala Congress (M)’s Thomas Chazhikadan, National Conference’s Hasnain Masoodi, RSP’s N K Premachandran, Muslim League’s E T Mohd BasheerandCPM’sSVenkatesan 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, sourcessaid,spokeabout the need for a more aggressive disruption of the House, arguing the government was able to carry out business despite the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dalit leader Udaram Meghwal, the Barmer district president of the Hanuman Beniwal-led Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, who has taken up the matter, said the graves had been vandalised on Sunday, hit with sticks and shoes, and bones of dead animals thrown on them, and that the matter only came to light when a video of the episode went viral. "Some people from the Rajputcommunityherewhoare of afeudalmindsetsentthemiscreants to vandalise the graves PAGE 1 ANCHOR of our community. They believe that spirits from the Meghwal community are not letting the monsoon arrive," he said. Dalits burytheirdeadhereaspartof local custom. Barmer has received very little to no rainfall this season. Meghwal added that the real accused were much older and had planned the entire incident and sent in minors. Police registered an FIR on Monday, under Sections 295 (defiling a place of worship with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Assam CM Sarma visits policemen injured in the clash with Mizoram forces, at a hospital in Cachar 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 ADAYaftersixAssamPolicepersonnel and a civilian were killed infiringandclashesatadisputed 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 5 Engg seats down to lowest in a decade; 63 instts to shut in 2021 All to give adjournment notices today; stress need to present a united front Dalits say real accused let off as minors detained for vandalising Barmer graves DEEP MUKHERJEE in alone tomorrow,” he said. Bommai said his priority would be fighting the Covid crisis and helping flood-hit areas of the state. The selection of Bommai has sent out the message of a status quo in the state government with the BJP continuing to implement policies put in place by Yediyurappa. It also indicates thattheBJPdoeswanttotamper with its Lingayat vote base. “We can build the party under his (Bommai’s) leadership,” Yediyurappa said. FollowingYediyurappa’sexit, a few seers of the Lingayat community had warned that the BJP could suffer serious electoral losses in the state as a consequence. The community makes up nearly 17 per cent of the state’s 6-crore population. Bommai, an engineer, has often been Yediyurappa’s 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; ups Pegasus heat later DIPANKAR GHOSE & MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 27 HOUSE HOLDUP: PM SAYS ‘EXPOSE’ OPP PAGE 4 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 onthePegasussnoopingcontroversy,shesaidthePMshouldcall 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 institutesin India has hit the lowest in a decade. The latest data from the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE)showthatengineeringseatsattheundergraduate,postgraduate,anddiploma 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 5 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). 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 EXPLAINED 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 continues to wield sizable clout in thestategovernment--andthat the BJP leadership is wary of the veteran leader who bid a tearful farewell Monday while suggesting that he was being eased out after two years at the helm. Bommai’s father, S R Bommai, was the eleventh Chief Minister of Karnataka between 1988 and 1989. “We have unanimously elected Basavaraj Bommai as the legislature party leader. I proposed the name of Basavaraj Bommai. He has full support from all of us. Basavaraj Bommai’s father was also a CM and Bommai also has vast experience from working several years as a minister. I am very happy to see a senior leader like him becoming the CM of the state,” Yediyurappa said. Following the announcement, Bommai met the Governor to finalise the oathtaking ceremony. “I have been elected as the legislative party leader. B S Yediyurappa has built the party with his blood, sweat andtears.Underdifficultcircumstances, Yediyurapppa has run the government over the last two years. I will follow in the footsteps of Yediyurappa to implement programmes for the poor, provide justice to all sections of society and women,” Bommai said. “I will be sworn in at 11 am onWednesday.IwillbetheChief Minister under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi andYediyurappa.Iwillbesworn 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 that the Covid-19 situation does not disrupt travel schedules of the leaders from the four member countries that 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 OLYMPICS MIHIR VASAVDA TOKYO, JULY 27 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 Associationof 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,”Singhsaidafteranother 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 Jaipur 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 waittillaftertheGames”, buthis comments exposed the pressure-cookersituationwithinthe 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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