DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2022, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES TEJASHWISETTOBECOMEDYCM in Mahagathbandhan govt `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 NITISH:FELTSUFFOCATEDINNDA, the kind of atmosphere built BJP:PERENNIALPALTURAM… no one can trust him now The Patna Powershift Nitish dumps BJP, returns to Grand Alliance, stakes claim PATNA, AUGUST 9 FIVE YEARS after he resigned as Chief Ministerandwalkedoutof the Mahagathbandhan when RJD leader and Deputy Chief MinisterTejashwiYadavrefused to step down in the wake of an alleged corruption case, JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar returned to the Mahagathbandhan and Tejashwi. On Tuesday, Nitish ended his alliance with the BJP, resigned as the coalition Chief Minister, only to stake claim again hours later with Tejashwi as his deputy. He is all set to form a new government with the support of the RJD, Congress, CPI, CPI (M-L) and HAM (S) and an Independent — they together make a team of 164 MLAs in a House of 243. Before Nitish submitted his resignation to Bihar Governor PhaguChauhanintheafternoon, the JD(U) and RJD held separate meetings with their MLAs. The RJD reposed faith in Nitish’s leadership and did not put any pre-condition forextendinghim support to form a government. The Congress and CPI (M-L) had already offered their support to Nitish on Monday. Nitish met the Governor again in the evening along with Tejashwi, carrying signed letters of support from all allies to form the next government. The Governor is yet to decide on a date for the swearing-in ceremony. After emerging from the Raj Bhavan,Nitishsaid,“Ihavenothing much to say on how suffocated we felt in the NDA… There was a dominant view in the party about snapping ties with BJP. Now, the Grand Alliance has seven parties.” Taking a swipe at the BJP, he said, “Everyone knew what kind ofanatmospherewasbeingbuilt. We will continue to work for BIhar.” Askedifheaspiredtobecome a PM candidate, he said, “I have a mandate to work for Bihar.” Tejashwi said, “In the entire Hindi heartland, the BJP has no CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BY UNNY EXPLAINED SANTOSH SINGH BUSINESS AS USUAL JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar with RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav at former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi's residence in Patna on Tuesday. ANI Double engine decoupled: Loss of JD(U)’s EBC bastion rattles BJP LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 IN PUBLIC remarks over Nitish Kumar’s move to end their alliance, Bihar BJP leaders are calling it “good riddance”. But the parting of ways with the JD (U), its only major ally in the NDA, has the BJP in a dilemma and the party’s national leadership is nervous because the realignment in Bihar, a crucial Hindi heartlandstate,hasthepotential tojeopardizeBJPcalculationsfor the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Although the Bihar unit of the BJP always had a grudge against Nitish and many there looked at him with suspicion, the party national leadership, sourcessaid,maintainedthatthe JD (U) chief would remain at the toppost,irrespectiveof thearith- BREAK AND MAKE Pre-2024, it may seem Opp has added numbers in Bihar but Nitish will need to work harder to stitch a shared story MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 INSIDE Bihar BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal with outgoing Deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad in Patna on Tuesday. PTI meticinthealliancetally.TheBJP leadership, sources said, was conscious of what the Kurmi leader could bring to the table in an electoral test. The BJP top brass in Delhi did not offer any immediate comment on the developments in PatnaafterNitishmadehismove. SomeBJPleadersbelievethat Nitish may emerge as a binding CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 8 SIMPLY PUT ELECTRICITY BILL: THE PROPOSALS AND PROBLEMS PAGE 9 St Xavier’s University prof quits: ‘Forced to do so over Insta photos’ SANTANU CHOWDHURY KOLKATA, AUGUST 9 EXPRESS NETWORK COPS: 1 HELD FROM AZAMGARH, LINKED TO I.S., PLANNED I-DAY ATTACK PAGE 10 A FORMER professor of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, has decided to move the Calcutta HighCourtagainsttheuniversity authoritiesmonthsaftershewas “forced” to tender her resignation following complaints from aparentoverher“objectionable” photographs on Instagram. According to the woman, a writ petition against the university authorities willbe filed at the court concerned by next week. Thewoman,whowishednot to be named, told The Indian Express that a “kangaroo court” was held on October 7 in the presence of Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Felix Raj, registrar Asish Mitra where she was “intimidated, bullied and taunted with sexually coloured remarks” and “objectionable insinuations” without any provocation or justification. “I was told that a parent of an undergraduate student had foundthathissonwaslookingat my photographs from my personal Instagram account which he found objectionable and bordering on nudity. There were two pictures of me in a blue swimsuit taken in my room CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE JD(U)-BJP parting of ways in Bihar, soon after the Shiv Sena split leading to a new government in Maharashtra, points to political realignment as parties start strategising for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The run-up will see Assembly elections in at least seven states — Gujarat and Himachal this year, and Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana next year. Nitish Aayog: Is stage being set for him as Opp face against Modi? PAGE 6 VARSITY DENIES CHARGE, SEEKS APOLOGY FROM HER EXPLAINED PAGE 1 ANCHOR THE EDITORIAL PAGE E Between now and ● 2024 FOR MANY in Opposition, Nitish Kumar’s decision to snap ties with the BJP was a coup — a payback in the same coin to the rulingpartywhichtheysayisoutto “destabilise” non-BJP governments in states. But was Kumar merely trying to save his party, Janata Dal (United), from a split, or is there more to his resignation than meets the eye? With less than two years for LokSabhaelectionsinApril-May 2024, Nitish Kumar emerging as aconsensuscandidateof areconfigured alliance of Opposition parties to challenge Prime MinisterNarendraModiisapos- THE WORLD sibility many in Opposition are already discussing. Whileleaderssayitisearlyto link the JD(U)-BJP split with the Opposition strategy for 2024 — apart from the fact that the new RJD-JD(U)-Congress-Leftalliance inBiharcanbeaformidablefront againsttheBJP—theyreckonthat Kumar’s shift to the Opposition campcanactasacatalystforantiBJP parties. A socialist veteran of stature, Kumar is perceived to be non-corrupt with a proven governance track record. Kumar may be acceptable to many in the Opposition who are not comfortable with the Congress leading the grouping. NCP chief Sharad Pawar is an acceptable face, but he is past his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maharashtra gets a Cabinet after 40 days; 9 seats each for BJP and Shinde Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis with some of the new ministers in Mumbai on Tuesday. Amit Chakravarty EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, AUGUST 9 FORTY DAYS after he was sworn in as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde on Tuesday carried out the muchawaited expansion of the State Cabinet with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administering the oath of office to 18 ministers at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Reflecting the delicate balance in the new ruling coalition of Shinde'sShivSena factionand the BJP led by Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the “first phase” of Cabinet expansion included nine ministers each from both sides. Indicating the challenges involved in the exercise, Shinde said, “Today, we have done the first phase of expansion. In the second phase, we will certainly accommodatemorecandidates.” Similar assurances echoed from the BJP, which has 106 MLAs in the assembly that cur- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 4 Shrikant Tyagi held, got ‘vidhayak’ sticker through S P Maurya: Police MALAVIKA PRASAD NOIDA, AUGUST 9 PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS PROBE: FBI SEARCHES TRUMP’S HOME TAIWAN MINISTER SAYS CHINA DRILLS GAMEPLAN FOR INVASION PAGE 12 rently has 287 members. Shinde had obtained the support of 40 of the 55 Sena MLAs to win the confidence vote. The ministers from the BJP include state party president ChandrakantPatil,Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Sudhir Mungantiwar,VijaykumarGavit, Girish Mahajan, Ravindra Chavan,SureshKhade,AtulSawe and Mangal Prabhat Lodha. Those from the Shinde camp are Gulabrao Patil, Dada Bhuse, Sanjay Rathod, Sandipan Bhumre, Uday Samant, Tanaji Sawant, Deepak Kesarkar, Abdul Sattar and Shambhuraje Desai. Apart from experience and seniority, the Cabinet composition reflects regional and caste equations. There are four representatives from north Maharashtra, four each from Marathwada and western SHRIKANT TYAGI, who was booked by police last Friday afterhewascaughtonvideopushing and abusing a woman at the GrandOmaxeresidentialsociety in Noida, was arrested from Meerut on Tuesday. Senior Uttar Pradesh Police officers said Tyagi, who was absconding ever since an FIR was Shrikant Tyagi in Noida on Tuesday. Prem Nath Pandey registered against him, kept changing locations and devices to evade arrest. Noida Police Commissioner Alok Singh said Tyagi claimed that he had got the “vidhayak” (MLA) sticker on one of his vehicles “through (former MLA) Swami Prasad Maurya”. Maurya, a former BJP MLA, joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) ahead of the Assembly elections earlier this year. He lost the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chess Olympiad gold for Ukraine: ‘But medal can’t stop a war’ SANDIP G CHENNAI, AUGUST 9 AFTERFORCINGadrawfromthe clutches of defeat against Poland’s Oliwia Kiolbasa, guaranteeing a gold medal for Ukraine in the Chess Olympiad on Tuesday, Anna Ushenina quietlywalkedtothesideof thehall and slumped into the arms of her teammate Natalia Buksa. There were no leaps of joy or high-fives, just tears and hugs. Whenmillionsbackhome,facing a brutal Russian invasion, were fleeing for life and struggling for food and shelter, the gold medal — an Olympiad gold no less — brought just fleeting relief. Later, with a quivering voice and welled-up eyes, Ushenina put the triumph in perspective: “It’sobviouslyagreatfeeling,but the medal can’t stop a war.” There was a moment of stunned silence as her voice echoed across the packed room. The 36-year-old Ushenina, her country’s first women’s world champion, is from Kharkiv, just 30 miles from the Russia border and one of the heavily shelled cities in the invasion. “It was a dreadful time because we were living so close to the border. As soon as we heard the news that the Russians were marching, we had no other option but to flee with our family without any preparations,” she says. The seasoned player has not gone back home yet. Like most of her teammates. Everyone in the five-member team has a story of ordeal to narrate. The Muzychuk sisters, Anna and Mariya, made a harrowing escape from Lviv, a city in western Ukraine sharing a border with Poland, from where they travelled to Germany and Spain. Although the news of an impending war was spreading, the sisters deliberated until the first The team from Ukraine at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai day of the full-scale invasion on February 24 before fleeing. “At around seven in the morning I woke up because I heard a siren, which was a bit of a shocker, because you don’t know what’s happening.Iimmediatelypicked upmymobiletocheckthenews, and I saw — a disaster,” Anna Muzychuk said in a podcast on the website chessbase.com. By that time, Kiev was being bombed from Belarus. “They are bombing our ships in the sea. Theyareinvadingfromthewest, through the north, to the south. And then like: ‘oh my God, this is a war, what should we do? Mariya, wake up, listen to the sirens, the war has started, I told my sister’,” she said. Thatnight,withflightshalted andtrainsfull,thesistersreached the Polish border in a crammed bus with just a bag and a laptop. “We were very sad, because we didn'twanttoleave.Ilovemycity andmyapartment,andwewere leaving everybody behind. Our parents, our grandparents, most of our relatives. They are still in Ukraine,” she said. At the border, they had to wait for 15 hours in a queue to cross. But she says they were lucky as those crossing by bus had special lanes. “There were people who spent days in the queue,” Anna Muzychuk said. When the sisters finally found a store after crossing the Poland border, they found to her horror that most of their credit cards were blocked — fortunately one card worked. The men’s team captain Oleksander Sulypa was preparing for a chess tournament in Reykjavik when the war struck. He immediately left his family behind and drove to the military CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIA B SETTLE FOR BRONZE PAGE 14 Kolkata
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