SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 MAY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR THE STORY OF THE SILENT SACRIFICE OF CHINESE SOLDIERS WHOSE MORTAL REMAINS CONTINUE TO LANGUISH AT RAMGARH CHINESE CEMETERY CATALONIA OFFERS INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY IN TERMS OF GEOGRAPHY AND EVEN CLIMATE WITH BREATHTAKING MOUNTAIN VIEWS, CASTLES AND BEACHES P1 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Light rain/thundershowers with gusty winds likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 39 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 33% Max: 42.2°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:32 hrs MOON RISES 04.48 hrs Min: 26.7°C (+1) SUN SETS 19:04 hrs MOON SETS 16:51 hrs THUMBNAILS Sunil Narine of KKR plays a shot during the 2018 IPL Twenty20 match against Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Saturday. KKR won the match (P16) comfortably.AFP AMU students seek President's intervention: The Aligarh Muslim University Students Union has written to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking action over the alleged trespass and violence on the varsity campus over Jinnah's portrait. The students told the President that the state and district authorities have not taken action against those who allegedly intruded into the campus and indulged in violence on 2 May. Their protest against it entered 11th day on Saturday. Pakistan’s hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed passes away: Pakistan's World Cup-winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed died at a Karachi hospital on Saturday after battling a prolonged heart ailment. The 49-year-old Olympian had been suffering for weeks from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart, and had reached out to India for help in securing a heart transplant. Security forces conduct a route march ahead of the Bengal panchayat election 2018, at Memari in Purba Burdwan on Saturday. SANJOY KARMAKAR Sharif questions Pak policy to allow killing by non-state actors AGENCIES LAHORE, 12 MAY Max.65% TEMPERATURE (P6) For the first time, Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has publicly acknowledged that militant organisations are active in the country and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai, a media report said. Sharif, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated itself. “We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” Sharif told Dawn. Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's militant organisations -- Jamaat-udDawah and Jaish-eMohammad, operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said: Militant organisations are active in Pakistan. “Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can't we complete the trial.” The Mumbai attacksrelated trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terror- INDORE, 12 MAY The Indore district court Saturday awarded death penalty to a 26-yearold man for rape and murder of a three-month-old girl, while likening him to “gangrene”. The verdict came within 22 days of the incident. Additional Sessions JudgeVarsha Sharma sentenced Naveen Gadke, the accused, to death under IPC section 376 (A) (death due to injuries during rape), which was introduced under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013, and section 302 (murder). He was also found guilty under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. In the 51-page verdict, judge Sharma said, “Given the heinous and gruesome manner in which the cruel act was done by the accused, this person is like a gangrene disease in the society. Like the doctor cuts off gangrene-affect- ism court. He further said: It's absolutely unacceptable (to allow non-state actors to cross the border and commit terrorism there). President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it.” US President Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists. Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the Supreme Court for not being “honest and righteous” as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE. In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif further said: You can't run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. There can only be one government - the constitutional one. The relations between the military and the Sharif government were at its lowest ebb in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against home grown militant groups or face international isolation. The Mumbai attack case has entered into the 10th year but none of its suspects in Pakistan has been punished yet, showing that the case had never been in the priority list of the country that appears to be keen to put it under the carpet. A number of Pakistani witnesses both official and private testified and provided evidence against the seven accused, but the Pakistani authorities have been insisting on sending Indian witnesses for reaching a verdict in the case. Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT men. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after handed down death sentence. Meanwhile, Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed led a funeral prayer in absentia of the Kashmiri militants killed recently. Saeed led the prayers yesterday at the JuD headquarters in Chauburji Lahore which apparently has been taken over by the Punjab government a few months ago. He also led a rally outside the JuD headquarters to express solidarity with the Kashmiris. Interestingly, Saeed has offered Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and ousted premier Nawaz Sharif “relief” if they quit their friendship with the Indian prime minister. “If the prime minister (Abbasi) and former prime minister (Sharif) want to rid of the problems they are facing today they first will have to quit their friendship with Indian prime minister (Narendra) Modi and slavery of the United States,” he said.Saeed further said Islamabad should stop making lame excuse regarding extending support to the Kashmiris and tell the people about its limitations. He said the Kashmiri militants' struggle has entered into the 'decisive' phase. Modi describes Nepal visit as ‘historic’ 2 killed in Aurangabad clashes AGENCIES AURANGABAD (MAHARASHTRA), 12 MAY Cong slams PM KATHMANDU, 12 MAY Describing his two-day Nepal visit as “historic” Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the talks with Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli were “productive” and his trip has added new vigour to India-Nepal ties. “My Nepal visit was historic. It gave me a great opportunity to connect with the wonderful people of Nepal,” Modi tweeted at the end of his third trip to Nepal since assuming office in 2014. A joint statement issued today said the two Prime Ministers agreed to maintain the momentum generated by the visit by taking effective measures for the implementation of all the agreements and understandings reached in the past. They also agreed that effective implementation of the bilateral initiatives in agriculture, rail- Man sentenced to death for rape-murder of Indore infant PRESS TRUST OF INDIA P 10 ed parts of a patient's body through operation, in the same way it is also necessary to keep such criminal away to protect the society from them. Such person is deadly for the society.” District prosecution officer Akram Sheikh said the Special Investigation Team formed by the police completed the investigation within seven days of the incident and filed a charge sheet on 27 April. The charges were framed on April 28 and the case was heard on a daily basis from 1 May, he said. Gadke was distantly related to the victim's parents, who sold balloons and slept outside the historical Rajwada building here, Sheikh said. According to the police, Gadke's wife had left him, and he went to the victim's mother on the night of April 19, asking her to intervene in the marital dispute. As he started arguing, he was driven away. He abducted the girl from the spot while her parents were asleep in the wee hours of April 20. NEW DELHI, 12 MAY way linkages and inland waterways development, as agreed upon by the two sides during the recent visit of Prime Minister Oli to India, would have transformational impact in these areas, it said. The two leaders iterated their resolve to work together to take bilateral relations to newer heights by strengthening ongoing cooperation in diverse spheres as well as expanding partnership for socioeconomic development on the basis of the principles of equality, mutual The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to influence voters in Karnataka on the polling day through his temple visits in Nepal. Modi today prayed at Nepal's iconic Muktinath temple that is regarded sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. The Indian PM also offered prayers at the PashuPTI patinath temple. trust, respect and mutual benefit, the statement said. They emphasised the need for regular convening of bilateral mechanisms, including NepalIndia Joint Commission at Foreign/External Affairs Ministers level, to review the overall state of bilateral relations. Two persons died and around fifty others, including a dozen policemen, were injured as clashes broke out between two communities in Aurangabad city in central Maharashtra last night, police said. CM Devendra Fadnavis said this evening that the situation was now under control. The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure banning assembly of people and suspended Internet services, said a senior police official. One of the deceased was a 17year-old youth who allegedly died in police firing, while the other was a 65-year-old man who was trapped in his house when an adjoining shop PTI was set on fire. K’taka exit polls predict hung verdict JD-S likely to play kingmaker in govt formation 70 % voter turnout recorded NEW DELHI, 12 MAY A child looks on as voters queue to cast their ballots in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections at a polling AFP station in Bengaluru on Saturday. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 MAY S ignalling that the high-stakes Karnataka Assembly election is heading for a cliffhanger, a number of exit polls conducted by various TV channels and agencies on Saturday reportedly projected a hung Assembly with the incumbent Congress and the challenger BJP locked in a tight race in which the latter was predicted to have an edge. The exit polls forecast a key role for the JD-S, making it clar that its leader H D Deve Gowda, ex-prime minister, is set to play the kingmaker in the Karnataka election whose polling Saturday witnessed a turnout of over 70 per cent. The last Assembly election in 2013 had witnessed 71.4 per cent polling in the state. Reflecting the close electoral battle between the Congress and the BJP the , exit polls were sharply divided in their projections. Most of the exit polls predicted the BJP would be the single largest party, although some also forecast the Congress to emerge as the largest party. Their average results, separately and collectively, however made it clear that none of these two parties would be able to clearly secure the simple majority mark of 113 seats in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly on their own. The voting was today held in 222 constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on 15 May. The exit polls conducted by Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat and ABP-C Voter projected that the BJP will emerge as the largest party by winning 95-114 and 104-116 seats respectively. They forecast that the Congress's tally would be 73-82 and 8394 respectively, with the JDS and allies being predicted to garner 32-43 and 2029 seats respectively. However, Times NowVMR and India Today-Axis exit polls predicted the Congress to be the single largest party, projecting 97 and 106-118 seats for the party respectively. They forecast 94 and 79-92 seats for the BJP predicting 28 , seats and 22-30 seats for the JD-S respectively. The outer limits of the the India Today and Republic TV exit polls indicated, respectively, that the Congress and the BJP might hit the simple majority mark. The News X-CNX exit poll predicted 102-110, 7278 and 35-39 seats for the BJP, Congress and JD-S respectively. Some channels and agencies also continued to revise their figures and projections till tonight. The poll of nine exit polls, according to NDTV, indicated that the BJP the , Congress and the JD-S and allies would garner 97, 90 and 31 seats respectively. The Congress had reportedly won 122 seats in the 2013 polls in the wake of a split in the then Karnataka BJP unit which had managed to bag only 40 seats with the JD-S also winning 40 seats. Both the BJP and the Congress undertook a fierce, no-holds-barred campaign in the run-up to the Karnataka election, with Prime A 70 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the high-stakes Karnataka Assembly polls today, the Election Commission (EC) said. The last Assembly election in the southern state in 2013 had witnessed 71.4 per cent polling, the poll panel said. “I want to congratulate the voters of Karnataka. Till 6 pm, the voter turnout in the state was 70 per cent. Barring a few polling stations, voting has been completed at almost all,” Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha told reporters here. “By the time we get the final figure, we will have a better turnout than the last election,” he added. The poll percentage is likely to go up as voters were seen standing in the queue at certain polling stations even after 6 pm. The rural voters outnumbered their urban counterparts in exercising their franchise. Voting was held in 222 of the 224 Assembly seats. SNS Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and BJP's chief ministerial candidate and state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa spearheading it for their camp. The Congress's campaign was led by party president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. UPA chief and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi also joined the party campaign. The outcome of the Karnataka election is widely considered to be crucial for these major parties as well as national politics as it would set the tone for a crucial round of Assembly polls in states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh by this yearend in the lead-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Cash and caste to dictate result TYAGARAJ SHARMA BENGALURU,12 MAY Cash and caste ,in that order, will prove to be the key in the state elections, curtains on which finally came down here on Saturday with the electorate exercising its franchise braving the heat of north Karnataka with temperatures hovering around 42 degrees to a comparatively pleasant 27 degrees in the IT capital. On paper, the ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP and JD-S sought to promise the moon to their voters through their manifestos, even seeking to brazenly woo farmers with promises of huge loan waivers and allied benefits. Much before the manifestos were released though the focus was on caste and cash , evident from the careful manner in which they BJP’s CM face BS Yeddyurappa CM Siddaramaiah chose their candidates. If in north Karnataka , for example, 90 of the 222 assembly seats in contention were dependent on the support of the dominant Lingayat community, the parties did not think twice before seeking to exploit that opportunity by nominating candidates belonging to that sect. The competence or otherwise of the candidate did not matter. Similarly, according to a leading poll analyst, buying of votes touched a new nadir this time. For example, he said that in Chamundeshwari ,one of the constituencies from which chief minister Siddharamiah was contesting, the going rate for a vote was Rs 20,000. In fact, he explained that all the parties had used innovative ways . For instance, a sub agent of a party would give a prospective voter Rs 500 while writing down the note’s number . The agreement was simple. In the event the candidate concerned won, the voter would need to show the sub agent his note. If the numbers matched, he would get the promised Rs 19,500. The analyst explained that there was very little the Election Commisson could do because much before the moral code came up, agents had already been appointed ,to work out the disbursement of cash and goodies. Some candidates had even distributed consumer durables to the voters in different constituencies well in advance , leaving the EC helpless, as this was done before the code became operational. The story, as this correspondent discovered during the tour to other constituencies in north Karnataka, was the same with several voters claiming that all the parties had turned out to be their benefactors. They made good money from different parties while refusing to reveal their choice. Reverting to the caste issue, in the old Mysuru region which accounts for 60 odd seats and is dominated by the Vokkaligga community , the main parties had put up candidates from that sect . The story was repeated in the coastal and central regions with the parties concerned making no attempt to hide their open caste politics. This became pronounced when chief minister Siddharamiah, from the Kuruba or shephard community, did not think twice before contesting from the two seats in Chamundeshwari in old Mysuru and Badami in Bagalkot district. The constituencies have a sizeable population of Kurubas, STs, SCs and the Muslims. It is another matter that he chose to contest from two constituencies for the first time. His critics read this move to mean that he was unnerved by the stiff opposition that G T Deve Gowda, also known as the other Gowda from the JDS, and a Vokkaligga to boot , was set to give him a tough fight. In addition,other castes also consolidated against the chief minister. Above all, there was the consolidation of theVokkkaligga and backward community votes against Siddharamiah for allegedly being partial to his community while neglecting the Lingayats, OBCs and the Vokkaliggas in promotions in the Vidhan Soudha. As the electorate in Ramnagaram ,Mandya and Chamundeshwari told The Statesman during their recent interaction, the promotions of over 600 Kuruba officials, ignoring the claims of the equally competent Vokkaligga and other caste officials ,was insulting and could not be ignored.
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