CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 16 MAY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P10 SENSEX 35,543.94 -12.77 SMRITI SHUNTED TREASON CASE AGAINST SHARIF DEMANDED MAY FACING FRESH BREXIT WRANGLE P9 NIFTY 10,801.85 -4.75 COUNTRYMEN AWAIT CLUB FORM RE-RUN P6 ` vs $ 68.07 -56 PAISE GOLD 30,245.00 -75.00 P11 SILVER 40,000.00 -300.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.11 -0.12 BJP single largest party in Karnataka WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temp 35-27 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY SNS & PTI BENGALURU, 15 MAY Max.90% Min. 42% Max: 34.8°C (0) SUN RISES 04:56 hrs MOON RISES 04.50 hrs Min: 26.1°C (0) SUN SETS 18:09 hrs MOON SETS 18:03 hrs TEMPERATURE Congress and JD-S stitch alliance Both BJP and alliance stake claim to form govt 10 former Congress ministers bite the dust First moon quarter on 25 May THUMBNAILS KKR players celebrate a dismissal in the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL KKR win: Kuldeep Yadav starred with an impressive four-wicket spell as he set up Kolkata Knight Riders to a comfortable six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match in Kolkata on Tuesday. Kuldeep (4/20) flummoxed RR batsmen as the visitors were P12 bowled out for 142 in 19 overs. Manohar elected unopposed: Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar will expectedly serve a second term as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council after he was elected unopposed by the governing body's board. Manohar will continue for a second two-year term following his election. Putin triggers row: Russian President Vladimir Putin drove a truck across a new bridge linking mainland Russia to Moscow-annexed Crimea, triggering a fierce reaction from Kiev. Russian state television showed Putin dressed in jeans and a casual jacket sit behind the wheel of a construction truck with workers. he BJP emerged as the single largest party today but fell 9 seats short of a majority in Karnataka where the Congress dramatically backed third-placed rival JD(S) for a post-poll alliance to keep the saffron party out of power. All eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call the BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress combine, which together have a clear majority in the 224member Assembly. Elections were held for 222 seats on May 12 while polling for the remaining two will be held later. Both sides rushed to meet Vala, their vehicles slowly cutting through the throngs of party workers and supporters assembled outside the Raj Bhavan gates, and staked claim to power. Addressing BJP workers in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who undertook a vigorous campaign, hailed the party's win in Karnataka as “unparalleled and unprecedented”. The BJP bagged 104 seats, a gain of 64 , while the Congress notched 78, a loss of 44 seats, though its vote share was nearly two percentage points more than the saffron party. The JD(S) secured 38 seats, down by three from its previous tally. In a roller-coaster ride for the BJP, it initially appeared that the party was set to return to power after a five-year hiatus with a resounding majority. But at the end of counting of votes it came tantalisingly close to 113 needed to form the government. T “We had to be ready for any eventuality. So when there was a window, we chipped in,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told India Today TV. “...when the JD(S) and the Congress numbers swelled up, that was the time we felt we can make it.” Azad's comments summed up the breathtaking daylong developments in an election seen as a bellwether for the 2019 general elections at a time when the saffron wave is sweeping the country. Karnataka was the only major non-BJP ruled state, and the party offices had reverberated with jubilation in the morning when initial trends put it ahead. Several BJP and Congress leaders rushed to Bengaluru from the national capital. The swift political manoeuvring by Congress in reaching out to JD(S) showed that it had learnt its lesson after the debacle in Manipur and Goa where it failed to form the government despite being the single largest party because of BJP's shrewd moves. “We have all together discussed and decided this.... This is the opinion of the All India Congress party. Congress will support JD(S) because there is a hung Assembly situation here as no party has been given clear majority by the people,” outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters after submitting his resignation. Congress Leaders Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjuna Kharge along with JD(S) state Chief H D Kumaraswamy met Vala and submitted a letter seeking an opportunity to form the government. The BJP’s win in Karnataka is unparalleled and unprecedented. The party will not allow Karnataka’s development journey to be trampled upon. It will work for state’s bright future . NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER Had Congress formed an alliance with JD-S before the election, the poll outcome would have been different. Congratulations to the winners. Those who lost fight back. MAMATA BANERJEE Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate the election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday. AFP “All India Congress party leaders after discussion have given a letter to our party president extending support ....on behalf of our party, along with Congress leaders we have asked Governor seeking an opportunity to form the government with the support of Congress, also two Independent MLAs,” Kumaraswamy, the alliance's chief ministerial candidate, said. Soon after Congress declared its support to JD(S), Kumaraswamy wrote to the Governor informing him that he had accepted the offer to be the chief minister. KPCC chief G Parameshwara said modalities related to government formation would be discussed later. However, BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa accused Congress of trying to grab power unfairly. Yeddyurappa met 15 feared dead in flyover collapse STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, 15 MAY More than 15 people are feared to have been crushed to death and over three dozen injured when a beam of an under construction flyover opposite the Cantonment Railway station in Varanasi collapsed on Tuesday evening. The number of casualties is likely to go up even as rescue and relief operation has been launched on a war footing. The flyover is being constructed by the Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam, a state government enterprise. Varanasi is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency. Expressing his grief over the tragic incident, the Prime Minister has told the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath that the Central government will extend all possible help. The PM also tweeted that he “was extremely saddened by the loss of life due to the collapse of an under construction flyover. I pray that the injured recover soon. Spoke to the officials and ask them to ensure all possible support to those affected.” In another tweet the PM said he had spoken to Yogi Adityanath. The UP government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected. According to the Varanasi district administra- tion, one city bus, five cars, two auto rickshaws and many two wheelers are trapped under the debris. Expressing grief over the incident chief minister Yogi Adityanath said a three member high level committee headed by the Agricultural Production Commissioner has been constituted to look into the cause of the collapse and submit its report in 48 hours. He said the guilty will not be spared. The CM announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of the dead and Rs 2 lakh who are grieviously injured. Directives have been issued to the Varanasi district administration to extend all possible help. Market U-turn on poll outcome CHIEF MINISTER, WEST BENGAL BJP INC 104 JD(S) 78 38 OTHERS 2 MUMBAI, 15 MAY Equity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty surrendered all their gains to end in the red today as investors resorted to fag-end selling after the BJP fell short of a clear majority in Karnataka elections. SNS the Governor and staked claim to form the government, slamming the move of the Congress-JDS combine as an attempt to come back to power through the back door. “BJP has emerged as the single largest party, we have requested the Governor to give us an opportunity to prove our majority on the floor of the Assembly,” Yeddyurappa told PRAKASH JAVADEKAR HRD MIN & K’TAKA BJP POLL -CHIEF reporters after meeting Vala along with Union minister Ananth Kumar. A sombre-looking Yeddyurappa said the people of Karnataka had rejected the Siddaramaiah government “lock, stock and barrel”. The usual practice is for the Governor to call the leader of the single largest party or pre-poll alliance to form the government, and in the event of a hung Assembly, asks him to prove the majority on the floor of the House. Since the Congress and JD(S) did not have a pre-poll alliance, it remains to be seen if he invites Kumaraswamy to form the government. At least 10 ministers fell by the wayside as they lost their seats in an anti-incumbency wave. Siddaramaiah himself lost by a huge margin of 36,042 votes in Rohatgi in Lokpal selection panel PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 15 MAY The Centre today told the Supreme Court that senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi has been appointed as an eminent jurist in the selection committee for appointment of anti-graft ombudsman Lokpal. Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi that the decision to appoint Rohatgi as an eminent jurist in the selection committee, headed by the Prime Minister, was taken on May 11. Rohatgi was appointed the Attorney General of India on June 19, 2014, soon after the Narendra Modi government assumed power in May. He quit the post in June last year. The post of eminent jurist in the Lokpal selection panel was lying vacant since the death of senior advocate P P Rao on September 11, 2017. The committee comprises the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, the leader of the largest Opposition party and an eminent jurist. The bench noted in its order that the next step required to be taken by the selection committee would be to constitute a search committee. “Thereafter the search committee would be required to recommend persons for the appointment of chairperson and members of the Lokpal, which again will be considered by the selection committee,” the bench noted in its order. The SC while noting that it had passed a verdict on April 27 last year, said that “a period of over a year has lapsed in the meantime”. “However, having regard to the fact that the selection committee comprises high constitutional functionaries, we do not consider it appropriate to pass any direction for the completion of the process of appointment of Lokpal within a particular time frame,” the bench said. Repoll in 572 booths, HC seeks documents on poll deaths STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 15 MAY The State Election Commission (SEC) today ordered repoll in 572 booths in 19 districts following recommendations of the district magistrates. “Today we have conducted post-poll scrutiny in many booths on the basis of violence, arsons, snatching of ballot boxes and capturing of booths during yesterday’s rural poll. All sorts of security measures have already been taken in these booths for re-polling,” a commission official said. It was learnt the commission had received recommendations for re-polling in more than 1000 booths. “This might be the highest ever number of booths for re- polling since 1980 when the first rural polls were held in the state. During the fivephase panchayat elections in 2013, re-polls were held in around 100 booths,” sources in the SEC said. Interestingly, the commission didn’t order any repolling at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas, which witnessed violence and killing during the poll. The total percentage of poll was finally put at 82.13, according to the election commission. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee of Calcutta High Court today asked counsel of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) and another counsel to file petitions on yesterday’s panchayat poll violence and death toll with death certificates of the persons killed during polling, FIRs lodged with the police, medical certificates of the injured and all other documents. Newspaper reports are not admissible, it was pointed out. Appearing for PDS, Sabyasachi Chaterjee submitted some polling officers had been attacked. According to some videos circulating in the social media a few polling officers had said that they hadn’t been given any security, it was submitted. The state government was even distinguishing between deaths on the polling day and the preceding day, Chatterjee submitted. Contempt petitions should be issued against concerned police officers as their inaction on the polling day amounted to intervention with the administration of the court's order. Both the PDS counsel and Rabi Shankar Chattopadhaya, appearing for another petitioner, Anindyasundar Das, sought compensation. A complete investigation into the violence which marred the panchayat election was also sought. The state Congress unit is CMYK The saffron party performed better than the Congress as it was a party of the masses while the latter was a party of dynasts. This is a victory of Modi and Amit Shah’s strategy. also likely to file a contempt petition against state election commissioner, director general of police and additional director general of police. Since the Division Bench had directed that a free, fair and peaceful poll be held, the Congress contends the court's order has been violated, Pratip Chatterjee, who had appeared for the Congress in several petitions said during the day. “We will file a separate petition naming officers responsible for the breakdown of law and order,” Chatterjee said. After all, it was the PCC chief, Adhir Chowdhury who had first moved court apprehending law and order problems, he said. The Congress and the CPIM squarely blamed the Tri- namul leadership and the administration for the violence during the poll and after. Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan said the administration had downplayed the violence. Such was the desperation of the ruling party to defeat the Opposition parties in 100 per cent seats, Mr Mannan alleged, that about 34 per cent panchayat seats had gone uncontested. Fascist tendency of the ruling party activists comes to the surface during elections, the leader of the Left Front Legislature Party Sujan Chakraborty alleged. Instead of defeating a political opponent in an election, the ruling party activists are acustomed to drive out the representatives of the Opposition in the polling stations. his traditional constituency of Chamundeshwari in Mysuru to JDS' G T Deve Gowda. He, however, managed to scrape through at Badami in north Karnataka, where he won by a slender margin of 1,696 votes after a see-saw battle against BJP's B Sriramulu, a close associate of the mining baron Reddy brothers. Yeddyurappa won the Shikaripura seat by a margin of over 35,000 votes. Sidhu guilty in road rage, spared jail NEW DELHI, 15 MAY The Supreme Court today convicted Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-year-old man but spared him a jail term in the 1988 road rage case and imposed a Rs 1,000 fine on him. A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul reversed the findings of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had convicted the cricketerturned-politician for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and had sentenced him to three years in jail. “A1 (Sidhu) is guilty of Section 323 of IPC. Awarded no sentence but fine of Rs 1,000 for the offence,” the bench said while pronouncing the judgment. Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) entails a maximum jail term up to one year or with a fine which may extend to Rs 1,000 or both. The bench, however, exonerated Sidhu's aide Rupinder Singh Sandhu, who was also awarded a three-year jail term by the High Court in the case. PTI
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