THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 17 MAY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 SENSEX 35,387.88 -156.06 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thundershower. 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AFP Boat capsizal kills 12: At least 12 people died in a boat capsizal in the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh with searches still on for ten other missing passengers, feared drowned, officials said. The state government announced an exgratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the victims of the mishap that occurred Tuesday. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURURU, 16 MAY JDS leader and former chief minister, Mr H D Kumaraswamy, today charged the BJP under Narendra Modi government with seeking to induce his MLAs with sums exceeding Rs 100 crore in addition to promising cabinet berths in the council of ministers in Delhi, if only to defect or desert their parent party. He even warned that if the BJP continues its attempts, then the JDS too would be forced to poach its MLAs. The charge follows the desperate attempts being made by BJP and the Congress--- JDS combine to stake a claim to government formation in the state. Karnataka witnessed a hung assembly following the declaration of election results yesterday with the BJP becoming the single largest party at 104, though without getting the required numbers to form a majority government. The Congress which lost power was reduced to 78 with the JDS accounting for another 37 H.D. Kumaraswamy gestures after he was nominated the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislative Party Leader at a JDLP meeting in Bangalore on Wednesday. AFP in a 222 -member assembly,polls for which were held on 12 May. The JDS leader, who is the chief ministerial candidate of the Congress-JDS combine, told newsmen here that democracy under the BJP rule was threatened by the party's infamous "Operation Lotus, "under which the saffron party had ,even in 2008, managed to sway several Independents and other party's MLAs to defect , to help it get a Centre calls conditional halt to security ops in JK during Ramzan majority in the state assembly. Today ,where is " this money coming from? Where are the income tax officials?, " he queried. Accusing the BJP of indulging in brazen horse trading ,he wanted to know how the party could offer such huge amounts .“The Prime Minister promised to eradicate black money from country," and yet the party is offering inducements of over Rs 100 crore to law makers!!" Repeatedly asserting that the JDS was not going out to grab power, he explained the current combine was to keep the secular traditions of the country in tact, more so as several national parties had also urged him to ensure that . Referring to 2006 when he had joined hands with the BJP to form a coalition government,which subsequently collapsed, he said " his decision to go with the BJP had hurt his father, something that still wrankled him even today. Therefore, he said he did not want to repeat the mistake despite BJP feelers. UP flyover collapse: FIR for negligence STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 16 MAY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Responding to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s request for a unilateral ceasefire by Central security forces in the state during the holy month of Ramzan, the Centre on Wednesday asked the Army and security forces not to launch operations during the month to help people observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment. The security forces, however, reserve the right to retaliate and take appropriate defensive action against any terror activity to protect the lives of innocent people and maintain peace, the government said. The Centre’s decision has been conveyed to the chief minister by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The holy month of Ramzan begins on Thursday. In a statement, the Home Minister said Ramzan was observed with religious devotion all over the world. It was a matter of grief that for some years, terrorists had indulged in bloodshed not just in India, The police have registered an FIR over yesterday's flyover collapse against officials of the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation Ltd, a government-run entity that has faced criticism also in the past over the standard of its work. The corporation received flak earlier after some bridges built by it developed cracks. There has also been controversy over managing director Rajan Mittal, who was removed from the post by the previous Samajwadi party government but reinstated after the BJP came to power in the state. The FIR was lodged at a police station here a day after a portion of the flyover being built by the corporation fell on passing vehicles. The state government said today that 15 people were killed. Officials yesterday had put the toll at 18. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, visited Varanasi late last night and met the injured. VARANASI/ LUCKNOW, 16 MAY but in several parts of the world also. This brought misery to peaceful followers of Islam and other communities. Singh said Ramzan is a month of prayers and peace. “It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror,” he said in a tweet. Efforts should be made jointly to bring back into the mainstream the misguided people, he said. The Home Minister said, “Security Forces reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people. Government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers & sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties.” SNS adds from Jammu: An Independent MLA, Engi- neer Rashid, in his response to the centre's ceasefire said that "by announcing unilateral ceasefire Delhi has accepted that militants are not terrorists and eliminating them makes militants more powerful". Engineer Rashid, who is considered as pro-Pakistan and supporter of terrorists, had during the recent all party meeting convened by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti raised the demand for unilateral ceasefire during the holy month of Ramzan. SNS adds from Kolkata: The fastings of the holy month of Ramadan will begin from Thursday, as was announced by authorities of various mosques unanimously today. The moon was sighted in many states including West Bengal, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Bihar. The moon sighting committee met today. PTI SC rejects KTK’s plea on Cauvery scheme SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 16 MAY Karnataka, which is facing political uncertainty, today made a failed bid to temporarily stall the finalisation of draft Cauvery management scheme, telling the Supreme Court that it could not give any suggestion as the process of government formation was on in the state. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also asked the Centre, represented by Attorney General K K Venugopal, to “rectify” and “modify” certain provision of the draft scheme that authorises the Centre to issue directions “from time to time” on Cauvery water distribution between the four southern riparian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry . The bench made it clear that the provision empowering the Centre to issue directions was “not in consonance with the judgement”. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, rejected Karnataka's submission that the draft scheme be finalised in the first week of July so that it will have the assistance and instructions from the elected government. “Neither of the four states has any role in framing of the scheme.We had asked the Centre to formulate the draft scheme,” the top court said. It then took note of the submission of Tamil Nadu government, highlighting certain provisions of the draft scheme including that the Centre was keeping the power to issue directions from time to time. “All that they (committee or authority) have to see the availability of water. The Centre is creating some room for further adjudication. This is the worry. I am in the hands of the Lordships,” senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, said. To this, the bench said “this part (power of Centre to issue directions) is not in consonance with the judgement. We make it clear to you (Centre).” It then asked the Centre to modify the provision of the scheme and submit them for approval tomorrow, while making it clear that the scheme has to ensure compliance of its February 16 judgement only. Venugopal said the Centre has been facing a dilemma whether to call the supervising body “a Board, an Authority or a Committee” and urged that the court to decide this aspect. At the outset, Divan urged that the draft Cauvery scheme should not be finalised as the process of government formation was on and the state has a right to put forth its suggestions like Tamil Nadu and others to the scheme. “I am not making an unreasonable request. This (scheme) is going to deal with Cauvery water distribution for next 15 years. I do not have assistance and instruction from the council of Ministers,” the senior lawyer said. “There is always a government. The Constitution does not contemplate a vacuum. If it goes to July then Tamil Nadu will not be getting water in June,” the counsel for Tamil Nadu replied. BENGALURU/NEW DELHI, 16 MAY A mid intense jockeying for power and allegations of horse-trading, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala today invited the BJP's B S Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state, prompting the Congress to move the Supreme Court accusing the governor of acting as a "stooge" of the saffron party. JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, who has support from the Congress for chief ministership, accused the BJP of luring his MLAs with Rs 100 crore bait, while outgoing CM Siddaramaiah alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was encouraging "horse-trading" to ensure the BJP returns to power in the state despite falling short of a majority. "I invite you (Yeddyurappa) to form the government and be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka," a Raj Bhavan communique said after day-long politicking that A vehicle depicting the current political scenario in the state passes by in front of Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on Wednesday. AFP saw claims and counter claims of support of MLAs. Vala also asked 75-yearold Yeddyurappa to seek a vote of confidence within 15 days of assuming office as the chief minister. Briefing reporters, BJP General Secretary Muralidhar Rao said Yeddyurappa will take oath here tomorrow at 9 AM. Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are unlikely to attend the swearing in ceremony, party sources said. The Congress, which termed the governor's decision an "encounter of the Constitution", urged Chief Justice Dipak Misra to hold an urgent hearing tonight itself since Yeddyurappa is slated to take oath as chief minister at 9 AM tomorrow. The Congress also launched a fusillade against Vala at a press conference, with Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala dubbing him a "stooge" of the BJP and accusing him of “encountering” the Constitution at the behest of Prime Minister Modi and the BJP chief. “The Karnataka Governor is acting as a stooge of the BJP He has shamed . the office of the governor by inviting the BJP to form government and allow its leader B S Yeddyurappa to take oath as chief minister,” he told reporters. The BJP , however, asserted that it would prove its majority in the Assembly.
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