CMYK 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. Max and min temp to be around 33 and 23 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: 7.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 71% Max: 32.5°C (-3) SUN RISES 04:55 hrs MOON RISES 06.32 hrs Min: 27.2°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:10 hrs MOON SETS 20:11 hrs First moon quarter on 25 May THUMBNAILS Rescue workers of National Disaster and Relief Force look for survivors after a boat capsized in the Godavari River, near Manturu village, in Andhra Pradesh owing to heavy storm. AFP Boat capsizal kills 12: At least 12 people died in the boat capsizal in the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh with searches still on for 10 other missing passengers, feared drowned, officials said. The state announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the victims of the mishap that occurred on Tuesday. SC asks JAL to deposit Rs 1,000 crore by 15 June: The SC directed Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) to deposit Rs 1,000 crore, in addition to Rs 750 crore already deposited, by 15 June to provide refunds to home buyers. On submission of the amount, the liquidation proceedings against Jaypee remain stayed. NIFTY 10,741.10 -60.75 P6 ` vs $ 67.80 +27 PAISE GOLD 29,870.00 -375.00 SILVER 39,700.00 -300.00 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 16 MAY JD-S leader and former chief minister Mr H D Kumaraswamy today charged the BJP under the 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 JD-S too would be forced to poach its MLAs. The charge follows the desperate attempts being made by the BJP and the Congress- JD-S combine to stake 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 37 in a 222 -member Assembly, polls for which were held on 12 May. The JD-S leader, who is the chief ministerial candidate of the Congress-JDS combine, told newsmen here that democracy under the BJP rule VARANASI/ LUCKNOW, 16 MAY today that 15 people were killed. Officials yesterday had put the toll at 18. Uttar Pradesh Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath, visited Varanasi late last night and met the injured. Apart from the high-level probe announced by CM Adityanath yesterday, a magisterial inquiry has also begun. Additional District Magistrate Manoj Kumar Rai will submit his report within three days. The FIR has been lodged against UP State Bridge Corporation officers, engineers and contractors for negligence. H.D. Kumaraswamy gestures after he was nominated the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislative Party Leader at a JDLP meeting in Bangalore on Wednesday. AFP 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 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 the country," and yet the party is offering inducements of over Rs 100 crore to law makers!!" Repeatedly asserting that the JD-S was Panchayat poll results today KOLKATA, 16 MAY Repolling in 572 panchayat booths in 19 districts was held amidst allegations of violence and intimidation by ruling party cadres during the 14 May Bengal rural poll. Counting of votes will begin at 8 am tomorrow. Sixty eight percent polling was reported till 5 pm in the 572 booths. Repolling was held in 10 booths in Hooghly, 28 booths inWest Midnapore, 52 booths in Cooch Behar, 63 booths in Murshidabad, 60 booths in Nadia, 59 booths in North 24 Parganas, 55 booths in Malda, 73 booths in Uttar Dinajpur and 26 in South 24 Parganas among others. In order to prevent rerun of the violence on the polling day the SEC has arranged three-tier security arrangements in 291 counting centres across the state tomorSNS row. 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 that even though feelers were coming from the BJP he did not , want to repeat the mistake. Aware that he was getting a chance to be chief minister of a state whose electorate had not voted for him, he said it was painful thought as even though the five crore people of the state had not voted for him, he was getting a chance to head the state government. While he and his party were not desperate to grab power, he said it was the BJP which was hungering for it, even though it did not have the required majority. Likewise, the JD-S leader asserted that he did not believe that the secular identity of the country was threatened. At the same time, he explained that he had agreed to lead the combine. BENGALURU/NEW DELHI, 16 MAY 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. The Supreme Court at 1.45 a.m. on Thursday began hearing of the Congress-JD(S) petition challenging Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in. The Congress tonight moved the Supreme Court against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state and sought an immediate hearing. Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said the party has sought a hearing on its petition challenging the Governor's decision tonight itself. “We have filed a petition before the Supreme Court and have urged the registrar to allow hearing on it tonight itself,” Singhvi told PTI, adding that immediate hearing has been sought as the matter was very serious. A A vehicle depicting the current political scenario in the state passes by in front of Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on Wednesday. AFP In the evening, Governor Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath as chief minister tomorrow. He also asked Yeddyurappa to seek a vote of confidence within 15 days of assuming office. Congress leader Singhvi, who has been assigned the task to lead Congress' legal challenge against Vala's decision, met the Supreme Court registrar to take forward the process to hear the “urgent petition”. Sources said the petition is being assigned to a judge for its early hearing. They said the urgent hearing has been sought tonight as Yeddyurappa's swearing in was taking place as early as 9 a.m. Delhi police asks Kejriwal to join chief secretary assault probe STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 16 MAY Delhi Police on Wednesday sent a notice to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to join the probe in the Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash assault case, drawing fire from the ruling AAP which alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “misusing” the police to “harass” the CM. Crying foul over Delhi Police's notice to the CM, the AAP described it as yet another attempt by the BJPruled Centre to target its leaders. The notice issued by the police to the CM reportedly stated, “You (Kejriwal) are required to attend investigation and be available at your residence/office on May 18 at 11 am. In the event, such timing is not convenient to you due to official exigencies, kindly intimate an alternate time.” The police might ask Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also to join the investigation later. Last month, Kejriwal's private secretary Bibhav Kumar was reportedly questioned in connection with the case. Prakash had alleged that he was assaulted during a meeting at Kejriwal's official residence on 19 February by two AAP MLAs in the presence of the CM. These two MLAs, Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, were later arrested. Delhi Police have already questioned the 11 AAP MLAs, who were present at the CM's residence for that meeting when the CS was allegedly assulted. Sisodia was also present there. The alleged assault on the CS triggered a bitter confrontation between the Delhi government and its bureaucracy. AAP spokesman Saurabh Bharadwaj alleged that Delhi Police's notice to Kejriwal proved that PM Modi was “misusing agencies” to target his opponents. “Petty politics of Modi ji is now crossing all limits and is becoming increasingly vicious. Till this date Arvind Kejriwal has been harassed by police and CBI raids. Ministers like Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain have been defamed by false cases. MLAs were troubled by fabricated cases,” he alleged. “In India's democratic history, this is for the first time a CM is being questioned by police in a false case,” Bharadwaj said, SC rejects KTK’s plea against finalisation of Cauvery scheme 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 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 77.74 -0.69 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SNS & PTI P11 BJP offered `100 crore Governor invites BJP to JD-S MLAs, claims to form govt in K’taka Kumaraswamy Flyover collapse: FIR filed for ‘negligence’ The police have registered an FIR over yesterday's flyover collapse against officials of the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation Ltd, a governmentrun 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 P9 BAN LIFT APPEAL BOOMERANGS ON DOPE CHEAT SC begins hearing of Congress-JD(S) petition challenging BSY’s swearing-in Max.90% TEMPERATURE AN EFFECTIVE SHELVING OF THE 2-STATE SOLUTION BANGLA SC GRANTS BAIL TO ZIA IN GRAFT CASE ANWAR FREED, GIVEN ROYAL PARDON that the provision empowering the Centre to issue directions was “not in consonance with the judgment”. 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 judgment. 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 judgment 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 the court to decide this aspect. At the outset, senior advocate Shyam Divan, repre- senting Karnataka, 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,”counsel for Tamil Nadu replied. At the fag end of the hearing, the court rejected Kerala's submission that it would be getting four per cent of Cauvery water and will have to pay CMYK 15 per cent for maintenance and other expenses. Earlier, the Centre had submitted the draft Cauvery management scheme in the court for its approval. The apex court, in its verdict delivered on February 16, had asked the Centre to frame the Cauvery management scheme, which also included creating the Cauvery Managament Board, within six weeks for release of water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. The Scheme, once finalised, would deal with the issue of water share of the four states in different circumstances like normal and deficient water years in the Cauvery river basin. The top court had modified the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award of 2007 and made it clear that it will not be extending time for this on any ground. B S Yeddyurappa tomorrow and there was very little time left for it. The Congress has termed the move to form a BJP government in Karnataka as “illegal and against the law and Constitution.” “Calling an immoral and illegal government to be sworn in as an illegitimate child cannot sustain the scrutiny of Constitution or the test of law,” Congress Communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference. The BJP today said Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has acted as per the Constitution and the Supreme Court's orders by inviting its leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government, and accused the Congress of trying to “loot” the mandate. Senior BJP leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hit out at the Congress for “preaching” about the Constitution, saying its past governments violated it the most by imposing President's Rule in Opposition-ruled states. Editorial: Mandate for none, Page 6 Centre calls conditional halt to security ops in J&K during Ramzan STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 16 MAY 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 is 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, 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, Engineer 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, after the Maghrib (evening) prayer to announce the date for the commencement of Ramadan and declared Thursday as the first day of Ramadan.
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