SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 22 JULY 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 HIS WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE LIVED WITH A PENETRATING HONESTY ~ A POIGNANT OBITUARY TO HERMAN VAN HECKE THE DEATH OF THE ALBUM MAY BE SEEN AS INEVITABLE BUT THE FORMAT RETAINS CONSIDERABLE PRESTIGE IN POPULAR CULTURE Opposition blinded by BJP hatao, desh bachao: Didi at rally lust for power: Modi WEATHER Cloudy sky. Some spells of heavy rain/ thundershower likely. Temperature will be in the range of 32-26 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: 13.7 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Mamata sets 42-seat target for Trinamul Congress in Bengal in 2019 polls Max.92% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE TEMPERATURE Min. 66% KOLKATA, 21 JULY Max: 30.2°C (-2) Min: 26.9°C (0) SUN SETS SUN RISES 05:04 hrs 18:22 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 13:55 hrs 00:40 hrs Moon phase: First quarter on 24 July T THUMBNAILS A man cleans the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate on Saturday. RITIK JAIN Charge sheet against Virbhadra’s son: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet in a Delhi court against Virbhadra Singh's son Vikramaditya in a money laundering case also involving the former Himachal Pradesh chief minister.The chargesheet also named Managing Director of Tarani Infrastructure Vakamulla Chandrasekhar and another person, Ram Prakash Bhatia, as accused in the case. rinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today gave a clarion call to oust the BJP from the Centre by winning all 42 seats in the state in the next Lok Sabha poll. Issuing a call of ‘BJP hatao, desh bachao’, the chief minister said that her party would win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and the BJP's strength in the Lower House of Parliament would come down drastically to 150. Addressing a huge rally to commemorate 25 years of Martyrs’ Day at Chowringhee Square and CR Avenue crossing, Miss Banerjee asked her party leaders and supporters to ensure that the Trinamul wins in all 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the 2019 polls. The party currently has 34 Lok Sabha seats from Bengal. She announced that the Trinamul will be holding the biggest rally ever at Brigade Parade Ground on 19 January 2019. The TMC chief, who mooted the idea of a federal front, said she would P4 Mamata Banerjee addresses the gathering at the TMC Martyrs' Day rally in Kolkata on Saturday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL hold a mega rally of Opposition parties in Bengal in January and sound the poll bugle to capture power in Delhi in the next Lok Sabha polls. Attributing the NDA government's big-margin victory during yesterday's no-confidence vote to the AIADMK, she said, “The BJP is outnumbered outside Parliament. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, their strength will come down to barely 150 seats.” She said yesterday's result was a reflection of the position of 2014 and not 2019. She claimed that in 2019, the BJP will lose Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal. She said if SP and BSP join hands then the BJP's Lok Sabha seats will come down to less than half its present strength in UP. In MP, out of 28, it will not get even eight and in Rajasthan BJP's tally will fall to five from 25. In the eastern region, RJD will fight in Bihar, Trinamul in Bengal and BJD in Odisha. She said the BJP will not fare well even in Gujarat. Referring to the collapse of a tent at PM Narendra Modi's rally at Midnapore, she said, “They cannot build a pandal. How can they build the country?” Miss Banerjee also accused the saffron party of try- Man lynched on suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan Chandan Mitra, five Cong MLAs join Trinamul PRESS TRUST OF INDIA KOLKATA, 21JULY JAIPUR, 21 JULY A man was allegedly beaten to death in Rajasthan's Alwar district by a group of people who accused him of smuggling cows, police said today. Akbar Khan, 28, and his friend Aslam were taking two cows to their village in Haryana through a forested area near Lalawandi in Alwar district last night when five men attacked them, Ramgarh police station SHO Subhash Sharma said. They suspected that Khan was smuggling cows but the allegation is yet to be verified, Sharma said. The police arrested two men, even as Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje promised stern action in the case. The opposition Congress called it a horrific incident, which comes a little over a year after another Muslim man, Pehlu Khan, was allegedly Police have arrested two men, even as Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje promised stern action in the case. killed by cow vigilantes. Akbar Khan narrated the incident to policemen who arrived at the spot. He died on the way to a government hospital in Ramgarh. Khan's family members have demanded quick action in the case. Khan's friend Aslam escaped from the mob, and his statement was yet to be recorded, police said. The police have registered a case of murder. Jaipur range Inspector General Hemant Priyadarshi said two of the accused, Dharmendra Yadav and Paramjeet Singh Sardar, have been arrested, According to the victim's last statement, he was thrashed by five people, he said. He said Khan and his friend Aslam had reportedly purchased the cows from Ladpur village and were taking them to Kolgaon in Nuh district in Haryana when they were beaten up. It was under investigation whether the pair had any past record of cow smuggling, Priyadarshi said. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the lynching. “The incident of alleged lynching of a person transporting bovines in Alwar district is condemnable. Strictest possible action shall be taken against the perpetrators,” she said. Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot termed the incident horrific. Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot too blamed the BJP government, saying killing of people on “suspicion” is becoming a norm in BJPruled states. Sanitary napkins now exempt; GST rates for many items cut STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 JULY The GST Council in its 28th meeting on Saturday, chaired by Union finance minister Piyush Goyal, decided to exempt sanitary napkins from the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax and to reduce tax rates on several general use items like TVs, washing machines and refrigerators. The demand to exclude sanitary napkins from GST has been a long-standing one. A number of other items have been also exempted from GST, including wooden deities, marble and sal leaves, among others, Goyal said, adding that besides revenue collection, the GST Council will now focus on creating jobs as well. Currently, sanitary napkins are taxed under the GST regime's 12 per cent slab, which attracted criticism from various quarters ever since the levy was announced.Tax experts said if a final product is exempted from GST, the manufacturer cannot claim credit for inputs used for making it, which in turn becomes a cost. The Council also brought several other items in the 28 per cent slab to 18 per cent. Rates for 17 white goods including washing machines, refrigerators, TVs, video games, vacuum cleaners, trailers, juicer mixers, grinders, shavers and hair driers, water coolers, water heaters, electric irons were cut by 10 per cent from 28 per cent to 18 per cent. GST rate of 18 per cent will be applicable to TVs up to 68 cm or 27 inches in size. The value limit of footwear was enhanced from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 for the 5 per cent rate. Goyal said, “The new rates would come into effect from July 27th. The rate reductions are estimated to cost govern- ment exchequer nearly Rs 7,000 crore.” The GST Council will meet next on 4 August to discuss the problems faced by small traders and businesses and entrepreneurs. Traders with turnover up to Rs 5 crore will have to deposit tax every month but they do not have to file their returns quarterly, the minister added. The exemption limit for traders from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Sikkim, has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. Also, the threshold for composition for dealers has been increased to Rs 1.5 crore from Rs 1 crore earlier. Former journalist and twotimes BJP Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra, along with five Congress legislators and a former CPI-M MP, today joined the Trinamul Congress in the presence of Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at the Martyrs Day rally in the city. The desertion of the five Congress MLAs dealt a severe jolt to the Adhir Chowdhury-led state Congress. They are Sabina Yasmin (Mothahari, Malda), Abu Taher Khan from Nawda, Samar Mukherjee (Rartua, Malda), Akrur Zaman from Raghunathgunj, Apurba Sarkar from Kandi and Narayan Tiwary from Malda. Mainul Hasan, former CPI-M MP , also joined Trinamul today. Chandan Mitra had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party a few days back and speculation was rife since then that he could join Trinamul Congress, though the former MP had ducked comments on his future then. Mitra, who was considered close to BJP veteran LK Advani, was first nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2003, when the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was in power. Again in 2010 he was elected to the Upper House from Madhya Pradesh on the party's ticket. BJP sources said that Mitra had quit BJP as his political stock within the party had plunged. Earlier, Trinamul Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee, in a hard-hitting speech, lashed out at the BJP at the Centre for trying to foment communal politics and dividing society in the name of caste and religion in the state. Chatterjee said that the BJP, despite their Hidutva agenda and reliance on divisive politics based on caste and religion, would be doomed to fail in the state. “Those who are thinking of change in leadership in the state, they are living in a fool's paradise. There is none to replace Mamata Banerjee in the next 30 years to come,” Chatterjee, the state education minister, SNS said. ing to create an atmosphere of “lynching, hatred and violence”. “The BJP is trying to create an atmosphere of Talibans, lynching, hatred and violence. We don't believe in their concept of Hinduism. Those who now rule the country have bloodstains on their hands,” she said. “Every day people are being lynched. Today also, one person was lynched. They (BJP) have unleashed religious terrorism. Before lecturing the states to take steps against those involved in lynching they should ask their own party president and other leaders to behave.” Miss Banerjee said her party was not afraid of the CBI and ED, which has been “used by the Centre time and again to pursue political vendetta”. Accusing the Congress, BJP and the CPI-M of joining hands in Bengal against her party, she asked the Congress to make clear its stand. “In Delhi they (Congress) seek our support to oppose the BJP but here , they are opposing us,” she said. She also declared that the TMC will contest the Lok Sabha polls on its own. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, 21 JULY A day after the failure of a no-confidence motion against the NDA government in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sharpened his attack on the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi. Taking a jibe at Rahul, albeit without naming him, Modi said: “Kuch logon ko pradhan mantri ki kursi ke alawa kuch nahin dikhta. Na desh ka garib,na kisan, na naujawan dikhta hai” (Some people cannot see anything beyond the prime minister's chair. They cannot see the plight of the farmers and the poor). Referring to the Congress president suddenly hugging him in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Modi said, “When I asked the reason for bringing the no-trust motion, no reply was given, instead ‘woh hamare gale parh gaye’ (he hugged me). Addressing a Kisan Kalyan rally in Roja in Shahjahanpur district on Saturday, the Prime Minister was unrelenting in his criticism of the Congress. He said he by himself was nothing but a reflection of the people's strength and the Constitution and that he had nothing to fear so long as that strength was with him. Modi warned the Opposition and the Congress in particular that befooling the people will prove costly. The times and the country have changed and so has the youth and the women folk. The formula so far adopted by the Congress will no longer work, he said. Modi said the no-confidence motion was not brought without reason. In this context he recalled the statement of a former prime minister (Rajiv Gandhi ), who had said that out of each one rupee earmarked for development only 15 paise reached the beneficiary. Modi questioned: “Woh kaun sa panja tha jo rupaiya mense 85 paise maar leta tha, woh kaun sa panja tha jo rupaiya ko ghis kar 15 paise bana deta tha" (which hand ~ the Congress symbol ~ reduced one rupee to 15 paisa?). The Prime Minis- ter said this happened at a time when the Centre as well as the states were ruled by the Congress. The BJP was nowhere on the political scene, he added. Modi's diatribe against the Congress did not stop here. He said the no-trust motion has a motive. How could such forces trust a government which put a leash on the siphoning off of Rs. 90,000 crore. The checks imposed by his government had led many to close shop, he said. Modi next targeted the proposed grand alliance (mahagathbandhan) of opposition parties, including the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party. Playing on the word 'dal-dal' (swamp), Modi said: “ Aaj kal ek dal nahin, dal ke saath dal ho raha hai, jitna dal-dal (swamp) hoga utna kamal (lotus-the BJP's symbol) aur khilega." In a reference to the likelihood of the BSP and the SP coming together in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Modi said whether the cycle ( SP symbol) joins hands with the elephant (BSP's symbol) the people have read through the whole drama. He said his sole crime was taking a stand against corruption and dynastic politics.
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