SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 OCTOBER 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 CATASTROPHE OVERLOAD? READ PHILOSOPHERS AND POETRY IF THE NEWS FEELS AWFUL ALL THE TIME OUR TECHNOLOGICALLY-FUELLED LIVES ARE EXHAUSTING US BUT THEY ARE ALSO DRIVING THE MARKET OF ‘SLEEPONOMICS’ WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature to be around 36 and 26 degrees Celsius, respectively High-stakes polls in 5 states in Nov-Dec RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY One-day poll in MP, Raj, Telangana, Mizoram; Ch’garh in two phases Max.90% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER TEMPERATURE Min. 38% Max: 35.6°C (+3) Min: 26.7°C (+1) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:19 hrs 05:31 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 03:24 hrs 16:27 hrs New moon on 9 October THUMBNAILS Protesters against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Saturday. The US Senate voted 50-48 late on Saturday to confirm conservative judge Kavanaugh as the (P10) next Supreme Court justice. AFP attle lines were today drawn for a crucial round of Assembly polls ahead of next year's general elections, with the Election Commission (EC) declaring the dates for the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana Assembly polls between 12 November and 7 December. Chhattisgarh will go to the elections in two phases on 12 and 20 November while the Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram polls will be held in a single phase on 28 November. The Rajasthan and Telangana polls will be held in a single phase on 7 December, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) O P Rawat said while addressing a press conference here this afternoon. The counting of votes in all five states will be held on 11 December. In Chhattisgarh, the voting will be held in the Maoist-affected areas involving 18 Assembly seats in the state's southern parts on 12 November while polling will take place in the remaining 72 seats on 20 November. The upcoming Assembly elections will witness a head-on battle between PM put pressure on EC to delay announcement: Cong B KOLKATA/NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER the BJP and the Congress, especially in Madhya Pradesh (230 seats), Chhattisgarh (90) and Rajasthan (200). The BJP has been in power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the last 15 years. The BJP currently also rules Rajasthan while the Congress is the ruling party in Mizoram (40 seats). In Telangana (119 seats), TRS supremo and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao got the House dissolved last month ~ about nine months before the scheduled end of its term ~ and will seek his party's second term in the state. The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came The announcement of the schedule for the Assembly elections in five states came amid a row as the Congress alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “put pressure” on the EC to delay its press conference from 12.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. as he was scheduled to address a rally at Ajmer in Rajasthan at 1 p.m, where the BJP reportedly announced some sops. This allegation was rubbished by CEC Rawat, who said that the EC, a constitutional body, does not work under pressure. He cited three reasons for the delay in holding the press conference to announce the election schedule, including the into force with immediate effect in four states, while it is already in force in Telangana in the wake of the EC's recent decision to impose the MCC immediately in states where Assemblies are dissolved prematurely. The Assembly polls in the five states will be held fully through Electronic last-minute assessment of timeline for publication of the Telangana electoral rolls, a high court direction that the Telangana electoral rolls be shown to it on 8 October before final publication, and a request from a state to delay bypolls due to the bad weather forecast. “There is no pressure ... EC does not work under pressure,” Rawat said. Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said in Kolkata that the CEC's explanation was “preposterous”, wondering whether the ruling BJP was the“super EC”. The EC had done a similar thing while announcing Assembly poll dates for Gujarat last year, he charged. SNS Voting Machines (EVMs) withVoterVerifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs). Putting in place security arrangements for the polls, the Union home ministry has ordered the deployment of about 25,000 troops for election duty in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Bail for Rabri, Tejashwi SWEET VICTORY NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER Indian players walk back after winning the first Test cricket match against the West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday. India recorded their biggest Test win as they humiliated the West Indies by an innings and 272 runs (P12) inside three days, bowling out the opposing team twice during the day. AFP A Delhi court Saturday granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav and others in an Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case lodged by the CBI. Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj also granted interim bail till 19 November to Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others in a money laundering case filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the alleged scam. The court also directed Lalu Prasad to be produced through video conference on 19 November in the cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement DirecPTI torate. Cong living in world of lies: Modi PRESS TRUST OF INDIA AJMER, 6 OCTOBER In a scathing attack Saturday on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday accused it of practising vote bank politics, telling lies and creating doubt and fear in the minds of people. Modi made the charge here at a rally, where Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje also announced free electricity up to a specific limit for farmers with general category power connections. The meeting ended just ahead of the Election Commission announcement in New Delhi of Assembly poll dates for Rajasthan and four other states. The EC's model code of conduct for political parties then kicked in. Modi said vote bank politics is not limited to elections now, but is destroying the entire system. The prime minister said parties which follow vote bank politics divide the bureaucracy when they come into power, appointing officials BJP works for a few rich: Rahul BHOPAL, 6 OCTOBER: Congress president Rahul Gandhi today attacked the Narendra Modi-led union government and the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh over various issues during his rallies at Gwalior, Morena and Jabalpur in the state. The Congress president is on a visit to Madhya Pradesh to support the protesting landless poor who are marching towards Delhi. The march started on Thursday. In Morena, Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the Union government over the land acquisition bill. He termed the Union government ‘anti-farmer’ and ‘anti-people’. Addressing the Congress ‘Sankalp Yatra’ at a stadium in Morena, he also accused the Centre of being proindustrialists. Continuing his attack on PM Modi over the Rafale deal, Gandhi said, “If Rafale deal was given to HAL, it would have created hundreds of jobs in India. But PM Modi steals this from HAL and gives the Rs 30,000 crore contract to Anil Ambani’s company.” “The present government is partial towards 15 industrialists. In the past four and a half years the government has waived off loans worth Rs 3 lakh crore for the industrialists,” he alleged. He also promised the farmers that their loans would be waived off once the Congress assumes power. Gandhi alleged that the Narmada river had been exploited by illegal mining under the patronage of the BJP government led by MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He also accused the BJP state governments in MP, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and UP of destroying the PanSNS chayati Raj system. who fit into their scheme. They allocate the budget as per vote bank politics and therefore overall development does not happen, he said. The Congress has established this tradition in the past 60 years, Modi said. “With great difficulty, the country has picked the right direction now after 60 years. Don't give them another chance.” The meeting on the outskirts of Ajmer was scheduled to mark the end of Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje's ‘Gaurav Rath Yatra’, an outreach exercise by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party which is pitted against the Congress in the state. Modi said he was for a strong Opposition in a healthy democracy, but a set of people had not only failed in the government but also as Opposition. Why is the Congress not fighting elections on facts?Why are they indulging in spreading lies? he asked, charging the Opposition of avoiding discussion on issues related to development. All they are interested is in telling lies, creating doubt and fear, he said, accusing the opposition of manufacturing lies”. You live in a world of lies, he said. Modi said the Congress enjoyed playing games dividing Hindus and Muslims, backward and forward castes, and rural and urban. While the others believed in dividing society, the BJP is for uniting it, he said. The PM said his government worked on the principle of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' (development for all). After BSP, Samajwadi to ditch Congress for MP polls STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, 6 OCTOBER Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday practically ruled out any alliance with the Congress in the poll-bound state of Madhya Pradesh. He said his party was not averse to a tie up with the regional Gondwana Gomantak Party (GPP) and will also open channels with the Bahujan Samaj Party on this count. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said the Congress party had made the SP wait for too long on the issue of an alliance. This was not done in politics. Hence the party will either contest on its own or will enter into a pact with the Gondwana party. It will also hold talks with the BSP for a tie-up, Akhilesh said. Akhilesh's snub to the Congress comes close on the heels of a similar snub meted out by BSP president Mayawati. Just a few days back, Mayawati had announced that her party will contest the polls in Madhya Pradesh on its own. She had castigated the Congress in no uncertain terms, going so far as to say that the party was not interested in defeating the BJP She said her party . will go solo in MP and will not have any tie up with the Congress. Earlier the BSP had meted out a similar jolt to the Congress in Chhattisgarh where Mayawati announced her party's alliance with Congress rebel and president of Janata Congress Party, Ajit Jogi. Even as the Congress was yet to recover from these humiliating rebuffs from the BSP chief, Akhilesh Yadav’s assertion comes as another blow to it. This is at a time when Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath had said that his party will open channels with the SP for an alliance. It is now becoming increasingly clear that the bonhomie which existed between the Congress, SP and the BSP stands fractured. This bonhomie had seen the three parties coming on a common platform and wresting the prestigious parliamentary seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur from the BJP in the bypolls held there. The Gorakhpur seat had previously been represented by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Phulpur by deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. It was in the aftermath of these victories and later in the byelections of the Kairana parliamentary seat and the Noorpur Assembly seat, that talks of a 'Maha gathbandhan' to take on the BJP had gained rapid ground. The most vociferous advocate of the same in UP has been Akhilesh Yadav who did not shy away from saying that he was willing to sacrifice the SP’s quantum of seats in favour of the Congress and the BSP if it could help to , keep the BJP at bay. ‘Alliance on state-by-state basis’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 6 OCTOBER In the face of snubs by both the BSP and the Samajwadi Party ahead of the Assembly elections in five states, the Congress party said that the alliance between the Congress and other Opposition parties for the parliamentary elections next year will take place on a "state to state basis". Electoral understandings between Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the forthcoming state Assembly elections did not take place as it did not These claims that opposition unity is falling apart are baseless. The Lok Sabha election is still a bit far away RANDEEP SINGH SURJEWALA CONGRESS SPOKESMAN match the assessment of our party's respective state units, Congress national spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said today in the city. There will not be a single formula of electoral alliance for the entire country, Surjewala said. It has to be kept in mind that Congress which is opposed to Left in Kerala and TDP in Andhra Pradesh have worked with these outfits on a common programme on earlier occasions, he said. “These claims that opposition unity is falling apart are baseless. The Lok Sabha election is still a bit far away,” he said, adding that the party hopes to have an alliance with Mayawati at some other stage. Dismissing the criticism of Rahul Gandhi for his visits to temples as part of a “soft Hindutva line”, Surjewala said that Gandhi did not require permission from the Prime Minister or the BJP party president to go to a Durga puja pandal or a Shiv temple.
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