CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 JANUARY 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR MANAFORT ADMITS GIVING POLLING DATA TO RUSSIAN THE MANY CHALLENGES WITH THE 10% QUOTA P7 SENSEX 36,212.91 +231.98 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 25 degree and14 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 43% Max: 25.0°C (0) SUN RISES 06:19 hrs MOON RISES 09.10 hrs Min: 14.1°C (0) SUN SETS 17:10 hrs MOON SETS 20:48 hrs Next moon quarter on 17 January THUMBNAILS Faesal quits IAS to protest Kashmir killings: IAS officer Shah Faesal (pic), who has been in the limelight since topping the exam in 2009, resigned, protesting the “unabated” killings in J&K. In a FB statement, he said his resignation was also to protest “the marginalisation and invisibilisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces’’. Fishermen kidnapped from Gujarat: At least 15 fishermen from Gujarat were kidnapped early on Wednesday by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency near the international maritime boundary in the Arabian Sea, the second such incident in the past five days. 3 AGP ministers quit govt: Three AGP ministers quit the Assam Cabinet, two days after their party exited the government over the Citizenship Amendment Bill. They are Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phanibhushan Choudhury. NIFTY 10,855.15 +53.00 BHUBANESWAR, 9 JANUARY: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ruled out his party, the BJD, being part of the proposed grand alliance of Opposition parties. In fact the antiBJP parties who have been talking of a grand alliance have all along considered the BJD as a “pro-BJP” party . The regional party of Odisha had never ever joined any united opposition move be it in parliament or outside. The BJD , had on the contrary, sided with the BJP on many occasions in parlia- ` vs $ 70.46 -25 PAISE GOLD 30,760.00 +140.00 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY aw Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that 10 per cent reservation to poor in the general category will be applicable to jobs in both central and state governments. Justifying the timing of the amendment bill to the Constitution, Prasad indicated that the government will take more welfare steps for the people before elections. Intervening in the debate on The Constitution (One Hundred and TwentyFourth Amendment) Bill, he said the legislation gives powers to the states to decide on the economic criteria for defining the beneficaries. The Bill has fixed an annual income of less than Rs 8 lakh and not owning more than five acres of agricultural land as criteria for defining economically weaker section in the general category for availing of the reservation in educational institutions as well as government jobs. The 10 per cent reservation will be over and above the reservation for SC/STs and OBCs. It does not provide for quota for those owning a flat of 1000 square feet or more, land of 100 sq yards in notified municipality area and 200 yards in non-notified area. Prasad, however, said the states will be free to fix criteria for defining the economically weaker sections in the general category who can avail of reservation. A state, for instance, can fix L ment. It may be recalled that the party was in the NDA from 2000 to 2009 and Naveen Patnaik was for a brief period a union minister in the Vajpayee government. But in recent months, the CM has often been critical of the Modi led central government. Speculations are that the BJD will , in a post election scenario , support the NDA. Political circles here say BJD, TMC, TRS may support NDA after the elections with certain conditionality on the PM nominee as they would prefer either Rajnath Singh or Nitin Gadkari to Modi. annual income of Rs 5 lakh as the criteria for availing of the reservation in jobs and educational institutions. The Constitution will give the states powers to fix that, he said. Prasad, however, asserted that the existing reservation for SC and ST categories will continue. On the timing of the bill, the Minister said, “We have come late. Better late than never. Parliament is scripting history. If you are supporting, support wholeheartedly. Why ifs and buts.” He also attacked the Congress party for failing to implement the Major General S R Sinho Committee's report that suggested reservation for economically weaker section (EWS). “The report of Sinho Committee was submitted on July 22, 2010. Who had stopped you from implementing at that time? ... you did not bring it (bill) at that time.. We bought it late. We showed courage for the development of the country,” he said. The Minister also said that it is a reality that there are poor in the forward caste and some are even working as rickshaw pullers. Taking an analogy of cricket, Prasad said, “In cricket, slog overs have sixers. This is the first sixer. There will be more sixers. Who will lose (general election), the public will decide. We will have huge majority under the leadership of Modi.” Participating in the debate, Congress leader and noted lawyer Kapil Sibal supported the bill but expressed concern over the way the bill is being passed in a haste in a day. He, however, warned that the bill will have to face three-four major hurdles before implementation. Sibal sought to know if the government has collected any demographic data on EWS and what would happen in states where dalits and OBCs are in majority. He also sought to know if this bill would stand scrutiny of the nine-member bench of Supreme Court that stuck down 10 per cent reservation to EWS while delivering the Mandal judgement. “How many people have 5 acres of land, 100 yard plot, 1,000 sq ft house. Have you collected any data? It took PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has nominated Justice A K Sikri, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court after him, to be part of the highpower selection committee which will decide the fate of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma. The apex court sources said that Justice Sikri will be a part of the committee also comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. The selection committee comprises the Prime Minister, the CJI and the leader of the single largest Opposition party. Since the CJI was a part of the bench and author of the Tuesday's verdict which reinstated Verma as the CBI Director, he opted himself out of the panel's meeting which was ordered to be con- Modi defends 10 % quota, asks Cong to clarify on Rafale claim PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SOLAPUR, 9 JANUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday defended introduction of the 10 per cent quota for the general category poor in jobs and education, adding the bill's passage in the Lok Sabha is a strong answer to those “spreading lies”. Targeting the Congress, Modi asked it to clarify what was driving its ongoing allegations on the Rafale fighter jet procurement issue. Addressing a public rally here, Modi said the smooth passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha is a “strong answer” by the Parliament to those spreading lies. Hoping the Rajya Sabha will pass the BillWednesday, Modi said the rights of deprived sections, including Dalits and tribals won't be affected because of this bill. He termed the the passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha as a historic step aimed at wel- fare of the deprived sections. On the passage of the Citizenship Bill, seeking to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangaldesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Modi assured people of Assam and North East that their rights will not be curtailed in any way through the bill's provisions. Modi indicated that alleged middleman Christian Michel, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, was lobbying for French manufacturer Rafale's rivals in the multi role aircraft deal. “During the earlier (UPA) regime, the mid- 10 years to implement the Mandal Commission report (on reservation to SC/ST). Now you want to pass the bill in a day without any data,” he said. “This is like demonetisation. This another jumla. Kamal ka amla, ek aur jumla,” he said. He claimed that the central government has managed to create only 45,000 jobs annually in the last five years. “If you give 10 per cent reservation, you will give 4,500 jobs. You brought this bill to benefit 4,500 people?” Sibal further said that breaching the 50 per cent reservation cap is a “violation” at a time when similar cases are pending in the court. He also demanded the government disclose the legal expert who has given the opinion to the bill. “They did not apply their mind and without refering to a select committee, they are bringing the bill,” he said. Sibal hit out at the ruling NDA for sending Gujarat leader Hardik Patel to jail for demanding reservation for EWS of pattedars. While supporting the bill, C M Ramesh (TDP) said the legistation has been brought in the last days of the government and several ministers too did not know it was coming. Naresh Gujral of NDA constitutent SAD suggested the government needed to take more pragmatic steps to boost job opportunities. In his intervention, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan expressed hope the law for reservation above 50 per cent will stand legal scrutiny. CJI nominates Justice Sikri on panel to decide Verma’s fate NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY dlemen culture had become a part of the system. They had snatched the rights of the poor and also played with the security of the nation,” Modi said. Citing media reports, Modi said Michel was lobbying for “some other contender” as well. “He (Michel) has made a shocking revelation. As per media reports, he was not just involved in the helicopter deal but also involved in the deal of the fighter planes (Rafale), when the earlier government was in power,” Modi said. “Media says that Michel was also lobbying for some other company. Congress should answer which leader of their party, now shouting about this (Rafale deal), has a connection with Michel. They should give an account of each and every penny spent,” he said. Calling himself a chowkidar (watchman), Modi said he has undertaken a “safai” (clean-up) mission to uproot corruption and that he cannot be bought or scared and will continue with his work relentlessly. “Modi is made up of a different soil. He cannot be bought nor can anyone scare him. I will take an account of every single penny. This chowkidar doesn't sleep and can pick a wrongdoer even in darkness. They may continue abusing me but I will not stop my mission to uproot corruption,” Modi said. Attacking Modi on Rafale deal, Gandhi said, “Chowkidaar could not stand in Lok Sabha for a minute during the debate.’’ HOW TO GET GOING WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGHER P10 Opp protests as Govt backs quota bill in RS BJD rules out joining grand alliance of Opposition parties STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P10 Minister says 10 % quota will be applicable to Central and state govt jobs Max.92% TEMPERATURE MAY LOSES KEY VOTE ON BREXIT PROCEDURE vened within a week. Verma's two-year tenure as CBI director ends on January 31. Report quoting officials suggested that the committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday. The apex court had on Tuesday allowed Verma to come back as CBI Director, albeit with his wings clipped, giving a jolt to the Centre and the CVC by setting aside their orders divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave. Officials said Verma has revoked most of the transfer orders issued by then Director (in-charge). Pandya, Rahul showcaused by BCCI for comments PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SYDNEY/NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul were on Wednesday issued show cause notices by the BCCI for their comments on women on a TV show that triggered a massive outrage and might prompt the Board to bar players from such appearances. Pandya, whose remarks on 'Koffee with Karan' were criticised as sexist, apologised for his remarks, saying he got “carried away by the nature” of the show. Rahul, on the other hand, has not yet responded to the criticism. “We have sent showcause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation,” Chairman PTI of the COA, said. CMYK P11 SILVER 39,100.00 +200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 60.18 +1.46 Two Trinamul MPs expelled for ‘anti-party activities’, one of them joins BJP in Delhi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 9 JANUARY The Trinamul Congress today suffered a jolt when one of its MPs, Soumitra Khan, quit the party and joined the BJP in Delhi leading to his expulsion. Another MP Anupam Hazra, who incurred the wrath of the party supremo for his proclivity to post comments on social network site causing embarrassment to the party, was also expelled in an attempt to stamp out rebellion. In an apparent counter attack the personal assistant of Mr Khan was arrested in Bishnupur and provisions of the Arms Act were slapped on him. Buoyed by the development, the state BJP president, Dilip Ghosh, said more Trinamul leaders would follow suit as “there is no democracy in the ruling party.” Before joining the BJP Mr Khan had a meeting with the party national president Amit Shah and lashed out at the Trinamul supremo alleging “police raj” had been clamped on the state. In a swift action party chief Mamata Banerjee convened a meeting attended by Trinamul secretary general Partha Chatterjee and Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal and the decision to expel the two MPs was taken for indulging in “anti-party” activities and keeping close relationship with the BJP . Mr Khan is said to Soumitra Khan Anupam Hazra have been at loggerheads with the party leadership over disbursement of MP LAD fund. Sources said Mr Khan, who was close to Mr Mukul Roy when the latter was the Trinamul’s second in command, had differences with Mr Abhisekh Bhanerjee, MP and nephew of the party chief. He had earlier been a Congress MLA, but subsequently quit the Congress to join the Trinamul. Mr Roy joined the BJP in 2017. Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan made the announcement of Khan joining the party and claimed the development marked the changing politics of Bengal. The BJP's acceptance and credibility, he asserted, was at an an “all-time high” in eastern India as the Modi government had given the region a priority in its agenda of growth and progress. Mr Hazra had been in the news for some time for his comments in his social network account that went against the party line on several issues. The party supremo had cautioned him and he closed his account. However, recently he posted a comment that a Congress MLA would be given the Trinamul ticket for the Bolpur LS constituency in his place in the coming LS poll. He asserted that he had reopened his social network account with permission from the party and pointed out he had a clean record unlike several top leaders whose names had been linked to Saradha and Narada scams. Welcoming the joining of Mr Khan state BJP president said : "It is just the beginning. There are many others form the Trinamul in queue. Just wait and watch." The Congress said the Trinamul had been paid back in its own coin as Mr Khan had been “lured” into the Trinamul from the Congress. Lashing out at the “vindictive” action of the state government, Mr Khan alleged that the SDPO, Bishnupur had abducted his CA, Susanta Dan and false cases under the Arts Act had been slapped on him. He was remanded in police custody for three days.
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