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’’. P3 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 anti-BJP 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 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY day after the Lok Sabha approved The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the Bill providing 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and admission in higher educational institutions, to the poor among upper castes. The Upper House discussed the Bill for nearly 10 hours and passed it by 165 votes in favour and seven against. The 244-member House adopted the Bill by the required majority of its total membership, and by a majority of not less than twothirds of the members present and voting. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot, replying to the debate, said the proposed reservation would withstand judicial scrutiny because of the provisions being made by the Constitutional Amendment. Seeking support of the House to pass the Bill, he said the law was brought with sincere intentions and would not hurt the interests of the reservation beneficiaries like scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Kanimozhi (DMK) seeking reference of the Bill to a House Select Committee for scrutiny as the Bill had not been examined by a Standing Committee or an open debate, demanded division of votes but it was rejected by 155 votes against, 18 in favour and one absten- A 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. Speculation is rife that the BJD will, in a post election scenario, support the NDA. Political circles say the 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. tion. AIADMK members opposed the Bill and staged a walk-out after their leader spoke on the Bill. The RJD too opposed the Bill. Across the Opposition, the Elders charged that the timing of the Bill showed the real intent of the BJP-led government was electoral gain as the Lok Sabha elections are only 100 days away. They maintained the BJP had suffered reverses in recent Assembly elections and wanted to woo the voters back by the “gimmick”. AIADMK and DMK members said Tamil Nadu already provided 69 per cent reservation and wondered what benefit the new law would to their State. Praful Patel (NCP) had similar doubts when he said Maharashtra government had recently given 16 per cent reservation to Marathas, in addition to the existing 50 per cent reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Kapil Sibal (Congress) clashed over whether earlier Supreme Court verdicts negating reservation beyond 50 per cent and on the basis of economic criteria would prove hurdles in the way of the new law. After moving the bill, Gehlot said it aims at economic and educational empowerment of the intended beneficiaries. He rejected the allegation that the bill has been brought in a hurry, saying it was a long pending demand and government wants to deliver justice. Participating in the discussion, Anand Sharma of the Congress said his party supports the bill, but questioned its timing. Supporting the Bill, Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party demanded that OBCs should now be given 54 per cent reservation and SCs and STs quota increased to 25 per cent. He also sought reservation for Muslims, saying their condition is worse than the Dalits. AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan opposed the bill, saying it is unconstitutional and legally untenable. Derek O Brien of Trinamul Congress raised doubts over the bill passing legal scrutiny. He alleged that the government failed to fulfil its promise on job creation and the bill is an acknowledgement of its 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 on 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 Parliament to those spreading lies. Hoping the Rajya Sabha will pass the bll on Wednesday, 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 the welfare of the deprived sections. On the passage of the Citizenship Bill, seeking to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, 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) guilt. Prasanna Acharya of BJD and RCP Singh of JD(U) supported the bill. RJD member Manoj Jha opposed the bill alleging that it is against the basic structure of the Constitution. Kanimozhi also opposed the bill saying the government has taken a unilateral decision which she said is a mockery of the Constitution. PTI adds: Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the passage of the quota bill as a victory of social justice and said it will ensure a wider canvas for the youth to showcase their prowess and contribute towards the country's transformation. “Delighted” over the passage of the Constitution (124th amendment) Bill, which amends the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education, Modi said he was glad to see such widespread support for it. “Passage of the constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament is a victory for social justice. It ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India's transformation,” Modi said in series of tweets. He said the passage of the bill is a tribute to the makers of the Constitution and great freedom fighters, who envisioned an India that is strong and inclusive. The House also witnessed a vibrant debate, where several members expressed their insightful opinions, he added. CJI nominates Justice Sikri on panel to decide Verma’s fate NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY regime, the middlemen 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, “Chowkidaarcould not stand in Lok Sabha for a minute during the debate.’’ HOW TO GET GOING WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGHER P10 Parliament passes upper caste quota bill BJD rules out joining grand alliance of Opposition parties STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P10 Passage of quota bill victory of social justice, says Prime Minister 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 the former 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 from the Trinamul in the 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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