TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 29 JANUARY 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 SENSEX 35,656.70 -368.84 WEATHER Morning mist/fog and partly cloudy sky later. Max-min temperatures likely to be around 26-17 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.82% Min. 54% Max: 23.6°C (-3) SUN RISES 06:06 hrs MOON RISES 00.42 hrs Min: 18.3°C (+4) SUN SETS 17:23 hrs MOON SETS 12:17 hrs TEMPERATURE COUNTRY SUFFERS FROM ‘ODOMOS SYNDROME’ PAKISTAN IN AN ELECTION YEAR SUBTLE, SALUTARY NIFTY 10,661.55 -119.00 P7 ` vs $ 71.10 +7 PAISE P3 GOLD 31,555.00 +345.00 ‘Minimum income guarantee for poor’ Congress president ‘s election vow echoes Indira’s Garibi Hatao slogan SNS & PTI Next moon quarter on 1 February THUMBNAILS India win match & series: A formidable Indian team completely dominated an out of sorts New Zealand for a series-clinching seven-wicket win in the third ODI, continuing to send a resounding message of its near invincibility to every World Cup opposition. With an unassailable lead in the five-match series, skipper Kohli signed off his tour Down Under on a high with a first ODI series win in NZ in 10 years. Prior to this, India played just one series in Mount Maunganui, since the one in 2009. P12 RAIPUR, 28 JANUARY C ongress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday promised his party would ensure “minimum income guarantee” for every poor person if it comes to power at the Centre, echoing the 'Garibi Hatao' ('Remove Poverty') slogan coined by his grandmother Indira Gandhi during the 1971 general elections that she won. Gandhi described as historic the Congress' decision announced by him while addressing a 'Kisaan Abhaar Sammelan' in Raipur to express gratitude to Chhattisgarh's people, particularly farmers, for voting the party to power in the state after 15 years. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also termed as “historic” Gandhi's announcement, saying it will mark a turning point in the lives of the downtrodden. The announcement comes four days ahead of the interim budget to be presented by the Narendra Modi government before the Lok Sabha polls due before June this year. It also follows the NDA government's decision to give 10 per cent quota to the economically backward section in the general category and a likely announcement of a relief package for farmers grappling with falling prices of their crops and to tackle distress in the farm sector. The BJP said Gandhi's assurance is like its “hundreds of other announcements” which were not meant to be implemented and an “off the cuff ” announcement made “without any preparation or any provision for funding or proper agenda”. “The Congress has decided to take a historic THE MAN SCRIPTING THE SAURASHTRA SUCCESS STORY decision...The Congressled government is going to give minimum income guarantee. This means, every poor person in India will have a minimum income. This means there will be no hungry, poor people in India (any longer),” Gandhi said. Asserting that he gets done what he says, Gandhi added the minimum income guarantee would be implemented across the country. Later, he tweeted, “We cannot build a new India while millions of our brothers & sisters suffer the scourge of poverty.” “If voted to power in 2019, the Congress is committed to a Minimum Income Guarantee for every poor person, to help eradicate poverty & hunger. This is our vision & our promise,” he said in his tweet. “We don't want two Indias. There will be one India, and in that India, the Congress will give minimum income to every poor person. No government in the world has done this till now. The Congress is going to do that, it will be a historic feat,” Gandhi said at the rally. The BJP-led Union government wrote off Rs 3.5 lakh crore worth of loans of 15 big industrialists but “did not waive the loans of the country's farmers. Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that the “Goa audio tapes”, cited by the Congress to attack the Centre on the Rafale issue, were authentic and the state's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is in possession of “explosive secrets” that give him power over Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi's sharp attack came days after the Congress cited an audio tape in which Goa minister Vishwajit Rane was purportedly heard telling an unidentified person that Parrikar has Rafale files. P12 SILVER 39,950.00 +950.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 60.64 -1.00 Rahul’s charge bilkul bakwas: CM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/BHUBANESWAR, 28 JANUARY Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today dismissed AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s charge that he was remote controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Responding to a question in Delhi, the Odisha CM said “ bilkul bakwas” (rubbish). It may be recalled that Rahul Gandhi had , at a public meeting in Khurda, said that the PM has the remote control of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The Chief Minister acts are per the dictate of the PM due to corruption related issues like the chit fund scam , Rahul Gandhi had said. The AICC president had also said that both – Modi and Naveen Patnaik are ‘autocratic’ and they follow the ‘Gujarat Model’ which is to help a few industrialist friends and make them handle the entire publicity and campaign while a handful of bureaucrats run the government. It is ‘bureaucratic dictatorship’ and centralization of power both at the centre and here in Odisha , he had alleged. The difference between the two is that Naveen Patnaik is not as ‘hate filled’ as Modi, he had stated. Reacting to CM Naveen Patnaik’s charge of pending Central funds, the Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said “he ( the CM) is shedding crocodile tears and spreading falsehood” . The CM is trying to cover up his own failure in utilizing central funds, charged the Union Minister while daring the CM to come clean on unutilised central funds in the state. Even in the home district of the CM, funds are lying unused and there is rampant corruption, alleged Pradhan. HDK offers to quit over remark STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 28 JANUARY T he Congress moved fast today to pacify an angry chief minister, H D Kumaraswamy, after he offered to step down even as the alliance party’s MLAs and ministers criticised the functioning of the JDSCongress coalition government under him. Some Congress legislators even went on to claim that as far as they were concerned, senior party leader, Siddaramiah, was their chief minister. Siddaramiah, the former chief minister, made a quick attempt to diffuse the situation by asserting that there was no question of wearing the mantle again. He also acknowledged that it was necessary to rein in party MLAs, something which he wanted the JDS to do too. A visibly irked Kumaraswamy had said that there was a limit to his patience and that he was ready to step down if “my style of functioning is not acceptable,” adding that he did not want to stick to the chair. Yesterday,two Congress ministers including MTB Nagaraju and C Puttarangashetty , had said at a public function that Siddaramaiah was their chief minister. Siddu allegedly misbehaves with Mysuru woman: Former Karnataka chief minister, Mr Siddaramiah, was seen behaving badly with a woman from the Varuna constituency in Mysuru with videos showing him talking rudely to her.
The Statesman is one of India's oldest English newspapers. It was founded in Kolkata in 1875 and is directly descended from The Friend of India (founded 1818). The Englishman (founded 1821) was merged with The Statesman in 1934. The Delhi edition of The Statesman began publication in 1931. The Statesman Weekly is a compendium of news and views from the Kolkata and Delhi editions. Printed on airmail paper, it is popular with readers outside India. The Statesman (average weekday circulation approximately 180,000) is a leading English newspaper in West Bengal. The Sunday Statesman has a circulation of 230,000.