www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 08 APRIL 2019 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR MAY ISSUES ‘NO BREXIT’ WARNING ‘SOME WANT TO FINISH ME OFF POLITICALLY’ Partly cloudy sky with possibility of very light rain/dust storm/thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds (speed 3040) KMPH. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. Max.72% Min. 49% Max: 36°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:03 hrs MOON RISES 08:43 hrs Min: 25.6°C (+6) SUN SETS 18:43 hrs MOON SETS 21:32 hrs THUMBNAILS Visitors gather near the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs' Memorial ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar AFP on Sunday. Reliance Industries-linked arrests: Dutch l investigators have arrested three former employees of a local firm suspected of laundering $1.2 billion through over-invoicing services and works rendered for a gas pipeline built by a unit controlled by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, a charge vehemently denied by Reliance Industries. East West Pipeline Ltd (EWPL), which was previously known as Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd (RGTIL), denied that any money was laundered at any stage during implementation of the project and that higher capital cost of a pipeline would result in higher tariff for users for receiving natural gas through the line. P11 Mirwaiz to appear before NIA: Moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will appear before the NIA Monday in connection with a case related to terror funding after he was assured by the probe agency that his security would be ensured, officials said Sunday. He was served a third summon recently in which he was given an assurance that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would ensure complete security to him. Hurriyat Conference leaders Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Maulana Abbas Ansari have also decided to rally behind the Mirwaiz and would be accompanying him to the NIA headquarters to express their solidarity, members of the conglomerate said. UP alliance targets BJP, Cong both SP-BSP-RLD grouping holds first joint rally in Deoband; leaders say only the alliance can challenge the BJP PRESS TRUST OF INDIA T he Opposition grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh Sunday organised its first joint rally, where its leaders not only slammed the BJP which they claimed , will be defeated in the Lok Sabha polls, but also castigated the Congress, saying it does not want the grouping to win and will only divide votes. In a grand show of strength of the anti-BJP coalition in the religiously sensitive town in Saharanpur district, which goes to polls in the first phase on 11 April, BSP chief Mayawati, SP president AkhileshYadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh addressed the rally, and declared that only their alliance can challenge the BJP . “The Congress is not strong enough to give a tough fight to the BJP Only . the grand alliance can,”said Mayawati, who addressed the rally first. “The Congress too has this realisation. But they think whether we win or not, alliance should not win. They have given tickets on Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati (L) and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav (R) wave at the SP-BSP-RLD alliance’s first joint rally at Deoband in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday; (right) a section of the crowd at the rally. caste and religious calculations to help the BJP,” she claimed. Mayawati said the Congress was busy dividing the votes and cautioned the gathering to guard against any such attempt. “In western UP where , people of all communities live...in Saharanpur, Bareilly, where there is a huge Muslim population...I want to tell the Muslim community...don't divide your votes...give it to the BSP SP , and RLD alliance,” she told the rally at the Jamia Tibitiya Medical College ground. The venue wore a festive look with workers of the alliance partners carrying party flags in myriad hues. The BSP chief also said the BJP will advertise its “hawa-hawai (lofty)” schemes till the poll results are announced, wasting thousands of crores of money which could be used for the welfare of the poor. “If the PM (Narendra Modi) was serious about welfare of the poor, they would not have been inaugurating schemes after polls were announced. They ‘Childish’ Didi allying with those who want two PMs in India: Modi MANAS R BANNERJEE COOCH BEHAR, 7 APRIL Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked state chief minister Mamata Banerjee on various issues, including her association with political leaders, who Mr Modi said want two prime ministers in India. Describing her as 'childish' and referring apparently to Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Modi said: “Didi is associated with those who want two PMs in one country. Is this possible in India?" Mr Modi was addressing an election rally in Cooch Behar, ahead of the first phase of elections in the two Lok Sabha constituencies of Cooch Behar and Alipurduar. At the start of his speech, the PM pointed to the tussle over the venue at Rash Mela Ground here. "The structure at the venue is a memorial to Didi’s end. The Trinamul made the structure in such a way so as to leave little space for the audience (today). Didi's nature is childish. She fights like kids in some areas where a child challenges other after defeat." "We have implemented the NRC (National Register of Citizens) in Assam to identify infiltrators. But speed-breaker Didi and her partners tried to break it, but she was not successful,” the PM said, adding that she supported infiltrators for vote bank politics. “Didi was against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which we have brought, but she was not successful. She is campaigning against the NRC if it is implemented in Bengal. We are alert on the matter,” he said. “She is always saying 'Modi Hatao Modi Hatao...' But if there is people's love, who will drive Modi out?" he asked. According to him, Miss Banerjee does not have a peaceful night’s sleep, as “she fears defeat.” “The sign of fear is clear. People have India planning another attack: Pak SNS & PTI Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Islamabad had reliable intelligence that India was planning another mischief against Pakistan between 16 and 20 April. He said the permanent members of the UNSC have been apprised of the matter ISLAMABAD, 7 APRIL Pakistan has “reliable intelligence” that India is planning to attack again between April 16 and 20, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Sunday, amid tensions between the neighbours following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir's Pulwama district in February. Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Addressing a press conference in his home town of Multan, Qureshi said the gov- P15 DEOBAND, 7 APRIL RAINFALL: 4.0 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE A STEP CLOSER TO TITLE GLORY P13 P12 P10 WEATHER NASHEED MAKES TRIUMPHANT COMEBACK ernment had “reliable intelligence that India is devising a new plan”. “A new mishap could be staged... And its purpose will be to justify their [India's] offensive against Pakistan and to increase diplomatic pressure against Islamabad,” he alleged. “If it happens, you can imagine the impact of the occurrence on the peace and stability of the region. According to our information, the action could be taken between 16-20 April,” Qureshi said, adding that preparations were being made for the attack against Pakistan. The foreign minister said Pakistan had already briefed the United Nations Security Council's permanent members over the issue and stated Islamabad's apprehensions. “We want the international community to take notice of this irresponsible behaviour and reprimand them (India) for taking this route,” he said. He said the Indian action would have impact on peace and stability of the region. The foreign minister also criticised the global community for keeping silent when India violated Pakistan's territory on February 26. New Delhi rejected as "irresponsible and preposterous" Qureshi's statement that India was planning to attack his country again, saying "this public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India''. Strongly reacting to Qureshi's claim, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the statement was aimed at whipping up war hysteria in the region. TURN TO P 10 would have performed during their five years. In the last budget...whatever announcements were made by the government were nothing but empty poll promises,” she said. She was equally critical of the Congress’ Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), under which the party promise a minimum guaranteed income to the poor. “The Congress too has been making tall claims. Haven't they been given enough chances for decades? The Nyay scheme is not a stable solution for removing poverty, the BSP believes giving jobs to every hand is,” she said. The Dalit leader also flayed the BJP government for “misusing” probe agencies. “Even people from backward communities are suffering. The divisive thought process is hurting these Mamata slams ‘ill-mannered’ PM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE COOCH BEHAR/ ALIPURDUAR, 7 APRIL shown her a mirror in which the support is in favour of the BJP he said. ,” "This structure in the field here is a memorial of her defeat. She and her servants staged a drama. Will it bring them victory in the elections?" he added. "Though her slogan is Maa Mati Manush, her real nature is different. The real face should be unmasked and it is imperative,” Mr Modi said, adding that the ‘Bua’ (Miss Banerjee) and ‘Bhatija’ (Abhishek Banerjee) have made Bengal a safe haven for infiltrators. Paying respect to ‘Sarada Maa’, Mr Modi said the TMC had tarnished the name of Ramakrishna Paramhansa’s spiritual consort by being involved in the Saradha and Narada scandals. “This Chowkidar will not spare anyone and will look into the detailed accounts,” Mr Modi said. The war of words between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Mamata Banerjee continues in North Bengal. Miss Banerjee today came down heavily on Mr Modi at Churabhandar in Jalpaiguri and replied to every point he spoke against her while addressing a rally in Cooch Behar. Without naming Mukul Roy, who was once the second-in-command of her party, Miss Banerjee said: "Is Trinamul Congress Saradha-Narada party? The hero of the Saradha-Narada scam is now with you and you are speaking about it while sharing the same stage with him?" "Are you not banking on all the accused of the chit fund scams? I have papers as documentary evidence. Despite that, don't you feel ashamed?" Miss Banerjee asked. Once again terming him ‘expiry babu,’ the chief minister said that she does not fear Modi. “I have fought at gunpoint. I do not fear them. Modi Babu fears me," she said. "Five years ago he was a ‘chaiwala’ (tea seller), and now he is the ‘chowkidar.’ His tea-selling job has finished. We don't want a 'fake chowkidar,” she said. “Modi Babu, listen to me. I have seen others as prime minister. They were not like you.You talk nonsense. You use rough language and can't show good manners,” she said. I-T raids on Kamal Nath aides trigger political slugfest STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, 7 APRIL Officers of the Income Tax (IT) Department assisted by personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) conducted raids and searches at three locations in Bhopal and Indore said to be belonging to close aides of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath early today morning. Altogether 50 locations were raided, including in Delhi’s Green Park. The raids, from which the MP police was kept out, triggered a political slugfest between the Congress and the BJP Congress leaders alleged . that the I-T raids were conducted as part of a political vendetta. The BJP leaders justified the raids saying that black money worth crores has been recovered. The raids began pre dawn, after 3 a.m. Sources said the raids were done on complaints of alleged tax evasion AFP communities. These communities are not benefiting from the reservation. They are being exploited. Minorities are also suffering,” she said. “Removing Modi is not enough, (UP CM) Yogi (Adityanath) also needs to be shown the door.” On corruption, she bracketed the Congress and the BJP together. “The Congress was tainted by the Bofors scam, BJP by the Rafale,” she said, “you don't need to give another chance to them. These parties have already been given enough chances.” Yadav, who lashed out at Prime Minister Modi accusing him of failing to keep his promises, said, “The policies of both the Congress and the BJP are the same...The Congress does not want to bring in a change.” “In 2014, we trusted a 'chaiwala' (tea seller), the poll promise of crores of jobs and so many other promises. Now we are being told to trust the 'chowkidar'. We will remove 'chowkidars' (watchmen) from all the 'chowkis' (post),” he told the crowd, that cheered and applauded him. and suspected movement of hawala money. At Bhopal, the raids were conducted at the residence of Praveen Kakkar at Nadir Colony locality. Kakkar is a long-term confidant and former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of MP chief minister Nath. Kakkar’s residence at Vijay Nagar colony in Indore was also raided, said sources. Also targeted were locations linked to former Nath adviser Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brother-in-law's firm Moser Bayer and his nephew Ratul Puri's company. Raids are also being conducted against Kolkatabased businessman Paras Mal Lodha. Sources added that more than 100 CRPF personnel the assisted the I-T officers. MP Police personnel were kept out of the raids. Sources also said that the movement of CRPF personnel towards Bhopal and Indore was reportedly disguised by the Central agency, which reportedly told intelligence officials of the MP Police that the movement was for elections and some other work. Reacting to the raids, MP General Administration Department (GAD) minister Dr Govind Singh alleged that PM Narendra Modi and the BJP were trying to suppress political opponents by misusing central agencies. On the other hand, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya claimed that black money worth crores had been recovered in today’s raids. He charged that those who are thieves are now complaining against the ‘watchman’. She also dared the PM to “touch” Bengal and implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC). “Touch Bengal and come to implement NRC, you will see what we can do. The Citizenship Amendment Bill is dangerous. Indian people will be treated as foreigners for six years if they fail to show documents. Only the Trinamul Congress protested and looked into it.We have assured NRC victims that Bengal will provide them shelter if they were driven out of Assam," she said. BJP, Congress launch campaign themes NEW DELHI, 7 APRIL With the tag line “Phir ek bar, Modi sarkar” (Modi government, once more), the BJP Sunday unveiled its campaign highlights, which included the Modi government's “befitting” reply to terrorism by“hitting terrorists by entering enemy territory”. Launching the campaign, party leader Arun Jaitley said the choice for people in the elections will be between the “cohesive and tested” rule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and “chaos and mahamilawat” offered by the opposition. The Congress, meanwhile, announced 'Ab Hoga Nyay' as its battle cry for the Lok Sabha polls and launched a campaign centred around the theme of 'justice', while alluding to the party's proposed minimum income scheme and the 'anyay' (injustice) “prevailing under the BJP (MORE ON P2 & 6) rule”. PTI
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