CMYK www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 08 APRIL 2019 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR MAY ISSUES ‘NO BREXIT’ WARNING NASHEED MAKES TRIUMPHANT COMEBACK P10 P9 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky, rain / thunder shower likely to occur. Temperature will be in the range of 33-23 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: 12.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 93% TEMPERATURE Max: 33.5°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 07.24 hrs SNS & AGENCIES Qureshi claimed that Pakistan has ‘reliable intelligence’ that India was planning to attack Pakistan again between 16 and 20 April Min. 47% Next moon quarter on 16 April THUMBNAILS Visitors gather near the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs' Memorial ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar on Sunday. AFP 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. P8 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 summons 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. India has rejected as “irresponsible” and “preposterous” Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's claim that India was planning to carry out another attack on Pakistan, saying his comments were aimed at whipping up war hysteria in the region. Qureshi told reporters in Multan that Pakistan has “reliable intelligence” that India was planning to attack Pakistan again between 16 and 20 April, and that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council have been apprised about it. In a statement, external affairs ministry spokesperson Ravesh Kumar called Qureshi's comments a“public gimmick” appearing to be “a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India”. “India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the foreign minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” Kumar said. He said India reserves the right to respond “firmly and decisively” to any cross-border terrorist attack. In Islamabad, the Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to Pakistan’s Foreign Office and issued a warning against “any misadventure” by India. Qureshi’s claim came nearly six weeks after India struck a terrorist training camp of the Jaish-e-Muhammed deep inside Pakistan in retaliation for the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack. On 27 February, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. In a dogfight that followed, Pakistan downed a MiG-21 jet and captured an IAF pilot, who was returned to India on 1 March. India had shot down a Pakistani F-16 but Islamabad has been denying that it lost any aircraft. A STEP CLOSER TO TITLE GLORY P4 India rejects Pak claim it is planning another attack NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD, 7 APRIL Min: 20.1°C (-5) SUN SETS 17:54 hrs MOON SETS 20:37 hrs ‘SOME WANT TO FINISH ME OFF POLITICALLY’ Kumar said it has been made clear to Pakistan that it cannot absolve itself of the responsibility of a cross-border terrorist attack in India. “No attempt at creating an alibi for its complicity in such attacks will succeed. Pakistan needs to take credible and irreversible steps against terrorism operating from all territories under its control rather than making hysterical statements to obfuscate the core issue that bedevils our region: crossborder terrorism,” he said. Earlier in the day, Qureshi told a press conference in his home town of Multan that India is devising a new plan to attack Pakistan. “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. “According to our information, the action could be taken between 16-20 April,” he said. P11 I-T raids on MP CM’s aides trigger row Unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 10-14 crore said to have been seized Agencies must be neutral: EC NEW DELHI, 7 APRIL STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL/NEW DELHI, 7 APRIL: ncome Tax (I-T) officials conducted raids at multiple locations in Madhya Pradesh and elsewhere said to belong to close aides of MP chief minister Kamal Nath from early this morning. Altogether 52 locations were raided, including in Goa, Ahmedabad, and at Delhi’s Green Park. The raids triggered a political slugfest between the Congress and the BJP Congress . leaders alleged that the IT raids were part of a political vendetta. BJP leaders justified the raids saying that black money worth crores has been seized. PTI quoted I-T officials as saying that undisclosed cash amounting to Rs 1014 crore has been seized, and I The Election Commission Sunday “strongly advised” the finance ministry that any action by its enforcement agencies during election time should be“neutral” and “non-discriminatory” and officials of the poll panel should be kept in the loop about such actions. The EC's advice came against the backdrop of the I-T department's raids in Madhya Pradesh Sunday and in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh that there is a “strong possibility” of this cash being used as election inducements and to bribe voters. A preliminary report of the raids has been shared with the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Election Commission, PTI reported. Sources said the raids were done on complaints of alleged tax evasion and suspected movement of hawala money. in the recent past on politicians and people connected to them. Since the Model Code of Conduct came into force on 10 March, the I-T department has carried out several raids on political leaders and their associates, which the Opposition has dubbed a misuse of central agencies to target rival parties. In a letter to the Union revenuesecretary,theECsaid it would like to “strongly advise that all enforcement actions during the election period, even when conducted ruthlessly with a view to curb this blatant electoral malpractice, should be absolutely neutral, impartial and non-discriminatory.”In case of suspected use of illicit money for electoral purposes, the chief electoral officer of the state must be kePTI pt informed, it said. In Bhopal, the raids were conducted at the Nadir Colony home of Praveen Kakkar, a long-time confidant and former Officer on Special Duty of Mr Nath. Kakkar’s residence in Indore was also raided. Also targeted were locations linked to former Nath adviser Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brotherin-law's firm and his nephew Ratul Puri's company. Reacting to the raids, state minister Dr Govind Singh said that PM Narendra Modi and the BJP were trying to suppress political opponents by misusing central agencies. BJP general secretary KailashVijayvargiya countered saying that black money worth crores had been seized in today’s raids. He said that ‘thieves’ are now complaining against the ‘watchman’. The Opposition has alleged that rival parties are being singled out by the ruling dispensation CM slams ‘ill-mannered’ PM ‘Childish’ Didi allying with those who want two PMs in India: Modi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE COOCH BEHAR/ ALIPURDUAR, 7 APRIL 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 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. UP Opp alliance targets BJP, Congress both PRESS TRUST OF INDIA DEOBAND, 7 APRIL The 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 Akhilesh Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh addressed the rally, BSP president Mayawati (C), SP president Akhilesh Yadav (R) and RLD president Ajit Singh (L) wave at the SP-BSP-RLD alliance’s first joint rally in Deoband in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. AFP 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 caste and reli- gious 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 peo, ple 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 “hawahawai (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 would have performed during their five years. In the last budget...whatever announcements were made by CMYK 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 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. RLD president Ajit Singh took a dig at the promise of 'achchhe din', saying Modi wasn't talking about people's, but his own 'achche din'. 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. ‘Phir Ek Bar Modi Sarkar’ vs ‘Ab Hoga Nyay’ 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 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 PTI under the BJP rule”. Details on Pages 2, 3
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