WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 APRIL 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR PRIYANKA ROADSHOWS DRAW HUGE CROWDS P6 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with possibility of thundery development. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 39 and 21 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.79% Min. 33% Max: 37.1°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:01 hrs MOON RISES 10:18 hrs Min: 20.4°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:44 hrs MOON SETS 23:31 hrs TEMPERATURE IRANIAN PRESIDENT SAYS ‘US LEADER OF WORLD TERRORISM’ NETANYAHU SEEKS RECORD 5TH TERM AS ISRAEL VOTES P12 P13 President Ram Nath Kovind gracing the CRPF Shaurya Divas as the Chief Guest at the National Police Memorial in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS (P10 ) Mani passes away: Kerala Congress(M) chairman and former state finance minister K M Mani, who had been one of the leading figures of Kerala politics for nearly five decades, died at a hospital in Kochi on Tuesday. The health condition of Mani (86) who had been undergoing treatment at the VPS Lakeshore hospital for pulmonary disease, “took a turn for the P5 worse by 11 am” and he died at 4.57 p.m. Cong cites 'sting' to allege post-DeMo currenD cy exchange: The Congress Tuesday cited a "sting operation" to allege exchange of old notes post-demonetisation for hefty commissions by people claiming proximity to the government and the BJP, but the ruling party refuted the allegations and said it would take appropriate legal action. At a press conference, Congress leader Kapil Sibal also alleged that currency notes worth thousands of crores were printed abroad and then transP6 ported into the country. Nirmohi Akhara opposes Centre's plea on Ayodhya: Nirmohi Akhara moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday opposing the Centre's plea which seeks to return to the original owners the 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” land it had acquired around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site. Allahabad HC in 2010 had decided that the 2.77-acre of disputed land P7 would be divided into three equal parts. SC order on Rafale today: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday pronounce the verdict on the preliminary objections raised by the Centre that the documents on which it was claiming “privilege” cannot be relied upon to re-examine the verdict in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France. A bench headed by CJI will pronounce the verdict. Maoist onslaught in Chhattisgarh and terrorist attack in Kashmir come days ahead of Lok Sabha elections Maoists kill Chhattisgarh BJP RSS leader, PSO shot MLA and 4 security personnel dead in J&K, Army out SNS & PTI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 9 APRIL RAIPUR, 9 APRIL BJP MLA and four security personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh Tuesday as Maoists blew up their vehicle, two days before polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is held in the state, police said. MLA Bheema Mandavi and the four others were killed as Maoists targeted a group of BJP leaders travelling in a convoy in Dantewada district, police said. Visuals from the blast site showed the mangled remains of the vehicle and a gaping hole on the road on which it passed before Maoists blew it up. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel spoke to the DG anti-Maoist operations, an official said. Former Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said, “I am in contact with Central ministers and spoke to PM Narendra Modi an hour ago. I will go to Dantewada and meet families of the deceased.” The incident occurred at Shyamagiri hills when the MLA's convoy was heading towards Kuwakonda from Bacheli area, about 450 km from state capital Raipur. The convoy was travelling between Kuakonta and Shyamgiri in Dantewada when it was targeted by the Maoists. The Maoists blew up a vehicle in the convoy with an IED and opened fire at the occupants, police said. Mandavi was killed in the attack, P Sundar Raj, DIG anti-Naxal operations, said. The four security personnel were also killed in the attack, police said. The killed security personnel have been identified as driver Danteshwar Maurya and District Force jawans Chhagan Kuldeep, Somdu Kawasi and Ramlal Oyami. Security forces have been rushed to the area, police said. TV channels flashed grisly images of body parts strewn along a road bisecting a forest and a vehicle reduced to a heap of metal. The powerful blast left a big crater in the middle of the road. In a statement, CRPF said, “Between Kuakonta EC seeks report on PM’s Balakot strike remarks PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 9 APRIL The Election Commission has taken cognisance of Prime Mnister Narendra Modi's remarks asking firsttime voters to dedicate their vote to those who carried out the air strike in Balakot, and has sought a report from poll officials in Maharashtra. Sources in the poll panel said Tuesday that the chief electoral officer of Maharashtra has been asked to submit a report at the earliest. Addressing a rally in Ausa in Mahrashtra's Latur, Modi said, “Can your first vote be dedicated to those who carried out the air strike.” “I want to tell the first-time voters: Can your first vote be dedicated to the veer jawans (valiant soldiers) who carried out the air strike in Pakistan. Can your first vote be dedicated to the veer shaheed (brave martyrs) of Pulwama (terror attack),” Modi said. The report has been sought in the context of an EC advisory issued last month asking parties to desist from indulging in political propaganda involving actions of the armed forces. Desist from giving preferential treatment to one party,EC warns DD: The EC directed Doordarshan to “desist” from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party. In a strongly-worded letter to secretary, I & B ministry, the EC said, “Would like you (secy) to direct the DD news channel to desist from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party and extend commensurate and balanced coverage of the activities of all recognised political parties....” and Syamgiri in Dantewada, the convoy of BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi came under an IED attack today. The escort vehicle of State Police came under the blast. 5 personnel of Chhattisgarh State Police are critically injured. Reinforcement of CRPF has been rushed.” Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: “I spoke to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Shri @bhupeshbaghel regarding the IED attack in Dantewada and expressed my grief over the martyrdom of state police personnel. He has also apprised me of the ground situation in Dantewada.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi “strongly” condemned the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, saying the sacrifice of those killed will not go in vain. “Strongly condemn the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh. My tributes to the security personnel who were martyred. The sacrifices of these martyrs will not go in vain,” he tweeted. The Congress condemned the Naxal attack, with party president Rahul Gandhi terming it a “very tragic” incident. Meanwhile, the Election Commission said polling in the state will be held as per the schedule. Chief Electoral Officer, Chhattisgarh held a video conference meeting of collectors and SPs of the affected districts covering Phase 1 and phase 2 in Chhattisgarh and instructed them to take “utmost precautions” over the next few days. Dantewada falls in the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls in the first phase on April 11. For the elections on April 11, a security blanket of over 80,000 personnel, and drones, has been deputed in the Maoistdominated Bastar region. CHENNAI, 9 APRIL A top bureaucrat in Tamil Nadu, awarded by the UNESCO with King Sejong Literacy Prize for his outstanding work in spreading literacy among 25 million non-literate adults, has sought the Centre’s permission to prosecute the country’s Chief Vigilance Commissioner. Dr Jagmohan Singh Raju (56), a Dalit from Punjab, who holds the post of additional chief secretary of Tamil Nadu, has become a victim of humiliation allegedly unleashed by the CVC, according to a legal notice sent to the Centre by senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan on behalf of Dr Raju. Dr Raju has urged the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to initiate the process of removing the CVC in terms of Section 6(1) of the CVC Act , 2003, including a Presidential Reference to the Supreme Court for holding an inquiry and registration of FIR against the CVC under the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act) 1989 for committing atrocities. Upset over the spectacular performance of the IAS officer, some forces in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere had sent anonymous letters to the CVC which were inquired into and found to be false and frivolous by the HRD Ministry in 2013 itself. In spite of the clearance by the ministry, the CVC has ordered a re-inquiry into the charges levelled against the official in the anonymous letters. The action of the CVC has delayed further the empanelment of Dr Raju as the additional secretary to the Government of India. According to Mr Bhushan, the lawyer representing Dr Raju, the CVC K V Chowdary has acted in a most inappropriate manner by ordering a reinquiry into a case which was gone into and found to be false by the concerned government agencies. Dr Raju had approached the National Commission of Scheduled Caste (NCSC), which found to its dismay that the officer had become a victim of high handed behaviour by the CVC. The NCSC after examining Dr Raju’s case opined: “His Curfew was clamped and Army called out in the Kishtwar town of Jammu on Tuesday when a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader, Chandrakant Sharma, and his personal security officer (PSO) were shot dead by terrorists. The PSO died on the spot while the RSS leader succumbed in the medical college hospital at Jammu where he was airlifted for treatment. Two terrorists are reported to have attacked the RSS leader in Kishtwar’s district hospital where he was working as medical assistant. Another PSO was seriously wounded in the attack. The terrorists barged into the hospital and snatched the policeman’s weapon and opened fire at them. Sharma, who received bullet injuries, was first operated in the hospital at Kishtwar. Security forces have launched search operation for those involved in the terror incident. Deputy Commissioner of Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana, confirmed the incident and said that army has been called out to prevent violence. This is the first election related terror attack during the ongoing elections for Lok Sabha in Jammu and Kashmir. Polling for the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency, of which Kishtwar is a segment, is scheduled to be held on 18 April during the second of the 5-phase election in J&K. Minister of state in the PMO, Dr. Jitendera Singh, is seeking re-election as BJP candidate. The incident has come a few months after two RSS and BJP leaders, Anil Parihar and Ajit Parihar (both brothers), were gunned down by terrorists in Kishtwar town. These incidents indicate that terrorists were regrouping in the Kishtwar area that was in the pre-2004 era a hotbed of militancy. Sharma was associated with RSS and was actively engaged in rehabilitation PM Modi urges first time voters to dedicate vote to ‘air strike’ men TYAGARAJ SHARMA MYSURU, 9 APRIL Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today slammed the Congress-JDS coalition in the state for failing to protect the interests of the farmers even as he ridiculed the ruling combine for what he alleged was its attempt to undermine the heroics of the armed forces, post the Balakot strike. Addressing a poll rally earlier in Latur district of Maharashtra, Modi said: “Can your first vote be dedicated to those who carried out the air strike,” Modi said, appealing to first-time voters at a poll rally in Latur district of Maharashtra. Mr Modi, who addressed back to back rallies at Chitradurga and Mysuru , also urged the first time voters in the state to exercise their franchise carefully keeping the interests of the country in mind. He was quick to add that their votes should help in forming a strong government at the centre under the NDA, especially one which could tackle terrorism effectively under a “strong chowkidar.” The Prime Minister also ridiculed Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, for failing to contest from Karnataka for the second Lok TN top bureaucrat ‘victimised for being Dalit’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P15 BJP, RSS leaders killed in attacks A THUMBNAILS ERIKSSON LEADS INDIAN FOOTBALL COACH RACE Dr Jagmohan Singh Raju (56), a Dalit from Punjab, who holds the post of additional chief secretary of Tamil Nadu, has become a victim of humiliation allegedly unleashed by the CVC, according to a legal notice sent to the Centre by senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan on behalf of Dr Raju. case is a sordid reminder of how members of the Scheduled Caste continue to be discriminated against and victimised by not only the society at large but also the government and its instrumentalities which are constitutionally obligated to safeguard their rights”. “If such a senior Scheduled Caste officer has to face discrimination and injustice leading to impediment in his career by delay in empanelment, demoralising him as well as the petitioner having to unnecessarily bear the stigma of an officer under the investigation by the CVC, then what is the recourse of the thousands of ordinary government servants belonging to the Scheduled Caste ? Injustice and discrimination at the hands of the public authorities erodes the faith of the community in the system”, said the NCSC. Though the HRD Ministry had nominated him for the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in 2014, no awards were presented that year because of general elections. Since August 2014 he has been working in his state cadre and was promoted as secretary, GoI in January 2016. Sabha seat after Amethi, especially as the party was running a coalition government with the JDS. He could have fought from any constituency in Karnataka but chose to do so from Waynad in Kerala, instead, Mr Modi said. According to him, this was not surprising as Rahul feared that former Prime Minister,Deve Gowda, and JDS leader, would avenge the ill treatment that he was meted out to him by the then Congress leader, Sonia Gandhi, during his short tenure at New Delhi in 1996-97. Capitalising on the proximity of the state, particularly its Mysuru district to Kerala, Mr Modi did not forget to refer to the controversial Sabarimala incident . Keeping the sentiments of the people of Kerala over the shrine in mind, he assured that the BJP would even file a plea before the Supreme Court to protect the traditions and practices of the famous temple, evoking encouraging response from the crowds. Not missing an opportunity to slam the ruling combine in the state, Mr Modi said that the Congress was using chief minister, H D Kumaraswamy, as a punching bag .He also criticised the CM for questioning the Balakot strike. of terror victims when militancy was at its peak. Meanwhile, National Vice-President of BJP, Avinash Rai Khanna, has strongly condemned the Kishtwar killings. Khanna said that Chanderkant Sharma was a nationalist, who had been raising voice against the anti-national elements in erstwhile Doda and worked to strengthen the nationalist forces besides inducing a sense of security in minorities. In his martyrdom, the state has lost the torch bearer of patriotism and the loss is irreparable. Avinash Rai Khanna stressed upon the state administration to launch massive search operation to nab the culprits and take effective steps to ensure the security of the minorities in remote and far-flung areas of the state, Jammu province in particular. SC refuses to hear Modi biopic plea NEW DELHI, 9 APRIL The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the plea seeking stay on the release of "PM Narendra Modi", a biopic on the Prime Minister, saying it will not hear the plea as the appropriate body to address the petitioner's concerns is the Election Commission, as it is a constitutional body. The poll panel should decide if the release of the film in the wake of upcoming Lok Sabha elections benefits a particular political party during the elections. The apex court said that too much time of the court has been wasted already, therefore, the EC should decide whether it is violation of the model code of conduct. The apex court even refused to see the trailer SNS of the film. Poll panel discusses I-T raids with revenue secy, CBDT chief SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 9 APRIL Amid the raids being conducted by Income Tax department in various parts of the country, Union revenue secretary A B Pandey and CBDT chairman P C Mody today met the Election Commission (EC), which sought this meeting to discuss its recent directive to the finance ministry for a fair and impartial conduct of operations by agencies under its command, such as the I-T department, Enfortcement Directorate, Customs and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. Pandey and Mody met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Elec- tion Commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, in this regard. "Issues arising out of the advisory of the Election Commission of India dated 07.04.2019 regarding all enforcement actions being neutral, impartial and nondiscriminatory and its implementation were discussed in detail (during this meeting)," an EC spokesman said. The EC also directed the probe agencies under the revenue department to “come down heavily” on those who indulge in black money and illegal inducements to vitiate the ongoing poll process. The Commission asked the CBDT to submit before it a full report by Wednesday on the recent raids conducted by I-T department on close aides of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath and others in four states. Sources said the two top officials briefed the EC on the intelligence inputs they were receiving during the election season and the mechanism to execute surprise checks and raids in case the inputs were “credible”. TURN TO P5
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