www.thestatesman.com monDAY find us online 15 APRIL 2019 scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|lc KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘AttemPt on to destroy constitution’ congress 'nyAy' scheme reciPe for scAm P2 hAmilton shines in formulA one’s 1000th rAce underwAter APPeAl: sAve our oceAns P5 P9 P11 ‘Won’t let Abdullahs, Muftis divide India’ WEAthER partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 36 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively the two political families have destroyed lives of three generations of Kashmirs, now they want to divide india, says Modi RAINFALL: nil RELAtIvE humIdIty Kathua (J&K), 14 april. Max. 88% Min. 59% tEmpERAtuRE Max: 35.3°C (n) sun rises 05:17 hrs Moon rises 13.48 hrs Min: 26.0°C (+1) sun sets 17:57 hrs Moon sets 02:14 hrs next moon quarter on 16 april thumbNAILs sP sharma L ashing out at the Abdullah and Mufti clans, Prime Minister Narendera Modi on Sunday said they would not be allowed to succeed in their designs to divide the country and appoint a separate Prime Minister in Jammu and Kashmir. Modi also criticised the Punjab chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, for skipping yesterday’s gov- ernment function to pay tributes to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar whereVice-PresidentVenkiah Naidu was present. Modi was addressing an election rally in Kathua which is part of the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency where Jitendera Singh, minister of state in the PMO, is the BJP candidate. Modi also snubbed the Congress for allegedly being part of the bid of the Abdullahs and Muftis to dis integrate Jammu and Kash- mir from India. Mr Modi accused the Abdullah and Mufti families of having destroyed lives of three generations in Jammu and Kashmir. “The bright Opp to move Supreme Court on vote verification sns & agencies new Delhi, 14 april president ram nath Kovind paying floral tributes to babasaheb ambedkar, on the occasion of his birth anniversary, at parliament house, in the capital on sunday. nSNS Electoral bonds: A whopping 99.8 per cent of donations received by political parties was through electoral bonds of the highest denominations - Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 crore -- between March 2018 and January 24, 2019, revealed data obtained under the RTI Act. Donors purchased bonds worth Rs 1,407.09 crore of which Rs 1,403.90 crore were in the highest denominations during the period. Resign offer: Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Sunday said he has offered to resign from the cabinet and from Rajya Sabha as his son has got a Lok Sabha ticket and he wants to send across a message against dynasty politics. The announcement by the 73-year-old minister followed selection of his son Brijendra Singh as the BJP candidate from Hisar in Haryana. Raising doubts over the credibility of EVMs, a number of opposition parties Sunday said they will move the Supreme Court again to demand verification of at least 50 per cent of votes by paper trail. Opposition parties, including the Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Samajwadi Party, CPI and CPI(M), jointly addressed a press conference to highlight the issue of transparency in the election process and protection of voter rights with a call to “save democracy”. Delhi chief minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal accused the BJP of “programming” electronic voting machines to win the Lok Sabha elections, while his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu said 21 political parties have demanded verification of VVPAT paper trails of 50 per cent of the EVMs. Naidu on Saturday had met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora to raise the issue of EVM malfunctioning. The demand by the parties comes in the peak of the election season.The first of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls was held on April 11. The Supreme Court Monday directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment, from one at present, in the Lok Sabha polls, saying it will provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties but the entire electorate. Opposition parties, including the Congress, have been demanding that all votes polled through EVMs be verified with at least 50 per cent voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs). A VVPAT is intended as an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow voters to verify that their vote was cast correctly and will help detect any possible election fraud or malfunction of EVMs. Kejriwal claimed that people were losing faith in EVMs and the election procedure. These are raising a question mark on the country's democratic structure, he said. Congress leaders and senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi also attended the conference, with Singhvi saying opposition parties will approach the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the EC for counting of at least 50 per cent of the VVPAT slips with the EVMs in every assembly segment. Sibal said, If the EC will ignore this issue then we will take other measures. We will not sit quietly. We will approach the Supreme Court.” Singhvi said the opposition parties will carry out a nationwide campaign on the issue of discrepancies in EVMs and alleged that the EC was not doing enough to address the issue of EVM malfunctioning. BJP promises rice-pulses-salt@`1 statesman news service bhubaneswar, 14 april If the BJP is voted to power in the state, 3.26 crore people covered under the National Food Security Act will get half kg pulses and salt along with rice at Rs 1, promised Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. The rice, dal and salt package was a surprise announcement made by the minister as subsidized pulses and salt had not figured even in the party manifesto for the state released by president Amit Shah in the presence of Pradhan and other leaders a week ago. Pradhan however asserted that the pulses and salt allocation had been worked out and production of pulses in the country was enough to take care of the distribution under PDS. NAFED has been consulted , he added. The minister went on to list out promises like a BEd college in every district, pension of Rs 3000 to labourers above 60 years of age, waiver of loan for self help groups. We will set up 15 Smart Cities in the state, he said. Cuttack-Bhubaneswar and Choudwar will have metro railway, he said adding that Choudwar will be built up as an industrial town with revival of Odisha Textile Mill, Titlagarh Paper mill etc and Rs 1000 crore will be invested. Students of plus two will get scooters and within two years of assuming power the BJP government will fill up all government vacancies, he said. The BJP is committed to provide pucca houses to the homeless by 2022 and each household will have drinking water, electricity and LPG connection, he said. Attacking BJD president Naveen Patnaik, he said “the CM has no reply to questions on why people do not have drinking water, why doctors are not in hospitals and why there is dearth of teachers in schools”. He has failed to provide the basic minimum to the people in 19 years. All that he says today is against PM Modi and the BJP . The CM blames the Centre but does not say why he was unable to meet basic requirements of people, charged Pradhan. The CM blames the centre for stopping the KALIA scheme whereas the fact is that the state does not have the money to provide to the farmers and it does not even have a list of 40 lakh beneficiaries, he alleged. future of Jammu and Kashmir can be ensured only after they are thrown out of power by the people. They can bring their entire clan into the field, can abuse Modi as much as they want but they won't be able to divide this nation. “The NC and PDP are threatening to separate Kashmir from India. But their threats are hollow. I want to tell these dynasts of Kashmir that they didn't inherit the state from their parents. J&K is an integral part of India,” he said. “I want to tell the Abdullahs and the Muftis that I would not allow them to break this country. Congress won't mend its ways as their blood has been infected and this is not the original Congress of the freedom struggle era”. Congress wants to withdraw the Army from J&K and hold unconditional talks with terrorists, separatists and Pakistani proxies. Congress also wants to dilute the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) and demoralise our security forces. Army has been a source of minting money for the Congress through the defence deals as a result of which the party has lost the trust of the peo- ple, he said. Mr Modi said, “It's a new India, we will go deep into terror hideouts to eliminate terrorists. But it was strange that while the nation feels proud of the surgical and air strikes, the Congress got rattled, he said. He praised the electorate of Baramulla for coming out in strength to cast their votes during the first phase of polling on 11 April, giving a befitting reply to terrorists and separatists who had called for a poll boycott.
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