CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 MAY 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 WEATHER Hot and humid weather. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 37 and 29 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P6 HIGH-FLYING NADAL UP FOR ROLAND GARROS P7 P11 Exit polls: Stocks and rupee soar Oppn doubts exit poll projections of NDA win Calls it speculation and contrary to ground reality, BJP says result will be same as forecast Max.91% Min. 55% Max: 37.1°C (+2) SUN RISES 04:54 hrs MOON RISES 20.36 hrs Min: 29.0°C (+3) SUN SETS 18:12 hrs MOON SETS 06:50 hrs TEMPERATURE TRUMP REPEATS PAST US MISTAKES BREXIT’S IN-HOUSE FAILURE PM-SHAH PRESS CONFERENCE A NON-EVENT Next moon quarter on 30 May THUMBNAILS MS Dhoni on Monday shared his childhood dream of becoming a painter and his plans after quitting cricket. Trump warns Iran, Iran replies: US President Donald Trump has warned that a military confrontation with America would “be the official end of Iran.” Tensions between the US and Iran have been growing as the Trump administration has deployed a carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf, citing Iranian “threats.” “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran,” he said in a tweet. Iran's Foreign Minister Md Javad Zarif said the “genocidal taunts” of US President Donald P9 Trump will not “end Iran”. NaMo TV goes off air after polls: NaMo TV, a BJP-sponsored channel that publicised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rallies and other poll messages, has gone off air, party sources said. They said it went off air on May 17 when all campaigns for the Lok Sabha election came to an end. A BJP leader, requesting anonymity, said, “NaMo TV was meant as a tool of BJP campaign for the Lok Sabha election. With the polls over, it is no longer needed, so effectively from May 17, when all campaign has to be paused, it has also gone off air.” 32 killed in Tajikistan riot: At least 32 people were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan, including 24 members of the Islamic State jihadist group and three guards, authorities said Monday. Five inmates and the three guards were initially killed by prisoners in the riot that erupted on Sunday evening, and the others died in clashes with security forces trying to restore order, the justice ministry said in a statement. The prison in Vakhdat, 17 kilometres (11 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, P9 holds 1,500 inmates. Amul hikes milk prices : Dairy major Amul said Monday it will increase milk prices by Rs 2 per litre in Delhi NCR, Maharashtra and other states from Tuesday due to an increase in production cost. Milk prices were last revised two years back in March 2017, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells milk and milk products under the Amul brand, said in a statement. The new price will come into effect from May 21. SNS & PTI PATNA/NEW DELHI, 20 MAY pposition parties Monday doubted the exit poll projections that the BJP-led NDA will retain power at the Centre, calling it “speculation” and “fraud” and contrary to ground reality but the ruling party asserted that the final result will be in consonance with the predictions. Exit polls Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that the NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha. As the exit polls triggered a debate whether it could be right or wrong, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said they are not the “final decision” but indicate that the BJP will once again come to power, riding on the development work done by the NDA government. “Exit polls are not the final decision, but are indications. But, by and large, what comes out in the exit polls also reflects in the results,” Gadkari told reporters in Nagpur. Counting of votes in the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls will be taken up on May 23. Finance Minister O Strong room for EVM units being guarded by Central force personnel at Hastings in Kolkata on Monday. SNS Arun Jaitley said the results will be in consonance with the outcome of multiple exit polls. “Many of us may continue to squabble over correctness and accuracy of the Exit Polls. The hard reality is that when multiple Exit Polls convey the same message, the direction of the result broadly would be in consonance with the message,” the senior BJP leader said in a blogpost titled 'The Message of Exit Polls'. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said there is no need to rely on “speculations based on speculation”. The CPI-M veteran, who met mediapersons in Thiruvananthapuram soon after he returned from a 13day Europe trip, exuded confidence that the CPI(M)led Left Democratic Front (LDF) will record an impressive win in Kerala. The exit polls have forecast a poor showing by the ruling Left Front. “There have been many instances earlier when the exit polls have failed to accurately predict the election results. Majority of the exit polls in 2004 had predicted continuation of NDA rule at the Centre, but this was proved wrong. So there is no need to rely on speculations based on speculation.” Rejecting the exit polls as a “fraud”, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said they are simply compulsions of the market purveyed through a different name. “It is an old trick of psychological manipulation of the deprived classes by Sangh- supported institutions and resources,” he said BJP asks MP Congress govt to prove majority STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, 20 MAY Claiming that the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh ‘would soon crumble under its own weight’, the Opposition BJP has said it was writing to the State Governor to call a special Assembly session to make the Congress government prove its majority. Buoyed by the exit polls indicating a clear majority to the BJP-led NDA, the BJP in Madhya Pradesh has also started making preparations to challenge the fringe-majority Congress state government on the floor of the house. MP Assembly leader of opposition Gopal Bhargava said on Monday that he was writing a letter to Governor Anandiben Patel UP minister sacked LUCKNOW, 20 MAY to call a special assembly session in a week. He said the BJP would demand the Congress to prove its majority on the floor of the House. Bhargava asserted that the state government has lost its credibility and the people of the state have lost their faith on the Congress government. The Congress has 114 MLAs out of the total 230 MLAs in the MP State Assembly. The required majority figure is 116. Congress is two short on its Just a day after polling ended in the Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday sacked SBSP leader Om Prakash Rajbhar from the Cabinet for his outbursts against senior NDA partner BJP. Governor Ram Naik accepted the recommendation and relieved Rajbhar with immediate effect from PTI his post. own.However, it has outside support of two MLAs of BSP, one of SP and four Independents. in a statement. Yadav also said the exit poll results do not reflect the ground reality. Yadav's views were endorsed by veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav, who is contesting from Madhepura on the ticket of the RJD with which he is expected to merge his own party LJD. The Trinamool Congress, which has dubbed exit polls as “gossip”, said its internal reports from districts in West Bengal and every constituencies clearly say the party will win this time too. Unfazed by exit polls projections, the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC exuded confidence that it would play a major role in the formation of a new government for which it is in touch with various opposition parties. Some of the exit polls predicted TMC getting 24 seats, the BJP bagging 16, the Congress two and the Left Front drawing a blank. West Bengal has a total of 42 Lok Sabha seats. The TMC and BJP won 34 and 2 seats respectively in 2014. Banerjee on Sunday said she did not trust such surveys as the “game plan” was to use them for “manipulation” of the EVMs. She dubbed the exit polls as “gossip”. Dismissing the exit poll predictions, TMC secretary general Partha Ex-CP moves SC for protection Chatterjee said the party is not worried about the projections, which, he said in most cases do not match with the reality. Hitting out at the pollsters, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy claimed that the “artificially engineered” or “manufactured” Modi wave is being used by the BJP to lure regional parties well in advance to fill any shortfall after the results on May 23. In a series of tweets, the JD(S) leader also said the exit poll surveys only reiterated the serious concern of the Opposition parties on the ruling party allegedly misusing Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for electoral gains. Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader G Parameshwara too raised doubts over the EVMs, claiming that the BJP had sponsored the exit polls as the ground reality was different. Rajya Sabha member B K Hariprasad said the exit polls were the reflection of the wishes of news channels where Modi wave is prevalent. However, state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa said people of the country as well as Karnataka have supported Modi and the exit polls giving 22 of the 28 seats to the saffron party in the state was a proof of that. See also inside pages Anxious investors outside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on Monday May 20, 2019. AFP SNS & PTI MUMBAI, 20 MAY Unprecedented euphoria gripped Dalal Street and sheer optimism over expectations of Mr Narendra Modi's second successive term as Prime Minister sent bulls running amok with two equity benhmarks posting their biggest ever intra-day gains in the history of Dalal Street. Within a minute of the start of trade in Dalal Street the 30-share Sensitive Index of Bombay Stock Exchange and 50-scrip Nifty of National Stock Exchange soared sharply by more than 1,400 points and 430 points respectively adding more than Rs 3.18 lakh crore to investors wealth ~ market capitalization of all listed companies ~ this morning as excitement gripped Dalal Street in the wake of a slew of exit polls predicting back to back win for Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre. Meanwhile, the rupee today appreciated by 49 paise, the biggest single-day gain in two months, to close at 69.74 against the US dollar following sharp gains in equities and forex inflows after exit polls suggested another term for the ruling NDA government. Forex traders said investors welcomed exit poll results . At the interbank foreign exchange, the domestic unit opened at 70.36 and advanced to a high of 69.44 during the day. The currency finally settled at a nearly two-week high of 69.74. Details on Page 8 EYE ON BENGAL NEW DELHI, 20 MAY Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Monday moved the Supreme Court for extending his seven-day protection granted to him in the Saradha chit fund scam case. Mentioning the matter for urgent listing before a vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna, Kumar's lawyer said the top court had on 17 May granted seven-days time to Kumar to approach the competent court for legal remedies but they want extension of time as lawyers in Kolkata courts are presently on a strike. Kumar's counsel asked for more days as four days have already elapsed and they needed time to approach the competent SNS court in Kolkata. A delegation of BJP leaders on Monday called on Election Commissioners in Delhi and demanded a strict vigil on all strong rooms containing EVMs in West Bengal. SNS Day after exit polls: Opp leaders meet to finalise strategy STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 20 MAY With the country shaking its head in confusion and disbelief after most exit polls had yesterday unambiguously predicted another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led NDA crossing the 300- mark, Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu today continued his hurricane tour since the exit polls were out and met Trinamul supremo Mamata Banerjee to decide on the formation of a non-BJP government at the Centre in case of a hung verdict. Mr Naidu held a 45-minutelong meeting with Miss Banerjee on the future strategies of the “Mahagatbandhan” (Grand Alliance), sources said. The meeting also discussed possibilities of forming a nonBJP government of regional parties with the support of the Congress. “It was decided at today's meeting that a detailed discussion will be held among other political players of the Mahagatbandhan in the event of a hung verdict after the poll results are declared on 23 May,” the sources said. The decision of Miss Banerjee going to New Delhi would also be taken after 23 May , it was learnt. Mr Naidu, who is making efforts to bring together opposition leaders against the BJP , left for New Delhi after the meeting. Yesterday, he held a meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his residence . Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today telephoned Miss Banerjee during the day and discussed the proposed strategy of the “Mahagathbandhan”, the sources said. It is learnt that Mr Yadav assured Miss Banerjee that SP-BSPand RLD Chandrababu Naidu meets Mamata Banerjee at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata on Monday. sns alliance will get more than 50 seats in UP. BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav met in Lucknow on Monday to discuss exit poll results. The TDP president had on Sunday called on National Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and met CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. On 18 May he met BSP CMYK chief Mayawati and SP president Akilesh Yadav. He is learnt to have briefed Miss Banerjee on what had transpired in the two meetings. Meanwhile, the Trinamul will join the delegation of Opposition parties that will meet the Chief Election Commissioner tomorrow. The exit polls gave a clear verdict in favour of the BJP , which was promptly dubbed by Miss Banerjee as “gossip”. The TMC supremo had said that she does not trust such surveys as the “game plan” is to use them for “manipulation” of EVMs. Dubbing exit polls as “gossip”, Miss Banerjee had said yesterday that she did not trust such surveys as the “game plan” was to use them for “manipulation” of EVMs. In a related development the TRS camp, which had been trying hard for the past few weeks, to cobble up a front of non-BJP and non-Congress parties, appeared to have been dragging cold feet after the exit polls predicted a second term for the Modigovernment. The mood in the camp was subdued with the prospect of the party playing a role in government formation receding. “What we predicted and our feeling was neither the NDA nor the UPA will get majority on its own. As per exit polls, what we visualised is not going to be correct,” a according to senior TRS leader. If the NDA were to return to power on its own strength as per the exit polls, TRS chief KC Rao's attempt to forge a federal front of non-Congress, non-BJP regional parties will undoubtedly prove to be a nonstarter, according to sources. During the Lok Sabha election campaign in Telangana, which has 17 seats, the TRS had repeatedly claimed that the party would play an important role in the government formation. Sources said the TRS response would depend on how the BJP and the Congress approach the situation in the event of the NDA or the UPA falling short of the majority mark. “More importantly, they (BJP and Congress) would want to keep the other out of power,” a TRS leader said. Sources in the TRS said the party is unsure about the position non-Congress, nonBJP outfits would take vis-avis government formation. “Five states (Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) and six leaders ~Miss Mayawati, Mr AkhileshYadav, Miss Mamata Banerjee, Mr Naveen Patnaik, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and MrRao ~ hold the key for government formation,” a TRS functionary had earlier said.
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