20012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/20/2018 1:30 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, january 20, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 20 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd EC: Disqualify 20 Delhi AAP MLAs; no HC relief In recommendation to President, says held office of profit TNS and agencies New Delhi, January 19 In a blow to Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Election Commission today recommended to the President to disqualify 20 of its MLAs for holding office of profit, setting the stage for their ouster from the Assembly. Seven of these MLAs moved the Delhi High Court, which refused any interim order of protection to the MLAs whose names had been recommended for disqualification. Justice Rekha Palli, however, asked the EC to inform the court on January 22 whether the recommendation had been communicated to President Ram Nath Kovind as the MLAs had sought that they be heard by the poll panel if no such communication had been made. In its opinion sent to President Kovind this morning, the EC said the MLAs, by occupying the post of Parliamentary Secretary between March 13, 2015, and September 8, 2016, held office of profit, and were liable to be disqualified as legislators, sources said. Parliamentary Secretaries assist ministers with their work. Attacking Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti, AAP claimed he was “repaying the debt” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before retiring. “Joti was the Principal Secretary under (then CM has no moral authority to continue: BJP With 20 MLAs disqualified, half of the Cabinet Ministers out on corruption charges, one minister (Satyendar Jain) facing criminal cases..., does the Delhi CM have any moral authority to continue? Sambit Patra, BJP Kejriwal must resign, he should go: Cong Kejriwal has no right to continue. Half of his Cabinet Ministers were removed on corruption charges. Twenty MLAs enjoying ministerial perks will now be disqualified. Ajay Maken, CONG Constitutional body for vendetta, why: TMC A constitutional body can’t be used for political vendetta. Mamata Banerjee, TMC CEC retires in a few days, swiftly doing all this: AAP EC should not be the letter box of the PMO. He (CEC AK Joti) will retire on January 23 once he turns 65, and thus, is swiftly doing all this before retiring. Saurabh Bharadwaj, AAP Gujarat CM) Narendra Modi and then Chief Secretary of Gujarat. He is retiring on Monday. So you want to repay Modiji’s debt. You are mortgaging a constitutional body like the Election Commission,” AAP spokesman Saurabh Bharadwaj alleged. He said the poll panel did not hear the MLAs’ side. As per the Constitution, the President is bound to go by the recommendations of the commission. Under the rules, petitions to the President seeking disqualification of lawmakers are referred to the WHAT IT MEANS ■ As the President is bound to act in accordance with the poll panel’s recommendation, the move will pave the way for bypolls in Delhi for 20 constituencies. The AAP officially has 66 members in the House although some have turned dissidents. The other four seats are held by the BJP ■ Even if 20 MLAs are disqualified, AAP will still have a comfortable majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. But byelections, if called, will put to test Kejriwal's grip on Delhi ■ The MLAs who face the axe are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and former MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). EC. The poll panel takes a decision and sends its recommendation to Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is accepted. In the present case, a petition was made to disqualify 21 MLAs, but one resigned a few months back. Once the President accepts the recommendation, byelections will have to be held for 20 seats. The disqualification will not jeopardise the Arvind Kejriwal government as AAP has a massive majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. The BJP was quick to question if the AAP government had any “moral right” to stay in view of the EC’s recommendation. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said the BJP was prepared for elections “any moment”. The Delhi Congress too demanded Kejriwal’s resignation with its president Ajay Maken tweeting: “Half of his Cabinet ministers removed on corruption charges! 20 MLAs enjoying ministerial perks would be disqualified! Where is Lokpal? MLAs and ministers enjoying perks of power and foreign travel, where is political probity?” Villagers stand near a damaged wall of their house after shelling from Pakistani side in Suchetgarh village (RS Pura), 25 km from Jammu. PTI Soldier, BSF man, 2 civilians die Heavy shelling by Pak Rangers from Kathua to RS Pura, and in Rajouri Jammu/Samba/Hiranagar, Jan 19 It was a black Friday in Jammu frontier areas as three persons, including a Border Security Force Head Constable, died and 26 got injured when Pakistan Rangers pounded villages from Paharpur in Kathua to Ranbir Singh Pura sector. An Army soldier was also killed in ceasefire violation on the Line of Control in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district. Lance Naik Sam Abraham, 34, from Kerala is survived by his wife and infant daughter. In the Jammu frontier, there was huge damage reported to property and 17 cattleheads were injured in the shelling which started in the wee hours. BSF Head Constable Jagpal Singh of Lance Naik Sam Abraham 173 Battalion, a resident of Rajasthan, succumed to injuries sustained in Chilyari post of Samba sector. The civilians who lost their lives were identified as Bachno Devi (52), wife of Jeet Raj of Sai Khurd area of Arnia, and Sahil (25), son of Krishan Lal of Kotrana, RS Pura. Out of the 26 injured, 13 persons were injured in Arnia and RS Pura sectors, while nine got injured in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district. Four, including two BSF jawans, were injured in the Samba sector. Since early morning, Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire on the international border in Arnia, RS Pura and Ramgarh sectors, which later on spread to Hiranagar sector of Kathua. Throughout the day, heavy shelling continued from the Pakistani side with BSF giving a befitting reply. Yesterday, BSF jawan A Suresh and a 17-year-old girl, Sweety, were killed in Pakistani firing and shelling to which BSF responded with equal force and inflicted huge damage to Rangers in terms of life and property. On January 3, a BSF jawan was killed in a sniping incident and today the third BSF jawan lost his life on the IB this year. The hostility on the border has led to migration of people living in the 5-km radius of zero line. All schools in the shelling-affected areas have been closed and people have been advised to stay indoors or move to safer places. Meanwhile, Pakistani army violated the ceasefire agreement on the LoC in Jhangar area of Nowshera sector in Rajouri district, which forced closure of all educational institutions. “An alert was sounded and all schools closed well in time,” Rajouri DC Shahid Choudhary tweeted. — TNS Allow mobile use Lalu judge seeks EVM to have pics Rajasthan murder UP police chief-to-be in flights, says Trai revolver licence of candidates video ‘horrendous’ not to be, says PMO New Delhi, January 19 Telecom regulator Trai today recommended allowing mobile telephony and Internet services for passengers during air travel in the country through both satellite and terrestrial network. “The authority recommends that both, Internet and Mobile Communication on Aircraft (MCA) service should be permitted as In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) in the Indian airspace,” Trai said in its recommendations on ‘In-Flight Connectivity’ (IFC). The Department of Telecom had sought views of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on August 10, 2017, over the proposal to introduce voice, data and video services over Indian airspace for domestic, international and overflying flights. The regulator said Internet services through Wi-Fi onboard should be made available when electronic devices are permitted to be used only in flight or airplane mode and announcement regarding this should be made when the aircraft is about to taxi. — PTI Ranchi, January 19 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge who sentenced former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in a corruption case has applied for a licence to obtain a revolver. On January 6, Shivapal Singh sent Lalu Prasad to three-and-ahalf year imprisonment. Singh, his son and daughter have applied for the licence. The applications were being processed, sources said. Judge Shivapal Singh Meanwhile, the after the verdict. FILE Ranchi District Bar Association on Thursday decided to boycott the court of the CBI judge. The Bar was unhappy as Shivapal Singh allegedly denied time to a lawyer in a Ranchi court whose father had died. — IANS Jaipur, January 19 The electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Rajasthan’s byelections will have photographs of candidates, Chief Election Officer said on Friday. The byelections are due on January 29 in Ajmer and Alwar parliamentary and Mandalgarh Assembly seats. Though the same procedure was followed for the Dholpur Assembly bypoll in Rajasthan last year, according to the Chief Election Officer, this time it will be done for the very first time in any Lok Sabha poll. “The arrangement was made to make sure there was no confusion on candidates with similar names contesting elections,” Rajasthan’s Chief Election Officer Ashwani Bhagat said. Under the new system, 2.5-cm photographs of contesting candidates will be displayed on the EVM. The EVM will have the name of the candidate, photo and the election symbol. However, for NOTA option, the space for the photograph will be left blank. — PTI New Delhi, January 19 The Supreme Court today termed as “horrendous” the video of a Muslim labourer from West Bengal being hacked and burnt alive in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on December 6 last year. A Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra was inclined to issue notice on the plea filed by Gulbahar Bibi, wife of 50year-old deceased Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh, seeking an impartial SIT probe. The Bench said it was willing to consider the plea and issue appropriate directions, and asked senior advocate Indira Jaising, representing the wife of the slain labourer, to file a better plea and fixed January 29 as the next date of hearing. — PTI Anandiben to be MP Guv bhopal: Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel will be the next Madhya Pradesh Governor. She will replace Om Prakash Kohli, who, besides being Gujarat Governor had additional charge of MP — ANI . 1995 attack on Mayawati comes to haunt Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, January 19 After 19 days, the suspense over when DGP-designate Om Prakash Singh will take charge is finally over. His name has reportedly been set aside by the PMO for being politically sensitive. Sources claim the IB has sent a report suggesting that appointing the 1983-batch IPS officer may send a wrong signal to Dalits, affecting the poll prospects of the BJP-led NDA government ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Singh, reportedly close to Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, was the Lucknow SSP during the SP-BSP regime when the VIP Guest House incident took place in 1995. The violent SP workers had attacked the guest house where BSP leader Mayawati was staying. She, along with her party MLAs, was held under siege while the district police headed by Singh remained a mute spectator. The incident was the turning point in Dalit politics as it led to the BSP withdrawing support and the collapse of the SP-BSP government. Mayawati was sworn in as the first Dalit Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh two days later, and ruled with the support of BJP The . BSP supremo has not forgotten the frightening attempt on her life and keeps recalling the incident at public meetings. NZ’s PM is having a baby, set to emulate Benazir PIL in SC seeks creamy layer Wellington, January 19 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she is expecting her first baby, and is set to become the country’s first leader to give birth while in office. The 37-year-old, who was sworn in last October, made global headlines when she slapped down pre-election questions over whether she intended to start a family, insisting pregnancy had no bearing on a woman’s career opportunities. Ardern was all smiles as she appeared with partner Clarke Gayford to announce the “unexpected but exciting” news of their first baby in New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford announce they are expecting their first child. AFP June. “We still have to get used to saying that out loud because we’ve been keeping that to ourselves.” The charismatic leader enjoyed a rapid rise to the top ranks of politics, winning office last year just months after taking the helm of the centre-left Labour Party. “We thought 2017 was a big year!” she tweeted. “This year we’ll join the many parents who wear two hats. I’ll be PM and a mum while Clarke will be ‘first man of fishing’ and stay at home dad.” Ardern said she would take six weeks off after the birth of her child, with maverick Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters taking the reins of office. She said she aimed to be “contactable and available” during the period and would resume all leadership duties when it was over. Ardern’s plans for a family sparked a sexism row during the election when a television host quizzed her on the issue, saying voters had a right to know before they cast their ballots. She rejected the line of questioning as “unacceptable”, saying pregnancy and child rearing should not hinder women’s opportunities in the workplace. While several male PMs have become parents in office, including Britain’s Tony Blair, late Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto is believed to have been the first head of government to have given birth during her term in 1990. — AFP Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. concept in SC/ST reservation Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 19 Should the well-off among Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes be excluded from the benefits of reservation in government jobs and education? A PIL filed by some members of the SC/ST community has sought introduction of the creamy layer concept in SC/ST reservation to keep the rich among them out to ensure that the benefits go to the poor and the needy. No class or caste has remained homogeneously backward through the course of time, and hence reservation benefits should not be made available to the creamy layer, they contended. Currently, the creamy layer concept is applicable only in Other Backward Classes (OBC) reservation as candidates above a particular income level become disentitled to avail of quota benefits. The petitioners sought “instructions and guidelines prescribing parameters and criteria for excluding the creamy layer from SCs and STs, in pari materia to OBC.” Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan told a Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra that it was an important issue which needed to be considered and settled. The Bench directed that a copy of the PIL be served to enable the Centre to spell out its stand and listed it for hearing after two weeks. The petitioners contended that the affluent sections managed to take away the maximum benefit, leaving 95 per cent of them in disadvantageous positions.
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