04032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/4/2018 1:17 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 2 no. 61 | sunday, march 4, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 34 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Split verdict in Meghalaya /thetribunechd BJPousts Manik Sarkar Goes from ‘shoonya to shikhar’as Left loses Tripura after 25 yrs Bijay Sankar Bora tribune news service James Sangma Mukul Sangma Both Cong, NPP confident Shillong, March 3 Meghalaya threw up a fractured verdict today with the ruling Congress emerging as the single largest party, winning 21 seats of the 59 that went to the polls on February 27. The National People’s Party (NPP), a BJP ally at the Centre and in Manipur, was second with 19 seats. The BJP which contested 47 , seats, could win only two. An NCP candidate was killed in an IED blast following which election in one constituency was countermanded. The Congress has no pre-poll arrangement with any party. Nor does the BJP , which made a serious bid to dethrone the 10-year-old Mukul Sangma government. NPP chief Conrad Sangma said, “We are hopeful of forming the government. People are fed up with the Congress.” All eyes are now on regional parties and Independents. The United Democratic Party (UDP) won six seats, the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) four and the Hill Faridkot man objects to Holi ruckus, killed Faridkot: A 22-year-old man was allegedly killed by a group of youths after he objected to their “shouting and creating disturbance” during Holi celebrations, the police said on Saturday. The victim, identified as Rakesh, objected to around 12 motorcycle-borne youths shouting and creating ruckus near Peerkhana Basti at Jaito here. PAGE 2 8 Amritsar pilgrims killed in HP mishap New Delhi: A pall of gloom descended on the Kale Ghanupur area here late Friday evening after the news of the death of six local youths in a road mishap in Himachal Pradesh reached here. The victims were on their way to Manikaran Sahib. A total of eight persons lost their lives in the accident. PAGE 3 Congress NPP BJP Others Total seats Elections held 21 19 02 17 60 59 State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) two. The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and the NCP won a seat each. Independents won three seats. The UDF and HSPDP have a pre-poll alliance. The Congress rushed senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath to explore the possibility of forming a government. The Congress was caught ‘napping’ in Goa and Manipur where despite being the single largest party, it failed to form a government. BJP state incharge Nalin Kohli said an anti-Congress alliance was possible, given that NDA partners NPP (19 seats), UDP (6) and BJP (2) together had more seats than the Congress (21). — TNS Agartala, March 3 The BJP and its ally IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura) today pulled off a historic victory in Tripura, sweeping 43 of the 59 seats for which elections were held and ousting the Left Front government — in power for 25 years. The Congress could not win a single seat. The BJP on its , own, managed a majority with its candidates winning in at least 33 constituencies in the 60-member Assembly. “It is a journey from no one to number one, from shoonya to shikhar (zero to pinnacle),” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told BJP workers in New Delhi. He described BJP president Amit Shah as the “sculptor” of the party’s victory march. Voters apparently fell for the tall promises made by the BJP to speed up development in the state, one of the last Left bastions in the country under CM Manik Sarkar. Even as the elections saw many CPI-M bigwigs biting the dust, a large number of greenhorns in the BJP , including state party chief Biplab Deb, were victorious. Clearly, the people of Tripura decided to discard ‘Manik’ (gem) for HIRA (higways, Iway, roadways and airway) promised to them by PM Narendra Modi. A virtual political non-entity in the Left PM Modi attributed the N-E results to ‘sculptor’ Amit Shah. PTI In Nagaland, neck-and-neck NPF woos NDPP ally BJP BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav (right) and Tripura BJP chief and Chief Minister post frontrunner Biplab Kumar Deb greet supporters in Agartala on Saturday. PTI BJP+ CPM Total seats Elections held 43 16 60 59 citadel, where it drew a blank in terms of seats and secured only 1.5 per cent of votes in the elections five years ago, the BJP and its ally secured a two-third majority. Elections were held for 59 seats and countermanded in one (tribal reserve Charilam seat) following the death of a CPI-M candidate a week prior to the February 18 polls. Railways waives Football World extra charge on Cup set to have debit card tickets video referral Non-bailable warrants against Nirav, Choksi New Delhi, March 3 In a move to boost cashless transactions in Railways, the national transport monolith has decided to waive Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) that is levied on tickets booked through debit cards. Directions have been issued to banks in this regard. The move will make rail tickets slightly cheaper for those who opt for booking through debit cards. The MDR exemption is only applicable on tickets for a transaction value up to Rs 1 lakh. MDR is the charge to a merchant by a bank for accepting payment from their customers in credit and debit cards every time a card is used for payments in their stores. The Railways has also initiated printing ticket details in local languages on unreserved tickets. — TNS Mumbai, March 3 A special court issued today non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in the alleged Rs 12,700-crore Punjab National Bank scam. The court, set up under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), issued the NBWs on applications filed by the Enforcement Directorate. The ED had earlier issued summons to Modi and Choksi, both key accused in the scam cases. However, the two diamond traders, who are said to have left the country before criminal cases were registered, had failed to appear before the ED, promoting the agency to move the PMLA court. On February 27, the ED had moved the court seeking an NBW against Modi. — PTI Zurich, March 3 Football’s lawmakers on Saturday approved video assistant referee technology (VAR) for this summer’s World Cup, in one of the biggest changes to the sport in years. The International Football Association Board, meeting in Zurich, rubber-stamped a move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including president Gianni Infantino. The final decision to use the technology at the World Cup in Russia will be made when the FIFA Council — world football’s top decision-making body — meets in Colombia on March 15 and 16. VAR can only be used when there is doubt surrounding any of the four key game-changing situations: goals, penalty decisions, straight red cards or mistaken identity. — AFP Tarn Taran wrestler Navjot Asian champ Gagan K Teja Tribune News Service Patiala, March 3 “I knew my daughter would one day make me proud,” said an ecstatic Sukhchain Singh, father of Navjot Kaur, who won the gold medal at wrestling’s Senior Asian Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Friday. Navjot, 28, became the firstever Indian woman wrestler to win a gold at the Asian Championships. She outclassed Japan’s Myu Imai 91 in the final of the 65kg freestyle category. “Us ne mera hi nahi, sade sare pind da maan vadhaya hai (Not just me, she has made the entire village proud),” her father said. A farmer from Bagrian village in Tarn Taran, he encouraged his two daughters to take up wrestling, despite uncharitable comments from fellow villagers. Navjot is the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold in Asian Championships. HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS ■ Navjot Kaur won the junior national title three times in a row (2007 to 2009). She won a bronze in the Junior World Wrestling Championship in 2009 ■ She won a silver at the Asian Championships in 2013 and a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Sadly, Navjot did not get much encouragement from the Punjab Government. After a long wait, she joined the Indian Railways as a sen- ior clerk about three years ago. She is posted in Amritsar. Navjot began her training as a wrestler when she was in Class VI. Her elder sister, Navjeet, had to give up wrestling owing to an injury. Navjot studied in Guru Arjan Dev school in Tarn Taran and DAV College, Amritsar. Having won a bronze in the Commonwealth Games, she sustained an injury (slipped disc) the same year in 2014. She missed the 2016 Rio Olympics. After rehabilitation, she moved from the 67kg to the 65kg category but suffered a setback in December last year when she was beaten in the trials for India’s team for the April Commonwealth Games. “It is the greatest day of my career... I achieved nothing in the past four years. I now want to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Navjot. Rio bronze medallist Sakshi Malik won a bronze in the 62kg freestyle category, andVinesh Phogat a silver. Today’s issue consists of 34 pages, including eight-page Spectrum and four-page Jalandhar Tribune. see also page 20 In the 2013 elections, the LF had secured 50 seats, and the Congress 10. Significantly, all seven Congress MLAs who had defected to the BJP last year won from their respective constituencies. IPFT candidates, including party president Narendra Chandra Debbarma (Takarjala), general secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia (Asharambari) and Prashanta Debbarma (Ramchandraghat), were elected for the first time. Among the prominent losers were Tribal Welfare Minister Aghore Debbarma (Asharambari), Transport and Power Minister Manik Dey (Majlispur), Forest and Rural Development Minister Naresh Chandra Jamatia (Bagma), Fisheries and Cooperatives Minister Khagendra Jamatia (who died of cancer on Friday), Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar (Khayerpur) and Left Front’s Chief Whip Basudeb Majumder (Belonia). Over 92 per cent (excluding 50,700 postal ballots) voters cast their vote on February 18, setting a record in India’s electoral history. (With PTI inputs) more reports page 7 Kohima, March 3 Nagaland saw a hung Assembly with no party or pre-poll alliance winning a majority. However, the BJP received an invitation from NPF leader and Chief Minister TR Zeliang on government formation. The NPF alliance was leading on 29 seats and the NDPP alliance also on 29. The BJP had parted ways with the NPF ahead of the polls and joined hands with the newly launched Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) of Neiphiu Rio, the first politician in Nagaland to be elected CM for three consecutive terms. Zeliang said the NPF continued to be a part of the NorthEast Democratic Alliance led by the BJP and hoped the saffron party would form the new government along with it. For a party seen to be inextricably linked to Hindutva, the outcome in Tripura coupled with improved performance in Christian-majority Nagaland and Meghalaya has come as a morale-booster for the BJP . NPF+ NDPP+ Others Total seats 29 29 2 60 The North-East has 25 LS seats. An angry Congress Nagaland unit chief Kewe Khape Therie complained that its candidates were on an “abandoned ship” and sought the resignation of AICC general secretary incharge CP Joshi for the poor show. The poll outcome seems to have interrupted the momentum that the Congress was building against the Modi government following its improved performance in Gujarat and the bypoll victories in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. If the Congress is unable to cobble a majority in Meghalaya, it will be left in power in only Punjab, Karnataka, Mizoram and Puducherry. The party has the onerous task of defending Karnataka, with the BJP likely to focus its energies there. — PTI facebook.com/parlehideandseek @parlehideandseek
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