15032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/15/2018 1:24 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, march 15, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 72 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Stephen Hawking, who conquered the stars, dies REUTERS /thetribunechd SP-BSP hands BJP defeat in Yogi land ‘Alliance’ wins both key LS bypolls in Uttar Pradesh Shahira Naim Tribune News Service day could be my make the most of ❝ Because every to lead as normallast, I have the desire tonot think about myeach and or every minute. I try a life as possible, and condition, regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many. My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. Stephen Hawking OBITUARY: BACK PAGE Mosque central to Islam? SC may relook AYODHYA Could reconsider 1994 ruling that place of worship not integral Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 14 The Supreme Court today agreed to consider if its 1994 Constitution Bench ruling in the Ayodhya land acquisition case that the place of worship was not integral to Islam required reconsideration by a larger Bench. A three-judge Special Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra said before proceeding to take up the property dispute, it wanted to decide the issue earlier raised by senior advocate Rajiv Dhavan that the court’s ruling in Dr M Ismail Faruqui and Bill to curb Haryana legislators’ pension Naveen S Garewal & Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, march 14 The Haryana Government will table a Bill on Friday that aims to put curbs on exaggerated pension being drawn by MLAs. The MLAs currently get 245 per cent dearness allowance on their pension and the pension increases with each term. While one-time MLAs get nearly Rs 50,000 as pension, two-time MLAs receive Rs 90,000 and those elected four or five times get Rs 2 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh, respectively. Under the Bill, the firsttime MLA will get Rs 50,000 per month as pension upon retirement with an increment of Rs 2,000 every year. However, the dearness allowance allowed to them will not be 245 per cent. Rather it will be the same as the government employees are drawing today — 5 per cent. One-time MLAs who have completed their term before 2016 and get pension over Rs 50,000, their salary over Rs 50,000 will be categorised as “dearness allowances fixed”. Such MLAs will also get 5 per cent DA in the future. The pension of those who have been elected more than one time will be calculated by adding Rs 2,000 for each year of the total term to Rs 50,000. Others versus Union of India needed reconsideration. It was supported by senior counsel CS Vaidyanathan, representing Ram Lalla. “The controversy should be put to an end,” he said. Dhavan — who is representing some of the Muslim parties — had on December 5 last year requested the Bench to refer the matter to a seven-judge Constitution Bench, saying the 1994 ruling by a five-judge Constitution Bench in the Ayodhya land acquisition case that a mosque was not central to Islamic faith needed reconsideration. The Bench, which also included Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, however, rejected the plea for sending the entire dispute to a Constitution Bench. It rejected all interim applications seeking to intervene in the case, except that of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, saying in an appeal in a civil case, no one could be allowed to join proceedings at this stage. Many senior advocates, including Salman Khurshid and Arif Mohd Khan, wanted the Bench to allow their intervention applications on behalf of various parties, but counsel for Sunni Wakf Board, Ram Lalla and Nirmohi Akhara opposed their pleas on the ground that no third party could be allowed in a property dispute. The Bench chose to revive Swamy’s writ petition — which was earlier converted into an interim application and tagged with the main Ayodhya case — and sent it to an “appropriate Bench”. Swamy has contended that his right to pray is a superior right compared to appellants’ right to property (claim over the disputed land). continued on page 7 Lucknow, March 14 Springing a surprise, the SPBSP “poll understanding” in Uttar Pradesh today defeated the BJP in the byelections to the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, the first vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath and the other by Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya on their election to the state Legislative Council. Profusely thanking BSP chief Mayawati, SP national president Akhilesh Yadav described it as “the victory of social justice”. Later in the day, he drove to Mayawati’s residence to express his gratitude. Jubilant SP workers distributed sweets, burst crackers and applied gulal on one another amid chants of “buabhatija zindabad”. Rather stunned by the defeat, CM Yogi attributed it to the “unnatural deal” between the SP and the BSP and BJP’s “over-confidence”. During the campaign, the BJP had repeatedly described the byelections as a referendum on the four-year rule of the PM Narendra Modi government at the Centre and GORAKHPUR SEAT SP-BSP+ BJP Cong Win margin 4,56,437 4,34,476 18,830 21,961 PHULPUR SEAT SP-BSP+ BJP Ind Cong Win margin 3,42,796 2,83,183 48,087 19,334 59,613 ❝This is a mandate against both the Centre and the state government. People have come together to bring ‘bad days’ for the BJP Akhilesh Yadav, SP CHIEF ❝It was an in view of RS unnatural deal elections. There was some shortcoming on our part in understanding its impact❞ Yogi Adityanath, UP CM the year-old Yogi government in UP . In Phulpur, SP’s Nagendra Singh Patel defeated his BJP rival and former Varanasi Mayor Kaushlendra Singh Patel by 59,613 votes. Mafia don-turnedpolitician Atiq Ahmad, who contested from behind the bars, was expected to dent the chances of the SP candidate. He polled 48,087 votes. Despite that, the SP victory margin was impressive. In Yogi’s bastion Gorakhpur (he represented the seat five times in the Lok Sabha) SP’s Praveen Nishad defeated BJP rival Upendra Dutt Shukla by 21,961 votes. Earlier in the day, there was a commotion with DM Rajeev Rautela asking the media to leave. But the Election Commission intervened and the results began trickling in. While the electoral understanding between the SP and BSP proved to be a gamechanger, the support of other OBC and Muslim parties, such as the Nishad Party and Peace Party, further consolidated the OBC-Muslim-Dalit front. The Lok Dal and the Left also extended support to the SP candidates. As the CM, who had held 16 poll meetings in Gorakhpur alone, acknowledged defeat, his language became strident. He likened the SP-BSP to “the coming together of saanp and chuchoonder (snake and mole)”. edit: Success of bua-bhatija RJD retains 2 seats, BJP one, JD(U) loses out Jitendra K Shrivastava Tribune News Service Patna, March 14 In a setback to the JD (U)BJP alliance, which went to the hustings for the first time after Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA fold, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) retained both the Araria Lok Sabha and the Jehanabad Assembly seats in the Bihar byelections. In a small consolation, the BJP retained the Bhabhua Assembly seat. RJD president Lalu Prasad, in jail following his conviction in the fodder scam, termed his party’s victory as that of “truth over falsehood”. RJD’s Sarfraz Alam defeated BJP candidate Pradeep Kumar Singh by a margin of 61,788 votes in the Araria Lok Sabha constituency. Jokihat JD(U) legislator Alam had resigned from the party to contest the Araria bypoll on the RJD ticket. He is the son of RJD stalwart and Araria MP Mohammad Taslimuddin, whose death necessitated the byelection. In the 2014 General Election, Taslimuddin had polled 41.86 per cent votes. The BJP was on the second spot and the JD(U) third. Considering that the combined BJPJD(U) vote share then was about 50 per, the results came as a big blow to the ruling allies. With Lalu Prasad in jail, the responsibility of winning the byelections fell continued on page 7
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