24032018-TTC-01.qxd 24-03-2018 01:24 Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, march 24, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 81 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd BJP knocks BSP out in UP RS poll /thetribunechd Delhi HC relief to20AAPMLAs Annadolan Quashes disqualification, EC to look afresh SP’s Jaya Bachchan retains seat Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, March 23 Owing to cross-voting, BJPbacked Independent Anil Agarwal defeated BSP’s Bhim Rao Ambedkar, who was supported by the Opposition, in the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Sabha elections. The SP won one seat, that of Jaya Bachchan. The BJP’s eight winning MPs are Arun Jaitley, Anil Jain, Ashok Bajpai, Harnath Singh Yadav, GVL Narsimha Rao, Kanta Kardam, Sakal Deep Rajbhar and Vijaya Pal Singh Tomar. BSP’s Ambedkar managed 33 first preference votes against 22 votes polled by the BJP-supported Agarwal, who won due to the overwhelming second preference and third preference votes. The BSP’s Unnao MLA voted for the BJP Jailed . MLAs Mukhtar Ansari of the BSP and Hariom Yadav of the SP being denied permission to vote also ruined the chances of BSP’s Ambedkar. If this will have any impact on the SP-BSP alliance in the future is difficult to say. The SP Congress and RLD all vot, ed for the BSP nominee, but the party was let down by its own MLA. In West Bengal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress and four nominees of the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress — Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Md Nadimul Haq and Santanu Sen — sailed to victory. For Nadimul Haq, it will be his second consecutive term in the Rajya Sabha. Singhvi, whose last stint in the Rajya Sabha was from Rajasthan, contested from West Bengal after TMC chief and CM Mamata Banerjee announced support for him for the fifth seat. BJP national general secretary Saroj Pandey won the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Chhattisgarh, defeating Congress rival Lekhram Sahu. Telangana’s ruling TRS bagged all three seats. B Prakash, J Santosh Kumar and AB Lingaiah Yadav were elected to the Upper House. Congress candidate P Balram Naik lost. Left Front-backed MP Veerendra Kumar, 80, won the RS byelection from Kerala against Congress’ Babu Prasad. The ruling Congress in Karnataka bagged three seats and the BJP one amid a boycott by the JD(S), alleging malpractice. Congress’ Dr L Hanumanthaiah, Dr SN Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar, as also BJP’s Rajeev Chandrashekar were declared elected after a complaint by the JD(S) delayed counting. (With PTI inputs) Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Anna Hazare launched a fresh anti-corruption agitation with an indefinite fast in New Delhi on Friday, vowing to continue it till the Modi government comes up with a plan on Lokpal appointment, remunerative crop prices and poll reforms. ExLokayukta of Karnataka Justice Santosh Hegde is also seen. The 80-year-old social activist, whose major agitation in 2011 against corruption caught the imagination of Indians, said he would hold discussions with the government but his indefinite hunger strike would continue “till the government comes up with a concrete action plan”. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MUKESH AGGARWAL HC grants Karti bail in INX Media case Cong gives notice for no-trust motion CBI arrests TN A-G for taking ~5L bribe New Delhi: Arrested in the INX Media corruption case on February 28, Karti Chidambaram got bail from the Delhi High Court on Friday. The court, while imposing several conditions, said relief should not be refused unless the crime is of the “highest magnitude”. Karti later filed anticipatory bail pleas in a city court in cases relating to alleged irregularities in FIPB clearance to a company in Aircel-Maxis matter. The court is likely to hear the plea on Saturday. PTI New Delhi: The Congress on Friday gave a notice to the Lok Sabha Speaker intending to move a no-confidence motion against the government on March 27. In a letter, Leader of Congress in the House Mallikarjun Kharge gave the notice asking for the motion to be included in the list of business for March 27. A notice of no-confidence must be moved by 10 am for the motion to be taken up the same day. Two other such notices by TDP and YSRCP are pending. TNS Chennai: The CBI on Friday arrested Arun Goyal, Accountant General of Tamil Nadu, in a bribery case. The agency also arrested Gajendran, a senior accounts officer in the Office of Accountant General. According to a CBI official, Goyal and Gajendran were arrested on charges of demanding and accepting a bribe of ~5 lakh. Two more persons were arrested in connection with the case and searches were conducted at the offices and residences of the accused persons. IANS Indian officials at Pak Day parade Islamabad: In a first, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted here attended the military parade to mark Pakistan Day. “This was part of army chief’s initiative to send across a message of peace”, a report said. PTI New Delhi, March 23 In a huge relief to 20 AAP MLAs, disqualified for allegedly holding “office of profit” as parliamentary secretaries, the Delhi High Court on Friday quashed the presidential notification disqualifying them and asked the Election Commission to give them a fresh hearing. “The opinion of the Election Commission of India (given to the President of India) dated January 19, 2018, is vitiated and bad in law for failure to comply with the principles of natural justice,” said a Division Bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna, setting aside the EC recommendation disqualifying the MLAs. The HC had on January 24 refused to stay the Centre’s notification disqualifying them, but had restrained the election panel from announcing polls to fill the vacancies. However, on Friday, it quashed the disqualification notification for “violation of the principle of natural justice, namely failure (of EC) to give an oral hearing and opportunity to address arguments on merits of the issue”. The matter will now be heard by the EC afresh. The Bench asked the EC to PEOPLE’S WIN: KEJRI The elected representatives were wrongfully disqualified. The High Court has given justice to the people of Delhi. It is their victory. Congratulations to the people of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, DELHI CM EC NOT TO CHALLENGE? New Delhi: The Election Commission indicated it was unlikely to challenge the HC order quashing its decision to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs. Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said the poll panel did not comment on a court order. Sources said the EC has in the past not appealed against any HC order related to a reference matter. PTI “re-examine the factual matrix to decide whether the petitioners (AAP MLAs) had incurred disqualification on appointment as parliamentary secretaries, without being influenced by the earlier order or observations on the said aspect in this order. The 20 MLAs were accused of holding “offices of profit” as parliamentary secretaries to ministers in the Delhi Government in March 2015. Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends.
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