13052018-TTC-01.qxd 13-05-2018 01:30 Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 138 no. 131 late city | sunday, may 13, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 44 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Exit polls hint at hung Assembly in Karnataka Cong, BJP in tight race, JD-S may be kingmaker New Delhi, May 12 Indicating a tight race between the BJP and the Congress, most exit polls for the Karnataka Assembly elections on Saturday forecast a hung assembly with the JD-S likely to play the kingmaker, but were divided on which of the two national parties will emerge as the largest in the House. Of the over 4.96 crore voters, 70.91 per cent exercised their franchise on Saturday. A voter turnout of 71.4 per cent was recorded in the previous Assembly elections in 2013. The counting will take place on May 15. Polling was held for 222 of the state’s 224 constituencies following the countermanding of election for the Jayanagara seat due to the death of BJP candidate BN Vijaykumar, and deferment of voting for Rajarajeshwari Nagar seat over allegations of electoral malpractices. Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray, including four sitting and former chief ministers — incumbent Siddaramaiah, former BJP CMs BS Yeddyurappa and Jagdish Shettar, and HD Kumaraswamy of the JD-S. There were reports of malfunctioning of EVMs from some polling stations, and minor clashes between Congress and BJP supporters. The two parties also accused Sunday Specials Why an officer had to die Over-dependence on tourism in HP has upped the stakes for hoteliers. That’s why despite numerous court orders and NGT objections, illegal constructions are rampant. INDEPTH P13! How Valley’s sons lose to gun Kashmir looks at its youth with hope. Three decades of violence is a frighteningly long period in which a generation has lived in fear, and worse, deaths of youths have been used as a tool to promote a dangerous cause. TALKING POINT P14! 71% TURNOUT People queue up to cast their ballot during the polling for the Karnataka Assembly elections in Bengaluru on Saturday. PTI KARNATAKA TOTAL SEATS: 224* (Magic figure: 113) Party Republic TV ABP-C Voter Times Now-VMR India Today-Axis Cong BJP JD-S+ Others 73-82 95-114 32-43 3 87-99 97-109 21-30 1-8 90-103 80-93 31-39 3 * Voting has been deferred in two constituencies each other of inducing voters. Former PM HD Deve Gowda’s JD-S, though projected to finish a distant third, is likely to play a crucial role in government formation in the event of a fractured mandate. The exit polls run by Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat and ABP-C Voter predicted that the BJP would emerge as the largest party by getting 95-114 and 97-109 seats, respectively. They put the Congress’ tally at 73-82 and 87-99, respectively with the JD-S predicted to get 32-43 and 21-30 seats. Lahore, May 12 For the first time, Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has publicly acknowledged that militant organisations were active in the country and questioned the policy to allow the “nonstate actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai, a media report said. Sharif, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan had isolated itself. “We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” Sharif told Dawn. Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar’s militant outfits Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaishe-Mohammad, operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said militant organisations were active in Pakistan. continued on page 7 ❝ Militant organisations are active in Pakistan. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial? Nawaz Sharif, PAKEX-PM continued on page 7 Nepal won’t allow its territory to be used against India, says Oli Kathmandu, May 12 Nepal is sensitive to India’s interests and would not allow its territory to be used against India, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has assured his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Briefing mediapersons at the end of PM Modi’s twoday visit to Nepal, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Saturday said it was a “significant statement” from PM Oli and India was “satisfied” with the discussions. “Oli reiterated that Nepal would be sensitive to India’s interests and its territory would not be used against India,” Gokhale said. Nepal shares a border of over 1,850 km in the east, south and west with five Indian states — Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. There has been a long tradition of free movement of peo- Thunderstorm, squall in next two days: IMD New Delhi, May 12 The hill states of Uttarakhand, J&K and Himachal are likely to witness thunderstorm and squall in next two days while parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, UP and Rajasthan may be struck by thunderstorms or dust storms owing to fresh western disturbance over the region. “Under the influence of a fresh western disturbance from May 13, fairly widespread to widespread precipitation is highly likely to occur over the western Himalayan region (J&K, Himachal and Uttarakhand) along with thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph) and hail at isolated places during the sec- 106-118 79-82 22-30 1-4 Ex-PM Sharif admits to Pak role in 26/11 ond half of week between May 10 and 16. “Isolated to scattered rainfall with isolated thunderstorm/dust storm is also likely in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, UP and Rajasthan during the same period,” the IMD said. “Thunderstorms accompanied with squall (wind speed of 50-70 kmph) are ‘very likely’ at isolated places in East UP Assam, Meghalaya, , Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand,” it added. Several states have been witnessing erratic weather over the past fortnight with UP and Rajasthan reporting more than 120 deaths owing to high-velocity winds in the first week of May. — TNS PM Narendra Modi beats a drum at Muktinath Temple in Nepal. PTI ple across the borders sharing family ties and culture. Travellers from both sides do not need visas. During a joint press meet on Friday after a one-on-one meeting with Oli, PM Modi had said the open borders between India and Nepal play an important role in the strong bilateral ties. “We will not allow its mis- use by anti-social elements,” Modi said after the marathon delegation-level talks during which the two sides had extensive discussion on all aspects of the bilateral relationship. “We have agreed to further strengthen our joint efforts on defence and security to control cross-border crimes,” the PM said. — PTI 2 killed in Aurangabad communal clashes Mumbai: Two persons died and around 100 others, including several policemen, were injured as clashes broke out between two communities in Aurangabad on Friday night, the police said. Police Commissioner Milind Bharambe said the civic body had cut off water supply to a place of worship, which angered the community members who clashed with officials. “The situation is now under control as we imposed curfew,” he said. Nearly 100 shops and over 50 vehicles were gutted. PAGE 7 Govt mulls 6-month jail for abandoning parents New Delhi: The Centre is planning to increase jail term for abandoning or abusing elderly parents to six months from existing three, an official said. The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, reviewing the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, has also proposed widening the definition of children to include adopted or stepchildren, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and minors represented by their legal guardians. PTI Tribune archives on Bhagat Singh & PM query Chandigarh: The Congress was at the forefront of the campaign to defend Bhagat Singh and his comrades and the Bhagat Singh Defence Committee to provide legal and financial aid to the revolutionaries was set up on the initiative of Congress leaders in Punjab, show reports in The Tribune archives. PM Narendra Modi had at a rally sought to know if any Congress leader had visited the revolutionaries in prison. PAGE 2 Today’s issue consists of 44 pages, including eight-page Spectrum, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and six-page Life+Style. /thetribunechd
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