16052018-TTC-01.qxd 5/16/2018 1:30 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, may 16, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 134 | 32 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 1988 road rage: SC lets off Sidhu KARNATAKA Only convicted of causing hurt; fined ~1,000 Political career safe, no need for him to quit Satya Prakash Tribune News Service BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa, along with party leaders, meets Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the government in Bengaluru on Tuesday. PTI Outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah (second from right) and Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy (extreme right) outside the Governor’s house in Bengaluru on Tuesday. REUTERS BJP wins big but falls short, Cong backs JD(S), both stake claim RAMAKRISHNA UPADHYA O n a day of dramatic developments in Karnataka poll results , the BJP fell tantalisingly short of a majority, paving the way for the JD(S) and the Congress to stake claim to form a coalition government. The BJP won 104 seats, eight short of a majority (elections were held for 222 seats and deferred in two). The ruling Congress was reduced to 78 seats. But with Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) winning 38 seats, the party sprang to life, extending “unconditional” support to Deve Gowda’s son HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister. It all happened in a matter of minutes as Sonia Gandhi telephoned Deve Gowda and also asked her emissary Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was in Bengaluru, to call on the JD(S) leader and his son. Having been beaten in the numbers game by the BJP in Goa and Meghalaya, the Congress acted swiftly, asking outgoing CM Siddaramaiah to announce the party’s support to Kumaraswamy and sending a formal letter of support to the JD(S). With its lead slipping to 104 at the end of the day, the BJP was stunned at the turn of events. Party president Amit Shah decided to send senior leaders Prakash Javadekar ❝ BJP will not allow Karnataka’s development journey to be trampled upon —PM Narendra Modi ❝ As per constitutional, legal provisions, Governor has no option but to invite the coalition — Congress ELECTION RESULT SHOULD WAKE UP CONGRESS WHO HAS FIRST CLAIM TO FORM GOVT IN KARNATAKA IT’S BJP VS THE REST; CONG’S ONLY HOPE IS ALLIES and Ram Madhav to Bengaluru and advised local leaders BS Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar to formally meet Governor Vajubhai Vala. Coming out of Raj Bhawan, Yeddyurappa said he had staked claim to forming a government as leader of the largest party and sought a week’s time to prove majori- PAGE 7 PAGE 9 PAGE 9 ty on the floor of the House. Soon after, Kumaraswamy, accompanied by Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara, too called on the Governor, saying they had the requisite numbers to form the next government. The JD(S) and the Congress fear the BJP may try to lure some of their MLAs to Flyover collapse kills 18 in Varanasi Onlookers gather near the vehicles that got crushed after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi on Tuesday evening. PTI BSF jawan killed in J&K ceasefire violation Jammu/Samba: A BSF constable, Devender Singh Baghel (28), was killed while foiling an infiltration bid at the Mangu Chak border outpost in Samba sector on the International Border. The incident took place around midnight on Monday. PAGE 10 Rupee falls to 16-month low of 68.07 a dollar Mumbai: The rupee went into a tailspin by plunging 56 paise on Tuesday, the second biggest single-day fall of 2018, to end at a new 16-month low of 68.07 as panic dollar demand rattled currency market. This is the lowest closing for the rupee since January 24, 2017, when it ended at 68.15. PAGE 12 Shashank Manohar re-elected ICC chairman Dubai: Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar will expectedly serve a second two-year term as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council after he was elected unopposed. Manohar became the first independent ICC chairman in 2016. PAGE 14 LUCKNOW: Eighteen persons were killed and several feared trapped under debris as a section of an under-construction flyover collapsed in front of the Cantonment railway station in Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi’s constituency, on Tuesday evening. Rescue workers managed to extricate three persons alive from the debris. Witnesses said the toll could go up as over 10 four-wheelers and a 32-seater bus were trapped. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced a three-member panel to probe the mishap and give its report in 48 hours. The CM, who left for Varanasi from Lucknow late in the evening, announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured. — TNS Only 8-hr duty for 4 farmers commit cops:U’khand HC suicide in 24 hours Dehradun, May 15 The Uttarakhand High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to ensure that the police personnel were not forced to work for over eight hours at a stretch, besides recommending 45day extra salary for policemen performing tough duties. The verdict was delivered by a Bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and SK Sharma. Disposing of a PIL filed by a resident of Haridwar that policemen in Uttarakhand performed duty for 10 to 15 hours daily, the Judges observed: “The conditions of service are not humane and they do not get sufficient rest, leading to psychological problems.” The court also recommended three promotions for all police personnel during their career so as to counter stagnation. “The state government is directed to ensure that the police stations work in shifts for efficient policing,” it said. The court also recommended breaks for traffic police personnel and use of masks while discharging traffic duties. Giving importance to medical fitness, it said personnel should be medically examined every three months. — TNS Bathinda, May 15 In a sign of deepening farm distress, four debt-ridden farmers allegedly committed suicide in different parts of the district over the past 24 hours. Jagraj Singh (50) of Dhingar village near Rampura Phul allegedly consumed a poisonous substance. Village sarpanch Harbans Singh said the deceased, who owned two acres of land and had a debt of Rs 3 lakh, took the step at his farm. He is survived by his wife and two children. Budh Singh of Maiserkhana village allegedly committed suicide by consuming a pesticide at his agricultural field. He was rushed to a private hospital in Maur Mandi where he breathed his last, his family said. Farmer leader Darshan Singh said Budh Singh owned two acres of land and was under Rs 6 lakh debt. Another farmer, Paramjeet Singh, ended his life at Sidhana village by allegedly hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house, his relatives said. He was under Rs 2 lakh debt. Amritpal of Dayalpura Mirza village allegedly consumed a poisonous substance at his farm. He was under Rs 5 lakh debt, of which he had paid back Rs 1 lakh. — TNS Today’s issue is of 32 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers, eight-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. abstain from voting, if Yeddyurappa is allowed to form a government and seek a vote of confidence. Governor Vala has not revealed his mind and may take a day or two to decide on the next course of action. In fact, there are precedents for both the largest party and a grouping claiming a majority being invited to form a government. Whatever the Governor may decide, the Congress seems to have lost the moral authority — losing the elections with Siddaramaiah facing defeat in Chamundeshwari and barely scraping through in Badami. continued on page 7 edit: potboiler in karnataka BJP CONG 104 78 JD(S)+ 38 TOTAL SEATS 222 TARGET 112 VOTE SHARE OTH 6.3% OTH 2 BJP 36.2% JD(S)+ NOTA 18.6% 0.9% CONG 38% New Delhi, May 15 In a major relief to Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted him of the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with a 1988 road rage case in which a man had died after allegedly being beaten up by him and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu. A Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, which set aside a Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict, however, held him guilty of voluntarily causing hurt to deceased Gurnam Singh and let him off with a fine of Rs 1,000. It acquitted co-accused Sandhu of all charges. Despite being held guilty, Sidhu’s political career remains safe. He will not have to resign and does not become ineligible to contest elections. This is because of the fact that under Section 8 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, a person gets disqualified as a lawmaker and becomes ineligible to contest only if he/she gets a jail term of two years or more. Holding Sidhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, the Punjab and it an ❝ Well, A waswas lost accident. life and everybody will regret it. But the court says it was an accident. I have submitted to the majesty of the law and whatever the court says I abide by it Navjot Singh Sidhu Haryana HC had given him three-year imprisonment. But the SC said, “The HC’s conclusion that Gurnam Singh’s death is caused by subdural haemorrhage but not cardiac arrest, in our opinion, is not based on evidence on record and is pure conjecture. “We, therefore, find it difficult to sustain the conviction of the first accused and set aside the same. Because to find a man guilty of culpable homicide, the basic fact required to be established is that the accused caused the death. But, as noticed above, continued on page 7
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