15042019-TT-01.qxd 14-04-2019 22:44 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.103 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, april 15,2019 POLL PANEL IN A BIND OVER MNS CHIEF RAJ THACKERAY’S RALLIES NATION GETTING RIGHT PRICE FOR RICE INFOCUS /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 Don’t doubt Capt’s patriotism, but he’s a ‘parivar bhakt’: Modi Tribune News Service If the 'Ghar Ghar Rozgaar' swayed new-age voters towards the Congress in the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, the inability of the Congress government to provide jobs could see them moving away from the party. PAGE 2 Vote intact, Azam Khan sitting pretty in Rampur Congress candidates could spoil Mahagathbandhan’s gameplan in several seats of UP. But in Rampur, alliance nominee Azam Khan of the SP is better placed to win with minority vote intact. PAGE 2 Oppn to approach poll panel again over EVMs With just three days to go for phase-II elections, leading Opposition parties said they would approach the SC again to demand that at least 50 per cent paper trails be verified with EVMs. PAGE 7 Kathua, April 14 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for not attending a function in Amritsar presided over by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu to pay tributes to those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. “There is a difference between ‘rashtra bhakti’ (patriotism) and ‘parivar bhakti’ (loyalty to family). I have known Captain for decades and never questioned his patriotism. But I can understand the pressure on him for this ‘parivar bhakti’. Captain too has had to bend before it,” Modi claimed at an election rally here in support of Union minister Jitendra Singh, who has been renominated from Udhampur. This was the second election rally addressed by Modi in Jammu region in 18 days. Referring to the Punjab CM’s absence at the commemoration ceremony organised by the Union Ministry of Culture in Amritsar, he said, “Yesterday when the PM Narendra Modi with Union minister Jitendra Singh (R) and BJP state president Ravinder Raina in Kathua on Sunday. INDERJEET SINGH ‘PUNJAB CM SKIPPED JALLIANWALA EVENT’ The Vice-President went to Jallianwala Bagh to pay tributes to the martyrs, but the Congress CM was missing. He was busy with Congress ‘parivar bhakti’. Narendra Modi, PM ❝ ‘MODI BIGGEST ENEMY OF PEOPLE’ PM Modi and Shah are the biggest enemies of people who believe in dividing nation on basis of caste, creed, religion. But people have made it a point not to fall prey. Farooq Abdullah, NC PRESIDENT ❝ whole country was paying tributes to those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the Congress was busy playing politics,” the PM alleged. Meanwhile, charging erstwhile coalition partners (NC and PDP) with destroying three generations in J&K, the PM said the departure of Unpaid since Jan, Jet pilots defer ‘no flying’ call Envoy:Re-engagement after polls, objective narrative on Pak needed Mumbai, April 14 Around 1,100 pilots belonging to the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG) of crisis-hit Jet Airways today deferred their “no flying” call to a later date, particularly when the management is scheduled to meet the lenders on Monday. This comes amid airlines suspending its operations in SAARC and ASEAN regions indefinitely, besides extending suspension of its services to Toronto and Paris from Chennai and back. The airline has also cancelled its long-haul, west-bound operations to and from Amsterdam, London Heathrow, and Paris till tomorrow. New Delhi, April 14 Pakistan is hoping for “reengagement” with India after the Lok Sabha polls as a structured dialogue will help the two countries understand mutual concerns, resolve disputes and build the edifice of durable peace and security, Pakistani High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood has said. In an interview, Mahmood, who has been appointed Pakistan’s next Foreign Secretary, also said there was a need for an “objective” narrative about Pakistan in India which could facilitate peaceful, cooperative and good neighbourly ties. The comments came nearly six weeks after India’s military planes struck a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot and Pakistan’s subsequent counter-offensive. Mah- SPICEJET HIRING STAFF AT 30-50% PAY CUT New Delhi: Low-cost carrier SpiceJet is hiring Jet Airlines’ engineers and pilots at much lower pay than their current salaries. Sources said pilots are being asked to take salary cuts of 25-30 per cent, while engineers have been advised to settle at 50 per cent of their current pay package. IANS The pilots, along with engineers and senior management, have not received salaries since January. The debt-ridden carrier has also not paid the March salary to employees of other categories as well. Earlier in the day, the guild, which claims representation of 1,100 of the total 1,600 pilots, decided to stop flying from April 15 to protest non-payment of salaries since March. The NAG had in late March called for no flying from April 1 over non-payment of salaries, but deferred the agitation to April 15. — PTI ‘TALKS INDISPENSABLE’ We hope for re-engagement after the elections. Diplomacy and dialogue are indispensable ❝ Sohail Mahmood, PAK HIGH COMMISSIONER mood said diplomacy and dialogue are indispensable to improve ties between the two neighbours and that engagement was the only option to understand mutual concerns haryana WORLD’S LARGEST PLANE MAKES FIRST TEST FLIGHT OVER US DESERT BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Won't allow Muftis & Abdullahs to divide India, PM says in Kathua Joblessness weighs on minds of young voters ! and ensure peace, prosperity and security. Mahmood left for Islamabad on Sunday after nearly a 19-month tenure as Pakistan’s envoy to India. He is expected to take up his new assignment on Tuesday. He also said that there was a need for a review about the narrative on Pakistan in India. “A narrative is needed that captures the reality in Pakistan objectively and more fully. A narrative that also helps recognise opportunities for peaceful, cooperative and good neighbourly relations,” he said. Asked about the Kartarpur corridor project, the Pakistani High Commissioner said Islamabad was committed to completing the physical infrastructure on its side before November. — PTI Abdullahs and Muftis was a must to ensure a bright future for the state. He attacked the NC and PDP leadership for questioning India’s accession. “I want to tell these dynasts that they didn’t get J&K from their parents. The state is an integral part of India, not their inherited property.” Accusing these “dynasts” of working with anti-national forces, he said: “The NC and PDP are threatening to secede and the Congress leadership is endorsing their threats by keeping mum. These dynasts can abuse Modi as much as they want, but they won’t be able to divide India. I want to tell the Muftis and Abdullahs, I’m Modi. I will not allow them to break the country.” He dubbed the Congress, PDP and NC as opportunists. “The statement by one of Congress’ allies asking for a separate PM for J&K reveals much about their alliance.” On the Congress manifesto, he said, “The Congress wants to hold talks with Pakistan’s proxies and dilute AFSPA. It is trying to demoralise our security forces. The party has lost the trust of the people.” Does not behove PM to stoop so low:Capt REFLECTION TIME ‘Dirty politics on Jallianwala event’ Chandigarh, April 14 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing “dirty politics” after the PM claimed that the Congress leader skipped an official event marking the Jallianwala Bagh massacre’s centenary as he was busy in “Congress parivar’s bhakti”. Capt Amarinder alleged that the Centre had deliberately chosen to hold a “parallel event” instead of supporting the programmes of the state government. The event, held in Amritsar on Saturday by the Centre, was attended by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. The CM claimed he had personally approached the PM several times over the last two years to seek support for ensuring that the occasion is commemorated in a befitting manner, but the Centre failed to respond suitably. “Instead, the Modi government decided to hold its own event, quite evidently to score political brownie points in the backdrop of the elections,” he alleged. “This was truly shocking considering that the PM is the chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh Trust.” ‘DON’T EXPLOIT’ PM should not exploit the martyrdom of victims of the massacre, or of the soldiers dying everyday at the borders or in ISI-backed terror attacks such as in Pulwama, for furthering his and his party’s political ambitions ❝ Capt Amarinder Singh, CM Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the CM had on Saturday morning paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar. “Shocked at your remarks. You used a sombre occasion to play dirty politics, conveniently ignoring your government’s decision to hold a parallel event,” he tweeted. The Congress leader said that while Modi was busy in his usual dirty political games, he (Captain) was at the memorial for the state-level event. A Cabinet minister (OP Soni) was present at the Centre’s function, he said. — TNS Senior BJP leader LK Advani during a tribute-paying ceremony to Dr BR Ambedkar on the occasion of his 128th birth anniversary, at Parliament House in New Delhi. PTI GEN JJ SINGH OUT OF RACE: SAD (TAKSALI) Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) president Ranjit Singh Brahmpura on Sunday withdrew his party's candidate from Khadoor Sahib, former Army Chief Gen JJ Singh (retd) and announced that the party would extend support to Punjabi Ekta Party candidate Paramjit Kaur Khalra. “We have asked her not to contest merely as a candidate of PEP, but of all parties opposed to Akali Dal and Congress,” he said. INSIDE Birender ‘quits electoral politics’ IAS son Brijendra to contest from Hisar, ArvindSharma is BJP pick for Rohtak Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 14 The BJP today announced the Lok Sabha candidates for the two remaining seats in Haryana — IAS officer Brijendra Singh, son of Union minister Birender Singh, from Hisar, and former Congress MP Arvind Sharma, who recently joined the BJP , from Rohtak. In lieu of his son getting the party ticket, Steel Minister and Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh announced his political ‘sanyas’, saying he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah offering to quit from the positions. Birender Singh said he was doing so in line with the BJP’s ideology against ‘van- ‘IN SYNC WITH BJP’ As my son has got BJP ticket, I have offered to quit as Cabinet minister and RS MP in line with BJP’s stand on dynasty politics. ❝ Birender Singh, STEEL MINISTER shvaad’ — dynasty politics. Talking to The Tribune, the senior Haryana leader, who crossed over to the BJP from the Congress ahead of the 2014 General Election, said it was one of the main planks of the saffron party that “dynastic rule was not healthy for parliamentary democracy”. “To avoid that possibility so there are no questions from the Opposition, I thought it will be better that if my son gets the ticket, I must quit electoral politics. Two months back, I had written to PM Modi and Amit Shah that if you consider the candidature of my son, I would like to quit as MP and minister,” he said, adding that it was also a message to others. On why his son, an IAS officer of the 1998-batch, wanted to get into electoral politics, Birender Singh said while intelligent people should join politics, this was not the only reason Brijendra was quitting civil services. “He has a lega- cy to follow, which I inherited from my grandfather Sir Chhotu Ram. What he did before India achieved Independence for the downtrodden and peasantry, that work is still not complete. I hope with his administrative experience and political background Brijendra will be more useful for the farming community,” he said. Birender Singh’s wife Prem Lata Singh is also a BJP legislator in Haryana. According to the Union minister, however, “she got a nomination when nobody from our family was representing on any of the forums”. Sources, meanwhile, said the two issues (Birender Singh’s announcement to quit electoral politics and work for the continued on page 11 Remembering the warriors — with moist eyes, sense of pride National War Memorial at India Gate sees a solemn ceremony daily, where wreath is laid by families of martyrs Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 14 For the past six weeks, each day as the sun is about to set, a solemn ceremony is conducted at the National War Memorial at India Gate. It leaves hundreds in attendance with moist eyes when the wife or mother of a dead military hero is invited to lay a wreath at the memorial. Minutes after the wreathlaying, the Tricolour and flags of the three armed forces are lowered amid full military regalia with the famous ‘last post’ playing in the background, all timed to perfection as daylight disappears behind Raisina Hill. The Tribune witnessed two such ceremonies — one on April 6 to honour Major Satish Dahiya, who laid down his life in counter-insurgency operations in February 2017, Bhawna Dwivedi, wife of Kargil war martyr Maj CB Dwivedi, places a wreath at war memorial and (R) Maj Satish Dahiya’s wife Sujata places a flower where his name’s inscribed. and the other on April 10 to honour Major CB Dwivedi, who laid down his life during the Kargil war on July 2, 1999. As this wreath-laying is being done, there is pin-drop silence at the memorial even as peak-hour Delhi traffic passes around India Gate — some 150 yards away. Before the wreath-laying, the troops on duty announce to visitors — mostly civilians — the ‘exploits’ of the martyr and talk about his family. Visitors are briefed on why they have to keep standing during the brief ceremony. A smartly-attired military man walks up to escort the family to the wreath-laying rostrum at the newly-minted memorial, which opened on February 26. Emotions flow, and standing in attention — not with mili- tary precision — visitors have moist eyes, as smartphones record every little detail. As the ceremony ends, the visitors’ book, which has comments from all those who have been invited so far, is offered to the family of the military hero. Major Dahiya’s wife Sujata Dahiya described her experience: “Satish, I felt your presence here.” Maj Dwivedi’s wife Bhawna Dwivedi wrote: “We are truly humbled.” There have been 37 families who have been accorded the honour of laying a wreath at this solemn sunset ceremony. These include five officers of the Indian Army, two of the Navy, besides 32 other ranks. The memorial has 26,000 names of all those who have died in line of operational duty since 1947. This includes wars, insurgencies, and rescue operations.
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The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
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