06052019-TT-01.qxd 5/5/2019 10:51 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.124 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, may 6,2019 MODI’S 5 YEARS TRAUMATIC, SHOULD BE SHOWN DOOR: MANMOHAN PAGE 7 INFOCUS BALLOT 2019 Rahul, Rajnath, Sonia, Smriti in race today In the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Monday, the BJP will defend 37 of the 51 seats going to polls. PAGE 2 Sukhbir reaches out to people, targets Capt govt Akali Dal chief says people are eager to see him represent them in Parliament after realising difference between SAD and Congress regime. PAGE 3 Alliance’s every vote will go to Gandhis: Maya Lucknow, May 5 On the eve of elections in the Congress bastions of Rae Bareli and Amethi, BSP national president Mayawati today strongly came out in support of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. She declared that every vote of the SP-BSP-RLD “mahagathbandhan” in these two constituencies would go to the Congress. The BSP alone had a vote share of around 22-23 per cent in these constituencies, she claimed. “Our voter is silent who makes little noise, but understands the signal of its leader and dutifully follows it,” she claimed. She hit out at PM Modi over his “divide and rule policy”. He had said the SP was deceiving Mayawati by having a soft corner for the Congress. — TNS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Modi targets Rahul over UKfirm Hemkund Sahib beckons Says after land, air, scams in sea too On anti-Rajiv jibe, Gandhi Sagar, May 5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked Rahul Gandhi over his alleged association with UKbased firm ‘Backops’, saying its name was akin to the Congress leader’s actions of indulging in “back office operations” and not from the front. Modi also alleged that India lost an entire decade of the 21st century after the Congress installed “family loyalist” Manmohan Singh as the PM in 2004 because the “prince” was not ready and all efforts to “train” him went waste at that time. Attacking Gandhi at an election rally here, Modi said all his scams were now being “unearthed from land, air and water”. The Congress leader’s business partner in the UK company got a submarine contract despite an experience in liasoning only, he said. The Centre recently served a notice on Gandhi, saying it received a representation from BJP MP Subramanian CONG IS LOSING: PM ❝ After four phases, trends show Congress and its allies staring at defeat. Congress is ‘charo khane chit’... ‘Naamdars’ treat the country as their personal property, make false promises and indulge in corruption. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER Swamy that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the UK in 2003 with the Congress leader as one of its directors. “The Bofors gun, helicopter (AgustaWestland chopper) and now submarine, as deep as you dig... Naamdar’s acts are coming out. Michel Mama (Christian Michel, the “middleman” in the chopper scam), is already blurting out secrets,” he said. — PTI says karma awaits PM Tribune news service BATTLE OVER: RAHUL New Delhi, May 5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “bhrashtaachari no. 1” jibe at his late predecessor Rajiv Gandhi today triggered a massive war of words between the Congress and the government as both sides sought to defend their respective positions. The charge of Congress side was led by party president Rahul Gandhi, who took to Twitter to warn the PM of karma and said he must get ready to face his destiny. The government response was led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who wondered why Rahul Gandhi got worried whenever his father’s corruption was raised and whether the Congress chief meant no questions could be asked of him. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too slammed the PM for malign- Modiji, the battle is over. Your karma awaits you. Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself on to my father won’t protect you. All my love and a huge hug. ❝ Rahul Gandhi, CONG CHIEF ing a “pure and innocent man” and said the people of Amethi will give a befitting reply to Modi tomorrow . “ The dynast can attack the integrity of India’s Prime Minister — a man of utmost honesty. Does he believe that the dynasty does not have to answer any questions?” Arun Jaitley said in an unstated reference to Gandhi’s repeated “chowkidar chor hai” swipe at PM Modi. National security our top priority: Shah Says ’84 riot culprits won’t be spared| Promises revocation of Art 370 Tribune News Service Sonepat/Pathankot, May 5 BJP national president Amit Shah today kicked off his campaign in Haryana and Punjab for the Lok Sabha elections, saying national security will remain the party’s “supreme priority” as he targeted the Opposition, including the Congress, for demanding proof of the Balakot airstrikes. Shah asked people to re-elect Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only for his “innumerable achievements” over the past five years, but also for “making the nation secure and strong against external aggression”. VISHAL KUMAR MAHA himachal pradesh CYCLONE FANI TOLL REACHES 29, PURI WORST-HIT BACK PAGE MILK, MEAT AND MORE /thetribunechd ! Amit Shah (C) with Sukhbir Badal and Sunny Deol in Gurdaspur. ACCOUNTABLE TO PEOPLE, NOT CONG: BJP CHIEF ❝ We have been in power for five years. For 55 years, you (Congress) ruled this country. People are seeking your account. We don’t need to answer you, we are accountable to people. Amit Shah, BJP CHIEF Addressing a rally in Sonepat, Shah claimed the Khattar government had spent Rs 1,17,028 crore over the past five years, which was five times the money spent during the previous Congress government. Shah said Haryana was earlier known as the female foeticide capital of the country. “Not only has the sex ratio improved under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme, but the state has shone in other areas too, including sports and education,” he added. Chiding Congress president Rahul Gandhi continued on page 7 Army personnel clear the snow from the trek route to Hemkund Sahib, which is located en route to the Badrinath shrine in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. CO, 4 soldiers, porter hurt in LoC shelling Tribune news service Rajouri, May 5 The Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked shelling on Indian forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Rajouri and Poonch districts this morning. The Commanding Officer (CO) of an Army unit deployed in Mankot sector of Poonch district and four soldiers were injured in the shelling, said sources. Col AP Singh and soldiers DK Yadav, PT Arjun, M Singh and K Singh received splinter injuries and were taken to the Army hospital at Rajouri. An Army porter was also injured in the Rattal area of Keri sector in Rajouri and was shifted to the Command Hospital in Udhampur. Since the Balakot airstrikes in February, the Pakistan army has violated the ceasefire 517 times. The Char Dham Yatra will begin on Tuesday with the reopening of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines, followed by Kedarnath on Thursday and Badrinath on Friday. PTI No Ramzan truce on the anvil in J&K 2018 experience ‘bitter’, Centre wary Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Jammu, May 5 The Centre is not considering any proposal to announce a Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir this year, it is learnt, as it does not want a repeat of last year when the ceasefire by the security forces had spawned a fresh phase of violence. Sources said the Centre did not want to put brakes on the anti-militancy operations, though it would respect the sanctity of the month of fasting commencing on Monday or Tuesday, depending on the sighting of moon. Citing last year’s experience, sources said the militants did not reciprocate the government’s gesture and continued to indulge in violence. “Against the backdrop of that bitter experience, the Centre has no proposal to repeat the mistake, as it took a lot of time for the forces to achieve the pre-Ramzan level intensity of the anti-militancy operations,” sources said, They cited instances of the killing of noted journalist Shujaat Bukhari and soldier Aurangzeb. “These incidents and repeated attacks on security forces proved that militants had no intention of reciprocating the peace gesture.” Yesterday, PDP president and former CM Mehbooba Mufti had urged the Centre to announce a ceasefire for the month of Ramzan. She had also appealed to the militants not to conduct attacks. Within hours, militants gunned down BJP leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir in Anantnag. Delhi HC quashes IAS and IPS Maj Gogoi loses 6-month cadre allocation of 2018 batch seniority for ‘fraternising’ New Delhi, May 5 The Delhi High Court has quashed the Centre’s cadre allocations of IAS and IPS officers of the 2018 batch under the new policy and ordered fresh allocation. A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli accepted the submission of the officers, challenging the process, that cadre allocation would affect their careers for all times to come. It noted that re-allocation of cadres should not take much time as it is done electronically and the authorities already Centre told to issue fresh list under new policy possess the requisite data. The Bench said it was inclined to grant relief to the petitioners considering that they have approached the court at the very earliest and at a stage when neither the IAS nor the IPS officers of the 2018 batch have commenced their on-site training, which is cadre specific. “We, therefore, direct fresh cadre allocation according to their merit and by taking into consideration the preferences given, irrespective of whether they have filled ‘99’ in any of the zones or cadres.” The verdict came on four petitions challenging the notification allocating the cadres to candidates of Indian Police Service on the basis of the results of the Civil Services Examination, 2017. They sought issuance of a new list by correctly interpreting the Office Memorandum of September 5, 2017. continued on page 7 man in front of a jeep, purportedly as a shield against New Delhi, May 5 stone-pelters, during polling The Army has handed “loss for the Srinagar Lok Sabha of seniority” by six months to byelection on April 9, 2017. Major Leetul Gogoi The court martial proas punishment for ceedings against Maj “fraternising” with a Gogoi were completed local woman in Srinain March and the pungar last year and for ishment needed to be “being away from the ratified by the Army place of duty while in headquarters, which an operational area”. Major Leetul Gogoi has been done now, He will also be posted out of sources said. The punishment Kashmir as his 30-month is classified as “severe repritenure with Rashtriya Rifles mand”. The six-month loss of has ended. Maj Gogoi had hit seniority will apply for life. continued on page 7 the headlines after he tied a Tribune News Service Rohtak seaman among 7 held captive in Nigeria Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 5 Ankit Hooda (20), from Assan village in Rohtak district of Haryana, is among five Indians who have been abducted from the ship they were working on as sailors, and taken hostage by pirates in Nigeria. With no government help allegedly forthcoming, Ankit’s cousin Bharat Deshwal and uncle Bhupender Gulia have also taken up the matter with Pakistan human and civil rights activist Ansar Burney, who helped secure the release of six Indian sailors in 2011 when Egyptian merchant ship MV Suez they were working on was held captive by Somali pirates for over a year. Since the whereabouts of Ankit’s father are not known for the past eight years and he is the only support for his 45-year-old mother Usha Hooda, his family has been knocking at every possible door for the past two weeks. Ankit, who did his graduation from Rohtak, was working as Ordinary Seaman (OS) on Nigerian merchant ship Ankit Hooda MT Apecus when pirates struck the ship on the outer anchorage of Bonny island of Nigeria on April 19. The captain of the ship and six other crew members were taken hostage. Five of them are from India — the others being Sudeep Kumar Choudhry from Odisha, Chirag Jadhav from Kalyan (Maharashtra), PS Avinash and Moogu Ravi (whose residence details are not known to Ankit’s family). “We have tried our best to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, visiting six times, but every time, we were told she is out of Delhi We are clueless whom to approach,” said Deshwal. Sampa Arya, a Rohtak resi- dent whose husband Ravinder Gulia was one of the six Indian sailors held captive by Somali pirates for over a year in 2011, has been helping Ankit’s family. Meanwhile, Deshwal said that responding to an SOS by Sudeep Choudhry’s wife, the Indian High Commission responded that the mission was in constant touch with the Nigerian authorities. “Initial contact made, caution is of utmost importance for everyone’s safety," the High Commission had responded through a tweet. 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