11052019-TTC-01.qxd 11-05-2019 01:46 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.129 | 22 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, may 11,2019 US HIKES TARIFF ON CHINA GOODS WORTH $200 BN PAGE 15 SHILLONG’S PUNJABI LANE SETTLERS HAVE A CSK BEAT DC BY 6 WICKETS TO MONTH TO PROVE LEGALITY OF STAY PAGE 7 ENTER 8TH IPL FINAL PAGE 16 /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Modi: Pitroda remark on ’84 riots shows Cong arrogance ‘HUA TOH HUA’ ROW Says party’s karma reduced it to 44 seats Tribune News Service Poll din ends for phase 6, BJP defending 44 seats As campaigning ended on Friday for 59 seats across seven states in the penultimate phase, the BJP on Sunday will be facing one of its toughest challenges, defending no less than 44 seats (46 if NDA taken into account). PAGE 2 Curtains on high-decibel campaigning in Haryana PM Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and ex-CM Bhupinder Hooda were among top guns who wooed voters at rallies in Haryana on Friday. PAGE 2 Fresh EC notice to Sidhu over anti-Modi remarks At a poll meeting in Bhopal on April 29, Congress’ Navjot Sidhu had accused PM Modi of “making money in Rafale deal” and “allowing” the rich to flee after “robbing” banks. TNS Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with former CM Parkash Singh Badal and SAD-BJP candidates during an election rally in Hoshiarpur on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH FIRST RALLY IN PUNJAB: ‘TILL I AM CHOWKIDAR, WILL ENSURE JUSTICE’ Congress has a blot on it which may not even get wiped even after 50 generations. My Sikh brothers and sisters were burnt alive and we are still to get justice. But real face of Congress emerged by saying ‘hua toh hua’. For them it might be over but till the time I am chowkidar, I will ensure complete justice. Narendra Modi AT HOSHIARPUR RALLY PAGE 4 ❝ had first commented about karma, in response to Modi’s remark that Rajiv Gandhi ended his life as “bhrashtachari no. 1”. He had tweeted, “Modiji, the battle is over. BJP will win 55 new seats, let us see who has to pack bags:Shah Varanasi, May 10 Exuding confidence that the BJP will better its 2014 Lok Sabha tally, its president Amit Shah has predicted that the saffron party will win over 55 new seats, propelled by its focus on national security and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal. Shah also scorned Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for their criticism of Modi for attacking their father, the late Rajiv Gandhi, asserting that “they cannot run away from their past however hard they try”. In an interview, 54-year-old Shah, at the helm of affairs of the ruling party since 2014, said he has succeeded in his plan to expand the BJP’s base across coastal and eastern states. The BJP swept to its maiden majority in 2014 by winning 282 of 543 seats. Asserting that the BJP will get a majority on its own, he said the party would win ON REGIONAL SATRAPS AS ALLIES They (like KC Rao and Naveen Patnaik) are welcome to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance, but the BJP will get a majority on its own. People everywhere are voting in the name of Modi. ❝ Amit Shah, BJP PRESIDENT more than 23 seats in West Bengal and 13-15 seats in Odisha. In 2014, the BJP had won two and one seat in these two states, respectively. After taking over as BJP chief, Shah had also identified 120 seats spread across the country as potentially winnable. The party had lost them in 2014. “The BJP will win more than 55 of those constituencies,” he added. With top Congress leaders slamming Modi for his sharp attack on Rajiv Gandhi, Shah questioned, “Why can he or Jawaharlal Nehru not be criticised simply because they are from the Gandhi family?” The BJP president also mocked Rahul Gandhi over his claim that Modi should pack his bags, and said let May 23 come and “we will see who gets to pack his bags”. With five phases of the General Election over, he also reiterated his claim that the BJP would win more than 73 seats of the 80 in Uttar Pradesh it had won in 2014 along with its ally Apna Dal, and not less. On the strong social arithmetic in favour of SP-BSP in the largest state, Shah shot back, “You people look at arithmetic. I look at people’s sentiments and they are totally with Modi.” — PTI Your karma awaits you. Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won’t protect you…” Meanwhile, while attacking former Haryana CM Bhupin- Tribune News service Chandigarh, May 10 For the first time in the last 30 years, government schools in Punjab have outdone their counterparts in the private sector as regards Class X results of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The pass percentage for 3,582 government schools stood at 88.21 as against 86 for private schools — an upswing of over 30 per cent in comparison with last year’s (20172018) figure of 58 per cent. The marked improvement comes despite teachers being on the path of agitation for regularisation of services, promotions and pay scales since October last year. IMPROVED SCENARIO PASS PERCENTAGE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS PRIVATE SCHOOLS 88.21 86 940 schools produced 100% result, as against 104 last year 2,260 recorded pass percentage of over 90 against 430 last year Rural schools (govt/private) recorded pass percentage of 87 against 83 in urban schools There has also been a marked improvement in results in border districts. Pathankot, with a pass percentage of 52 last year, has topped the state with over 91. Gurdaspur recorded a pass percentage of 89 against 60 Aditi Tandon last year; Amritsar 89 against 55 last year; Tarn Taran 74 against 33 last year; and Ferozepur 80 against 52 last year. More than 3,000 teachers were recruited exclusively for border districts last year with a clear message that no trans- der Singh Hooda, Modi said, “Corruption is Congress’ culture. Here, ‘rewris’ are famous. The Congress distributed jobs like ‘rewris’ and continued on page 7 New Delhi, May 10 Ahead of the Delhi elections this Sunday and Punjab polls later on May 19, the Congress today found itself on the defensive over party leader Sam Pitroda’s remarks about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi intensifying his attack on the issue and Akali Dal fuelling the fire. Sensing potential damage over Pitroda’s “hua toh hua” comments about the carnage, the Congress distanced itself and advised all leaders to be “careful and sensitive”. The party also spoke of anti-Sikh riots and 2002 Godhra riots in the same breath to argue that “riots are unacceptable and unpardonable in society”. Congress’ defence followed PM Modi’s taunts at a poll rally and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asking if Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will oust his “guru Pitroda”. This as the Akali Dal protested outside AICC headquarters. To up the ante, BJP spokesman RP Singh held an official briefing to seek an apology from Rahul Gandhi and former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. He was ‘NEVER MEANT TO SAY IT, MY HINDI NOT GOOD’ My remarks were twisted and blown out of context. I never meant to say what was reported by the media. My Hindi is not good and while I was SAM PITRODA wanting to say ‘jo hua, vo bura hua’, I could not translate bura in my mind HE MUST APOLOGISE, SAYS RAHUL PAGE 7 flanked by a victim who alleged she was gangraped during the anti-Sikh riots. Akali Dal spokesman Manjinder Sirsa, meanwhile, attacked the Congress for equating the Sikh carnage with Godhra riots. “Who ordered the Sikh genocide? Can Gandhi tell?” Sirsa asked. The Congress issued a statement dissociating itself from Pitroda and said it had always supported justice for 1984 riot victims. “We continue to support the quest for justice and stern punishment for those found guilty in 1984 riots, as also the subsequent acts of violence, continued on page 7 Shocked at Cong leader’s remark, says Capt, and invokes Godhra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 10 Expressing his total disagreement with Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s controversial remarks — “hua toh hua” — on the 1984 riots, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said if Pitroda had actually said this, it was “shocking”. “The 1984 riots were a big tragedy and justice has yet not been meted out to the victims. If some individual leaders were allegedly involved in the riots, they should be punished as per law,” he said. At the same time, he took strong exception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “offensive attempt to link Rajiv Gandhi with the 1984 riots” and sought to draw a comparison with the Godhra massacre, which took place while Modi was Gujarat CM. continued on page 7 Delhi HC asks panel to visit Y’nagar IAF intercepts transport plane coming from Pak ILLEGAL MINING To verify how makeshift passages obstructing water flow New Delhi, May 10 A transport aircraft that flew over a closed air route between India and Pakistan was today intercepted by a pair of Sukhoi 30MKIs fighter jets of the Indian Air Force over the Gujarat and Rajasthan border. The plane was forced to land at Jaipur and its pilots are being questioned. The Delhi-bound AN-12 that took off from Karachi entered the Indian airspace at 3.15 pm. A gadget called IFF (Identification, Friend or Foe) was ‘on’— it allows the identification of a plane by ground base controllers or by Indian Air Force pilots sent to intercept it. The aircraft did not follow the authorised route and was not responding to radio calls, the IAF said. The pilots said it had got airborne from Tbilisi, Georgia, and was destined for Delhi via Karachi. It should have entered from the southern part of Gujarat, but chose to fly over IAF base in north. — TNS After 30 yrs, Punjab govt schools outdo pvt ones Sanjeev Singh Bariana Distances self, says it’s all for justice Tribune News Service Bhartesh Singh Thakur & Sunit Dhawan Rohtak, May 10 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked Congress leader Sam Pitroda over his “hua toh hua” comment on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying it “reflects the Congress’ arrogance”. At a rally for BJP candidates Arvind Sharma from Rohtak and Ramesh Chander Kaushik from Sonepat, Modi said, “Sam Pitroda is closest to the Gandhi family and has been the keeper of secrets. He was the closest friend of Rajiv Gandhi and guru of ‘namdaar’ (Congress president Rahul Gandhi).” Modi said for the Congress, human life had no value. “About 2,800 Sikhs were killed (in 1984). They were brought out of their homes and killed. Tyres were put around necks and lit. Thousands of Sikhs had to flee. The Congress leaders led the mobs. Now, they are saying ‘hua toh hua’.” “It is the karma of Congress’ ‘namdaars’ that they have been reduced to 44 (seats in Lok Sabha),” he said. It was Rahul Gandhi who In tight spot, Cong says:‘Be sensitive’ fers would be allowed. Certain schools that had a pass percentage of only 2 last year crossed 90 this year. These include Government Senior Secondary School, Kutala (Amritsar); GSSS, Munde (Gurdaspur); and GMSSS, Taragarh (Pathankot). Secretary (School Education) Krishan Kumar said, “The result is a reflection on hard work by teachers with active support of State Council of Educational Research and Training.” Education Minister OP Soni said, “Our efforts are bearing fruit under the watchful eyes of our CM.” Sanjha Morcha convener Devinder Punia said, “It is appreciable and a key reason has been lenient marking.” Shiv Kumar Sharma Tribune News Service Yamunanagar, May 10 The Delhi High Court has constituted a panel to conduct an on-ground inspection of the sites where the mining mafia has constructed makeshift passages and bundhs across the Yamuna in Yamunanagar district. Former judge of the Delhi High Court Justice Indermeet Kaur, Additional Chief Secretary (retired) Nivedita Haran and senior advocate (amicus curiae) Rakesh Khanna will be the members of the committee. They will The panel has been told to submit report before next hearing. be assisted by two officers — one each to be nominated by the chief secretaries of Delhi and Haryana governments. “The committee will verify the existence of bundhs, if any, along the river and their impact on the supply of water to Delhi, preferably in five days. The committee will submit a report before the next date of hearing,” the court order said. Sources said the HC passed this order after a team of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) visited Yamunanagar district on May 3 and presented a report and photographs about the creation of an obstruction (blockage) in the Yamuna main stream. One SB Tripathi had moved an application in the HC for reviving the Yamuna flow; therefore, DJB officers were to submit a report to the court on May 8 as regards the position and quantum of the river flow at Tajewala. When the DJB officers visited Tajewala, they saw a bundh being continued on page 7 Rape complainant Ladakh:Army in vote blackmailer: Court preference complaint Rohtak police told to register case Sunit Dhawan Tribune News Service Rohtak, May 10 A Rohtak court today directed the local SP to register an FIR against a woman basketball player who allegedly used to blackmail men and extort money by lodging false rape complaints. The BA student had accused a kabaddi player from Jhajjar of sexually exploiting her after promising to marry her, but later refusing to do so. On her complaint, a case was registered and the accused later applied for bail. As the matter came up for hearing at the court of Rajinder Pal Goyal, Special Judgecum-Additional Sessions Judge, the complainant stated she had no objection if the accused was granted bail as they had reached a compromise. She added that she had got the case registered due to some misunderstanding. Meanwhile, the Public Today’s issue consists of 22 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. Prosecutor informed the court that it had come to his notice that the complainant had “blackmailed several youths earlier”. A pen-drive containing a video-clip was produced in which she was seen bargaining over the amount given to her. The copy of another FIR was also produced which pertained to a case of blackmail against the complainant. “From the above circumstances, it is established that the complainant is a blackmailer and is habitual of getting false cases of rape registered, extorts money and then withdraws the case or endorses no objection,” the judge maintained. The court directed registration of a case against the complainant and sought a copy of the FIR within 15 days. “The SP should also educate the SHOs/Inspector and investigators to keep a complete track of such fake complainants,” the order read. Arteev Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, May 10 Amid a raging controversy over BJP leaders allegedly offering bribe to Leh journalists “to influence the outcome” of the Lok Sabha poll in Ladakh, Returning Officer for the Ladakh seat Avny Lavasa today sent a letter to the General Officer Commanding, 14 Corps, requesting him to direct Army officers not to ask jawans for their voting preference. This came after complaints by two Independents — Congress rebel Asgar Ali Karbalai and Sajjad Hussain Kargili — of malpractices on part of commanding officers in electronic postal ballot system. “It is alleged that they are telephonically asking jawans for voting preference, rather than supplying the ballot paper for casting votes,” the RO said. “This is a gross violation of secrecy of voting and a malpractice that has the potential to invite strict legal action,” said the RO. PROBE ORDERED ■ Army said the complaints were unfounded and appeared to have been made to tarnish its image ■ “An in-depth investigation is on to ascertain details. The Army remains apolitical and we hold this core value in letter & spirit,” said Col Rajesh Kalia, PRO She said the letter was issued to sensitise Army officers about the sanctity of the election process. “No specific instances have been mentioned,” she added. Kargili claimed receiving complaints from Army personnel, particularly Ladakh Scouts and paramilitary forces, that during every Lok Sabha poll, individual Army men never got postal ballot. He also referred to the outcome of the 2014 poll when BJP’s Thupstan Chhewang won by a margin of 36 votes on the basis of postal ballots. In 2019, about 4,000 postal ballots have been distributed for the Ladakh seat.
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