12052019-TTC-01.qxd 12-05-2019 01:24 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.130 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, may 12,2019 SIDHU CALLS BJP MEN ‘KALE ANGREZ’; INSULT TO NATION, SAYS PATRA PAGE 7 PSEB CLASS XII RESULT: THREE SHARE TOP POSITION WITH 98.89% PAGE 4 /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Congress has its PhaseVI:59 seats up for grabs deja vu moment BJP won 44 in 2014 elections I AAP, Cong in fight for survival in Delhi Tribune News Service Weighs ‘hua toh hua’ damage Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Voice of gas tragedy victims lost in poll din Bhopal gas tragedy survivors feel their voice was lost in the poll din as at least 25,000 tonne of toxic waste lies in open at the solar evaporation plant near now-defunct Carbide plant in JP Nagar. PAGE 2 In Bhopal, fierce battle over who’s better Hindu Bhopal Congress Lok Sabha candidate and ex-CM Digvijay Singh went temple to temple to outdo BJP’s Pragya Singh Thakur. PAGE 2 It’s ‘Vikasvad’ versus ‘Bahubal’ in Ghazipur Union Minister Manoj Sinha banks on performance and and his challenger Afzal Ansari, the joint candidate of BSP-SP ‘gathbandhan’, on numbers. PAGE 7 Pak bans 11 outfits for links with JuD, JeM Islamabad, May 11 The Pakistan government has banned 11 organisations for having links with the proscribed outfits Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and Jaish-eMohammed (JeM), an official statement said today. A decision to the effect was taken during a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Interior Minister Ijaz Shah on Friday. 4 DIE IN GWADAR HOTEL SHOOTING Karachi: Four persons, including three attackers, were killed when militants stormed a 5-star hotel in Gwadar in Balochistan province, police said. Some of the guests in the hotel were also injured. After the February 14 Pulwama attack, Khan had said Islamabad would not spare any group involved in militancy or using Pakistani soil for any kind of terror activity against other countries. Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), which works under the Ministry of Interior, announced that seven groups have been banned for their affiliation with JuD, proscribed in March by the government. — PTI INDIAN AIR FORCE GETS FIRST APACHE HELICOPTER FROM US PAGE 22 New Delhi, May 11 Just when the Congress thought it was on top of the election narrative, Sam Pitroda touched its raw nerve, the 1984 Sikh carnage, forcing the leadership on the defensive. It was for the Congress a déjà vu moment that brought back bitter memories of pre-election gaffes that undermined the party’s poll time spirits, sometimes even prospects. Veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar’s “chaiwallah” jibe on then prime ministerial candidate of the BJP Narendra Modi had done the damage on the eve of 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Ahead of the 2017 Gujarat elections, Aiyar was back with a casteist slur on Modi and the Congress lost the election. This time, Sam Pitroda is repeating history. Though Congress president Rahul Gandhi last night publicly rebuked his adviser Pitroda in an unprecedented show of displeasure, party leaders are edgy about how the overseas cell chief's “hua toh hua” remarks about the riots will play out in Delhi elections tomorrow and in Punjab polls in the final phase on May 19. Privately, Congress leaders admit to the damaging potential of Pitroda’s statements in ‘ONLY UNQUALIFIED APOLOGY WILL WORK’ ■ Some Congress leaders felt there was no point equating one riot with another and added that the 1984 carnage had scarred the soul of India and the only way out was to soothe the pain of victims and apologise in an unqualified way ■ “1984 riot is a historical injury. You can only address it by soothing the wounds of the victims,” a senior leader said closely fought seats. Congress’ Anandpur Sahib candidate Manish Tewari today said no one in their sane mind can justify the 1984 Delhi riots. “The Delhi riots were reprehensible. No sane person can justify the riots. The irony, however, is that the man raising the issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has never ever once apologised for the Gujarat genocide,” Tewari told The Tribune. Congress strategists were also busy factoring in the consequences of Pitroda’s statements in Delhi elections where certain segments have a sizeable Sikh population and in Sikh majority Punjab, with many hoping people would have moved on by now. New Delhi, May 11 All 10 Haryana and seven Delhi Lok Sabha segments will vote tomorrow in the sixth phase polling for 59 parliamentary constituencies, including in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. The Delhi election poses a major challenge to the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party that entered electoral politics in 2013 with the state elections in the national capital. At test tomorrow are the reputations of AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his predecessor in Delhi and incumbent state Congress chief Sheila Dikshit. The Congress, too, is fighting for survival in Delhi, having lost its support base to AAP in the 2013 and then 2015 state elections. In 2015, the Congress could not open its account in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. Another major contest tomorrow is in Bhopal, where Congress veteran and former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijay Singh is challenging BJP’s Sadhvi Pragya. For Singh, it’s a do-or-die battle as he seeks to end a self-imposed political exile. In Delhi, all seven seats are presently held by the BJP . Overall, out of 59 seats in the sixth phase tomorrow, 44 seats are with the BJP . VOTING IN HARYANA TODAY 10 SEATS, 223 CANDIDATES POLLING TIME: 7 AM TO 6 PM VOTERS 1.8 CRORE 2014 TALLY BJP Pathankot, May 11 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today termed sitting Gurdaspur MP and Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar “a future Chief Minister of the state”. Addressing a rally at Sarna in Bhoa Assembly seat, the CM took a dig at BJP nominee Sunny Deol, calling him a “debt-ridden former actor who has no stakes in either Gurdaspur or Punjab”. Captain Amarinder, who was forced to travel by road from Amritsar after his helicopter was denied permission to land at the Pathankot Air Force Station, accused PM Narendra Modi of “indulging in petty politicking”. Addressing the rally, the CM looked at Jakhar stand- CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Sunil Jakhar at a rally in Bhoa. BJP THREATENED DEOL WITH I-T RAIDS: CM He (Sunny Deol) is a debt-ridden former actor. He was threatened by the BJP with income tax raids. The party virtually arm-twisted him into contesting. Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM ❝ ing by his side and said: “Let me tell you something important… One day Sunil Jakhar will be CM of Punjab.” The MP retorted: “No sir, I am happy where I am”. To this, Capt Amarinder said: “You should know you will be the CM one day.” continued on page 7 CONG INLD 7 Poll officials with EVMs and other election-related material in Gurugram on Saturday. S CHANDAN 1 TOTAL SEATS 10 2 SECURITY SETUP 67,000ON DUTY Modi versus the rest in Haryana In Sonepat & Rohtak, however, it is vote for or against Hooda Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 11 In Haryana, which goes to the polls on Sunday, Opposition candidates seem to be pitted against PM Narendra Modi rather than BJP candidates. So strong is the Modi factor that voters say they will be going to the booths to vote for the PM and the party candidate does not count. Modi, during his rallies in Haryana, rarely sought votes in the name of his candidates, the repeated slogan being “Phir ek bar, Modi Sarkar.” Jakhar future CM, says Capt Tribune News Service 19,433 18-19 years 3 LAKH Urban areas 5,502 20-29 years 38.96 LAKH Rural areas 13,931 30-39 years 44.38 LAKH Webcasting 1,020 Above 80 years 4.27 LAKH May 12 birthday 20,428 14 killed as bus, jeep collide in GURDASPUR DUEL Claims will win ‘lock, stock and barrel’ Andhra Pradesh Ravi Dhaliwal POLLING STATIONS Amaravati, May 11 Fourteen persons travelling in a jeep were killed when a speeding private bus collided with the vehicle in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, the police said. Another six passengers in the jeep sustained injuries and have been hospitalised. The victims, all related to each other, were identified as villagers of Ramavaram in Gadwal district of neighbouring Telangana state. The victims were returing home after attending a wedding ceremony when the mishap took place. The police said the luxury bus, proceeding from Hyderabad to Bengaluru, collided with the jeep that swerved into the other side of the highway in a bid to avoid a two-wheeler. — PTI Even BJP star campaigners, including BJP chief Amit Shah and CM Manohar Lal Khattar, sought votes in the PM’s name, inviting criticism from the Opposition, which claimed the BJP had nothing to show, hence was using Modi’s name. BJP leaders, of course, shrug off the charge. “When we have a leader like Modi whom the people trust completely, why should we not seek votes in his name? The Congress has a leader who does not have the trust of his own party men. They didn’t even want him to campaign,” says the CM. In Sonepat and Rohtak, there is another factor at play — Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The former CM is contesting from Sonepat and son Deepender Hooda from Rohtak. The voters here will vote either for Hooda or against him. Hooda, who was CM during 2005-2014, changed the landscape of the area. Immensely popular in the area, sharp polarisation after the 2016 quota violence could damage Hooda’s chances. The voting pattern will be interesting to watch. Record haul of narcotic chemical from IPS officer’s house; 3 held New Delhi/Noida, May 11 The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today claimed to have seized record 1,800-kg pseudoephedrine from a house in Greater Noida and arrested three foreigners. The estimated value of the seized chemical, along with 2-kg cocaine, is Rs 25 crore, sources said. The house belongs to IPS officer DPN Pandey, posted in Lucknow, who said he was “shocked and distressed” at the recovery. He claimed he had rented out his place through a property dealer. The NCB made the country’s biggest-ever haul of the narcotics chemical kept outside factory premises after grilling a South African woman who was arrested on May 9 from Delhi’s IGI Airport for allegedly carrying 24.7 kg of pseudoephedrine. A Nigerian man and a woman besides the South African have been arrested under relevant sections of the NDPS Act. Pseudoephedrine is a precursor used for the manufacture of drug methamphetamine used in Europe and South East Asia. The Noida police said the foreigners had not got themselves verified from the local police. “A probe would be carried out,” said Gautam Buddh Nagar SSP Vaibhav Krishna. Pandey, an SP in Economic Offences Wing, claimed his tenants had not paid rent for about a year as also Rs 2.73 lakh in power bills. — PTI Protesters say no to Harsimrat rally, Akali leaders block road SAD candidate relents only after nod for public meet Perneet Singh & Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 11 The electoral battle in the Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency got mired in a controversy today with Bhullar community members and BKU-Sidhupur activists staging a protest outside a public meeting venue of SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who in turn sat on a dharna on Maur-Rampura road along with the party workers. The trouble started when the protesters, holding black flags, laid siege to a dharamshala at Mandi Kalan village where the Akalis had planned a public meeting. The situation was finally Harsimrat Kaur Badal, former minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon and party workers hold a dharna on Maur-Rampura road. PAWAN SHARMA defused around 9 pm after SSP Dr Nanak Singh held talks with the Akali leaders and conceded to their demand that they be allowed to hold the public meeting at the same venue. SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and ex-minister Sikander Singh Maluka too had reached the site by then. continued on page 7 ‘Deploy forces in Bathinda’ p4 Budgam black box remains a mystery Past poll fodder, Viraat awaits own future FEB 27 CRASH No clue despite police, IAF searches, villagers say ‘gave all’ No decision yet on status of Navy’s decommissioned aircraft carrier Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Garend Kalan (Budgam), May11 This quiet village tucked under dense foliage in the central Budgam district of Kashmir hit the headlines on February 27 when India and Pakistan were in a nearwar conflict. Sakeena was inside her home that day when the first of a series of blasts shattered the silence. She fell unconscious. Her cousin, Meema, ran out and saw a helicopter wobbling in the air, its tail on fire. Another cousin, Kifayat Hussain, was in a paddy field. As the helicopter crashed into the paddy field, six Indian Air Force personnel on board died and Hussain Army men and villagers at the IAF helicopter crash site. FILE PHOTO became the only civilian casualty. What was left behind was a mystery — the cause of the crash. The helicopter crashed around the time Pakistan jets were engaged in dogfights with Indian jets over the Line of Control during a tense standoff in the aftermath of the Balakot airstrikes. Even two months after the IAF Mi-17 helicopter crash, a key piece of evidence — the black box, which records flight data and conversations — is yet to be found. Several villagers say police and IAF officials came looking for the black box after the crash. A senior police official confirmed efforts were made to find the black box, but it remained untraceable. Hussain’s uncle Ghulam Ahmad Ganai and other villagers claim they handed over everything they found to the police. Sarpanch Ali Mohammad recalls hearing loud blasts and then seeing a blazing helicopter fall. “Several days after the crash, a boy found a pistol and we called the police and handed it over to them,” he says. More than 500 families live in this predominantly Shia village. The only time gunshots were fired here was three decades ago when two militant groups had a fratricidal fight, claim villagers. Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 11 Indian Navy’s decommissioned aircraft carrier Viraat may be in the middle of a political controversy, but the warship itself awaits a future. It is docked at the Naval yard at Mumbai where a few crores are spent each year on its upkeep, lest it sinks and blocks space in the vital yard. A decision has to be taken to either convert it into a museum or scrap it like Vikrant, the older carrier. Vikrant’s scrap was purchased by a leading motorcycle maker, which then recycled the steel to brand the bikes after Vikrant’s name. INS Viraat was readied for Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including six-page Spectrum. ■ INS Viraat served in British Navy as HMS Hermes (1959-1984) ■ After refurbishment, it was commissioned into the Indian Navy ■ Purchased for $65 m, it was re-commissioned on May 12, 1987 its final days and was given what is called a ‘decommissioning refit’ at the Cochin Shipyard in September 2016. The ship was then towed back to Mumbai for a formal decommissioning ceremony. In March 2016, the Ministry of Defence asked coastal state governments to convey their firm commitment for preserving Viraat and converting into an “Aircraft Carrier Museum”. Some states requested for further information. The liability of maintenance was to be of the state government. In November last year, the Maharashtra Government okayed a Rs 852-crore plan for Viraat. The ship’s conversion will see it being moored 7 nautical miles off the Nivati rocks in Sindhudurg, a district that abuts Goa. Till a decision is made, the Navy has deputed its staff and officers to keep a roundthe-clock watch on the hull of the 27,000-tonne behemoth, which was built in 1959 and is now 60 years of age. If it sinks, the salvage operations will cost much more than the present cost of upkeep, said a senior official.
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