13052019-TTC-01.qxd 13-05-2019 01:28 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.131 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, may 13,2019 POST FANI, PATNAIK WANTS SPECIAL STATUS FOR ODISHA PAGE 7 INFOCUS: WHEN SHORT CUT WORKS PAGE 12 /thetribunechd MUMBAI INDIANS LIFT RECORD 4TH IPL TROPHY WITH 1-RUN WIN PAGE 14 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Delhi slips, 63.4% polling for 59 69.7% turnout in Haryana, seats, 59 remaining in last phase lower than 2014 LS election West Bengal sees highest turnout I EC seeks report on ‘attack by TMC’ Peaceful polling for 10 seats I Deepender complains against MoS Tribune news Service New Delhi, May 12 With several key constituencies, including Guna, Bhopal, Sonepat, Rohtak, Azamgarh, Sultanpur, going to the polls today, the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections for 59 seats in seven states has been completed. The overall voting percentage in this phase was recorded at 63.48 per cent. Delhi saw a 60.21 per cent turnout compared to 64 per cent in 2014. Votes have already been cast in nearly 89 per cent of the 543 constituencies. The remaining 59 seats will go to the polls in the seventh and final phase on May 19. Polling was today held for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eight constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four in Jharkhand and seven in Delhi. Prominent figures, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, cast their ballot. Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said the MAHA BALLOT 2019 111-YR-OLD VOTES, HASN’T MISSED SINCE 1951 Sunday saw 111-year-old Bachan Singh, oldest voter in Delhi, carrying youthful enthusiasm into the polling station at Tilak Vihar. Till the last Assembly elections in 2015, he used to cycle to the polling booth. Youngest son Jasbeer Singh, 63, claimed his father had never missed out on an election since 1951. turnout did not meet expectations considering the awareness campaigns his office had undertaken to draw voters to polling stations. Barring sporadic violence, mainly in Paschim Midnapore district, polling in West Bengal was peaceful with the state recording a 80.35 per cent turnout. Some State Seats WB 8 Haryana 10 J’khand 4 MP 8 Delhi 7 Bihar 8 UP 14 Total Turnout 80.35% 69.74% 65.17% 64.01% 60.21% 59.38% 54.72% 63.48% of the key candidates in the fray in the sixth phase were Maneka Gandhi, her son Varun Gandhi, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Gautam Gambhir, Meenakshi Lekhi and Sadhvi Pragya of the BJP Digvijay , Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sheila Dikshit, Ajay Maken, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Deepender Singh Hooda and Kirti Azad of the Congress and Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party. In West Bengal, the Election Commission sought a report on an “attack” on BJP candidate Bharti Ghosh’s convoy. The BJP blames it on Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers, alleging Ghosh was obstructed from entering a polling booth in Keshpur and heckled by TMC women workers. Maneka Gandhi and her rival BSP candidate Chandra Bhadra Singh had a face-off in Sultanpur, with the BJP leader warning him that hooliganism would not work. Singh dismissed the charge. In Badohi, BJP MLA Dinanath Bhaskar and four others allegedly beat up a presiding officer in the Aurai Assembly segment. A few incidents of EVM malfunctioning were reported from various booths, officials said. Sushil Manav Chandigarh, May 12 Braving hot weather, 69.74 per cent of the 1.8 crore electorate cast their votes in Haryana, which went to polls under the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections today. With 74.08 per cent polling, Sirsa topped the table, followed by Kurukshetra (72.70 per cent) and BhiwaniMahendragarh (69.86). Faridabad witnessed the lowest turnout at 64.70 per cent. The overall polling, however, is lower than the last two Lok Sabha polls. In 2014, the poll percentage was 71.45 per cent. Polling by and large remained peaceful, though there were reports of minor skirmishes between supporters of parties in Fatehabad, Nuh in Mewat, Sirsa and Gurugram. Congress’ sitting MP Deepender Hooda accused Minister of State for Cooperatives Manish Kumar Grover of booth capturing and voter intimidation in Rohtak. In a written complaint, Deepender, in the fray from his home turf Rohtak for a fourth straight victory, demanded registration of a criminal case No love for MP, but will vote for PM Modi’s sake Strange as it may seem, the narrative here is that constituents are unhappy with the elected MP but will vote for the candidate for the sake of PM Narendra Modi. A similar sentiment that pervaded when the BJP was bidding for power in the state in 2017 continues to ring even now. PAGE 2 AMBALA 70.8% KURUKSHETRA 72.7% KARNAL 67.5% SONEPAT 72.2% Nawanshahr, May 12 At a state-level rally for 13 candidates of the Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA), Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati today lashed out at both BJP and Congress for doing nothing for the downtrodden in implementation of the reservation policy and alleviating them out of poverty. Addressing her lone rally for the alliance, of which BSP is one of the seven partners, at Langroya village here, she said, “You have already tested both parties, especially the Congress. Now, oust them.” Not speaking a word on Punjab’s issues or anything against the Badals, she lashed out at the BJP: “ Aap log Namo Namo walon ki zaroor chhuti karne wale hain, inki jumlebazi aur People stage a protest seeking justice for the three-year-old rape victim at Shadipora in Bandipora district on Sunday. AMIN WAR birth certificate issued by the school went viral on the social media, showing the suspect to be a minor. This triggered outrage as people questioned the school’s authority to project the suspect as a minor when the case was under investigation. The police have detained the principal. “We have formed a special investigation team,” said Bandipora SSP Rahul Malik. In Srinagar, the authorities had to use force to enforce law and order. At Beerwah, Budgam, Pattan and Magam, vehicles were stranded as the protesters burnt tyres. Bandipora DC Shahbaz Mirza urged people to stay calm. Last month, a similar case was reported from Aragam village of the district. A man was arrested for allegedly raping his daughter over years. 90 STRONG ROOMS Women show their inked fingers at a polling booth in Gurugram. AFP against Grover, who was directed to remain in office till the voting gets over. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, former CM and Congress candidate from Sonepat Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh, Krishan Pal Gurjar and Birender Singh and Indian skipper Virat Ninety strong rooms have been set up at 30 locations GURGAON across Haryana to store EVMs and VVPAT machines. Central 68.4% Armed Police Force personnel will be deputed outside, while CCTV cameras will keep an eye inside the strong rooms Kohli were among the early voters in the state. State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, INLD leader Abhay Chautala and JJP candidate Dushyant Chautala voted in Sirsa. In Ambala, a groom cast his vote before solemnising his marriage. Voters whose birthday falls on May 12 were BSP chief Mayawati flanked by her nephew Akash, Sukhpal Khaira, Dharamvira Gandhi and other candidates at Nawanshahr. MALKIAT SINGH natakbazi ab kaam nahi aayegi (You seem to be in a mood to oust those taking the name of Narendra Modi. Their one-liners and dramas won’t work this time).” She quickly added, “They promised ‘achhe din’ and ‘sabke saath, sabka vikas’, but nothing has happened. All the big and small chowkidars also cannot save the BJP Even the . Akali Dal cannot save it now.” She took on the Congress too. “Don’t fall in trap of their hawa-hawai manifestoes. They are announcing an assured income of Rs 6,000 (Nyay scheme) to everyone but our party does not stand for such promises as we believe in giving work to all.” She raised the demand for implementation of reservation in the private sector too. continued on page 7 There’s no dearth of youth, migrants, do-gooders, rank outsiders in Punjab’s list of 278 LS candidates Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 12 At 25, Rishabh Sharma is perhaps the youngest candidate in the fray in the Lok Sabha elections from Punjab. Away from the usual political rhetoric, the advocate from Patiala — up against the likes of Preneet Kaur of Congress, SAD’s Surjit Singh Rakhra and sitting MP Dharamvira Gandhi — has some fresh ideas up his sleeves. At a small gathering of industrialists at Focal Point in Patiala, he gives his take on freenomics, which he says will generate employment and accelerate industrial activity: “When farmers can be given free electricity, why not industrialists? Give them free electricity worth Rs 2 lakh a month and get products worth crores. See the number of jobs generated.” Except for 75-odd candidates backed by seasoned political parties, the rest of the 278 nominees in fray for the 13 seats have little political backing. Most have jumped into the bandwagon of their own volition — contesting as Independents or on the ticket of little known groupings. Like tourism graduate Jatinder Singh Thind, an Independent from Ferozepur. “I am asking the youth to Rishabh Sharma, Patiala candidate who favours out-of-box solutions Veerpal Kaur, 35, is on a mission: To hear people out, and kick drugs out Jatinder Singh Thind, 31, wants a war on drugs, starting from Ferozepur wake up. Wake up now or we will be dead,” says the 31year-old. “All that the Punjabi youth stood for — physical strength, daredevil attitude and flamboyant personality — is dying at the hands of drugs. Unemployment is making it worse. Give a chance to people who are coming with new vigour,” he tells anyone willing to listen. In Faridkot, 35-year-old Veerpal Kaur, contesting as an Independent, says, “I have travelled to a number of vil- lages where mothers say ‘beta tu nasha khatam karva de, hor kisse ton hun aas bachi nahin (Get the drug supply blocked, we don’t have hope from anyone else).” Known for performing last rites of over 500 unclaimed 69.3% 69.8% Also in fray: The unknown, unheard, unnoticed, until now Sanjeev Singh Bariana ROHTAK BHIWANIMAHENDRAGARH Tribune News Service Srinagar, May 12 Massive protests swept the Kashmir valley today as people demanded death sentence for the youth accused of raping a three-year-old girl in north Kashmir’s Bandipora. Protests were held in Baramulla, Bandipora, Srinagar and Budgam districts, prompting the authorities to shut mobile Internet services across north Kashmir. The protesters blocked the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway at several places, leading to massive traffic jams. The Valley has been witnessing protests ever since the child was allegedly raped by her neighbour in a school building in Shadipora, Sumbal, on May 8 evening. The suspect belongs to the same village. Days after the incident, a 69% HISAR Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Amid high-octane campaigning by candidates of the Congress and SAD-BJP 76-year, old resident of Maqboolpura and an Independent, Mohinder Singh, runs his campaign to generate awareness against drug abuse. PAGE 2 SIRSA 74% Valley erupts over rape of Maya at PDA rally: Oust both 3-yr-old, massive protests ‘Namo Namo and Nyay ones’ Rifat Mohidin Maqboolpura’s Chacha fights a lonely battle VOTE PERCENTAGE Tribune News Service bodies in Amritsar, Independent candidate Bal Krishan Sharma contested in 2009 and 2014 too. When asked why again, he answers: “It just gives me an opportunity to connect with people.” He, incidentally, also provides food to the poor from his joint. “I am fighting for the rights of the poor,” announces 52year-old Urmila from Uttar Pradesh, contesting on the ticket of Ambedkar National Congress from Jalandhar. “Women are not treated equally in our society. I will fight for their rights. And pension,” she says. A handful listen intently, and clap. That’s enough for her. Then there’s Bhargava Reddy D, 31, from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, who is trying his luck from Anandpur Sahib. The Pyramid Party of India candidate runs a coffee shop outside a university in Gharuan. Associated with the Telugu film industry, he came to work in Punjabi films. Into spiritual healing, he wants his effort to be taken in that spirit. The nomination form of Pappu Kumar Barnala (49), contesting from Sangrur, declares a bank balance of Rs 600. The father of six wants to work for uplift of SCs. Why contest, he’s asked. “Why not?” he answers. “Now don’t take even this away from me.” FARIDABAD 64.7% made “voting ambassadors”. A large number of women came out to vote at tastefully decorated Sakhi Matdan Kendras, run by women in each Assembly segment. Not a single vote was polled in Bakli village of Rohtak seat because the villagers had boycotted the poll to press their demands. EC clean chit to Modi, yet again New Delhi, May 12 Giving another clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a complaint against him by Opposition parties, the Election Commission today said it has disposed of the matter relating to alleged misuse of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in collecting information in advance about places where the PM was set to campaign. A senior official said as per an EC order of October 2014, the PM has been given relaxation in this regard and the complaint now stands disposed of. The EC had sought reply from the NITI Aayog, which denied Opposition parties’ allegations that it helped the PMO in getting details of places where he was to hold rallies. — TNS Tapsi Pannu with Chandro Tomar. ‘Shooter Dadi’ stable: AIIMS NewDelhi, May12 The condition of Chandro Tomar, popularly known as “Shooter Dadi”, who is undergoing treatment at AIIMS, is stable and has now been shifted to a private ward, a doctor has said. Dr Vijay Gurjar, Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine at AIIMS, said Tomar was responding to treatment, and she was shifted to the private ward late Friday night. “Shooter Dadi”, known for her sharp-shooting skill, was admitted to AIIMS on Wednesday with complaints of excessive nausea and vomiting. — IANS
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