08TT01C.qxd 4/8/2014 1:48 AM Page 1 c m y b 13 tuesday,april 8, 2014 late city edition chandigarh | new delhi | jalandhar | bathinda | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 134 no. 96 | 24 pages | ~4.00 BJP vows end to ‘policy paralysis’ Manifesto End ‘tax terrorism’ | Art 370, Ram Temple included | No to FDI in retail Vibha Sharma WHAT VISION DOCUMENT SAYS Tribune News Service OUT IN FULL STRENGTH: Women hold their voter IDs before casting their ballot at a polling station at Dibrugarh in Assam on Monday. PTI 76% polling in Assam 85% turnout in Tripura Over 76% voters came out in the first phase of polling in five Lok Sabha constituencies — Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Tezpur — of Assam More than 85% voters turned out to cast their ballot for one of the two LS seats — Tripura West constituency — in the Leftruled state as polling ended peacefully In Jhajjar, Modi says Hooda duping hapless farmers SunitDhawan/ Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, April 7 BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi lambasted Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for “cheating” hapless farmers of the state by wresting their land and later handing it over to the rich and powerful to further their commercial interests. “First the government serves notices to acquire land to frighten the farmers. Then, when the scared farmers resort to distress sale, the middlemen and high- First the government serves notices ❝frighten the farmers. Then, when theto acquire land to scared farmers resort to distress sale, the middlemen and high-ups eventually make hundreds and thousands of crores of rupees from the same land, while the poor farmers are left high and dry.❞ Narendra Modi, BJP PM NOMINEE ups eventually make hundreds and thousands of crores of rupees from the same land, while the poor farmers are left high and dry,” the BJP leader said while addressing an election rally in Jhajjar today. “The ‘shehzada’ lauds Hooda’s land acquisition policy as it favours his brother-in-law Robert Vadra. He (Vadra) is a magician. He did not have a single rupee in his pocket at the outset, but managed to make Rs 50 crore within three months,” Modi said amid a thunderous applause from the gathering. Striking a chord with the masses, Modi pointed out that various Congress governments at the Centre and in the state had failed to provide worthwhile employment to continued on p15 New Delhi, April 7 The much-awaited BJP manifesto promising an “end to policy paralysis, corruption and tax terrorism” was released by a galaxy of BJP leaders, including Narendra Modi and LK Advani, today. Through the manifesto, the party promises to give high priority to the revival of economic growth and job creation while containing inflation and pursuing tax reforms. Otherwise welcoming foreign investments, it said it would continue to oppose FDI in multi-brand retail. The focus of the document is on “good governance and inclusive development”, a campaign theme of the party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, but contentious issues such as abrogation of Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir and enactment of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) have been included. “The BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till India adopts a UCC which protects the rights of all women. The BJP reiterates its stand to draft a UCC drawing upon the best traditions and harmonising them with modern times,” says the document prepared by a committee chaired by senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi. Sources, however, say that “pre-election rhetoric and decision making after election are two different things” and allies may have a different point of view. Moreover, the promise to ■ Administrative, judicial, police and electoral reforms ■ Ram temple in Ayodhya ■ Discussion on abrogation of Article 370 ■ Agenda of equal and rapid development of all three regions of J&K — Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh ■ Return of Kashmiri Pandits to the land of their ancestors with full dignity and security ■ Uniform Civil Code drawing upon best traditions and harmonising them with the modern times ■ The document bears the Modi imprint with stress on “rainbow coalition of social and political groupings and 5Ts — tradition, talent, tourism, trade and technology ■ It talks of development of high-impact domains such as labour- intensive manufacturing, 100 new cities, wi-fi facilities in public and bullet trains to woo the youth and fresh voters ❝Our opponent’s communal agenda is a grave threat to our country’s unity and integrity and the Congress is the only party that can ensure that the country remains united.❞ Sonia Gandhi, CONGRESS PRESIDENT as 370 ❝Issues suchCivilthe Ram temple, Articleoriginal and Common Code were not on the BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi and senior leader LK Advani during the release of manifesto in New Delhi. PHOTO: MR BHUI build “Team India” and giving “fiscal autonomy” to states meant that the states would be free to take a call on economic issues. Broadly, the document bears the Modi imprint with stress on “rainbow coalition of social and political groupings and 5Ts to revive Brand India — tradition, talent, tourism, trade and technolo- INDIA VOTES 2014 Clash of Lal clans Ruchika M Khanna Along with the prestige of candidates, the fate of two main regional parties — the INLD and the HJC — is also at stake at the parliamentary constituency in Haryana, as the Assembly P9 elections are nearing. Tribune News Service NATION 18 die in HP bus mishap At least 18 persons were killed and 47 injured when a private bus travelling from Milla to Paonta Sahib rolled down a 300-foot-deep gorge near Timbi in Shillai sub-division of Sirmaur around 12 pm P15 on Monday. Chandigarh, April 7 The Punjab BJP continues to be a divided house. The party is contesting three seats. The dissent can only help the Congress. The saffron party is grappling with dissidence in Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur. In Amritsar, its candidate Arun Jaitley is facing not just a formidable opponent in the former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh but is finding hard to explain the absence of party’s sitting MP Navjot Singh Sidhu from canvassing. Sarwan Salaria, a prominent businessman who has nurtured the Gurdaspur constituency for two years, has reportedly decided to contest as an Independent. Supported by yoga guru Swami Ramdev, Salaria hoped for the BJP ticket. But the party chose to field film star Vinod Khanna, who has represented Trouble for all three party candidates ■ BJP’s Amritsar candidate Arun Jaitley is finding hard to explain the absence of party’s sitting MP Navjot Singh Sidhu from canvassing ■ In Gurdaspur, Sarwan Salaria, a prominent businessman, has reportedly decided to contest as an Independent after the party fielded film star Vinod Khanna ■ In Hoshiarpur, a group of BJP leaders led by a former MLA is reportedly working against party candidate Vijay Sampla . Gurdaspur thrice — 1997, 1999 and 2004. If Salaria revolts and enters the fray as an Inde- pendent, it could mean trouble for Khanna as it may benefit Khanna’s rival PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa. In Hoshiarpur, though BJP candidate Vijay Sampla enjoys the support of Akali MLAs, a group of BJP leaders led by a former MLA is reportedly working against him. In Amritsar, BJP’s third candidate in Punjab Arun Jaitley is depending on the might of the Akali-BJP government to help him sail through. Besides grappling with the absence of BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu from campaign, Jaitley is also feeling the heat of lack of development in Amritsar, the reason for Sidhu to be cut up with the Akalis. His saving grace seems to be a show of unity in the BJP rank and file of Amritsar and more importantly the handling of his campaign by two top ministers — Bikram Singh Majithia and Anil Joshi. Rationalise and simplify tax regime ■ Diamond quadrilateral project of high-speed trains, gas grids, national optical fibre network up to the village level ■ Minimising black money and setting up a task force for this purpose ■ Economic revival by conducive enabling environment, cutting down red tape, single window system ■ Evolving further the PPP model into a People-PublicPrivate Partnership (PPPP) Modi imprint visible Dissent threatens to hurt BJP in Punjab INSIDE ■ Three-time SAD MLA files papers as Independent Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, April 7 The SAD suffered a setback today when three-time party MLA from the Dharamkot Assembly seat, Sheetal Singh, filed his papers as an Independent. Today — a day when all former and sitting Congress and Akali MLAs from the nine Assembly segments of the Faridkot parliamentary constituency accompanied their party Lok Sabha candidate at the time of filing of nomination papers -- another SAD member, Ajit Singh Shant, former MLA from Nihal Singh Wala Assembly segment of Faridkot, didn’t turn up in support of the SAD candidate. continued on p15 gy. It talks of development of high-impact domains such as labour-intensive manufacturing, 100 new cities, wifi facilities in public and bullet trains to woo the youth and first-time voters. It also promises simplified taxes, low-cost housing for every family and a new national health policy. Another key point is agenda when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the PM. It is nothing but the RSS agenda.❞ D Raja, CPI revival of India’s nuclear doctrine, whose central principle is that New Delhi would not be first to use atomic weapons in a conflict. The 42-page document, which is attracting criticism for falling short of expectations, seems to have taken care of caste-base vote banks. So, while promising equal opportunities to Muslims Sun Pharma to acquire Ranbaxy in $3.2bn deal Sanjeev Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 7 Sun Pharma, India’s most valuable pharma company by market capitalisation, today said it is acquiring Ranbaxy Laboratories from Japanese MNC Daiichi Sankyo in an all-share deal for $ 3.2 billion. The ownership of beleaguered Ranbaxy has now changed hands twice in six years. In 2008, Daiichi had acquired the once iconic Ranbaxy from the Singh family, Malvinder and Shivinder Singh. The value of the company has since halved. Daiichi Sankyo had acquired majority stake in Ranbaxy for Rs 22,000 crore. The combination of Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy creates the fifth largest specialty generics company in the world and the largest pharmaceutical company in India. The combined entity will have operations in 65 coun- through measures such as “National Madrassa Modernisation Programme” and empowering Wakf boards, the saffron party has taken care to highlight its core agenda — Hindutva - promising “to explore all possibilities within the framework of continued on p15 Edit: modi’s manifesto see also back page Hate speech: EC finds Amit Shah ‘prima facie’ guilty Tribune News Service A file photo of Ranbaxy plant tries, 47 manufacturing facilities across five continents, and a significant platform of specialty and generic products marketed globally. The combined entity’s revenues are estimated at $ 4.2 billion. Ranbaxy has been beset with severe regulatory problems with the US drug regulator, US FDA, for the past five continued on p15 stock ends 4% down P16 New Delhi, April 7 The Election Commission today issued a notice to BJP general secretary Amit Shah saying he had prima facie violated provisions of the model code of conduct that restrain parties and candidates aggravating communal hatred, personal attacks on rival party leaders and stoking communal feelings to secure votes. Shah, a close aide of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, has already been booked by the Uttar Pradesh police AMIT SHAH SPORTS Heena Sidhu is world No. 1 Heena Sidhu has become world No.1 in the 10 metres air pistol event, according to the recent rankings released by International Shooting Sport P19 Federation. BACK PAGE The campaign trail Back to the wall, Manpreet Singh Badal campaigns hard in the high-stakes battle for the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat Today’s issue consists of 24 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. Now, Badal’s photographs appear in school board textbook Archit Watts Tribune News Service Muktsar, April 7 In this academic session, students in schools affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will learn about the SAD-BJP state government’s populist schemes as these have been made part of the syllabus. Questions on various Punjab Government schemes such as the Shagun scheme will feature in their examinations. In the recently published social science textbook for class VIII, the last chapter “Efforts of the government in social circles and its effects on the people” throws light on the state’s populist schemes under the title “Efforts made by the Punjab Government to uplift the social status of women”. It includes the Mai Bhago scheme, Shagun scheme and Nanhi Chhaan project of Bathinda MP and Badal ‘bahu’ (daughter-in-law) Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Two pictures of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal have been published -- showing him distributing bicycles and the shagun amount among the beneficiaries -- and an Nothing wrong, says PSEB vice-chief ❝There is nothing wrong in publishing any material related to social science. We have published the pictures of the Chief Minister doing social work to tell the students about the state government’s social schemes. Central government’s schemes too have been mentioned in the same chapter. Other states also put the social activities being carried out there in their textbooks❞ Kuldeep Chand Agnihotri, VICE-CHAIRMAN, PSEB illustration of the Nanhi Chhaan project on three pages (270, 271, 272) in the English medium textbook. Though the chapter is not new to the textbook, the state government’s populist schemes have been c m y b added this year, say government teachers. This textbook has already reached the schools in three languages English, Punjabi and Hindi and has been distributed among the students. This is also available at book stores for the students of private schools. Not only the state’s populist schemes, but also some Central schemes such as the mid-day meal scheme and villages’ road-linking schemes have been described in the chapter. But no Union minister’s name or photo has found space. Earlier, Badal’s photographs had appeared on ambulances, ration cards, bicycles under the Mai Bhago scheme, sports kits, Bhagat Puran Singh health insurance scheme cards and RO water treatment plants. continued on p15 CM Parkash Singh Badal’s picture in a PSEB class VIII book. over his recent communal remarks while campaigning in western parts of the communally-sensitive state. The EC has asked Shah to reply to its notice by 5 pm on April 9, saying “failing which it would decide the matter without any further reference to him”. The EC had called for video tapes of his speeches at Bijnore, Shamli and Muzaffarnagar on April 3 and April 4 and quoted from his speeches to conclude that Shah was prima facie guilty on at least three counts laid down by the model code of conduct which was enforced on March 5. The notice cited various clauses of the model code of conduct.
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