03052021-TT-01.qxd 5/2/2021 11:26 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.121 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana AMID TENSION WITH US, CHINA HOLDS MARITIME DRILL WORLD /thetribunechd MODI REVIEWS OXYGEN AVAILABILITY BACK PAGE IT’S THE TURN OF CONSUMERS TO SUPPORT FARMERS INFOCUS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com monday | 3 may 2021 ‘Bengal saved India’ Didi on landslide win , Loses in Nandigram by narrow margin I No grand swearing-in IBJP retains AssamINDA leads in Pudu 1-week lockdown in Hry from today Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service ❝ WEST BENGAL Tribune News service New Delhi, May 2 Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday led the Trinamool Congress to a stunning third consecutive win in West Bengal while the Left Democratic Front scripted history in Kerala. The DMK wrested Tamil Nadu after 10 years and the BJP-led alliance retained Assam while expanding southward to Puducherry. The Congress and the Left stood wiped out in Bengal with the TMC walking away with the cream and the BJP posting massive gains with 76 leads (a gain of 73 seats over 2016), dislodging Congress as the principal opposition in the outgoing Assembly. Though the voters re-elected the sitting governments in three states, including Assam and Kerala, Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal win stood out for its scale considering she not only firmly staved off the BJP challenge but also appeared set to better her 2016 tally of 209 seats. Mamata, however, lost her seat Nandigram to former aide Suvendu Adhikari, declared elected by a slim margin of 1,622 votes — a result for which the TMC demanded a recount and the CM pledged to mount a legal challenge. TMC BJP 214 76 OTH 2 WILL MOVE COURT ON NANDIGRAM This is a victory of democracy. The people of Bengal have saved democracy. We will move court against ‘mischief’ in Nandigram. TOTAL SEATS* 294 *POLLS COUNTERMANDED IN 2 SEATS PM CONGRATULATES DIDI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her party’s win in the Assembly polls and assured the Centre’s all possible support to the state government to fulfil people’s aspirations and also to fight the pandemic. In a series of tweets, Modi also offered congratulations to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and DMK supremo MK Stalin for their poll victories. PTI Mamata Banerjee, TMC CHIEF ASSAM NDA UPA 75 49 TAMIL NADU OTH DMK+ 2 157 TOTAL SEATS 126 PUDUCHERRY KERALA AIADMK+ NDA SDA OTH 77 16 8 6 99 TOTAL SEATS LDF UDF 41 TOTAL SEATS TOTAL SEATS tion unity and perhaps a harbinger of a federal front minus the Congress, which failed to make any mark today, Mamata went on to demand electoral reforms. continued on page 9 edit: the woman in white 234 30 140 TRENDS TILL 11 PM “Bengal saved India. This is the victory of Bengal, of India and of democracy,” a beaming Mamata said to cheering crowds even as she urged them to follow the Covid protocol. Positioning herself as the new pole of opposi- Stalin-led DMK set to form govt in Tamil Nadu Kishor fires parting shot at EC Chennai, May 2 Change of guard is all set to happen after 10 years in Tamil Nadu with the DMKled alliance coasting towards an emphatic victory in the Assembly polls. “In the history of DMK, a new chapter is set to begin,” said MK Stalin, party presi- ❝ dent and son former CM Karunanidhi. On the factors that worked for DMK, a political analyst cited anti-incumbency against the AIADMK government, the anti-BJP sentiment, alliance arithmetic, the steady cultivation of the perception that it will win the polls over a long HATE POLITICS DEFEATED Congratulations @MamataOfficial on your stupendous victory! Let us continue our work towards the welfare of people and tackling the pandemic collectively — SHARAD PAWAR, NCP PRESIDENT Hearty congratulations to the conscious public, combative Mamata ji and the dedicated leaders and TMC activists, who defeated BJPs’s politics of hate in Bengal — AKHILESH YADAV, SAMAJWADI PARTY I am happy to congratulate Mamata ji and people of Bengal for soundly defeating BJP... We humbly accept the people’s mandate. Sincere gratitude to our workers and the millions of people who supported us on the ground — RAHUL GANDHI, CONGRESS he said, “I have never seen a more partial Election Commission, it did everything to help BJP ....from allowing use of religion to scheduling poll and bending rules, EC did everything to help the BJP — PTI .” period of time, and caste neutrality. In 2019, there was an anti-Modi wave in Tamil Nadu. But this time around, Stalin was at the centre stage, but there was no wave in his favour, the analyst said. — IANS Kolkata, May 2 Election strategist Prashant Kishor, who guided the TMC to a victory, announced on Sunday he was “quitting this space”, after firing a parting shot at the Election Commission, accusing it of being an “extension of BJP”. Speaking to a TV channel, Voters rejected turncoats: Ghosh on BJP defeat Bhopal deaths: Govt says 104, crematoriums 2,557 New Delhi, May 2 BJP’s West Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh said it seemed the voters didn’t accept those who switched to the BJP from the TMC as many such candidates were defeated. “We never expected such a result. The feedback and the response which we were getting from the people told a different story. We will now will play the role of a constructive Opposition,” Ghosh said. He pointed out that the BJP had improved its position in terms of seats though its target was to form the government. Talking about the reasons for the party’s defeat, Ghosh said the BJP had lost many seats with wafer thin margins and would delve deeply to figure out the reasons. — PTI Bhopal, May 2 Crematoriums here claim that the last rites of 2,557 Covid victims from Bhopal district were performed in April, sharply contradicting the BJP-led state government’s data which puts the Covid-19 deaths in the district last month at 104. The mammoth mismatch has given credence to claims of massive under-reporting of fatalities. Managers of two crematoriums and a cemetery in Bhopal said the last rites of 3,811 people, including 2,557 Covid patients from Bhopal district, were performed in the city last month. Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra has rubbished allegations of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government under-reporting the deaths in the state. “Altogether, 2,052 people were cremated at our facility last month. As many as 1,654 of them had died of Covid,” crematorium secretary Mamtesh Sharma said. “These 1,654 bodies came from Covid-19 designated centres in air-tight plastic bags as per the protocol to prevent the spread of the disease,” he said. The Bhadbhada crematorium and the Zada cemetery in Bhopal were initially authorised to perform the last rites of Covid patients in the district, an official said. However, due to the rise in the fatalities, another crematorium, Subhash Nagar Vishram Ghat, was also allowed to conduct the last rites, he said. — PTI Kerala’s Vijayan scripts history Kochi, May 2 His political acumen came to the fore as Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan led the ruling LDF to a thumping win over the Opposition UDF in the Assembly poll, bucking an over four-decade-old trend of power alternating between two fronts. A powerful administrator, Vijayan had rolled out a set of development and welfare measures to enable a spectacular comeback for the LDF from its drubbing in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, when it lost 19 out of the 20 seats. By pushing development and welfare policies, the Vijayan-led government also came out of the shadow cast by the gold smuggling case and scandals related to that. — PTI Chandigarh, May 2 Haryana today announced a week-long lockdown in the state beginning Monday. All educational institutions and cinema halls will remain shut. Gatherings are prohibited unless permitted by the DC.The order issued by the government allows 20 persons for a funeral. Prior permission of the DC will be needed for marriage functions. Hotels, eating joints and dhabas can deliver food up to 10 pm. While essential services like the police, civil defence, fire, water, power and sanitation shall continue uninterrupted, mandis too shall function without restrictions. The order by the Chief Secretary states health services, including vaccination centres, telemedicine facilities and manufacturing of drugs would remain operational. IT and IT-enabled services will Shimla, May 2 Around 3,500 buses plying across Himachal will come to a halt from tomorrow due to an indefinite strike by the private bus operators’ union to protest alleged lack of support by the state government during the Covid-19 pandemic. The union had threatened to observe strike a couple of times earlier also, but those decisions were withdrawn at the last moment following Transporters allege lack of govt support during pandemic HAVE NO OTHER OPTION We are fed up with empty assurances from the government. Now, there’s no way left for us but to halt our buses. ❝ Rajesh Parashar, PRESIDENT OF BUS OPERATORS’ UNION assurances from the government. “We are fed up with empty assurances from the government. Now, there’s no way left for us but to halt our buses,” said union president Rajesh Parashar. The bus operators have been demanding special road tax exemption and Rs 2-lakh working capital to tide over the financial crunch. “The government has reduced the tax by 50 per cent for April, May Continued on page 9 Chandigarh, May 2 Amid the surge in Covid cases in Punjab, the state government claims to be struggling with acute shortage of vaccine doses. The number of doses administered last month showed a downward curve. Last week (April 25 to May 1), 5.18 lakh doses were administered by the health department —- nearly 25 per cent less than what was given a month ago. Health offi- Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 2 A day after the Delhi High Court directed the Centre to supply 490 MT of allocated oxygen to Delhi after 12 deaths at Batra Hospital by “whatever means” or face contempt of court action, the Centre moved the court seeking recall of the order. With the Centre and the Delhi Government continuing to wrangle over the supply of oxygen to hospitals, the High Court on Sunday said Was warned of contempt over shortage in Delhi they needed to work in tandem during the pandemic. A Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli, which held a special hearing on a weekend holiday, clarified that the responsibility didn’t fall on the Centre alone. “We are objecting to the shifting of liability,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told Continued on page 9 Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 2 With Covid reaching smaller towns and threatening to enter villages, the government is all set to rope in finalyear MBBS students and nursing course recruits for public health duties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a meeting on human resource availability in the wake of the rising Covid cases and measures that could be taken to ease the situation. The possible steps discussed included incentivising students both professionally and economically. A government source said the National Medical Commission Continued on page 9 DIP IN COVERAGE Week April 25 to May 1 April 18 to 24 April 11 to 17 April 4 to 10 Doses 5.18 lakh 5.60 lakh 6.55 lakh 6.6 lakh VACCINATION SO FAR A senior citizen gets Covid jab in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO function on 50 per cent staff strength. Courier services, print and electronic media and government-approved Common Service Centres shall also be functional. There is no bar on industries in rural areas and units manufacturing essential goods, including drugs, and construction activity of public projects. No curbs on passengers returning or going to airports and railway stations. Govt to rope in final-year MBBS students, nurses for public duty Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service The Palwal administration has set up 60 micro-containment zones in the district. DC Naresh Narwal said, “Health and district officials have been asked to enforce Covid protocol in the micro-containment zones. In case of any lapse, action will be taken under Section 56 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.” INSIDE Centre moves HC, wants order on oxygen recalled People queue up for vaccination in Ajmer on Sunday. PTI VACANCIES AT CHCS 63.3% 68.4% 66.8% 56.1% 63.1% SPECIALIST DOCTORS SURGEONS PHYSICIANS GYNAECOLOGISTS PAEDIATRICIANS 250-BED FACILITY AT DELHI GURDWARA IN 2 DAYS LAUNCH FREE MASS VAX DRIVE: 13 OPPN LEADERS 3.5K pvt buses to go off road in HP Pb short of supply, vaccination pace slackens Tribune News Service MICRO-CONTAINMENT ZONES IN PALWAL 6.7 23.4 35 lakh frontline workers given first dose, 1.9 Lthe second lakh in 45 plus group get first dose, 2.2L second lakh vaccine doses administered in state so far cials say that due to shortage of supply, the state does not have any doses to supply to hospitals tomorrow. Since the vaccination was opened for the general public above the age of 45 years, the number of administered doses should have increased instead of decreasing, say experts. The shortage has resulted in a large number of people being turned away from vaccination centres. Continued on page 9 CAMBODIA BANS FROZEN FOOD IMPORTS FROM INDIA Wary of Covid wave in India, Cambodia has banned import of frozen goods originating from India RAMP UP MEDICAL FACILITIES: CAB SECY Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, after a review meeting on Sunday, asked officials to ramp up the Delhi’s medical infrastructure. TNS Pb makes Covid –ve report must Chandigarh: The Punjab Government on Sunday made mandatory the Covid-negative report (not over 72-hour-old) or vaccination certificate (over two-week-old) for entry into the state by air, rail or road. NOT MORE THAN 2 PERSONS CAN TRAVEL IN CAR All govt offices and banks would work with 50% staff; not more than two persons would be allowed in cars and taxis, while there would be no pillion riding on two-wheelers. INSIDE
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