www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Broken clouds Temp: Max.32°C. Min.22C. Humidity: 47% Sunrise: 06:14 Sunset: 05:47 Charges against Asthana serious New Delhi (PTI): The CBI on Thursday opposed in the Delhi High Court its Special Director Rakesh Asthana's plea seeking to quash an FIR against him in a bribery case, saying that allegations against the officers and others show cognisable offences. The agency also said the investigation in the case was at nascent stage and it was "handicapped" in the probe as certain files and documents were under the Central Vigilance Commission scrutiny. 8 P11 SC gets four new judges New Delhi: Four judges were appointed to the Supreme Court on Thursday, the Law Ministry said. Acting fast on the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium, the government notified the appointment of justices Hemant Gupta, Ajay Rastogi, M R Shah and R Subhash Reddy to the apex court on Wednesday night. SMES IN TELANGANA SHY OF EQUITY MARKETS REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H MAINTENANCE WOES DOG 108 SERVICES Moments of unity Mantle to bring anti-BJP forces together falls on Naidu OUR BUREAU New Delhi: ‘Democratic compulsion’ has made the TDP and Congress to set aside its bitter history for the ﬁrst proper meeting on Thursday in Delhi between TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu and the AICC president Rahul Gandhi. From the fast-paced developments that took place in Delhi since morning, it is clear that the mantle of bringing all anti-BJP forces in the country together has fallen on Naidu, who is no stranger to such responsibilities as he himself was the convener of United Front in 1996. After a meeting which lasted for more than 90 minutes with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, Naidu appeared conﬁdent of crafting a coalition of antiBJP parties which wear their hatred for Narendra Modi and BJP on their sleeves. “We have to free the nation from the stranglehold of the BJP. This is our primary concern as of now. Under the NDA rule, a lot of harm has already been done to the nation,” Naidu said adding: “As leader Naidu’s strategic moves to reap beneﬁts for AP OUR BUREAU Congress president Rahul Gandhi, along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, addresses the media outside his residence in New Delhi on Thursday of AP I am happy with the Congress since it had pledged its support for special category status.” Naidu pointed out that the immediate challenge was in facing the danger to the nation from the BJP. “The endeavour now is to save the nation and save democracy. We are not after power. We want to lend our shoulders to the effort to protect and perpetuate democracy and the institutions founded on it,” Chandrababu Naidu said and pointed out that a synergy among anti-BJP parties was necessary to throw the BJP out, he said. Continued on Page 15 Amaravati: For the leaders of the ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh, Thursday was a red-letter day. Their leader once again was on national firmament, trying to cobble up a coalition of all anti-BJP forces to throw out the NDA for good after the 2019 elections. They want Naidu to succeed in the mission as it would make the TDP’s future thorn-free. Their optimism is not farfetched since they have not yet forgotten the kind of kingmaker role that Naidu had played in 1996 by being the convenor of the United Front, installing IK Gujral as prime minister of the country. The Telugu Desam workers do not feel odd or embarrassed when Naidu and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi were seen walking side by side and exchanging niceties. Naidu described his joining of forces with Rahul as one which he had to do under “democratic compulsion” to rid the nation of the saffron party, which according to Naidu, had become a threat to democracy. Naidu has already built up a lather of anti-BJP sentiment in the state expecting it to polarise people on his side though the saffron party’s existence in AP is very little. After converting denial of special category status (SCS) as a weapon to foment hatred against the BJP, he has moved closer to the Congress which also wants to see the last of the saffron party. The TDP workers feel that this would act as an additional factor in uniting the people against the BJP which would help the yellow party win the elections as the people would prefer Naidu to YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who is a little reticent in attacking the BJP unlike Naidu. Continued on Page 15 Cong, TDP upbeat Kejri moves EC over deletion of voters’ names in TS over Delhi developments OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Both the Congress and Telugu Desam activists are happy over AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu taking the lead in forming a national level anti-BJP coalition to throw the BJP out, lock, stock and barrel, since synergy between the parties would help in acing the Assembly elections in Telangana in December this year. Though TDP-Congress alliance has already been in place in Telangana, the formation of a national level alliance of antiBJP parties has come as a shot of adrenaline for both the parties since the modus vivendi would act as an effective mechanism of checks and balances. The Telugu Desam Party in Telangana, after bifurcation of the state in 2014, has been reduced to a non- entity, with the TRS engineering defections of its MLAs into its fold leaving only two of the 15 MLAS in Telugu Desam camp – R Krishnaiah (LB Nagar) who does not possess the TDP DNA as he is more into movements for the welfare of the backward classes and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah (Sattupalli). The TDP claimed a share of 14.7 per cent of votes. Ever since, the party has been lying low and the activities of the party either were nil or off-key. Chandrababu Naidu, after winning the elections in Andhra Pradesh, has conﬁned himself to the reorganised state, not bothering much about his party in Telangana. In this backdrop, the Congress waved an olive branch to Telugu Desam Party for ﬁghting elections together in Telangana to dislodge KCR from power, by taking smaller parties like the TJS and CPI along which breathed a new life into the party. Initially, Naidu, did not foresee that he would be playing a key role at national level and yet sent feelers that he was game for a tie up in Telangana since in Andhra Pradesh, which is crucial for him, does not have any trace of the grand old party for him to reciprocate the gesture in 2019 when AP would go to polls. Continued on Page 15 New Delhi: Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday alleged that names of lakhs of voters had been axed from electoral rolls in Delhi and blamed the BJP for it. In a letter to Election Commissioner OP Rawat, Kejriwal said that most people whose names have been deleted exist and the deletion had been done "with mala ﬁde intent". "The procedure prescribed under law for deletion of names has not been followed in almost all cases, which raises suspicion about the motives," Kejriwal said. Kejriwal approached the poll panel after the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) South Delhi Lok Sabha in-charge Raghav Chadha claimed that about 1,00,000 voters' names have been dropped from the South Delhi parliamentary constituency alone at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "A cursory perusal of the deleted names shows that most of these votes belong to either the Congress or AAP. Therefore, it Trump takes tough stand on India US withdraws duty-free concession on import of 50 Indian products Women take part in a bike rally to commemorate the 63rd Karnataka Rajyotsava celebration, in Bengaluru on Thursday. Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated on November 1 of every year as all the Kannada language-speaking regions of South India were merged to form the Karnataka state on this day in 1956 ‘Bird-dropping’ tweet on Modi sparks a row BJP slams it as 'arrogance' New Delhi: Congress' social media head Divya Spandana tweeted a controversial comment along with a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi standing next to Sardar Patel's 'Statue of Unity', evoking a sharp reaction from the BJP which slammed it as the "language of arrogance". Spandana tweeted a picture of Modi standing next to Sardar Patel's 182-metre-tall statue in Gujarat, which was unveiled on Wednesday, with the is likely that some officers have done it at the instance of the BJP to prevent them from voting," Kejriwal alleged. In his letter, Kejriwal said that he ordered an enquiry in nine such cases and found that the names were deleted following a door-to-door survey conducted by booth level officers (BLO) in July. "The BLO could not locate their houses during the survey... Letters sent through Speed Post to these voters subsequently also remained undelivered," he said. "Now after I ordered the enquiry, the officers have got Form 6 filled from five of them and have promised that Form 6 from the rest four would also be filled," he said. Continued on Page 15 comment: "Is that bird dropping?" Asked about the tweet, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra hit out at the opposition party, alleging that "this is the real culture" of the Congress party. They miss no opportunity to abuse the Prime Minister of India, he said. "It is the same party which called the prime minister 'neech'. Shashi Tharoor called him a scorpion and now Divya Spandana says that he is a bird's dropping," Patra said. "This is nothing but language of arrogance from the Congress party for the normal Indian who with his sheer hardwork become the prime minister of the country," he said. A normal Indian appears bird's dropping to them, while a dynast is power centre for them, Patra said. "This is arrogance of dynasty which is abusing the democracy of India," he alleged. Despite criticism from the ruling party and Twitterati, Spandana remained defiant. "When you're done huffing & puffing take a breath & hold a mirror to yourselves. My views are mine. I don't give two hoots about yours. I'm not going to clarify what I meant and what I didn't cos you don't deserve one," she tweeted. Washington: The US on Thursday withdrew duty-free concessions on import of around 50 Indian products, mostly from the agriculture and handloom sectors, in line with the protectionist approach to trade put in place by President Donald Trump. The Indian products, among 90 items originating from various countries that had duty-free access in America under its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), were removed from the GSP list effective November 1 by a US Presidential proclamation earlier this week. Citing the US Trade Act of 1974, the proclamation said: "The President may withdraw, suspend or limit application of the duty free treatment that is accorded to speciﬁed articles under the GSP when imported from designated beneﬁciary developing countries." "I have determined to withdraw the application of the dutyfree treatment accorded to a certain article," the Trump proclamation said. The GSP is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for products from designated beneﬁciary countries. India has been the largest beneﬁciary of the GSP and last year its duty-free exports to the US THE AXE LIST Areca nuts, mangoes processed by vinegar or acetic acid, sandstone cut in slabs, whole buffalo skin leather, plain weave handloom cotton fabrics containing over 85 per cotton by weight, handloom carpets and textile floor coverings under their trade preference programme amounted to over $5.5 billion. The export of these products to the US will henceforth be subject to regular tariffs. Indian products removed from the GSP include areca nuts, mangoes processed by vinegar or acetic acid, sandstone cut in slabs, whole buffalo skin leather, plain weave handloom cotton fabrics containing over 85 per cotton by weight, handloom carpets and textile ﬂoor coverings.
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