www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.33C. Min.22°C. Humidity: 23% Sunrise: 06:46 Sunset: 06:16 INDIAN IT MAKING STRIDES IN EMERGING TECH TOO London: UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya on charges of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences, the Home Office said on Monday, in a major blow to the embattled liquor baron. Mallya now has 14 days from February 4 to apply for leave to appeal to the UK High Court. The 63-year-old businessman had been found to have a case to answer before the Indian courts by Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on December 10, 2018. Javid, the UK's seniormost Pakistani-origin minister, had two months from that date to sign off on that order. REGION WINDOWS UK orders Vijay Mallya’s extradition BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CROWNS CASE: LACK OF FOOTAGE STALLS THE PROBE KOLKATA SHOWDOWN TURNS INTO ‘DIDI VS MODI’ TUSSLE n Urges EC to delete 60 lakh 'invalid votes' Stand-off disrupts Parliament proceedings Mamata to continue dharna till Feb 8 Kolkata/New Delhi: The full-blown political standoff between Mamata Banerjee and the Central government continued through the day, with the Chief Minister refusing to budge from her sit-in protest in the heart of Kolkata. The issue pitched Banerjee to the forefront of a united Opposition, whose leaders tore into the Central government and took on the government on the ﬂoor of Parliament and outside. The Central Bureau of Investigation, whose move to barge into the house of the Kolkata police chief and question him trig- gered the mega row, went to the Supreme Court, which will hear the evidence against Rajeev Kumar on Tuesday. The goings-on in West Bengal also resonated in Parliament with repeated disruptions and was ﬁnally adjourned for the day after leaders of TMC and other parties hit out at the BJP- New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the "unprecedented" developments in West Bengal involving the CBI and the Kolkata police indicate a constitutional breakdown, warning that the Centre has powers to take action. The move to stop the central probe agency from performing its duties is a threat to the federal system of the country, he said. Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, he said he would not hesitate to say that the incident that happened on Sunday indicates of constitutional breakdown in the state. Governor submits report on CBI episode Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Monday submitted a report to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the prevailing situation in the state in the wake of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dharna, according to a source in the Raj Bhavan. Rajnath had called up Tripathi on Sunday to take stock of the situation after a face-off between CBI team and Kolkata police. The Chief Minister has been sitting on a dharna in protest against the CBI action, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of trying to organise a coup in Bengal. led government over alleged "misuse" of the CBI by it to target Opposition leaders. Mamata's combative posturing on the issue also became a rallying point for various Opposition parties, who are trying to sew up an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Continued on Page 15 Constitutional breakdown: HM West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar during the Joint Investiture Ceremony of West Bengal Police and Kolkata Police, in Kolkata on Monday Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament SC DECLINES URGENT HEARING PLEA AGAINST KOLKATA POLICE CHIEF New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday a CBI plea against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar who is accused of allegedly destroying evidence related to the Saradha chit fund scam. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi declined a plea by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta seeking an urgent hearing on Monday. Describing the situation as "extraordinary", Mehta said: "We fear evidence will be destroyed." In response, the CJI said: "We were late in reaching the court by a few minutes because we were reading your application... There's no evidence of what you're saying right now. If you show one proof they are tampering or even remotely thinking of it, we'll come down so heavily that they will regret it." Alliance of the corrupt: BJP New Delhi: Hitting out at the Opposition support to Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, the BJP said an "alliance of the corrupt" is emerging after her protest against the CBI's move to question the Kolkata police chief in the multi-crore Saradha scam. The ruling party also fielded its senior leaders and Union ministers to launch a counter-offensive on the issue. Addressing a press conference, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wondered if Mamata backed the police commissioner because he held "secrets" and needed to be saved. Refuting the charge that CBI's move was an "attack on federalism" and comes out of political vendetta, Prasad said this cannot be an "alibi to save the corrupt". The CBI has acted as per law and it has the power to arrest or question somebody without a warrant, he asserted. Oppn backs Mamata, calls CBI action mala fide Naidu says BJP acting with vengeance, working against spirit of federalism HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: The dharna taken up by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in protest against the manner in which the Centre was working against the federal spirit and misusing the central agencies got huge support from all non-BJP parties, including the Congress. The issue came up for discussion on Monday evening at a special meeting of these leaders after submitting a memorandum to the Election Commission opposing the use of EVMs. Speaking to the media, Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar said, “This is not a simple issue. It is something that pertains to the future of the nation. We will discuss the issue in depth and workout a collective strategy,” he added. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said all the leaders condemned the Kolkata incident. Continued on Page 15 AP CM Chandrababu Naidu along with Opposition leaders addressing the media after meeting with the Chief Election Commissioner at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi on Monday Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu unveiling the renovated Kondapalli Fort at Kondapalli near Vijayawada on Monday 8 Report: P14 Amit Shah gets poor response in AP n Disappointed BJP calls off public meeting in Srikakulam HANS NEWS SERVICE Srikakulam/ Vizianagaram: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s strategy to raise the political heat by lashing out at Telugu Desam Party and its chief N Chandrababu Naidu and try to project him as a person who always worked against the interest of people of Andhra Pradesh seems to have backﬁred. The state unit had selected Palasa in Srikakulam district to launch the bus yatra of BJP. But when BJP national president Amit Shah reached Palasa he had to face bitter experience as there were no people for his proposed public meeting. Secondly, he had to face protests from Naidu subverting poll process in AP: Jagan BJP national president Amit Shah being received by state chief Kanna Lakshminarayana and others, in Palasa on Monday TDP activists who wanted to know with what moral authority had he come to the state when the saffron party failed to implement its promises. At Kasibugga bus station where the impact of protests was maximum, tense moments prevailed for some time. A disappointed Amit Shah had to ﬁnally call off the public meeting and addressed a small crowd and mostly party activists. The situation in other parts where Shah toured was no different. The response has been almost nil. However, Shah in his own style went on reeling out ﬁgures saying that the BJP government had fulﬁlled 10 out of 14 promises. Continued on Page 15 HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi/Amaravati: Intensifying the attack against TDP supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, YSRCP president Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday complained to the Chief Election Commissioner that the Naidu government is subverting the electioneering process in the state. Jagan, who is in the national capital, has alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government is manipulating the electoral rolls, misusing government machinery and using police officers to intimidate the opposition parties. Continued on Page 15 Oppn asks EC to audit 50 per cent of EVMs HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: Contending that free and fair elections have come under a "serious cloud" with EVMs a "major cause of concern", the Opposition on Monday asked the Election Commission to audit at least 50 per cent of EVMs with corresponding VVPATs in all constituencies during the Lok Sabha polls. A memorandum to the EC signed by representatives from 21 Opposition parties, including the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, cited "suspicious activities" concerning the EVMs during the November-December Assembly polls in ﬁve states. Continued on Page 15 ‘Only one in BJP with guts’ RAHUL ON NITIN GADKARI’S LATEST New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday had a back-handed ‘compliment’ for Union minister Nitin Gadkari, days after their camaraderie on the sidelines of the Republic Day parade grabbed much attention. The Congress chief posted a tweet directed at Nitin Gadkari after the BJP veteran made another cryptic comment that set off speculation. "Gadkari Ji, compliments! You are the only one in the BJP with some guts. Please also comment on: 1. The Rafale scam and Anil Ambani, 2. Farmers' distress, 3. Destruction of institutions," tweeted Rahul Gandhi, reacting to the minister's latest. Not long after, Gadkari returned the shot. "I don't need your certiﬁcate for my courage. But strange that despite being the president of a national party, you are having to resort to twisted media reports to target our party," he said. Unrepentant, Rahul Gandhi sent another tweet: "Oops, Gadkari Ji. Huge apology. I forgot the most important one.... JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!" At a function of the BJP's student wing ABVP on Saturday, Gadkari had said, "Those who cannot manage their home cannot manage the country". It so happened that the minister was relating an anecdote about a man who wanted to work for the BJP. He said he had closed his shop because it was not doing well, terpretation and leave room for speculation. Weeks ago, he had said, speaking to top IAS and IPS officers, "If I am the party president and my MLAs are not doing well, my MPs don't perform, then I am responsible. What have I done to groom them.” Soon after the BJP's defeat in state polls, File photo of Rahul with Gadkari and that he had a wife and children. "I said (to him) ﬁrst take care of your home, because one who cannot manage his home cannot manage the country. Hence ﬁrst manage your home and look after your children properly, then work for the party and country," Gadkari had said. The statement adds to the pile of odd comments from Gadkari that are open to in- the comments got a lot of traction. At the Republic Day parade on January 26, Gadkari and Gandhi looked deep in conversation whenever the cameras were on the two leaders sitting in the front rows at Rajpath. The chit-chat was remarkable, given the Congress president's almost daily attacks on the ruling BJP and the party's equally sharp rejoinders.
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