www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.30C. Min.18°C. Humidity: 30% Sunrise: 06:43 Sunset: 06:08 BUSINESS WINDOWS UK orders Vijay Mallya’s extradition STATE H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H KCR TO HOLD ‘MAHATAYAGA’ AT YADADRI 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. INDIAN IT MAKING STRIDES IN EMERGING TECH TOO KOLKATA SHOWDOWN TURNS INTO ‘DIDI Vs MODI’ TUSSLE Naidu subverting poll process in AP: Jagan 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 stand-off between Mamata Banerjee and the Central government continued through the day, with the Chief Minister refusing to budge from her sitin 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 triggered 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-led govern- 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 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. ment 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 4 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." HANS NEWS SERVICE 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. 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. “The ruling dispensation is doing all unethical and unfair things in the state. We request CEC Sunil Arora to intervene in the matter and ensure that free and fair polls will be held in Andhra Pradesh”, Jagan told the press after meeting the CEC. He urged the Election Commission to delete the names of nearly 60 lakh "defective voters" from the rolls in the state. He said his party had identiﬁed 52.67 lakh defective and duplicate voters in September 2018 and brought the matter to the attention of the CEC several times. He claimed that the number of defective voters increased by 59.18 lakh at the behest of the TDP government. Out of 3.69 crore voters, nearly 60 lakh are "invalid or defective." It reﬂects very badly on the election process, Jagan said. Vijayashanti questions KCR’s silence on Bengal Hyderabad: Telangana Congress Committee on Monday questioned as to why the Telangana Chief Minister was silent on the developments on West Bengal. Party campaign committee chairman Vijayashanti said that it was surprising that KCR was ignoring the suffering of Didi. “KCR had gone to Kolkata twice in the recent past trying to stitch a federal front and claimed that she will be the main partner in federal front but when Didi was facing harassment he was silent. The entire country was opposing the dictatorial attitude of Modi but surprisingly KCR is silent,” she said. Continued on Page 4 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 4 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 Oppn asks EC to audit 50% of EVMs ‘Only one in BJP with guts’ 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. "Instances of EVMs and strong rooms becoming vulnerable to attacks and manipulations were widely recorded and reported. Added to this were incidents where there were power outages, failure of CCTV cameras at the strong rooms, detection of signals of wireless/mobile networks of a particular telecom operator in the vicinity of polling centres and strong rooms and so on and so forth," they said in the memorandum. The parties said there are "serious doubts about the credibility of EVMs and the purity of the entire electoral process" and sought the EC to mandate physical counter check of paper trail and matching it with the electronic vote in at least 50 per cent of all EVMs, if not all. New plan puts brakes on Mission Kakatiya PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Has the Telangana state government dumped Mission Kakatiya? Doubts in this regard arise as no fresh action plan has been prepared to revive the abandoned local waterbodies and tanks in villages after Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao assumed ofﬁce for the second consecutive term on December 13 last. The TRS government accorded top priority to Mission Kakatiya, launched with a sole aim of strengthening rural economy by reviving tanks, in KCR’s ﬁrst term between 2014 and 2018 end. Out of 46,531 tanks, more than 60 per cent were revived in four phases spend- ing more than Rs 7,000 crore in the last ﬁve years. Nearly Rs 2,000 crore has been earmarked every year exclusively for the mission since 2014.Officials said that the Irrigation department did not pre- pare any fresh plans for the rejuvenation of the tanks so far. The government is supposed to take up ﬁfth phase for the development of leftover tanks under the Mission Kakatiya. Nearly 10,000 tanks are not covered under the mission. Most of the major tanks have already been revived in the four phases. All works in the ﬁrst two phases were completed and the pending works under third and fourth phase is still under progress. Officials said that the leftover abandoned tanks are small in the storage capacity. No proposal to take up the revival works under ﬁfth phase of the Mission Kakatiya were prepared by the government till date. Continued on Page 4 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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