BELAGAVI SUNDAY MARCH 04, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION Possibility 1 Congress will form the government with support of non-NPP regional parties Possibility 2 S A N T W A N A B H AT TA C H A R YA @ New Delhi Possibility 3 BJP-NPP combine will form the government with support of regional parties BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and Tripura BJP chief Biplab Kumar Dev greet the supporters in Agartala after the party’s thumping win in the State Assembly elections on Saturday | RANJAN ROY Tripura in, BJP to pocket 2 more states? P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati The victory of the BJP is important in many ways.... It is an endorsement of the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the people of the Northeast Amit Shah, BJP chief NPP 7% 14.4% BJP BJP: 12 Independent: 1 NPF 39.1% NDPP: 17 JD(U): 1 BJP makes its mark on the Northeast political landscape as second-last Left fortress crumbles and Congress gets blank scorecard in two states Congress will form the government with support of non-NPP regional parties and Independents Possibility 4 NPF: 27 NPP: 2 SAFFRON FEAST SO, WHAT HAPPENS IN MEGHALAYA? BJP-NPP combine will form the government with support of regional parties and Independents VOTE SHARE 60/60 NAGALAND NDPP 25.5% PDF * Polling in Charilam deferred after death of candidate CPI(M) 42.7% 7.5% IPFT TRIPURA VOTE SHARE BJP 43% 59/60* 8.2% 9.6% BJP 10.8% 11.6% UDP Others 28.5% 20.6% NPP * Polling in Williamnagar countermanded due to killing of candidate BJP: 35 CPI(M): 16 IPFT: 8 VOTE SHARE Cong 59/60* MEGHALAYA Congress: 21 NPP: 19 BJP: 2 UDP: 6 PDF: 4 HSPDP: 2 NCP: 1 KHNAM: 1 Independents: 3 T H E N o r t h e a s t i s n ow saffron. The BJP swept the polls in Tripura, bettered its performance in Nagaland, and despite the Congress coming up as the single-largest party the , BJP still holds a chance to for m the gover nment in Meghalaya. Similarly, it is Wild elephant kills senior forest officer on duty E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mysuru NAGARHOLE Tiger Reserve Director S Manikandan (45) was killed by an elephant at Kaneguddikere in DB Kuppe forest range, Kabini backwaters, on Saturday . The tragedy occurred when he was on his way to assess the damage caused by a fire on Friday . Manikandan, a senior Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, was in the area to record the exact location of the fire using GPS. He was accompanied by three range forest officers (RFOs) and other staff. After getting down from the jeep, they had walked for a while along the fire line to reach the location, when the elephant — which was hiding inside a bush — attacked Manikandan. Though RFO Sanjay and a few other staffers sighted the elephant and alerted Manikandan and others, it was too late. The jumbo disappeared into the forest after attacking Manikandan. RFO Subramanayan, who was standing near Manikandan, had a narrow escape while RFO Muthuraj hid behind a tree. They were not carrying weapManikandan ons. The staff shifted Manikandan, who was bleeding, to HD Kote hospital in a jeep where he was declared brought dead. Recalling the incident, RFO Muthuraj said that it was all over in a matter of few seconds. He said on seeing the elephant advancing, the staff alerted Manikandan, who was not in uniform, but was wearing a lightcoloured shirt. While he was running to safety, Manikandan tripped and fell to the ground. The elephant then trampled on him, lifted him by the trunk and threw him before disappearing into the forest. The staff found Manikandan bleeding and he was breathless. They sprinkled some water on him. However, after he failed to respond, they shifted him to the hospital. EXPRESS READ Datta Peetha to come under Muzrai Bengaluru: The state cabinet on Saturday decided that the Datta Peetha will come under the purview of Muzrai department, and not Wakf Board. All rituals will be performed at the Datta Peetha as they were done pre-1947. Law minister T B Jayachandra said the government has accepted the recommendations of the expert panel headed by Justice H N Nagamohan Das. Court issues NBWs against Nirav, Choksi MUMBAI: A special court issued on Saturday nonbailable warrants (NBWs) against diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in the alleged R12,700 crore Punjab National Bank scam. The court, set up under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, issued the NBWs on applications filed by the Enforcement Directorate. certain that none of Nagaland’s two major regional players — the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) or newly-floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) — will or can form the government without the BJP . Mizoram remains the only state in the Northeast where the BJP is yet to make inroads. Assembly elections in the Christian-majority state will be held by the end of this year. In Nagaland, the BJP has improved upon its performance by a canter. In Meghalaya, where it had no seat, the BJP not only opened its account, but might muster a coalition to keep the Congress out of power through political manoeuvring which it did in Manipur and Goa. TRIPURA, Meghalaya and Nagaland add up to a mere “0.70 per cent of India’s population, equivalent to three Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan”, wrote a dismissive voice on Twitter. But that’s a gross misreading. At the end of a day that saw one stunning sweep, one knifeedge photofinish and one Assembly hanging in the balance, the Northeast had done more than enough to make a deep mark on the national political discourse. The spectacular rise of the BJP in states where it was never given even an outside chance, the crumbling of one of the only two remaining Left fortresses, and the neartotal retreat of the Congress — all three phenomena will have a lasting impact on Indian politics in the run-up to 2019. The BJP can now realistically look at the Northeast as a collective catchment area — with a significant 25 Lok Sabha seats that can offset potential losses elsewhere. At a symbolic level, it’s also a triumphal, morale-boosting entry into territories that were always seen as the furthest from its cow belt politics. For the Congress, the blank scorecard in two whole states (Tripura and Nag aland) wipes the tentative smile that had come on its visage after Gujarat and the Rajasthan by-polls. Now it goes into the Karnataka election later this year with that much more desperation — and spirits will be low if it cannot strike a few blows in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. On that will also depend the acceptability of Rahul Gandhi — who faced barbs of being “in Italy while Northeast fell” — as a united opposition leader. And for the Left, there is nothing to lift the gloom. All it can look forward to is one more body for post-mortem, especially to decide the ageold question of whether it should have allied with the Congress. Prima facie, it may now be even more difficult to toe the ‘Yechury line’ that favours a secular alliance. Going by the day’s most dramatic results, from Tripura, the Left needs a total reinvention if it is to survive. Manik Sarkar, the lone sentinel in the east for the CPI(M) who was chief minister for two uninterrupted decades, will finally bow out to a mix of ethnic antagonisms, rising aspirations and, crucially the , desire for change. The last sentiment was captured in the BJP’s slogan of ‘Chalo Paltai’ (Let’s Overtur n), voiced by a man ironically named ‘Revolution’, Biplab Deb, now all set to be CM. Cong, BJP attack each other with photos! EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru THE Congress and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) seem to be indulging in a photo war. The state unit of the BJP faced embarrassment on Saturday, when photos used by the party in its ‘chargesheet’ against the Congress government were found to be from faraway places like the North-Eastern states and even from Nepal. The ‘chargesheet’ was released on Thursday by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar along with other leaders. As news of the source of the images spread on social media, central leaders are said to have taken the state leadership to task for what is being seen as a major gaffe at a time when the state is headed for elections soon. However, in a counter attack, the BJP alleged that the practice had been adopted by the state government as well where an advertisement on ‘Nava Karnataka’ featuring Chief Minister Siddaramaiah featured pictures of the United States and Turkey . P5 It is a journey from no one to number one, from ‘shoonya to shikhar’ (zero to pinnacle) Narendra Modi, Prime Minister (addressing BJP workers) We have not parted with the alliance. I hope BJP will join our government. I will welcome it if they join us T R Zeliang, NPF leader and Nagaland Chief Minister Congress being the single largest party should be invited by the Governor to form its govt (in Meghalaya) Kamal Nath, Congress leader Was Bhagwan Naveen’s target? E N S @ Bengaluru The BJP alleges that the solar park photograph (left) used by the Congress is from Turkey and not Pavagada, whilev the photograph (right) in the BJP’s ‘chargesheet’ highlighting the traffic menace in Bengaluru is said to be from North-Eastern states and even from Nepal THE arrest of Hindu Yuva Sene leader Naveen Kumar (32) by the CCB resulted in foiling a plan to assassinate writer K S Bhagawan, according to sources in the special investigation team (SIT), which took custody of the former on Friday . However, the SIT is yet to confirm if Naveen is directly involved in Gauri Lankesh’s murder. Naveen is suspected to have arranged for weapons for Gauri’s killers and is being questioned by the SIT in this regard. P5
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