BELAGAVI MONDAY MARCH 5, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION A NEW INDIAN SHOOTING STAR IS BORN IN MEXICO WORLD CUP Debutant Shahzar Rizvi wins men’s 10m air pistol gold in Guadalajara, ﬁnishing ahead of Germany’s Christian Reitz and senior pro Jitu Rai WORLD RECORD ICING ON THE CAKE ■ 242.3 PROMISING START FOR INDIANS Having finished second in the qualifers with 579 points, the 23-year-old from Meerut shot consistently in the eight-man final to finish on top with 242.3 points, a new high in the event. The previous record was 241.8, set by Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda during the World Championship Finals in New Delhi (2017). ■ Om Prakash Mitharval (22), India’s third participant in the event, just missed out on the podium after finishing fourth. In the women’s 10m air rifle, another debutant Mehuli Ghosh settled for a bronze medal. Chandigarh girl Anjum Moudgil finished fourth. POINTS GARNERED BY SHAHZAR RIZVI, A WORLD RECORD CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR Though BJP is with NDPP now, NPF leader and Chief Minister Zeliang refuses to offer resignation Mayawati’s experiment tied to SP backing BSP in RS polls; promises help in MLC elections in April Amid Naga CM drama, Meghalaya in BJP bag DAY’S DEVELOPMENTS Conrad Sangma meets Meghalaya governor, says he has 34 in coalition with BJP; Cong fails to muster numbers BJP-NDPP stake claim in Nagaland, but CM Zeliang refuses to quit; says his party NPF too is in alliance with BJP P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati Tripura CM Manik Sarkar quits Happy to share that 34 newlyelected members belonging to NPP, UDP, PDF, HSPDP, @BJP4India and one independent member are meeting Hon Governor to stake claim to form government in #Meghalya. Sri Conrad Sangma will be the leader of this coalition Himanta Biswa Sarma BJP workers shout victory slogans during a victory rally to celebrate their party’s success in Northeast Assembly elections, in Kolkata on Sunday | PTI BSP to support SP candidates in UP bypolls N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow UNPRECEDENTED show of the BJP in North-East has apparently pushed the two arch rivals in Uttar Pradesh to come together –SP and BSP—have struck a deal to counter the saffron surge in the Mamata called, said she is with me in forming a third front against BJP and Congress, says KCR upcoming by-election to Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats on March 11. The results will be announced on March 14. The BSP which has no stake as , it is not contesting the by-elections, announced its support to SP candidates, thus, setting the tone for a prospective grand alliance. BSP chief Mayawati came out with a justification for her decision and denied that it was a political alliance of any kind. She claimed that she had asked her supporters to vote for the party which could defeat the BJP in the by-elections. THE BJP-Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) alliance on Sunday staked its claim to form the government in Nagaland but Chief Minister T R Zeliang is in no mood to resign. In Meghalaya, which got a fractured mandate, the Congress suffered a setback as it failed to muster the numbers. The BJP-National People’s Party (NPP) combine is all set to form the government in the state despite the Congress emerging as the single largest party . A 16-member delegation of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), led by Zeliang, met Governor P B Acharya and asserted that the party still enjoyed the BJP’s support. The governor told Express that he had given 48 hours to the NPF to get BJP’s letter of support from its president Amit Shah. “Zeliang and nearly 15 MLAs had come and they claimed they have the majority They said the BJP is go. ing to support them. I advised them to bring a letter of support from BJP president Amit Shah. NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu had written to Shah long back did not get a reply So, I have given them 48 hours to bring . the letter. They think their 15-year alliance with the BJP still stands because two BJP ministers had not resigned from the NPFled government,” Acharya said. The NPF was in a minority as it had only 26 elected members. The Election Commission has revised the results in the Tenning seat following detection of clerical errors. Earlier, the NPF candidate was declared winner. Following the revision, the NDPP candidate had been declared winner. The development brought down the NPF’s tally to 26 in the 60-member House. “The JD-U local unit president has given support to T R Zeliang but the party’s lone elected member is supporting the NDPP Acharya said. ,” Earlier, a BJP-NDPP delegation, which included BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, met Acharya to stake their claim to form the government. “They submitted a list of 32 MLAs – 18 from NDPP 12 from BJP one from JD-U , , and one Independent. However, it did not have the signatures of the MLAs. So, I have given them time to come with a fresh list with signatures of all MLAs,” Acharya said. In Meghalaya, a delegation of five parties, including the BJP and led by NPP chief Conrad Sangma, met Governor Ganga Prasad and staked their claim to form the government. The NPP, which bagged 19, two less than the Congress in the 60-member House, is being backed by United Democratic Party (6), People’s Democratic Front (4), Hill State People’s Democratic Party (2), BJP (2) and an Independent. Mamata backs KCR’s third front proposal A G E N C I E S @ Hyderabad West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday telephoned her Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao to extend her support to his plan to cobble up a third front as an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress. The Trinamool Congress leader spoke to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief to convey that she is with him in bringing like-minded parties together. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, Mamata told him, “I am in agreement with you. I will work with you.” KCR, as the TRS chief is popularly known, said on Saturday there is a need for a qualitative change in the Indian politics and declared that he is ready to bring together like-minded parties. Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemanth Soren also telephoned KCR and expressed his solidarity Two MPs from Maha. rashtra and prominent persons from different walks of life also spoke to KCR over the phone and expressed their support. Rao said, “We thought that Congress will go and BJP will come and bring change. But we are disillusioned. If Congress gave you Vijay Mallya, BJP gave you Nirav Modi.”
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