IN POLL MODE The ECI has announced election dates for five states, of which Chhattisgarh will have a two-phased poll 4 2 1 HUBBALLI SUNDAY OCTOBER 07, 2018 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION Stage set for semi-final to 2019 LS polls EC announces election dates for Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana; Counting on December 11; Results likely to indicate which way the wind will blow in general elections M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi IN what is seen as a semi-final to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, five states — Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana — will go to polls between November 12 and December 7 and declare popular verdict on December 11. The results are likely to set trends for 2019 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek to renew his 2014 mandate. While Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao advanced Assem- bly elections to take benefit from lack of Opposition in the state, the BJP is also drawing comfort from Bahujan Samajwadi Par ty (BSP) supremo Mayawati not following the grand alliance script in the three party-ruled states, where the party is fighting antiincumbency of its chief ministers — Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh). The saffron party appears at ease only in Chhattisgarh after the former state Congress strongman Ajit Jogi floated his own outfit Janata Congress Chhattisgarh, which would contest elections in alliance with the BJP set, ting up for a triangular contest. The five poll-bound states account for 83 Lok Sabha seats out of which the BJP had bagged 53 in 2014 polls. Given the bitter Karnataka experience, where the Congress and JD(S) stitched together a post-poll alliance, BJP chief Amit Shah is taking no chances in the three party-held states. While Chouhan and Singh would be seeking fourth record terms, Raje is up NUMBERS SHOOTING UP 53 CM’S MOVE No off this 2nd Saturday, govt may declare holiday on October 20 23 1 InstaRhyme Time PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE 17 5 21 36 20 1 0 2011 2012 16 0 0 16 10 7 2013 2014 Youth joining militancy Graduate & above Schooling Others 126 88 38 39 2017 37 WITH the Election Commission on Saturday announcing bypolls to three Lok Sabha seats in the state on November 3, including Ballari, the fate of this year’s Hampi Utsav hangs in balance with the model of code of conduct coming into force. The Hampi Utsav was scheduled to be held from November 3 to 5. The Ballari seat fell vacant after B Sriramulu was elected to the Assembly . Though preliminary meetings were yet to be held, applications were invited from artistes and artisans to showcase their talent in the cultural extravaganza. Further meetings were planned this month. In the meantime, the district started gearing up for the bypolls with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) reaching Ballari on October 3. Considering this, top officials in the district administration say that the Hampi Utsav is likely to be deferred or cancelled. “The election code of conduct has come into force. We are not sure about Hampi Utsav because the bypoll is scheduled for November 3. This means, we cannot go ahead with Hampi Utsav,” EC skips Tamil Nadu bypoll dates 1 90 constituencies Election: ● Phase I: November 12 (18 constituencies in LWE-affected areas) ● Phase II: November 20 (remaining 72 constituencies) CHHATTISGARH The notification for the by-elections to Thirupparankundram and Thiruvarur Assembly constituencies is likely to be announced after the north-east monsoon as Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat on Saturday said the schedule for the by-election to these constituencies would be announced on a later date since the Tamil Nadu government had cited forecasts about cyclones and very heavy rain during the northeast monsoon 2 MADHYA PRADESH 3 MIZORAM 4 RAJASTHAN 5 TELANGANA 230 constituencies Election: November 28 40 constituencies Election: November 28 200 constituencies Election: December 7 119 constituencies Election: December 7 Karnataka byelections first big test for coalition partners ahead of 2019 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru 45 24 27 2016 6 15 2015 Others include youth who have not attended or discontinued school or whose educational details are not available FROM UNIVERSITY TO MILITANCY — J&K’S GROWING TREND Educated youngsters in the state are giving up their bright futures to pick up the gun F AYA Z W A N I , P U S H K A R B A N A K A R & S A N A S H A K I L @ Srinagar/New Delhi IN January this year, Manan Wani of Kupwara, a PhD scholar studying in Aligarh Muslim University, gave up studies and joined the Hizbul Mujahideen. He reportedly gave a statement that he felt there was “dignity in fighting Indian forces.” In May, Mohammad Rafi Bhat of Ganderbal district, an Assistant Professor at the University of Kashmir, joined the Hizb. But a day later, he was gunned down in an encounter. In September, a photograph of MBA graduate Haroon Abbas Wani of Doda, holding an AK-47 rifle and sporting an ammunition pouch, went viral on social media. Haroon, who worked at a pharmaceutical company announced , he had joined the Hizb. These are not rare cases of educated youngsters giving up a bright future and picking up the gun. Rather, more such youth, than those less educated, are taking this path. An analysis by TNSE of data from the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Institute of Conflict management in New Delhi shows that this trend be- gan after the killing of 21-year-old Hizb commander Burhan Wani in July 2016. According to the data, for five years — between 2011 and 2015 — only 14 youngsters who were graduates joined the militant ranks. But there has been sharp spike since. In 2016 alone, 37 graduates joined militancy, and in 2017, the figure jumped to 49. Official figures for this year are not yet available, but many educated youngsters have turned militants so far. More worrying for the authorities is that the better-educated youth outnumber those who have only completed their schooling or are dropouts. Academician and legal expert, Dr Sheikh Showket, of the Central University of Kashmir, said more educated youngsters were joining militancy because of the government’s “muscular policy” and use of brute force to quell peaceful agitations. “Street protests took place in Kashmir in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The youth expected Delhi to respond in like manner, but brute force was used to deal with them,” he said. This sowed the seeds of extreme anger among the people and it erupted when Burhan was killed. A muscular policy as opposed to a , healing touch, is founded on the strategy of an eye for an eye, a bullet for a bullet, a stone for a stone. The BJP is a strong advocate of such a policy, but many aver it only alienates people further. “With each passing day youngsters , are joining militancy They want to re. solve the Kashmir issue through the gun,” Showket added. Analyst Gowhar Geelani agreed with him. “Kashmir has a young population which is educated. They have less fear and get visibility through social media. They feel that the street protests were not responded to with a human face but with extreme and brute force so they see the gun as an option to challenge the state’s writ, despite knowing that death is ahead,” he said Tomorrow: Militancy spreads to newer areas a top official on condition of anonymity told TNIE. Sources in the government said that the event can held on a later date. “In 2016, the utsav was held in December,” a source said. When asked, DC Ram Prasath Manohar said he will seek a clarification from the Election Commission regarding go ahead with Hampi Utsav. Reacting to the issue, leather puppet expert from Ballari Belagal Eranna said, “The utsav should not be cancelled or postponed. It should be held annually as it reflects our culture. Moreover, it provides budding artistes a platform to exhibit their talent.” P4 POLL POSITION Bypolls to three Lok Sabha seats, to be held on November 3, promise a preview of the larger and more hotly contested Lok Sabha elections a few months from now in 2019. The polls will be a trial run for the JD(S)-Congress coalition pact to test the waters and will also be an opportunity for the BJP to judge if they can take on the combined might of both the parties. The election will also give an insight into the voters’ mood in the state. Of the three LS seats, Shivamogga and Ballari were held by BJP while Mandya was with the JD(S). Bypolls were necessitated after B S Yeddyurappa and B Sriramulu of BJP, and C S Puttaraju of JD (S) resigned from their LS membership after they were elected to the state assembly in the recent elections. Puttaraju is a minister in the H D Kumaraswamy government. Though the newly elected LS members will have a very short tenure and will hardly get an opportunity to attend two sessions of parliament, the byelections are likely to witness a fierce fight as the results will be an indicator of things to come by in the 2019 elections. The Congress and the JD(S) that have decided to go together in next year’s elections will have to work out a seat-sharing arrangement. While there won’t be any contention over the Mandya seat as that was represented by JD (S), the regional party may not stake claim for Ballari seat as the Congress has considerable base in the district. However, Shivamogga is likely to be an issue. Sources said that the JD (S) had shown a keen interest to field its candidate here, while the Congress will be in no mood give up its claim. In 2013, Yeddyurappa had won with a huge margin of 3.62 lakh votes and this time around JD(S)-Congress together hope to give a fight. The BJP, faced with the tough task of retaining its seats, started the campaign within hours after the poll dates were announced. In Shivamogga, Yeddyurappa announced the candidature of his son B Y Raghavendra and sought support from voters in the district. For Congress, the byelections will be crucial as it would be a big morale booster as it has not done so well in the assembly polls. “We are confident of retaining the seats and doing well in other constituencies too,” said BJP General Secretary and MLC Ravi Kumar. P5 Ramanagara and Jamkhandi (assembly segments) Ballari, Shivamogga and Mandya (LS seats) DATE OF POLL: November 3 (Saturday) DATE OF COUNTING: November 6 BSY SON TO CONTEST FROM SHIVAMOGGA State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa said in Shikaripura on Saturday that his son B Y Raghavendra will contest from Shivamogga in the byelections. POLL BREAK FOR CABINET EXPANSION With the EC announcing dates for bypolls to 3 LS and 2 assembly seats in the state, plans for ministry expansion have yet again fizzled out. The Congress had assured the aspirants of completing the process by Oct 10. 18 kg gold tumbles out of lockers at official’s houses Ballari Lok Sabha bypoll may derail Hampi Utsav plans S U B H A S H C H A N D R A N S @ Ballari RESULTS December 11 66 49 A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru Gover nment employees may have to forego their holiday this second Saturday This is because the state gov. ernment plans to give it instead on the third Saturday The government em. ployees will anyway have their long weekend. “Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has suggested to cancel the off on second Saturday (Oct 13) and instead give it on Oct 20. With holidays for Ayudha Pooja (Oct 18) and Vijayadashami (Oct 19) and Sunday on Oct 21, many employees tend to take off on Oct 20 so that they get four days at a stretch. Instead Oct 20 will be a declared holiday and we will work on the second Saturday so that we can save one day. Otherwise, too many holidays will cause inconvenience to the public. This was the Chief Minister ’s intention. We are hoping he will issue the order in a day or two,’’ an official on the condition of anonymity told The New Sunday Express. This year in October, out of 31 days, 10 days are holidays for government employees -- 4 Sundays, Gandhi Jayanthi (October 2), Mahalaya Amavasya (October 8), second Saturday (October 13), Ayudha Pooja-Vijayadashami (October18, 19) and Valmiki Jayanthi (October24). against the trend of government being changed every five years in Rajasthan. Meanwhile, the Congress is seeking to cash in on the inchoate rage among farmers against the Modi government over agrarian distress, the middle class’ anger against employment squeeze and rising fuel prices. According to political observers, any setback for the BJP in party-governed states will galvanise the Opposition. On the other hand, if the BJP wins, it would set Shah on an invincible march to New Delhi in 2019 as well. 5 3 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru STRIKING A POSE People taking selfies with former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at an awareness conference for women in Bengaluru on Saturday | PUSHKAR V EXPRESS READ Decrease in farmer suicides after loan waiver Couldn’t become CM as some were jealous: Siddu Bengaluru: Data shows there has been a dip in farmers ending lives in the state after the farm loan waiver. While officials had compensated 72 cases of farmer suicides on an average each month in the 36 months between 2015-16 to 2017-18, in the 3 months since the waiver, the average has come down to 30. Bengaluru:Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah appears to be still upset about not being made CM for the second term in a row. He now feels that it was the ‘jealousy’ of some leaders that turned out to be detrimental to his aspirations in 2018, denying him the Chief Minister’s post. Almost every locker in every wardrobe they opened, the Anti-Corruption Bureau personnel found gold, in all a little over 18 kg of it. That’s not all. There was `92 lakh in cash, both at home and in banks. The police personnel also found that N G Gowdaiah, Engineer Officer-5 with Bangalore Development Authority who was raided on Friday, owns 14 flats and eight sites. When the ACB officials found a set of keys during Friday’s raids on Gowdaiah’s residence in Basaveshwara Nagar, they were surprised to find that none of the keys were to any locks or cupboards in the house. It was only later that they realised that the keys may be from his fatherin-law’s residence in Jayanagar, and eventually discovered around 17 kg of gold there. According to ACB sources, Gowdaiah’s mother-in-law had kept complaining about how her daughter had not been given even a single gold chain despite Gowdaiah holding a plum post in BDA. However, when the keys opened locks at the RICH PICKINGS (Assets of NG Gowdaiah (Engineer Officer - 5, Bengaluru Development Authority) 2 houses 8 sites 14 apartments 18.2 kg gold 10 kg silver 3 cars, 3 twowheelers A 77 lakh cash at home A 15 lakh cash in banks Jayanagar residence, the police discovered gold in almost every locker in the wardrobes. The gold was hidden in different locations around the Jayanagar residence, which the officials kept on discovering till late on Friday night. While a press release issued by ACB on Friday had mentioned about the recovery of 4.5 kg of gold, sources said they had discovered around 13 kg, mostly in the form of biscuits, by 9 pm. By Saturday morning, officials had seized 18.2 kg of gold from Gowdaiah’s residences across the city The gold was in the form of bis. cuits and coins of different weights.
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