HUBBALLI THURSDAY DECEMBER 13, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION BREXIT IN LINE OF FIRE AS MAY FACES NO-TRUST MOTION The British Prime Minister is fighting for her job as 48 of her Conservative MPs called for notrust motion on Wednesday HER INTRA-PARTY HEADACHE Conservative MPs who think May watered down the Brexit deal promised in the 2016 referendum want her to go WILL THERE BE A LEADERSHIP CHANGE? May has vowed to fight the leadership vote “with everything I’ve got”. In a statement, she noted: “A leadership election would not change the fundamentals of the negotiation or the Parliamentary arithmetic. Weeks spent tearing ourselves apart will only create more division just as we should be standing together to serve our country. None of that would be in the national interest.” WHO COULD REPLACE HER IF SHE LOSES PARTY TRUST SEVEN CONSERVATIVES ARE IN THE FRAME Dominic Raab Boris Johnson Jeremy Hunt Sajid Javid Michael Gove Amber Rudd Penny Mordaunt May is the best person to make sure we actually leave the EU on March 29 Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt T H E R E S A M A Y WHAT NEXT? If May wins the confidence vote, she cannot be challenged as Conservative leader for at least another year She needs to secure the votes of 158 MPs to survive According to BBC, 174 Tory MPs said they would vote for her, while 34 said they’d vote against her Mar 29, 2019 THE PROPOSED DATE FOR THE U.K. TO LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION TRIGGER FOR NO-TRUST MOTION May abruptly postponed the scheduled Parliament vote on her Brexit deal on Monday, fearing defeat 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 ■ KALABURAGI MAKING THEIR WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE COUNT TELANGANA MADHYA PRADESH KCR to take oath today Resourceful, dynamic The formality of TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao being elected leader of the legislature party happened on Wednesday, giving him a second shot at chief ministership. He will take the oath of office and secrecy on Thursday. Since he intends to play a national role, his cobbling together of a third front will be tracked with interest ahead of LS polls A former Union minister and the senior most parliamentarian in the Lok Sabha, Kamal Nath has won a record nine times from his constituency Chhindwara. Nath has good connections with industrialists and his ability to mobilise funds and resources were important factors behind his nomination as the MP unit chief. As good a manager as one can get RAJASTHAN C H H AT T I SGA R H Good administrator Durg MP ahead in the race Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Ghelot has considerable influence over the state unit. Given that the Lok Sabha elections are just months away, his greater political acumen and more administrative experience may come in handy for the party. His gentle demeanour helps cultivate friends across the spectrum. Being an OBC leader counts Tamradhwaj Sahu is the sole Congress Lok Sabha member from Chhattisgarh. He represents Durg in the House. Sahu was made in charge of the newly created OBC department of the party by Rahul Gandhi. An OBC CM from the Sahu community could help the party send the right social engineering message. His neutral image could work in his favour HEADY TIME FOR SKILLED MANAGERS Kamal Nath set to be CM in Madhya Pradesh, say sources; Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot fight it out for the top job in Rajasthan; Durg MP Tamradhwaj Sahu may have the last laugh in Chhattisgarh E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Congress is likely to choose experience over young blood while naming the chief ministers of the three states it has just won. Although party president Rahul Gandhi is expected to formally announce the names on Thursday, sources said veteran Kamal Nath would almost certainly be chosen over the young Jyotiraditya Scindia in Madhya Pradesh, while former CM Ashok Gehlot is likely to get the post rather than Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan. As for Chhattisgarh, veteran party leader and the sole Congress Lok Sabha OBC member from Durg constituency Tamradhwaj Sahu is reportedly on top of the list. In Bhopal, top state Congress leaders, including state party chief Kamal Nath, campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia, ex-CM Digvijaya Singh, Rajya Sabha member Vivek Tankha and two AICC observers, former union ministers A K Antony and Bhanwar Jitendra Singh, were present at the meeting of the newly elected legislators of Congress party, which was attended by the four independent MLAs (all Congress rebels) on Wednesday evening. Earlier in the day, senior party leaders led by Nath met Governor Anandiben Patel at the Raj Bhawan and staked claim for forming the next government in Madhya Pradesh. Nath, flanked by Scindia, Digvijaya Singh and Vivek Tankha, also handed over to the Governor the list of all 121 newly elected MLAs — 114 Congress MLAs, four independents, two from BSP and the lone legislator from SP — who will back the Congress in forming the next government. In a seesaw battle which started at 8 am on Tuesday and ended at around 4.30 am on Wednesday, the Congress had finished with 114 seats (two short of the majority number of 116), ruling BJP with 109 seats, four independents, two BSP seats and one seat for the SP On Wednes. day, both BSP chief Mayawati and SP national president Akhilesh Yadav pledged support to Congress in forming government in MP. India should have been a Hindu nation: HC judge A similar situation prevailed in Jaipur. The Congress, which won 99 out of the 199 seats that went to the polls on December 7, while its alliance partner Rashtriya Lok Dal also bagged a seat, taking the combined tally to 100 needed to form the government. The party is now also looking for support from independent candidates and nonBJP parties. The BJP won 73 seats. AICC general secterary Avinash Pande told journalists after a party delegation met Governor Kalyan Singh to stake a claim to the government that the 2018 decision on the chief minister will be taken Thursday Rahul Gandhi. Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, both MLAs, are the frontrunners for the post and were part of the delegation that met Kalyan Singh. ‘A delegation of the party met the Governor. We have the majority and will form the government,’ Pande said. Several other MLAs have also extended support to the Congress in writing and the final list will be handed over to the Governor later, he said. Earlier, after the Congress legislature party meeting, AICC observer K C Venugopal met individual MLAs to seek their opinion, but failed to reach a consensus. The party had also sent four AICC secretaries to Jaipur, and they are expected to brief Gandhi in Delhi. Pilot and Gehlot would remain in Jaipur. Leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi, who lost election on Nokha seat, was also part of the delegation. Similarly, in Chattishgarh, an OBC Chief minister from the Sahu community would help the party send the right signals not just in state but across the crucial Hindi belt states ahead of the general elections next year. Sources said Rahul would field the veterans because of their experience and acceptability among the possible allies, and also to ensure that these states, which all have long-standing issues like unemployment and farmers in distress, were handled adroitly and sympathetically by experienced hands before the Lok Sabha polls. Monkey ‘mourns’ man’s death, ‘consoles’ his son P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R R A G H O T TA M K O P PA R @ Gadag IN an unusual judgment, the Meghalaya High Court has urged the PM to enact laws to allow non-Muslims living in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to come to India and be given citizenship. The order, which observes that India should have long been declared a Hindu nation, also said nobody should try to make India another Islamic country. The 37-page order passed on Monday said, “... otherwise it will be a doomsday for India and the world.” The single-judge bench of Justice S R Sen made these observations while disposing of a petition by Amon Rana, who was denied domicile certificate by the Meghalaya government. The court directed the copy of the judgment be sent to the PM, Home Minister and Law Minister for their perusal and to bring a law to safeguard the interest of the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhist, Christians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos as well as persons of Indian origin who are residing abroad taking their P7 historical background. A grieving family in Nargund town had an unusual visitor even as they were preparing to conduct the last rites of the deceased person on Tuesday. A langur, which suddenly showed up at the house, was seen seemingly consoling the son of the deceased and was present till all the rituals were conducted. Naganagouda Patil, an agriculturist, died after a cardiac arrest late on Monday night. On Tuesday morning, as family, friends and townsfolk started to assemble at the house, a langur entered the house, went towards the place where the mortal remains of Naganagouda were kept and sat there for a while, watching the proceedings, much to the surprise of many That was not all. The langur . later hopped on to the shoulder of Marigouda, son the deceased Na- It’s a struggle for areca growers SHADOW OF DOOM With yield coming down by as much as 70% in coastal, Malnad districts due to kole roga, the areca farmers are fighting battle on many fronts P5 The langur ‘consoling’ Marigouda, son of the deceased, in Nargund town ganagouda, and appeared to be ‘saying’ something into his ear and ‘consoling’ him. The primate was present for more than three hours as the family members went about the rituals. Even as family and friends were informing their near and dear ones about the death of Naganagouda and the number of mourners started the increase, the P4 langur disappeared. Bankers to press RBI Guv to ease stress on sector New boss, new policy? The new RBI chief is expected to iron out differences with the government, which has been pressing the central bank for relaxation in some norms, that were choking credit flow to crucial sectors As one of my first acts as RBI Governor, I have convened a meeting with MDs and CEOs of public sector banks to discuss the issues pertaining to the banking sector Shaktikanta Das EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SHAKTIKANTA Das, who took charge as the 25th RBI governor on Wednesday, hit the ground running as he decided to meet PSU banks on Thursday . Bankers are upbeat as the new chief is expected to extend a helping hand to ailing banks. The proposed meeting, which happens to be Das’ first crucial task as a central banker, is expected to deliberate on issues like RBI’s contentious February 12 circular that dictates stringent provisioning, relaxation of one-day default norm for classification of bad loans, softening of the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework, easing of capital adequacy norms and clarity on linking floating loan rates to an external benchmark. At least 8-10 bank chiefs of representatives are likely to meet the Governor, who’s expected to call another meeting of private lenders later. Thursday’s meeting, coming 24 hours before the crucial RBI board meeting Friday will give , the governor a first-hand view of banks’ challenges, their finance position and whether any relaxation in norms is needed. During its previous meeting on November 19, the RBI board had referred the PCA framework to its internal Board of Finance Supervision, while the government has been seeking ways to get 11 PSU lenders out of PCA. Barring four, whose financial metrics improved, the rest have miles to go. With 11 out of 21 PSBs restricted from lending or taking deposits, many sectors are affected. Experts say relaxation of norms for stressed PSU banks may spur growth in the shortterm, but it could delay the resolution of the twin balance sheet problems of banks and corporates, which have held back private investment and growth for P13 the last several years. AFTER COUNCIL SNUB, SIDDU CUTS SHORT MALAYSIA TRIP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru Horatti, Patil disappointed The swift move to elect Shetty has left 2 frontrunners for the post — Basavaraj Horatti of JD(S) and S R Patil of Congress — hugely disappointed WITH his choice for the Legislative Council Chairman’s post being ignored by his own partymen and another MLC installed, Congress legislative party leader and coordination committee chairman Siddaramaiah cut short his visit to Malaysia and returned to Bengaluru on Wednesday night. Siddarmaiah, who was scheduled to be in Malaysia for five days from Monday returned three days earlier. Earlier in the day Con, , gress MLC Pratap Chandra Shetty was elected unopposed as Chairman of the Legislative Council. Siddaramaiah’s staunch supporter and Congress MLC S R Patil was overlooked for the post to accommodate Shetty, who has the backing of the Congress old guard including G Parameshwara, M Veerappa Moily and Oscar Fernandes. While sources close to Siddaramaiah claim that Shetty’s candidature was run by the former chief minister, many leaders in the party believe that the last-minP5 ute choice stunned many including Siddaramaiah himself. ,
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