VIJAYAWADA l THURSDAY l DECEMBER 13, 2018 l `5.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE 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? n If May wins the confidence vote, she cannot be challenged as Conservative leader for at least another year n She needs to secure the votes of 158 MPs to survive n 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 senior parliamentarian, Kamal Nath has won a record nine times from Chhindwara. Well connected with industrialists, his ability to mobilise funds was an important factor behind naming him the MP unit chief. As good a manager as one can get. But fellow leader Jyotiraditya Scindia isn’t yielding from the CM race RAJASTHAN C H H AT T I SGA R H Youth icon Durg MP ahead in the race Sachin Rajesh Pilot, 41, may become one of the youngest chief ministers in India. Currently the president of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee, Pilot is credited with reinvigorating the party in the state. Pilot is also known to be close to party president Rahul Gandhi, who is in favour of youngsters taking top positions in politics and public life 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. Has neutral image could work in his favour GAME WIDE OPEN IN CONG STATES Groundswell of support for Sachin Pilot for top job in Rajasthan surprises observers; Kamal Nath, Scindia slug it out in MP; Rahul crowd-sources opinion on leadership from cadre via the party app E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi A day after the Congress wrested the Hindi heartland from the BJP by pocketing the big states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, alliance making appeared far easier than identifying their new chief ministers. In Madhya Pradesh, when the Congress emerged as the single largest party with 114 seats, two short of a simple majority, the BSP (2) and the SP (1) promptly extended support as did a few independents. It gave the grand old party the first shot at chief ministership and foreclosed the possibility of the BJP doing a Goa-like coup. In Rajasthan too, a clutch of independents offered support. But the leadership question remained open-ended. While the Congress team led by AICC observer K C Venugopal flying in to Jaipur had made up their mind to instal party general secretary Ashok Gehlot as the chief minister and go through the motions upon landing, they were surprised to find a totally different mood on the ground. For the record, the Congress Legislature Party meeting adopted a resolution authorising party president Rahul Gandhi to name the chief minister. But during individual interactions with party MLAs as also the allies later in the day the observers found a ground, swell of support for state unit chief Sachin Pilot getting the top job, according to highly placed sources. Pilot dug in his heels, saying he had slogged it out for the past four-anda-half years in the state to create a positive atmosphere for the party. Gehlot could not be allowed to parachute in at the last moment and grab the crown, he argued. With the wisdom in Delhi not tallying with that in Jaipur, the observers returned to the Capital and got into a huddle with party veteran Ahmed Patel. The game was wide open at the time of going to Press. After a late night meeting, Pilot told reporters that the process of getting the feedback was almost over and the party high command would take the final decision on Thursday . In Madhya Pradesh, Congress state unit president Kamal Nath led a delegation to meet Governor Anandiben Patel at Raj Bhawan to stake his party’s claim to form the new government. In the evening, at the Congress Legislature Party meeting in Bhopal, top leaders like Kamal Nath, campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh and Rajya Sabha member Vivek 2018 Tankha were present. Four independent MLAs – all Congress rebels also participated. Two AICC observers, former Union ministers A K Antony and Bhanwar Jitendra Singh, who were deputed for the meeting, were expected to formalise the choice of Kamal Nath as the new CM. But sources said Scindia refused to yield. The ball is back in Rahul’s court. Meanwhile, there was a buzz on Rahul using the party’s internal EXPRESS READ DOMICILE CERTIFICATE DENIAL India should have been a Hindu nation: HC judge P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R IN an unusual judgment, the Meghalaya High Court has urged the Prime Minister to enact laws to allow non-Muslims living in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to come to India and be given Indian citizenship. The order, which observes that India should have long been declared a Hindu nation, also said that nobody should try to make India another Islamic country . The 37-page order passed on Monday said, “I make it clear that nobody should try to make India another Islamic country , otherwise it will be a doomsday for India and the world.” The single bench headed by 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 P r i m e M i n i s t e r, 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 historical background. messaging platform Shakti for workers to send out a pre-recorded audio message seeking their feedback for selection of the chief minister in their respective states. Crowd sourcing of opinion from within the organisation to settle the leadership question would be a first for any party in India. In Rajasthan, a Congress delegation met Governor Kalyan Singh to stake its claim to form the government. “A party delegation met the Governor. We have majority and will form the government,” AICC general secterary Avinash Pande told journalists. “Several other MLAs have also extended support in writing. The final list will be handed over to the Governor later,” he added. In 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 Mizoram, where Mizo National Front has trounced Congress to wrest power, party president Zoramthanga would be sworn in as the chief minister on P7, 8, 9 Saturday . GRAND MEMORIAL FOR NTR The designs of the NTR Memorial, which will have a 32-metretall statue of the TDP founder, were handed over to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday The memorial will come up at Neerukonda village and it is estimated to cost `406 crore and of the total project cost, `155 cr for is meant for statue and the rest for development of other facilities The NTR Memorial will come up in 14 acres and the State government will also develop surrounding 200 acres in Neerukonda village into a tourist spot | P5 Centre clarifies on taking back `350 cr from AP New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Centre had taken back `350 crore “inadvertently” released for the development of backward districts in AP as all the necessary approvals were not available. He responded to the question raised by Congress MP KVP Ramachandra Rao in Rajya Sabha. P5 Naidu reminds KCR India is a democratic country Owaisi to campaign for Jagan AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said he would campaign for his “good friend” YSRC supremo YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in AP to defeat CM Naidu in the next elections TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu cannot be trusted. It is known that he jumps ship regularly. His policies are not consistent Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM chief EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada A day after TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao’s remark that he would give a ‘return gift’ to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for ‘interfering’ in Telangana politics, the CM on Wednesday retorted that any leader or individual can go anywhere he wants in a democracy . Speaking at a government programme in Ongole, Naidu said, “Any leader can go anywhere in a democratic country and can do whatever he wants (read politics).’’ Soon after his party’s landslide victory in Telangana Assembly elections on Tuesday, TRS chief Rao took Naidu to task for ‘meddling’ in politics of Telangana and went on to add that he too would ‘interfere’ in AP . Reacting to Rao’s barbs, Naidu, in a way, welcomed the TRS chief to AP “To serve peo. ple, any leader can go to any place in a democracy,’’ he said. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu taking part in Jnanabheri programme in Ongole on Wednesday | EXPRESS Naidu went on to add that the TDP is committed to the welfare of Telugu people wherever they are. “Some people criticise us while some others talk in a threatening manner. But, we continue to strive for the welfare of people,” he said. P6 Bankers to press Governor of RBI to ease stress on sector EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE New boss, new policy? The new RBI chief is expected to iron out differences with the government, which has been pressing the bank for norms relaxation. 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 him a view of banks’ challenges, their finance , position and whether any relaxation in norms is needed.
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