KOZHIKODE z THURSDAY z APRIL 18, 2019 z `7.00 z PAGES 16 z CITY EDITION ? THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR DELHI MAHAGATHBANDAN SQUABBLES AND A MARRIAGE OF NECESSITY With less than a week left for ﬁling nomination papers, the Congress-AAP alliance drama continued on Wednesday ■ Wait & Watch POLITICS OF BRINKSMANSHIP After a meeting with Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, the AAP’s Sanjay Singh said the tie-up has been called off as the grand old party wants an alliance only in Delhi, and not Haryana. But the marriage is a necessity for both the parties to take on the BJP, and with April 23 the last day to enter the poll fray in both states, talks will likely go on ■ If Congress wants a tie-up only in Delhi, then it will be given just two out of seven seats, AAP sources said. The Delhi ruling party is open to giving away three seats if there is a Haryana deal The AAP is driving a hard bargain, but the Congress is not buying it as losing in Delhi would hurt the former more THE BJP IS KEENLY LOOKING AT THE DRAMA AS IT FINALISES CANDIDATES 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 Life-long relationship? Why not? Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on his second visit to the state, gives enough indication that he will retain the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat if elected, saying he wants a life-long relationship RAJESH ABRAHAM PHASE II FACEOFF 2019 Polling in TN, Karnataka today Polling will be held in 38 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and 14 of the 28 in Karnataka on Thursday. DMK’s Kanimozhi and former PM H D Deve Gowda are among the 1,600-odd contestants in the second phase to be held in 95 seats. P6 95 seats go to polls in Phase II WHERE ALL z Tamil Nadu 38 z Odisha 5 z Karnataka 14 z Puducherry 1 z Maharashtra 10 z Manipur 1 z Assam 5 z Chhattisgarh 3 z J&K 2 z Uttar Pradesh 8 z Bihar 5 z West Bengal 3 GLADIATORS MANDYA vs Nikhil Kumaraswamy, JD(S) Sumalatha Ambareesh, Ind THOOTHUKUDI vs DMK’s MK Kanimozhi BJP’s Tamilisai Soundararajan KANNIYAKUMARI Congress Vasanthakumar vs BJP Pon Radhakrishnan CONGRESS president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday gave enough indication that he would retain the Wayanad seat if elected, saying he wants to have a “lifelong relationship” with the people of the constituency . Addressing a massive rally at the St Mary’s College Ground here, the Congress scion, who is also contesting from Amethi, said he does not want a relationship for a couple of months. “I want to have a lifelong relationship with you,” Rahul told the 25,000-strong gathering, including women and children, who stood listening to him braving the scorching sun. Rahul’s statement comes at a time when the Left is trying to convince the voters against electing him saying he would retain Amethi, which he earlier said was his “karma bhoomi”. Rahul, however, said he wanted to spread the message across the country that “there’s a place called Wayanad where people work together peacefully to solve their problems”. He preferred not to criticise the CPM or the Left parties for that matter on his second straight day of campaigning in the state, but minced no words to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP and the RSS. “I’m not like the Prime Minister of India. I won’t come here and tell you that I’ll give you 2 crore jobs or I’ll give 15 lakh rupees to all bank accounts. I won’t lie to you. Because I respect your intellect. I respect your wisdom and understanding,” he said. KOTTAYAM, THURSDAY 18 04 2019 05 z LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 POLL BYTES Prime Minster in capital today T’Puram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a gathering of party workers at a public function at Central stadium at 8 pm on Thursday. The Prime Minister will return back to New Delhi after the programme on Thursday night itself after the public programme. K P Sasikala comes out against Chief Electoral Officer T’Puram: Hindu Aikya Vedi state president K P Sasikala flayed Chief Electoral Officer of the state Teeka Ram Meena, for having removed the hoardings erected by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi. Sasikala said the hoardings were removed under the pretext of violating model code of conduct the and said the Sabarimala Karma Samithi was not a political party and the model code of conduct was not applicable to it. She was addressing a press conference at Thiruvananthapura m Press Club the other day. Prohibition on tv and radio campaigning 48 hours prior to election T’Puram: The Chief Electoral Officer has made it clear that television and radio campaigning will be prohibited 48 hours prior to the elections. In case of campaigning on print publications, prior permission should be attained from the state and district Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC). The instructions should be strictly abided to in Kerala on April 22 and April 23. The last date of submission of the advertisements is 6 pm before the MCMC on Friday. Reference to Sabarimala issue not a poll violation, says code Senkumar Pathanamthitta: Sabarimala Karma Samithi convener T P Senkumar said NDA candidate Surendran would K win the election with a comfortable margin. “Surendran will corner eight lakh votes in the constituency,” Senkumar told media persons on Wednesday. He said raising Sabarimala temple in the electioneering by a political party or candidate would violation of not be a Ayyappa in the election the poll code. However, referring Lord code, Senkumar said. campaign will attract violation of election State CEO seeks report from DGP, Sobha Surendran’s DC on comments T’Puram: Chief Electoral from State Police Chief Officer Teeka Ram Meena has sought a report Loknath Behera and pertaining to the District Collect K V k z SIBLING HARMONY ON SHOW DURING LDF, UDF CANDIDATES’ CAMP AIGN IN VADAKARA ARUN LAKSHMAN @T’Puram P Sathidevi is a familiar name in Vadakara constituency them of the need and so is Padmaja to ensure the Venugopal. UDF candidate’s Both are political victory since leaders but this is a fight for the similarity survival of ends there. democracy as the Sathidevi is a CPM return of state comNarendra Modi mittee member means curand All India tains for democracy Democratic .” W “K Muraleedharan Association(AIDW o m e n ’ s will win A) by a huge margin retary while Padmajastate secand is KPCC ple here are waiting the peogeneral secretary for . 23 to cast their ballot April Padmaja Venugopal at Back in 2004, Sathidevi against a family meeting organised the misrule of Pinarayi and Muraleedharan in connection with the Padmaja had fought in Thalassery (R) P Sathidevi Vijaythe Lok an Government and campaigning for her brother campaign of her brother and UDF candidate Sabha polls from K and LDF candidate P Jayarajan Vadakara mandate Modi Government Narendra and erstwhi at the Cenfrom Vadakara le Muk tre,” she said. - P election work dapuram constituencies,u n - Jayarajan, the LDF for several years candidate now. According to her,” Vadakara Parliament re- is Sathidevi’s I had been part of spectively albeit The UDF , sibling and K constit- campaign the poll uency with conflict- Muraleedharan, campaign of Left and fully engaged is working like welling fortunes -Sathidevi candidate K the the UDF can- P with oiled machine won by didate electioneering work,” Unnikrishnan and a huge margin in the constituis the brother was in- said. and Padmaja she ency and of volved in the campaign Padmaja. the undercurrents failed to make it. at Perwhich I have sensed Padmaja ingalam Assembly On her contribution This time around during constitu- ‘Express,’ Venugopal told the tour they have brother’s to her of the Assembly hit the campaign “I have been campoll campaign, Sath- ency where our ancestral segtrail for their idevi ments gives me the paigning for my home is. elder brothers confidence brother in all seeking the and said, “I’m a party worker the Assembly constituencies. to state the politically “I am the LDF election had been involved literate with mittee vice-chairman com- I addressed voters here will ensure a conseveral family in the gatherings vincing vic tor and convinced for Muraleedharan.” y ‘I want to initiate people’s Man Ki Baat to address woes’ AJITH KANNAN @ Thiruvambadi (Kozhikode) Congress president Rahul Gandhi waving at an election rally at St Marys College ground at Sultan Bathery | EXPRESS Why is Modi afraid of facing the media: Rahu l EXPRESS NEWS S ERVICE @ Kannur THERE are three main issues to be discussed in this tion, AICC president elecRahul Gandhi said while speaking to the reporters at Kannur after the UDF le d ’ to loot the public money to gift it to the cronies are national activities.”the anti Everybody knows who is doing this, said Rahul. Modi should answer all these things. Taking a dig at the PM’s alleged lack of di P J Joseph’s ‘RaGa’ Kerala Congress leader P J Joseph was the cynosure of all eyes after he sang a song in praise of Rahul Gandhi at an poll rally in Sultan Bathery. “I had informed my wish to sing th zRahul started his speech at 1.45 pm by wishing everyone a Happy Easter. Throughout his half-anhour-long speech, the crowd was seen shouting slogans and clapping expressing their support to their ‘future prime minister’. z’I came here as your son, your brother and your friend. So, I could not lie to you like our Prime Minister. Because, no one could lie to his parents, brother or friends’ THE blistering temperature was at its peak, but the small town of Thiruvambadi was crowded with thousands of UDF workers and supporters from many parts of the district and they assembled at the Sacred Heart High School ground to hear Congress president Rahul Hours before the Gandhi. arrival of their leader, the ground was full as party workers which the NDA included a large and Prime number of Narendra Modi, Minister women and children accusing donning h i m Congress caps of making and holding false promises. party flags unmindful of the Rahul stressed mid-day heat. When the imporCongress tance president Rahul of culture, history and reached the venue Gandhi language of the hill district. at 1.25 thousands of Congress pm, He also made promises to the work- people ers and UDF supporters of Wayanad, mainly wel- farmers, comed him by to address their shouting sues isslogans. if his government comes to power. Rahul started his “I don’t want to conduct 1.45 pm by wishing speech at everyone own my a Happy Easter. Throughout but ‘Man Ki Baat like Modi, his half-an-hour-long I want to initiate people’s the crowd was seen speech, Man Ki Baat to address shouting issues,” your slogans and clappin he said READ ELECTION SPECIALS ON P2, P5 Congress president Rahul Gandhi offering bali tharppan on Wednesday at Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple in Wayanad where the urn containing the ashes of his father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was immersed in Papanasini | EXPRESS Martyr Vasantha’s kin plan grand welcome for Priyanka RAJESH ABRAHAM @ Kalpetta (Wayanad) CONGRESS president Rahul Gandhi may have twice cancelled his plan to visit Pulwama terror attack martyr V V Vasantha Kumar’s house following Maoist threats. Now as his sister and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is set to visit Vasantha’s ancestral home on Saturday, members of his family and Action initiated against Pillai, High Court told Suo motu case against K Sudhakaran Kochi: The Election Commission on Wednesday told the High Court that action had been initiated against BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai for his alleged hate speech against the Muslim community during a campaign meeting of Sobha Surendran. P5 T’Puram/Kannur: The Kerala Women’s Commission has registered a suo motu case against Kannur UDF candidate K Sudhakaran for propagating a video allegedly making misogynistic and sexist remarks on his Facebook page. P5 Kuruma tribe, to which he belonged, are planning a grand welcome. The body of CRPF jawan Vasantha, killed in February was , buried at his ancestral home in Vazhakkandi. “We’ve been informed about Priyanka’s visit. We’re very excited,” said Rukmini, said a local resident as a poster paying homage to the CRPF jawan formed the background near the Vazhakkan● More on P5 di culture centre. MANISH ANAND, ANURAAG S I N G H @ New Delhi/Bhopal AIMING to pin down the ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh with the hard Hindutva card, the BJP fielded Sadhvi Prag ya Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast terror case, from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat to take on Congress’ Digvijaya Singh. Amit Shah, BJP president, said she was chosen to get even with the former I N T E R V I E W OOMMEN CHANDY BJP WILL NOT OPEN ACCOUNT PAGE 2 GOING, GOING, GONE IT’S HARD HINDUTVA FOR BJP IN BHOPAL No bailout. Jet grounded, fingers crossed on revival E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi CM, who coined the “saffron terrorism” term to defame Hindus. “The Congress claimed ‘Hindu terrorists’ were involved in the Samjhauta blast case. Saints were jailed. The court has ruled that Hindu terror was a fiction,” Shah said minutes after her candidature was announced. The BJP was searching for a formidable nominee from Bhopal—a saffron bastion since 1989—to help counter the recent soft Hindutva of the Congress. Adani eyes KSEB’s solar project Kochi: After an array of projects including airport, seaport and piped natural gas, the Adani Group is now eyeing to bid for the KSEB’s promising 1000-MW solar power project. Adani Solar on Wednesday announced the launch of their retail business in Kerala partnering with Risto Solar, which will act as its channel partner in the state. P4 MOST parts of the state on Wednesday received first major spell of summer showers, accompanied by lightning and gusty wind, bringing down mercury level. Thiruvananthapurm city recorded the highest rainfall (33mm) till 5.30 pm followed by Kottayam (27 mm). The Indian Metrological Department said the rain, which has been lashing north Kerala since Wednesday evening, will people killed continue on in lightning Thursday. Heavy rainfall (7-11 cm in 24 hours) is likely to occur at one or two places in Malappuram. Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Wayand experienced thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, on Wednesday night. Southern Kerala will also get showers on Friday . The Met office has warned maximum temperature is very likely to be above normal by 2-3 degree Celsius in all districts except Wayanad on Thursday . 2 SHORT TAKES Rahul Gandhi @ RahulGandhi Today I visited the Thirunelli Temple in Wayanad, Kerala. This besides the Papanasini, beautiful temple & where my father’s its surroundings are ashes were immersed an oasis of peace & in 1991, brought back serenity. fond memories of him & our time together. Standing Respite. Summer showers bring mercury level down E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram @ Sultan Bathery (Wayanad) LOK SABHA ELECTION RAIN TILL TOMORROW UNABLE to secure interim funding from lenders, the embattled Jet Airways on Wednesday announced temporary suspension of operations from Wednesday midnight. Reports say a 10.20 pm Jet Airways flight from Amritsar could be its last for now. “Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source is forthcoming, the airline will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going. Consequently, with immediate effect, Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights. The last flight will operate today ,” the carrier said in a statement. CEO Vinay Dube had approached the lender consortium led by SBI one last time on Tuesday with an appeal for `400 crore, but they refused to release any funds without additional collateral. The consortium, however, confirmed receipt of bids for their stake sale, adding the bidding process will conclude on May 10. “We are actively working to try and ensure that the bid process leads to a viable solution for the company the ,” lenders said. This is the first time the 25-year old full service carrier has halted its operations. Bid papers issued Bid papers issued to eligible parties. The papers have sought bidders’ plans for a quick revival of the company, the lenders said Since no emergency funding is forthcoming, the airline will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going Jet Airways statement RAIN RECEIVED Tvm city 33 mm A monkey seen shrugging off water from its body following heavy summer rain. A scene from Neyyar | VINCENT PULICKAL 8 months after floods, state dams lack emergency plan A J AY K A N T H @ Kochi EIGHT months have passed since the floods devastated the state, claiming 433 lives and causing damage of more than `40,000 crore. Still, the state has not readied a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for its dams, despite it being mandatory as per the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for deal● More on P6 ing with a crisis situation. Tvm airport 14 mm Kottayam 27 mm Kochi Naval Base 3 mm (Till 5.30 pm on Wednesday)
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