BENGALURU THURSDAY APRIL 18, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION ? THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR DELHI MAHAGATHBANDAN With less than a week left for ﬁling nomination papers, the Congress-AAP alliance drama continued on Wednesday SQUABBLES AND A MARRIAGE OF NECESSITY 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 Wait & Watch 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 A VOTE FOR NEW DELHI, BUT ALSO FOR BENGALURU Going, going, gone. Jet grounded, fingers crossed on its revival E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Gowdas’ fate, Siddu’s prestige, BJP’s foothold — all on test today UNABLE to secure interim funding from lenders, Jet Airways on Wednesday announced temporary suspension of operations from Wednesday midnight. Reports say a 10.20 pm 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 funds without additional collateral. The consortium, however, confirmed receipt of bids for their stake sale, adding the bidding process will conclude on May 10. P15 S A N T W A N A B H AT TA C H A R YA & R A M U PAT I L @ Bengaluru 1 DEAD Rain lashes Bengaluru on Wednesday evening leaving 25 trees uprooted A 27-year-old delivery boy died after a branch of a tree fell on him in Amruthahalli police limits. The city received between 0.5mm and 73.5mm rainfall |P3 A storm brews: Polling and police personnel shield themselves from gusty wind which kicked up dust as they set out to their polling booths in Bengaluru on Wednesday. In the southern part of the state, 14 Lok Sabha seats vote on Thursday while the campaign heat will reach a crescendo in the coming days for the remaining 14 seats which will vote on April 23 | PANDARINATH B THERE is a dual value to the vote of Karnataka’s electorate, half of whom will be queueing up to exercise their franchise as you read this. On Thursday, April 18, in the second phase of the general election, 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in South Karnataka, including Bengaluru, will see polling action. But the voters will not only be choosing their members of Parliament, they could also be foretelling the future of the ruling JD(S)-Con- gress coalition in the state. A lot is at stake for both sides in terms of both numbers and prestige. The JD(S) has three crucial battles in Hassan, Mandya and Tumkur, with ex-PM H D Deve Gowda in the fray in the last. Former Congress CM Siddaramaiah has a prestige OFFICER INSPECTS PM CONVOY, SUSPENDED The EC on Wednesday suspended Karnataka cadre IAS officer Mohammad Mohsin deputed to Odisha as a general observer for going against its instructions and inspecting PM Modi’s convoy. P8 battle in Mysore. And the BJP is invested in a pitched battle to up its overall numbers in Karnataka—the only southern state where it has a strong electoral foothold—to help make up for a possible shortfall in the Hindi heartland. But top leaders from the often fractious JD(S)-Congress coalition camp are fighting not only to retain their base but also to boost their numbers in New Delhi. They see that as a vital bridge to cross to ensure the longevity of the coalition regime in Karnataka itself. P8 Modi mania? Some techies refuse to byte ‘Victim’ Sadhvi Pragya to A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru ARE techies more prone to becoming fans of Prime Minister Narendra Modi? The answer is yes and no. While some clearly see him as a strong leader, others keep their own counsel. However, recent incidents in the city would make one believe that most techies root for him. The IT crowd in Bengaluru, which normally congregates around water cool- ers for quick work-related chats, becomes a boisterous and loud group when it comes to politics. And no faction is louder than Modi fans, who manage to drown out all other voices criticising the PM. On March 18, one such group welcomed Congress president Rahul Gandhi with pro-Modi slogans, when he was at Manyata Tech Park for an interaction. The incident threw up the ques- tion of whether Modi and the BJP continue to hold sway on techies --the educated, young, largely middleclass, social media users. Techies themselves, HR professionals and political analysts --- all believe that IT employees continue to be a huge support base for PM Modi even if they don’t subscribe to BJP as a party The question wheth. er this support translates to vote, however, remains unanswered. P8 take on Digvijaya in Bhopal E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi/Bhopal AIMING to pin down the ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh with the hard Hindutva card, the BJP fielded Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast terror case, from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat to take on Congress’ Digvijaya Singh. After she joned the party on Wednesday BJP chief Amit Shah , said she was chosen to get even with Singh, who coined the “saffron terror” term to defame Hindus.
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