Salamabad’s Kaman Aman Setu bridge was one of the two gateways for trade across LoC. The other was in Poonch’s Chakkan-da-Bagh | PTI KOCHI l SATURDAY l APRIL 20, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION TRADE SUSPENSION ACROSS LoC WON’T IMPACT BIG BUSINESS After India suspended commerce across the Line of Control on Friday, only small businesses rue the disruption of trade VOLUME TOO SMALL TO HAVE ANY EFFECT FUNDING TERROR WITH ALMONDS Pakistan’s exports to India stood at $488.5 million in 2017-18 out of a total Indo-Pak trade of $2.41 billion, just 0.3 per cent of India’s overall merchandise trade in that year. The Centre, which withdrew MFN status to Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack, said drugs, fake currency and ammunition were being funnelled through the LoC routes ■ Even California almonds, know for their nutritional value, are used to fund terror in J&K, government officials said on Friday ■ Pakistani traders with terror links under-invoice products like almonds. Their Indian counterparts sell it at market rate, make a profit and slowly hand over the extra money to terror outfits 66.5 kg OF HEROIN THAT CAME IN THROUGH LoC TRADE SEIZED RECENTLY 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 Congress matches BJP, vows to restore temple entry ban Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala says if UPA comes to power, it will take Constitutional route to bring back ban on young women’s entry at Sabarimala E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram IT’S NO longer veiled references and cautious statements. In the last lap of the Lok Sabha poll campaigning, Sabarimala has indisputably become the main plank. The Congress and BJP have issued clear statements that they would reinstate the age bar on women seeking darshan at Sabarimala if voted to power. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, it was Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala’s turn on Friday to lure the “irked” believers by promising that the party would take Constitutional route to restore the ban on young women’s entry . “I categorically state that if the Rahul Gandhi-led UPA Government comes to power at the Centre, we’ll enact a legislation to preserve the customs and traditions of the temple,” Chennithala said at a hurriedly-convened press briefing on Friday, within 24 hours of Modi’s promise of “Constitutional support” to protect devotees’ faith. Chennithala said the political interests of the BJP and CPM have worsened the issue. Modi is shedding crocodile tears on the issue while he had every opportunity to enact a legislation and protect the temple’s customs. “The BJP viewed it as a golden opportunity for electoral gains. The CPM stood for lifting the age bar not because of progressive thinking but for weakening democratic forces,” he said. Chennithala said the Congress and UDF opted for Constitutional and legal options after the Supreme Court verdict ● More on P6 came lifting the age bar. All options from court to Parliament will be explored to protect faith Narendra Modi, Prime Minister It’s the Supreme Court order which triggered the problem, with those opposed to the ruling attempting to turn the shrine into a conflict zone Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister I categorically state that if the Rahul Gandhi-led UPA Government comes to power at the Centre, we’ll enact a legislation to preserve the customs and traditions of the temple Ramesh Chennithala, Oppn leader UDF & LDF CONCERNED Kochi: The women’s entry issue has grabbed the centre stage in the poll scenario. With just three days remaining for the polling day, concerns over a possible polarisation of voters have gripped the two major fronts. P2 PLAYING IT SAFE? Kochi: Though Sabarimala temple was opened on two occasions recently, there was neither police escorted darshan for young women nor any attempts by young women disguising as men. P2 MORE SAD NEWS Three-year-old assaulted by Cops rescue kids locked up mother succumbs to injuries inside house without food WAYANAD 2019 newindianexpress com All you need to know Udma (LDF) KASARGOD Kanhangad (LDF) 1 P Karunakaran CPM, Margin: 6,921 2 Taliparamba (LDF) (LDF) K P Satheesh Chandran Mullappally registered the first of his five consecutive victories from the constituency in 1984. 2 Azhikode Ravish ‘Thantri’ Kuntar (UDF) (LDF) Mattannur Dharmadam (LDF) 2014: PK Sreemathi, CPM. Margin: 6,566 2009: K Sudhakaran, INC. Margin: 43,151 (LDF) A known popular face 2 pending | 2 convicted STRENGTH (LDF) (LDF) Nadapuram (LDF) Vadakara Influential among Hindus 3 Sulthan Bathery (UDF) Kuttiyadi (LDF) (UDF) (LDF) Balussery (LDF) Less known outside Sangh Parivar (LDF) Polarisation of voters 2009: M B Rajesh CPM: Margin: 1,820 Thiruvambadi (LDF) Koduvally (LDF) Elathur (LDF) Total voters: 13,20,680 V K Sreekantan Mal Manjeri (UDF) 6 app ura Mankada (UDF) Kottakkal I11.43 CR I1.32CR Thrithala (UDF) M B Rajesh 7 M K Raghavan I35.30L CRIMINAL CASES 10 cases Not available CRIMINAL CASES FIR pending Popularity, accessibility BJP not a force to reckon in the constituency OPPORTUNITIES Expecting Strong cadre base will consolidation of provide excellent Muslim votes grassroots work THREAT BJP cutting into Possibility of neutral Congress votes voters opting out K P Prakash Babu I61.02 L I17.64 L 2 cases BJP expecting a return at Centre Chargesheeted by CBI in two murder cases, negative image A Pradeepkumar Age: 55 | Edu: PDC Age:39 | LLM TOTAL ASSETS A road blockade case Sabarimala agitation cases STRENGTH Proven track record of being an efficient MLA WEAKNESS Inability to counter corruption charges Chelakkara (LDF) ry (UDF) Manalur (LDF) 10 Thrissur (LDF) Nattika (LDF) Alathur (LDF) Ollur (LDF) Total voters: 13,69,878 Can cash in on his incarceration over Sabarimala row Votes can be much lesser than 2014 polls Total voters: 13,56,408 Female 6,83,643 E T Mohammed Basheer Age: 72 | Edu: X P K Kunhalikutty V P Sanu Unnikrishnan Master V T Rema Age: 61 | MA MPhill No cases Youngster, accessibility WEAKNESS Less popular OPPORTUNITIES Strong IUML People looking vote base for an alternative THREAT New voters may Contesting in look for change IUML bastion I75L I14 CR I35.78CR I2.44CR CRIMINAL CASES New face, Accessibility Not a known face People looking for alternative Contesting in IUML bastion No cases 1 case STRENGTH Popularity, Accessibility LDF backing, Connecting with youth WEAKNESS Unable to connect with young voters Negative image, criminal cases Voting time: 7 am to 6 pm OPPORTUNITIES Strong IUML People looking for an vote base alternative candidate THREAT New voters may Contesting in IUML look for change stronghold 2017: P K Kunhalikutty IUML – Margin: 1,71,038 2014: E Ahammed IUML – Margin : 1,94,739 7 cases Voters should ensure that their name is included in the electoral roll. 10 cases Remya Haridas Familiar in Palakkad Alternative ID proofs: No Electors’ Photo ID Card (EPIC)? Don’t worry, you can still vote. Just produce any of these 11 photo identity documents Sabarimala sentiment, connecting with women voters People looking for alternative candidate 2014: E T Mohammed IUML, Margin: 25,410 Basheer 2009: E T Mohammed IUML, Margin: 82,684 Basheer A League bastion No cases Health insurance card issued by Ministry of Labour MP, MLA official ID card Authenticated photo voter slip issued by the election machinery since 1977 Since 1977, IUML has been enjoying a cakewalk The Muslim-dominant in Ponnani. constituency was Left lenient in the 1962, 1967 and 1971 general elections. 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS CM MIFFED AT PM Pinarayi Vijayan said the allegations raised by PM Narendra Modi against him about Lavalin case were a challenge towards India’s legal system. P6 4 cases STRENGTH Young and LDF citadel, well-oiled energetic face machinery WEAKNESS Weak party Rumblings within the machinery party. Claims Sizeable minority population in dist Cente’s pro-poor programmes No substantial influence in any assembly segment for seat OPPORTUNITIES Able to convert Benefit as controversies two-term MP into a sympathy factor THREAT Unfamiliar UDF candidate’s terrain popularity Dedicated caste base Weak party base THRISSUR Third Gender: 17 Total voters: 13,36,399 Female 6,93,440 Male 6,42,942 T N Prathapan Rajaji Mathew Thomas Age: 58 | Edu: XII 7 cases MGNREGA job card T V Babu Age: 44 | Edu: PhD Age: 61 | Edu: X TOTAL ASSETS I22,816 I38.50L I43,827 CRIMINAL CASES 3 cases Triangular contest has ensured a substantial vote share Age: 64 | Edu: MA TOTAL ASSETS I23.07L I35,296 Passbook issued by bank or post office Pension document with photograph P K Biju Age: 33 | Edu: Fashion course Late announcement of candidature Passport Driving licence Third Gender: 4 Total voters: 12,64,471 Male 6,18,629 DOCUMENTS Service identity card of state or Central Government PAN card Aadhaar card Not a known face Contesting in IUML stronghold THE three-year-old boy, who was allegedly assaulted by his mother and undergoing treatment at a private hospital near Aluva, succumbed to injuries on Friday morning. Doctor’s report said the child had been in a coma and the CT scan of his brain revealed intercranial bleeding. He suffered various physical injuries. Though clots were removed and internal bleeding stopped through a critical surgery, the boy’s condition deteriorated on Friday While . the postmortem report is not Female 6,45,838 C Krishnakumar I30.51L Male 1,26,02,500 IUML national leader GM Banatwala wrested Ponnani In 1977 from Left where he enjoyed landslide victory for seven times. Inability to woo neutral votes Leader of the powerful Ezhava community Limited presence of BDJS in Wayanad 2014: P K Biju, CPM. Margin: 37,312 votes 2009: P K Biju, CPM. Margin: 20,960 votes Third Gender: 5 Third Gender: 161 Total voters: 2,60,63,886 Female 1,34,61,225 Banatwala, who broke the Left Juggernaut Wayanad is a traditional UDF bastion THREAT He may vacate Not a mass leader as seat Rahul Gandhi AT A GLANCE A LOOK BACK 9 cases STRENGTH A LOOK BACK CRIMINAL CASES Unable to connect with young voters P V Anwar Age: 51 | Edu: PDC TOTAL ASSETS Strong party machinery P K Sasi factor and consequent rumblings in the party Suresh Gopi Age: 60 | Edu: MA I10.66CR CRIMINAL CASES Three-time MLA ELEVEN years after the Tatas left Singur in West Bengal - the original site for their Nano car factory - in a huff, the Mumbai-based conglomerate decided to relocate one of its group firms, Tata Sponge, from Odisha to Kolkata. In a stock exchange filing, the `1,050-crore turnover Tata Sponge said its board has agreed to shift its registered office to West Bengal. Relations between Tata Group and Trinamool chief M a m at a B a n e r j e e h a d turned “cool if not cold” after the 2008 relocation of the Nano plant to Gujarat due to protests led by her party when it was not in power. After Mamata came to power, unlike the Ambanis, industry leaders like Ratan Tata continued to give her annual Bengal Global Business Summit a miss. Age: 67 | Edu: BCom Age: 30 | Edu: MSW, MCom Age: 54 | Edu: BA BEd TOTAL ASSETS I5.28CR I15,922 2 cases 9 Puthukkad (LDF) Third Gender: 6 Male 6,72,759 Third Gender: 3 Male 6,90,447 Popularity, accessibility Nenmara (LDF) 10 STRENGTH WEAKNESS Groupism in party. Weak party machinery OPPORTUNITIES Rahul’s Ability to express a candidature will view point and take draw minorities criticism in his stride to UDF THREAT Strong BJP Sabarimala issue could candidate in fray wean away CPM votes Chittur (LDF) PONNANI MALAPPURAM Limited presence in the campaign as a national leader OPPORTUNITIES Holds sway Ability to connect among minority with young voters communities Rivals dub him as a weak candidate OPPORTUNITIES Clout can increase If wins, can be credited if he stages a with preventing UDF hat-trick hat-trick THREAT Anti-incumbency Sabarimala fallout as 2-term MP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi Marginal presence in the district, except certain pockets Sabarimala and Modi brand Irinjakkuda (LDF) S E S A S E N @ New Delhi Female 6,79,428 10 cases A known popular face Malampuzha (LDF) Tarur (LDF) Youth leader, BJYM state prez Popularity confined only to Kozhikode (North) Issues including Sabarimala may affect voter preferences Sympathisers shifting allegiance to Cong to defeat CPM 2014: Mullappally Ramachandran, INC, Margin 3,306 votes 2009: Mullappally Ramachandran, INC, Margin: 56,186 votes (LDF) Ottappalam (UDF) Palakkad Kunnamkulam (LDF) I38.8L CRIMINAL CASES Kongad(LDF) Shoranur (LDF) (LDF) Wadakkanche Age: 66 | Edu: BA A LOOK BACK 2 cases STRENGTH Excellent track Grassroots connect with record as MLA a strong cadre base WEAKNESS Lack of cadre strength affecting ground work Pattambi (LDF) Thavanur Guruvayur(LDF) Age: 67 | Edu: PDC Age: 43 | Edu: BSc TOTAL ASSETS 5 cases (UDF) Tirur (UDF) (LDF) Age: 61 | Edu: BA LLB I23.52L 8 Perinthalmanna (UDF) Ponnani Support of BJP, SNDP Yogam and tribal communities Aggressive campaign by the LDF WEAKNESS Age: 49 | Edu:BA Age: 48 | Edu: MA, LLB Age: 48 | Edu: BCom TOTAL ASSETS Mannarkkad (UDF) m Male 6,39,112 3 cases STRENGTH ALATHUR (LDF) (UDF) Third Gender: 15 Total voters: 13,15,355 Female 6,76,228 Male 6,17,009 V K Sajeevan AICC chief, Gandhi scion Wandoor (UDF) Vengara Thushar Vellappally Age: 50 | Edu: X No cases pending Alleged trading of votes to Congress Male 6,45,012 11 years after Singur, Tatas back in Bengal P Jayarajan Known BJP leader, clean image (UDF) (UDF) (UDF) Tanur (LDF) P P Suneer TOTAL ASSETS 5 cases Eranad Kondotty (UDF) Tirurangadi K Muraleedharan Rahul Gandhi Age: 48 | Edu: MPhil Age: 50 | Edu: MA I15.88CR I2.28 CR I43.95 CR CRIMINAL CASES No cases PALAKKAD Female 6,75,663 Nilambur Vallikkunnu KOZHIKODE Third Gender: 18 Total voters: 12,86,250 C K Padmanabhan Age: 70 | Edu: X (LDF) Kunnamangalam Beypore (LDF) 2009: M K Raghavan, INC - Margin: 838 VADAKARA Female 6,69,223 Male 6,73,011 (LDF) Kozhikode (N)(LDF) 2014: M K Raghavan INC - Margin: 16,883 2014: M B Rajesh CPM: Margin: 1,05,300 4 5 Koyilandi Powered by brand Modi, Sabarimala 4 Kalpetta Perambra (LDF) Murder of two youths in Kalliyot by alleged CPM supporters OPPORTUNITIES Kalliyot murder, Secular credentials, Sabarimala track record as MLA issue THREAT LDF’s well-oiled Kalliyot murder, machinery Sabarimala issue Mananthavady (LDF) Thalassery 1 hate speech Two-term MLA, with established track record WEAKNESS Loose tongue, bickering in the Congress Koothuparamba A LOOK BACK Kannur A LOOK BACK 1 defamation OPPORTUNITIES His support for Response from the devotees in women following Sabarimala issue women’s wall THREAT Presence of three Possible leak of minority namesakes votes, temple row Peravoor (UDF) Age: 53 | Edu: X P K Sreemathi TOTAL ASSETS No cases STRENGTH A strong Congress Organised campaigning man in district of the LDF in district WEAKNESS Weak Weak defence against organisational the political argument set up at many of violence regions EXPRESS TAKES STOCK OF VICTORY PROSPECTS OF MAJOR CONTENDERS - PART 1 P5 Age: 61 | Edu: BA TOTAL ASSETS K Sudhakaran Age: 70 | Edu: BA LLB Age: 70 | Edu: TTC 02 Third Gender: 1 Total voters: 13,57,819 Female 6,84,807 I3.16 CR I2.45 CR I34.04 L CRIMINAL CASES 2 cases The winning streak A LOOK BACK Kalliasseri (LDF) Rajmohan Unnithan I2.16 CR I64.82 L I82.43 L CRIMINAL CASES Third Gender: 5 Male 5,97,309 defeat from Kasargod In 1999, A P Abdullakkut ty had emerged as the giant killer for CPM by defeating Mullappally Ramachandran by 10,247 votes. Irikkur (UDF) Age: 63 | Edu: BA Nayanar tasted CPM’s Magic Kutty of Kannur (LDF) l WAYANAD Total voters: 12,62,144 Female 6,64,830 (LDF) Payyannur Male 6,56,433 Margin: 1,53,431 SATURDAY 20 04 2019 l The Congress won the constituency for the first time 1971, when 26-year-old Kadannappally Ramachandr in defeated E K Nayanar an by 28,404 votes. 2009: P Karunakaran CPM, Margin: 64,427 Trikaripur Third Gender: 1 Total voters: 13,60,827 Female 7,04,392 KOTTAYAM A LOOK BACK (UDF) M I Shanavas INC: 4,10,703 M Rahmatullah CPI: 2,57,264 Margin: 20,870 No cases STRENGTH No cases Proven leader in party. Knows over 10 languages WEAKNESS Lack of fluency in other languages Not a popular political figure OPPORTUNITIES No particular political background Regaining the Establishing the CPI strength of strength in Thrissur Congress in Thrissur THREAT Groupism within Dissatisfaction with the Congress sitting MP 2014: C N Jayadevan, CPI. Margin: 38,227 2009: P C Chacko, INC. Margin: 25,151 How swapping His popularity as actor Opening BJP’s account in the state Anti-incumbency against Centre A LOOK BACK Kasargod A LOOK BACK (UDF) 2009 M I Shanavas INC: 3,77,035 Sathyan Mokeri CPI: 3,56,165 KANNUR With campaigning now entering the last lap, Express of victory prospec takes stock ts of major contend seats. We begin ers in each of the by deconstructing 20 LS the poll math from to Thrissur, account ing for half the seats Kasargod up for grabs 2014: Manjeshwaram 2014 2019 LOK SABHA ELECTION cost Congress It was the exchange of seats P C Chacko and Chalakudybetween Thrissur MP MP K P Dhanapalan that cost the Congress dear in 2014. This confusion among led to the party rank and file resulting in both the candidates biting the dust. available yet, hospital authorities said the heavy injury could have caused his death. The child’s father, a migrant labourer, had brought him to the hospital on Wednesday with a head injury Doctors who examined the . kid became suspicious when they found the wound marks did not cause due to any fall from the house terrace, as the father claimed. On Thursday the police ar, rested the kid’s mother, a native of Jharkhand, on attempt to murder charges after she reportedly confessed to tor● More on P4 turing the kid. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kozhikode IN YET another incident which brought to the fore the cruelty and neglect faced by children, three boys abandoned by their parents were found locked ins i d e t h e i r re n t e d house at Nisari near Ramanattukara here on Friday . The boys, aged two, three and five, were left locked in the house for more than 24 hours without food, the police said. Neighbours informed the police the children’s mother Latha, a Karnataka native, had left the house around 7.30am on Thursday after locking them inside it. Alerted by neighbours around 8am on Friday, local police rescued the children and shifted them to the gover nment children’s home in the city. The officers are trying to trace the parents. Feroke police said Latha’s husband Suresh hails from Thrissur and the family has been residing in the house for more than six months. ● More on P4 My curse killed Karkare: Sadhvi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhopal BHARATIYA Janata Party candidate from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, said that former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008 because she had “cursed” him that he would be “destroyed.” Addressing a gathering of BJP workers late on Thursday evening, the sadhvi alleged she was so severely tortured while in custody that she told Karkare: “Maine kaha tera sarvanash hoga (I told him you will be destroyed).” As her comments kicked up a storm, with condemnation pouring in and leaving her party red-faced, the sadhvi apologised on Friday evening and called Karkare a martyr. “I felt that the enemies of the country were being benefited, therefore I take back my statement and apologise,” she said. “He died from the bullets of terrorists from the enemy country, he is certainly a martyr.” As the ATS chief, Karkare investigated Pragya Thakur in the Malegaon blast case of September 2008 but died fighting Pakistani terrorists during the Mumbai attack for which he received the Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award. Taking suo moto cognizance, Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer L Kantha Rao said they had sought a report within 24 hours. The IPS officers’ association issued a statement, condemning the comments. EC ban on BJP leader The EC on Friday slapped a campaign ban on Himachal Pradesh BJP president Satpal Satti for 48 hours for the alleged use of expletives against Congress president Rahul Gandhi Karkare said even if there was no evidence he would even manufacture it against me. This was his kutilta, desh droh and dharma viruddh (trickery, anti-national and against religion) YELLOW ALERT IN PALAKKAD POLLING DAY LOOKS TO BE A RAINY ONE HOLY FRIDAY Faithful carry a cross made of Olive wood from Jerusalem during a procession at the Aranattukara St Thomas Church on Good Friday | EXPRESS EXPRESS READ Mayawati, Mulayam share stage Ex-spokesperson quits Congress Mainpuri: Ending their 24-year rivalry to take on the BJP, BSP supremo Mayawati shared the stage with Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav here on Friday and sought votes for him, saying he was a “real leader” of the backward communities “unlike” Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders have not seen eye to eye ever since Mayawati was allegedly assaulted by SP cadres in Lucknow in 1995. Mumbai: Former Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday joined the Shiv Sena, blaming the Rahul Gandhi-led party for reinstating party workers who misbehaved with her recently. At a press conference here, Chaturvedi was welcomed into the Sena by the saffron party president Uddhav Thackeray, who said Shiv Sena workers have got a “good sister” in Chaturvedi. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram IT LOOKS like April 23, the polling day of the Lok Sabha elections, is going to be a rainy one. The Kerala Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has forecast isolated heavy rain, accompanied by lightning, thunderstor m and strong wind (30-50 kmph), in the state till Tuesday . Yellow alert has been issued in Palakkad for Saturday in the wake of the forecast that the district might receive heavy rain. Considering that landslips may occur in Palakkad, Malappuram and Thrissur districts, warnings have been issued to avoid nighttime travel (7 pm to 7 am) to hilly areas. Swimming in canals, rivulets and rivers should be avoided as water level might i n c r e a s e. Ve h i c l e s should not be parked underneath trees. The KSDMA has also forecast lightning and thunderstorm along with rain from 2 pm to 8 pm and issued advisory asking public to take precautionary measures to stay safe.
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