BANGALORE 14 FEBRUARY 2014 FRIDAY `4.00 PAGES 44 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Pepper Spray Attack Leaves LS in Tears ASK PRABHU Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them 16 members suspended; BJP refuses to accept T-bill as tabled by Yatish Yadav R A DA R US Ends Modi Boycott Gandhinagar: US Ambassador Nancy Powell on Thursday met Narendra Modi and said her country looks forward to working closely with the government India chooses after the elections. P7 Balu Mahendra Dies at 74 Chennai: Renowned filmmaker Balu Mahendra (74) died at a private hospital following a cardiac arrest here on Thursday, sources close to his family said. Some of his most memorable movies include the award winning Moondram Pirai and Veedu. 2G Auction: Bids of `61K Cr New Delhi: The government received bids worth over `61,162 crore from an “extremely successful” 2G spectrum auction that ended here on Thursday, senior officials said. P13 3 Men Sexually Abuse Youth Mangalore: Three men allegedly sexually assaulted a youth at a lodge after kidnapping him in Uppinangady on Thursday. The victim is a resident of Kapane near Puttur and works as a temporary labourer in private buses. The unidentified miscreants, who were travelling in a car in Uppinangady, lured him on the pretext of giving him a ride home, police sources said. 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Experts say he will have a tough time balancing good economics and populism in an election year. Set to present his second consecutive budget and overall ninth budget, Siddaramaiah is expected to announce a string of initiatives, including zero per cent interest for farmers for loans of up to `3 lakh (up from the existing `2 lakh), and increased energy subsidies for those using solar pump sets and drip irrigation. He is also likely to announce laptops for students, hike dearness allowance for government employees by 10 per cent, and reduce VAT by 0.05 per cent. By outlining the rules for recruitment of people from Hyderabad-Karnataka, he will bring cheer to people of three northern districts. These measures are likely to further stretch the state’s already crippled resources, say experts. The state is unlikely to meet the resource mobilisation target of `72,000 crore from the big four — commercial tax, excise, stamps and registration, and motor vehicle tax. B T Manohar, chairman of the state tax committee at Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry, expects a shortfall of about `7,000 crore. “There is a slowdown, and it is unlikely we will meet the tax targets. At the same time, the government’s expenditure on populist schemes has increased,” says Dr Abdul Aziz, former director of the Institute of Social and Economic Change and visiting professor at the National Law School of India University. MORE: P5 Expelled Congress leader L Rajagopal who sprayed pepper during Lok Sabha proceedings; and a member leaving the premises | PTI HOUSE IN SHAMBLES MPs PROTESTING T-BILL DRAGGED HOUSE PROCEEDINGS TO A NEW LOW WITH PEPPER SPRAYS AND VANDALISM. HERE’S HOW THE RUCKUS UNFOLDED LOWER HOUSE HITS ROCK BOTTOM Congress MP and industrialist L Rajagopal unleashes a canister of pepper spray after TDP member Venugopal Reddy breaks the House Secretary General’s mic Congress MPs Raj Babbar, Azharuddin and Lal Singh try to control the agitating MPs, resulting in more blows Rajagopal is removed and taken to the Speaker’s ofﬁce as other members ﬂee Three MPs hospitalised and later discharged TDP member Narayan Rao collapses due to a heart condition, rushed to the hospital hand, trying unsuccessfully to block his lethal spray. They were soon joined by Congress MPs Raj Babbar, Azharuddin and Lal Singh who tried to control the agitating MPs as Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde introduced the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill. Before it could turn into a NO HONOUR AMONG ELDERS Upper House adjourned till Monday after TDP MP C M Ramesh tries to uproot the Chair’s mike full-scale riot, Rajagopal and his spray were taken to the Speaker’s office while other choked members fled the House. Three MPs — Vinay Pandey, Balram Naik and P Prabhakar — were taken to the hospital and later discharged. Some others were taken to the House dispensary. MORE: P5, 9 EDIT Survey Predicts 227 Seats for NDA, Huge Loss for Cong New Delhi: The BJP-led NDA is projected to get 227 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, while Congress will be reduced to 84 seats, according to an opinion poll. The survey, conducted by India TV, Times Now and CVoter, also projects a worst-ever performance by the Congress-led UPA, a better show by regional parties like YSR Congress, Trinamool Congress and AIADMK and the emergence of Aam Aadmi Party. According to the projection, the BJP alone will get 202 seats out of a total 543 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress is projected to get only 84 seats — 117 less than the 2009 seat position in the Lower House. While the poll projects 217-237 seats to the BJP-led NDA, it gives only 91-111 seats to the Congress-led UPA. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is projected to get seven seats in its maiden electoral battle. The survey shows Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress getting 24 seats — five more than in 2009. Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK is projected to emerge as the top nonUPA, non-NDA party with 27 seats. The party’s current strength in the Lok Sabha is 9. Left Front is also projected to improve its position from the present 24 seats to 27 seats. The poll says Samajwadi Party is projected to get 20 seats — POLL PREDICTIONS ALL INDIA: 524 seats NDA 227 UPA 101 OTHERS 215 KARNATAKA: 28 seats BJP 11 CONGRESS 14 JD(S) 2 AAP 1 three less than its current strength. Mayawati’s BSP is projected to retain its 2009 strength — 21 seats — in the 16th Lok Sabha. The survey gives 13 seats to YSR Congress headed by Jaganmohan Reddy. The possible Third alternative consisting of 16 parties, including Left Front and AIADMK, is projected to get 128 seats. The possible Fourth Front consisting of 15 regional forces, including Trinamool Congress, BSP, TRS and YSR Congress, is projected to get 87 seats. The study was based on a national representative sample of 14,142 randomly-selected respondents across all 28 states. PTI Minority School Shows the RTE Way Express News Service Bangalore: Seven-yearold Vidhya S carries a pile of books to her principal’s chamber. Her notes are neat, with all the right answers. Vidhya is one of eight children admitted under the Right to Education (RTE) Act quota at M M Nursery and Primary School, a Muslim minority institution in Tasker Town. Although minority unaided schools are exempt from the RTE Act, this school took a decision two years ago to implement the quota in keeping with Section 12 (1)(c). M M School’s move is in New Delhi: Parliament on Thursday turned into a scene of violence, witnessed only during street brawls. Uprooted mikes flew first followed by pepper spray as lawmakers from Andhra Pradesh trooped into the Lok Sabha Well, demonstrating the worst-ever Parliamentary behaviour, to scuttle tabling of the Telangana Bill. The session had only just begun at noon when Seemandhra MPs swarmed the Well shouting slogans against the bifurcation of the state. Lawmakers wrestled with each other when TDP MP M Venugopal Reddy pulled out a mike from the secretary general’s podium after snatching papers from Speaker Meira Kumar’s table. It initially seemed that Reddy was brandishing a knife, but the MP later said was it was only a mike. Some ward and watch staff were knocked over as an angry L Rajagopal, expelled Congress leader, broke the glass cover of a vote-counting machine and started spraying peppered liquid from a canister to prevent the introduction of the bill. Some intrepid members started punching Rajagopal’s Children learn during a class at the M M Nursery and Primary School in Bangalore. The minority school offers free RTE seats | VINOD KUMAR T sharp contrast to the practice of some schools which claim “minority” status to avoid RTE Act obligations. This school, however, admitted eight children (four boys and four girls) belong- ing to the Hindu community under RTE, of whom five are in Class 2 and three in Class 1. “Our management knew that they didn’t have to comply with RTE, but I started looking and found there were so many parents in the neighbourhood who wanted to send their kids to school. They had to be provided with the opportunity to give their children education,” said principal Veena Nesam. The school, which is managed by the Modi Masjid Education Trust, allotted five seats in 2012-13 and three seats in 2013-14 under the RTE quota. “In the interest of children’s education, the management agreed to go ahead with RTE. 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