Nations are built by those with positive mindsets and a national vigour, not by those who are compulsive contrarians The Indian democracy cannot be a tyranny of the unelected and if the elected are undermined, democracy itself would be in danger KOTTAYAM l SUNDAY l AUGUST 25, 2019 l `8.00 l PAGES 28 l CITY EDITION Lawyer to lawmaker ABVP student leader, President of the Delhi University Students Union in 1974 Led protests against Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, jailed for 19 months from 1975-77 Began practicing law in 1977, argued before SC and other courts, later became one of country’s top lawyers Additional solicitor general at 37, under the V P Singh government in 1990, probed Bofors scam Union minister of state during NDA-1 under Vajpayee in 1999, elevated to Cabinet as Law minister in 2000 Rajya Sabha MP for first time in 2000, elected from Gujarat Head of Delhi cricket association in 1999, became vice president of BCCI in 2009 Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha from 2009-14; supported Narendra Modi in his bid to become the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate 28 DECEMBER 1952 ARUN JAITLEY 24 AU G U ST 2 0 1 9 NO. 2 IN CABINET Cabinet minister under Modi 1.0 from 2014, held Finance, Corporate Affairs portfolios; also took care of Defence when Manohar Parrikar became unwell BJP’S JEWEL, MODI’S SHIELD Brilliant strategist who was known for pithy one-liners M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi C ONSIDERED one of the key architects of an electorallydominant Bharatiya Janata Party former finance minis, ter Arun Jaitley lost a long battle with cancer on Saturday leaving admirers in dis, belief and political foes saddened. In 2009, he and Sushma Swaraj were seen as the BJP’s GenNext leaders. And Jaitley was spoken about as a prime ministerial candidate. Both were earlier brought to the political centrestage by party patriarch L K Advani. But in a twist of fate, both departed in just 18 days, leaving behind their firm imprints. An astute strategist who worked behind the scenes to fuel the rise of the BJP he rose from the lower rungs , of the RSS, having been the Delhi University Students’ Union president as an ABVP activist. Jaitley soon rubbed shoulders with tall leaders after taking the plunge into politics during Emergency In less than three decades, he was . a Cabinet minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre. A food connoisseur, Jaitley had a tough time dealing with his diabetic condition, which ultimately made him opt for bariatric surgery in 2016. Two years later, he underwent kidney transplant. In the same year, doctors detected he was suffering from of soft tissue cancer as well. In view of his poor health, Jaitley opted out of the Modi 2.0 Cabinet. On August 9 after a bout of breathlessness, he was admitted to AIIMS, where he breathed his last. A lawyer par excellence, Jaitley brought deep legal insight for the BJP and senior party leaders during the two-and-a-half decades of bitter political rivalry with ruling dispensations at the Centre. He proved to be an impregnable legal shield for both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah when they were pursued by investigating agencies during the UPA regime. Within the BJP, Jaitley fast emerged as a strategist after Advani drafted him into his core team in the early 1990s. He scripted the alliance between the BJP and the Janata Dal (U) to wrest power in Bihar in 2005 from the Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which ruled the state for one-and-a-half decades. During this time he was also the party’s in charge of Gujarat, which coincided with the emergence of Modi as a national leader. CONTINUED ON: P7 Man picked up in Kochi for suspected terror links E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi DRAMATIC scenes unfolded in the Ernakulam Judicial First Class Magistrate Court-I hall on Saturday afternoon as the police detained a person who came to surrender before the court, alleging terror links. Abdul Khader Raheem, 39, a native of Kodungalloor in Thrissur district, was taken into custody by the Ernakulam Central police around 4pm suspecting him of having links with a six-member Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) gang that is said to have sneaked into Tamil Nadu to carry out terror attacks across the country . However, Abdul Khader’s counsel alleged that a human trafficking racket operating in Bahrain with Kerala roots was trying to implicate him for helping a Malayali woman escape from their clutches. The police are yet to record Abdul Khader’s arrest. Officers said he was detained based on the intelligence inputs received by them regarding his terror links. “He will be handed over to the intelligence wing of the Kerala Police, which deals with terrorism and antinational activities,” said an officer. The police had picked up a woman from Abdul Khader Raheem’s auto garage at Aluva, near Kochi, on Friday based on intelligence inputs. Though Abdul Khader Raheem was also present at the garage when the police arrived, he managed to escape. According his counsel R O Muhammed Shemeem, Abdul Kahder contacted him and arrived at the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court to surrender before the magistrate. Abdul Khader was afraid of surrendering before the police as he suspected a plot to implicate him and subject him to physical torture, he said. ● More on P6 EXPRESS READ Kevin case: Prosecution seeks death sentence for convicts Markets to roil as Trump hikes China tariffs Kottayam: After a series of dramatic scenes in which all 10 convicts broke down, the Kottayam Principal Sessions Court on Saturday postponed the Kevin murder case to Tuesday for pronouncing the sentence. The guilty persons pleaded the judge to consider their age. P4 Hours after ordering all American companies to exit China, US President Donald Trump followed up on his Quixotic pursuit by increasing the existing and planned tariffs on $550 billion worth Chinese goods. It was a titfor-tat for levy hikes announced by China. ALL STRINGS ATTACHED PLUS 12 PAGES COVER STORY WITH THIS ISSUE Ultimate Lutyens insider, master orator with the gift of the gab S A N T W A N A B H AT TA C H A R YA F President Ram Nath Kovind consoles former Union minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s daughter Sonali Jaitley Bakhshi, at their residence in Greater Kailash in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI I have lost a valued friend. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels Narendra Modi, PM Jaitley was a leader with deep intellect & knowledge, and a voice of reason. He will be dearly missed Pranab Mukherjee, former President LAND DEAL SCAM Mar Alencherry, two others must face trial: Court E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi IN a big blow to Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court in on Saturday ruled that the three accused, including the Cardinal, must face trial in connection with the controversial land deals of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese. The verdict was on a case where 60 cents of property near Bharat Mata College, Thrikkakkara, was sold to a real-estate broker Saju Varghese Kunnel. The Cardinal, Archdiocese former finance officer Fr Joshy Pothva and Saju are the first, second and third accused in the case. The order is based on a complaint filed by Joshy Varghese, a member of St Mary’s Church, Perumbavoor, which belongs to the Archdiocese. “The ruling of the court primafacie was based on the complaint filed by Joshy. The court is convinced that there are clear violations of law. There are two complaints --- writing the deed of the sale of property without even receiving any payment and selling the property belonging to the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese without communicating with any of the committees of the Church,” said Rajendran V the advocate who , fought the case. The copy of the order issued by the Sessions Court is yet to be received, he said. ● More on P6 Gokulam do Kerala proud, win Durand Cup E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi GOKULAM Kerala became only the second club from the state to win the Durand Cup football championship after erstwhile FC Kochin, who had achieved the feat 22 years ago. On Sunday, the Kozhikodebased club defeated Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium. Captain Marcus Joseph once again did the star turn for the winners, scoring in the 45th and 51st minutes. Salvador Perez Martinez pulled one back in the 64th. Gokulam were taking part in Asia’s oldest cup competition for the first time, but that did not stopped them from emerging winners unscathed. Gokulam had more to cheer at the podium ceremony as striker Marcus Joseph bagged both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball, and Ubaid CK the Golden Glove. Veteran footballer I M Vijayan, who was instrumental FC Kochin’s triumph in 1997, congratulated Gokulam. “It’s a matter of pride that a team from Kerala has won a historic competition like the Durand Cup once again. This success will be a big boost to Kerala football,” said Vijayan. Everyone in the BJP always depended on him for solutions to complex issues ... He never failed to recommend good restaurants to me L K Advani, BJP leader Had a long innings as Parliamentarian. His contributions to public life will forever be remembered Sonia Gandhi, Congress president rom the benches of Lodhi Garden to Supreme Court benches, from inner party chambers to the Central Hall of Parliament — a certain part of New Delhi will not be the same. More than the imposing structural edifices or the Rajpath, what breathed life, character, uniqueness and colour to the capital city are the people who inhabited those structures of power and politics. And Arun Jaitley was the ultimate Lutyens insider — the one man who had a deft, definitive influence on what went on across many domains. Though he lived in South Delhi, except for a brief when he had to reluctantly shift to a Lutyens bungalow earlier inhabited by George Fernandes, he had a sure spinner’s grip on how politics and power equations in the heart of the Indian republic shaped up in tangible and intangible ways. During Jaitley’s brief stint there as a resident there, the bungalow was not quite gateless, but his doors were open for his friends, followers and colleagues, both from politics, the legal fraternity and yes, , the media. It was his accessibility and amia- ble nature that helped him create a charmed circle, something that served the BJP well in those 10 years in opposition. In government, the jury will be out on his ministerial talent, especially as Finance Minister in Modi 1.0 — but always in evidence was a suave sharpness, wit and ability to analyse anything from world affairs, legal tangles, cut-and-dried economic issues to food with a riveting, anecdotal savoir faire. For those tracking the ups and downs of Indian politics, it was noticeable how the rise of Jaitley’s durbar, so to speak, went in tandem with the slow decline and death of the Left’s hold over the political discourse, through the phasing out of two such drawing rooms, that of Harkishen Singh Surjeet’s and Somnath Chatterjee’s. And, later the disappearing queues at 10 Janpath. Of course, it was L K Advani and A B Vajpayee who laid the foundation of that shift with their mass appeal and stature, but it was Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj — both 1952born lawyer-turned-politicians — who successfully built on the foundation and created the atmospherics, with their oratory gift of the gab and , canniness. One could sit for hours and listen to him spinning the narrative around in his party’s favour.
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