VS CONG 44 NC P5 BJ N -9.45% SWING G O M E T -23.29% SWING E 288 HARYANA R HARYANA From 59.79% in 2019 LS polls to 36.5% now, the BJP lost a whopping 23.29% vote share. The LS upsurge was because of the Modi factor. In comparison, the Congress gained 0.77% votes share BJP retains Maha, gets Haryana hiccup and a sobering message Nationalism card did not work as it did in LS polls, slowdown and job losses too pulled it down MANISH ANAND & RICHA SHARMA @ New Delhi mentary Board meeting, besides welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah. By then, the party had numbers in place to retain power in Haryana, with five Independents committing support. In Maharashtra, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine managed to get a simple majority but with reduced , ADITYA THACKERAY The Thackeray scion beat NCP’s Suresh Mane in Worli constituency EXPRESS READ India’s ease of doing biz rank climbs to 63rd Washington: India climbed 14 rungs in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking to stand at the 63rd position and figured among the world’s top 10 most improved countries for the third consecutive time on the back of faster bankruptcy resolution and issuance of construction permits | P13 India, Pak sign pact on Kartarpur corridor New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Thursday signed a historic agreement on the Kartarpur corridor that will allow Indian pilgrims to undertake visa-free visit to the shrine of the Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan, notwithstanding a chill in bilateral ties | P7 Govt allows special shows of Vijay’s Bigil Chennai: After days of anxiety, Vijay fans were able to rejoice late Thursday night after a tweet from the AIADMK handle said that the govt had granted permission for the screening of special shows of Bigil. The film’s creative producer Archana Kalpathi then tweeted thanking the Chief Minister | P5 SEC seeks 4 weeks to notify local body polls Chennai: State Election Commission on Thursday sought four weeks more time from the Supreme Court to submit the schedule for the local body elections in Tamil Nadu. It had earlier agreed to submit the schedule by Oct 31. The court is likely to consider the plea on Friday | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE PM Narendra Modi shows victory sign at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. Also seen are Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP leader JP Nadda | SHEKHAR YADAV CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 48 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) DUSHYANT CHAUTALA Beat BJP’s sitting MLA Prem Lata in Uchana Kalan, Haryana numbers. The BJP tally dipped by 19 — from 122 in 2014 to 103 now, while the Shiv Sena’s numbers slipped by six from 63 to 57. Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis later mentioned the possible ghar wapsi of 15 Independents, who essentially are BJP and Sena rebels. And, Sena chief Uddhav Thakeray reminded him of the pre-poll BIG LOSERS BIG WINNERS FOR a party that played the nationalism card to the hilt, the popular verdict in Maharashtra and Haryana perhaps reminded the BJP of the law of diminishing returns. That coupled with economic slowdown tamped down the saffron euphoria that had swept the country after the Lok Sabha elections landslide in May. The BJP is poised to retain power in both Maharashtra and Haryana, but the verdict mandated it to lean heavily on its allies. Grand preparations at the BJP headquarters for the projected mammoth victories in the two states in the morning soon gave way to a sombre look. General secretaries went in a huddle with BJP working president J P Nadda, as the focus turned on the see-saw Haryana electoral trends. Only in the late afternoon did BJP national general secretary Arun Singh emerge to sound out about preparations for the Parlia- 50:50 power sharing formula. Negating pollsters’ claims of the BJP walking away with near two-thirds majority in both the states, the final outcome showed the limits of the high decibel pitch on the dilution of Article 370 in J&K and muscle-flexing against Pakistan. Maharashtra squeezed the BJP’s numbers where agrarian distress aggravated by droughts and rising unemployment were important factors. While the BJP-Sena combine held onto urban strongholds, the BJP took a blow in rural areas, besides reduced support in Maratha and Dalit constituencies. In Haryana, the BJP projecting Manohar Lal Khattar polarised Jats into tactical voting against it. With Dalits also moving away , it knocked off over 23 per cent of the votes polled by it in the Lok Sabha polls, with its tally plunging to 36.5 per cent from 59.79 per cent in June. Also, the BJP’s paid for dithering in denying ticket to a few ministers despite adverse P8,9 feedback against them. PANKAJA MUNDE The BJP leader lost to NCP’s Dhananjay Munde in Parli, Maharashtra Cash-strapped telcos told to pay `92,000 crore dues to the Centre E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi IN a major setback to telecom service providers, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the government to recover licence fees and penal interests worth `92,000 crore from them based on adjusted gross revenue (AGR). While the government had sought to define AGR as all incomes of a telecom firm, telcos wanted AGR to include only income from telecom services. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra upheld the government’s view. “We have held that the definition of AGR will prevail. We have allowed the appeal of the Department of Telecom and dismissed that of licencees (telcos),” it ruled. 16 I Prime Minister Narendra Modi OT H MAHARASHTRA From 51.55% vote share for BJP and Shiv Sena in the LS polls to 42.1% now, the alliance lost 9.45% votes. But Cong+ just added 0.55%. Most of the votes BJP+ lost apparently went to its rebels, who contested as Independents W IN TOTAL CHENNAI FRIDAY OCTOBER 25, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 48 LATE CITY EDITION S 4 These are unprecedented victories because these days, few governments return after five years. In such times to be elected again is a big deal 3 P 10 I SH 56 ENA D1 5 MAHARASHTRA The bench also made it clear that there would no further litigation on the issue and it would fix a timeframe for payment of dues by the telcos. The two largest incumbents — Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea — will now have to pay `21,682 crore and `28,308 crore, respectively to the govern, ment. Bankrupt Reliance Communications will have to pay `16,456 crore, while BSNL and MTNL’s payouts stand at `2,098.72 crore and `2,537.48 crore, respectively New entrant Re. liance Jio has to pay only `13 crore. Telecom stocks took a beating on the bourses with Vodafone Idea losing 23.36% and Airtel falling 9% before recovering to close the day up 3.31%. CONTINUED ON: P13 ALPESH THAKORE Turncoat who came to BJP from Cong, lost Radhanpur bypoll in Guj BJP 40 CONG 31 LOK DAL 1 TOTAL 90 JJP IND OTH 10 7 1 BY-ELECTIONS ARUNACHAL Independent 1 (+1) ASSAM BJP 3 (0) AIUDF 1 (+1) BIHAR JD(U) 1(-3) RJD 2(+2) AIMIM 1(+1) LJP1 (0) Ind 1(+1) CHHATTISGARH Cong 1 (0) GUJARAT BJP 3 (+1) Cong 3 (+1) HIMACHAL BJP 2 (0) KERALA CPM 2 (+1) Cong + 4 (-1) MADHYA PRADESH Cong 1 (+1) PONDY Cong 1 (0) ODISHA BJD 1 (0) MEGHALAYA UDP 1 (0) PUNJAB Cong 3 (+2) SAD 1 (0) RAJASTHAN Cong 1 (+1) Others 1 (0) SIKKIM BJP 2 (+1) Others 1 (0) TAMIL NADU AIADMK 2 (+2) TELANGANA TRS 1 (+1) UP BJP 7 (-1) Samajwadi Party 3 (+2) Apna Dal 1 (0) LS BYPOLL: BIHAR LJP 1 (0) MAHARASHTRA NCP 1 (0) NOTA STOOD SECOND IN LATUR RURAL @ 13.8%. CONG’S DHIRAJ GOT 67.6% BODY BLOW TO THE NDA IN BIHAR The NDA suffered a huge setback in Bihar bagging just one of the five seats that witnessed Assembly bypolls. The RJD wrested two, while AIMIM gained a toehold by winning Kishanganj. Four of the five seats were earlier held by the JD(U) SP WRESTS 2 SEATS IN UTTAR PRADESH The Samajwadi Party was the major gainer in the UP Assembly bypolls, wresting a seat each from the BJP and the BSP. In all, the NDA got eight, one less than it held. Of the eight, seven went to BJP Two wins for two leaves: EPS lays the ground for local body & 2021 elections EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai The ruling AIADMK on Thursday wrested Vikravandi and Nanguneri Assembly constituencies from DMK and its ally Congress with sizeable margins. With this win, the AIADM K h a s i n c re a s e d i t s strength in the 234-member Assembly to 125 (including the Speaker). The DMK’s strength has come down to 100 and Congress to seven. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who visited AIADMK headquar ters EPS celebrates the verdict at the party office | ASHWIN PRASATH here, described the victory as a precursor to 2021 Assembly verdict. Palaniswami said the people have reposed their faith in AIADMK government af- ter seeing the developmental and welfare schemes. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam too echoed similar views. In Vikravandi, AIADMK candidate MR Muthamizhselvan won the by-election by over 44,000 votes against DMK’s Pugazhendhi. In Nanguneri, AIADMK candidate V Narayanan defeated Congress nominee Ruby Manoharan with a margin of over 33,000 votes. The AIADMK candidate won despite Puthiya Thamilagam boycotting the polls. FULL COVERAGE: P2,3
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