Protesters pound the door of the police department in Kenosha in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday; (inset) Jacob Blake | AP KOZHIKODE l TUESDAY l AUGUST 25, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION ANOTHER POLICE SHOOTING OF BLACK MAN ROCKS U.S. Violent protests erupted in Wisconsin on Sunday night after police shot an unarmed black man in the back several times THE VICTIM IS BATTLING FOR LIFE MULTIPLE VEHICLES SET ON FIRE The police said the shooting happened when they were responding to a “domestic incident” on Sunday evening in Kenosha. A footage showed three officers pointing their guns at the man, identified as Jacob Blake, as he walked around the front of a car. He was shot when he opened the driver’s door and leaned in. He was hospitalised in a serious condition ■ ■ Protesters took out a march to the Kenosha police station, on Sunday night. There, they faced off with officers in riot gear. Multiple vehicles, including a truck, were set ablaze The incident comes three months after the police killing of African-American George Floyd triggered worldwide protests 29-yr-old JACOB BLAKE WAS SHOT IN FRONT OF HIS THREE CHILDREN 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 Sonia to continue as Cong chief, In 11-hour session, Left govt wins party to find new boss in 6 mths no-trust vote & UDF the debate Veterans who expressed dissent sidelined at CWC meet; majority wants a Gandhi on top R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi THE much hyped dissent by senior leaders turned out to be whimper on Monday with the Congress Working Committee requesting Sonia Gandhi to continue leading the party until a new leader is elected. “The CWC makes it clear that no one will be or can be permitted to undermine or weaken the party and its leadership at this juncture,” said the CWC resolution, sending strong message to dissenters. The seven-hour CWC meeting saw the veterans who wrote to Sonia seeking “collective leadership” being cornered with a majority of the members condemning their move and some demanding action against them for indiscipline. According to sources, Rahul Gandhi was unsparing in his speech and said the move by these leaders will benefit only the BJP . Upset by the insinuation, senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad threatened to quit from all party posts. Congress general-secretary Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, then, took a jibe at Azad that what he said in the meeting was contrary to the letter’s content. Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal, too, expressed his anguish but later clarified he “was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him”. After the CWC meeting, a few veteran leaders met at Azad’s residence to discuss the future course of action. The meeting started with the party’s organisations incharge K C Venugopal reading out Sonia’s statement asking CWC “to begin deliberations to put in place a process of transition to relieve me from my duties”. This made her two confidantes former PM Manmohan Singh and A K Antony requesting her to continue lead the party while calling the letter by his party colleagues as “unfortunate and cruel”. A Majority of the CWC members lend weight behind the Gandhis and said Sonia should continue to lead the party till Rahul takes over the reins. Congress-ruled CMs and CWC members were in unison that only a Gandhi can lead and keep the party together. However, sources said Rahul is Unlock 4.0 What to expect While the govt is yet to release Unlock 4.0 guidelines which will kick in from September 1, officials gave some indications Metro train Services are likely to resume Schools, colleges Unlikely to be allowed to reopen, but higher educational institutions such as universities, IITs and IIMs may be permitted to open with conditions still reluctant to take the hot seat. An AICC session is likely to be called within six months to elect the next leader. Four of the letter signatories, who are part of the CWC, clarified that the letter was to bring focus on organisation restricting and settling leadership issues and never questioned Sonia’s leadership. Azad and Anand Sharma said they have not breached party discipline while Ambika Soni sought action against the dissenters and that as per the party constitution action be taken against them. In her concluding remarks, Sonia said she was hurt by the remarks in the letter but doesn’t hold any ill will against party colleagues. FLUTTER OVER BJP LINK After reports that Rahul accused the leaders who wrote the dissenting letter of being in cahoots with the BJP, some party veterans expressed anguish. The Congress quickly clarified he has not uttered a word of this nature No place for dissent in the party against Gandhis? R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi W ith senior Congress leaders who wrote a letter to party’s interim chief Sonia Gandhi demanding a leadership change coming under attack led by Rahul Gandhi, many party leaders feel that there is no space in the party for raising serious internal matters. The CWC meet on Monday saw senior leaders who wrote to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over leadership issues coming under attack led by Rahul Gandhi with many party leaders feeling that there is no place for raising serious party-related matters in the party . In the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet on Monday, a majority of the CWC members joined Rahul and questioned the dissenters for their move and also leaking the letter. Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad did clarify that the purpose of the letter was not to question Gandhis’ leadership, but point out the issues in the functioning of the party and its organisational restructuring that needs immediate attention. Cinema halls Not likely to reopen as it is not commercially viable to operate cinema halls following social distancing norms Bars May be permitted to sell liquor over the counter for takeaway Containment zones Will continue to be put under full lockdown restrictions States will have final call Final decision will be taken by states on whether to allow Centre’s relaxations depending on the coronavirus situation in their region It is not for the first time that senior party leaders are raising their voice against the leadership. But the party’s history shows that dissenters have never been able to win back the trust of the Gandhi family, which is the most important thing to survive and to get important posts in the party . “Ample examples in the past show that any dissent in the party challenging Gandhi’s supremacy has been unwelcoming and dissenters have been sidelined. The treatment meted out to two non-Gandhi Congress presidents – PV Narasimha Rao and Sitaram Kesri – before Sonia Gandhi took over the reins of the party in 1998 is well known,” said a party leader. Kesri was unceremoniously dethroned and locked in a room at the AICC headquarters as Sonia took over as party chief. Rao was sidelined completely . The party did not allow even his dead body to be kept at the party headquarters for people to pay last respects. Many others like Rajesh Pilot, Jitendra Prasada, Sharad Pawar and PA Sangama were either sidelined or left the party . EXPRESS READ Bhushan refuses to apologise to SC New Delhi: Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan refused to apologise to the apex court on Monday. An insincere apology would amount to the contempt of my conscience and of an institution, he said in his supplementary statement filed in the suo motu contempt case against him by the court | P7 Periya case: HC verdict today Kochi: The High Court on Monday listed the Periya twin murder case for pronouncing judgment in the appeal filed by the state government opposing a CBI probe for Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the parents of the deceased YC workers asked the HC to transfer the case to another bench for fresh arguments | P5 FROM PERCUSSION TO PADDY FIELDS Artists form agri collective to drum out hardship A S AT I S H @ Palakkad SADANAM Jayaraj and Cherpul a s s e r y S iva s h a n k a r a n a re maddalam artists for Kathakali performances. The Covid spread and the resulting lockdown had rendered them as well as several of their ilk, including Ilathalam artists — Palappuram Rajan, P Unnikuttan, Ganesh, P K Ramesh and P K Sethumadhavan — jobless. Pushparaj donning the role of ‘Puthan’ for the Ottappalam desam, who dances along with the ‘thira’ during the festivals, had also joined them. As they wracked their brains for a way out of the economic misery sug, The land which awaits Nadeel Utsavam gestions veered round to the possibility of taking up contracts on behalf of farmers since all of them owned tracts of land. Thus a collective of percussion artists took shape. Seeing their acquaintances M Ponnnan and Sandeep, both auto drivers, and Krishnan, a catering worker, struggling due to lack of income, the collective assigned them to ready the fallow lands for cultivation. Now the collective has 48 members — 23 men and 25 women. The women workers are yet to enter the fields and they will be joining during the ‘Nadeel Utsavam’ scheduled to take place in Meetna near Ottappalam on Chathayam day ● More on P5 . E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram AFTER a 11-hour assembly session, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government defeated the no-confidence motion 87-40, but it was the Opposition which won the debate, cornering the ruling front by raising a slew of issues --- from gold smuggling case and Life Mission project to the airport bid fiasco. The chief minister tried to take the fight to the Opposition camp with a three-and-a-half-hour harangue listing his government’s achievements, pooh-poohing the allegations and ridiculing the lack of harmony in the Congress and UDF. However, all that seemed inadequate as Congress leader V D Satheesan, who introduced the motion, had raised fresh allegations that `9.25 crore was paid in commission for the controversial Life Mission project, and not `4.25 crore, as said earlier. “A comrade who’s behind the BevQ app has links with this additional `5 crore paid,” he said. He said the details of the state government bid for Thiruvananthapuram airport were leaked Congress will face a situation where it won’t have the status of Opposition even in Kerala. Congress has become a group of people waiting to join BJP. Senior leaders are terming each other as BJP agents Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister Tvm airport: Assembly adopts resolution Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan addressing the Assembly session on Monday to the Adani Group. Satheesan also alleged the gold smuggling racket had hijacked the CMO and made it their headquarters. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said later: “We could expose the corruption of the government while maintaining high standards of decorum and upholding the rules of business in the assembly .” Responding to the charges over gold smuggling, Pinarayi said the Opposition was trying to create a smokescreen and mislead the peo● More on P5 ple. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan evaded proper replies to eight instances of corruption pointed out by the UDF. The Opposition was able to expose the corruption of the government. Ramesh Chennithala, Opposition Leader The assembly passed a unanimous resolution urging the Centre to reconsider its decision to entrust the operation and management of Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani Enterprises and instead hand over it to the SPV floated by the state. P4 Rajagopal stays neutral BJP MLA O Rajagopal neither supported nor opposed the no-confidence motion. He took a similar neutral stance on the resolution against the T’Puram airport privatisation. P4 Jose faction abstains The two MLAs of the Jose faction of KC(M) abstained from voting in the Rajya Sabha election, which was won by LJD state president M V Shreyams Kumar. P4 Covid test among MLAs Perumbavoor MLA Eldhose Kunnapilly was initially reported to be Covid positive. But later clarification came that it was his personal staff that had turned positive.
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