Protesters pound the door of the police department in Kenosha in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday; (inset) Jacob Blake | AP BHUBANESWAR l TUESDAY l AUGUST 25, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE 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 | P9 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 GANDHI TO CONTINUE AS CONG CHIEF, PARTY TO FIND NEW BOSS IN SIX MONTHS Veterans who expressed dissent sidelined at CWC meet; majority sought Sonia to lead the party till Rahul takes over 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 let- 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 ter’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 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 as per the party constitution. 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. No place for dissent 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 ma, jority 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. 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 . Cuttack records 310 cases in highest spike E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Cuttack CUTTACK on Monday overtook Khurda and Ganjam to record the State’s highest single day spike of 589 Covid-19 cases, taking the district tally to 5,921. Cuttack city with 310 new cases surpassed Bhubaneswar in reporting the highest number of cases on the day while the rest 279 were recorded in the rural parts of the district. The increase of more than double the cases recorded on Sunday and previous days has raised serious concerns over the spread of coronavirus in the city, particularly in the community . Intriguingly the Cuttack Municipal Corporation , (CMC), which has been claiming to have the situation under control, did not release the daily report till late in the night. The city reported a whopping 105 cases of local transmission. The cases, more worryingly were fairly , spread out across major localities of the city, indicating increasing community transmission. Residents, meanwhile, have charged the administration of failing to properly manage the pandemic that is now being visible in the alarming surge in infections. There are lapses in contact tracing and monitoring at the ground-level. While many are returning from outside and living with their family without quarantining themselves, the ward committee nor the Puja and Sahi committees are found not doing enough to enforce strict compliance to the rules. Further, lack of constant monitoring of Covidpositive people, who have been allowed home isolation, is compounding the problem. In such a case, a lady home guard, who had tested positive and put in home isolation in the densely populated slum of Patapol, allegedly violated the quarantine norms P5 and moved out to get things.
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