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 LATE 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 | 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 CONGRESS CHIEF FOR NOW, PARTY TO FIND NEW BOSS 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 ‘Don’t weaken leadership’ CWC said nobody will be allowed to undermine Cong leadership. “The responsibility of every Congress worker and leader is to fight the pernicious assault on India’s democracy, pluralism and diversity by the Modi govt,” it said 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 con- fidantes former PM Manmohan Singh and A K Antony requesting her to continue leading 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. Congressruled CMs, senior leader Ahmed Patel and other CWC members were unanimous that only a Gandhi can 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 restructuring 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 P will against party colleagues. 7 Veterans feel there’s no room for dissent E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi T he Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday witnessed many heated moments as party veterans who sent a joint letter to interim chief Sonia Gandhi came under attack. Former party president Rahul Gandhi led the charge while a majority of members loyal to the Nehru-Gandhi family followed up with verbal assault, questioning the motive of the dissenters. In its resolution, the CWC also warned them not to raise inner-party issues through media. This, according to many senior Congress leaders, only shows that there is no space in the party for raising serious internal matters. Senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad sought to explain that the purpose of the letter was not to question the leadership of the Gandhis but only to flag some issues in the functioning of the party This, along with organisational . restructuring of the party, merits immediate attention, he added. It is not for the first time that senior party leaders are raising their voice against the leadership. However, the party’s history shows dissenters have never been able to win back the trust of the Gandhi family. According to insiders, this is the most important thing to survive in the party and to get important posts. “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 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 Congress’ top leadership did not allow even his dead body to be kept at the party headquarters in Delhi for people to pay their last respects. Similarly, many others like Rajesh Pilot, Jitendra Prasada, Sharad Pawar and P A Sangma 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, neither the ward committee nor the Puja and Sahi committees are found 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 of her house.
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