CHENNAI MONDAY MARCH 08, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION IPL DATES OUT: MI vs RCB OPENER ON APRIL 9, FINAL ON MAY 30 Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata to host matches. First match in Chepauk, ﬁnal at Motera The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai will host the first match ALL MATCHES IN NEUTRAL VENUES TO BE HELD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Though the tournament will take place in India, none of the teams will get to play at their home ground as only six venues are to be used. To reduce travel, the IPL has introduced a caravan format with two cities paired together. Chennai & Mumbai legs will happen from April 9 to 25. Delhi & Ahmedabad from April 26 to May 8. Bengaluru & Kolkata from May 9 to May 23 ■ ■ The tournament which will run for 52 days will witness 11 doubleheaders. The afternoon matches will begin at 3.30 PM, while the evening match will start at 7.30 PM Crowds won’t be allowed in any of the venue as the IPL wants to maintain a strict bio-bubble | P11 FIVE NO OF IPL TITLES FOR MUMBAI INDIANS. THE MOST FOR ANY TEAM 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 DMK & Cong seal deal, but at what cost? BENGAL DEVELOPMENT Modi set a 25-year goal for powering Bengal to the pinnacle of the development index after the state votes BJP to power, by the time India celebrates its Independence centenary in 2047 S K U M A R E S A N @ Chennai Mithun Chakraborty seeks blessing from PM Narendra Modi after joining the BJP, at a rally in Kolkata on Sunday | PTI Modi, Didi snipe at each other to deflect charges Both trade allegations on running syndicates, misleading electorate P R A N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a broadside against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of the state elections for grooming nephew Abhishek Banerjee as her successor, saying, “Bengal’s people had elected you a decade ago as their Didi. But you remained an aunt of your nephew all the time.” Poking her for a recent scooter ride in protest against the hike in fuel prices and tying it to her decision to contest from Nandigram, he said he should not be blamed if the two-wheeler meets with an accident in the constituency of East Midnapore district. Addressing a massive rally in Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground Modi accused Mamata of treating everyone against her as an enemy “You are not . only Bengal’s daughter, you are also India’s daughter. A few days ago, you rode a scooter and the people of the country prayed you ride safely Had you . fallen off, the state where the scooter was manufactured would have become your enemy You veered the direction of . your scooter towards Nandigram from Bhowanipore. I am a well-wisher of everyone. If your scooter meets with a mishap there, then what can I do?’’ he figuratively said. While Modi reiterated the charge of Trinamool goons running corrupt syndicates, Mamata attacked him and Union home minister Amit Shah, saying it is they who are part of a syndicate. “Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are the only syndicate in India. Fuel prices increased, Covid happened but the PM was nowhere to be found,’’ she said after a protest march in Siliguri against the steep hike in LPG refill price. She also alleged that Modi was peddling lies to mislead the electorate. Yesteryear actor Mithun Chakraborty joined the BJP and shared the dais with Modi. He likened himself to a deadly snake: “Don’t mistake me for a harmless snake, I am a cobra, I can kill people with a bite.” AFTER six days of hectic parleys and speculation, the Congress on Sunday finally inked a poll pact with the DMK, but not without a nagging feeling among DMK cadre that the delay in finalising the deal and the bad blood spilt in the process, may return to haunt the alliance. As per the agreement, the grand old party will contest 25 Assembly seats and the Kanniyakumari Parliamentary seat, where bypolls will be held on April 26. “The DMK should have cordially convinced other parties of the situation. It shouldn’t have dragged the alliance talks, and in the end, allocated very few seats to other parties. All our alliance partners, except the TVK, have been with us for the last four years. The agreements should have been completed last December. Our candidates should be electioneering in their constituencies now,” a former DMK MLA said, on condition of anonymity . He conceded that things could have been handled better. Fearing that alliance parties’ cadre now won’t campaign wholeheartedly for the combine, the former MLA said, “As Increased caution as cases rise Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan has attributed the surge in Covid-19 cases to family and workplace clusters, and has told the department to review the availability of beds and prepare for a spike in cases. Here’s a look at the statistics on Sunday | P3 Business travellers visiting TN for less than 72 hours are exempt from home quarantine norms 567 new cases, one death in TN 3,997 Active cases in the State 12,518 People lost lives to Covid 251 new cases in Chennai Source: Directorate of Public Health WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS of today (Sunday), 90% of the seat-sharing talks are over, but I don’t know how the on-theground campaign activities will come along.” While explaining that it all boils down to the gameplan, he conceded that, “The DMK should contest in maximum seats to prevent Stalin promises `1,000 to women heads of families Tiruchy: Unveiling a seven-point promise to develop Tamil Nadu over the next 10 years, DMK president MK Stalin promised `1,000 per month to all women heads of families | P4 BJP’s back-door strategies.” The Congress had been demanding 41 seats, while the DMK reasoned that its ally’s strike rate was only 20%, even if it were to get 41 seats, like in the last Assembly election. Veteran journalist A Raghavendra contrasted this with how the AIADMK inked pacts with the PMK, which until recently was protesting against the government seeking separate reservation for Vanniyars, and the BJP which was initial, ly reluctant to announce Edappadi K Palaniswami as the combine’s CM face. CONTINUED ON P4 New twist as activist wants to withdraw Jarkiholi plaint EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru A day after six ministers in the B S Yediyurappa Cabinet got a gag order issued against media in the ‘sex for job’ scandal, activist Dinesh Kallahalli, whose complaint against BJP leader Ramesh Jarkiholi led to the latter’s resignation, wrote to the police, seeking to withdraw it. Kallahalli said he was distancing himself on ‘moral grounds’ Ramesh Jarkiholi as former CM H D Kumaraswamy had alleged `5 crore had changed hands in the case. The police received the petition from the activist’s advocate but told him they could not stop the investigation at this stage. The police, who are yet to register an FIR, are making efforts to trace the woman in the tape. A senior officer said they will consult legal experts and summon Kallahalli, if required, before deciding on the future course. P5
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