BENGALURU WEDNESDAY JULY 28, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE FORCES SIMONE BILES TO WITHDRAW The 24-year-old four-time Olympic champion pulls out during the team ﬁnal to protect the US team and self on Tuesday SIMONE BILES WANTS TO FOCUS ON WELLBEING UNDECIDED FOR THURSDAY'S EVENT Biles, widely expected to star in the Games, was in tears when she addressed the media after Russian Olympic Committee won the final. "At the end of the day, I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardise my health and my wellbeing," she said. 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None other than Yediyurappa proposed Bommai’s name, which was later backed by Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol. Bommai left behind other contenders like Murugesh Nirani, Arvind Bellad and CT Ravi. Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who was sent as an observer to the legislature party meet by the BJP Parliamentary Board, announced Bommai as the next chief minister. “This is a big responsibility Under the guid. ance of chief minister (sic) BS Yediyurappa, I will give a pro-people government. I will strive hard for the welfare of farmers, poor, downtrodden, labourers and backward classes. Management of Covid and floods will be my priority I will make an honest effort to . implement all the schemes announced in our budget,” said Bommai soon after his election as CM-designate. He along with senior leaders of the party , including Yediyurappa, met Gover nor T hawarchand Gehlot late on Tuesday evening. Bommai will take oath as chief minister at 11 am on Wednesday. A complete revamp of the cabinet is on the cards and Bommai is expected to have a new team of deputy chief ministers and ministers. Party sources said that R Ashoka, Sriramulu and Govind Karjol could become deputy chief ministers, while the fate of other two Deputy Chief Ministers Dr CN Ashwath Narayan and Laxman Savadi hangs in the balance as new combinations to take care of regional and caste equations are being worked out. “I am confident that you will lead Karnataka in the path of development and fulfil the aspirations of people of the State,” Yediyurappa tweeted following Bommai’s elevation. As Bommai spoke to the media on his plans as chief minister, Yediyurappa stood next to him outside the gates of Raj Bhavan. “It will be my priority to implement all schemes announced by our senior-most leader Yediyurappa,” Bommai told reporters as Yediyurappa put his arm around Bommai’s shoulders. Bommai’s elevation as chief minister is being seen as Yediyurappa having a concrete say in party affairs. Yediyurappa’s preference for Bommai has been noticed time and again with the latter’s appointment as Karnataka’s representative to the GST Council, appointment as home minister first and then as Law and Parliamentary Affairs minister with additional responsibility . JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 26 57,48,692 doses July 27 36,87,239 doses TOTAL: 44,58,39,699 NATIONWIDE JULY 26 JULY 27 Fresh cases 39,361 26,689 Recoveries Deaths 35,968 42,363 416 415 KARNATAKA JULY 26 JULY 27 Fresh cases 1,606 1,501 Recoveries Deaths 1,937 31 2,039 32 BLINKEN TO MEET PM TODAY US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who arrived in India on Tuesday, will hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. He is also scheduled to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before leaving for Kuwait. Country will lead Oppn, we’ll follow, claims Didi CHAI PE CHARCHA “Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has called me for a chai pe charcha,” Mamata said. Her schedule for Wednesday is a meeting with party MPs followed by high tea with media. The meeting with Sonia is at 4.30 pm after which she will meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal ADVANCE PLANNING Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai (left), who is set to be the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, addresses reporters along with outgoing CM BS Yediyurappa in Bengaluru on Tuesday | VINOD KUMAR T THE RISE OF BOMMAI Basavaraj Bommai was elected as BJP Legislative Party leader on July 27, to take oath as CM on July 28 He was Karnataka Home Minister from 2019, and Karnataka’s ministerial representative in the GST Council from 2019 Vested with additional responsibility of Law and Parliamentary Affairs in January 2021 Served as Cabinet Minister for Water Resources between 2008 and 2013. During his term, he won a big victory in the Krishna River disputes issue and got additional water allocated for Karnataka Third-term MLA from Shiggaon in Haveri with back-to-back victories since 2008 Served as Legislative Council member from 1997 to 2008. Was deputy opposition leader in the Council from 2000 to 2004 How BSY got his favourite man Bommai the top post A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru TILL Monday morning, it was a tight competition between two Lingayat leaders -- Basavaraj Bommai and Murugesh Nirani – for the post of Karnataka’s next chief minister. But with outgoing chief minister BS Yediyurappa backing his favourite man in the cabinet, Bommai, for the top post, the BJP Legislature Party was quick to elect him as its leader and next CM. Bommai’s elevation is being seen as Yediyurappa getting his way with the Central leadership in finding a successor. While other aspirants made multiple trips to New Delhi to lobby for the top post with the Central leadership, Bommai stayed put in the State and even denied reports of him being a candidate. TNIE on July 23 had reported that Bommai was emerging as the consensus candidate. Even as Yediyurappa was putting his weight behind Bommai, the party Central leadership was considering Nirani, Arvind Bellad and CT Ravi for the top job. TNIE had learnt from credible sources that Bommai could be the favourite, given his experience in administration, and his proximity to Yediyurappa, central leadership and RSS representatives. P4 IMF CUTS INDIA’S GDP GROWTH FORECAST A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut India’s economic growth forecast by three percentage points to 9.5% for the current fiscal from its earlier projection of 12.5%, citing “lack of access to vaccines” and chances of a third Covid wave. “Growth prospects in India have been downgraded following the severe second Covid wave during March–May and expected slow recovery in confidence from that setback,” IMF said in the latest edition of its World Economic Outlook report, released on Tuesday . For the next fiscal, however, the IMF has forecast an 8.5% growth for India, 160 basis points higher than its April forecast. The upward revision is mainly due to the low base of the previous year’s growth forecast. “Steady recovery is not assured anywhere so long as segments of the population remain susceptible to the virus and its mutations,” the IMF said. It added “similar dynamics are at Global growth at 6% IMF’s global growth forecast for 2021 calendar year remained unchanged at 6% as upgrades in the developed world were offset by downgrades in countries that experienced renewed Covid waves, notably India work in the ASEAN-5 group, consisting of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, where recent infection waves are causing a drag on activity”. The US is expected to register a 7% growth this year, a sharp reversal from last year’s 3.5% drop and an upgrade from the 6.4% growth the IMF had forecast for 2021 back in April. “Faster-than-expected vaccination rates and return to normalcy have led to upgrades, while lack of access to vaccines and renewed waves of Covid-19 cases in some countries, notably India, have led to downgrades,” said Gita Gopinath, chief economist, IMF. BUSY TUESDAY On the need to expedite an Opposition coalition, she said, planning has to be done in advance. “Like there is election in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Tripura. Like how it happened in Tripura with our boys and the issue of Dainik Bhaskar,” she said BJP Parliamentary Board appoints observers for Legislature Party meet BJP General Secretary, in charge of Karnataka, Arun Singh arrives in Bengaluru, meets BS Yediyurappa Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Kishan Reddy arrive in Bengaluru as observers for LP meet Pradhan and Reddy meet Yediyurappa at his residence Bommai meets Yediyurappa at his residence Bommai asked to visit Kumara Krupa Guesthouse to meet Pradhan and Reddy MLAs arrive at a private hotel for LP meeting Yediyurappa arrives with Pradhan Yediyurappa proposes Bommai’s name for CM Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol backs it Bommai unanimously elected leader of BJP Legislature Party EXPRESS READ Centre seeks extension till Jan 9 for framing CAA rules New Delhi: The Centre has sought extension till January 9 for framing rules of the Citizenship Amendment Act, which was passed by Parliament in 2019, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday, replying to a question from Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi. P10 Assam says commandos will man the Mizo border Guwahati: A day after the bloody clash along the Assam-Mizoram border killed five Assam policemen and one civilian, the Assam government on Tuesday announced its plan to deploy 4,000 commandos to man the border. “We are raising three battalions,” CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said. P10 Rakesh Asthana becomes new Delhi Police chief New Delhi: Former CBI official Rakesh Asthana has been appointed Delhi Police Commissioner. Asthana, who was special director in the CBI in 2017, was removed in 2018 and was made the chief of the Border Security Force. He will now get a one-year tenure as Delhi police chief. Opposition unity will happen naturally, automatically... The country will lead the Opposition, we are the followers Mamata Banerjee Chief Minister West bengal Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during their meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday | PTI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday exuded confidence that a united Opposition will take shape in the run up to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. On her first trip to the national capital after winning the West Bengal Assembly elections, so as to catalyse early unity among Opposition parties and project herself as its natural leader, she, however, said: “Opposition unity will take shape on its own.” Fobbing off media’s questions on her leading the Opposition coalition, she said, “The country will lead the Opposition, we are the followers.” Mamata’s first big-ticket meeting on Tuesday was with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after which she met a few Congress leaders. She has already lined up meetings with NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar and a ‘chai pe charcha’ with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, apart from meeting her party’s members of Parliament. During the 45-minute meeting with Modi, Mamata claimed she discussed the Covid situation in West Bengal and de- manded more vaccines and medicines for the state. “I had asked for an appointment from the PM... This was a courtesy visit. Post election, following the protocol we have to meet the PM once. But I also spoke about the Covid situation. I asked him to ensure that West Bengal gets enough vaccine doses. I am not against giving vaccines to other states, but considering the population of Bengal, we need more doses,” she later told the media. She also raised the pending issue of change of name of the state, to which the prime minister said ‘he will see’, Mamata later informed. While Mamata parried questions on raising the Pegasus snoopgate with Modi, she demanded that the prime minister convene an all-party meet to discuss the issue, which has paralysed Parliament. She also sought a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the spyware, though a day earlier she set up a probe panel led by retired SC judge Madan Lokur into it. The Congress leader she met were Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma and Abhishek Singhvi. Nath claimed he had called on her to congratulate her for her poll victory .
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