HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY JUNE 22, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION ASSAM FLOOD SITUATION GRIM, NEARLY 50 LAKH PEOPLE HIT NDRF RUSHED TO WORST-AFFECTED AREAS Incessant rains since last week have inundated 32 out of 36 districts in the north-eastern state, throwing lives in disarray OVER 2 LAKH PEOPLE IN RELIEF CAMPS Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Tuesday that four units of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were rushed from Bhubaneswar to Silchar to carry out rescue operations as the flood situation in Karimganj and Cachar districts worsened due to the rising waters of Barak and Kushiyara rivers following heavy rains ■ ■ The calamity, which has become an annual feature in Assam, has hit 5,424 villages forcing 2,31,819 to take shelter in 810 camps According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, a total crop area of 1,13,485 hectares and 33,84,326 animals have been affected while 5,232 animals have been swept away 44 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES IN FLOODS AND LANDSLIDES IN ASSAM SINCE JUNE 14 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Uddhav faces rebellion from within Sena minister Eknath Shinde leads revolt; wants party to go back as junior ally of the BJP TAKE YOUR SHOT June 20 11,31,327 doses June 21 10,50,571 doses TOTAL DOSES: 1,96,44,19,344 NATIONWIDE JUNE 20 JUNE 21 Fresh cases 12,781 9,923 Recoveries Deaths 8,537 18 7,293 17 TELANGANA JUNE 20 JUNE 2 1 Fresh cases 246 403 Recoveries Deaths 155 0 145 0 145 5 53 288 31 JAB-O-METER 55 44 MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s government faced it biggest existential crisis on Tuesday with Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde revolting along with 3035 party MLAs and Independents and asking the former to form an new government with BJP in the state. To escape disqualification under the antidefection law, Shinde needs the support of 37 party MLAs. Shinde first shepherded his flock to Surat in Gujarat from where the buzz was they would be airlifted to Assam. Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are part of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi. Shinde wants the Sena to go back to its former ally and be part of a new government led by former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. The erosion put a question mark over Uddhav’s leadership, too, more so because Shinde was known to be close to him. PARTY POSITIONS 10 S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai Total seats BJP Shiv Sena NCP Cong Others + Independents Uddhav Thackeray Eknath Shinde Simple majority BJP has support of SIX Ind Eknath Shinde claims the support of 30-35 MLAs. Needs 37 to escape anti-defection law As things stand, Uddhav loyalists have been reduced to a minority within his party For, . at a meeting he called in Mumbai, only 18 are learnt to have turned up, though Sena’s Sanjay Raut put the figure at 30. Earlier in the day Shinde and , his supporters checked into the Le Meridian hotel in Surat. BJP is the single largest party with 105 MLAs and support of six Independents. It needs 40 more to reach the half-way mark to return to power (see box). In the Rajya Sabha elections, the BJP got support from 123 and in the subsequent MLC polls, its votes ballooned to 134, apparently through cross-voting. Sources said after Sena’s poor performance in the MLC polls, Uddhav was upset with Shinde for not delivering despite being giving weighty portfolios of urban development and PWD, and a free hand in the government and the party . Shinde has since been stripped of his position as the Sena’s group leader in the Assembly . BJP sources said Shinde was in touch with its leadership since the last six months. “He supported us in the Rajya Sabha elections and the legislative council polls...We provided logistical support to Shinde upon his revolt. The rooms at Le Meridian were booked by us,” the leader said seeking anonymity . Uddhav tried to reach out to Shinde by sending sent his personal assistant Milind Narvekar to Surat. During the 30-minute meeting Narvekar had with Shinde, the latter spoke to Uddhav and his spouse Rashmi Thackeray over the phone but he did not promise to return to Sena. Most of the MLAs with Shinde are from rural areas. “They were never entertained by Uddhav and his coterie. Shinde tapped this space to his advantage. He was also apprehensive about the rise of Aditya Thackeray in the party said ,” P8 a person close to Shinde. TS records 403 Covid cases in a day, health chief issues advisory E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE Department of Public Health and Family Welfare has once again made it mandatory to wear a mask, maintain physical distance and avoid unnecessary travel as the daily count of Covid-19 cases reached 403 on Tuesday . There has been a consistent rise in daily positive cases across the State for the last 15 days. The numbers suddenly surged crossing the mark of 400 on Tuesday . The last time the State crossed the 400-mark was on February 19 during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of recoveries are 145 and no deaths have been reported. In the view of this sudden surge, the Department of Public Health issued an advisory on travel and masks. “The precautions are to be strictly followed,” the advisory stated. While children and senior citizens are advised against avoid going outdoors, people between 20 to 50 years of age have been asked to follow due precautions as there is a higher incidence of Covid-19 infection among them. It is advisable to report to the nearest government health facility without delay in case of any flu or influenza-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, running nose, difficulty in breathing, body pains and headache among others. People with co-morbid conditions like hypertension, diabetes, cardiac illness or chronic kidney disease have also been advised to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel. CBI may look into AAP govt’s new liquor policy S H A H I D F A R I D I @ New Delhi FORMER president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa recently filed a complaint with the CBI accusing the Delhi state government of implementing an excise policy that “extended wrongful gains and favour to liquor wholesalers in Delhi… at the cost of state’s revenue”. Sirsa sought a probe against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was the head of the Group of Ministers that drafted the new excise policy and some government offi, cials “who have customized and enacted the policy to reap wrongful gains”. He said “the policy has been drafted and implemented with the following persons acting as aide: Mr Manoj Rai, Mr Manish Sosodia, Mr K Gehlot, Mr Satyendra Jain, Mr Arava Gopi Krishna and several other unknown ministers in connivance with one Mr Dinesh Arora and Mr Vijay Nair, who have been actively involved in layering…” the deal. In his complaint on June 7, Sirsa also accused Sisodia of holding a meeting at his Delhi residence on 30.05.22 with Punjab excise and taxation officials to draft a similar policy for Punjab. Sirsa said the meeting at Sisodia’s residence was attended by Varun Runjan, excise and taxation commissioner, Punjab, Kap Sinha, financial comm i s s i o n e r, t a x a t i o n , Punjab, Naresh Dubey, Vijay Nair, AAP Member of Parliament Raghav Chadha and Punjab excise minister Harpal Cheema. MORE than 20,000 Telugu cine workers have decided to launch an indefinite strike on Wednesday, demanding better wages. The workers’ unions, comprising 24 crafts of cinema are also gearing up to stage a protest at the Telugu Film Industry Employees Federation demanding a pay hike. Expressing disappointment over the lack of coordination between the Telugu Film Chamber, Telugu Film Producers Council and Film Industry Employees Federation, the workers decided to go on a strike. The strike will affect several films which are under production, including Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya, Bholaa Shankar and Prabhas’ Salaar and RC 15. “We have every right to ask MURMU IS NDA PICK R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ New Delhi FORMER Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu is all set to become the first tribal woman to hold the highest office of the Republic, as the 64-year-old emerged the consensus Presidential candidate of the BJP-led NDA late on Tuesday evening. This paper was the first to report on June 10 that she was leading the Presidential race in the NDA. Sharing the news after deliberations at the BJP parliamentary board, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union minister Nitin Gadkari and other senior leaders, BJP national president J P Nadda said, “We wanted to take a woman candidate from east India, especially from the tribal community. After consultation with allies and others, we have decided to field Murmu.” Nadda said Murmu’s life has been dedicated to the service of the nation and upliftment of the downWho is trodden, adding that prefDroupadi erence has been given to a Murmu? woman tribal candidate for An arts graduate the first time. “She has rich from Ramadevi administrative experience Women’s College and had an outstanding guin Bhubaneswar, bernatorial tenure. I am she worked as an confident she will be a asst professor in great President of our naSri Aurobindo tion,” he added. Integral Soon after Murmu was Education and named as the BJP-led Research Centre, NDA's presidential candiRairangpur. She date, Prime Minister Modi joined BJP in 1997 said she has devoted her life to serving society and expressed confidence that she will be a "great President". Born in 1958 in a poor tribal family in Odisha’s Myurbhanja district, Murmu rose to her present stature after struggling through ups and down throughout her life. She was the first governor to complete a five-year term in tribal-dominated Jharkhand (2015-2021). She also served as the minister for commerce and transports in the BJP-Biju Janata Dal coalition government in Odisha from 2000 to 2002. Sinha is Oppn choice for Prez E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi OPPOSITION leaders on Tuesday decided to field former Union minister Yashwant Sinha as their joint candidate for Presidential polls. Sinha’s name came up after NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah and ex-West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi declined the Opposition’s invite to run for President. “We are happy to announce that we have unanimously chosen Yashwant Sinha as the common candidate of the opposition parties for the presidential election, which will take place on July 18, 2022,” Congress leader Jairam Five regional Ramesh said while reading out a joint statement parties skip after the meeting. meeting “We regret Modi governCongress, NCP, ment made no serious efTMC, CPI, CPI-M, fort to have consensus on SP, NC, AIMIM, a presidential candidate,” RJD and AIUDF said Ramesh. attended the Indicating that his name meet on Tuesday. was finalised with his conFive regional sent, Sinha tweeted, “Now parties — TRS, time has come when for a BJD. AAP, SAD larger national cause I and YSRCP — must step aside from the stayed away from party to work for greater the meeting opposition unity Soon af.” ter that tweet, Sinha technically quit the Trinamool Congress as vicepresident expressing gratefulness to TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. Sinha, who switched over to the TMC from the BJP, was Union finance minister from 1990-1991 under then prime minister Chandra Shekhar. He also served as the external affairs minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government from 2002 to 2004. He quit the BJP in 2018 and joined the TMC after a short gap. WILL TRS SUPPORT OPPN PICK OR BOYCOTT PREZ ELECTION? V V BA L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad NOW that the Opposition parties have announced Yashwant Sinha as their candidate for the Presidential election, it remains to be seen what decision the TRS will take. Will the pink party support the joint Opposition candidate or boycott the poll, is the moot question. Interestingly, after the Opposition announced Yashwant Sinha’s candidature, NCP chief Sharad Pawar claimed that the TRS would also support their candidate. He also called up TRS supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, seeking support for their candidate. However, there has been no official statement from Rao in this regard. It may be mentioned here that the TRS abstained from the meeting convened by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on June 15 to discuss the Presidential candidate. The party said that it had skipped the meeting as it wants to maintain equi-distance from both Congress and the BJP . The TRS leadership also stated that it would send wrong signals to the people if it shares the platfor m with the Congress. The party also stayed away from Tuesday’s crucial meeting of Opposition parties, which cleared the candidature of Yashwant Sinha. Meanwhile, a party source said: “We have a lot of time to take a decision on the Presidential election.” In case the TRS decides not to back Sinha’s candidature, it may abstain from voting. EXPRESS READ Kaithalapur RoB inaugurated STAND AT EASE Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a mass yoga session to celebrate the 8th International Day of Yoga, at Mysore Palace in Mysuru on Tuesday | UDAYASHANKAR S T’wood workers to strike over wages MURALI KRISHNA CH @ Hyderabad PRESIDENTIAL POLL for better wages. On an average, a film worker gets between `500`1,500 per day We knew that our . decision would affect all film shoots, but if we won’t fight for our rights, who else will?” wondered a senior worker. He also urged the producers to pay wages on time. “A few producers are not clearing the dues even after repeated requests. We want transparency in payments and request them to pay us soon after the shoot gets completed,” he added. Hyderabad: Telangana's capital city of Hyderabad has added another important infrastructure project with the opening of 675-metre-long RoB in Kaithalapur which is set to ease the traffic woes towards IT corridor. This has come as a big relief for commuters in and around Sanathnagar, Balanagar and Moosapet who have been facing traffic issues for several years | P3 3 service chiefs brief PM on Agnipath New Delhi: Army chief General Manoj Pande, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari and Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar separately met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and briefed him about the progress on Agnipath. It is learnt the three service chiefs apprised Modi of the overall induction process and the steps being taken for the successful rollout of the scheme | P7 Heavens open up, Hyd receives 100 mm rainfall EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE Southwest monsoon gained strength resulting in heavy rains lashing several parts of Telangana on Monday night. The capital city of Hyderabad recorded over 100 mm rainfall overnight. The highest rainfall of 100.6 mm was recorded in Madhapur, followed by Balanagar (76.8 mm), Ferozguda (73.8 wmm) and Qutbullahpur (71.8 mm). The rainfall was even more intense in some districts, especially Jagtial and Sangareddy which received 129 mm and 127 mm rainfall respectively . On Tuesday too, districts like Mulugu, Kamareddy Jag, tial and Karimnagar witnessed heavy rains. According to IMD, heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad, Asifabad, Mancherial, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Bhupalpally , Mulugu, Medak and Kamareddy districts on Wednesday P3 . Motorists negotiate a water-logged road at Mallampet, Hyderabad on Tuesday
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