tadepalligudem l TUESDAY l SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION After air force, Army shifts its Annual Day parade out of Delhi The move came after the Centre asked the military and paramilitary entities to spread their events across the country, not just in Delhi representative photo Event to be held under southern command Venue to be changed every year From next year, the Indian Army Day parade will be celebrated under the Southern Command area. The Indian Air Force had also recently moved out its annual fly-past and parade from the Hindon Air Base near Delhi to Chandigarh this year. The flypast on October 8 is expected over Sukhna Lake. Earlier, it used to be conducted at the Palam base in Delhi ■ ■ ■ Army officials said the parade would be held at different locations on a rotational basis and the venue would change every year Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been hosting foreign dignitaries in different cities. Events like Defexpo are being held outside Delhi The aim is to foster a deeper connect with people across India January 15 The Indian Army parade is celebrated on this day every year 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 Poll panel plan to choke cash flow to parties Writes to law ministry suggesting cash component of donations be restricted to 20% of the overall funds, with annual cap at `20 crore S h a h i d F a r i d i @ New Delhi The Election Commission of India is reported to have sent a proposal to the Union law ministry seeking to cap cash donations to political parties at 20% of the total annual receipts with a maximum of `20 crore, and bringing down anonymous political donations from `20,000 to `2,000. The proposal sent by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar to Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju suggests a slew of amendments in the Representation of the People Act to check the flow of black money into the election process. As per the existing Section 29C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, political parties are required to give the EC details of donors contributing in excess of `20,000. If the government accepts the proposal, parties will have to provide the EC names and other details of all donors contributing in excess of `2,000. However, bringing down anonymous donations from `20,000 to `2,000 will not in any way check the flow of cash into political parties. It will at best add to the parties’ clerical work as they will have to issue more ‘coupons’ showing donations under `2,000. Political parties have developed a coupon system for collecting funds to evade the EC radar. They issue coupons to internally account for the cash donations they receive. Hence, the reduction of the limit of anonymous contribution will not hamper their cash collection. However, the proposal that has sent alarm bells ringing for the opposition parties is the capping of cash donation at `20 crore. Political parties have been showing cash receipts of hundreds of crores annually by issuing coupons. If the EC recommendations are accepted, their annual cash receipt will be capped at `20 crore. BSP MP Kunwar Danish Ali said the cap on cash donations would tilt the playing field in favour of large parties. “Our party — the BSP — runs on small donations from individuals. Large companies do not fund us. Capping cash contribution at `20 crore is clearly aimed at choking the flow of funds to the opposition, especially smaller parties like ours that run on crowd-funding. We will oppose this move.” He said companies and high net worth individuals are afraid of giving money to opposition parties as they fear government backlash. “Now, the government wants to stop small donors from funding us,” he said. Parties such as the BSP have been receiving over 75% of their contribution in cash, which runs into hundreds of crores. Transparancy activists have for long been demanding full accountability for all monetary contributions to parties, including via electoral bonds, to clean up the poll process. CM blames TDP for Polavaram proj delay ‘Andhra’s growth better now’ During a discussion on ‘Industrial Development Investments and Financial Growth’, CM Jagan asserted that industrial growth was better now than what it was during TDP’s rule Royal Navy Sailors walk ahead and behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, as it travels from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London on Monday | AFP World bids adieu to Queen Elizabeth II Around 2,000 people, including world leaders, attended Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday morning After a 40-km journey, her coffin reached Windsor Castle and was lowered into the royal vault President Droupadi Murmu with King Charles III at Buckingham Palace at an official state event | PTI The Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official in the British royal household, broke a rod known as the ‘wand of office’, while former MI5 chief Andrew Parker broke the white rod | P9 West Bengal House first in India to adopt resolution against ED, CBI P r o n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata West Bengal on Monday became the first state in the country to adopt an Assembly resolution criticising raids by Central law enforcement agencies, saying they were selectively targeting ruling party functionaries to create an atmosphere of fear, but tactically kept Prime Minister Narendra Modi out of the firing line. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused unnamed BJP politicians for misusing agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI but said she does not believe the prime minister is responsible for their excesses. The resolution came at a time when Central agencies are probing major cases like the school jobs scam, cattle smuggling and coal pilferage in which powerful Trinamool Congress leaders figure as accused. The resolution said, “despite names of BJP leaders featuring in chit fund scams, the agencies are overlooking and probing just one-side of the matter.’’ It went on to allege that the Central agencies are part of a larger conspiracy to topple democratically elected governments. In past two months, the ED and the CBI have arrested former minister Partha Chatterjee and the party’s strongman Anubrata Mondal. On Monday the CBI arrested Subiresh , Bhattacharya, Vice Chancellor of North Bengal University and former head of the School Service Commission in connection with the recruitment scam in schools. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada On day three of the Assembly session on Monday Chief Min, ister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy blamed the previous TDP government for the delay and blunders in the Polavaram irrigation project. He maintained that his government was striving to expedite the project works. On resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) package to people displaced due to the irrigation project, Jagan said his government has assured to Data theft: Panel to table report in Assembly today E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The House Committee, constituted to probe into the ‘unlawful interception of communications, data theft and illegal transmission, causing infringement of citizens rights during 2016-19’, will table an interim report in the Assembly on Tuesday . The Committee led by Tiruapti MLA B Karunakar Reddy submitted the report to Speaker Tammineni Sitaram on Monday . Jakkampudi Raja, YSRC MLA and a panel member, said the Committee has concluded that phone-tapping and theft of data had happened during the TDP regime. “There is a need for an in depth enquiry into the entire episode,” he asserted. On March 21 this year, the State Assembly took up a discussion after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that Naidu-led TDP government had purchased the controversial Pegasus spyware. Following this, Legislative Affairs Minister Buggana Rajendranath said Banerjee’s assertion warranted an in-depth probe. Stating that there was a possibility that the previous regime purchased Pegasus, he said probe should be launched to find out if it had committed any other breach of public data and misuse of technology . no relief for ysrc leaders GOs to withdraw cases revoked, govt tells HC E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada The State government has revoked the nine GOs issued to withdraw cases against elected representatives, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh was informed on Monday . The Home Department made the submission before a bench comprising Chief Justice Prasant Kumar Mishra and Justice Kongara Vijaya Lakshmi. The court had earlier taken suo motu cognisance of the government withdrawing cases against certain MLAs and MPs of the ruling YSRC party . Besides, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition was also filed against the withdrawal of cases against Jagg ayyapeta MLA Samineni Udayabhanu. Later, the court took suo motu cognisance of the government orders issued to withdraw cases against MLAs Meka Ap- parao, Rakshana Nidhi and Chittoor MLA J Srinivasulu. The bench observed that the government was withdrawing cases without the court’s consent, and in violation of Supreme Court guidelines. When the pleas came for hearing, counsel for home department V Maheswar Reddy informed the court that the government had revoked the GOs issued in P5 2020 and 2021. Bench posts matter to October 13 The court will only look into the issue of whether due process was followed while withdrawing cases against leaders. The bench posted the matter for hearing on Oct 13 offer `10 lakh each to the affected people against the previous regime’s `6.86 lakh. Intervening in a discussion during the Question Hour, Jagan produced photo copies of the project, comparing the progress during the TDP and YSRC regimes. He said after completion of the dam, water will be stored up to the level of 41.15 metres and not to its full capacity in view of safety and as per norms of the Central Water Commission. Of the total 1.06 lakh displaced people, 20,946 come under the 41.15 metre reservoir level and of them, financial assistance of `19,060 crore has been paid to 14,110 people, the chief minister said. Efforts are on to pay compensation to the remaining 6,836 by October 2022, Jagan P5 added. It will be Gehlot versus Tharoor E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Elections to the post of Congress president may see a contest between senior party leader Shashi Tharoor and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Tharoor, who met interim party chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence on Monday, has received the goahead to contest the polls, scheduled to be held on October 17, Ashok Gehlot said sources. “Anyone can contest the election. It will be fair and transparent,” Sonia reportedly told Tharoor, a memb e r o f G - 2 3 Shashi Tharoor g roup, which has been seeking internal reforms in the party . Earlier on Monday the Thiru, vananthapuram MP had also supported a petition by party members demanding ‘reforms’ in the Congress. The filing of the nominations for the post of president will begin in three days. Endorsing Sonia’s view, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that the election is an open, democratic and transparent process.
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