HYDERABAD MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION CHANDIGARH AIRPORT TO BE NAMED AFTER BHAGAT SINGH Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced the decision in his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast A TRIBUTE TO THE FREEDOM FIGHTER: MODI ■ Sept 28 END TO YEARS-LONG DISPUTE OVER NAME The prime minister called it a “tribute to the great freedom fighter”. Naming the airport after Bhagat Singh has been a long-pending demand of the Punjabis. “Finally our efforts paid off. On behalf of entire Punjab, we welcome the decision of naming the Chandigarh airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh ji,” Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann tweeted ■ Modi’s announcement follows years of controversy over naming the international airport, which serves both Punjab and Haryana While Punjab mooted Bhagat Singh’s name, Haryana had wanted to honour late RSS ideologue Mangal Sein. It was only last month that they agreed to name the airport after Bhagat Singh BHAGAT SINGH’S 115TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY 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 Gehlot loyalists revolt against high command KTR to visit IIIT-Basara, inaugurate new mess Refuse to pass resolution paving way for Sachin Pilot as successor Congress MLAs loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot taking a bus to go to Assembly Speaker C P Joshi’s residence, in Jaipur on Sunday | PTI R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur THE Rajasthan Congress on Sunday night witnessed a fullblown rebellion against the high command, with the faction loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot refusing to accept the decision to anoint Sachin Pilot as the successor. The unwilling Gehlot has been directed to step down as he is the Gandhi family’s choice for the party’s national presidentship, nominations for which began on Friday . Instead of attending an Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting called at 7.30 pm at Gehlot’s residence to decide on the change of guard, they trooped to the house of Assembly Speaker C P Joshi to ‘tender their resignation’. The high command had deputed AICC observers Ajay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge to oversee the meeting. “102 MLAs are with us. Will they listen to us or the other 10-15 MLAs?” Gehlot loyalist and minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas asked. While Gehlot lobbied for C P Joshi as his successor, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka insisted on picking Pilot instead. To facilitate the decision, the CLP meeting was expected to issue a one-line resolution au- Dharani creating new land disputes instead of solving existing issues? B K A R T H E E K @ Hyderabad IT was meant to be a transparent integrated land records management system that was aimed at revolutionising the land reforms in the State. However, Dharani, which has been touted as the first of its kind one-stop-online portal, launched in October 2020 to ensure “hassle-free” registrations soon turned into a “free-hassle” land records management system not just for farmers and land owners but also for the officials. The portal instead of helping in clearing the existing land disputes is triggering new ones to the dismay of all concerned. It is also being used as a tool to either include privately owned lands in prohibitive category so that they can be claimed as government lands or turn government lands into private ones, both of which in turn open a channel for gross irregularities. While the Dharani dashboard maintains obscurity on the number of applications received, it is learnt that there are about 10 lakh applications under various categories pending with the portal. The other major issue with the portal is that it has no window to apply for several issues, including change of passbook, Sadabinama registrations, boundary disputes, correction in name, extent and nature of land. In the absence of such a facility which would have taken the , number of applications into a few lakhs, several aggrieved landowners have no clue on whom to approach to get their issues resolved. CONTINUED ON P4 thorising the party president to name its new leader. But Khachariyawas said, “Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should understand the sentiments of the MLAs. The proposed resolution is not accepted to them. When the government was in crisis, everyone supported it. But now the legislators are not being heard. That’s why they are angry .” Independent MLA Sanyam Lodha said the new CM should be one from 102 MLAs who stayed in hotels for 38 days to save the Congress government two years ago. Alluding to Pilot, he said, those who tried to topple the government cannot be accepted as CM. The Congress has 108 in the 200-member House. It also has the support of 13 Independents. Late in the night, Khachariyawas and a few others met Kharge and Maken. Later, Maken said he and Kharge will meet every MLA individually to ascertain their views. But other angry pro-Gehlot MLAs refused to meet the AICC observers. They said the decision on Rajasthan should be taken only after the verdict of the national presidential polls is out. Till then the CLP meeting should not be held, they asserted. EXPRESS READ Modi, Priyanka to join Garba in Gujarat Ahmedabad: This year’s Navratri is particularly significant for Gujarat because it has been two years since the previous celebrations. As the Gujarat polls draws near, sources claim that PM Modi and Priyanka Gandhi may attend the Garba festival this year | P8 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Adilabad Opposition leaders O P Chautala, Sharad Pawar, Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav, Sitaram Yechury and Sukhbir Singh Badal being garlanded at a rally to mark the birth anniversary of former deputy PM Devi Lal, in Fatehabad on Sunday | PTI Wait for Cong polls to take unity talks forward: Sonia to Nitish, Lalu P R E E T H A N A I R @ New Delhi HOURS after he gave a call to build a strong Opposition front that included the Congress, to take on the BJP Bihar Chief Minister and , JD(U) head Nitish Kumar held talks with Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi here on Sunday RJD patriarch Lalu Yadav accom. panied him. “We have to bring all Opposition parties together to defeat the BJP. The Congress is in the process of electing its new president and Sonia Gandhi told us that we will meet after the election,” NiNo big deal: tish later said. Sushil Modi He added that there was broad agreement “These regional on Opposition unity parties have only a but a concrete action few seats in Lok plan can be formulatSabha and they ed only after the Conwon’t dent BJP’s g ress presidential prospects in 2024. polls. “We will hold We will secure more seats than last time,” further talks after the Congress organisasaid senior BJP tional polls,” he said. leader Sushil Modi Lalu said, “without the Congress, there would be no alliance. All of us have to come together to remove BJP from the country .” This was Nitish’s first meeting with Sonia after he walked out of the BJP alliance in Bihar. Lalu, too, was meeting Sonia after a gap of five years. Speaking to this newspaper, JD(U) leader K C Tyagi said Nitish will strive to bring all disparate parties together, including Naveen Patnaik’s BJD. “Nitish doesn’t believe in political untouchability He is planning to trav. el to Odisha and West Bengal to meet Mamata and Naveen,” said Tyagi. SIX officers of the Indian Air Force were booked for murder after a 27-year-old trainee officer, Ankit Kumar Jha, was found dead in one of the rooms of the Bengaluru Air Force Technical College (AFTC) on September 21, a day after his training was terminated. A case was registered at Gangammana Gudi police station in Karnataka after Ankit’s brother Aman Jha filed a complaint on Thursday. The six suspects, whose names reportedly figure in the sevenpage suicide note left by Ankit, Terminated Ankit’s training was terminated on September 20 as per the recommendations by a Court of Inquiry, which was constituted after a fellow trainee filed a complaint against him, the Indian Air Force said in a press release are of the ranks of Air Commodore, Group Captain and Wing Commander. Aman accused the six officers of murder and claimed that they had tampered with the evidence. He has also demanded E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PROMINENT Opposition leaders on Sunday gave a fresh unity call ahead of the 2024 general election at a massive rally organised by the INLD in Haryana’s Fatehabad to commemorate the birth anniversary of the party’s founder Devi Lal. Trinamool, TRS, Bihar Chief MinisDMK no-show t e r N i t i s h Ku m a r urged the Opposition “Since West Bengal to build a ‘main front’ and Tamil Nadu CMs of all parties, includMamata Banerjee ing the Congress, to and M K Stalin skipped it, Telangana defeat the ruling BJP while ruling out a CM K Chandrashekar third front. Rao felt it wasn’t He also stayed in deimportant enough to nial on entering the participate,” a party prime ministerial source said race. “I am not a PM candidate. There is also no question of a third front. There should be one front, including the Congress and the Left,” he said, adding that they had even requested the Congress to participate in the rally . Not just the Congress, major parties like Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Trinamool Congress gave the rally a miss. However, NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, CPI (M)’s Sitaram Yechury and SAD boss Sukhbir Singh Badal participated. Pawar, Yechury and Badal echoed Nitish saying the need of the hour is for everyone to come together to dislodge the BJP . ROHATGI DECLINES CENTRE’S OFFER TO MAKE HIM AG With incumbent Attorney General K K Venugopal’s term ending on September 30, the Centre, earlier this month offered the post to Rohatgi | P8 S JAISHANKAR SEES ‘SHIFT’ ON ISSUE OF U.N. REFORMS The foreign minister pointed to both the US and Russia calling for the expansion of the UN Security Council to include India during the ongoing UNGA session. “We’ve got some tailwind behind us. Now we have to see what we can make of it,” he said | P9 IIT JEE + CBSE + NEET DONE IN STYLE Virat Kohli pats Suryakumar Yadav during the third T20 match between India and Australia at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, on Sunday. India clinched the series 2-1 | PTI | P11 Trainee cadet found dead in B’luru, Made to carry six IAF officers charged with murder sambaar vessel, E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Forge main front, says Bihar chief minister IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao will interact with the students of IIIT-Basara in Nirmal district on Monday. This will be his first visit to the institute after recent protests staged by students over various issues. The Minister, who will inaugurate a new mess and additional classrooms in the campus, will interact with the students over a lunch. Rama Rao will also plant saplings in the campus, which is spread over 25 acres. The plantation drive will be taken up on Miyawaki model. A f t e r t h at , Rama Rao will participate in a few local events in Narsapur (G) mandal in Nirmal Assembly constituency He will also visit . the residence of Adilabad MLA Jogu Ramanna in Deepaiguda village. Ramanna’s mother passed away recently. Later, Rama Rao will inaugurate the IT services delivery from the BDNT Labs in Adilabad town. Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy and Endowments Minister A Indrakaran Reddy and Mudhole MLA G Vittal Reddy will accompany Rama Rao during his visit to IIIT-Basara. that the autopsy of Ankit’s body be put on hold as the case needs to be probed by the CBI. The officers are yet to be arrested. “The postmortem report will ascertain the cause of the death. The statements of the suspects can indicate why the deceased took the extreme step,” said a police officer. Speaking to this newspaper, a cousin of Ankit, Richa Thakur, too, alleged that he was murdered. “He was under severe mental trauma as disciplinary action was taken against him. He was also terminated in July While talking to me over . the phone, Ankit told me that he was being forced to sign certain documents.” boy suffers burns E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Khammam A Class 8 student of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Gurukula School in Wyra, Garlapati Jaswanth, suffered 40 per cent burn injuries when a large vessel of hot sambaar which he was shifting from the cooking shed to the dining hall along with two other students fell on him. The incident took place on Saturday District Collector VP Gowtham sus. pended the school’s headmaster P Mallaiah and warden S K Pasha on Sunday . While the agency which holds the contract for cooking for the school students, should place all the dishes in the hall, it regularly tells students to carry out the task. Thirteen-year-old Jaswanth was holding one end of the degchi (vessel) when he CONTINUED ON P4 slipped and fell. 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