The Hindu Important Articles 01 May 2018
# At Delhi rally, Rahul throws an open challenge to BJP
Says Cong. will win the coming Assembly polls and the Lok Sabha election too
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi sounded the poll bugle for 2019 with a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, questioning his silence on a number of issues and throwing an open challenge to the BJP by claiming that the Congress would win the next round of Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha poll.
Addressing the Jan Aakrosh (People’s Anger) Rally at the historic Ram Lila ground in Delhi on Sunday, Mr. Gandhi said there was growing anger against the Modi government over issues such as corruption, unemployment, agrarian distress, women’s safety and atrocities on Dalits among others.
Mr. Gandhi termed Mr. Modi’s visit to China as one without an agenda, and alleged that the Prime Minister didn’t raise the presence of Chinese troops in the Doklam plateau with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“Wherever I go I ask people ‘Are you happy’ and they say ‘No, we have a lot of anger’. The country listens to the Prime Minister’s speeches and then tries to look for the truth. The country says PM has spoken for half an hour, so let’s sit and find out the truth.”
Alleging that the PM was “successful in spreading lies” about the Congress leadership in the run-up to the 2014 poll, Mr. Gandhi said people were now beginning to see the truth about Mr. Modi.
He asserted that the Congress would win the coming Assembly polls in Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, as well as the Lok Sabha election in 2019. “We will win because the Congress workers, who give their blood and sweat, are sher ka baccha (lion’s cubs). They are soldiers of truth. You can beat them, break their legs or shoot them but they won’t desert truth,” Mr. Gandhi said.
Summing up the four years of the Modi government, the Congress chief said, “Modi ji used to say the Congress has done nothing in the past 70 years. Give me 60 months and I will change India. Let me tell you what Modiji has given in 60 months. He has given unemployment, the BJP leaders are exploiting our women, Modiji gave the Gabbar Singh Tax (referring to GST) that ruined our small traders and businessmen and Prime Minister Modi couldn’t stand before China.”
The issue of corruption figured prominently in Mr. Gandhi’s speech that lasted over 30 minutes.
“In the Karnataka poll campaign, PM Modi talks about fighting corruption from the stage with Mr. Yeddyuruppa standing right next to him. BJP’s chief ministerial face is someone who went to jail. Piyush Goyal becomes a Minister and doesn’t declare his company. After that he sells off his company to a power company, a first for a Power Minister to do this but Modi ji doesn’t utter a word,” the Congress chief said.
# Jaya memorial to have knowledge park
Coastal zone management authority clears proposal submitted by PWD; it will also have a museum
The proposed memorial to be constructed in honour of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on the Marina beach front on Kamarajar Salai here would have a museum and a knowledge park. The proposal submitted by the Public Works Department (PWD) to the Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority (TNSCZMA) under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification was cleared last month.
As per the proposal submitted to the TNSCZMA, the PWD would demolish 630 sq.m. of existing buildings, retain 885 sq.m. of buildings and would construct a monument spread over 30 x 42 m and rising up to 15 m. A curvilinear-shaped museum (52 x 25 m) with a floor area of 795 sq.m. and a curvilinear-shaped knowledge park with the same dimension are also part of the proposal.
After considering the proposal, the TNSCZMA, in its meeting last month, gave clearance with specific conditions.
These include prior planning permission from the CMDA and compliance with the local Town and Country Planning regulations and relevant provisions of the CRZ notification 2011. There should not be any groundwater extraction in the CRZ; adequate rain water harvesting structures should be created for water percolation and to harvest the rainwater to the maximum extent possible. A green belt was to be developed as proposed in consultation with the Forest Department by planting trees, shrubs and herbs.
Within existing structure
The project, estimated to cost Rs. 50.8 crore, should explore the possibilities of allocation of funds for preserving the ecology and environment (land and marine).
The memorial building is to be designed and constructed in accordance with the seismic factors applicable to the moderate intensity zone. The construction of the memorial building should comply with the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016. The District Coastal Zone Management Authority for CMDA areas had approved the project on the ground that the proposed constructions fell within the existing structures and at an area already declared as monument area/crematoria.
# Poll panel replaces Mysuru DC
Abjiram G. Sankar comes in place of Darpan Jain
In a sudden development, the Election Commission has replacedDarpan Jain with Abjiram G. Sankar as Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru.
Mr. Sankar, a 2011 batch IAS officer and Raichur Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer till now, becomes the third Deputy Commissioner of the district in less than a fortnight.
Mr. Jain’s transfer comes after a review of an EC team that went to Mysuru, Ramanagaram, and Kodagu districts. The order was issued on Sunday by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms following a direction from Election Commission.
The transfer comes at a time when the polls are just 13 days away and the district has a couple of high-profile constituencies, including Chamundeshwari where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is facing a stiff challenge from Janata Dal (Secular) incumbent MLA G.T. Deve Gowda. Public Works Minister H.C. Mahadevappa, a close aide of Mr. Siddaramaiah, is contesting from T. Narasipur, while Mr. Siddaramaiah’s son Yathindra is contesting from Varuna.
“Mysuru posted a very poor record in enforcement of model code of conduct, and the EC team was also not happy,” a senior official at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said.
“The district is witnessing a very intense battle at Chamundeshwari where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is contesting. Despite having 55 check-posts across the district, the commission felt that not enough is being done to bring strict enforcement,” the sources said.
# MP says Income Tax raids as per law
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a party rally in Chikkodi on May 1. He will arrive by a special flight at Sambra airport in the evening. He will speak at the rally at 6.10 p.m. He will return to New Delhi the same night. The Prime Minister will also make other trips to Belagavi, Suresh Angadi MP, told presspersons here on Sunday. The MP justified the IT raids on various leaders and contractors saying that the department was acting according to law. The IT Act was enacted by the earlier governments and not the BJP. The department is acting accordingly, he said.
He criticised Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for politicising the IT raids. He is a leader who has diluted the Lokayukta’s powers. He should not be making such statements, Mr. Angadi said.
The Chief Minister is misleading the people saying that the IT department obeys the party in power at the Centre. The Congress should look at how its election ticket are distributed. Some civil contractors have got Congress ticket. The assets of the Congress MLAs have increased after they became Ministers, he said.
# ‘Cong. has contributed a lot to country’s growth’
The Congress has made a lot of contribution to the development of technology and other sectors in the last seven decades since Independence, said Sam Pitroda, former adviser to the Prime Minister and Chairman of Overseas Congress Department of the Indian National Congress, here on Sunday. Mr. Pitroda said it was wrong to say that the party has not contributed towards the development of the country. It’s because of the push by the Congress that there was a great leap in availability of telephones, he said.
# I-T search on aides of Cheluvarayaswamy
Congress candidate for Nagamangala constituency N. Cheluvarayaswamy’s aides faced the heat of Income Tax sleuths on Sunday. The I-T team searched the residences of Lakshminarayana Gowda, Bette Gowda, Narayana Gowda — all hoteliers.