The Hindu Important Articles 12 May 2018
# ‘BJP alone can ensure good governance, development’
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday asked BJP workers to ensure good polling in Bantwal constituency where the party is facing B. Ramanath Rai of the Congress. Addressing an election campaign at BC Road after a roadshow, Mr. Adityanath said: “The Minister from the Siddaramaiah Cabinet is here. Hence, each vote is important.”
Accusing the Congress government of stalling development in Karnataka in the last five years, Mr. Adityanath said that a large number of farmers have committed suicide and a number of youths have left the State in search of employment elsewhere in the country. The Karnataka Government was soft against Jihadi elements who have murdered many innocent BJP party workers, he said.
Turning his ire on Mr. Rai, Mr. Adityanath said that he was responsible for denying mid-day meals to Srirama School in Kalladka that was being given by a temple. He accused Mr. Rai of foisting false criminal cases against innocent BJP activists. “If our party comes to power, we will first restore mid-day meals to students and quash all false cases booked against our activists,” he said.
Mr. Adityanath said that a BJP government alone can provide good governance and ensure development of Karnataka.
# Kejriwal’s nephew arrested for graft
Linked to Rs. 4.9 cr. scam in construction of drainage network: anti-graft agency
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s nephew Vinay Bansal was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch on Thursday for his involvement in an alleged Rs. 4.9 crore scam related to the construction of a drainage network in north-west Delhi awarded to his firm by the PWD three years ago.
More arrests, ACB sources claimed, including those of serving Delhi government officials, were in the offing. Mr. Bansal, who according to the ACB owns 50% stake in M/s Renu Construction Company along with his late father Surender Bansal, was picked up from his home in northwest Delhi’s Pitampura area at 4 a.m. “The decision to arrest him was made on the basis of the CPWD report received by us recently,” a senior official from the ACB, who asked not to be named, said when asked about the timing of the arrest, considering that the FIRs had been registered a year ago.
The FIRs were registered on the basis of a complaint by Rahul Sharma, founder of NGO Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation, who alleged irregularities in the grant of contracts for roads and sewer lines in 2015-16.
Sent to judicial custody
Mr. Bansal was sent to a day’s judicial custody by a city court, where he fainted and had to be hospitalised, according to the ACB official.
He was was arrested on the basis of an assessment report putting his firm in the dock “on several counts” in relation to the quality of construction material used, financial irregularities and overlooking of procedural penalties as per the CPWD in the construction of a drain located in Bakoli village, north-west Delhi.
# PM, Centre owe an explanation for neglecting A.P., says Naidu
Pact with BJP was in the interests of State, he says
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Central government owed an explanation to the people for neglecting Andhra Pradesh and non-implementation of the 18 promises made in the Reorganisation Act, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said in Kurnool on Thursday.
Accusing Mr. Modi of targeting his government, Mr. Naidu wondered if Mr. Modi feared that AP would surpass his home State Gujarat in development or was wary that he would not toe his line.
Speaking at the Dharma Poratam public meeting here, he accused the Modi government of meting out injustice and betraying the State by not granting the SCS and not implementing the promises made in the Reorganisation Act.
Though he differed with the BJP on the Godhra carnage and demanded the then Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee’s resignation, he entered into an alliance with the BJP in the State’s interests, Mr. Naidu said.
The 15th Finance Commission’s recommendations to consider the 2011 Census for release of funds would jeopardise A.P.’s interests, he said. Video clips of Mr. Modi’s address in the Tirupati, Nellore and Amaravati meetings were screened in the meeting.
Stating that A.P. lagged the other southern States on account of the unilateral and irrational bifurcation and non-cooperation from the Centre, Mr. Naidu remarked that Telangana had forged ahead but A.P. was left in the lurch. However, asserting that he strived to convert crisis into opportunity, the Chief Minister maintained that he would continue his fight till the State achieved its rights.
Intellectuals, doctors, engineers, senior citizens and teachers expressed their opinion on the SCS and post-bifurcation promises. A transgender Madhavi and four-year girl Kuli Khatun spoke.
‘BJP will draw a blank’
Earlier, speaking at Orvakal, Mr. Naidu said the BJP would not win any seat in Andhra Pradesh in the next elections.
He did not give a call to vote for any particular party in Karnataka, but appealed to the people to not vote for the BJP which betrayed the State.
# 40 places designated for namaz in Gurugram
The district administration on Thursday designated around 40 places, including two dozen public spaces, for offering of Friday prayers.
# ‘My mother is more Indian than many’
On the last day of the political campaign, Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit back at Prime Minister Narandra Modi for talking about his ancestral history and said his mother and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi is more Indian than many other people in the country.