r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RnI no. mpeng/2010/35815 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 30.5 C.16.2 C. Sunrise: 06: 30 Sunset: 05: 51 HUMIDITY Morning : 60 Evening : 29 vol. 9 no. 141 | BhoPal BhoPal | SatuRday | novemBeR 3, 2018 | PageS 14 + 8 = 22 | ` 3 Majority prefer Modi as PM again: online survey NATION Rational practical knowledge to self is the basis for all human relationships. - brahma Kumaris www.freepressjournal.in EDIT Cong infight could spell defeat in MP GLAM Thought for the day Reel and not Real ANALySIS BJP RELEASES FIRST LIST OF 176 CANDIDATES No ticket to 3 ministers, 35 MLAs Q No decision on seats of Gaur, Sartaj & Vijayvargiya CM•Shivraj Singh Chouhan will contest from Budhni, while state ministers Narottam Mishra and Yashodhara Raje Scindia have been fielded from Datia and Shivpuri respectively Q Seats of 3 sitting MLAs changed 5 sitting MLAs from Bhopal get ticket candidates The first list ofincluded of the BJP, also candidates on five assembly Q Decision on three other ministers put on hold OuR sTAff RepORTeR Bhopal The BJP has announced its first list of candidates for assembly elections in the state. The list has 176 candidates. Tickets have been denied to 3 ministers and 35 sitting MLAs. The seats of a minister and 2 MLAs have been changed and they have been given tickets from a different assembly seat. MP from Dewas, Manohar Untwal, has been given ticket from Agar while MP from Khajuraho, Nagendra Singh has been given tickets from Nagod seat. Among the ministers, Maya Singh, Gauri Shankar Shejwar and Harsh Singh have been denied tickets. Shejwar’s son, Mudit Shejwar has been given ticket while Singh’s son Vikram has been given ticket. Tickets to ministers namely Kusum Mehadale, Suryaprakash Meena and Sharad Jain have been put on hold. The party may field new candidates on these seats. Constituency of minister LalitaYadav has been changed and she has been given the “party nod” to fight the polls from Bada Malhara. Contd. on P10 BJP workers protesting outside party office in Mandleshwar on Friday over denial of ticket to sitting MLA Rajkumar Mev wOMAN CANDIDATeS ON 16 SeATS T he list of 176 candidates includes 16 woman candidates. The number of woman candidates is not even 10% of the candidates announced in the list. Complication on Indore seats, brainstorming on 54 seats brainstorming BJP isremaining 54seaton the seats. Decision on Indore could not be taken following lack of consensus. The ticket distribution from Indore seat has become complicated as BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya is keen on a ticket for his son Akash Vijayvargiya and LokSabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan wants her son Mandar Mahajan to get ticket. Islamabad: Maulana Samiul Haq, a former Pakistani Senator more widely known as the "Father of Taliban", was stabbed to death on Friday while resting in his room in Rawalpindi city, his family said. The influential religious leader's son Maulana Hamidul Haq told Geo News that his father's driver had gone out. On his return, he saw that Maulana Sami was sprawled on his bed in a pool of blood. "He was no longer alive." US agrees to India buying Iran oil washIngton: The US has agreed to let eight countries -- including Japan, India and South Korea -- keep buying Iranian oil after it reimposes sanctions on the OPEC producer on Nov. 5, a senior administration official said. Waivers are being granted in exchange for continued import cuts so as not to drive up oil prices, said the official. Ghattiya seat put on hold after Guddu switches sides he ticket to Ashok Malviya has been cancelled from TGhattiya from Ujjainseat under Ujjain district, following assembly former MP Premchand Guddu joining the BJP. Satish Malviya is the sitting MLAs from Ghattiya seat. Ashok was given ticket in his place. Sources said Guddu or his son Ajit Borasi may be given ticket from this seat. Meanwhile, the BJP on the incident of Ashok Malviya’s name figuring in the list, claimed that it was done by mistake. I 37 New FACeS IN FRAy n the first list of the BJP, there are 37 new faces. They are contesting elections for the first time. These candidates include sons of ministers, sons of MLAs, wives of MLAs and senior party workers. BJP MLA joins Cong, cites neglect of constituency Agencies New Delhi 'Father of Taliban' killed in Pak L Ticket to Umakant in place of Laxmikant axmikant Sharma, who is an accused in Vyapam scam, has not been given ticket. His brother Umakant Sharma has been given ticket. Bhupendra Dwivedi, president of Isagarh Nagar Palika who joined BJP in the recent past after quitting Congress, has also been given ticket from Chanderi seat. NARSINGHPUR: Tendukheda’s BJP MLA Sanjay Sharma on Friday joined Congress after hearing “his inner voice.” During press conference at District Congress Office, Sharma said he decided to join the Congress on seeing the Chief Minister ignoring the development of his constituency for some months. Contd. on P10 SC to examine plea for CBI probe against Raj CM, her son News Brief seats of Bhopal district. No sitting MLA has been denied ticket. Umashankar Gupta from Bhopal South-west seat, Surendranath Singh from Bhopal Central, Vishwas Sarang from Narela, Rameshwar Sharma from Hujur and Vishnu Khatri has been given tickets from Berasia. Decision on Govindpura seat and Bhopal North is yet to be taken. Cong strongman Guddu joins BJP, likely to be fielded from Ghattiya The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea seeking a CBI probe against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her son for allegedly receiving compensation of Rs 1.97 crore by selling a piece of government land to NHAI for widening of a national highway in 2010. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices K M Joseph and Hemant Gupta issued notice to Raje, her parliamentarian son Dushyant Singh and the CBI and sought their response in four weeks. "Issue notice," the bench said after senior advocate Anoop George Chaudhari said that the high court was wrong in dismissing the petition. Srijana Shresha challenged the August 8 order of the Delhi High Court by which it had dismissed his plea seeking an FIR and a CBI probe against Raje and her son. s INFIGHTING CONTINUeS TO MAR CeC Chaturvedi storms out of meeting, Diggi, Scindia follow suit OuR sTAff RepORTeR Bhopal Infighting among state leadership continued to derail Congress Election Committee efforts to finalise the list of candidates for MP elections on Friday too. While former CM Digvijaya Singh and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia continued to spar, AICC general secretary Satyavrat Chaturvedi too raised his voice against the selection process at the meeting held at party president Rahul Gandhi’s residence. The flash point on Friday was Satyavrat’s demand that his son Nitin be fielded from Rajnagar seat (Chattarpur district). The constituency is currently represented by MLA Vikram Singh ‘Nati Raja’. Scindia immediately backed the demand. How- ever, Digvijaya once again opposed the move and warned that denial of ticket could prompt Nati Raja to quit the party. “He may join another party and even get a ticket. This will be a major loss of the party,” he declared. Irked over Digvijaya’s stance, Satyavrat stormed out of the meeting. Digvijaya soon followed suit but not before handing over his list of candidates to other senior leaders. Later, Scindia too left the meeting in a huff. Earlier, following a strife between Diggi and Scindia, Gandhi had constituted a three member panel of senior party leaders to resolve the stalemate. The party has already finalised the names of 190 candidates. The bone of contention between various party kshatraps is the remaining 30 seats. Former Ujjain MP Premchand Guddu (in green kurta) joins BJP in presence of Kailash Vijayvargiya in New Delhi on Friday OuR sTAff RepORTeR Indore/ Delhi Senior Congress party leader and former Ujjain MP Premchand Guddu and his son Ajit Borasi joined BJP on Friday, a development described by ruling party as an indication of falling fortunes of opposition in poll-bound Madhya Pardesh. A Dalit leader and twotime MLA, Guddu joined the saffron party in presence its senior leaders including Narendra Singh Tomar, Thawarchand Gehlot and Kailash Vijayvargiya in New Delhi. He lashed out at Congress, describing it as a party of PIL against CBI's decision not to challenge Shah's discharge dismissed MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation against the CBI's decision to not challenge a 2014 trial court order discharging BJP chief Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. A division bench of justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre said it was not inclined to grant reliefs sought in the petition. The petition was filed by a group, Bombay Lawyers SOHRABUDDIN CASe Association, questioning the CBI's decision not to challenge the discharge granted to Amit Shah in the case. "We are dismissing the petition. We are not inclined to grant any relief...especially when the petitioner is a body which has no locus in the case," the court said in its judgement. A special CBI court had in 2014 discharged Shah in the case. Sohrabuddin Shaikh and his wife Kausar Bi were killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat Police in 2005. “Raja and Maharaja”. “While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan have been working for the poor, the Congress is being run as an “elite class” with no concern for Dalits and the downtrodden,” he said. “That a Congress leader of over 30 years has decided to join the BJP underlines the falling fortunes of the opposition party,” Vijayvargiya told mediapersons. Guddu, considered close to Congress leader and former chief minister Digvijay Singh, had been feeling neglected in the party sources , said. Contd. on P10 BJP serves old wine in new bottle niTenDRA sHARMA BHOPAL The first list of candidates released by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday raises questions on the relevance of brainstorming, done for days over ticket distribution. What were the marathon meetings, brainstorming sessions and consensus building exercises were for when the tickets were to be given to sitting MLAs and their kin. Ticket denial to Gaurishankar Shejwar and giving ticket to his son Mudit Shejwar and replacing Harsh Singh by his son Vikram Singh has clearly shown that if one has the might then dynastic politics may work. Shailendra Jain is facing immense opposition in Sagar and it was known to all BJP leaders. Sudhir Yadav, son of MP Laxminarayan Yadav was the weakest candidate from Surkhi. Despite knowing the fact that the sitting MLAs may face negative outcomes on the lines of Banda and Bina, giving ticket to them shows that BJP lacks good candidates. BJP organization could not muster courage to deny ticket to several sitting MLAs, following the fear of Tendukheda MLA Sanjay Sharma joining Congress. Some of the seats of candi- ‘Mass agitation’ if needed, says RSS No.2 on Ram Temple THAne A top Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader on Friday warned that Hindus will not shy away from launching a 1992-like mass agitation if a Ram temple was not constructed at Ayodhya soon. “Avashyakta padi tho karenge (we will do, if needed),” RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi told mediapersons after the conclusion of a three-day national executive body meeting of the organisation in Maharashtra's Thane district. Joshi also termed the Supreme Court's decision to post the temple-mosque case to January as an “insult” to Hindu sentiments. “Hindus across the country were hoping to get some good news before Diwali, given that the matter was listed for hearing on Octo- RSS general secy Bhaiyyaji Joshi addresses press conference at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini after the National Executive meeting, in Utthan, Friday ber 29. But the Supreme Court pushed the hearing, saying that its priorities are different. That felt like an insult,” he said. The temple has come to the forefront in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, over 25 years after the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992. Echoing a sentiment expressed by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat a few weeks ago, Joshi said the government should consider enacting a law or promulgate an ordinance to pave the way for the temple construction. US-based scribe claims rape, Akbar says consensual A US-based editor of a leading media house has accused former Union minister M J Akbar of raping her in India 23 years ago, saying the "brilliant journalist" used his position as the editor-in-chief of a newspaper to prey on her, an allegation denied by his lawyer. Akbar, 67, who resigned from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Union Council of Ministers in October after multiple I cannot explain today how and why he had such power over me, why I succumbed. Was it because I was afraid of losing my job? I just know that I hated myself then. And I died a little every day n PALLAVI GoGoI Around 1994, Ms Pallavi Gogoi and I entered into a consensual relationship that spanned months. This relationship gave rise to talk and would later cause significant strife in my home life. This consensual relationship ended, perhaps not on the best note n MJ AkbAr wIFe DeFeNDS MJ n her statement, IMallika Akbar saidyears "more than twenty ago, Pallavi Gogoi caused unhappiness and discord in our home. I learned of her and my husband's involvement through her late night phone calls and her public display of affection in my presence." "I don't know Pallavi's reasons for telling this lie but a lie it is," she added dates were changed and a former MLA was given a chance show that it was merely a gimmick talking of new leadership. Rajesh Sharma from Gunnor, Narendra Singh Tomar from Mandhata, Jugal Kishore Bagri from Raigaon, Ladduram Kori from Ashok Nagar, Radhelal Baghel from Sevda and Raghunath Malviya are the names, who have represented these constituencies earlier. Denying ticket to leader like Kailash Chawla in Manasa and giving ticket to Madhav Maru, who had contested two elections as rebel, shows that BJP is losing its organizational strength. After analyzing the distribution of ticket, in terms of constituencies, the party chose candidates consciously for Gwalior, Guna and Vindhya region. The over-confidence in the party can be clearly seen from its ticket distribution done in Bundelkhand, Madhya Bharat, Mahakaushal and Malwa-Nimar regions. ‘Hindus insulted by SC's observation SC gets 4 new judges, that Ram temple is not a priority’ Chief Justice Gogoi #MeTOO WAsHingTOn Over-confidence in the party can be clearly seen from its ticket distribution done in Bundelkhand, Madhya Bharat, Mahakaushal and Malwa-Nimar regions Tracking allegations, says Editors Guild he editors of India it is TFriday saidGuildtracking with "great concern" fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against former editor M J Akbar and a decision on his membership of the top editors' body will be taken after "due process" is completed. In a statement, the Guild said it is discussing its future course of action on his membership. He is a past president and continues to be a member of the Guild. women came out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment, has filed a criminal defamation case against one of them amid the raging #MeToo campaign in India. The latest allegation of rape was levelled against him by Pallavi Gogoi, the chief business editor of National Public Radio (NPR), a Washington-based American media organisation. She has detailed the "most painful memories" of her life in an article in The Washington Post. impressed with swift appointment Agencies NEW DELHI As the Supreme Court got four new judges on Friday, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said he was impressed with how quickly the appointments were made. “The recommendation (by the collegium) was sent at 11 am on Wednesday to the Law Ministry. I heard that the medical examination of the four judges was conducted on the same evening itself. I was in awe,” Chief Justice Gogoi said. Justices Hemant Gupta, R Subhash Reddy, MR Shah and Ajay Rastogi were sworn in on Friday as judges of the Supreme Court, taking its strength to 28. The swearing-in ceremony started at 10:30 am in court number 1 of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi administered the oath of office to the four judges. The president had on Thursday given his assent to the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium for elevating Justices Gupta, Reddy, Shah and Rastogi, who were chief justices of different high courts. After the swearing-in, Chief Justice Gogoi and Justice SA Bobde came to the press lounge and interacted with journalists. It was during the interaction that the Chief Justice expressed his admiration for the swift manner in which the appointments were done.