SINCE 1928 I COULDN’T HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER START: ALZARRI JOSEPH Pg 16 BJP: CRACKS ARE NOW WIDE AND VIVID! cannot be hacked: Ex-CEC Former Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla has given a to the EVMs to be used in the upcoming general elections, t the equipment cannot be hacked or manipulated as they are ble through external machines and are kept under the e of senior government officials. SS JOURNAL [DEFINING] M MENT VADRA TO JOIN FAMILY IN ELECTION CAMPAIGN MUMBAI | THURSDAY | MARCH 14, 2019 LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 Businessman Robert Vadra on Sunday said that he would campaign for the Congress party in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. Robert said that he will also be present with his mother-in-law Sonia Gandhi and brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi during their filing of nominations. On being asked if he will campaign for the Congress all over the country, he told ANI, "Yes. All over India, after the filing of nominations (by Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi)." Gandhi will file his nomination from Amethi on April 10 and Sonia on April 11. Surprisingly, the decision to include Vadra as a campaigner for the Congress comes while the ED is investigating money laundering charges against him. Whereever Robert Vadra chooses to campaign, I hope the people there are warned in advance or else they may end up losing their lands… SMRITI IRANI THAROOR DARES PM TO CONTEST FROM SOUTH Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest from Wayanad shows he has the confidence to win from both north and south India, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday and asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have the courage to fight from a seat in Kerala or Tamil Nadu. Tharoor also slammed Modi and the BJP for suggesting that Gandhi chose Wayanad to "run away" from majority dominated areas, saying the ruling party has repeatedly resorted to peddling bigotry. It was dismaying that this was coming from the prime minister, he added. ‘‘By reinforcing his role as a torchbearer for the BJP's bigotry, Modi has disregarded the principled position that a prime minister of India must be a prime minister for all Indians," he told PTI from Thiruvananthapuram. I AM SON OF A LION: TEJASHWI WARNS BJP RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav alleged on Sunday that he was not being allowed by the "autocratic" BJP government in Jharkhand to meet his father, Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital. "I have been waiting since yesterday (Saturday) evening to meet my father who is undergoing treatment at a Ranchi hospital but the autocratic BJP government is not even allowing a son to meet his father as per the rules," Tejashwi Yadav tweeted. "A conspiracy is being hatched against Lalu ji. He is in jail and undergoing treatment in a hospital under security but his room is being raided every day," the leader of Opposition in the Bihar assembly said. ejashwi Yadav's tweet, Bollywood style, read: "Listen, BJP goons - I am a son of lion. I am the son of Bihar. I am not going to get scared by your antics. Why are you taking cover like cowards... come let's have a straight fight and prove that you drank your mother's milk.’’ `2 EDIT Pg 10 Pre-dawn action by I-T; State police kept out; CRPF men came from New Delhi to provide cover; Rs 25 cr stashed for poll seized FPJ NEWS SERVICE Indore / Bhopal / New Delhi The Income Tax Department, on Sunday swooped down at 3 , am on at least 50 locations in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh linked to associates of Chief Minister Kamal Nath. The searches were linked to suspected movement of hawala money ostensibly in, tended for poll campaigning. However, the raids were not at the direction of EC. Locations in Indore, Bhopal and Delhi were raided; those searched included Kamal Nath's former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Praveen Kakkar, former adviser Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brother-in-law's firm Moser Bayer and his nephew Ratul Puri's company . Both Kakkar and Miglani resigned from their posts just before the Lok Sabha polls were declared. In Indore, Rs 9 crore in cash was seized. For the raids in Congressruled Madhya Pradesh, the Income Tax department had requisitioned the services of the CRPF which is in itself an , unusual move; normally in, come tax staff seek the assistance of state police forces. The officers of the IT department and the CRPF personnel arrived from the national capital and professed to be tourists. With the help of some local officers, they started the search action at 4 am on Kakkar’s locations in Vijay Nagar. Later in the day , there were searches at Vardhan Complex and in Usha Nagar area, where Kakkar’s CA has his office. The CRPF personnel, who were involved in the raids, even got into a scuffle with the state police force. It was almost a replay of what had transpired during the CBI raids at the residence of the former Kolkata police commissioner and there were unconfirmed reports that the I-T officials were not being allowed to leave the premises in Indore. The Operation ‘Kamal’ involved 200 I-T officials. CONTD. ON P7 Be neutral, inform us: Poll Panel NEW DELHI: The EC has instructed agencies under the Union Finance Ministry to ensure that their pre-poll raids remain politically neutral, and mandated that its officials be informed in advance. Further, in case of suspected use of illicit money for electoral purposes, the CEO should be kept informed while the Model Code of Conduct is in force, a letter issued by the poll panel reads. It is addressed to agencies under the administrative control of the Union Finance Ministry's Department of Revenue. Urmila clarifies stand on Hinduism STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Fast News J&K PROTESTS CIVILIAN BAN National Conference and People’s Democratic Party activists in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday protested against the government's restrictions on the movement of civilian traffic on the JammuSrinagar-Baramulla national highway for two days per week. Governor Satya Pal Malik has announced a two-day per week ban on the movement of civilian vehicles for facilitating safe passage of security convoys. It came into effect from today (April 7). KKR AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE Kolkata Knight Riders have defeated Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets. Chasing 140 runs, KKR openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine gave the visitors a flying start as the duo whipped 52 runs in only 4.1 overs. Virat Kohli, the Bangalore skipper, said that he has no more excuses to give after his sixth consecutive defeat. "I believe in Hinduism which embraces benevolent concepts of Wasudhaiv Kutumbakam and Ahimsa Paramodharma. This is the Hinduism promoted by our great forefathers and Lokmanya Tilak, Gandhiji, Vivekanand and Sardar Patel. I believe in, love and respect Hinduism in this sense and not in what BJP wants to promote," she said in a statement. A BJP worker had lodged a complaint with the police on Saturday accusing her of making anti-Hindu remarks. He had taken umbrage at an interview in which she had objected to the fake, divisive and violent ideology promoted by the BJP in the name of Hinduism. CONTD. ON P7 Just when the election is around the corner, the BJP has unveiled its campaign tag line - Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar, (Modi government, once again). Also, the campaign will harp on numerous themes. "The first will be 'Kaam Karne Wali Sarkar'. Also, we ended an era of corruption, and ran an honest government. This is why the second theme is Imaandar Sarkaar. The third theme of the campaign will be Bade Faisle Lene Waali Sarkaar, since this government has taken tough decisions which include development and national security Finance Minister ," Arun Jaitley said. The BJP is playing cards close to its chest and the party is expected to release the manifesto only on Monday three , days before the first phase of the election. It would have the poor and the middle class at its core, said Jaitley In a jibe at the . Congress Jaitley said, "I am surprised that the Congress' manifesto didn't have anything for the middle class, which is so aspirational. However, the poor, the middle class and the neo-middle class will be the pivot of BJP's electioneering.’’ The middle class will impact the global economy in the coming decades in the same way the Chinese economy influenced it earlier, he explained. Reiterating the party line, he said the time has come to choose between a proven decisive government and a mahamilawat one. "We want a government with one captain and not a team of 11 members with 40 captains,’’ he reasoned. Earlier in the day the Con, gress also launched its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections with a song — 'Ab Hoga Nyay' — a slogan that is woven around the flagship Basic Minimum Income Scheme Nyay It . also indicates the "anyaya" (injustice) that the country had to go through under the BJP-rule. Jaitley summed up by saying that there is a "fundamental difference" between the BJP and other parties — ‘‘under PM Modi, we have worked 24x7 for five years". verify if the post with political content was actually written by them. IANS has contacted one such Facebook user in New Delhi who was recently visited by a Facebook representative for the verification process related to the content the user had posted. "It was like cops coming to your door for passport verification. The Facebook rep- resentative asked me to prove my credentials by asking for my Aadhaar card and other documents to understand if I am the one who had posted the political content," the person who did not wish to be named told IANS. The user was left stunned to see a Facebook representative landing at his home for inquiring about a post. "It was a shocker for me. How come a social media platform does that to a user? What about a user's privacy? I have never heard of any such incident anywhere. Was this at the behest of the government?" asked the user. IANS sent a couple of mails to Facebook for their version on this but to no avail. CONTD. ON P7 Dismissing the complaint lodged against her as bogus and baseless, actor and Congress' Lok Sabha candidate Urmila Matondkar on Sunday said that she respects Hinduism but not how the BJP understands it. BJP unveils its slogans, manifesto likely today FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Facebook comes knocking for verification! AT THE DOORSTEP AGENCIES New Delhi Facebook, facing the election heat and unable to stop misinformation and fake news from circulating on its platforms, is busy doing something never heard of: Sending its representatives to users' home to HUMOUR AND ENTERTAINMENT ARE POWERFUL TOOLS: SRK Pg 12 Sunrise: 06:31 am Sunset: 06:50 pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 291| MONDAY | APRIL 8, 2019 | 16 Pages EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia OPERATION ‘KAMAL?’ CM’S AIDES RAIDED REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 WEATHER 320C. 230C. WHO IS KAKKAD Kakkad was an officer in MP Police; later he resigned and become the OSD of the then Union Minister and MP from Jhabua, Kantilal Bhuria. During this period, he was involved in several land deals. When the Congress wrested power and Kamal Nath became the Chief Minister, Kakkad was appointed his OSD g g g g g HOW KAKKAD CAME ON RADAR During demonetisation, Kakkar had deposited Rs 80 lakh in banks. The IT department had sought an explanation and his reply was not satisfactory. CRPF MEN CAME FROM DELHI I-T Department did not take the help of the state police, as is customary; The CRPF personnel came from New Delhi and professed to be tourists COUNTING MACHINES Rs 16 crore in cash, stashed in suitcases, was recovered from residential premises of one Prateek Joshi and Ashwini Sharma in Bhopal alone. The seizure at Indore was Rs 9 crore. Counting machines had to be brought in at Bhopal to do the needful. Replying to a question on his association with Kakkad and the CM, Sharma said, ‘Main BJP ka aadmi hun (I am a BJP man).’ NATH TERMS IT AS TERROR ACT Chief Minister Kamal Nath sees in the move the imminent defeat of the BJP in elections; it was trying to terrorize them (Congress) by misusing constitutional bodies, he alleged. Whatever you do to others, you are doing to God. MEA trashes Pak claim of ‘new attack’ Master Choa Kok Sui FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi / Islamabad Pakistan's claim that India is planning another attack on its territory is "preposterous" and "irresponsible" and is meant to whip up war hysteria in the region, the Ministry of External Affairs has said. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar was responding to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s claim that India is planning a new attack on Pakistan. ‘‘ s per our A information this could happen between April 16 and 20," he asserted, without elaborating what evidence Pakistan had or how he could be so specific about the timing. India is planning to attack Pakistan after staging a "mishap" in Jammu and Kashmir Qureshi further claimed and urged the international community to reprimand India for what he said was its "irresponsible conduct." "I am speaking responsibly I , hold a position of responsibility and I know the words I , utter will be picked up by the international media," he told media persons in Multan. "A new mishap could be staged in Indian Kashmir, just like (the) Pulwama (attack). And its purpose will be to justify their CONTD. ON P7 PM SEES PAK, CONG NEXUS Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that there was a "nexus" between the Congress and Pakistan as both are opposed to changes in Article 370. He said that Imran Khan's protest statement came the "very next day" after the Congress mentioned it in its manifesto. "Just a day after the Congress said that no one can touch Article 370, Pakistan repeated the stand. What type of nexus is this?" he asked during a rally in Manipur. In its manifesto, the Congress has promised that it won't allow any change in the constitutional position on Article 370, will review AFSPA and reduce presence of armed forces in the Kashmir Valley, if it wins Lok Sabha polls.