t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE 0 40.8 C.23.1 C. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Leaders are those who make others aware of their own personal responsibilities. UPA WAS WEAK IN FRONT OF PAK AND REST OF THE WORLD: MODI ELECTORAL REFORMS CRYING FOR ATTENTION VOL. XXXVI NO. 304 | INDORE | SATURDAY | APRIL 13, 2019 | PAGES 14 + 8 = 22 | ` 3 NATION 'Protect apolitical nature of armed forces' Brahma Kumaris EDIT 150 VETERANS URGE PRESIDENT AGENCIES New Delhi Letter fuels controversy, two deny consent Expressing outrage over the ‘use’ of armed forces for ‘political purposes’, over 150 military veterans have written to President Ram Nath Kovind to seek his intervention in preserving apolitical character of the services. The letter, dated April 11, carries names of eight former service chiefs but two of them -- General (retd) SF Rodrigues and Air Chief Marshal (retd) NC Suri -- said they have not signed it. Former Army vice chief Lt Gen (retd) M L Naidu also said his consent was not taken before listing his name as one of the signatories. When contacted, several veterans, including former Army chiefs Gen (retd) Deepak Kapoor and Gen (retd) Shankar Roy Chowdhury, acknowledged writ- controversy over Adefencewritteneruptedthe a letter by a number of veterans to President alleging use of armed forces for political purposes, even as some of them said they had not given any consent for such a move. Air Chief Marshal NC Suri and General SF t is very worrying that if people are writing fake letters and allegations Rodrigues said they were not are being levelled by vested groups. It is highly condemnable. It is among the signatories. The happening at the time of elections. NIRMALA SITHARAMAN two former service chiefs are e have also witnessed how PM Modi made an election speech with among top-ranking defence photographs of 40 Pulwama martyrs in the backdrop. CONGRESS officers who have denied signing this letter written to e’re at a stage where military veterans have to come together to tell BJP-Modi's despicable attempts to misuse brave forces for the President against the elections. BJP won't reform but those responsible for conducting free "politicisation" of the armed & fair polls must act strongly against it SITARAM YECHURY forces in the ongoing elections. I W W ing the letter. Chowdhury said the letter was written expressing sentiments of the military veterans on an important issue. The veterans said they chose to write to the president as he is the cus- todian of the Constitution as well as the supreme commander of the armed forces. Referring to Rodrigues and Suri denying signing the letter, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called the allegations Russia confers Modi with highest state decoration Something serious going on in West Bengal, says SC NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been honoured with Russia's highest state decoration, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, for his role in promoting deeper cooperation between India and Russia. The Russian government said Modi was conferred with the highest state decoration of Russia for "exceptional services" in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India. In a statement, it said President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order conferring the award on Modi. The External Affairs Ministry said the prime minister has been conferred the highest civilian award of Russia through a Presidential decree. News Brief Poet Pradeep Choubey dies of cardiac arrest GWALIOR: Renowned Hindi poet Pradeep Choubey died of a cardiac arrest in his home here in the early hours of Friday. Choubey (70) was the younger brother of celebrated humorist, satirist and poet Shail Chaturvedi. BEATING THE HEAT SEEKS STATE'S reply on custom officials harassment NEW DELHI Something "very very serious" seems to be going on in West Bengal, the Supreme Court said Friday as it agreed to hear a plea alleging harassment of custom officials at Kolkata Airport for checking the luggage of a Trinamool Congress leader's wife. The top court asked the West Bengal government to file its reply on the plea within four weeks. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said: "Someone has drawn our attention to something very very serious. We don't AHMEDNAGAR At a rally in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar to campaign for BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidates of Ahmednagar and Shirdi Lok Sabha constituencies respectively, PM Modi invoked Indore's ruler Ahilyabai Holkar and said that his government was following the governance pattern of the erstwhile queen for the benefit of the people. Addressing the people, he said that just like Queen Ahilyabai developed ponds and bawlis to quench the RAJESH THAKUR BHOPAL TEMP WATCH 41.70C 40.80C 41.00C Change in school timing in Indore INDORE: Collector Lokesh Jatav on Friday announced that from Monday school timings will be 7am to 12:30pm. Shivraj-Mahajan meet fails to fructify INDORE: A meeting proposed between ex-CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Indore MP Sumita Mahajan could not fructify on Friday. Chouhan had planned to visit the Lok Sabha Speaker on her 76th birthday. However, the plan was called off after Mahajan informed Chouhan that she was quite busy. Sources said that she had gone to Maheswar to meet her guru. We cannot ignore what is going on in West Bengal. If required we can ourselves take suo motu cognizance of the events and get to the bottom of the issue n SC BENCH know yet whose claim is bona fide but we would like to go into the root of the matter." Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the customs department and assisted by advocate Ravi Prakash, told the bench that the plea pertains to the incident of March 15-16 when customs officials were obstructed from carrying out their duty. The obstruction was caused to the officials, when two women including one Rujira Naroola Banerjee, wife of Abhishek Banerjee who is TMC MP and nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was intercepted at the airport for checking. Following Ahilyabai’s system to end water woes: Modi Over 550 tenders worth crores under scanner BHOPAL INDORE UJJAIN "fake". The letter cites several examples of the military being used for political purposes, including UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath referring to the armed forces as ‘Modi- ji ki Sena’ and display of images of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at political events. In the rallies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a number of BJP leaders have been referring to IAF's Balakot strikes besides mentioning the valour of the armed forces in defending the country . The Election Commission has already taken note of the PM's comments asking first-time voters to dedicate their votes to those who carried out the air strike in Balakot. "We refer, Sir, to the unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes and even going so far as to claim the armed forces to be 'Modi ji ki sena'," the veterans wrote. More than 550 tenders with costs ranging from Rs 1-20,000 crore are under scanner of the Economic Offences Wing, although the investigation agency had registered the case in nine tenders, but shortly the overall work done by the Osmo IT Solution Company will be examined. Over two lakh tenders had been floated with the help of the Osmo. Most tenders are related to the Jal Nigam department, water resources department, public works department, public health and engineering department and road development corporation. According to sources the volume of corruption may run into lakhs of crores. MP state electronics development corporation, in 2016, awarded the contract to the Osmo to prepare the digital signature of the tenders. thirst of her people, his government too has taken up of digging wells, installing handpumps to eradicate water crisis specially in scarce rainfall region of the state. He said that the Maharashtra government is busy creating a network of waterbodies to link rivers so that the water that goes waste in oceans can be used to help farmers of the region. Describing it as an Herculean project, he said that both the state and the Central government needed a second term to complete the project. Continuing his tirade against Cpmgress president Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi linked the Income Tax raids on aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, claiming this was "Tughlak Road chunavi ghotala" (election scam). ANANYA ALL SET FOR BOX OFFICE EXAM www.freepressjournal.in GLAM Sunrise: 06: 09 Sunset: 06: 46 WEATHER 0 RNI No. 38281/83 r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Scindia to contest from traditional Guna seat OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Congress on Friday fielded sitting MP Jyotiraditya Scindia from Guna parliamentary constituency . Scindia The party also announced candidates for Rajgarh and Vidisha M Sustani seats. Announcing a list of other candidates for Lok Sabha elections, the party S Patel said Scindia would contest from his traditional Guna seat, while former MLA Shailendra Patel would contest from Vidisha constituency . The BJP is still to decide its candidate from the constituency . The party has fielded a new face Mona Sustani, who will make her electoral debut from Rajgarh constituency She will . face BJP’s sitting MP Rodmal Nagar. Congress is still searching the suitable candidates on seats including Indore, Dhar, Gwalior and Bhind. Lifting the veil of anonymity from the government's political funding scheme, the Supreme Court ON Friday directed political parties to furnish by May 30 details of funds received through electoral bonds to the Election Commission in a sealed cover. The top court, which did not stay the Centre's Electoral Bond Scheme, 2018, made clear it would accord in-depth hearing on April 15 the pleas of an NGO and CPI (M) as they as also the Centre and the EC have raised "weighty issues" having "tremendous bearing on the sanctity of the electoral process in the country". "According to us, the just and proper interim direction would be to require all the political parties who have received donations through Electoral Bonds to submit to the Election Commission of India in sealed cover, detailed particulars of the donors as against each bond; the amount of each such bond and the full particulars of the credit received against each bond, namely, the particulars of the bank account to which the amount has been credited and the date of each such credit," it said. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the parties to furnish "forthwith" the details of electoral Cong to BJP: Reveal 'murky flood of money' he Congress the Tjudgementitswelcomedthe and asked BJP to reveal ‘murky flood of money" received through such bonds. The party said it has always maintained transparency in political funding and governance must be adhered to and free and fair elections in a level-playing field must be ensured, hoping the SC goes to the root of the matter and opens the sealed envelopes of names of electoral bond donors. Court demolished BJP's stand: Yechury elcoming the decision Welectoral bonds, CPM on general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the SC has ‘demolished’ the stand taken by the NDA government on the issue. The SC did not stop political funding through electoral bonds but brought several checks on it to bring transparency by directing all political parties to furnish receipts of amounts received and details of identity of donors in a sealed cover to the EC. bonds received by a political party till date. "The details of such other bonds that may be received by such a political party up to the date fixed for issuing such bonds as per the Note of the Ministry of Finance dated February 28, that is May 15, will be submitted on or before May, 30. CONTD. ON P10 AGENCIES New Delhi BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking contempt action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly attributing his remarks on the recent Rafale verdict to the apex court. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it will hear the plea on April 15. Lekhi, who is a sitting Lok Sabha MP from New Delhi BJP MOVES EC FOR ACTION AGAINST RAHUL he BJP the Tseekingon Friday movedRahulElection Commission action against Gandhi for his "abusive" and "completely untrue" comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing the Congress president of attributing words to the Supreme Court in the Rafale case that it never said. constituency in her plea al, leged that Gandhi has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi, told the bench that the Congress president reportedly made a remark that the "Supreme Court said chowkidaar chor hai" in the verdict. The Congress president had on April 10 claimed that the apex court has made it "clear" that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "committed a theft". E-TENDERING SCAM Bismillah Khan's grandson 3 directors of Osmo IT Solution wishes to be part of PM's nomination team sent on 3-day police remand OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal The Bhopal Court has sent the three directors, of Osmo IT Solution Pvt Ltd, accused of e-tendering scam, to three-day police remand, here on Friday . After the raid on the Osmo IT Solution private limited Company now a Banagalore-based IT firmEntrance IT private limited Company is also under Economic Offences Wing’s (EOW) scanner. EOW is likely to arrest NOTICE ISSUED FOR COMMUNAL REMARKS U nion Minister Maneka Gandhi was issued a show-cause notice after she kicked off a major controversy when she told the Muslims in Sultanpur to vote for her if they wanted her to get their work done after she wins from the constituency. it if she won without the support of Muslims. “My feelings get hurt. If Muslims then come to me asking for work, then I will think let it be, how does it AGENCIES New Delhi COURT TO hear the plea on April 15 the government officials involved in the tendering works of the departments concerned. The investigating agency for the e-tendering scamEOW has conducted the raid on the Osmo IT Solution Company situated in Mansarovar Complex, arrested three directors of an IT and seized several hard disks, computers, documents and servers. EOW SP Arun Mishra told Free Press that the directors of the IT firm: Vinay Coudhary, Varun Chaturvedi and Sumit Bolwalkar were arrested on Thursday and were presented in the Court on Friday . CONTD. ON P10 ‘Vote for me, you will need me once elections are over’ Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday kicked off a major controversy when she told Muslims in Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh to vote for her if they wanted jobs. Addressing an election rally in Turab Khani village, she said that she would not give jobs to Muslims if they did not vote for her. She also said that she would not like Bonds to stay but SC needs funding details BJP MP moves SC against Rahul's remarks on Rafale MANEKA GANDHI TELLS MUSLIMS IN SULTANPUR LUCKNOW PAISA & POLITICS matter? Dil khatta hi jayega. After all, a job is a deal,” she said, making it clear that Muslims should not expect jobs if they do not vote for her. Will give bad karma...: Sakshi Maharaj warns those who won't vote for him NEW DELHI: Sakshi Maharaj, BJP's Unnao candidate, on Friday said those who won't vote for him in national election will attract ‘bad karma’. “When an ascetic comes at your door, seeking alms, pleading, and if his pleas are not heeded to, he might walk away with your good karma and handover his bad karma,” the leader said at an election meeting. Last month, his prediction that there won't be any election in 2024 triggered a controversy. “The Modi tsunami has awakened the country. I feel there will be no election in 2024... this is the only election and we are fighting it in the name of the country with full honesty," Sakshi Maharaj had said. NEW DELHI Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan's grandson Ustad Nasir Abbas in a letter to the Prime Minister has expressed his wish to be present when Narendra Modi files his nomination for the Varanasi seat. "In 2014, we received an invite from the BJP but we had no knowledge about politics at that time as we are musicians. Also, some members from the Congress had brainwashed us and asked us not to join Modi's nomination team. Due to this, my family had rejected the invitation. Later, we regretted the decision as we had refused the honour given to us by the PM of this country Abbas said. He ," added, "If he (PM) allows and offers us to come and be a part of his nomination, we will be more than happy to accept it". Regretting his family's 2014 decision, Abbas stated: "If someone is giving you respect then you should take it. It was the biggest mistake that we didn't accept the of- fer. So far we had no talks with the Prime Minister. We want to continue our father's legacy and lead a happy life. It would be our pleasure to become a part of the Prime Minister's nomination team." "Modi has done a lot for our country especially for , the development of Varanasi. I have full faith that the PM will definitely invite us to his nomination ceremony ," he said adding that he had donated a shehnai of Ustad Bismillah Khan, in accordance with the government's wish for a display at the Varanasi Trade Facilitation Centre and Craft Museum. Speaking about the relationship his grandfather shared with the Congress, Abbas said: "My grandfather was with the Congress because it was the party formed during the independence movement and it has ruled the country for a long period." Modi is set to file his nomination for Varanasi constituency on April 26.