NEW DELHI 12 SEPTEMBER 2021 SUNDAY `12 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard https://epaper.morningstandard.in The da Vinci Code PLUS: 12 PAGES A Cut Above the Rest MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE VOICES Deadly Dilemmas Time for Love Prabhu Chawla TJS George Shankkar Aiyar Sathya Saran The Mount of Magnetic Vibes A Contrarian’s Take on Mythology Anand Neelakantan Sheila Kumar Gautam Chintamani Badri Narayanan SADHGURU SPEAKS Become Faith, not Faithful Reel ’em In BJP axes Rupani a year ahead of Gujarat election State party chief Patil is said to have told leadership of CM’s declining popularity Change of guard in BJP worries Cong A flooded Terminal 3 building and an inundated runway of the IGI Airport on Saturday; a woman outside the Saket Metro station | PTI/SHEKHAR YADAV R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Vijay Rupani submits his resignation to governor Acharya Devvrat | PTI many party cadres are also said to be unhappy with him, leadIN an unexpected development, ing to an internal dispute beGujarat chief minister Vijay tween state BJP president C.R. Rupani resigned on Saturday Patil and him. saying a new leadership would Patil is said to have tightened take the state to new heights of his grip over the party followdevelopment and thanked ing a creditable performance at Prime Minister Narendra Modi the block panchayat and local for his support. body elections in March. The Flanked by union minister BJP won 31 district panchayats, Bhupendra Yadav and 71 municipalities out deputy CM Nitin Paof 81 and 231 taluka tel, Rupani announced panchayats despite a his resignation and negative image of the Ready to serve in said he was “ready to government. The parserve in whichever whichever role the ty also won 6,110 out role the party assigns party assigns to me. of the 8,474 seats in to me. During my ten- During my tenure, I the local body elecure, I got the opportu- got the opportunity tions, establishing Pato add to the nity to add to the de- development of the til leadership at the velopment of the state organisational level. state under PM under Prime Minister Sources said Patil Modi’s leadership Modi’s leadership.” told the party leaderVijay Rupani, Rupani’s exit is the ship in Delhi recently outgoing Gujarat CM third change the BJP that the party should has effected at the not fight the 2022 state helm in as many months. Be- polls under Rupani as the crufore him the saffron party cial Patidar base was eroding changed the CMs of Karnataka and that the CM was meek. and Uttarakhand. The BJP legislature party is With just over a year left for expected to meet on Sunday to the elections in Gujarat, Rupa- elect a new leader. There are ni’s sacking is being seen as an several names making the attempt at course correction. round as possible replacements The outgoing CM’s handling of for Rupani, among them is Pathe Covid-19 pandemic’s second til, Nitin Patel and union minwave was widely criticized and ister Parshottam Rupala. S U D H I R S U RYAWA N S H I @ Mumbai THE change of guard in Gujarat has increased the worries of the Congress ahead of next year’s assembly elections. Though party leaders targeted the BJP saying Vijay Rupani’s exit was a reflection of the government’s failure, there’s concern within the Congress about its own state of affairs. Several Congress leaders expressed concern that a delay in decision-making by the high command on several issues, including key appointments in the state unit, could hit the party . Gujarat Congress leaders said a change of face in the BJP ahead of elections could be a game changer as the ruling party looks to overcome antiincumbency. “The BJP will bring someone who will revive the party’s electoral fortunes not only in 2022 but also for 2024 Lok Sabha polls. It should worry leaderhip as our state unit is in complete disarray and we still don’t have a full-time chief, Leader of Opposition and AICC in-charge of the state,” said a senior Gujarat leader. After the party’s debacle in local body polls, PCC chief Amit Chavda and LoP Paresh Dhanani had resigned, taking responsibility The post of the AICC in. charge is vacant after the demise of Rajeev Satav in May . “The inordinate delay in taking decisions is demoralising workers. The state of ambiguity on leadership, failure to address infighting and no tall leader after Ahmed Patel to look after strategy will impact our chances,” said an MLA. TALE OF CAPITAL DELUGE 1,136.6 mm 876 MONSOON RAINFALL 653.6mm Average monsoon rainfall Delhi gets, according to the IMD 1,150 mm Till Saturday evening 1975 monsoon season 762.6 636 641.3 544 505.5 524.7 370.8 576.5 404.3 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Monsoon rainfall calculated from June 1 | number in MM Monsoon onset this year: July 13 (Most delayed in 19 years) 16 rainy days in July this year 10 rainy days in August this year HIGHEST RAIN IN 46 YEARS FLOODS T3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE highest rainfall in 46 years led to traffic snarls and waterlogging in several areas, including the Indira Gandhi International Airport, where the entrance to the Terminal 3 building and parts of the runway were flooded early on Saturday morning. The city received more than 1,100 mm of rainfall and almost double the precipitation recorded last year, the India Meteorological Department said. The figures are likely to change as more rainfall is predicted later. Several videos posted on social media sites showed an inundated Terminal 3, inconveniencing fliers. One video taken from a car showed a flooded road in front Aerocity where several high end hotels are located. Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Twitter that he spoke to airport officials and “was told that the waterlogged forecourt was cleared up within 30 minutes.” The Airport Authority of India also tweeted photos and videos with the water removed, stating that “due to heavy downpour passengers encountered waterlogging for a short while. The on-ground team was immediately mobilised and the operations are back to normal since 9 am.” As the forecourt of the Delhi airport was waterlogged, three flights were cancelled and five diverted to Jaipur and Ahmedabad. “Delhi has been witnessing record-breaking rains since last evening. This morning, due to sudden extremely high downpour, the forecourt of Terminal 3 of Delhi Airport saw some water logging, which cleared within a few minutes,” the Delhi International Airport Limited said in a statement. “This drainage system from T3 to Najafgarh drain requires widening. DIAL has been working with state and central government bodies and officials for the past few years requesting to widen this underground drainage system. Several discussions in this matter have already taken place. We hope the drainage system would be widened soon,” a DIAL spokesperson said. “The Safdarjung Observatory, which is considered the official marker for the city, had gauged 1,150 mm of rainfall in the 1975 monsoon season. This year, the precipitation has already hit the 1,100-mm mark and the season has not ended yet,” an IMD official said. Normally, Delhi records 648.9 mm of rainfall during the monsoon season, according to the IMD. In 2003, the national capital had received 1,050 mm of rainfall. The monsoon withdraws from Delhi by September 25. ‘Afghanistan must not become terror hub’ PEAKS Farmers lift gherao, PROTEST ENDS M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi INDIA and Australia on Saturday and expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan and hoped hope that its territory would not be used for terrorists’ activities and doesn’t become a safe haven for terrorists. Speaking to the media after the first 2+2 dialogue between India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar and defence minister Rajnath Singh with their Australian counterparts Marise Payne and Peter Dutton, Jaishankar said the two sides had a “very detailed exchange of views” and the IndiaAustralian approach was very similar. Stressing that Afghanistan must not allow its soil to be used in any manner by anybody for terrorism, Jaishankar said “it is an abiding concern DOUBLE AMPUTEE ON CLIMBING SPREE ACROSS GLOBE Australian ministers Peter Dutton and Marise Payne with Rajnath Singh and S Jaishankar in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI of the international community .” “Apart from that there were issues of concern about the inclusiveness of the dispensation, concerns about treatment of women and minorities, matters related to travel, and Afghan’s issues regarding humanitarian assistance. It is an evolving situation,” he said. On the question of China calling the Quad as an “Asianw Nato,” Jaishankar said China should not misrepresent reality “The Quad is a platform for . the benefit of the participating countries and of the world and terms like Nato are cold war terms and it is important that China does not misrepresent the reality .” Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said “Australia shares the same interests with India that Afghanistan should never again become a safe haven for terrorists.” “Our constructive engagement in an informal diplomatic network is overwhelmingly about contributing positively for the open, inclusive and resilient region in which we all want to live,” Payne added. The two sides also discussed the problems faced by the Indian students in Australia and those students planning to go to Australia. Jaishankar urged Australia to sympathetically address their problems. Not one to sit back, Chitrasen Sahu from Chhattisgarh is also on a mission to motivate people with disabilities and to create awareness about their rights | P5 MAKING WAVES Uttarakhand jails to have radio stations, inmates to turn RJs V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun JAILS in Uttarakhand will have their own radio stations soon. Under the ‘Uttarakhand Jail Radio’ programme, 10 out of 11 correctional facilities have been selected to be covered in the scheme. “The initiative is for betterment of reforms in correctional facilities. We aim to provide an environment conducive to ready the inmates for a new life after they have done their time,” IG (prisons) AP Anshuman said. The first phase will cover the Dehradun district jail, Haldwani subjail in Nainital district and the Haridwar district jail. The Dehradun district jail will soon have its own radio station with inmates as trained RJs. “A total of eight men and four women have been selected from among the inmates of the correctional facility, they are being trained by professionals,” said Pawan Kumar Kothari, SP of the Dehradun jail. Officials from the jail administration said in various Indian cities, radios have come handy in lowering stress and keeping inmates engaged in creativity . Soon, the installation of speakers and other systems across the jail will be completed to engage inmates in religious preachings, music and dissemination of information. The professionals overlooking the project have worked in the jails of Agra, Faridabad, Ambala and Panipat to create own radio network. Several jails in Uttarakhand, including the district jail in De- hradun, are housing inmates beyond 200% capacity while more than 30% of the posts in the jail department are lying vacant, revealed a report submitted in the Uttarakhand HC by the officials. The report was filed by Anshuman during a hearing of a PIL concerning the release of inmates who have been languishing in jails even after serving for over 14 years. agree to judicial probe EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chandigarh AGITATING farmers lifted their five day-long siege of the Karnal mini-secretariat after the Haryana Gover nment agreed to order a probe into last month’s clashes between the farmers and the police. The inquiry by a retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will also look into the conduct of 2018 batch IAS officer Ayush Sinha, the then sub divisional magistrate, who will remain on leave during the period of the probe. The agreement between the state government and the farmers was reached during the fourth round of talks between additional chief secretary Devender Singh and BKU Haryana president Gurnam Singh Charuni. Singh said the inquiry would be completed within a month, declaring that the farmers were like his family members and the agreement was reached in a very respectful manner. Charuni said former SDM Sinha would be sent on forced leave for a month till the inquiry was on. “We discussed the point about the registration of an FIR against Sinha with our lawyers and they told us if a case is registered then the administration could give a clean chit to the officer after a probe and then the move the court for quashing the FIR,” the farmer leader said. Charuni said if an inquiry is conducted by a retired judge after which a case is registered then there were hardly any chances he would get any relief, adding that they were satisfied with a probe by a retired judge in a month. Charuni said the government had accepted their demand of giving two jobs to the family members of the deceased farmer, Sushil Kajal, and they would be appointed in a week. “We came to an agreement after the consent of all SKM leaders,” he said. The dharna on Saturday was disrupted because of heavy rain. The main tent leaked at many places, causing inconvenience to the farmers. The farmers had been demanding the suspension of Sinha and the registration of a murder or attempt to murder case against him, who was caught on video allegedly telling policemen to “break the heads” of the farmers on August 28. About 10 farmers were injured in the clashes in Karnal when they tried to march towards the venue of a BJP meeting.
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