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VOL. 57 NO. 285 | WEDNESDAY | DECEMBER 11, 2013 | 20 PAGES EDITIONS : MUMBAI* , PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in

Red beacon only for Constitutional posts, rules apex court

SC red light to red beacon ● FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that only persons holding constitutional posts could use the read beacon, which gives them the right of the way on the road. Constitutional authorities include the President, Prime

Polls or party:

Dilemma for Hundreds of world leaders on Tuesday gathered in Johannesburg's FNB Stadium for Nelson Mandela's memorial service. Barack Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid icon, saying: ''We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.'' Then, taking a cue from Mandela, who was known as father of forgiveness, Obama shook hands with Cuba's Raul Castro on his way to the podium. It was a historic gesture of reconciliation, which shows that the two presidents are ready to improve ties between their countries. Cuba and the U.S. were extremely close for decades, before an army led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara overthrew the government of the island nation in 1959. After Fidel resigned as president in 2008 due to ill health, there were hopes that his brother Raul might prove less hostile to the US, but relations do not seem to have thawed until today.

Will AAP take the bait? Congress plays mind games with Kejriwal ● FROM OUR DELHI BUREAU

New Delhi The recent election success story -- the Aam Aadmi Party -- seems to be enjoying the current wooing season, but showing no signs of any haste to fall into the arms of either the semi-winner Bharatiya Janata Party or the complete loser Congress. But there is no dearth of advice. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has suggested to the AAP that it should join hands with the BJP to form the government with a common agenda. He picked up this suggestion from retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who was also a member of Team Anna at the time of the Lokpal agitation that formed the genesis of AAP. "Both the AAP and the BJP

Mani Shankar says Cong will lose in 2014

Govt will push Lokpal Bill

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s Anna Hazare began an indefinite fast in his village in Maharashtra, demanding the urgent introduction of a new anti-corruption law, in Delhi, the UPA government said that it is committed to pushing through the legislation -the Lokpall Bill -- in this session of Parliament which ends on December 20. Union Minister for Personnel V Narayanasamy made the announcement. The controversial bill, which was passed by the Lok CONTD. ON P2

● FROM ANIL SHARMA New Delhi

After the recent drubbing, the elected MPs of the Congress, who have organisational responsibilities, are facing the dilemma -- should they stick to party work or go back to their constituencies, given the short time that is left for the polls? At least four MPs from Maharashtra -- Mukul Wasnik from Ramtek, and the three Mumbai MPs -- Sanjay Nirupam, Priya Dutt and Gurudas Kamat have major organizational responsibilities and they would like some immediate clarity on this issue. Other leaders like Digvijaya Singh from Madhya Pradesh, C P Joshi from Rajasthan and Shakeel Ahmad from Bihar, who are currently general secretaries in charge for several states, also have plans to contest Lok Sabha elections from their constituencies, and would also need similar clarity. The issue assumes significance as at the Jaipur brainstorming session that marked the Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi's debut earlier this year there was a strong suggestion that persons holding the posts of the state unit presidents and general secretaries should CONTD. ON P2

AAP now eyeing Gujarat, Mumbai

● FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi

● OUR CORRESPONDENT Gandhinagar/Mumbai

After the humiliating defeat, disgruntled Congressmen are coming out of the closet and demanding a revamp. The latest to join the bandwagon of so-called reformists is senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, who said on Tuesday that the decision to name Manmohan CONTD. ON P2

Aam Aadmi Party's stunning electoral performance in Delhi has encouraged its Gujarat unit to decide upon fielding its candidates in the forthcoming Loksabha election in 2014. According to the Gujarat Convenor of AAP, Sukhdev Patel, the party will field candidates in the Lok Sabha

have the mandate," Bedi had observed. On the other end, the Congress general secretary incharge for Delhi affairs, Shakeel Ahmed, has offered to support AAP unconditionally. But so far, AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal has maintained that the party would neither ''offer nor take'' support from both the parties. Though the delay in government formation has not been excessive, both the AAP and the BJP are beginning to feel that instead of going into a government with built in instability, a fresh round of elections within the next six months, along with the general elections, could be an option. Kejriwal has already ruled out giving any support to the CONTD. ON P2

Congress MPs

election from Gujarat as well. "Once we have stepped into politics full time, we have to be a part of the electoral process," Patel said adding that the decision on the number of candidates

and identification of seats will be made in the party executive meeting scheduled for this weekend. AAP in Gujarat has already established offices in 19 districts and is on its way to mark its presence in the rest of the districts as well. "Apart from adhering to the basic organizational discipline, the district comm-ittees are largely autonomous CONTD. ON P2

Last word

Former Speaker comes to Ganguly’s defence ● ARUP

CHANDA

Kolkata ven as the BJP and the Trinamool Congress stepped up their demand for resignation of West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairman Ashok Ganguly, he refused to oblige and in fact received a shot in the arm from former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. Attending a function to mark the World Human Rights Day at the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday

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evening, Ganguly, in his speech, cited Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela and said like them he too would carry forward his struggle for the protection of human rights.

Ganguly, indicted by a three-member panel of Supreme Court judges for allegedly sexually harassing a female law intern, spoke at length about the necessity of human rights bodies and the related provisions in the Constitution. He earlier remarked: "I will not resign. Please do not disturb me." Somnath Chatterjee, who was guest of honour at the function, stood by his former lawyer friend and said he did not believe the charges against CONTD. ON P2

Minister, cabinet ministers, governors, the Chief Justice of India, Supreme Court judges and the heads of both houses of Parliament. The court has further directed the government to come out within three months a fresh list of constitutional authorities. Which are entitled to use the beacon.

This will prevent its misuse by local politicians, who flaunt it as a status symbol. The bench also said barred state governments from enlarging the list of VIPs eligible for red beacon. It also said that ambulances, police and emergency services could use the blue beacon. The court also put a restric-

tion on multi-tune horns saying they be removed from all vehicles, including heavy vehicles. The bench has directed all states and Central government to bring in a law on this in a month's time. Welcoming the ruling, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted

after the court directive, "It's amazing how some people are married to this symbol of power. If the PM doesn't need a red beacon, why should anyone else? I look forward to instructing my people to remove red beacons from my official vehicles also now. " The court had earlier called CONTD. ON P2

Adarsh report to be tabled in Winter Session STAFF REPORTER Mumbai

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that it would table the Adarsh inquiry commission report during the ongoing winter assembly session. The court was hearing a pe-

tition filed by BJP MLA from Kandivli, Yogesh Sagar, and party spokesperson and former MLA from Khetwadi, Atul Shah, seeking a direction to the government to table the report before the legislature. Appearing for the petitioner, senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani argued that the

Public Accounts Committee on Monday submitted its report to Parliament and hence even the state government should table its report. "The government has spent over Rs 7 crore on the commission. It was set up as an eyewash and now by not tabling the report they are CONTD. ON P2

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