V-P ELECTION ON AUGUST 6 The Election Commission on Wednesday finalised the schedule for 16th Vice-Presidential Election The voting and counting of votes, if needed, will be held on the same day bhubaneswar l thursday l june 30, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l late CITY EDITION Electoral College comprises 233 elected members of the Rajya Sabha, 12 nominated members of the Rajya Sabha, and 543 elected members of the Lok Sabha, making it a total of 788 members AUG 10 When the term of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu ends According to sources, the BJP-led NDA is likely to field a Muslim face for V-P, with Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan being the front-runner. Former Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s name is also doing the rounds CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Uddhav throws in the towel Quits after the SC refuses to stay floor test; BJP expected to stake its claim to run the state Express News Service Thackeray made these people big. They were commoners; Sena gave them honour and positions, but they left me and pulled down my government,” a hurt Uddhav rued. The day began with the Governor directing him to take a confidence vote in the Assem- bly at 11 am on Thursday. Sena’s chief whip Sunil Prabhu challenged it in the SC, since it had stayed the operation of disqualification notices to 16 rebels issued by the deputy speaker till July 12. The SC began hybrid hearing of the petition at 5 pm and pro- nounced its interim order at 9 pm. It said the result of the vote on Thursday will be subject to its verdict on July 11, when it will decide whether a section of MLAs from the Sena should be disqualified. During oral hearing, a vacation bench comprising judges Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala said, “We don’t think the matter will become infructuous. Suppose if we find later that floor test was conducted without authority, we can annul it. It is not irreversible.” The court also allowed jailed NCP MLAs Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh to participate in the floor test. Shinde’s side argued that the Uddhav faction is in a hopeless minority within the party and a floor test would be the best way to stop horse-trading. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Prabhu, said people who have changed sides do not reflect the will of people and heavens won’t fall if the floor test is not held on Thursday . In the evening, the Shinde camp came closer home as they parked themselves in Goa, anP7,8 other BJP-ruled state. R A J ESH A SN A NI @ Jaipur Pakistan and had undergone training there a few years ago. “Ghouse Mohammad has links with Karachi-based Dawat-e-Islami,” said Rajasthan DGP M L Lather. The possibility of the second killer, Riyaz Jabbar, too having terror links can’t be ruled out, he added. Both the culprits were arrested on Tuesday and booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Three others have also been detained for their alleged involvement in the heinous crime. Confirming the international terror link, Rajasthan home minister Rajendra Yadav said Mohammad went to Karachi in 2014 and stayed there for 45 CONTINUED ON: P5 days. @ Mumbai/ New Delhi Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray threw in the towel on Wednesday night as he resigned shortly after the Supreme Court refused to stay a scheduled floor test on Thursday, capping a day of intense drama. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had directed him to take the confidence vote in the Assembly in the wake of a big rebellion in the Shiv Sena. The BJP now has a clear advantage, with former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis expected to meet the Governor soon to stake his claim to form the new government citing support from the Sena rebels. Announcing his resignation in a Facebook live address, Uddhav said, “We respect the Supreme Court judgment. Democracy must be followed.” He then went to Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation both as CM and member of the legislative assembly which was promptly ac, cepted by Koshyari. “My own people do not want me continue as CM. Sena and Sena supremo Balasaheb TAILOR MURDER Pakistan angle emerges in Udaipur horror They may have the numbers. I am not a person who believes in head count... I am not interested in a number game. Therefore, I have decided to resign as both chief minister and MLC Uddhav Thackeray Cabinet clears renaming Aurangabad In his last decision as CM, the Uddhav cabinet on Wednesday approved proposals to rename two districts — Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar and Osamanabad as Dharashiv. It was his attempt to retake the Hindutva plank that got diluted within the Aghadi. But, it cannot be implemented since the government has fallen AN inter national angle emerged in the barbaric killing of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal by two Islamists on Tuesday. Initial probe by the National Investigation Agency and Rajasthan police revealed that one of the killers has links with an extremist Sunni group in Naveen’s first overseas investors’ meet gets `21k crore proposals Express News Service @ Bhubaneswar THE Odisha Investors’ Meet at Dubai, the first ever by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik outside the Indian soil, has drawn investment intents of more than `21,000 crore. On Wednesday, head honchos of top companies of the Middle East interacted with the CM and evinced interest to invest in an array of sectors which could generate employment for 19,000 persons. Addressing the meet, the Chief Minister said the state’s single window portal for investors, GO SWIFT has transformed the B2G interface with its user-friendly features which provide time-bound clearances for over 50 G2B services. Odisha is home to over 1,200 start-ups, many of which are in the technology space, he added. The meet had presence of companies from minerals and metals processing, petrochemicals, chemicals, plastics, heavy industries, clean energy, food processing, electrical equipment and electronics manufacturing, logistics and warehousing, real estate and hospitality sectors. Dubai-based Sobha Realty agreed to set up projects worth `5,000 crore in the State to strengthen metals, metallurgy and hospital sectors. Similarly, Lulu International Shopping Malls Private Limited plans to set up shopping malls, hyper markets, agri sourcing and logistics hub CM Naveen with head honchos of companies from the Middle East at Dubai The State Government’s 5T Initiative for development of industries and infrastructure has created an industry-led ecosystem of value addition, sustainable employment generation and revenue augmentation Naveen Patnaik, CM with an investment of `1,500 crore. Kuwait based NBTC expressed intent to set up an ammonia urea plant with an investment of `5,000 crore while Abu Dhabi-based hospitality company, Twenty14 Holdings has agreed to set up a 5-star hotel and wellness centre with an investment of `500 crore. Official sources said Arab India Spices LLC has plans for a pulse splitting unit with an investment of `50 crore. Abu Dhabi based firm Tabreed also expressed intent to invest `1,000 crore to estab- lish ICT campus in Bhubaneswar. DP World and Hindustan Ports Private Limited is also keen to launch projects related to ports, SEZ and ICD with an investment of `8,000 crore. Besides, the Sharaf Group and Hind Terminals Private Limited intends to set up a logistics park with an investment of `750 crore. Naveen said the State Government’s 5T Initiative for development of industries and infrastructure has created an industry-led ecosystem of value addition, sustainable employment generation and revenue augmentation. Stating that the State has made good investments in setting up technical and professional institutes such as ITIs, polytechnics, engineering and management colleges, he said, 11 of India’s top 100 Industrial training institutes are in CONTINUED ON: P5 Odisha.
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