PBs twisty take on the top five headlines of the day.
1. Mehbooba Mufti Met Manohar Parrikar Over Civilian Deaths, Says PDP
First establish mechanism against blaming, stone pelting, Pak flag waving groups. This has to be quid pro quo to time bound investigation against armed forces personnel. Separatists have also expressed concern over the Centre’s decision to mobilise more troops for the State.
2. Odd-even: Air quality improves | 437 fined till noon
April 14-17 are Holidays and a large number of people in NCR are out of the city on vacation trips. So, pollution is automatically down. The test will start from Monday when crowd returns and offices open. Also, if Odd/Even is applied on regular basis, many people will buy a second car with opposite last number. So, one may find reduction of traffic in short term, but in long term it will be a pain. Anyway, there will be three big winners of this scheme in longer term – 1. Taxi Operators(Expensive) 2. Auto Drivers (Notorious) 3. Car Dealers.
3. Nitish Woos Non-BJP Parties: Make India Sangh Free to Save Democracy
“Uniting against BJP and its divisive ideology is the only way to save democracy,” said Kumar, who has already talked about “largest possible unity” among secular parties. The Chief Minister said he was not against any party or individual, but against “divisive” ideology of the Sangh, the ideological parent of the BJP.
4. West Bengal to Vote for Phase 2 of Assembly Polls on Sunday
Post Saradha scam in which lakhs of investors had been duped and the Narada sting operation, which has purportedly shown some leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) accepting bribes, the issue of corruption has evolved as the main poll plank for the Congress-Left Front alliance, apart from “restoration of democracy”.
5. BJP Not to Announce CM Candidate for UP Polls
In Mirzapur, as part of his campaign across the state after being appointed the new state chief, Maurya also said the decision about the chief ministerial candidate would be decided after the elections were over, in the event of a win.