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- April 23, 2019
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Lok Sabha election 2019: ‘Voter ID more powerful than IED’, says PM Modi after casting vote in Ahmedabad
Voters in India are wise and their ID is more powerful than the IED’s of terrorists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday after voting in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister held a mini-roadshow in an open jeep as he walked down the streets with the BJP’s president and candidate Amit Shah as he was greeted by people on the road he walked.
“Today, the third phase of polling is underway. I am fortunate that I got the opportunity to fulfil my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like one feels pure after a holy dip during the Kumbh, I feel pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy,” the Prime Minister said while speaking to reporters.
He spoke after casting his vote in the polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip under Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency.
“The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter’s ID. I can say with surety that the voter’s ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs,” Modi said.
Amid chants of “Modi, Modi”, the Prime Minister came out after casting his ballot, showed his inked finger and acknowledged the people gathered outside the booth. He also walked a little distance as people continued to chant his name.
Modi was among the first high-profile voters to exercise their franchise in Gujarat. The Prime Minister arrived at the polling booth in an open jeep as he greeted people gathered on the road.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s president Amit Shah, who is up against the Congress’ three-term legislator CJ Chavda in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, received Modi. Before entering the booth, Modi spent some time with Shah’s family and lifted the BJP chief’s granddaughter in his arms.
Before entering the booth, Modi spent some time with Shah’s family and lifted the BJP chief’s granddaughter in his arms. He cast his vote at Ahmedabad’s Nishan High School around 8.20am.
Before casting his vote, Modi visited his mother in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar and sought her blessings. Photographs tweeted by news agency ANI showed the Prime Minister touching nearly 99-year-old Heeraben Patel’s feet as she blesses him. She gave her blessings by putting a tilak on his forehead and gifting a coconut and a red scarf.
Modi spent 15 minutes with his mother and stopped briefly outside his brother Pankaj Modi’s house as he was greeted by the neighbours. He then walked down to reporters who had gathered there and said, “Thank you very much’’.
Later in the day, veteran BJP leader and sitting MP from Gandhinagar LK Advani, Union minister Arun Jaitley, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka governors Anandiben Patel and Vaju Vala, respectively, will vote in Gujarat.
Meanwhile, voting was delayed by 15 minutes at Mora-II booth in Navsari LS segment due to a reported technical glitch in the electronic voting machine (EVM).
All the 26 parliamentary constituencies in Prime Minister Modi’s home state of Gujarat is polling in the third phase of ongoing general elections and the contest is primarily between the ruling BJP and Congress. The BJP won all 26 seats in 2014.
The third phase of the Lok Sabha elections will see as many as 117 seats across 15 states and two Union territories going to vote on April 23. Among the seats will be a solitary seat from Tripura, Tripura East, where elections were delayed by one phase due to security reasons.
The votes will be counted on May 23.
No more sanction waivers for India, 7 others on Iranian oil: US
The Trump administration on Monday announced the United States will not grant any more waivers from sanctions to countries such as India and China that import Iranian crude in a bid to increase pressure on Teheran to “ end the regime’s destabilizing activity threatening” in the region and outside.
“President Donald J. Trump has decided not to reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions (SREs — as the waivers are called) when they expire in early May,” the White house said in a statement. “This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue.”
India was among eight countries that were granted waivers from US sanctions in November 2018 for a period of six months to enable them to reduce their import of Iranian crude to zero in a phased manner. The others were China, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, Italy and Greece. Three of them have already cut their imports to zero, leaving India and four others, the five largest importers of Iranian crude.
Their current exemptions expire on May 2. “Any nation or entity interacting with Iran should do its diligence and err on the side of caution. The risks are simply not going to be worth the benefits.,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters at a news briefing.
If countries “don’t abide by this,” he added, “there will be sanctions”.
Countries found in violation of the Iran curbs will run the risk of secondary sanctions, which would, among other things, block them from the US financial system, which essentially is home to the world financial market. They would also be prevented from trading with the United States and conducting US-dollar transactions with other countries.
US officials would not say clearly, however, if Iranian crude buyers will be hit with sanctions on May 3 and after for receiving oil shipments already paid for in advance, before US announcement that there will be no more waivers. “It’s a hypothetical (situation),” an official said..
The United States also said it had worked with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, together three of the world’s largest oil producers, to make sure countries weaning themselves off Iranian crude will not face shortfalls. Discussions with these countries were ongoing, it added.
India will be disappointed by the announcement. It was expecting another round of waivers having complied with the earlier SRE (which is called so because the waiver/exemption is granted only against a country showing significant reduction in its oil buys from Iran) in both “letter and spirit”, a person close to the discussion has said then. And the United States was also satisfied with the cooperation it had received, not only regarding Iranian crude but also imports from Venezuela.
The waiver from sanctions for Iran’s Chabahar Port, which is being developed by India for trading with Afghanistan and Central Asia, would remain in place. The Trump administration had exempted it also in November — calling it an “exception” — citing “close relationship” with India.
India, which is in the middle of elections, will also be watching out early May for a notification regarding removal from a zero-tariff US import scheme, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). It is due around the same time, 60 days after the administration notified US congress. India is hoping the Trump administration will delay the formal termination till after elections, enabling the next government to try and settle the underlying differences, essentially market access for American goods. Several US lawmakers, from both parties, have urged the administration to delay the decision till after the elections.
On oil sanctions, American officials had previously warned, as reported by Hindustan times, that the United States was “not looking” to extend the waivers that India and the others were granted in November because of a “fragile and tight oil market” at the time, which was not no longer the case.
“We have a very well-supplied oil market now,” said Brian Hook, the special representatives for Iran.
US oil sanctions that have been in force since May 2018 have taken off an estimated 1.5 million barrels of Iranian crude from the world market, denying Iran about $10 billion in revenues a month. Twenty-three of its importing countries have dropped their purchases to zero, and of the eight granted waivers in November, three are down to zero.
President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran deal — called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2017, saying it did not sufficiently block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons, or ended its ballistic missiles programme and stopped its “malign activities” in the region.Sanctions were snapped back in two phases starting May 2018. Oil sanctions went into effect in November.
Source – The Hindu