Loyalists of Sharad Yadav, who has opposed joining hands with the BJP, are also organising a programme, ‘Jan Adalat’ at S K Memorial hall. The two meetings make it clear that battle lines within the JD(U) are drawn and the party may be heading for a vertical split.
At the “Save Composite Culture” event in the national capital, he was at his poetic best, reading Urdu couplets to paint a dark scenario under NDA rule. Attacking PM Modi and Shah, he said “only two persons run the nation — one the PM and the other de facto PM”.
“It is high time that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recommend a CBI probe into Srijan scam as he has repeatedly been claiming zero tolerance against corruption,” Tejaswi Yadav, who is in Bhagalpur in connection with his ongoing Janadesh Apman Yatra, had said.
A Special Investigation Team said crores were diverted from the bank accounts of different departments, including Mukhyamantri Shahari Vikas Yojna in Bhagalpur district, with the help of NGO Srijan Sahayog Mahila Vikas Samiti. So far, eight people have been arrested.
Tyagi said Kumar had informed Modi about various initiatives of his government during their meeting on August 11. The two are slated to meet again in the last week of this month.
Araria accounted for 20 flood deaths, followed by Sitamarhi (11), West Champaran (9), Kisanganj (8), Madhubani and Purnea (5 each), Madhepura and Darbhanga (4 each), East Champaran (3), Sheohar (2) and Supual (1), said Anirudh Kumar, special secretary in the state disaster management department.
Nitish Kumar announced that people belonging to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, backward and extremely backward class can now get contract work of upto Rs 50 lakh in government departments. Earlier, the limit was Rs 15 lakh for people of the above categories
Sources said that if Sharad attends the August 27 BJP Bhagao Desh Bachao rally in Patna, it will lead to his suspension. Earlier, the party had suspended Ali Anwar Ansari and Arun Srivastava, besides removing Sharad from the post of Leader of House in RS.
“We will make a clean sweep in Bihar in 2019 general election and Lalu Prasad and his associates would draw a blank.” With NDA government both at the Centre and Bihar, the pace of development would accelerate, Ramvilas Paswan added.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had demanded an additional deployment of 10 companies of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the state, besides deployment of the Indian Air Force’s helicopters to carry out relief-and-rescue operations.
Nitish Kumar said, “There will be relief camps and food camps. I have also called a meeting now so that I tell them what is to be done next. NDRF, SDRF deployed in Sitamarhi, Madhubani and Champaran. Additional teams and Army columns will be deployed too.”
Sharad calls meeting of JD(U) leaders; war of words in party intensifies. The senior JD(U) leader, who has spoken out against Nitish’s decision to realign with BJP, did not elaborate on his next course of action, but said he had called a meeting of some JD(U) leaders from across the country later this month.
Hoping to stitch an Opposition alliance in the run-up to 2019, Mamata Banerjee speaks on the exit of Nitish Kumar, her willingness to work with rivals Congress and Left, her fight against the BJP, Darjeeling agitation, the challenges she faces.
“A lot of work has been done in the state in energy sector be it generation, transmission, distribution…Now there is only one issue of increased tariff rate of electricity that we get power from NTPC. Its quite high,” Nitish Kumar said.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said Yadav has every right to take his own decision as to where his loyalties lie, adding the decision to form an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was made with the consent of the entire party.