NDA constituent Shiv Sena, which has no significant presence in Bihar, announced it is jumping into the poll fray on its own, and said its “anti-migrant” image was a “canard” spread by rivals. National spokesperson Sanjay Raut told reporters that the Sena, which is ruling Maharashtra in alliance with the BJP, will contest 150 seats in Bihar. Denying that his party has anything against Bihar residents, Raut said that on the contrary the people of Maharashtra have strong emotional ties with their counterparts here and respect Biharis for their patriotism, valour and contributions to freedom struggle.
Jaitley writes to Nitish on how much Bihar gets
Dismissing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s claims that Bihar will get less funds from the Centre, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called it “misconceived” and said total transfer to the state during the next five years will increase to Rs 4.08 lakh crore. He said the Rs 1.25-lakh crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will translate into more concrete outcomes at the grassroots when it comes to the Centre’s expenditure in the state. In a point-by-point reply to a letter written by the Bihar Chief Minister to him earlier this month, Jaitley said the package for Bihar “is an expression of unwavering commitment of the Union government towards overall development of the state…”
Own me or discard me, sobs Paswan son-in-law
Ram Vilas Paswan’s son-in-law Anil Kumar Sadhu broke down on television a day after he revolted against him over the denial of a ticket. Sadhu has announced he will field Dalit Sena candidates in all districts. “Honourable Paswan ji has to think, Chirag (Paswan’s son) has to think and my mother-in-law, she has to think and see whether she considers me her son or not, whether she considers me her son-in-law or not. It is up to them to own me or discard me. She is a guardian for me even today,” Sadhu said in tears to IBN 7 channel.
[With PTI inputs]