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Bihar Election 2020 Highlights: Nitish hits out at Lalu Prasad, says, ‘Ended jungle raj, established rule of law’

Rattled by Paswan’s repeated attacks on its leader Nitish Kumar — and his simultaneous praise for Modi and BJP — the JD[U] has cautioned its ally that this could hurt the alliance.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2020 9:48:30 am
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Holding a joint campaign rally ahead of the assembly polls, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi Sunday launched a blistering attack on rival Lalu Prasad Yadav highlighting the crime situation and lack of development during RJD’s tenure in the past. “What was the condition of law and order at that time. People were afraid to step out of home after sunset. We ended ‘jungle raj’ and established ‘rule of law’,” PTI quoted Kumar as saying at the Buxar rally.

Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan on Sunday downplayed the BJP’s recent attacks on him and claimed that the saffron party was only following the “coalition dharma” as an ally of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. “I do not need to exhibit my relations with the prime minister. From the time when my father was in the hospital to his last rites, I can never forget what he (PM) has done for me,” Paswan tweeted.

Paswan’s remarks came at a time when the BJP is making efforts to dispel the impression of having any tacit understanding with the LJP. The LJP leader also accused Kumar of trying to create a distance between the former and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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21:36 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Bihar: JD(U) candidate gives birth amid campaigning, Nitish Kumar blesses mother and child

In the midst of electioneering, the JD(U) candidate from Jagdishpur assembly seat Sushumlata Kushwaha delivered a baby girl, drawing rich praise from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday. Kumar, who addressed an election rally in Jagdishpur with his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi during the day, gave the news of Kushwaha delivering a baby girl Saturday night. He blessed the mother and the newborn child from the dais. Kushwaha is still in a hospital in Patna and could not attend the public meeting of the CM.

19:57 (IST)18 Oct 2020
In Patna not to avenge father’s LS defeat, but to fight for people: Luv Sinha

Facing the daunting task of taking on a three-time sitting MLA, Congress candidate from Bihar’s Bankipur Luv Sinha on Sunday said he has decided to fight an “uphill battle” on his political debut by challenging the BJP in its bastion in order to prove his mettle.

The son of Bollywood superstar and former Union minister Shatrughan Sinha, Luv Sinha also said he is not contesting from the Bankipur assembly seat that falls in the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha segment to avenge his father’s defeat from there in the 2019 general elections. He asserted that he was fighting for the welfare of the people of Patna.

An actor-turned-politician like his father, he told PTI in an interview that the BJP was a changed party post-2014 and alleged that there were not many intra-party discussions now but only “orders” were given. Read more

19:52 (IST)18 Oct 2020
In choppy Bihar waters, the importance of Mallah’s VIP

In the coming Bihar polls, where the BJP is seen as positioning itself to win more seats than its ally the JD(U), the party has left as many as 11 seats for the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP). This has left the BJP with 110 seats, against the JD(U)’s 115. The reason for the BJP’s accommodation of the political greenhorn is the votes the VIP commands.

Led by Bollywood set decorator from Darbhanga Mukesh Sahani, the VIP came into being only two years ago, even though Sahani has been politically active since 2013. Championing the cause of the Nishad (Mallah) caste bouquet — Sahani officially calls himself “Son of Mallah” — the party claims considerable influence among the boatmen and fishermen communities populating the riverine belts of North Bihar. --Deeptimaan Tiwary's report

19:43 (IST)18 Oct 2020
In joint rally, Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi hit out at Lalu Prasad

Holding a joint campaign rally ahead of the assembly polls, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi Sunday launched a blistering attack on rival Lalu Prasad Yadav highlighting the crime situation and lack of development during RJD’s tenure in the past. Reeling out comparative data during 15 years under the RJD and an equal period under the NDA now, the two sought another chance from voters to speed up development work in the state in the next five years, reported PTI.

19:02 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Ravi Shankar Prasad at a campaign in support of Rinki Rani Pandey

Ravi Shankar Prasad at a campaign in support of Rinki Rani Pandey

18:24 (IST)18 Oct 2020
BJP leaders in Bihar hitting out at LJP under pressure from Nitish Kumar: Chirag Paswan

A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that the NDA in Bihar constitutes just four parties and the LJP was its contender, the regional outfit's president Chirag Paswan said on Sunday that the saffron camp leaders were hitting out at him under pressure from JD(U) boss and chief minister Nitish Kumar. Paswan also said that BJP leaders were free to throw barbs at the LJP, as part of their "coalition dharma", but he would always hold Prime Minister Narendra Modi in high regard. --PTI

17:45 (IST)18 Oct 2020
'Want Indian Ocean be brought to Bihar before you set up industries': Lalu's swipe at Nitish

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday took a swipe at Bihar CM over the latter's remark that absence of sea led to fewer industries in the state. Sharing a cartoon on Twitter, Lalu wrote: "Do you now want the Indian Ocean brought to Bihar before you set up industries? Don't hide your failures of 15 years behind tall statements. You are tired, go rest."

15:56 (IST)18 Oct 2020
‘Bole Bihar Badle Sarkar’: Congress’ campaign song targets Nitish govt over unemployment, crime

Upping the ante on the BJP-JD(U) combine, the Congress on Sunday released its campaign song ‘Bole Bihar Badle Sarkar’ (Bihar seeks government change) for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. The three-minute song, launched at the party’s Bihar headquarters by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, targets the Nitish Kumar government over issues like education, unemployment, rising corruption, crime, Covid-19 situation, violence against women and agrarian distress.

The campaign song says the people of Bihar now demands a change and wants its government to be formed by the Congress. Read full story here

15:43 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Congress launches elections campaign song 'Bole Bihar Badle Sarkar'

Congress launches elections campaign song 'Bole Bihar Badle Sarkar'. Here's a glimpse of the song.

14:08 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Committed to 'Bihar First': Chirag Paswan

"The idea of a 'Bihar First' is stuck like a rope in the neck of the JD[U] leaders. With the Prime Minister's mantra for welfare, I am committed to 'Bihar First'," Paswan said.

14:04 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Don't want trouble for PM Modi because of me, says Chirag Paswan

Continuing his attack on Kumar, Paswan said: "I don't want PM Modi to get into any trouble because of me. He can fulfill his relationship with his allies. He can even say a word or two against me if he wants for the satisfaction of the chief minister." He added: "Nitish Kumar should thank BJP workers that despite the anger against the chief minister, they are fulfilling their duties and keep asking the CM to support me."

13:34 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Nitish Kumar trying to keep PM Modi, myself apart: Chirag Paswan

LJP leader Chirag Paswan today accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of potraying a rift between the former and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. In a fresh attack on the JD[U] chief, Paswan tweeted: "The minister who is an expert on the divide and rule policy is trying to keep me and the BJP at a distance. I donn't have to explain the relation I share with the Prime Minister. I can never forget his support right from the time my father was in the hospital till the time we held his final rites."

13:11 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Bihar govt should focus on changing Covid ringtone: Congress

Taking a swipe at the present Bihar government, the Congress posted on Twitter: "The government should focus on changing the ringtone of the coronavirus. The rest of the changes will be made by the Bihar citizens."

12:19 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Tejashwi Yadav takes fresh swipe at Nitish Kumar

Taking to Twitter this morning, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said: "Respected Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is tired. He has no choice but to sit in a chair and spend the rest of his life. He is no worry for the youth, farmers, students, women and poor. He has regarded the chair as the first and final truth."

11:54 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Who is Shaktisinh Gohil?

SHAKTISINH Gohil may seem an odd choice as the Congress in-charge of Bihar, particularly given the uphill battle the party faces in a state where it has been now out of power since 1990. However, there are two things that make the 60-year-old uniquely placed for the job: the fact that he is a veteran of many political battles against Narendra Modi-led BJP in native Gujarat; and that he is among the few Congress leaders considered close to both Ahmed Patel and Rahul Gandhi. In his over three-decade political career, it is the first time Gohil will be overseeing a state election as an AICC pointsman. His hand is seen in the hard bargaining by the Congress to secure 70 seats in the Mahagathbandhan, a huge jump from the 41 the party had contested in Bihar in 2015. Click here to read more.

11:29 (IST)18 Oct 2020
‘Pain of migrants will translate into votes in Bihar elections’: Sanjay Nirupam

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam, the party’s sole star campaigner from Maharashtra for the Bihar Assembly elections, spoke to Sandeep Ashar on how the reverse migration during the lockdown will play out in the polls. He said: "Post (coronavirus-induced) lockdown when there was reverse migration, the Bihar government reacted most irresponsibly. Nitish didn’t want people coming back. People were forced to walk for days, take auto, or cycles. The Bihar government had the worst record when it came to helping migrants." Read the full interview here.

11:15 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Chidambaram cites Biden's 'unity over division' remark, urges voters in Bihar to take similar vow

While referring to Democratic candidate in the US elections Joe Biden's remarks about choosing hope over fear and unity over division, former Union minister P Chidambaram on Sunday urged voters in Bihar to take a similar vow. Taking to Twitter he said: "Mr Joe Biden, Democratic candidate in the US elections said yesterday 'We choose hope over fear, unity over division, science over fiction and yes, truth over lies'. That's a good vow that the people of Bihar, MP and elsewhere should take when they go to the polling booths this month."

10:40 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: List of BJP meetings scheduled for today
10:30 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Bihar elections: BJP snub to Chirag came after JD(U) note of caution

Rattled by Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan’s repeated attacks on its leader Nitish Kumar — and his simultaneous praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP — the Janata Dal (United) has cautioned its ally that this could hurt the alliance. And has asked the BJP to clearly signal that it’s not playing both sides. This may be easier said than done. But, sources said, this was behind senior BJP leaders Friday coming out sharply criticising Paswan, backing Nitish and announcing joint rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar. This, even as a section of the BJP planned to prop up the young Paswan, hoping this will “cut Nitish to size,” blunt anti-incumbency, and reduce his party to a junior partner. This section even wanted the LJP as a partner, given its 5 per cent support base, especially among a section of Dalits. At least three JD(U) MPs The Indian Express spoke to admitted that there was such a “deliberate” attempt. Click here to read more

22:06 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Only young BJP and LJP candidates will form new Bihar, says Chirag Paswan

While BJP has distanced itself from LJP, Chirag Pawan continued to show support to the saffron party. On Saturday, Paswan congratulated Shreyasi Singh, who has been named as candidate from Bihar's Jamui constituency. Taking to Twitter, he said, "A lot of best wishes to sister from BJP Shreyasi Singh from Jamui assembly. Appeal to all LJP workers to help Shreyasi. Only young BJP candidates and LJP candidates will form new Bihar."

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Rattled by Paswan’s repeated attacks on its leader Kumar — and his simultaneous praise for Modi and BJP — the JD[U] has cautioned its ally that this could hurt the alliance. And has asked the BJP to clearly signal that it’s not playing both sides. This may be easier said than done.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Amit Shah on Saturday asserted that Kumar will be the next chief minister of Bihar after the coming assembly elections in the state. "There is no if or but. Nitish Kumar will be the next chief minister of Bihar. We have made a public announcement and we are committed to it," he told a news channel. Shah added that the people of Bihar will get a "double engine" government -- one in the state headed by Kumar and another at the Centre headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan continues reiterating his admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ties with the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre, even while attacking the JD(U) and Nitish Kumar, the BJP Friday stepped up its efforts to distance itself from him.

“Chirag Pawan wants to create confusion. In Bihar, the BJP, JD(U), VIP (Vikassheel Insaan Party) and HAM (Hindustani Awam Morcha) are in the NDA. We do not have any alliance with the LJP nor is it a part of the NDA. Chirag Paswan should not be confused nor spread confusion,” BJP general secretary in-charge of Bihar Bhupender Yadav tweeted.

Yadav called Paswan’s remarks on Nitish Kumar — who heads the NDA coalition in Bihar — “unfortunate.” “Chirag has contested Lok Sabha election in this coalition… In February, he was praising the Nitish Kumar government… Now he is indulging in politics of lies for his personal interests.”