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Bihar Election 2020 highlights: Nitish Kumar mocks RJD’s 10-lakh jobs promise

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 highlights"These days many people are saying they will give this many jobs. But from where will they bring the money for the purpose? Will they bring it from the jail or will they do it through fake notes," Nitish Kumar said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2020 9:22:43 am
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday mocked Tejashwi Yadav’s promise of approving 10 lakh jobs if his party came to power, and asked will money for the purpose come from the jail or will it be done through fake notes.

“These days many people are saying they will give this many jobs. But from where will they bring the money for the purpose? Will they bring it from the jail or will they do it through fake notes, Kumar was quoting as saying by PTI.

Tejashwi had recently announced that if his party-led Grand Alliance was voted to power, 10 lakh government jobs will be sanctioned in the very first cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav hit out at the NDA government saying they have ruined Bihar in 15 years. “This sea of people is standing for change, development, employment and jobs in Bihar. The incompetent NDA govt of 15 years have ruined Bihar. Humbled and grateful to receive rousing reception across the Bihar. Such an electrifying crowd in Goh assembly, Aurangabad,” Tejashwi Yadav said in a tweet.

A total of 1,510 candidates are left in the fray for the second phase of polling to the 94 assembly seats in the state, state Chief Electoral Officer said on Monday. Monday was the last day of the withdrawal of nomination papers.

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Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: Political campaigns continue across state; Chirag Paswan launches fresh attack on Nitish Kumar.

22:19 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Slippers thrown at Tejashwi at an election rally

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was on Tuesday attacked with slippers while campaigning for Congress candidate from Kutumba assembly seat in Bihar's Aurangabad district.

21:30 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Bihar elections: Nitish, Tejashwi trade barbs over jobs; UP CM rakes up Ram temple, Article 370

With only eight days left for the first phase of Bihar elections, campaigning in the state gained momentum on Tuesday, with BJP heavyweights like Yogi Adityanath and JP Nadda addressing rallies even as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav continued to trade barbs over the track record of each other’s regime.

Interestingly, in what is being seen as an attempt to keep the LJP, which has parted ways with the NDA, in good humour, both Nitish and Tejashwi met Chirag Paswan at the party office in Patna during the ‘shraad’ ceremony of former Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Paswan and Tejashwi Yadav have so far refrained from attacking each other. More details here.

20:30 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Nitish Kumar mocks RJD's 10-lakh jobs promise

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday mocked Tejashwi Yadav's promise of approving 10 lakh jobs if his party came to power, and asked will money for the purpose come from jail or will it be done through fake notes.

"These days many people are saying they will give this many jobs. But from where will they bring the money for the purpose? Will they bring it from the jail or will they do it through fake notes, Kumar was quoting as saying by PTI.

Tejashwi had recently announced that if his party-led Grand Alliance was voted to power, 10 lakh government jobs will be sanctioned in the very first cabinet meeting.

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19:31 (IST)20 Oct 2020
EC bans publication of uncertified ads on polling day and day before it

The Election Commission has barred parties, candidates and others from publishing political advertisements on polling day and a day prior to it the three phases of the Bihar polls unless their contents are pre-certified by screening committees. The same restriction will apply to the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha bypoll in Bihar to be held on November 7. 

The Commission has used its constitutional powers under Article 324 of the Constitution to take the decision. The EC had taken such a decision for the first time in the 2015 Bihar polls.

In a letter to Bihar's chief electoral officer on Monday, the poll panel said instances of advertisements of offending and misleading nature published in the print media have been brought to its notice in the past. "Such advertisements in the last stage of the election vitiate the entire election process. The affected candidates and parties will not have any opportunity of providing clarification/rebuttal in such a scenario," it said. (PTI)

19:19 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Press Council asks print media not to publish articles predicting poll results

The Press Council of India on Tuesday asked print media to refrain from publishing any article that in any manner predicts the results of the upcoming elections in the state, reported news agency PTI. While considering the communication received from the Election Commission of India, it advises the print media to refrain from publishing any article which in any way predicts the results of the elections during the prohibited period to ensure free, fair and transparent elections, the Press Council of India said in a statement.

The Council said it is of the view that the prediction of results of elections in any form or manner by way of predictions etc. by astrologers, tarot readers, political analysts or by any persons during the prohibited period is violation of the spirit of Section 126A which aims to prevent constituencies still going to polls from being influenced in their voting by such prediction.

"The print media is hereby advised not to publish/publicise any such article of results, during the prohibited period i.e. between 7.00 AM on October 28 and 6.30 PM on November 7 in the current general election to the state legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020 to ensure free and fair elections," the PCI said.

19:08 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Nitish Kumar meets Chirag Paswan at LJP office in Patna

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday met Lok Janshakti Party Chief Chirag Paswan at LJP office in Patna during 'Shraad’ ceremony of latter's father late Ram Vilas Paswan.

18:59 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Cong-RJD to win Bihar polls, will go there for campaigning, says Pilot

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday exuded confidence that the Grand Alliance involving his party and the RJD will form government in Bihar following the upcoming assembly elections. He also said that he will go to Bihar for campaigning.

"The election campaign of the Congress and RJD is going well and a change will take place in Bihar with the Congress-RJD alliance forming government," Pilot was quoted as saying by PTI.

Pilot said Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar's claim of "good governance" has already been exposed. "He did not care for the labourers and students who were stranded outside Bihar during the COVID-19 lockdown."

18:45 (IST)20 Oct 2020
‘What’s happening in UP is a warning signal. What if same things happen in Bihar?': Dipankar Bhattacharya

In an interview with the Indian Express, CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya talks about his party joining the Grand Alliance, accuses the BJP of being anti-farmer, call the situation in UP super jungle raj, and defends RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s inexperience criticism. Click here to read the full interview.

17:44 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Adityanath launches Bihar campaign; rakes up Ram, Kashmir, Pakistan

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday forayed into battleground Bihar where he asked people to vote the NDA back to power, drawing upon Prime Minister Narendra Modis mass appeal and the BJPs ability to walk the talk on Ayodhya, Kashmir, and Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

The BJP’s star campaigner blazed through three assembly segments with back-to-back rallies on the first day of his campaign in the poll-bound state, commencing his speeches with roars of Vande Mataram and signing off with chants of Jai Shri Ram.

Yogi also made it a point to ask the voters to cast their ballots only for adhikrit (authorised) NDA candidates and help Nitish Kumar return as the chief minister in line with the stance adopted by the BJP in the wake of the revolt by LJP chief Chirag Paswan who has fielded a number of rebels from the saffron party and the JD(U). (PTI)

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17:21 (IST)20 Oct 2020
23% candidates in first phase of Bihar polls face serious criminal cases: ADR

The Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) scrutinised declarations made by 1,064 out of 1,066 candidates contesting in the first phase of Bihar elections to find that almost a quarter (23%) of them face serious criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder and rape. More details here. 

16:41 (IST)20 Oct 2020
NDA govt ruined Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav

Political parties in Bihar have intensified their campaign against one another with the election dates coming to a close. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has hit out at the NDA government saying they have ruined Bihar in 15 years.

15:32 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Yogi Adityanath urges people to vote for Nitish

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday urged the people of Bihar to vote his development-oriented counterpart Nitish Kumar back to power, while underscoring that the BJP, an alliance partner, has fulfilled its promises on emotive issues like Ayodhya, Kashmir and Pakistan, PTI reported.

He also said: "When millions of migrants were forced to flee Delhi by the Aam Aadmi Party government, we in UP received them with warm water to wash their tired feet and freshly prepared food to nourish their bodies before they undertook the onward journey back home".

13:55 (IST)20 Oct 2020
BJP MP Sanjay Jaiswal to address public today
13:29 (IST)20 Oct 2020
LJP MP visits RJD chief's residence

LJP MP Prince Raj today arrived at RJD chief Lalu Yadav’s residence to hand over an invite for late Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan‘s 'shraad’ ceremony. "There was no political talk as I came here due to our family relationship with them and to personally invite them for shraad," he told news agency ANI.

12:58 (IST)20 Oct 2020
‘What’s happening in UP is a warning signal. What if same things happen in Bihar?'

CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya talks about his party joining the Grand Alliance, accuses the BJP of being anti-farmer, call the situation in UP super jungle raj, and defends RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s inexperienced criticism. "If RJD’s tenure could be called jungle raj, what we are witnessing is super jungle raj (in states like UP). Bihar awaits that. The BJP is not talking about issues of livelihood and employment, but invoking the past and raising bogeys," he says. Read full interview here

12:06 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Watch: Nitish Kumar addresses crowd at Gopalganj

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is addressing a rally in Gopalganj.

11:31 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Explained: Who are Mahadalits?

Mahadalit is not a constitutional term. Scheduled Caste is the officially designated group in India. As chief minister, Nitish Kumar had introduced the Mahadalit umbrella in 2007 after the Bihar State Mahadalit Commission recommended inclusion of 18 SCs in the category. It was seen as a move to cultivate his constituency from among Scheduled Castes. Subsequently, three more Scheduled Caste groups were included, leaving out only the Paswans or Dusadhs. Mahadalit is a conglomerate of over 20 Scheduled Castes. The late Ram Vilas Paswan was opposed to the term and kept Paswans, also a Scheduled Caste, out of the Mahadalit category in the early days of the categorisation. During the 2010 Assembly elections in Bihar, Nitish Kumar started over a dozen schemes for the group including housing, scholarship, educational loan and school uniform programmes. Ahead of the 2014 general elections, the Bihar CM directed the revenue department of the state to provide land to all Mahadalit families in the state for housing. Click here to read more.

10:53 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Sanjay Jaiswal: BJP’s friendly face, with right legacy, right moves

It’s been a dizzying rise for Sanjay Jaiswal in the Bihar BJP. In February 2005, he had contested from Bettiah Assembly constituency on an RJD ticket and lost miserably. By 2009, he had moved to the BJP, and would go on to win the Lok Sabha election from Paschim Champaran thrice. By September 2019, he was the president of the Bihar BJP unit. At the same time, the BJP is Jaiswal’s natural home. His father Madan Prasad Jaiswal had been an active Sangh Parivar activist and was one of the founding members of the BJP. A three-term Lok Sabha MP, he represented Bettiah Lok Sabha constituency from 1996 to 2004. When the BJP was selecting a state president, this worked in Jaiswal’s favour. Along with the fact that, as a practising medical doctor, belonging to the Vaishya community, Jaiswal fit well with the BJP’s search for the right man and right caste for the post. Click here to read more.

10:21 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Nadda to address workers in Buxar today
10:20 (IST)20 Oct 2020
A plus for BJP in the maths: JDU faces RJD on most seats

Much before the RJD-led Grand Alliance announced its seat-sharing, senior BJP leader and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi had said, “More the number of seats the RJD contests, the keener the fight.” The BJP’s wish appears to have been granted, in ways more than one. The RJD, that contested 101 seats in the Nitish Kumar-led Mahagathbandhan in the 2015 Assembly polls and won 80, is fighting on 144 constituencies in the coming election. Not only that, the RJD, the strongest of the Grand Alliance parties, is fighting on most of its seats against the JD(U). On as many as 77 of its seats, RJD candidates are up against the Nitish-led JD(U), which had bargained hard to ensure it got more constituencies (115) than the BJP (110) in the NDA seat-sharing. In other words, in just about 30% of its seats (38 in all), the JD(U) can expect an easier fight. Click here to read more

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To connect all villages by March 31, the state would need to dig trenches, lay cables, and provide connectivity to an average of 257 villages daily, or a monthly average of over 7,500 villages. However, nearly a month after the scheme was inaugurated, optical fibre cable has been laid only in 4,347 villages as of October 14, or at the rate of 181 villages per day.

“Our present capacity is laying down between 80,000-100,000 km of optical fibre per year. To connect all the villages by March 31, 2021, we will need to lay down at least 200,000-225,000 km of optical fibre, which is a tough task,” an official said.