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Friday, October 23, 2020

#Politics: Nitish, Tejashwi with Chirag at Ram Vilas Paswan’s ‘shraadh’

With 7.3 crore voters, the elections in Bihar is not only the first major electoral exercise in India since the Covid-19 outbreak, but also the largest anywhere in the world so far.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi, Patna | Updated: October 21, 2020 10:56:47 am
Bihar assembly elections, bihar polls, Bihar elections social media, Bihar elections digital media, Bihar elections digital campaign, #PoliticsWith the pandemic making large gatherings out of bounds, politicians are counting on the digital mediums to reach out to the voters. (Pixabay)

With a little over a week to go before the Bihar Assembly elections commence, political parties are intensifying their campaigns on social media, more so than ever as the coronavirus pandemic has restricted physical campaigning, rallies and gatherings on the ground. The elections are scheduled to be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7. The counting of votes will take place on November 10.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav Tuesday took a jibe at Nitish Kumar, saying no Chief Minister has been “so unpopular” in the past. Tweeting a video of a protest against the CM during an election rally in 2018, Tejashwi said both young and old people were still protesting against him.

Tejashwi’s father Lalu Prasad Yadav’s social media accounts have been buzzing of late too. Lalu is incarcerated, and his accounts are being managed by his office.

Meanwhile, Lok Janshakti Party president and Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan Monday announced on Twitter that the #BiharFirstBihariFirst Vision Document would be released on Wednesday, October 21.

With 7.3 crore voters, the elections in Bihar is not only the first major electoral exercise in India since the Covid-19 outbreak, but also the largest anywhere in the world so far. Click here to stay updated with our complete Bihar election coverage

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Ahead of Bihar Assembly elections, BJP, JD(U), LJP, Congress, RLD to bank on social media to reach voters.

21:31 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Nitish, Tejashwi with Chirag at Ram Vilas Paswan's 'shraadh'

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. Tejashwi Yadav was also present.

19:50 (IST)20 Oct 2020
No more lanterns, Modi ji's LED secret will work: Nadda slams RJD

BJP working president Jagat Prakash Nadda on Tuesday slammed the Rashtriya Janata Dal and said that now, no more lanterns will be there, only PM Modi's LED secret will work in Bihar. "Lalu ji is not visible on the poster of RJD anymore. Now, even his son has disappeared from the poster," Nadda said.

19:29 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Surjewala slams Bihar government, says it works on 4 formulas

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Tuesday slammed the current ruling government in Bihar and said that the government works on 4 formulas - Fear, hate, fear and division. 

18:47 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Shashi Tharoor sends a message to 'Bihari Putra' Luv Sinha

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor records a message for 'Bihari Putra' Luv Sinha, the son of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, and appeals to the people to make the young leader taste success. Taking a swipe at the ruling government of the state, Tharoor says, "BJP's campaign in the state is useless. Since last some years, Bihar's developmental agenda is immersed in water." "If someone is affected by this, it's the Bihari," he adds. "I hope that you all will vote for Luv Sinha and choose the correct person," Tharoor says. Watch the special message here:

17:49 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Bihar Congress Unit takes a swipe at Modi govt

Congress' Bihar unit took a swipe at the Modi government on Monday and said that every native person of Bihar is waiting for the "jumla" package of Rs 1.25 crore promised by the prime minister. "Even today, every Biharman is waiting for the jumla package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore thrown by Modi ji in 2015. In the greed for power, Nitish babu has forgotten about the package, but Bihar hasn't," the tweet read.

16:53 (IST)20 Oct 2020
'Humbled and grateful to receive rousing reception': Tejashwi Yadav after rally

Tejashwi Yadav, after his rally in Bihar's Imamganj, tweets a video and thanks the people of the state for supporting him. "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," he tweeted.

15:50 (IST)20 Oct 2020
RJD tweets video of Tejashwi Yadav's rally

Rashtriya Janata Dal tweets video of Tejashwi Yadav's rally in Imamganj. "Imamganj is also fixed and Bihar is set to be stunning."

14:59 (IST)20 Oct 2020
All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev poses some questions to Nitish Kumar

All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev poses some questions related to women safety in the state to Nitish Kumar and his government. In a video tweeted by Congress' Bihar unit on its Twitter handle, Sushmita Dev says the government is completely unsuccessful in women's safety.

14:46 (IST)20 Oct 2020
We have faith in the people of Bihar, says BJP leader Manoj Tiwari
14:39 (IST)20 Oct 2020
RJD tweets video of Tejashwi rally, says departure of Nitish, BJP certain

The Rashtriya Janata Dal has put out a video of a rally held by Tejashwi Yadav, saying the enthusiasm of the people shows that the departure of Nitish Kumar and the BJP was "certain" in Bihar.

14:36 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Chirag Paswan appeals to people to listen to PM Modi's address to nation at 6 pm today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 6 pm. Ahead of the address, Chirag Paswan appeals to everyone to listen to the address. Here's his tweet:

10:20 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Lalu's Twitter account buzzes ahead of Bihar polls

Ahead of the Bihar polls, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's Twitter account, handled by his office, has been active. Here's his latest:

10:15 (IST)20 Oct 2020
'No CM would be so unpopular': Tejashwi's jibe at Nitish
10:10 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Nitish Kumar to hold four rallies in Bihar today

Nitish Kumar will hold four rallies in Bihar today; the first at 10.45 am in Gopalganj, two more in Siwan, and one at 2.25 pm in Jahanabad. Here's his schedule, tweeted by ths Janata Dal (United):

23:42 (IST)19 Oct 2020
Tejashwai attacks Nitish over education infra in Bihar

RJD targets Nitish over the education infrastructure in Bihar. Tejashwai tweets: "Almost 15,000 students from Bihar go to Kota for coaching. Thousands of crores of Bihari money strengthens the economy of other states. Why can't we have good education within Bihar?"

21:14 (IST)19 Oct 2020
Chirag slams BJP leaders for calling LJP ‘vote katua’

LJP chief Chirag Paswan on Monday expressed displeasure over the use of term ‘vote katua’for his party by some BJP leaders “to keep Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar happy”, and asserted his party will win more seats in the Bihar assembly polls than the JD(U). ‘Vote Katua’ is an term used in the Hindi heartland for parties and candidates in elections who cut the votes shares of others without benefiting themselves. “I am pained at the term vote katua being used against the LJP. They should apply their own wisdom and not use such words just to make somebody happy,” Paswan told news agency PTI.

21:03 (IST)19 Oct 2020
LJP's vision document ready, to be released for public on Oct 21: Chirag Paswan

Chirag Paswan said incorporating suggestions by 4 lakh Biharis, a vision document has been prepared towards "Navnirman of Bihar" and the same will be released on October 21. He urged people to read the document and sought their blessings for all the LJP candidates. 

18:13 (IST)19 Oct 2020
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a campaign rally to support candidate Vijay Mondal

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a campaign rally to support candidate Vijay Mondal from Sikti Assembly seat.

16:44 (IST)19 Oct 2020
LJP promises separate accomodation and toilets for women cops

Lok Janshakti Party promises separate accomodation and toilets for women police personnel on implementation of Bihar first Bihari first.

16:33 (IST)19 Oct 2020
Remove those who forced Biharis to flee from Bihar (in search of livelihood): Lalu on Twitter

Move those who forced Biharis to flee from every other house and choose the government that talks about livelihood in Bihar itself.

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."

The Election Commission’s decision to hold polls on time amid a raging pandemic has set off a chain of firsts for the state.

For starters, this is going to be the shortest Assembly election in 15 years. Polling will be held in just three phases, as opposed to five in 2015 and four in 2005. In 2000, Bihar and Jharkhand were one state. To maintain social distancing, the Commission has capped the maximum number of voters per booth at 1,000 — down from 1,500 in 2015. This has prompted a 60% increase in the number of polling stations — from 65,367 in 2015 to 1,06,526. More polling stations means more polling personnel. According to an EC official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Commission will have to depute roughly an additional 2 lakh personnel this time.