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Bihar Election 2020: Firing on devotees shows ‘Talibani rule’ of Nitish govt, says Chirag Paswan on Munger incident

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 | Updated: October 30, 2020 10:43:47 am
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Reacting to the Munger incident, LJP leader Chirag Paswan said the open firing on devotees shows the Talibani rule of Nitish Kumar-led NDA government and called for strict action against the responsible policemen. Meanwhile, Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi asked the EC to take cognisance of the issue and ensure action against the responsible police personnel.

The campaign is gathering steam with the first phase of polling scheduled to happen tomorrow. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has announced a ‘naukri samvaad’ (dialogue on jobs) with Bihar’s youth today. The RJD in its manifesto has promised 10 lakh government jobs to the people of Bihar. BJP has promised 19 lakh jobs in its manifesto. BJP’s campaign will be lead by party chief JP Nadda. Nitish has seven rallies planned, while Tejashwi has 14 lined up.

Campaigning for 71 seats in the first phase of the high-stakes election for Bihar, being held in the middle of the Covid pandemic, came to an end on Monday, with polling set to take place on Wednesday. The last day saw a spree of election meetings by the major contenders in the election fray, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav and the LJP’s Chirag Paswan, along with senior BJP leaders J P Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Nityanand Rai.

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Bihar assembly elections 2020 LIVE updates: Voting for 243 assembly seats in the state will be held on October 28, November 3 and November 7 and results will be announced on November 10.

22:23 (IST)27 Oct 2020
NDA to win with three-fourth majority in Bihar; Nitish to become CM again: Javadekar

Union minister Prakash Javadekar Tuesday exuded confidence that the NDA will win the Bihar assembly polls with three-fourth majority and Nitish Kumar will helm the government for the fourth term.

Javadekar, who is Union minister for Information and Broadcasting, said the NDA will win in Bihar as all its four constituents - the BJP, JD(U), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP)- are a formidable force in the state.

He said the ruling coalition will return to power in the state due to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the national level and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the state level.

"NDAs win will become evident from the first phase of voting on Wednesday", the senior BJP leader claimed. Asked to comment on LJP chief Chirag Paswan's assertion that Kumar will be sent to jail on charge of corruption if his party comes to power in the state, Javadekar said "Everyone has the opportunity to contest and campaign in elections. But, it will not have any impact (on people) irrespective of who is saying what."

21:47 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Law & order in disarray under Congress rule in Rajasthan: BJP

Rajasthan BJP on Tuesday alleged that the law and order in the state is in a state of disarray under Congress government rule.
Former minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said the government framed sedition charges against their leaders instead of maintaining law and order in the state.

"Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, instead of maintaining law and order, framed charges of sedition against his own party leaders. The law and order situation in the state is bound to suffer," Shekhawat said at a press conference here.

Shekhawat said that in the 20 months after the Congress government came to power, more than five lakh criminal cases have been registered in which more than 12,000 cases have been registered against atrocities on Dalits. He said that the development of the cities in the state has stopped due to criminal incidents.

21:24 (IST)27 Oct 2020
'Arrogant' Bihar govt deviated from its path, time to usher in change: Sonia Gandhi to voters

A day before the first phase of voting in Bihar Assembly election, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday accused the JDU-BJP government of being high on power, arrogant and deviating from its path, as she made a fervent appeal to the electorate to herald a change in the state and build a "new Bihar".

In a four-minute video message in Hindi, she claimed the present dispensation led by Nitish Kumar was "neither saying good nor doing good" while the labourers were helpless, farmers upset and youth disappointed with it.

"Drunk on power and arrogance, the government in Bihar has deviated from its path. Their words and deeds are suspect. The labourers are helpless, the farmers upset and the youth disappointed. People are bearing the brunt of the fragile state of the economy.

"A serious crisis has befallen the farmers of India. The lives of Dalits and Mahadalits have been destroyed and similar is the fate of the backward sections of the society," she charged while asserting the people of the state are with the Congress mahagathbandhan and "this is the call of Bihar".

20:58 (IST)27 Oct 2020
In first phase, NDA, Grand Alliance look evenly placed, JD(U) could suffer losses

In the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, in which 71 seats will witness polling on Wednesday, the NDA and Grand Alliance look evenly placed. While the BJP is hoping to make gains, its alliance partner JD(U) may suffer some losses, with the LJP directly contesting against it in at least 10 seats. The LJP strongholds include Dinara, Suryagarha and Amarpur. More details here.

19:45 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Confident of two-thirds majority: Tejashwi Yadav

Confident of the 'Mahagathbandhan' getting two-thirds majority in the Bihar polls, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday said providing jobs to unemployed youth would be top priority for him and his government will also bring a legislation in the first assembly session to nullify the "anti-farmer" laws brought by the Centre.

In an interview with PTI, Yadav said for the first time in history a promise has been made to the youth of Bihar that 10 lakh jobs will be provided with the "first stroke of the pen in the very first cabinet meeting" if voted to power.

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19:43 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Anurag Thakur reminds Bihari voters of Gabbar Singh to keep ‘jungle raj’ away

Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday used the iconic ‘so ja bete nahi to Gabbar Singh aa jayega’ dialogue of the 1975 Bollywood blockbuster ‘Sholay’ to warn people against Bihar’s return to ‘jungle raj’ if the RJD was voted to power.

Thakur, the Union Minister of State for Finance, asked people to be wary of parties who want to push the state back to the era of caste tension and social discrimination.

“‘So ja bete nahi to Gabbar Singh aa jayega’. Mothers, who have seen the jungle raj days in Bihar, please do tell your children, especially youth, on the polling day to cast their votes carefully, otherwise they (the RJD) may return to power….those who ran a regime of terror and fear,” he told a press conference. More details here.

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18:34 (IST)27 Oct 2020
PM Modi: India has left the era of scandals behind

Lauding his government’s counter-corruption measures, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said it can now be said with pride that the country has left the era of scandals behind.

Inaugurating the National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption through video conferencing, PM Modi said it was imperative to weed out corruption as it hindered transparency in administrative processes.

The PM also said that corruption is like a ‘dynastic termite’ that can make the country hollow. Read more

17:35 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Open firing on devotees shows 'Talibani rule' of Nitish Kumar: Chirag Paswan on Munger incident

Reacting to the Munger incident, LJP leader Chirag Paswan said the open firing on devotees shows the Talibani rule of Nitish Kumar government and called for strict action against the responsible policemen.

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16:51 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Munger: Delay in Durga idol immersion triggers protests, one dead in police firing

One person was killed allegedly after police opened fire following a clash over a delay in Durga Puja idol immersions in Munger on Monday night. Almost 30 persons were injured in the clash between pandal organisers and the police.

As is the local precedence, the Badi Durga idol is immersed first in Munger. But as the police insisted on immersing over 25 idols before midnight of October 26, several organisers objected started pelting the police posse with stones. About 20 police personnel, including station in-charges of Sangrampur, Kotwali and Qasim Bazar, were injured. The police also recovered three country-made pistols with some live and empty cartridges. The police claimed it had to fire in the air to disperse the mob, which allegedly retaliated with counter firing.

As Munger goes to polls in the first phase on Wednesday, police deployment has been increased in the town and near all polling booths.

16:05 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Voting for LJP would mean return of 'jungle-raj': Sushil Modi

Sushil Modi: "Voting for LJP would mean voting for those who returned 'jungle raj'. I appeal to the LJP supporters to make the NDA candidates win and form the BJP-JDU coalition government in Bihar. PM has the same wish."

15:47 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Why are you carrying 'tukde tukde gang' on your shoulders, BJP asks Tejashwi

Upping its attack on the opposition RJD, the BJP Tuesday asked Tejashwi Yadav why instead of repulsing the 'tukde-tukde gang', he was carrying them on his shoulders. The Bihar BJP shared an old tweet by Tejashwi where he spoke against those raising anti-India slogans, in a reference to the 2016 JNU episode which led to a sedition case against CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar, whose party is now a part of the Mahagathbandhan alliance led by RJD.

14:23 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Tejashwi Yadav's 11 questions for PM Modi ahead of rally

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally tomorrow, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has listed 11 questions for the prime minister. He raised questions about the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, development and sanitation facilities in Bihar, unemployment in the state among other issues

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14:04 (IST)27 Oct 2020
What does Kanhaiya Kumar bring to the poll table?

In the run-up to Bihar elections, Kanhaiya Kumar has been largely missing in action. However, the CPI’s presence in Bihar is limited and may have been affecting Kumar’s reach in the state as well. He is on the list of star campaigners of the Left parties in the upcoming polls, and is also expected to campaign for candidates of the Grand Alliance. It will be interesting to see if he shares the stage with Tejashwi Yadav, who many say sees Kumar, a young leader with popular appeal, as possible competition.

13:28 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Tejashwi Yadav to hold 'naukri samvaad' today

RJD leader and the Opposition's CM candidate, Tejashwi Yadav, has announced a 'naukri samvaad', or dialogue on jobs, with Bihar's youth on October 27. The RJD in its manifesto has promised 10 lakh government jobs to the people of Bihar.

12:54 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Chirag energetic leader, puts forth issues with commitment: Tejasvi Surya

LJP president Chirag Paswan, who broke away from the NDA in Bihar and has continuously attacked JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar, has come in for praise from BJP Yuva Morcha chief Tejasvi Surya. Campaigning for the BJP in Arrah on Sunday, Surya was asked about Paswan by reporters. “Chirag-ji is a colleague in Parliament. He is a very energetic leader. Even in Parliament, he raises issues of Bihar with a lot of dedication and statistics. He has made his stand very clear,” the BJP leader said.

12:28 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Chirag Paswan reacts on Sanjay Jha calling him a 'jamura'

A day after JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha called Chirag Paswan a 'jamura' (monkey), the LJP leader said the remark was an insult to PM Modi.

"They are insulting PM Modi as they've been saying that this 'Jamura' is dancing on his tunes. Send me to jail & get my film probed. My film was made in 2011, why CM didn't act against me for the past 9 years then," Paswan said, news agency ANI reported

He (Chirag) starred with Kangana Ranaut, now see where Kangana has reached. Similarly, Sushant Singh Rajput without any background made his mark in Bollywood. 'Jamura hota hai naa, usko nachata hai madari. Ye jamura bane hue hain.' (Just like a puppet who is controlled by the juggler, he has become a puppet)," Jha told. "This kind of low level of politics has not been witnessed ever in Bihar. In recent times, he worked in a movie and it was that kind of a movie where people left the theatre before the interval. After the first phase of the polls, a similar fate will meet him in politics," he added.

12:05 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Time has come for ushering in change in Bihar: Sonia Gandhi to voters

Ahead of the Bihar assembly polls, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to voters to herald change in the state and build a 'new Bihar', alleging that the JDU-BJP government there has deviated from its path and was high on power and ego. In a four-minute video ahead of the first phase of voting on Wednesday, she said the present dispensation led by Nitish Kumar is neither saying good nor doing good and labourers are helpless, farmers are upset and youth disappointed with it.

"Drunk on power and arrogance, the government in Bihar has deviated from its path. Their words and deeds are suspect. The labourers are helpless, the farmers are upset and the youth are disappointed. People are bearing the brunt of the fragile state of the economy. Time has come for ushering in change in the state," she said, noting that governments cannot be formed on fear and crime.

11:49 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Rahul Gandhi to address two rallies in Bihar tomorrow

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will address two public election meetings at Valmiki Nagar and Kusheshwar Asthan in Bihar on October 28. Senior state Congress leader Prem Chandra Mishra on Monday said that Gandhi will hold the meeting at Valmiki Nagar at 12 noon and the one at Kusheshwar Asthan at 2.30 pm.

Bypoll to the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat will be held on November 7, while Kusheshwar Asthan Assembly constituency will go to polls on November 3. (PTI)

11:34 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Editorial: Bihar polls outcome will have a bearing far beyond the state

First, Bihar is the first state to go to polls since the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier this year. The Centre-imposed lockdown saw waves of migrants from the state trudging back to their hometowns and villages from the metros. Two, Bihar marks the beginning of an election season that will see big states such as West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam elect new governments in the first half of 2021. A win in Bihar would be seen as evidence of Modi’s enduring popularity and the BJP party machine’s ability to buck incumbency. A favourable result would be a big boost for the Opposition as it strains to be heard in Parliament and outside. The Bihar outcome will have a bearing on battles elsewhere in the coming months.

Read the entire editorial, here

11:15 (IST)27 Oct 2020
CM Nitish Kumar wants Bihar to become tech-friendly

In his rally at Nalanda, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that his party wants to work more for the development of the state. "We want all citizens to walk with the changing technology. We want them to be educated and equipped."

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi contrasted the NDA rule in Bihar with the Opposition’s “misrule” during the 1990s, BJP President J P Nadda on Saturday tried to counter the rival parties’ focus on jobs for youths with a promise that the NDA government, when it returns to power, will “work to provide employment to 19 lakh people” in the state.

“There will be a self-sufficient Bihar through a self-sufficient India. It is the responsibility of the government to create job opportunities in Bihar and NDA’s Nitish Kumar government will work to provide employment to 19 lakh people,” Nadda said while addressing an election rally in Nalanda.

Nadda’s promise comes in the backdrop of promises of jobs by the RJD and LJP, which political observers see as getting traction among the voters or at least mobilising crowds in their rallies, especially for RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav.

And amid the opposition's criticism of the BJP's Bihar poll promise of free Covid vaccines, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asserted on Saturday that the announcement was perfectly in order and a party can announce what it wants to do when it comes to power.

Sitharaman had released BJP's manifesto for the Bihar polls earlier this week. A highlight of the promises made in the document was free Covid-19 vaccines for the state's people if the saffron party comes back to power.

The voting in the state will be held on October 28, November 3 and November 7 and results will be announced on November 10.

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First published on: 25-10-2020 at 11:49:37 am
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