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Bihar Election 2020 Live Updates: Will meet 10 lakh jobs promise even if we hold back CM, MLAs’ salaries, says Tejashwi

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Live News Updates: Campaigning for the second phase of Bihar assembly elections ended on Sunday evening, setting the stage for polling on Tuesday in 94 constituencies spread across 17 districts.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi, Patna | Updated: November 3, 2020 1:27:29 am
Bihar elections results will be announced on November 10

Bihar Election 2020 Live Updates: Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding an investigation into the death of Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) patron Ram Vilas Paswan. In the letter, HAM raised several questions and pointed at his son Chirag Paswan’s role. “There are several doubts that bring his son Chirag Paswan in question,” reads the letter. Chirag Paswan slammed Manjhi saying he should be “ashamed” and that “everyone is playing politics.” “The way Manjhi Ji is talking about my father now, why didn’t he show so much concern about him when he was hospitalised? Everyone is playing politics over a dead person now, why no one bothered to visit him when he was alive?” he asked

In other news, BJP president JP Nadda on Monday made light of Tejashwi Yadav’s poll promise of providing 10 lakh government jobs, telling him that “25-30 lakh” people migrated out of Bihar during previous RJD governments and he should first answer that. Addressing a poll rally at Sitamarhi, the former Union minister also said he keeps reminding people about the alleged misgovernance during the RJDs 15 years rule as the time might have changed but the party’s “nature” has not changed. Tejashwi has run his campaign around his promise that he will sign 10 lakh government jobs in his very first Cabinet meeting if his party comes to power.

Campaigning for the second phase of Bihar assembly elections ended on Sunday evening, setting the stage for polling on Tuesday in 94 constituencies spread across 17 districts. The last day of campaigning witnessed hectic canvassing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing four back-to-back rallies in support of NDA candidates, and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who is also in the fray in this phase, crisscrossing over a dozen venues.

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01:27 (IST)03 Nov 2020
At rallies in Bihar, Rajnath touches upon Gilgit-Baltistan, Pulwama, CAA

The Centre has taken strong exception to Pakistans plan for granting provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan, an area it is in "illegal occupation" of, and made it clear that the entire PoK belonged to India, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday. Addressing election rallies in Bihar, Singh also slammed the Congress for having raised "doubts" in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's abilities in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack and questioned the party's "silence" in the wake of a Pakistani minister's admission that his country was responsible for the February 2019 offensive. PTI

00:41 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Will give 10 lakh jobs even if it means withholding salaries of CM, MLAs, ministers: Tejashwi

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav Monday said he will implement his poll promise of giving 10 lakh jobs even if that means withholding the salaries of the chief minister, ministers and MLAs.

Speaking at on online event of his party, he questioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's assertion that he has provided six lakh jobs during his 15-year rule, compared with RJD's 95,000. "He (Nitish Kumar) keeps repeating he has given six lakh jobs during his 15-year rule. But he never says all these were contractual jobs, not permanent ones," Tejashwi told the 'Naukri Samwad' programme.

Chief Minister Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi have often questioned as to where the money forRJD's promised 10 lakh jobs will come from. Kumar had also said Monday that giving 10 lakh jobs would result in an additional annual burden of Rs 1.44 lakh crore on the state exchequer. Tejashwi said he would get Rs 80,000 crore that remains "unused" from that state budget and would also pool in Rs 24,000-25,000 crore that the state gets from the Centre under the Right to Education but returns it. "Still if they (Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi) feel that we will need more money, we will withhold the salaries of the chief minister, ministers and MLAs," the Mahagathbandhans chief ministerial candidate asserted. PTI

23:19 (IST)02 Nov 2020
3 things you should know about the Bihar elections today

From the math behind the jobs promise to what Bihar's farmers have to say, catch our daily updates

22:17 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Modi, Rahul to campaign for respective alliances in Bihar Tuesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will take yet another trip to the poll-bound Bihar on Tuesday to garner support for their respective alliances. Modi will address two rallies- at Forbesganj in Araria district and Saharsa. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will also be in Bihar on November 3 to address election meetings in Katihar and Kishanganj.

All the districts where Modi and Gandhi will be visiting Tuesday will go to vote in the last phase on November 7. This will be the fourth and the last campaign trip of Modi in the ongoing Bihar elections. Gandhi is slated to pay a visit to Bihar again on November 4 to address rallies at Bihariganj in Madhepura district and Araria, party sources said Monday.

21:03 (IST)02 Nov 2020
LJP shadow looms over NDA as Bhagalpur heads for second phase of polls

Bhagalpur has been known for long as a BJP stronghold, which even RJD supremo Lalu Prasad could not decimate during the peak of his political powers in the 90s, but as the silk city of Bihar goes to polls on Tuesday it has come to symbolise the risk the ruling NDA faces from its former constituent Lok Janshakti Party in these assembly elections. This is among the few seats where the Chirag Paswan-headed party has fielded a candidate against the BJP while going out all guns blazing against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-headed JD(U) across the state.

The LJP's clever ploy of backing influential local politicians, mostly upper castes, with its traditional support base of a section of Dalits to make a space for itself in the state's crowded political arena has upset the traditional calculations in this constituency, members of different political parties say. It has given a ticket to former BJP politician Rajesh Verma, a young and resourceful leader coming from the Marwari community, and his potential draw among the trading castes, who are in large numbers here, is keeping the saffron alliance on edge.

The BJP had been winning the seat since 1990 till the election of Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, who was chosen MLA for four times in a row from here, to Lok Sabha in 2014, and the party's separation with the JD(U) gave the opposition an opening. (PTI)

19:51 (IST)02 Nov 2020
What about '20-30 lakh' people who were forced to migrate: JP Nadda on Tejashwi job promise

BJP president JP Nadda on Monday made light of Tejashwi Yadav's poll promise of providing 10 lakh government jobs, telling him that '25-30 lakh' people migrated out of Bihar during previous RJD governments and he should first answer that.

Addressing a poll rally at Sitamarhi, the former Union minister also said he keeps reminding people about the alleged misgovernance during the RJDs 15 years rule as the time might have changed but the partys 'nature' has not changed. Tejashwi has run his campaign around his promise that he will sign 10 lakh government jobs in his very first Cabinet meeting if his party comes to power.

'These days our Tejashwi babu keeps saying will give 10 lakh jobs,' said Nadda, and then escalated his attack, 'You have forced 25-25 lakh people to migrate out of Bihar. Who will answer that?'

18:57 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Chirag Paswan: LJP in favour of complete prohibition, not right to sell alcohol through smugglers in name of prohibition

Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan on Monday said that in Bihar, not a single person can say that the alcohol prohibition law is in force. 'All the media mates from Delhi are ridiculing all prohibition. The LJP is in favour of complete prohibition but it is not right to sell alcohol through smugglers in the name of prohibition. The next government will also investigate this,' he added.

18:18 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Over 1,200 candidates in Bihar polls have declared criminal cases against them: ADR

Over 1,200 candidates in the Bihar polls have declared criminal cases against themselves, with 115 of them accused in cases related to crimes against women and 73 candidates facing cases related to murder, according to a report by poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Out of the 3,722 Bihar assembly election candidates analysed, 1,201 (32 per cent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, the report said.  In the 2015 Bihar assembly elections, out of 3,450 candidates analysed, 1,038 (30 per cent) had declared criminal cases against themselves, it added.

The report further said 915 (25 per cent) candidates have declared serious criminal cases while in the previous Bihar assembly polls in 2015, 796 (23 per cent) candidates had declared serious criminal cases against themselves. Serious criminal cases are non-bailable offences attracting over five years of imprisonment, the report said About 115 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women, of which 12 have declared cases related to rape (IPC Section- 376). (PTI)

17:18 (IST)02 Nov 2020
J P Nadda interview: Tejashwi is tutored, can’t deliver… people know there has been no change in RJD character

"(At Tejashwi’s rallies) It’s not a crowd. It is committed voters of one particular style, who have been with them for 20 years. Same people, same supporters... People know if they come again, same things are going to happen,” Nadda said.

Nadda added, "Nitish is being compared with Nitish. And Nitish is a personality who believes in tough talk… and also good governance. There is no expectation from Tejashwi. People know that throughout corona, Tejashwi was in Delhi." Read full interview here

16:25 (IST)02 Nov 2020
31% candidates in Bihar phase 3 polls have declared criminal cases against them: ADR

Out of 1,195 candidates contesting in phase-3 of the Bihar assembly elections later this week, 31 per cent have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to a report by poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). About 282 or 24 per cent have declared serious criminal cases against themselves. Serious criminal cases are non-bailable offences attracting over five years of imprisonment, the report said.

As many as 361 or 30 per cent of these candidates have stated their financial assets to be worth crores of rupees, the report said.
Out of 1,195 candidates analyzed, 371 or 31 per cent have declared criminal cases against themselves, it said. According to the report, 32 (73 per cent) out of 44 candidates analysed from the RJD have declared criminal cases against themselves and 22 (50 per cent) of them have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

About 26 (76 per cent) out of 34 candidates analysed from the BJP have declared criminal cases against themselves and 22 (65 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits, the report said. (PTI)

15:06 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Tejashwi, 4 ministers of Nitish govt in fray in 2nd phase

The stage is set for the second and, arguably, the most crucial of the three phases of Bihar assembly elections in which over 2.85 crore voters are eligible to decide the fate of nearly 1,500 candidates on Tuesday. Voting will take place on November 3 in 94 assembly segments, more than a third of the 243-strong assembly spread across 17 districts, all of which but three -- Patna, Bhagalpur and Nalanda -- are situated north of the Ganges.

Notable among the candidates is the RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, the opposition Grand Alliance's Chief Ministerial candidate, who has been aggressively trying to cash in on the anti-incumbency factor against the Nitish Kumar government.

The 31-year-old is seeking re-election from Raghopur in Vaishali district which he had wrested back for his party from the BJP's Satish Kumar in 2015. The BJP leader had defeated Yadav's mother Rabri Devi, a former chief minister, in 2010. The BJP has retained its trust in Satish Kumar, hoping that the giant killer will be able to do a repeat of 2010 when, like this time, JD(U) president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was with the NDA.

Tejashwi's elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav is trying his luck from Hasanpur in Samastipur district, shifting his base from Mahua in Vaishali. (PTI)

14:38 (IST)02 Nov 2020
22 min on the trot, 11th rally of day, behind Tejashwi pace lies a plan

Senior RJD strategists say there is a common theme to the Tejashwi rallies, re-inforcing the RJD’s “thaka (tired)” description for CM Nitish Kumar. “The running to the stage, the youthful energy are in sharp contrast to the conventional Nitish Kumar or BJP rally. The idea is to show Tejashwi as a young man with energy,” says an RJD leader.

Read more from Dipankar Ghose's report on Tejashwi's campaigning trail

14:30 (IST)02 Nov 2020
In seat once represented by Lalu, murder accused queers son’s development pitch

Despite attempts by the Nitish Kumar-led NDA alliance to rake up poor law and order during the 15-year regime of Lalu Prasad, the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan has so far managed to keep its campaign focused on development politics and Tejashwi Yadav’s promise of 10 lakh jobs for the state’s youth. However, the Danapur contest — where sitting BJP MLA Asha Devi Sinha is taking on the RJD’s Ritlal Yadav, one of the men accused of murdering her husband Satyanarayan Sinha in 2003 — threatens to muddle that script.

Ritlal, who faces 33 cases of murder, attempt to murder, extortion, and is also charged under provisions of the Arms Act, was jailed in 2010 in a murder case. He has been acquitted in eight of these cases, and is out on bail.

In her campaign this time, Sinha is reminding people of her husband’s murder and asking them to vote for ‘peace’. “I am only telling people about aman-chain (peace, law and order) . While the constituency has issues such as water-logging, the main concern is to keep a politician like Ritlal at bay. In this election, I am contesting against my husband’s alleged killer,” Sinha said at a meeting in Danapur on October 31.

13:47 (IST)02 Nov 2020
'From where will they bring jobs': Yogi Adityanath's jibe at opposition

UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses a public rally in Balmiki Nagar, West Champaran. “Be it Congress or RJD, they only know how to cheat people. They’ve been dividing the society on the basis of caste, region & religion. Don’t expect them ever to unite people,’ he said. "Those who looted jobs of youth for the benefit of their family, how're they even promising jobs now, from where they'll bring the jobs? When they were in power, let alone provide food to the poor, they even digested fodder of animals, who can't say a word," he said.

13:25 (IST)02 Nov 2020
All work, or only play? The sum total of the job math playing out in Bihar election speeches

The Grand Alliance’s CM candidate has promised 10 lakh government jobs in the “very first Cabinet with my very first signature” After raising questions regarding Tejashwi’s promise, the BJP somewhat diluted the charge by vowing in its manifesto to create 19 lakh jobs. As the BJP put it, its promise was not about “giving jobs” but “creating them”. Several figures are being thrown about as the Bihar polls come to hang on the lack, and promise, of jobs. Here are some of them.

13:00 (IST)02 Nov 2020
'Everyone is playing politics': Chirag Paswan on Manjhi's letter demanding probe into Ram Vilas Paswan's death

Chirag Paswan slammed Manjhi saying he should be “ashamed” and that “everyone is playing politics.” “Those who're talking such things about a son should be ashamed of themselves. I've told Manjhi Ji about my father's serious condition over phone, yet he never came to see my ailing father. The way Manjhi Ji is talking about my father now, why didn’t he show so much concern about him when he was hospitalised? Everyone is playing politics over a dead person now, why no one bothered to visit him when he was alive?” he asked

12:58 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM demands probe in Ram Vilas Paswan’s death

Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding an investigation into the death of Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) patron Ram Vilas Paswan. In the letter, HAM raised several questions and pointed at his son Chirag Paswan’s role. “There are several doubts that bring his son Chirag Paswan in question,” reads the letter.

12:43 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Other side of APMC repeal: Bihar farmers want mandis, ‘like Punjab’

In 2006, Nitish Kumar’s government showed the way by repealing Bihar’s Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act and allowing crops to be freely traded outside the state’s regulated mandis. But 14 years on – when the Narendra Modi government at the Centre has enacted a law dismantling the monopoly of APMC mandis all over India and Nitish Kumar is seeking a fourth full term as chief minister – farmers in Bihar aren’t impressed. “Hamein yahan sarkari mandi aur MSP par khareed dono chahiye (We want both APMC and MSP-based procurement here),” says Bhubaneswar Yadav, who farms 10 acres at Tulsitol village in Balia block of Begusarai district. Click here to read more.

12:18 (IST)02 Nov 2020
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav's line-up for the day

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav's line-up for the day. The 31-year-old is seeking re-election from Raghopur in Vaishali district which he had wrested back for his party from the BJP's Satish Kumar in 2015. The BJP leader had defeated Yadav's mother Rabri Devi, a former chief minister, in 2010.

12:03 (IST)02 Nov 2020
JD(U), BJP have decided to work together: Nitish Kumar

"Everyone knows about the condition of Bihar during the regime of Lalu Prasad Yadav. People will vote for the good work I did during my regime. It doesn't matter whether we get more seats or BJP does. We approximately have equal seats. Both the parties have decided to work together," Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said. 

BJP chief JP Nadda (right) at a roadshow in Hajipur. (Source: Twitter/JP Nadda)

BJP President JP Nadda on Saturday asserted that NDA ismoving towards a historic  victory in Bihar. At a roadshow in Hajipur, attacking the opposition, Nadda said: " The public has once again made up its mind to teach a lesson to those doing politics of lies, loot, fear and corruption. "

Meanwhile, in his latest attack on Nitish Kumar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav alleged that 60 scams worth Rs 30,000 crore have taken place under the chief minister's term till date. He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself counted 33 of the total five years ago when the BJP and JD(U) were not in alliance during the 2015 assembly polls. "The scams are related to paddy, toilet construction and scholarships," he tweeted.

In other news, observers have not recommended reelections in any of the 71 seats that went to polls in the first phase of the Bihar assembly elections on October 28, sources in the Election Commission told news agency PTI on Friday. State Chief Electoral Officer H R Srinivas, in his report based on inputs provided by returning officers and district election officers, said that repolling was not required in any of the seats, they added.

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