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Bihar Election 2020 Highlights: BJP has no links with LJP, Chirag Paswan trying to create confusion, says Javadekar

"After the election of PM Modi, the political culture has changed. Now, leaders have to show their work report card," BJP chief J P Nadda said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi, Patna | Updated: October 17, 2020 9:51:16 am
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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday clarified that the BJP has no links with LJP and said he is confident that their alliance with JD(U), HAM-S and VIP will win 3/4th of the Assembly seats in Bihar polls. Alleging that Chirag Paswan is only trying to create confusion by making misleading statements, Javadekar said his efforts will not bear any fruit. In an interview with The Indian Express, Paswan had said the fight between the LJP and the BJP is a friendly one. “If the BJP wins, we will hail it. If we win, we will support the BJP. I want to see a BJP-led LJP government in Bihar,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold 12 rallies in poll-bound Bihar, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, who is overseeing the party’s election preparations, said on Friday. “On the 23rd, Modi will hold rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur. On the 28th, he will first visit Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Patna,” he added.

BJP president J P Nadda, who is scheduled to hold three rallies today, spoke on how the “political culture” has changed ever since Modi came to power. “Before the 2014 elections, political leaders used to accuse each other of inciting hatred, casteism and breaking society, in their speeches. But after the election of PM Modi, the political culture has changed. Now, leaders have to show their work report card,” he told the crowd.

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Bihar Election 2020 Live Updates: CM Nitish Kumar, BJP's J P Nadda to hold public meetings today; PM Modi to hold 12 rallies from October 23. Get latest updates here.

06:25 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Bihar elections: ‘No help ahead of polls, what hope is there for next 5 yrs?’

For the past few months Gudiya Saha has been following the news on actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. “But that will not decide whom I vote for in the elections,” says the 36-year-old who lives in Mumbai’s Versova area with her husband and three children. During the lockdown, says Saha, her electrician husband, like many from the state in the western suburbs of the city, found it very difficult to earn a living. “We had to depend on the ration being distributed. We have no savings left. For me that is a bigger concern than whom to vote for,” says Saha, sitting in her small home in a chawl that has migrant families from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other districts of Maharashtra. Many in the neighbourhood work in the film industry.

06:22 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Chirag only a vote katua, should stop confusing: BJP

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. 

06:21 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Lockdown hardship, job loss: cracks in Nitish home citadel

The larger Harnaut assembly constituency is as close to a Nitish Kumar bastion as they come. It was from here that he won his first assembly election in 1985, on his third attempt, and then again in 1995. For the past three terms, there has been a JDU MLA, Harinarayan Singh, who is contesting the elections again, in a seat that goes to the polls in the second phase on November 3.

On Thursday morning, right next to the blacktopped road, and close to a temple, a group of six elders of the village sit and discuss politics. They are all Kurmi, but believe “only a fool would vote for anyone else” but Nitish Kumar. 

21:39 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Bihar polls: Giriraj Singh calls Congress candidate ‘Jinnah sympathiser’

BJP Begusarai MP and Union minister of state Giriraj Singh on Friday accused the Congress of fielding a “sympathiser” of Mohammad Ali Jinnah from the Jale seat in Darbhanga district, and asked whether the Mahagathbandhan supports the ideology of the Pakistan leader. Singh also supported recent remarks of another Union minister of state from Bihar, Nityanand Rai, a few days ago that the state would become “a shelter for terrorists” if the RJD was voted to power.

Talking to reporters at the BJP office here, Singh said the Grand Alliance should explain its position on the candidature of Maskoor Usmani. “Let us know if the Congress’s Jale candidate, Usmani, supports Jinnah? Will Sharjeel Imam (of Jehanabad origin, who is in jail on, among others, sedition charges), will be the Grand Alliance’s star campaigner?”

20:00 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Chirag creating confusion to save his political existence: Sambit Patra

BJP national spokeperson Sambit Patra too targeted Chirag Paswan for his remarks. "Chirag ji is creating confusion to secure his own political existence," he said.

19:55 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Chirag should not spread illusion nor nurse it: Bhupender Yadav

Senior BJP leader Bhupender Yadav accused Paswan of practising "politics of lies", pointing out that he had been praising the Bihar government in February this year. "Chirag should not either live in illusion or nurse any illusion or spread illusion," Yadav said.

19:51 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Chirag claims he is Modi's 'Hanuman', BJP calls LJP leader 'vote katua'

LJP chief Chirag Paswan asserted on Friday he is Narendra Modi's "Hanuman" and that the prime minister lives in his heart. Paswan's statement came on a day when he was excoriated by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, who called the LJP leader a "vote Katua" (splitter of votes) and accused him of trying to create a confusion by harping on his equations with senior leaders of the saffron party. "The prime minister lives in my heart....I am like his Hanuman. If they (his critics) want, they can prise open my heart and see that. I don't need to use the prime minister's photograph," Paswan said. Paswan faced stinging criticism from Javadekar who said,"We want to make it clear that we have no relations (with LJP), and we do not like this politics of spreading confusion." The LJP is nothing more than "vote katua" and it will not be able to make much impact, he said.--PTI

19:08 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Nirbhaya Trust Gen Secy accuses Cong of ignoring calls to not give Bihar poll tickets to accused of crimes against women

Denied a Congress ticket for the Bihar Assembly polls, Sarvesh Tiwari, the general secretary of Nirbhaya Trust, has accused the party of ignoring calls to not give tickets to people accused of crimes against women, news agency PTI reported. In a letter to Sonia Gandhi, Tiwari said that at a time when the nation has been left in shock by the alleged gangrape and death of a Dalit woman in Hathras, the Congress has given a ticket to Brajesh Pandey, an accused in a rape case. Pandey has been named as the candidate for the Congress from Govindganj, from where Tiwari was also seeking a ticket.

Responding to the accusation, Pandey rejected the charge and alleged that Tiwari was making the allegation as he was sour over being denied a poll ticket in Bihar.

18:52 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Bihar: 70 seats and a big climb for Congress

ON PAPER, apprehension among a section of the Congress of the RJD giving it a bad bargain in the 70 seats allotted to it as part of the Mahagathbandhan, seems to be justified. The constituencies the party is contesting from finally became evident Friday evening when it released its list at the end of some hard-nosed negotiations with the RJD.

Of the 70 seats, the Congress has not won 45 in the last two decades, with 12 won by either the BJP or its ally JD(U). In 18 of the 70, even Congress partner RJD has not won in 20 years. Twenty-three of the seats in the Congress’s share are those it had won last time. It has had to cede four seats that it won in 2015 to allies and has got two constituencies from where the RJD had won. Read full story by Manoj C G

18:45 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Modi changed political culture, report cards have replaced casteist speeches: Nadda in Bihar

Political culture has undergone a drastic change under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with parties and governments presenting their report cards during elections instead of leaders promoting casteism and hatred through their speeches, BJP chief J P Nadda said on Friday. Addressing an election rally here, Nadda also listed out a slew of development measures launched by the Modi government for Bihar. "Before 2014, political leaders used to hurl accusations at each other...they promoted casteism, enmity, and tried to break society through their speeches. Political culture of the country has changed since Narendra Modi came to power. Now they are showing to people the report card of the work they have done," he said. --PTI

17:54 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) releases a list of 26 candidates for 2nd phase of Bihar polls

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) releases a list of 26 candidates for 2nd phase of Bihar polls.

16:36 (IST)16 Oct 2020
BJP has no links with LJP, Chirag Paswan trying to create confusion, says Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday clarified that the BJP has no links with LJP and said he is confident that their alliance with JD(U), HAMS and VIP will win 3/4th of the Assembly seats in Bihar polls, reported PTI. Alleging that Chirag Paswan is only trying to create confusion by making misleading statements, Javadekar said his efforts will not bear any fruit. In an interview with The Indian Express, Paswan had said the fight between the LJP and the BJP is a friendly one. “If the BJP wins, we will hail it. If we win, we will support the BJP. I want to see a BJP-led LJP government in Bihar,” he said.

15:46 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Chirag's party will be left as vote-cutter party: Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday alleged that Chirag Paswan is trying to mislead people by taking names of senior BJP leaders. "Chirag Paswan has chosen a separate path in Bihar, he is trying to mislead people by taking names of senior BJP leaders. We don't have any B or C team. NDA will get three-fourth majority. Chirag's party will be left as a vote cutter party," he said.

14:36 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Watch: Devendra Fadnavis addresses media
13:57 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Nadda highlights efforts of Modi government for welfare of Bihar

Speaking on the contributions of the Modi government for the state, Nadda said: "I want to tell the people of Bihar that not only did Modi give a package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore but also an additional assistance of Rs 40 lakh crore. The people must know about the efforts that have gone into creating these broad roads and developing the education system."

13:12 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Under Modi's rule, leaders have to showcase report card: Nadda

Addressing the gathering, Nadda said: "Before the 2014 elections, political leaders used to accuse each other of inciting hatred, casteism and breaking society, in their speeches. But after the election of PM Modi, the political culture has changed. Now, leaders have to show their work report card." 

13:01 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Watch: Nadda addresses poll rally in Banka
12:34 (IST)16 Oct 2020
PM Modi to hold 12 rallies in poll-bound Bihar

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, who is overseeing the party's poll preparations in the state, told reporters that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold 12 rallies in Bihar this time. "On the 23rd, he will hold rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur. On the 28th, he will first visit Darbhanga, then Muzaffarpur followed by Patna.

12:24 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hits out at RJD

Taking a swipe at the RJD, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "While I was crossing the RJD office, I was trying to find the image of legacy but couldn't see it anywhere. Speaking of legacy will remind us of the loot and corruption days. Can you hide the legacy by hiding the image?"

12:14 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Watch: NDA members address media in Bihar

Days ahead of polling, an analysis of election data has revealed that national parties have registered a steady rise in vote share in Bihar during the last four Assembly elections — almost entirely powered by the BJP. After doubling its vote share, the saffron party is now the only national party to have hit double digits in the state.

For the Bihar Elections, the Congress has also fielded former Bihar Chief Minister Abdul Gafoor’s grandson Asif Gafoor from Gopalganj and AICC secretary ChandanYadav from Beldaur seat in Khagaria. The state youth Congress chief Gunjan Patel has been fielded from the Nalanda seat.

It will be a multi-cornered battle among sitting MLA of the BJP Nitin Navin, Luv and Pushpam Priya, head of a new party called Plurals. The contest becomes more interesting with BJP rebel Sushma Sahu also contesting as an Independent.

Though all four Patna seats, Kumhrar, Patna Saheb, Bankipur and Digha, have BJP MLAs and are taken as pocketborough of the party, Bankipur seat has brought some interest among voters. Pushpam Priya, who declared herself as the CM candidate, chose Bankipur in her bid to attract attention of leading political parties.

The party has re-nominated all its sitting MLAs barring one – Bhorey MLA Anil Kumar. While one MLA had died, another joined the JD(U) last month.

Those MLAs who have been given tickets again include Madan Mohan Tiwari from Bettiah, Amita Bhushan from Begusarai and Ajeet Sharma from Bhagalpur, Vinay Varma from Narkatiaganj, Amit Kumar Tunna from Riga, Bhawana Jha from Benipatti, Abidur Rahman from Araria, Md. Tauseef Alam from Bahadurganj, Abdul Jalil Mastan from Amour, Md. Afaque Alam from Kasba, Shakeel Ahmad Khan from Kadwa, Manohar Prasad Singh from Manihari and Punam Kumari Alias Punam Paswan from Korha. Two MLAs – Ashok Kumar and Vijay Shanker Dubey – have shifted their seats.

Voting for 243 assembly constituencies in the state will be held in three phases–October 28 (71 seats), November 3 (94 seats) and November 7 (78 seats). The counting of votes will take place on November 10.