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Bihar Election HIGHLIGHTS: NDA is moving towards a historic victory in Bihar, says Nadda

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.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2020 8:56:28 am
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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01:28 (IST)01 Nov 2020
LJP chief shares video of Ram Vilas explaining why his son was named Chirag

LJP chief Chirag Pawan has shared a video on Twitter of his father Ram Vilas Paswan explainig why Chirag was named so. "Miss you papa... I’m incomplete without you... Nothing will ever be the same!" Chirag posted along with the video.  

23:34 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Rajnath slams Rahul for 'misleading' claim on China

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for the "misleading" claim that China had intruded "1200 kilometres" into India's territory.
Addressing four rallies in poll-bound Bihar, Singh also tore into the opposition party for having sought "suboot" (proof) of the Balakot air strikes and demanded an "apology" in the wake of Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry's recent statement on the floor of the national assembly.
"Some opposition parties are misleading the people. The leader of the Congress is saying that intrusion has been made into 1200 kms of our territory and the land has been captured. When the fact is, our jawans showed commendable shaurya and parakram (valour) in defending the countrys maan, samman and swabhiman (honour)", said Singh, who spoke in Baikunthpur and Baniapur assembly segments of Gopalganj and Saran besides Maner and Bakhtiyarpur in rural Patna. PTI

21:45 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Bihar election updates: 3 things you need to know about Bihar polls today

From BJP's jibes at Tejashwi Yadav's educational qualifications to the RJD attacking the government over potato prices to the strange loneliness of Nitish Kumar, all you need to know about Bihar polls today

21:28 (IST)31 Oct 2020
EC show causes 104 candidates for not publishing their criminal records

The EC has showcaused 104 candidates who were in the fray in the first phase of polling for the assembly in Bihar for their failure to publish/broadcast even for once their criminal records in newspapers and electronic media, state chief electoral officer said. As per the Supreme Court order and Election Commission guideline a poll contestant is required to publish/broadcast information about their criminal antecedents, convicted or pending, thrice in newspapers and electronic media during campaigning, Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) Sanjay Kumar Singh told reporters here. Out of 1066 candidates who contested the 71 assembly seats in the first phase of polling held on October 28, 327 candidates have criminal antecedents. A total 104 of them did not abide by the guidelines and the SC order.

19:24 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Sanjay Raut: Won't be surprised if Tejashwi Yadav becomes Bihar CM

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Saturday that he would not be surprised if the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav became chief minister after the Bihar Assembly polls. Speaking at an event organised by the Pune Union of Working Journalists, Raut said all eyes are on ongoing elections in the northern state. 'There is a youngster who does not have any support, andinvestigation agencies like CBI and ED are hounding him. He is challenging the Union government as it is suppressing opposition parties,' the Sena leader said, referring to Tejashwi. 'Therefore, I will not be surprised if he became the chief minister of Bihar,' Raut added.

19:10 (IST)31 Oct 2020
BjP chief JP Nadda hold roadshow in Hajipur

BjP chief JP Nadda hold roadshow in Hajipur.

16:55 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Some maybe seeing fatigue with Nitish but voters will prefer his experience over Tejashwi: Choudhary

A section of voters may have a sense of fatigue following the nearly 15-year rule of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, but people will still opt for his experience and "unblemished" track-record over the opposition alliance's chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav, Bihar JD(U) working President Ashok Choudhary has said. Speaking to PTI, Choudhary, a confidant of Kumar and a Dalit face of the party, also underlined the JD(U)'s opposition to any move to bring Lok Janshakti Party back in the ruling National Democratic Alliance after the Bihar polls, saying its president Chirag Paswan will not be welcome after all he has said against Kumar.

15:31 (IST)31 Oct 2020
In BJP bastion Bhagalpur, a contender: ‘unguided missile’ LJP

Going to polls on November 3, Bhagalpur is one of the five Assembly seats being contested by the BJP where the LJP, which has exited the NDA in Bihar, has fielded candidates. While LJP chief Chirag Paswan is seen as propped up by the BJP to undermine Nitish, in Bhagalpur, this might boomerang on the BJP. While the BJP candidate is its district president Rohit Pandey, a Brahmin, the Congress’s Ajit Sharma, the sitting MLA, is a Bhumihar, and the LJP has fielded Bhagalpur Deputy Mayor Rajesh Verma, a Marwari. A largely urban constituency, Bhagalpur is dominated by Banias, Brahmins, Marwaris and Muslims.

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14:00 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Bihar Elections means to get rid of unemployment, says Tejashwi Yadav

Sharing a video clipping of his rally in Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav tweeted: "This is not only for the elections but also to get rid of unemployment. We need your support to make Bihar free from unemployment. The NDA has deployed 30 helicopters behind him but I have alone managed to make my helicopter into a tractor. Now, you be ready at the booth." 

12:57 (IST)31 Oct 2020
RJD and Congress are 'Gappu' and 'Pappu': Ashwini Choubey

Besides this, Choubey also termed the coalition of the RJD and Congress as 'Gappu' and 'Pappu'. "The people of Congress-RJD alliance are Gappu and Pappu and will only give 'lappu'.. that means making false tall promises and people should be aware," he said.

12:55 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Tejashwi can't even spell 'Cabinet': Ashwini Choubey

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ashwini Choubey took a dig at RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav over a spelling mistale. "That person who doesn't understand the issue and couldn't even clear class 10th exam is criticising Nitish Kumar who is a qualified engineer. He cannot even write the spellong of Cabinet. His father's cabinet decision that one lakh jobs will be provided but he collected money from them and the applications for the jobs are still there in the dustbin," the minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

12:42 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Won't be surprised of Tejashwi becomes Bihar Chief Minister tomorrow: Sanjay Raut

Speaking on Tejashwi Yadav's efforts during the polls, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut today said: "He is a young man without any support, whose family members are in jail while the CBI and Income Tax departments are behind him. He is challenging everyone in a state like Bihar. I won't be surprised if he becomes the chief minister tomorrow." On the poll panel's decision that the saffron party had not violated the poll code by offering free vaccines if voted to power, Raut said: "The Election Commission of India is a branch of the BJP, so you can not expect anything else from them." 

12:01 (IST)31 Oct 2020
BJP takes swipe at Tejashwi Yadav for tweet on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

The BJP today took a dig at RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav for his tweet on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. "I humbly pay my rich tributes to the great 'Iran Man' of India, the man with unparalleled resolve who unified the whole Nation after Independence, Bharat Ratna Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on his birth anniversary! #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel," Tejashwi had tweeted. Responding to this, the saffron party said: "Instead of writing 'Iron Man', you have written 'Iran Man'. Is this the way you will remember him?" 

11:56 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Nitish Kumar highlights his development work

While referring to news reports, Kumar said: "The people of Bihar can notice the development made in the state through the supply of tap water, uninterrupted power supply, solar lights, the rule of law, good governance among other works. We are committed to the all-round development of Bihar and our goal is to make the state developed." 

11:43 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Watch: Nitish Kumar addresses rally in Bhagalpur
11:28 (IST)31 Oct 2020
List of BJP rallies today
10:52 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Tejashwi Yadav to hold 17 rallies today

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav will address 17 rallies at different locations -- Sitamadhi, Motihari, East Champaran, West Champaran, Gopalganj, Siwan, Saran and Vaishali -- today. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the other hand, will hold six rallies in four districts today.

10:23 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'60 scams under Nitish rule, PM Modi counted 33 five years ago': Tejashwi

In his latest attack on Nitish Kumar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday 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.

09:53 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Nadda to hold road show in Hajipur today

BJP chief J P Nadda is scheduled to hold a massive road show in Hajipur today.

06:15 (IST)31 Oct 2020
BJP vaccine promise not a violation of poll code, says EC

The BJP’s promise of free Covid-19 vaccine to the people of Bihar in its election manifesto is not violative of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), the Election Commission (EC) has said in its decision on a complaint filed against the announcement last week.

The EC’s clean chit came in response to a representation by RTI activist Saket Gokhale, alleging that the announcement was a gross violation of the Union government’s powers, and an attempt to mislead voters, given that the vaccine policy is not decided yet.

The EC had taken the same stand on a complaint received during the Lok Sabha elections last year against the Congress’s NYAY scheme that guaranteed a minimum income of Rs 6,000 per month, or Rs 72,000 a year, for 25 crore people. Read full story here

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Meanwhile, Left parties in the state slammed PM Modi for 'jungle raaj' jibe at RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. At a press conference which was addressed jointly by secretary generals of CPI(M) and CPI, Sitaram Yechury and D Raja respectively, besides CPI(ML) politburo member Kavita Krishnan, the leaders alleged that the epithet "rule of the jungle" was more apt for the administration in adjoining Uttar Pradesh headed by firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath.

"When the prime minister was using the expression 'jungle raj ke yuvraaj', I was left wondering if he had Yogi Adityanath's UP in mind. Where else can such a description be more apt than the state which saw the entire government machinery saving the culprits of the Hathras gang-rape and murder case," Krishnan said.

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Meanwhile, the Congress on Thursday hit back at BJP chief J P Nadda over his swipe at Rahul Gandhi and asked why the BJP brought up Pakistan every time there was an election in the country. Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said it seems the BJP chief has decided to contest elections in Pakistan and that is why he is watching Pakistani TV channels and talking about the neighbouring country at a time when elections are being held in Bihar.

"The Congress party stands with the Indian Army and will continue to be so. But, the question is why does BJP remember Pakistan when elections come? Why is it that the moment elections come, you remember Kashmir or 'shamshan versus kabristan'?" he told reporters.

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"This KPK (Kashmir, Pakistan, Kabristan) model will not work anymore. What will work is good governance, employment, safety and security of women. KPK model is gone, now it is only RRR (rozgaar, rozgar, rozgaar (employment) model on which we are contesting this election," he added.

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First published on: 30-10-2020 at 11:26:39 am