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Bihar Election 2020 highlights: PM Modi to begin campaigning tomorrow, will address three rallies

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Sanjay Jaiswal are scheduled to address the public in Badh, Nokha and Aurangabad.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi, Patna | Updated: October 23, 2020 10:44:27 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will start campaigning for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state on Friday. PM Modi will address three rallies at Dehri-on Sone (Rohtas district), Gaya, and Bhagalpur.

Meanwhile, taking a swipe at the BJP for promising free Covid-19 vaccination for all in Bihar in their manifesto, RJD tweeted from its social media handle that the vaccine belongs to the country, not the BJP. “The political use of the vaccine shows that they have no choice but to sell their fear of disease and death. Bihari’s are self-respecting, they do not sell their children’s future for a small amount,” it said.

In their manifesto, the BJP promised free coronavirus vaccine, 19 lakh jobs among other things in Bihar. Presenting the saffron party’s manifesto, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the party believes in “fulfilling poll promises.” “As soon as the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto,” she added. “Bihar’s growth will be an integral part of India’s growth,” she said, requesting voters to extend support to the NDA chief ministerial candidate Nitish Kumar.

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.

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BJP releases poll manifesto; Rajnath Singh, Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav Manoj Tiwari among several leaders to hold rallies today;  follow latest updates here

22:35 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Nitish may do another volte face, Chirag cautions the BJP

Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan on Thursday cautioned the BJP that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar might do yet another volte face and re-align with Lalu Prasads RJD which he had dumped a few years ago to return to the NDA. Paswan also alleged that Kumar, who heads the JD(U), "conspired" to make the BJP fight on less than 157 seats, the number it had contested in 2015, and pointed out that the Chief Minister had agreed to field his partys candidates in only 101 constituencies when he was contesting in alliance with his "political guru" the jailed RJD supremo.

"In the last assembly polls, respected@NitishKumar became the Chief Minister with the blessings of respected @laluprasadrjd whom he ditched and again grabbed the chair with the blessings of the Prime Minister", Paswan tweeted. "May he not again rush towards @laluprasadrjd, seeking refuge, after receiving the blessings of @narendramodi", he added.

22:22 (IST)22 Oct 2020
It’s raining jobs — in party manifestos

Jobs have edged out other issues to become a major poll plank ahead of the Bihar Assembly election. Employment generation is the high point in manifestos of all major political parties, besides other promises such as pension schemes, anti-farm law legislation, and even free coronavirus vaccine. On Thursday, the BJP released its manifesto, promising the creation of 19 lakh jobs in the state in the next five years. This would include the hiring of 3 lakh teachers at school, college, and university level, 5 lakh jobs in the IT sector, and 1 lakh jobs in the medical sector.

The BJP’s promise of 19 lakh jobs comes after party leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi targeted the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for promising 10 lakh jobs to youth, asking how will they get extra funds to create new jobs. In a series of tweets, Modi detailed the maths behind the hiring of new professionals, citing that the filling up of these new vacancies would cost the state government an extra Rs 58,415 crore.

21:57 (IST)22 Oct 2020
NDA going to form govt in Bihar with 2/3rd majority: Rajnath

Union minister Rajnath Singh Thursday exuded confidence that the NDA will form a government in Bihar with a two-thirds majority, saying the coalition has fulfilled almost all its promises during its 15-year rule in the state. Addressing three election rallies at Barh (near Patna), Nokha (Rohtas) and Nabinagar (Aurangabad) he attacked the RJD, saying the "lantern era" has ended with every house getting power supply.

Highlighting the centre's pro-farmers approach, he said "Under the Kisan Samman Nidhi, every farmer of the country is being given Rs 6000 as annual income support. Now the money of the Central schemes is going directly to the public. Being the son of a farmer myself, I want to assure you that you will get the Minimum Support Price (MSP)." (PTI)

21:16 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Will present NDA's development agenda before people of Bihar: PM Modi

A day before addressing his first set of rallies in Bihar bound for Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he will present the development agenda of the ruling National Democratic Alliance before the people and seek their support for it. In a tweet, Modi said, "Will have the opportunity to be in the midst of brothers and sisters of Bihar tomorrow. Will address rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur. Will present the NDA's development agenda before people and seek their blessings for the alliance." 

20:31 (IST)22 Oct 2020
JD(U) releases its manifesto; seeks to know from rivals source of money for fulfilling its poll promises

The ruling JD(U) on Thursday released its manifesto for the Bihar polls, promising progressive schemes under second leg of the 'seven resolves' of good governance in the next five years if it returned to power. Apart from outlining its future plans for the development of Bihar,Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led party also referred to poll promises made by the rival Grand Alliance, including approving 10 lakh jobs, and sought to know from where would they manage Rs five lakh crore additional money that will be required for fulfilling their "lofty" announcements.

It also hit out at the Congress, an ally of the RJD in Mahagathbandhan, for announcing that it would review the prohibition laws in force in the state and mocked at it for putting photograph of Mahatama Gandhi in its manifesto but talking about ending laws against liquor consumption, which father of the nation always espoused.

19:20 (IST)22 Oct 2020
One person detained outside Bihar Cong's Patna office after Rs 8.5 lakh recovered from him

A team of Income Tax officials arrived at Bihar Congress' office in Patna to serve a notice to them after money was recovered from a vehicle parked outside their compound. One person detained outside the campus of the office, after Rs 8.5 Lakhs was recovered from him. Congress' Bihar in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil, reacting to the notice, said, "They served notice after money was recovered from a vehicle outside the compound. No money was recovered within the compound. We'll cooperate. 22 kg gold, 2.5 kg silver was recovered from BJP candidate from Raxaul. Why is IT not going there?"They served notice after money was recovered from a vehicle outside the compound. No money recovered within the compound. We'll cooperate. 22 kg gold, 2.5 kg silver was recovered from BJP candidate from Raxaul. Why is IT not going there?: Congress' Bihar incharge Shaktisinh Gohil.

18:55 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Poll temperature set to rise further with Modi, Rahul campaigning tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi are all set to address a series of rallies for their respective alliances in the state tomorrow, with the political temperature set to go up substantially. PM Modi will address three rallies at Dehri-on Sone (Rohtas district), Gaya and Bhagalpur, while Rahul Gandhi will address two rallies at Hisua in Nawada and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district.

17:34 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Nitish Kumar 'Bhishma Pitamah' of corruption: Tejashwi Yadav's jibe

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav slammed the Nitish-Kumar led Bihar government and said that corruption in the state has peaked because of the chief minister. He added that if the RJD comes to power, they will act on corruption done by the present government. "Rs 30,000 crores have been siphoned off from Bihar's coffers. CM Nitish Kumar didn't act as he is the party to all this, that's why we call him Bhishma Pitamah of corruption," he added.

17:22 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Explained: What role do Left parties play in the Bihar poll maths?

While both the CPI and CPM have supported the RJD and Lalu Prasad in the past, it is for the first time that the CPI (M-L) has joined the Grand Alliance in Bihar. Of the 29 constituencies handed to the Left parties in the state elections this year (the RJD is contesting on 144 seats and the Congress on 70), the CPI (M-L) will contest on 19 seats, and the CPI and CPM on six and four seats respectively. Read more here

17:04 (IST)22 Oct 2020
BJP’s free Covid vaccine promise comes under Opposition fire

The BJP’s promise of providing free Covid-19 vaccination for the people of Bihar in its election manifesto attracted widespread criticism on Thursday with the opposition parties asking whether non-BJP ruled states will get the free vaccine. In the manifesto, released by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the party said, “The NDA government in Bihar has set an example in the fight against novel coronavirus. It is our promise that when a vaccine for COVID is available after clearance from ICMR, every Bihar resident will be given free vaccination.”

Reacting sharply, the Opposition said the promise of a vaccine in an election manifesto shows BJP’s “desperation” and asked whether “Indians who didn’t vote BJP will not get free Covid vaccine?” Read more here

16:39 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Bhupesh Baghel hits out BJP over free vaccine promise

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday accused the BJP of politicising public health by promising free COVID-19 vaccine in its manifesto for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections. Baghel also said the poll promise implies that citizens of the states where elections are not being held will have to pay for the vaccine. 

"NDA manifesto says free vaccine for Biharis. This is a poll promise BJP and JDU have made. Note: A Manifesto is a list of promises to be delivered If the govt comes to power then they are politicising health of citizens with #VaccineElectionism," Baghel tweeted. "With this poll promise @bjp4india has implied that the citizens of other non election states will have to pay for the vaccine," the chief minister said in another tweet.

16:33 (IST)22 Oct 2020
BJP's Bhupender Yadav defends vaccine poll promise given by the party

BJP's Bihar elections incharge Bhupender Yadav defended the party's free vaccine promise and questioned why was the opposition upset if they are going with a public health issue. Talking to news agency ANI, he said, "It's an election manifesto. Centre makes vaccines available at a minimum price. We promised our govt in Bihar will make it free of cost. Political parties should be sensitive when it comes to public health. We'll fulfill our promise," he said. "Every political party goes into the election with a manifesto. Someone talks about employment, someone talks about farm loan waiver, someone talks about pucca houses. Why is the Opposition upset if we are going with a public health issue?" he added.

16:09 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Rahul Gandhi slams BJP's vaccine poll promise

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a jibe at the BJP's vaccine poll promise and said to know the covid vaccine strategy, one should look at the state-wise election schedule. He also added that the party will add a hoard of false promises along with it.

16:04 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Congress takes a jibe at BJP's vaccine poll promise: They're deriding Biharis

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Thursday slammed the BJP government's vaccine poll promise and said that the party is "deriding the Biharis". Addressing a press conference, Surejwala said, "In migrant workers crisis, Bihar CM & Deputy CM said they won't let Biharis enter. PM Modi said vaccine can't possibly be made before a year. 1,000 Biharis died due to COVID. Do central ministers care? They're deriding Biharis."

15:14 (IST)22 Oct 2020
JD(U) released it's poll manifesto

Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) releases it's poll manifesto for the upcoming assembly elections in the state.

15:05 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Answer why you didn't give special status to Bihar: Tejashwi takes a jibe at Nirmala Sitharaman

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday took a jibe at Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the centre and asked why Bihar wasn't given a special status till now. Speaking to reporters on BJP's manifesto for the elections, he said, "BJP doesn't have a face for Bihar polls. Finance Minister had to come to release the vision document. Since she's here, Sitharaman Ji should first tell why she never gave a special package & special state status to Bihar."

14:58 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi tests Covid positive

Bihar deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi Thursday afternoon tweeted saying he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Modi has been, over the past few days, campaigning for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections alongside BJP leaders and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Over the past few days, Modi has shared the stage with several party workers and candidates from the NDA. He also held a road show on October 17 in Bhabhua constituency.

14:31 (IST)22 Oct 2020
BJP manifesto for Bihar poll promises 19 lakh jobs, bringing lentils under MSP

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday released the BJPs manifesto for the Bihar assembly polls which seeks to reach out to the youth with the promise of 19 lakh jobs in the next five years and farmers with the assurance of bringing lentils under the MSP regime. Carrying the tagline BJP hai to bharosa hai, the party drew heavily upon the trust enjoyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the masses by virtue of pro-people measures like the Jan Dhan scheme and the Ujjwala Yojana. Bihar is a politically sensitive state. Here people cannot be fobbed off with empty promises. Claims made by parties are likely to be weighed against their past track record. This is where the BJP scores, Sitharaman told a press conference where she released the manifesto.

13:16 (IST)22 Oct 2020
'If only you had delivered': Congress takes swipe at BJP for promising new jobs in manifesto

Taking a swipe at BJP's poll promise of providing 19 lakh jobs to the people of Bihari, the state Congress tweeted: "If you had delivered on the promise of 2 crore jobs earlier, then there would have been no need for fresh 19 lakh jobs."

12:58 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Corona vaccine belongs to country, not the BJP: RJD takes swipe at BJP manifesto

Taking a swipe at the BJP for promising free Covid-19 vaccination for all in Bihar in their manifesto, RJD tweeted from its social media handle that the corona vaccine belongs to the country, not the BJP. 'The political use of the vaccine shows that they have no choice but to sell their fear of disease and death. Bihari's are self-respecting, they do not sell their children's future for a small amount,' it said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the culture and language of election and has forced every party to come before the people with their report cards instead of their caste or identity, BJP president J P Nadda said on Wednesday.

While Nadda lauded Modi for “replacing the Lalten era” — an apparent reference to the RJD’s election symbol lantern — with “report card politics” and asserted the need to have Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to work with PM Modi for Bihar’s development, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called the BJP-JD (U) partnership “superhit” and drew its parallel to the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

Nadda addressed rallies in Betiah and Motihari and stressed that the performance of NDA governments has changed the face of Bihar. “Prior to 2014, nobody presented their report card. People used to speak of their caste in public addresses and ask for votes on the basis of caste and region. In 2014, Narendra Modi changed the character of India’s politics. Now whoever comes will come based on work done in the past.”

On Tuesday, shifting the focus of his election speeches in Bihar from the RJD’s “misgovernance”, BJP president J P Nadda had alleged that the Opposition Grand Alliance in the state is “dangerous” to the country and targeted Congress leaders for their “anti-national” statements.

Terming the Opposition alliance, comprising RJD, Congress and the Left parties, including CPI(ML), as the “tukde-tukde gang (people who want to break India into pieces)” and “urban Naxals” Nadda, in election rallies at Buxar and Arrah, cautioned the electorate that their votes should not cause “disturbances” in the state. “The Opposition alliance is an unholy combination, it is an unnatural alliance. The three do not have any love for the society; they break the society and disturb peace. You should understand this,” Nadda said in Arrah.