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Bihar Election 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Casteist and nepotistic forces have to be defeated, says Yogi at rally

In the 2015 assembly polls, the turnout in the phase one was 54.94 per cent. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the corresponding turnout was 53.54 per cent, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said at the poll panel briefing in New Delhi. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 30, 2020 10:49:07 am
Gaya: People stand in a queue to cast their votes during the first phase of Bihar assembly polls, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Gaya, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Bihar Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Addressing a rally in Siwan in poll bound Bihar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called on the voters to defeat the “casteist and nepotistic forces”. He also mentioned the beginning of construction of a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya, enactment of a law against instant triple talaq and abrogation of provision of Article 370.

A voter turnout of  55.69% was recorded in the first phase of Bihar assembly polls on Wednesday, the Election Commission said in its provisional data. Polling was held 71 assembly constituencies amid tight security and COVID-19 guidelines in place. In the 2015 assembly polls, the turnout in the phase one was 54.94 per cent. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the corresponding turnout was 53.54 per cent, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said at the poll panel briefing in New Delhi. A total of 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar went for polls on Wednesday. The polling began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused PM Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of not doing enough for the development of the state. “Bihar doesn’t have adequate jobs, facilities, and its not your fault. This is the fault of your chief minister and prime minister,” said Rahul addressing a rally in Pashchim Champaran. On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the opposition RJD in Bihar, calling its chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav the “yuvraaj” (crown prince) of “jungle raj” and attacking him over the promise of 10 lakh government jobs.

Earlier in separate rallies in Darbangha, Muzzafarpur, PM Modi invoked Ayodhya’s Ram Temple and targeted Mahagatbandhan’s ‘jungle raaj’.

Read | Alliances to vote banks, all your questions on the Bihar polls answered

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Bihar Election 2020 Live Updates: Voting concludes for the first phase; 52.24% voter turnout recorded till 5 PM. Follow LIVE updates here.

10:16 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Why is Bihar govt or Governor raising questions on Munger incident, asks Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday asked the Bihar government and Bihar Governor why they were not questioning anything over the Munger incident. Talking to reporters, Raut said, "Munger firing incident is an attack on Hindutva. If such an incident were to happen in Maharashtra, West Bengal, or Rajasthan, Governors and BJP leaders would have demanded President's rule. So, why is Bihar Governor & state BJP leaders not raising questions?"

09:00 (IST)30 Oct 2020
For Bihar polls, a manifesto for children, by children

To help shed light on issues related to children of Bihar in this election season, a group of non-profit, non-governmental organisations have conducted interviews with nearly 500 children from the state, including those rescued from trafficking and child labour from major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, and prepared a ‘manifesto’. The document titled ‘Bacche Aage, Bihar Aage’ speaks about children’s issues and their expectations from elected representatives, and has been submitted to political parties.

The manifesto includes demanding an increase in the budgetary allocation for children –– the current state budget has provisions for Rs 3,727 per child, lower than many states. It also states the need for better policies to bring the state on par with the national average on parameters including stunting among children below five years of age, infant mortality rate and literacy. Read more here

08:13 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Interview with Ravi Shankar Prasad

As Bihar prepares for second phase of polling on November 3, Union Minister and the BJP MP from Patna Sahib Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks to The Indian Express about why he believes Nitish Kumar-led NDA will return to power in Bihar, dismisses RJD’s development pitch as populist posturing, asserts BJP has made its position clear on Chirag Paswan, and insists his party will never join hands with the RJD. Read the interview here

07:47 (IST)30 Oct 2020
EC shunts out Munger SP, DM; protests continue over death

On a day the Election Commission of India shifted out Munger District Magistrate Rajesh Meena and Superintendent of Police Lipi Singh over the October 26 violence in which one person was killed and over three dozen people were injured during a Durga procession, fresh protests broke out in the town on Thursday.

Manavjit Singh Dhillon has been named the new Munger SP and Rachna Patil the new DM. The crowd, shouting slogans against Singh, torched two police vehicles and ransacked the Mufassil police station in town. A policeman was injured while trying to control the mob.

Meanwhile, the EC has ordered a probe into the Munger incidents by Magadh Commissioner Asangba Chuba Ao and asked him to submit his report in a week. Sources in the administration said the new DM and SP are likely to posted in Munger in a day or two. Read more here

07:17 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Third front may prove kingmaker with 10% votes

At 60, time could be running out for Upendra Kushwaha. Once seen as Nitish Kumar’s blue-eyed man, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief is now being called a “spoiler” for fronting a platform of six rejects who could not find place in the two main Bihar alliances and who may in the process cut into the Opposition vote.

However, as the first phase of the Assembly polls ends, with the two legs where its chances are brighter beginning now, the Kushwaha-led and ambitiously named Grand Democratic Secular Front (GDSF) is giving it its best shot. Of the 71 seats that voted in the first phase, the six parties that make up the Front — the RLSP, AIMIM, BSP, Suhaldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), former RJD MP Devendra Yadav’s Samajwadi Janata Dal Democratic and Janatantrik Party (Socialist) of Uttar Pradesh — between them campaigned in 62.

The six parties are believed to have the potential to win around 10% of the votes together and may prove kingmaker if the contest is tight. In the 2015 Assembly polls, the RLSP had got over 3.6% of the votes, winning two seats, and the BSP a little over 2%, without winning any. Read the report here

02:01 (IST)30 Oct 2020
'Let's put a stop to NDA govt's oppressive policies': Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot Thursday campaigned for his party's Bankipur candidate, Luv Sinha, the son of actor and politician Shatrughan Sinha. Pilot said for Bihar's 'holistic development', the 'oppressive policies' of the NDA regime need to be stopped.

  

00:07 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Stage collapses at Congress rally

Bihar: Stage collapsed during a Congress rally at Bagahi Deoraj in West Champaran earlier today. Party leaders Imran Pratapgarhi and Akhilesh Singh along with several party workers were present on the stage when it collapsed.



23:32 (IST)29 Oct 2020
'Large crowds came for Grand Alliance’s rallies in 2019 Lok Sabha polls too. What happened?’

Union Minister and the BJP MP from Patna Sahib Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks to The Indian Express about why he believes Nitish Kumar-led NDA will return to power in Bihar, dismisses RJD’s development pitch as populist posturing, asserts BJP has made its position clear on Chirag Paswan, and insists his party will never join hands with the RJD. Read the full interview here

22:05 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Watch: Three things you need to know about the Bihar elections today

From action in Munger firing to Tejashwi Yadav mobbed, three key developments of the Bihar elections today

21:42 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Dismiss Bihar CM, dy CM over Munger firing on devotees: Congress

Stepping up its attack on the JD(U)-BJP government over the Munger firing incident in which a devotee was killed, the Congress on Thursday demanded the dismissal of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, to "ensure the truth comes out and there is no cover-up".

Congress spokesperson Gouvav Vallabh alleged that the firing on devotees, out to immerse Durga idols, was done by the police at the behest of the government, and all those responsible for it, including the district magistrate and the Superintendent of Police should be sacked. He also dubbed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar "nirdayi kumar" (heartless) and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi "nirmam Modi" (ruthless), and said the dispensation in Bihar is not doing 'sushasan' but 'kushasan' (not good governance but misgovernance). PTI

20:36 (IST)29 Oct 2020
55.69 per cent voter turnout in 1st phase of Bihar assembly elections: EC

The first phase of the Assembly elections in Bihar recorded 55.69 per cent voter turnout, the Election Commission said on Thursday.

A total of 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar went to polls on Wednesday in the first of the three-phase elections amid tight security and with COVID-19 guidelines in place.

As compared to corresponding assembly constituencies which went to poll in the 2015 assembly elections and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the turnout this time was higher.

In the 2015 assembly elections, the turnout was 54.94 per cent in the corresponding constituencies. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls -- with the same assembly seats mapped to parliamentary seats -- the turnout was 53.54 per cent. (PTI)

20:10 (IST)29 Oct 2020
‘Defeat Mahagathbandhan’: Asaduddin Owaisi draws thousands in Kishanganj’s Kochadhaman

Addressing a poll gathering in Kishanganj, Owaisi said the JD (U) is now sitting with BJP by its side. “The JDU-RJD alliance deceived you in 2015. Congress and RJD are responsible for this. They will come to you again in the name of Mahagathbandhan, but give them a befitting reply.

“We have forged an alliance in Bihar with Kushwaha as our CM candidate. We hope Bihar will shower blessings on the alliance and he will become the CM.”

On talks that it would not help his case if he raised the CAA, Owaisi asked the crowd if he should speak about this. The crowd responded with a resounding ‘Yes’. Read this report by Wali Ahmad

19:21 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Terrorism wiped out from Kashmir, now it s turn of Naxalism from entire country: Yogi

After ending terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, it's time to wipe out Naxalism from across the country, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said here Thursday.

In the ongoing Bihar polls, he attacked the opposition Grand Alliance for allegedly trying to bring "jungle raj" in the state once again.

Addressing an election rally at Daraunda here, the BJP star campaigner mentioned the beginning of construction of a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya, enactment of a law against instant triple talaq and abrogation of provision of Article 370.

Coming back to Bihar, he said "Who had created the jungle raj situation? These casteist and nepotistic forces have to be defeated". (PTI)

19:04 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Fresh violence erupts in Munger as agitated residents torch two police vehicles; EC orders removal of DM, SP

Fresh protests erupted in Bihar’s Munger Thursday against the district administration even as the Election Commission shifted out District Magistrate Rajesh Meena and Superintendent of Police Lipi Singh in the wake of the violence that broke out during Durga idol immersion late Monday night.

The agitated crowd, comprising mostly youth, torched two police vehicles parked outside Puravsarai outpost. The protesters shouted slogans against now shifted-out SP Lipi Singh for her failure to control the violence, which left one person dead and over three dozen people injured. Prohibitory orders have been imposed under CrPC section of 144.

Meanwhile, the EC ordered a probe into the Munger violence by Magadh Commissioner Asangba Chuba Ao and directed him to submit his report within a week. Read more

18:20 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Bihar elections: Kanhaiya Kumar holds rally in Champaran

CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar today held a poll rally in Bihar's Champaran today. 

17:58 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Tejashwi holds massive rally in Raghopur

Tejashwi Yadav holds massive rally in Raghopur.

17:28 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Crowd mobs Tejashwi’s helicopter, RJD raises security concerns

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has asked the Election Commission to strengthen the security cover of Tejashwi Yadav after people hovered close to his helicopter at an election rally. The party also released a video where people, in violation of Covid-19 protocols, could be seen milling around the Leader of Opposition’s helicopter.

In a tweet, party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Kumar Jha urged the EC and Chief Election Officer of Bihar to look into the security of Tejashwi. “In spite of repeated requests, we find highly inadequate security arrangements for Tejashwi Yadav in his meetings as well as at helipads as a result of which anti-social elements cause immense trouble and ugly scenes,” he tweeted, attaching a copy of the letter written to CEO Bihar in this regard. Read more

16:18 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Firing on devotees in Munger done at behest of Nitish govt: Surjewala

Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress: "Firing and lathi-charge on devotees of Maa Durga in Munger were done at the behest of Nitish Kumar-Sushil Modi government... There is arson and lawlessness, and Nitish Kumar is to be held responsible." (ANI)

15:40 (IST)29 Oct 2020
RJD writes to EC, complains of inadequate security arrangements for Tejashwi

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has written to the Election Commission Thursday, complaining that the security cover for Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav was "inadequate" after people thronged to his helicopter at an election rally. 

13:07 (IST)29 Oct 2020
UP CM Adityanath campaigns in Bihar's Siwan

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath campaigned in Bihar's Siwan on Thursday. Addressing a public rally, Adityanath said, "15 years ago, some people put Bihar in identity crisis. Recall their 'jungle raj' when corruption was rampant... 6 years ago, choosing PM Modi changed the nature of Indian politics. Now, no poor has religion or caste. Development is for all."

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Bihar Election 2020 LIVE Updates: The campaign so far has been high-voltage, with the NDA seeking to balance two heavyweights – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar – while the Opposition’s charge has been led by the young Tejashwi Yadav. (Click here to follow our full Bihar polls coverage)

Kumar has repeatedly asked voters to recall the “days of jungle raj” under Lalu Prasad, saying that only in the last 15 years under him has the condition of Bihar’s roads, health infrastructure and education improved. In an interview with the Indian Express, JD(U) national spokesperson KC Tyagi also said that Kumar has no rival who can match his credentials and that people are clear in their minds of Nitish alone being the CM face.

Read | What stands between Nitish Kumar and a possible fourth term?

On the other hand, Tejashwi Yadav, the chief ministerial candidate of the Mahagatbandhan, attempted to strike a chord with voters, especially the youth, with a promise of 10 lakh government jobs promise in the RJD manifesto. Massive turnouts and enthusiastic response from the crowds at his rallies have been a surprise for political observers, with many reading it more as anti-incumbency against Nitish than the appeal of Tejashwi and RJD.

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The Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) has largely kept its campaign restricted to Bihar’s local concerns, not responding to the BJP’s efforts to turn the discourse towards national issues.

Express interviewsKanhaiya Kumar  |  Bhupendra Yadav | KC Tyagi | Asaduddin Owaisi

Among the major political parties, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U) is contesting in 35 of the 71 seats, followed by its ally BJP (29), while the opposition RJD has fielded its candidates in 42 and its coalition partner Congress is in the fray in 20 assembly segments.

Key players: Sushil Kumar Modi | Akhtar-ul Iman | Pappu Yadav | Jitan Ram Manjhi

Lok Janshakti Party, headed by Chirag Paswan, is in the fray in 41 seats, which include all the 35 contested by the JD(U), in keeping with the call given by the young party president, who recently pulled out of the NDA in the state, to "dislodge" the chief minister from power.

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Other prominent leaders who have campaigned in the state so far include Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, Congress leaders Raj Babbar and Shatrughan Sinha, BSP supremo Mayawati and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar also joined the campaign, mainly for candidates of the Left parties. Kumar, in an interview, told Indian Express that Bihar elections are not going to be one-sided and there is much anger, especially against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

During the campaign, many prominent leaders fell prey to the Covid-19 infection while campaigning. These included Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and former Union ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Syed Shahnawaz Hussain.

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