In an unprecedented development, a team of Income Tax officials arrived at Congress’ office in Patna to serve a notice after money was allegedly recovered from a vehicle parked outside their compound. Reacting to the development, Congress’ ally RJD said it clearly shows that the BJP-JD(U) combine have accepted their defeat in the state elections.
The BJP in Bihar on Thursday released its poll manifesto for the upcoming Assembly elections with a special focus on the distribution of free coronavirus vaccines and 19 lakh jobs for all. The opposition RJD, however, sought to know if Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who announced a series of promises at the party headquarters in Patna, had anything on offer to accord Bihar special status.
Meanwhile, political parties have intensified their campaign with the first phase of voting less than a week away. Earlier in the day, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav shared a caricature of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, saying that the duo had cheated the people of the state despite being given multiple chances to develop Bihar.
On Wednesday, taking a severe view of crowded rallies held recently in Bihar, the Election Commission warned political parties of action if its instructions on maintaining crowd discipline and taking Covid-related precautions during campaigning are violated again.
With 7.3 crore voters, the elections in Bihar is not only the first major electoral exercise in India since the Covid-19 outbreak, but also the largest anywhere in the world so far. The elections are scheduled to be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7. The counting of votes will take place on November 10.