“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,” Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced.
The constituency could be a microcosm for the shifting sands of Bihar Election 2020. The RJD won this seat in 2015, but it has gone to ally CPI (M-L) in the Mahagathbandhan alliance that includes the Congress.
Given Bihar's long history of caste and social justice politics, those gauging the Opposition's chances have largely stuck to seeing whether the RJD can expand beyond its core voter base of Yadavs and Muslims.
"I don’t want to talk about caste. But I think people in Bihar vote one way. Even in 2010 (Assembly polls), we (the JD-U and BJP) fought the election together and won 206 seats out of 243. That result is a matter of record," says Sanjay Kumar Jha.
Bihar Water Resource Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha talks about how CM Nitish Kumar, following the lockdown announcement, helped avert a bigger economic crisis in Bihar, and stresses that the skill mapping programme of the JD(U) government will create employment opportunities.
Its residents say that until now, with the village seeing so much work, there has been unanimity among residents, cutting across caste, throwing their weight behind Kumar in polls. But this time, cracks are appearing in that edifice.
Patna is one of the three centres where this exercise is taking place, the other two being Muzaffarpur and Purnea. “On the first day, we created 30,000 kits, on the second 40,000, and on the third (Tuesday) close to 60,000. We need to bring out 5 lakh kits overall from this centre,” Kumar said. He is one of 25 BMSICL officials at the Bhawan round the clock.
The LJP had made an audacious move in Bihar, deciding to go it alone in the state elections. As party founder and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan lay at the Fortis Escorts Hospital, his home was abuzz with ticket-seekers.
Ram Vilas Paswan's death in New Delhi on Thursday, days before Bihar votes in the first phase on October 28, will inevitably cast a shadow on the crucial polls, and have a bearing on almost every political move by the key players.
Bihar Elections 2020: Most see Chirag Paswan as an ambitious politician. He believes that after the generation of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, he needs to position himself for the future as a contender for CM.
As per the Crime In India Report, this decline, however, was largely explained by the drop in cases registered under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act — from 7,127 in 2018 and 7,892 in 2017 to 6,079 in 2019.
The Liberhan Commission, set up in 1992 to probe the Babri Masjid demolition, had, in its report submitted in 2009, pointed to the involvement of senior RSS and BJP leaders, including L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.