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Another engineer found murdered in Bihar; BJP says return of ‘jungle raj’ in state evident

Nitish Kumar-led government has come under sharp criticism from the opposition parties post the murder of two engineers in Bihar’s Darbhanga district.

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Tejaswi Yadav named leader of RJD legislature party

Tejaswi Yadav, chosen as the party chief over his mother, Rabri Devi.

Tejaswi Yadav

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Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav was chosen as the leader of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislature party at a meeting held at Patna.Meanwhile, former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi has been named as the leader of RJD Legislative Council.RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had nominated the names of Tejaswi and Rabri for the posts during party’s first legislature party meeting held on November 13.Tejaswi, who has also been given the charge of three portfolios in the Nitish Kumar-led government, on Sunday, said that he would leave no stone unturned for development of Bihar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will leave no stone unturned for development & to increase the value of Brand Bihar, so that @NitishKumar can be proud of me as his deputy,” he tweeted.

Bihar: Tejaswi Yadav takes charge as PWD Minister

“We had told people that we want to see Bihar as a modern state. My department is related to infrastructure, I will focus on improving road connectivity and it should reach even remotest of the villages. We have to increase the pace of road development,” he told media.

Tejaswi Yadav

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejaswi Yadav took charge as Bihar’s PWD Minister in Patna on Monday.Post taking the office, Tejaswi emphasised that development of Bihar is his priority.”We had told people that we want to see Bihar as a modern state. My department is related to infrastructure, I will focus on improving road connectivity and it should reach even remotest of the villages. We have to increase the pace of road development,” he told media.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will sit with the officers and discuss with them about the ongoing projects, funds, and then chart out a plan for future. Development of Bihar is my priority,” he added.Tejaswi, on Friday, was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and was also given additional charges of three portfolios in the new cabinet.Lalu Prasad Yadav’s other son Tej Pratap Yadav has also been allocated three ministries in the Nitish Kumar-led Cabinet.In a grand event on Friday, Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fifth time at the Gandhi Maidan.Lalu’s sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav also took oath as ministers of Bihar.

Congress eyes Speaker’s post in Bihar Assembly

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) had after a meeting on November 14 in Patna authorised party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul to chose a CLP leader and also take a decision on whether to join the Kumar-led government.

The dominant view in the party is that Congress should participate in the government in the state

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Congress is eyeing the Speaker’s post in Bihar Assembly along with ministerial berths amid clear indications that the party will participate in the new government led by Nitish Kumar, who is set to take oath on November 20. The Grand Alliance of JD(U)-RJD-Congress trounced the BJP-led NDA in Bihar in the polls, winning 178 of 243 seats. Kumar is the chief ministerial face of the combine. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is meeting all the 27 newly-elected party MLAs and five MLCs on November 19 to discuss the issue of participation in government and other related matters. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Legislature Party (CLP) had after a meeting on November 14 in Patna authorised party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul to chose a CLP leader and also take a decision on whether to join the Kumar-led government. The Congress Vice President, who has been hailed as “architect” of the Grand Alliance by the Congress, had already held confabulations in this regard with AICC General Secretary In-charge for Bihar, C P Joshi and Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Choudhari on November 13. Sources say that the party could pitch former CLP leader Sadanand Singh to be made the Speaker in the new dispensation. The dominant view in the party is that Congress should participate in the government in the state, where it is out of power since 1989 in the wake of ‘Mandal’ and ‘Mandir’ surge. The party was once a dominant force in the state. The view is that the victory in 27 seats this Assembly polls has enthused the party cadres and participation in the government will serve as a further morale booster for the party. However, a few members also feel that the party can achieve its objectives better by supporting the Kumar government from outside than by joining it. A party leader speaking on the condition of anonymity said that past experiences show that Congress participation in government headed by other parties have damaged it. Congress had contested the 2005 Assembly polls in the then undivided Bihar alone and won 23 seats out of 324 it had contested. When the state was bifurcated, Congress was left with 12 MLAs in Bihar and 11 went to Jharkhand.After a stint in the RJD-led government it won nine seats out of 243 it contested in 2005, while in the 2010 elections, it put up its worst-ever performance, managing only four seats. When asked whether Congress should participate in Nitish Kumar government or not, party General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed, a senior leader from Bihar who was a minister from Congress in the RJD-led government in the past, said,”My personal view is that we should participate in the government.”He was, however, quick to add that a decision on the issue will only be taken by the general secretary in-charge concerned for the state and PCC chief Ashok Chowdhury. It is not yet clear whether Sonia or Rahul will attend the oath-taking ceremony as party managers’ only refrain is that Congress leaders will attend the event.

After thumping victory in Bihar polls, Nitish-led government to take oath on 20 Nov

After a landmark victory in the recently-concluded Bihar elections, the Nitish Kumar-led government is likely to take oath on 20 November, NDTV has reported.

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The oath-taking ceremony is slated to take place at the iconic Gandhi Maidan in Patna, according to a report by India Today.

Nitish Kumar will take oath as the Bihar chief minister along with a 35-member council of ministers after the Chhath festival, which will be celebrated in the third week of November, a JD(U) leader has said.

According to leaders of the Grand Alliance, there will be 16 ministers from Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, 15 from the JD(U) and five from the Congress.

The RJD emerged as the single largest party with 80 assembly seats, followed by the JD(U) with 71 and the Congress with 27.

With inputs from IANS

Bihar elections 2015: Result a sign of transformation, says Ashok Chavan

The Congress workers celebrated the victory of Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad Yadav combine at party’s headquarters at Tilak Bhavan in Dadar.

Terming the Bihar election result a defeat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress state unit president Ashok Chavan on Sunday said the victory for the Nitish Kumar-led mega-alliance was indicative of political transformation in the country. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), meanwhile, issued a press release following the results.The Congress workers celebrated the victory of Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad Yadav combine at party’s headquarters at Tilak Bhavan in Dadar. Chavan pointed out that soon after BJP came to power, the country witnessed an increasing intolerance. He said writers, poets and artists were returning their awards to protest against this growing intolerance. He added that Bihar results have shown that not only artists or intellectuals, but even the common man is annoyed with this atmosphere.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chavan said Congress greatly contributed to the mega-alliance’s victory, as the party improved its performance in Bihar. He said the Congress strength in Bihar assembly growing from 4-24 would strengthen the campaign launched by party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Bihar Elections 2015: Trends show neck and neck fight between NDA and Mahagathbandhan

According to early trends that are coming, some channels are showing BJP-led NDA ahead in Bihar Assembly election results, while some are giving edge to Mahagathbandhan.

According to early trends that are coming, some channels are showing BJP-led NDA ahead in Bihar Assembly election results, while some are giving edge to Mahagathbandhan.While some channels showed the saffron alliance almost sweeping the polls, some others also showed a much closer fight.On NDTV, NDA was shown to be ahead in 107 seats against 74 trending towards the grand alliance out of a total of 186 seats, projection for which was available out of the 243 seas.ABP showed the NDA ahead in 85 while the Nitish Kumar-led alliance ahead in 75 seats out of 165.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trends suggested that the contest has boiled down to BJP-versus JD-U fight, with both parties doing much better than their allies.Lalu Prasad-led RJD appeared to be suffering heavy losses, according to the initial trends.Meanwhile, Celebration outside BJP Office in Patna after early trends show NDA leading.Among the NDA allies, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha (Secular) appeared retaining some ground but other allies like Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP and Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP were shown performing poorly.

BJP confident of winning Bihar elections: Prakash Javadekar

Counting of votes in the high-stakes close-to-call Bihar assembly elections, billed as a hot battle between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, will take place tomorrow.

BJP on Saturday expressed confidence of victory in the Bihar assembly poll for which vote counting would be taken up tomorrow and claimed people have voted for the development agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”We are absolutely sure of our win in Bihar. Women have voted in large numbers. Poor want development and they have confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. “Different exit polls have come but they are not exact polls. In less than 24 hours, we will know the exact poll. We should wait for it,” Union Minister and senior BJP leader Parkash Javadekar told reporters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Counting of votes in the high-stakes close-to-call Bihar assembly elections, billed as a hot battle between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, will take place tomorrow. The counting for the 243 seats of the assembly will begin at 8 AM and the verdict for a majority of seats is expected by the early afternoon. Most of the exit polls have predicted a close contest between the BJP-led NDA and the grand alliance of JD(U)-RJD- Congress with a slight edge to the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led grouping. Referring to the win of some of the BJP candidates in Kerela civic polls, Javadekar said that the politics in the state is changing and BJP has become an important factor in it even as he expressed confidence of performing much better in the forthcoming Assembly elections.He said that the party is happy that the Kerela voter has come out of “jinx” and has preferred BJP at many places as he referred to the victory of BJP candidates from Thiruvantapuram and Trisur in the civic polls. “We were absolute zero but our numbers have swelled to a very recognizable figure. This is the indication of shape of things which is coming in Kerela. Kerela politics is changing forever and BJP will become an important factor,” he said.

Bihar polls 2015: Lalu Prasad denounces PM Modi’s Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package, calls it ‘political jumla’

The package was announced solely to provide political mileage to BJP during the coming Bihar assembly poll, he claimed and asserted that the people of Bihar will see through the design and give a befitting reply.
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Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad denounced the Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, calling it a “political jumla” and different from special status which he had earlier promised. He also questioned the timing of the announcement.”Modi had promised special status to Bihar one and a half year ago during the Lok Sabha poll campaign. The central government must understand the difference between special status and special package. It is like another political ‘jumla’ (saying) for the people of Bihar, which will have no impact,” Prasad said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RJD leader said the state was poll-bound and waiting for the announcement of election dates. Declaring special package at this juncture raised suspicions about the motive of the Centre.”In such a scenario, the timing of the announcement of special package is totally suspicious and shows the bias of Modi government at the Centre against Bihar. Why he did not give it 15 months ago when he became PM ? It would have been beneficial for the state,” Prasad quipped.The package was announced solely to provide political mileage to BJP during the coming Bihar assembly poll, he claimed and asserted that the people of Bihar will see through the design and give a befitting reply. He equated the package announced by Modi at his meeting at Ara with his poll promise to bring back black money.”The special package is the same like the deadly assurance Modi gave about bringing back black money and depositing Rs 15 lakh in everybody’s bank accounts.” The RJD chief, who has joined hands with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) to check BJP in the coming assembly polls, asked the Prime Minister to make public the finer details of the special package to Bihar.”The Prime Minister must reveal the details, technicalities, terms and conditions of the so called package. He also should tell when and how, the money promised will be released,” he added.

Bihar reeling under ‘jungle-raj’ since 15 years: Amit Shah

“Modiji wants electricity, water and employment opportunities to reach each and every village of Bihar. The NDA Government wants the development and progress in the eastern part of the country,” he added.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Sunday launched a blistering attack on the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government, saying the state has been reeling under jungle-raj for the past 15 years. “There was a jungle-raj in Bihar for over 15 years. Today is 9th August, the day when Gandhi ji gave the slogan of ‘Angrezo Bharat Chhodo’ (Quit India). People of Bihar must also take a pledge today that jungle-raj should quit Bihar and that an NDA Government be formed here,” he said while addressing a rally in Gaya.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP president further said that the NDA Government wanted development and progress in the eastern part of the country. “Modiji wants electricity, water and employment opportunities to reach each and every village of Bihar. The NDA Government wants the development and progress in the eastern part of the country,” he added. The BJP, which along with its allies had won 31 of the 40 seats in Bihar in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, is set for a battle against a united Janata Parivar comprising of the JD (U) and RJD.

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