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On successful completion of the course, the trainee inmates will be provided certificate as yoga trainer which will help them find a suitable employment after their release.
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The Tihar authorities on Wednesday launched a yoga teachers training course for inmates in an effort towards their rehabilitation after release. The course was launched with 200-odd inmates selected from all the jails of the prison complex, beginning their training under the guidance of 20 trainers of NGO Panchvati Yoga Ashram and Nature Cure Centre.”This is the first-of-its-kind initiative started in any jail in the country to train inmates as qualified yoga teachers,” Director General (Prison) Alok Kumar Verma said, unveiling syllabus and curriculum of the course designed by Panchvati Yoga Ashram.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On successful completion of the course, the trainee inmates will be provided certificate as yoga trainer which will help them find a suitable employment after their release, said Additional IG (Prison) and Tihar spokesman Mukesh Prasad.Tihar had created a record of sorts when over 10,000 of its inmates had participated in a mega yoga session organised on the occasion of World Yoga Day on June 21.”The yoga revolution started at Tihar is going to be a life changing event for a number of inmates,” said yoga guru Ashutosh Kumar of Panchvati Yoga Ashram.
“5,41,939 villages out of total 5,97,608 villages in the country are already covered with mobile services, leaving only 55,669 villages ie. 9.31 per cent without coverage,” the Minister said during Question Hour.
As many as 55,669 villages are still without mobile telephony services, the government told Lok Sabha on Wednesday.Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the current level of rural and urban tele-density stood at 48.79 per cent and 152.36 per cent, respectively, at the end of September.”5,41,939 villages out of total 5,97,608 villages in the country are already covered with mobile services, leaving only 55,669 villages ie. 9.31 per cent without coverage,” the Minister said during Question Hour.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are 5,97,608 inhabited villages.Asserting that the government’s endeavour is to ensure telecom connectivity, Prasad said that since demand for telecom services is price sensitive, the level of tele-density is also determined by the purchasing ability of the consumers.”The increase in rural tele-density has gathered momentum in recent times but the wide gap between rural and urban tele- density can be explained by the difference in purchasing power of rural and urban consumers,” he said.The National Telecom Policy has the set the objectives of increasing rural tele-density to 70% by 2017 and 100% by 2020.Several measures are being taken to improve telecommunication services, Prasad said, adding “2,199 mobile towers are being set up in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states with a total estimated cost of Rs 3,567.58 crore.” He said 1,134 mobile towers are radiating as on November 30, 2015.
There were 19 members in the House at that time, compared to a minimum of 25 needed for quorum.
Lack quorum on Friday forced abrupt adjournment of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.Rajya Sabha, which re-convened at 2.30 pm after repeated adjournments caused by Congress protests, was to take up private members’ bills as is the practice on Fridays. Soon after, most BJP and Congress members moved out of the House as the Bill to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Caste) Order 1950, moved by Vishambhar Prasad Nishad of Samajwadi Party on April 24, came up for voting. At this, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said “if the members do not want to attend and there is no quorum, what can I do?” He then adjourned the House for the day.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There were 19 members in the House at that time, compared to a minimum of 25 needed for quorum. For quorum, there is a need for presence of 10 per cent of members of the total strength of 250 members of a House. The Lok Sabha was also adjourned for the day, a little past 5.30 PM because of lack of quorum when the discussion on a private member bill on Compulsory Voting was in progress. Hukum Narayan Yadav, who was in the Chair, wanted to extend the sitting by one hour as on Fridays the House timings are only till 5.30 pm.He sought the sense of the House to extend the time of the sitting so that the discussion on the bill could continue. Even as most of the members agreed, N K Premachandran of RSP objected, saying that it is being done so that a bill on the rights of transgenders is not taken up. “This is a black day in Indian Parliament… It is totally unfair,” he said, demanding that the bill on rights of transgenders be taken up.Noisy exchanges ensued between the Treasury benches and him. Premachandran then raised the issue of quorum as only around 20 members were present in the House. As per the rules, the Lower House should have at least 55 members, 10 per cent of the total strength of 545 members, present for quorum. Yadav then rang the ‘quorum bell’ and in the next few minutes, nearly ten members walked into the House.However, the number still was well below the quorum, forcing Yadav to adjourn the House for the day.Amid the protests, BJD’s Tatagatha Satpathy, who was supporting Premachandran, said the matter was not a question of Congress or BJP but of a group of citizens. Countering Premachandran, BJP’s Nishikant Dubey said since it is a private member bill, there is no need for a quorum. The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 has been prepared by N K Premachandran (RSP), Udit Raj (BJP) and Baijayant Panda (BJD). During the discussion on bill for Compulsory Voting, members of BJP differed on the practicality of implementing such a measure. Daddan Mishra (BJP) said participation of people was needed for a vibrant democracy and it was possible to introduce compulsory voting in the country. His party colleague Udit Raj said there was a need to educate people and encourage them to participate in the electoral process, though it may not possible to make in compulsory in the Indian context.Ravindra Kumar Ray (BJP) said it was everyone’s duty to strengthen democracy as “there is no alternative to democracy.” Banshilal Mahto (BJP) demanded that there should be compulsory voting and also there should be restriction on independent candidates. Kamakhya Prasad Tasa (BJP) regretted that those who do not vote often throng the elected representatives to take various kinds of advantages by getting close to them.Restrictions should be imposed on those who do not exercise their voting right, he added.Jugal Kishore Sharma (BJP) suggested that there should be a mechanism whereby people who cannot step out, can vote from their homes while citing that many people do not come out to vote fearing terrorists.Another BJP member Raman Deka said making voting compulsory is not impractical and that everyone should exercise their voting rights. Kaushalendr Kumar (JD-U) opposed the bill.
The CJI had on December 10 raised an alarm for Arvind Kejriwal government in the national capital by reminding that Delhi has no state human rights body for last 22 years.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
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Six days after Chief Justice of India T S Thakur pointed to the need of state human rights body in the capital, the AAP government has convened a meeting tomorrow to finalise the names of chairperson and members of Delhi Human Rights Commission.The CJI had on December 10 raised an alarm for Arvind Kejriwal government in the national capital by reminding that Delhi has no state human rights body for last 22 years.In the panel, three candidates – Justice Uma Nath Singh (Chief Justice of High Court of Meghalaya), Chief Justice of Jharkhand (rtd) Bhagwati Prasad and Chief Justice of J & K (rtd) B A Khan – have been proposed for the post of Chairman of Delhi Human Right Commission. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides, government has suggested three names of human rights activists for the member of state human rights body. These names are Raj Mangal Prasad, S C Agarwal and Indu Prakash.Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain has convened a meeting of committee comprising Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Speaker of Delhi Assembly Ram Niwas Goel, Home Minister and Opposition leader in Assembly Vijendra Gupta, tomorrow.”It is a misnomer that human rights violations are not there in cities. It happens in cities also. It is totally unacceptable that Delhi has no state human rights commission for last 22 years,” Justice Thakur had said on the occasion of Human Rights Day here on December 10.
Speaking about Article 370, the Gujarat Governor said while some people say that it is no longer an issue as many central laws are applicable to the state, but added that its various aspects should also be examined.
Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had a “tilt towards ” Sheikh Abduah and a “tilt against” Raja Hari Singh, which played a big role in “complicating” the Jammu and Kashmir issue, Gujarat Governor O P Kohli on Saturday claimed.Kohli said this at the launch of a book ‘Dr Syama Prasad Mookherjee aur Kashmir Samasya’ authored by his daughter, Ritu Kohli. “He tilted very much towards Sheikh Abdullah, while he tilted against Maharaja Hari Singh, which played a big role in complicating the Jammu and Kashmir episode,” he claimed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kohli added that there is need to place the right narration of events before the country, even as he lauded the role played by Syama Prasad Mookherjee. Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh also said that major decisions were taken at that time because of Nehru’s personal inclinations and the “impact is being faced even today”.Kohli further claimed Congress, even after Independence, continued on its policies of “minority appeasement” or “softness towards Pakistan”, and the establishment of a national alternative to Congress, is one of aspects which needs an in-depth examination.Speaking about Article 370, the Gujarat Governor said while some people say that it is no longer an issue as many central laws are applicable to the state, but added that its various aspects should also be examined.Later when asked by reporters to comment on Kohli’s remarks, Deputy Chief Minister Singh said there are certain aspects related to the state’s history on which clarity is needed and some misconceptions are also present.Singh claimed that at the time when country became free from the British rule, all princely states were dealt with by Sardar Patel, while Nehru “only took care of Kashmir”, because of which “questions arise”.It is a big question, why we went to UN and internationalised the Kashmir issue, Singh asked.
The government is also in touch with internet service providers (ISPs) on upgradation of their infrastructure and technology so as to address the shortcomings with regard to identifying and blocking encrypted websites.
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In order to check online child pornography, government has initiated steps to devise a mechanism to access Interpol’s ‘worst-of-list’ through CBI and disable such content on internet.The government is also in touch with internet service providers (ISPs) on upgradation of their infrastructure and technology so as to address the shortcomings with regard to identifying and blocking encrypted websites.”In order to effectively deal with online child pornographic contents, Government has already initiated steps towards devising a mechanism to securely access Interpol’s worst-of-list through Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is the national nodal point for Interpol related activities in the country,” Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He further said that steps are being taken to disable access to such (rpt) such pornographic content on the web with the involvement and co-operation of all stakeholders in the country.The minister said filtering of websites with obscene and objectionable content poses significant technical challenge.”These websites keep on changing names, domain addresses and hosting platforms from time to time making it difficult to filter or block such websites using technical tools available in the market,” Prasad said.Further, he said ‘https’ websites with encrypted content are used to transmit the pornographic content which makes filtering difficult as the data is encrypted.”Therefore, the tools provide filtering to a limited extent only. The tools, in the process may also filter genuine content and degrade the performance of systems,” he said.Prasad added that social networking sites are monitored by the security agencies in order to check or remove objectionable content from websites in consultation with Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-In).”Government is in regular touch with social networking sites, having their offices in India, to disable objectionable content at the source from their websites,” Prasad said.Government has also initiated research and development programmes to deal with technical issues relating to encrypted communications from the point of monitoring and blocking. The Cyber Regulation Advisory Committee (CRAC), which has members from all sections of society including government, industry, civil society and academy, in its meeting held on September 5, 2014 discussed issues relating to availability of pornography material on the internet and filtering of the same by ISPs.CRAC requested Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) to collect and maintain the repository of blacklisted pornography sites from various sources including list of child pornography sites maintained by other countries, Prasad said.
Due to the low pressure over southwest Bay of Bengal rains could be expected at some places in Tamil Nadu and Puduchery, the weather office said.
People being rescued from Chennai floods earlier this week
The low pressure over Bay of Bengal will bring rains to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Sunday, the Regional Meteorological Center said on Saturday, warning of ‘heavy to very heavy rains’ for the two days.Due to the low pressure over southwest Bay of Bengal rains could be expected at some places in Tamil Nadu and Puduchery, the weather office said. There was a possibility of rains in most places in the state and the neighbouring union territory for the next two days with the likelihood of heavy to very heavy rains in some places, it said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Vedaranyam (Nagapattinam) and Adiramapatinam (Tanjavur) received 3 cm and 2 cm of rainfall, respectively. Meanwhile, the inter-ministerial Central team which is touring the state to assess the damage caused by rains and flood will submit its report to the Centre within a week, TVSN Prasad, Joint Secretary in the Union Home Ministry, who is leading the team, said.Related Read: Tamil Nadu rains: A break down of the flood situation in numbers
Prime Minister speaks in Lok Sabha during the second day of winter session on Friday
Skirting replying contentious issues raised by the Opposition during two-day special debate in the Lok Sabha on India’s Constitution to commemorate birth anniversary of its chief architect Dr B R Ambedkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejected contention that his government was denying credit or was undermining the role of leaders like Jawahar Lal Nehru.He sought to refute the Congress charge that all focus on Ambedkar was to undermine contributions of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and claim ownership over all achievements in the country.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Winding up his 63-minute long speech with slogans on “Idea of India” as Satyamev Jayate, Sarva Dharma Bhavo, etc., Modi talked of “India first” as the government’s “Dharma” and the Constitution as the “Dharma Granth” (religious book) but he padded up his “Idea of India” with quotes from the Hindu religious scriptures. Modi started with a clarification that his government’s resolve to celebrate November 26 as the Constitution Day should not be seen as an attempt to undermine January 26.Breaking the charge of rare appearance in Parliament, for the first time, since he was elected, he sat through the full-day debate in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. He, however, disappointed those, expected him to break silence on growing intolerance in the country, the issue raised by Opposition benches led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.He regretted that there is too much stress on the rights guaranteed under the Constitution but not an equal stress on “duty” and gave a call for raising a sense of duty to help the nation grow. He also vowed to work for empowerment of those who did not rise in life for want of opportunity and referred to importance of grievance redressal and justice in this regard.Referring to the single most gift of Ambedkar to workers in terms of an 8-hour work a day, Modi listed some of the steps his government took to help the labour class like raising the minimum pension to Rs 1,000 per month and their provident fund (EPF) account moving with them wherever they go.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan steadfast refused anybody seek clarifications after the PM finished as the last participant in the debate and yet Congress group leader Mallikarjun Kharge could put in record that Rs 1,000 pension was the UPA government’s decision and portability of the PF office to let the worker’s PF account move with him was also its decision, first such office opened in Haryana.He even referred to the resolution Nehru had moved on December 13, 1946 and seconded by Dr Rajendra Prasad on what should be objective of the Constitution. Sonia had referred to this resolution. The PM also repeated her reference to Ambedkar on the Constitution being good or bad depends on those who administer it.Modi said he was not saying it today but he had declared from the Red Fort in his Independence Day speech that the nation has advanced because of the efforts of all past PMs and governments and none can say that the previous governments did nothing. However, last August during his trip to the UAE, while addressing investors, he said: I have inherited great amount of difficulties due to the legacy of my predecessors (UPA). I cannot run away from them.”The Congress leaders said Modi was still silent on the charge of promoting intolerance but they will pin down the government in the coming days by forcing a separate discussion on the growing intolerance in the country.They were, however, quite happy at the resolution moved by the Speaker and adopted by the House as it gave credit to not only Ambedkar but also Nehru, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Azad and other founding fathers of Constitution for their pioneering and monumental role and contribution to give the Constitution to ourselves.
“People who never had faith in the Constitution, nor had they participated in its drafting, are now swearing by it and are laying claim to it.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday targetted the government on issue of intolerance alleging that ideals and principles of the Constitution were under threat and being attacked deliberately.”People who never had faith in the Constitution, nor had they participated in its drafting, are now swearing by it and are laying claim to it.”They are now having a discussion on commitment to it.There cannot be a bigger joke than this,” she said, utilising the discussion in the Lok Sabha on the commitment to the Constitution as part of 125th birth anniversary celebrations of B R Ambedkar to attack the BJP.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: Rajnath Singh attacks Congress on ‘Secularism’ issue, says the word most misused in politicsInsisting that whatever being witnessed over the past few months was “totally against the principles” of the Constitution, she recalled Ambedkar’s warning to hit out at the ruling dispensation, as she sought to highlight the contribution of the Congress in the drafting of the Constitution and in the freedom struggle.She said Ambedkar had observed that howsoever good a Constitution may be, if those implementing it were bad people, then the utlimate effect would only be bad.At a time when BJP is seeking to appropriate the legacy of Ambedkar, Gandhi also utilised Ambedkar’s praise of the Congress for its contribution in the drafting of the Constitution, indicating that the Congress could lay the rightful claim on the document.Gandhi said Ambedkar had said at that time “I was surprised when I was chosen as the chairman. There were more learned and better people than me in the Committee. It was the discipline of the Congress party that enabled the Drafting Committee to give full information about every Act in the Constitution”.The Congress chief also said it was the Congress party which had spotted the “unique talent and capability” of Ambedkar who had returned after higher studies in US, UK and Germany on political theory and economics and was passionately fighting for the cause of the scheduled castes and the oppressed.She said on the morning of 26 November 1949, when the Constitution was formally adopted, Dr Rajendra Prasad complimented Ambedkar by saying, there could not have been a better chief for the Drafting Committee.At a time when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s legacy is under attack, the Congress President underlined that Nehru was among the four stalwarts that guided the Drafting Committee. The others being Sardar Patel, Rajendra Prasad and Maulana Azad.She said of the eight committees of the Drafting Committee, the chairman of these were either Nehru, Patel or Prasad. Azad was a prominent member of five of these committees.The history of the Constitution is very old and linked to the country’s freedom struggle and that it why it is interlinked with the Congress.She recalled that it was under Nehru, the Congress in its Karachi session in March 1931, had brought a resolution on fundamental rights and economic rights.When some BJP members sought to protest, she pointed out to them that what she is saying is history to which no one could have any objection.She noted that there was no doubt that the Constitution gave equal voice to the poor and secular values to the country, made democracy more representative and government more accountable.Hailing the greatness of the Constitution, she said that it happens very rarely in the world that a galaxy of stalwarts work in unison to produce a document of such magnitude.She said that the Constitution had proved to be flexible and had witessed more than 100 amendments in view of the changing circumstances.
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Amid reports of some RJD and JD(U) MLAs grabbing official bungalows here of their choice, Lalu Prasad on Tuesday denounced such behaviour and reminded them of the “great responsibility on their shoulders to honour the huge mandate.””Why is there a scramble for the legislators’ residences? Everybody will get their house in accordance with the rule,” the RJD chief told a party meeting here. “World will be watching us … We have to understand the responsibility endowed on us by the great voters.”People have given us massive mandate and we have to fulfil the commitment of service to the voters at all costs,” Prasad, who was flanked by deputy chief minister son Tejaswi Yadav and other senior RJD leaders, said.According to media reports, many newly elected RJD and JD(U) MLAs had “claimed” bungalows of their choice even without without any allotment.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The reports named RJD MLAs Arun Kumar Yadav and Anil Kumar Yadav and JD(U) MLA R N Singh who had allegedly removed the nameplates of the occupants of the bungalows and put up their own to claim their chosen houses. Prasad recounted his own experience of staying on for four months in the same peon’s quarter in Veterinary college that he inhabited then even after becoming Bihar chief minister in 1990. “I even held ‘Janata Darbar’ (interface with the general people) there during that period,” he added.
“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.
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.
Kolkata: Three days after a 16-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped and killed in West Bengal’s South 24-Paraganas district, police formally pressed charges of rape.
The police action came after family members and neighbours of the girl, a student of Class 10, on Sunday staged a demonstration and blockaded traffic, accusing police of refusing to register a rape case despite receiving a complaint.
“We have pressed charges of the rape against a 24-year-man who has been arrested in this connection,” sub-divisional police officer Shib Prasad Patra said on Monday.
Patra said rape was included in the charges following the post-mortem examination report which indicted sexual assault on the victim.
The officer said rape was not included in the charges as the family members had not mentioned about the offence in the initial complaint.
The girl went missing on 20 November while returning home from her tuition classes. Her semi-naked body was found near a water body later in the night.
The incident has acquired political colour.
While a minister from the Trinamool Congress accused the opposition playing ‘politics over rape’, BJP leader Locket Chatterjee accused the administration of shielding the guilty.
In another message on the micro blogging site Twitter, he said, “Cynic, biased ones with vested interest will always be dismissive but stakeholders-people of Bihar-will reap fruits – trust shown in youth.”
The first time MLA from Raghopur, Tejaswi who is younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad has been named as Deputy Chief Minister in the Grand Alliance government in Bihar. (File Photo)
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With his appointment as Deputy Chief Minister in Bihar government drawing criticism, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tejaswi today took on his detractors, asking them “not to judge a book by its cover” and vowed to increase the value of ‘Brand Bihar’ so that Nitish Kumar “is proud” of him. Taking to Twitter, the 26-year-old said people of Bihar will reap fruits of the “trust shown in youth”. “No one should try judging a book by its cover. Potential, like sweet nectar and bitter medicine, takes time to show its real benefit,” he said in a tweet.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another message on the micro blogging site Twitter, he said, “Cynic, biased ones with vested interest will always be dismissive but stakeholders-people of Bihar-will reap fruits – trust shown in youth.” “Rest assured that vigor amd liveliness of youth in Bihar Cabinet will be ably guided and utilized by tested CM, for the welfare of ppl of Bihar,” the new Bihar Deputy CM tweeted. “I will leave no stone unturned for development & to increase the value of Brand Bihar, so that Nitish Kumar can be proud of me as his deputy,” he said.Former BJP MP and cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had mockingly said on twitter that “Bihar is ready to get a best government of era. From Sushil Modi to Tejaswi Yadav Bihar will grow more rapidly.”The first time MLA from Raghopur, Tejaswi who is younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad has been named as Deputy Chief Minister in the Grand Alliance government in Bihar. The number two position going to him and not the more experienced leaders of RJD has triggered a barrage of criticism especially in social media. Being the biggest constituent of secular alliance with 80 MLAs, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad managed to win number two and three positions in the Cabinet for his sons Tejaswi and Tej Pratap respectively.Tejaswi and Tej Pratap arrived together for the first meeting of the state Cabinet today at state secretariate. Emerging from the meeting, Tejaswi told reporters, “Whatever responsibilty has been entrusted to us we will fullfill it without any interest.” “We will try to stand true on the expectations of the public in taking Bihar forward on the path of development,” Tejaswi, who was flanked by Tej Pratap, said.
Born on November 9, 1989 in Patna, he was merely 11 when brought to senior coach MP Singh for cricket training at the National Stadium here.
New innings: Tejashwi Yadav takes oath as a minister on Friday
The rise of cricketer-turned-politician Tejaswi Yadav has been incredible. Once a promising off-spinner, the 26-year-old son of former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi has all the ingredients to become a successful politician.Born on November 9, 1989 in Patna, he was merely 11 when brought to senior coach MP Singh for cricket training at the National Stadium here.A student of DPS, Mathura Road, Tejaswi was quiet by nature and was constantly followed by a posse of Bihar policemen and those who met him say he was never arrogant.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Though he is son of a high-profile politician like Lalu Prasad Yadav, I never got a complaint against him during all those years that he was training here,” Singh remembered his former pupil on a day when Tejaswi was sworn in as the youngest cabinet minister in the Bihar government.”He was not just a well-behaved student of the game but was also down-to-earth.”Singh added, “In fact, he used to ask his security guards to stay away from the playing field so other boys do not get distracted. He came as a politician’s son but went on to play Under-15 and -17 for a team like Delhi on sheer merit.”The youngest of nine brothers and sisters, no one really remembers how and when Tejaswi left his studies after Class 9. The issue came in the public domain when he submitted an affidavit to Election Commission while filing of nomination papers from Mahua assembly seat.There was not a single instance in coach Singh’s life when Lalu Yadav actually came and inquired about his son’s cricketing progress. In fact, it was all left to Tejaswi’s eldest sister Misa Bharti.”I met Laluji a couple of times but that was during family functions. But he never discussed cricket or his son with me. In fact, when our team went for a 15-day long tour to Chicago, Tejaswi impressed everyone with his co-operation and performances there,” said Singh.There were only two occasions when his Delhi Blues’ skipper Vivek Razdan, a former India speedster, had to say something to him. Razdan once sternly told him to crop his long hair, which he did without a fuss. On another occasion, his skipper pulled him up for not eating with the rest of the team after he had taken a teammate for lunch in his car.Tejaswi apologised and made amends the next time. He understood the rules clearly that there was no discrimination or favouritism in selection in his club team.Though Tejaswi was performing at every age-level cricket tournament, he did not get a chance from Delhi to be a part of their Ranji Trophy team. This was, according to many insiders in Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA), due to his political background.This was not all. The rising son of Bihar did finally make his debut for Jharkhand in the only Ranji Trophy game of his career. Paltry scores of 1 and 19 in the two innings and no wicket to his credit were not enough to keep him in the remaining matches and his career wrapped up rather quickly.The only time politics could have actually helped him in his career was when he was seen sitting along with the big names of world cricket in the Delhi Daredevils dugout from 2008 to 2012.
Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the fifth time on Friday.
Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind administers oath to RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav as a minister during the swearing-in ceremony of the new government at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Friday.
Nitish Kumar on Friday took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for a third straight term at the head of a 29-member Cabinet, including Lalu Prasad’s son Tejaswi as Deputy CM, in the presence of predominantly non-BJP leaders that could indicate possible future alignments.Tej Pratap, Prasad’s another victorious son in the elections, was among those who were sworn in by Governor Ram Nath Kovind at a grand function in the Gandhi Maidan in which 12 ministers each from JD(U) and RJD and four from Congress were inducted. Both the sons of the RJD leader are first-time MLAs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Kumar retained Home, Information and Publicity and General Administration departments with him, he gave Road Construction and Buildings Construction portfolio to 26-year- old Tejaswi, his Deputy CM. Tej Pratap has been given Health. Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui has been entrusted with the Finance portfolio. Congress leader Ashok Chaudhary to be the next Education and IT minister. In an indication of his place in the order of pecking, Tejaswi followed the chief minister in oath taking as his parents Lalu and Rabri Devi, both former chief ministers, watched amidst full-throated cheers from the RJD activists in the gathering.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, whose party was also a major beneficiary of the grand alliance, Minister H D West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, National Conference leaders and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar and AIUDF leader from Assam Badaruddin Ajmal were among those present at the ceremony. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who was deputed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was also present.A number of Congress chief ministers including Virbhadra Singh (Himachal Pradesh), Oommen Chandy (Kerala), Tarun Gogoi (Assam) and Siddaramiah (Karnataka) (CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja, DMK’s M K Stalin and T R Baalu also attended the event. Some allies of BJP Akali Dal Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal (Akali Dal)and Ram Das Kadam and Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena) were also present.Tej Pratap was the third personality to take oath in the ceremony where NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, JMM leader and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Babulal Marandi of the Jharkhand Vikas Party, also a former CM were present. Gandhi reached the venue only at the fag end of the ceremony due to late arrival from Delhi. Venkaiah Naidu sat beside RJD President Lalu Prasad and was seen talking to him from time to time. Leaders from Indian National Lok Dal, INLD and AGP attended the event.Though Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his CM son Akhilesh Yadav were invited, SP MP Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, who is also son-in-law of Lalu Prasad, was there. Mamata Banerjee and CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury shared the stage as did Kejriwal and former chief minister Sheila Dixit and Gogoi and AGP leader Prafulla Mahanta.Rahul Gandhi shook hands and hugged RJD chief Lalu Prasad amid cheers by the crowd. Nitish Kumar’s son Nishant and elder brother Satish were present on the occasion.Lalu Prasad’s entire family including wife Rabri Devi and seven daughters along with sons-in-law sat in THE VVIP area and were seen cheering Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav in particular.Ministers from RJD who took oath are Tejaswi Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Alok Kumar Mehta, Chandrika Rai, Ram Vichar Rai, Shiv Chandra Ram, Abdul Gafoor, Chandrasekhar, Munneshwar Chaudhary, Anita Devi and Vijay Prakash. Those from JD(U) are Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh, Shrawan Kumar, Jay Kumar Singh, Krishnandan Prasad Varma, Maheshwar Hazari, Shailesh Kumar, Manju Varma, Santosh Kumar Nirala, Khursheed alias Firoz Ahmad, Madan Sahni and Kapildeo Kamat apart from Nitish Kumar.Congress is represented in the cabinet by Ashok Choudhary, Awdesh Kumar Singh, Abdul Jalil Mastan and Madan Mohan Jha. Two women, one each from JD(U) and RJD Manju Varma and Anita Devi respectively, got place in the new Bihar cabinet. Seven more could be accommodated in the Cabinet as under the constitutional provision a maximum of 15 per cent ministers of the total strength of the house is allowed.Senior Grand Allaince leaders said the coalition government has arrived at a formula of one minister for every 5 MLAs. According to this formula RJD’s share is 16, JD(U)’s 14 and Congress 5 besides CM. RJD had won 80 seats, JD(U) 71 and Congress 27 out of a total of 178 seats of alliance in the 243-member house. JD(U) saw eight new faces in the ministry. Only Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh, Shrawan Kumar and Jay Kumar Singh were members of the outgoing cabinet.Many prominent faces of the previous ministries like Shyam Rajak, Narendra Narayan Yadav, Leshi Singh and Ranju Geeta could not find berth in the cabinet this time. Congress state president Ashok Choudhary could not take oath when his name was called as he had gone to receive Rahul Gandhi. He took oath at the end after Gandhi had arrived.
Senior party leaders and newly-elected legislators visited their leaders’ houses to take ‘prasad’ the day of ‘Kharna’ on Monday, the second day of the four-day festival.
RJD leader Rabri Devi applying tikka to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as RJD supremo Lalu Prasad looks on during Chhath festival.
Days after their landslide victory in Bihar Assembly polls, Grand Alliance leaders, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, are celebrating Chhath festival at their residences.Senior party leaders and newly-elected legislators visited their leaders’ houses to take ‘prasad’ the day of ‘Kharna’ on Monday, the second day of the four-day festival.Senior JD(U) leaders like former minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh and outgoing Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary visited 7, Circular Road, where Kumar stays.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chief Minister himself led the visitors in taking their seats where he served ‘prasad’ to them. A number of newly-elected MLAs took selfies with the Chief Minister.The Chief Minister’s elder brother’s wife and niece are observing ‘Chhath’ at his house.Asked about the significance of the ‘Chhath’ following the Grand Alliance’s resounding victory, Kumar said, “For Biharis, Chhath is a special festival every year. It is a pious festival that all Biharis observe with utmost devotion.”On invitation being sent to political leaders of diverse spectrum to attend his swearing-in ceremony on November 20, the Chief Minister said no politics should be talked during this auspicious occasion.At 10, Circular Road, where RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi live, the occasion was equally festive with their eldest daughter Misa Bharati and other family members were seen cooking food for the family and guests.There is an added lustre there as the youngest son-in-law Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party MP from Mainpuri, came along with his spouse Raj Laxmi.Prasad greeted the people of Bihar on the auspicious Chhath festival and said like everybody he too prays for the well being of the people and state.
“There was no anti-incumbency factor against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the day the ‘grand alliance’ of Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad Yadav-Congress was formed, they won half the election,” said Sinha.
Firing a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Bihar poll debacle, disgruntled BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha has said the “credit” for the seats won by the party in the state goes to Modi and claimed that his attack on Lalu Prasad backfired.Sinha also said that Bihar voters had understood that the announcement of economic package by Modi was a “poll gimmick”. “All the credit goes to Modiji for the number seats won by BJP in Bihar and there should not be any doubt about it,” Sinha said while taking a jibe at the PM.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The actor-turned-politician, who had been sulking after he was left out of the electioneering, said it was because of the “aggressive campaigning” by Modi that BJP fetched 53 seats. “Probably Modi was kept in dark about ground realities in Bihar by the party leadership. Outsiders were at the helm of affairs for electioneering, whereas ‘Bihari Babu’ (referring to himself), whom people of Patna sent to Parliament by a margin of lakhs, was deliberately kept out of the campaign, which also people (voters) took seriously and defeated BJP,” Sinha told a select group of mediapersons here last night.The MP from Patna Sahib said the anti-incumbency factor did not work against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.”There was no anti-incumbency factor against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the day the ‘grand alliance’ of Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad Yadav-Congress was formed, they won half the election,” said Sinha, who is here for a function. The targeting of Lalu Yadav and the ‘jungle raj’ remarks didn’t go well with the people of Bihar, he claimed “This particular comment (‘jungle raj’) hurt the sentiments of the anti-BJP people of Bihar,” he said, while pointing out that Lalu staged a comeback with flying colours, with “80 per cent success rate (winning 80 seats out of the 100 contested)”.In the recently held elections to the 243-seat Bihar Assembly, the grand alliance won 178 seats, including RJD-80, JD(U) 71 and Congress 27.
Kumar will be formally elected as the Grand Alliance legislature Party leader at a meeting in the Assembly premises on Saturday for which RJD’s newly-elected members will march from Rabri Devi’s official residence after their scheduled meeting at 1 PM
JD(U) leader and outgoing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is all set to be elected as Leader of Grand Alliance legislature party on Saturday in Bihar even as RJD chief Lalu Prasad was today authorised by his party’s legislators to nominate its leader in the new Assembly.Kumar will be formally elected as the Grand Alliance legislature Party leader at a meeting in the Assembly premises on Saturday for which RJD’s newly-elected members will march from Rabri Devi’s official residence after their scheduled meeting at 1 PM, Prasad told reporters. The Legislature Party of the RJD comprising 79 newly-elected MLAs and five from the Legislative Council had its inaugural meeting during which an unanimous decision was taken to authorise Prasad to chose its leader and to anoint Nitish as the Leader of the Grand Alliance legislature party in the 16th state Assembly.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked as to who will be the RJD Legislature Party leader amid speculation that Tejaswi Yadav, one of his sons, would get the key post, Prasad said, “I will take a call on the matter as the Legislature Party has authorised me to take a decision in this regard”. Tejaswi, his brother Tej Prasad Yadav, who also won, and mother Rabri Devi were seated on the dais when the RJD chief warded off persistent questions on who would be the RJD Legislature Party leader in the new House.The RJD Legislature Party meeting held at a posh hotel in the state capital was presided over by Rabri Devi, a former chief minister and the party’s state parliamentary unit leader. Barring Kedar Singh, the RJD MLA from Baniapur assembly seat in Saran district who is lodged in jail, the remaining 79 new MLAs and five MLCs of the party were present at the meeting, Prasad said.The Grand Alliance won 178 seats–RJD(80), JD(U)(71) and Congress 27 to inflict a humiliating defeat on the NDA which got 58 seats of which BJP accounted for 53.
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.
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.
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Party spokesman CP Joshi says party’s performance in Bihar has given a new found hope to the cadre
RJD chief Lalu Prasad at his residence in Patna on Monday
Upbeat after Bihar victory that has given adrenaline shot to its fledgling prestige, Congress is thinking in terms of replicating the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) model in other states, if the situation warrants so.”It will depend on the political situation and strength of the party in those states,” Congress spokesperson and general secretary, C P Joshi said.Crediting party vice-president Rahul Gandhi for being the architect of the Grand Alliance in Bihar that has put the party back in reckoning in Bihar, Joshi said, the results have given a new found hope to the party cadre and they have become buoyant.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also indicated that the Congress would be part of the government formation in Bihar.”We are committed to the seven-point programme of the Grand Alliance and we will make every effort to implement it. We owe to the people of Bihar,” he added.Riding the combined strength of Grand Alliance, Congress performed even beyond its most optimistic predictions by securing 27 seats of the 40 seats it contested on. The tally of 27 seats with a strike rate of 67% is an improvement upon its performance in all elections since 1995 when it had secured 29 seats while fighting on 320 seats in United Bihar.In 2000 assembly elections its tally fell down to 23 seats and in 2005 to only 10 seats. In 2010 elections it was virtually pushed into oblivion with just 4 seats.The results have also given a boost to Rahul Gandhi’s stature within the party and party leaders think that he has matured into a fine politician. It is expected to pave the way for increasing clamour for Rahul’s ascendancy to the post of party President, particularly among the young crop of leaders and cadre in the party.Joshi said that there is a general feeling among Congress workers that Rahul Gandhi should immediately take over as the party president.
The BJP admitted that it could not take on the “larger alliance” in whose favour the “arithmetic” went.
“Organisational elections are approaching and Amit Shah will be party president again,” said BJP.
The crackers suddenly went silent at the BJP office two hours after counting for the Bihar election began. It was time for introspection.Will it go beyond just introspection? BJP leaders ruled out change in leadership. “Organisational elections are approaching and Amit Shah will be party president again,” said BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. After all, it was under Shah that the party had swept Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections and come to power in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. But, the crushing defeat at the hands of the Mahagathbandhan, less than ten months after the Delhi debacle, has raised questions about the party’s organisational failure. In Bihar, every strategy — social engineering, putting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the forefront of the NDA’s battle without projecting a chief ministerial candidate, the politics of polarisation and the selection of candidates — failed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Social engineering: The BJP roped in Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM and Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP to take on the Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad Yadav alliance which had a sway over 35 per cent Yadav, Muslim and Kurmi vote, to begin with. The BJP was hoping to capture the dalit, mahadalit and Kushwaha vote. However, Manjhi, Paswan and Kushwaha together won six seats.The BJP admitted that it could not take on the “larger alliance” in whose favour the “arithmetic” went. It cited that vote share figures of the party, which had suffered losses in its strongholds in the third phase, had gone up from 16.49 per cent in 2010 to 24.4%. However, the party had contested 160 seats this time. Faceless state battle: Modi, the BJP’s star campaigner held 26 rallies, while Shah addressed 76. The BJP decided against projecting a chief ministerial candidate, fearing it could cause rebellion within the party and turn off certain communities. This turned it into a Modi versus Nitish battle, while the BJP did not seem to have a face to challenge the JD-U leader.Shah and several union ministers and party leaders shifted to Bihar in the run-up to the elections with Ananth Kumar, Bhupendra Yadav and Dharmendra Pradhan playing a crucial role. The faces of Modi and Shah dominated the campaign in posters and rallies as state leaders — Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav and Prem Kumar — went into the background. The Bihar experience could also force the party to rethink its strategy of fighting faceless state battles in future, particularly in UP. In other words, it was not enough that the BJP fought elections projecting Modi, if there was no formidable grassroot leader from the state in the picture. Politics of Polarisation: Ahead of the fifth phase of elections, which had a high concentration of Muslim voters, Shah tried to stir the communal pot saying if the Mahagathbandhan won, crackers would be burst in Pakistan. Modi, in his rallies, attacked Nitish and Lalu saying they had conspired to get religious-based reservation diluting the quota for SCs, STs and OBCs. Beef politics, comments of BJP leaders against Shahrukh Khan, the advertisement taking on Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav on polling day all appear to have backfired on the NDA.While in caste-ridden politics of Bihar, the BJP failed to sway the majority vote to consolidate in its favour with its strident rhetoric, it alienated the 18 per cent Muslims. For the BJP, the Muslim alienation could come in the way of its aspiration of a Congress-mukt Bharat in states like West Bengal, Kerala and northeast where minority population has a say. Fissures within Party: The inner strife in the BJP surfaced as the blame game began. isgruntled party leader Shatrughan Sinha tweeted ït appears that the issue of Bihari vs Bahari (and Bihari Babu’s absence) has been settled once and for all.”Another party MP RK Singh castigated the selection of MPs. BarbsFrom questioning the DNA of Nitish Kumar to “jungle raj”of Lalu Prasad Yadav, the BJP’s shift from development to diatribe, was an echo of the Delhi election.
The barbs exchanged between PM Modi, Nitish Kumar and others.
–The Prime Minister Narendra Modi versus chief minister Nitish Kumar battle for Bihar went down to DNA barbs. Modi said there was a problem with Kumar’s DNA and the chief minister tried to turn it to his advantage saying his DNA was similar to that of Bihar. — Just ahead of announcement of election dates, Modi announced a Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package, which came in for criticism from chief minister Nitish Kumar who asked if he was auctioning Bihar. What followed was a verbal duel over statistics. – RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments seeking review of the reservation policy gave the Nitish-Lalu grand alliance fuel to take on the BJP in the state where caste equations have a sway over elections.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> – The BJP-led NDA later gave the reservation debate a communal twist saying Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav had conspired to give religious-based reservation diluting the quota of the SCs, STs and OBCs. – While the Mahagathbandhan projected Nitish Kumar as its chief ministerial candidate, the BJP refrained from putting up a face for the top post in the state. – Modi-led the NDA’s battle from the front holding 26 rallies across the state – The BJP targeted RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav saying that his return to power would bring back “jungle Raj” — Ahead of the fifth phase, which has a high concentration of Muslims, BJP chief Amit Shah said if the NDA lost, crackers would be burst in Pakistan. – Beef politics — The NDA took on Lalu over his beef comments and BJP even put out an advertisement in some Bihar papers on the last day of polling. The Election Commission sought an explanation from the party. In a vitriolic political battle, FIRs were filed against leaders of both alliances for hate speeches. – The Mahagathbandhan took on Modi with the Bihari versus Bahari debate
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.
Expressing satisfaction with a clear mandate, senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the party would play the role of a constructive opposition and would cooperate with the new government in Bihar.
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Accepting defeat in Bihar, BJP’s state unit on Sunday said that the ‘grand alliance’ emerged as a “strong social combination” and that the party would analyse its results and poll strategy by visiting every constituency in the coming days.Expressing satisfaction with a clear mandate, senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the party would play the role of a constructive opposition and would cooperate with the new government in Bihar. He described RJD leader Lalu Prasad as a ‘king maker’ and ‘Big Boss’ who, he said, would have a major influence on the new government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”People have given a clear mandate to the grand alliance. It is good that there is no fractured mandate. It is important for Bihar as it has put to end an atmosphere of political uncertainty. We respect the mandate of the people and bow before it,” Modi said, addressing a press conference.On the reasons for the NDA’s defeat, he said, “I think they were successful in putting together a strong alliance. One of the reasons why they were successful is that their alliancewas a strong ‘social combination’.””Because it is a clear mandate for five years given to the grand alliance, we will help the government with our support and will play the role of a constructive opposition. We hope the government works towards development. I congratulate all the leaders of grand alliance and have called both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad,” he said.On Lalu Prasad, whose RJD won the highest number of seats, Modi said, “It is understandable that he will have more influence on the government. He will have more ministers.”Modi also said it was a “cause for worry” that the tally of Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) has come down to half from 115 seats, and took a dig at his arrogance saying the comments made at the grand alliance press conference “were not expected of them”. He, however, did not comment on Lalu’s unsavoury remarks made against the BJP and its leadership, saying “this is not the time for all this.”Asked if reservation or caste factor has played a role in these polls, he said, “We will have to assess what are the reasons… Caste is always the factor, be it any state. It may not be the only factor.”
The BJP-led NDA, for which Modi mounted an aggressive campaign addressing more than 30 rallies, bagged 58 seats. BJP on its own got 53 seats out of 157 it contested while its allies also put up a poor show.
Nitish Kumar, a leader of Janata Dal (United) and Chief Minister of eastern state of Bihar, listens to Lalu Prasad Yadav, chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal, after addressing a news conference in Patna, India, November 8, 2015.
The Grand Alliance on routed the BJP-led NDA in Bihar to score a landslide two-thirds majority in the Assembly giving Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a third term in office in a battle in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi staked his all.Making a spectacular comeback after the severe drubbing in the last year’s Lok Sabha polls at the hands of Modi, the newly-formed JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance secured 178 seats in the 243-member House. RJD emerged the leader of the pack with 80 seats while JD(U) bagged 71. Both the parties had contested 101 seats each. Congress also made impressive gains winning 27 seats out of 41. It had won only 4 last time.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP-led NDA, for which Modi mounted an aggressive campaign addressing more than 30 rallies, bagged 58 seats. BJP on its own got 53 seats out of 157 it contested while its allies also put up a poor show. LJP, led by Ram Vilas Paswan, and RLSP of Upendra Kushwaha got two seats each. Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM won only one of the two seats he contested and lost in all the 19 others it fought in.In the last assembly polls which JDU and BJP fought together, the two parties had got 115 and 91 seats respectively. The RJD and Congress, which had fought on their own, bagged 22 and 04 seats respectively. For Modi, the Bihar results are seen as a personal setback for the second time in 10 months after BJP’s disastrous show in Delhi Assembly polls where Aam Aadmi Party secured 67 of the 70 seats, leaving only three to BJP.After leading his party to a stunning majority in the Lok Sabha polls in May last year, Modi also ensured success for the party in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, where the party formed government on its own. In Jammu and Kashmir, BJP became part of the coalition government with PDP in March.After the Modi juggernaut decimated Congress, RJD and JDU in Bihar bagging 31 of 40 Lok Sabha seats, the three rival parties came together in the assembly bye polls that happened months later. They won six out of the 10 seats that gave them the necessary boost to join forces and repeat the success on a massive scale. CPI(ML-L), which contested on its own, got two seats while Independents were successful in four seats. AIMIM of Assadudin Owaisi and Janadhikar Party of Lok Sabha member Pappu Yadav drew a blank.Appearing together before the media after the results, Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad said the poll verdict would have an impact on national politics as it shows that there is yearning for a “good and strong alternative” and a “powerful opposition” to BJP. Describing the election as a “milestone”, Kumar said the result was for “harmony” and against “intolerance”. He said efforts at polarisation have failed.Lalu, while attacking Modi, said the alliance will launch a “strong nationwide movement” against BJP as part of “march towards Delhi” and will begin with a rally within 10 days in the Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi.”The priority for the new government will progress with justice and inclusive growth,” Kumar said, adding the promises of the common programme of the alliance will be honoured. He said there will be “no ill will” against anybody and the government will work with the opposition with a positive approach for the development of the state.Kumar said the Prime Minister had called him up to congratulate him and hoped that the Centre would extend all cooperation to his government. He also expressed hope that the package announced by thePrime Minister for Bihar before the elections would be implemented. “We need central assistance.”In the overall analysis, the grand alliance got 7.8 per cent more votes over the rival alliance that translated into a difference of a whopping 120 seats for the winner. The victorious combine registered an overall 41.9 per cent with RJD getting 18.4 per cent, JD (U) 16.8 per cent and Congress 6.7 per cent.The BJP secured 24.4 per cent, the highest by a single party, but it did not translate enough into seats it would have liked. The BJP-led alliance including its allies LJP (4.8 per cent), RLSP (2.6 per cent) and HAM (2.3 per cent) got an 34.1 per cent votes.With NDA losing badly, rumblings began in the NDA, including within BJP. Two MPs from the state R K Singh and Shatrughan Sinha called for “introspection” and analysis of these results. NDA ally Shiv Sena also rubbed salt into the wounds of BJP, with its leader Sanjay Raut saying the poll result “denotes decline of a leader” in an apparent reference to Modi and asserted that it will bring in a “new” turn in the country’s politics. Putting behind the bitter campaign, Modi called up Kumar to congratulate him on the victory. Kumar quickly responded with a tweet “Just received a phone call from the Prime Minister congratulating me…thank you Modiji.” BJP chief Amit Shah also congratulated Kumar and Lalu on the massive victory.”Our good wishes to the new government to take Bihar on the path of development,” he said.”We respect the mandate of the people of Bihar… I congratulate Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav on their victory in Bihar Assembly elections,” the BJP chief tweeted.While Nitish Kumar himself did not contest the elections, Lalu is barred from contesting because of his conviction in a corruption case. His sons Tejasvi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav were leading in Raghopur and Mahua seats while former Chief Minister and BJP ally Jitan Ram Manjhi was trailing in one of the two constituencies he contested.A significant outcome of the Bihar polls was the comeback staged by Lalu Prasad who once lorded over the state but was pushed to the margins after the 2010 assembly elections when the NDA under incumbent Kumar won an astounding four-fifth majority. He also had to face the setback in the form of conviction in a corruption case which barred him from contesting.With NDA losing badly in Bihar, rumblings began in the alliance, including within the BJP, with calls for introspection and analysis. BJP MP from the state R K Singh, who had criticised the ticket distribution before the polls, maintained that “it is not a question of thinking but a fact. Go and check up. People who were chargesheeted for crimes like dacoity were given tickets. That is not something which I expected from my party.”There should be introspection. There should be examination of what went wrong.”Asked who should be held responsible for the defeat, whether national leadership or the state, he said the state leadership should be held accountable. Sulking BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha termed the grand alliance’s win as “victory of democracy” and took a swipe at the top party brass, saying the issue of “Bihari versus Bahri” has been settled once and for all.”Congratulations to Laluji & Nitishji for this victory in Bihar elections. We bow before people’s mandate. It is victory of democracy and the people of Bihar. I salute them. It appears the issue of Bihari vs Bahari (and Bihari Babu’s absence) has been settled once and for all,” he said.”The call of the day is introspection, modified and better strategy, teamwork and coordination in the future. Salute once again to Biharis,” Sinha, BJP MP from Patna Sahib, advised the party leadership in another tweet.Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, whose party is in coalition with BJP in Maharashtra government,said similar results will emerge in that state also if elections were to be held there now.”BJP fought the Bihar elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP should accept it. Defeat denotes the decline of a leader. If elections are held in Maharashtra now, same results will come as happened in Bihar,” the Shiv Sena leader said.
Appearing together before the media after the results, Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad said the poll verdict would have an impact on national politics as it shows that there is yearning for a “good and strong alternative” and a “powerful opposition” to BJP.
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The stunning victory of JD(U)-RJD- Congress alliance in Bihar was on Sunday hailed by non-NDA parties as a “victory of principles” and defeat of the “arrogance” of BJP with the winning leaders saying the poll verdict would have an impact on national politics.Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over NDA’s setback, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said he should “step on the accelerator or people will throw him out of the driver’s seat” while the Left parties asserted that it underscored Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “personal defeat”. AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was a slap on those “indulging in politics of hate and intolerance” and described the outcome as a referendum on the Centre’s performance.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It was a very difficult fight. On the one hand were moneybags and on the other were principles. It is a victory of principles over moneybags,” JD-U chief Sharad Yadav said.Appearing together before the media after the results, Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad said the poll verdict would have an impact on national politics as it shows that there is yearning for a “good and strong alternative” and a “powerful opposition” to BJP. They also spoke of plans for forging a strong national alternative as an “effective opposition” to the BJP.Also read- Bihar Elections 2015: How the election defeat is going to hurt Narendra ModiAddressing a press conference after emerging victorious in the Assembly elections, Kumar said efforts to polarise the society have been rejected and described the election as a “milestone” and the result was for “harmony” and against “intolerance”.”The results have made it clear that people want a robust opposition and strong alternative at the national level. A very aggressive campaign was run (by BJP) and attempts were made to create a certain situation. People have rejected it, rejected attempts to polarise. This is a huge mandate and we expect it with all humility,” Lalu said.Rahul Gandhi, who said that the poll verdict signified the defeat of the “divisive agenda of BJP and RSS”, asked Modi to either “give up or tone down his arrogance”.”Since Modiji has become Prime Minister, there have been only promises. Start the work. One year has passed and your car is not starting. Press the accelerator. If you fail to press the accelerator, like Bihar, the people of the country will open the door and throw you out,” he said.”This is defeat of not only the BJP, but personal defeat of Modi and his policies. The… anti-intolerance campaign also could not bring any result,” CPI national secretary Atul Anjan said.CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury observed the verdict ensured beginning of “good days” for people as they rejected alleged communal polarisation by RSS-BJP and its “so-called” development agenda.”People’s acche din have begun, first Delhi, yesterday Kerala and today Bihar.”Kejriwal said the Bihar verdict is historic in many ways.”The Bihar result is historic in many ways. It has shown that the people of the country do not want politics of hate. It’s a slap on the face of those indulging in politics of hate and if they resort to politics of hate, then they will be wiped out. I hope this atmosphere of intolerance will end.”West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed the results of Bihar elections as defeat of “intolerance”.
Some BJP leaders felt that the “social combination” of the winning grand alliance could have caused NDA’s defeat even as rumblings of discontent within the party followed its disastrous performance with its president Amit Shah coming under attack over the “high-pitched” campaign crafted by him.
PM Narendra Modi led the aggressive campaigning in Bihar.
Stung by its resounding defeat, BJP’s Parliamentary Board, the party’s highest decision-making body, will meet in New Delhi on Monday to introspect even as it said that the results will be analysed and corrective measures taken.BJP sources said the BJP Parliamentary Board in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the members is likely to meet post-lunch tomorrow to assess the party’s defeat today and ascertain the reasons. Some BJP leaders felt that the “social combination” of the winning grand alliance could have caused NDA’s defeat even as rumblings of discontent within the party followed its disastrous performance with its president Amit Shah coming under attack over the “high-pitched” campaign crafted by him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shah while conceding defeat congratulated Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad on their massive victory and said his party respected the people’s mandate.”Our good wishes to the new government to take Bihar on the path of development,” he said.”We respect the mandate of the people of Bihar… I congratulate Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav on their victory in Bihar Assembly elections,” the BJP chief tweeted.Many senior party leaders met Shah at his residence as it became clear that the BJP-led NDA was headed to a massive loss in the high-stakes elections. After the meeting, BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav when asked if party leaders’ controversial remarks on the reservation issue had affected party’s performance in Bihar, said the rival combine had a “social mathematics” which went in their favour.Union Minister and senior BJP leader Jitendra Singh said that he believed there were no wrong statements from the party on the reservation issue, when asked whether the comments on review of reservation policy by RSS head Mohan Bhagwat harmed BJP in Bihar elections.BJP general secretary Ram Madhav dismissed suggestions that the appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on the wane in view of Bihar poll verdict but said the party will take corrective measures.”We try to learn from every election. Give us some time. We will take corrective measures,” he said. He said what led to the NDA’s loss will have to be analysed after they received all figures, adding that not one factor leads to victory or loss in elections.Madhav said all efforts were made to influence the Bihar poll outcome and suggested that return of awards by artists and others over “climate of intolerance” was one of them. In Patna, BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the ‘grand alliance’ emerged as a “strong social combination” and that the party would analyse its results and poll strategy by visiting every constituency in the coming days.On the reasons for the NDA’s defeat, he said, “I think they were successful in putting together a strong alliance. One of the reasons why they were successful is that their alliance was a strong ‘social combination’.”The BJP leader said the party will analyse its loss and the results by talking to each candidate after the polls and visit all the constituencies in the coming days.”Our overall performance has not been good, be it BJP’s or of its alliance partners. We will analyse the results and do introspection to assess the reasons of our defeat….NDA had a lot of hopes. We have got less than expected seats. What are the shortcomings and what was bereft in our poll strategy, we will analyse them and introspect,” he said.
NDA constituent, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi fielded his son Santosh Kumar Suman from Kutumba seat where he lost to Rajesh Kumar of the Congress. Manjhi, himself failed to retain his Makhadumapur seat but Managed to win Imamganj where he defeated Udai Narayan Chaudhary, the Speaker of the outgoing assembly.
The results of the Bihar assembly elections brought cheer to the family of RJD chief Lalu Prasad whose both sons made a victorious debut, but voters were not as generous towards other prominent political clans, especially those from the NDA.Lalu’s sons Tejaswi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap secured big wins in Raghopur and Mahua constituencies. Tejaswi defeated BJP’s Satish Kumar by 22,733 votes in Raghopur, a seat won by both Lalu and his wife Rabri Devi in the past, while Tej Pratap trounced HAM (Secular)’s Ravindra Ray by 28,155 votes in Mahua.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother Pashupati Kumar Paras was considered a formidable candidate for Alauli assembly seat but was thumped by Chandan Kumar of the RJD. Paras got 46049 votes but 70519 voters pressed the button in Kumar’s favour. Another member of the clan, Paswan’s nephew Prince Raj was defeated by JD(U)’s Maheshwar Prasad in Kalyanpur.NDA constituent, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi fielded his son Santosh Kumar Suman from Kutumba seat where he lost to Rajesh Kumar of the Congress. Manjhi, himself failed to retain his Makhadumapur seat but Managed to win Imamganj where he defeated Udai Narayan Chaudhary, the Speaker of the outgoing assembly.Also read- Bihar Elections 2015: Where do Nitish and Lalu go after their epic victoryNitish Mishra, thrice former chief minister Jagannath Mishra’s son also lost from Jhanjharpur. A three-term MLA from the seat, which his father had earlier won many times, Nitish Mishra was a cabinet minister in the Nitish Kumar and Jitan Ram Manjhi governments. When JD(U) split, he chose to side with Manjhi and was contesting the poll on BJP symbol.Former Union Minister C P Thakur’s son Vivek Thakur, who was the BJP candidate from Brahampur polled 63303 votes but lost to RJD’s Shambhu Nath Yadav. In Bhagalpur, BJP candidate Arijit Shaswat Choubey, son of MP Ashwani Choubey too lost to Congress candidate Ajeet Sharma.
We will see the same circus all over again as the Bihar results project Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar as the new heroes
Over the last five years, we in the media specifically, and the Indian society as a whole, are guilty of celebrating individuals way too early. Not just celebrating, but turning them into demi-gods, and then quickly dumping them to embrace new ones.Following their splendid victory in the Bihar assembly polls, one won’t be surprised if Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar are celebrated as the new political alternatives to the invincible Narendra Modi-Amit Shah pair (the latter have lost only one state, so to speak, since Delhi shouldn’t be counted as one). However, it is important we don’t do so.One started seeing the trend soon after the 2009 Lok Sabha polls – when the UPA scored its second win, the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was credited for the victory that few had anticipated. One remembers television channels and leading national newspapers using ‘Singh is King’ in their banner headlines. But in just two years, ‘the man who had ably steered India through one of its worst recessions’ was the villain.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In 2011-12, it was Anna Hazare who emerged as the ‘Big Hope’ and we declared him as the ‘Doosara Gandhi’. Hazare’s narrative of being the sole and fearless anti-corruption voice was extremely fascinating. The country was being bombarded with fantastical figures of corruption from the Commonwealth Games, 2G auctions etc and Hazare was the flavour of the season. His agitation gathered momentum riding on this mood of the nation and was fuelled by television channels looking to up their TRP.The Bharatiya Janata Party cashed in on this sentiment and projected Narendra Modi as the ‘Vikas Purush’ who developed Gujarat like never before. The 2014 Lok Sabha polls gave Modi a landslide victory and a clear majority for the BJP. This was no mean feat. But Modi was now the “Rambo who rescued 15000 Gujaratis from the Uttarakhand floods” and the “Sabarmati ka Sant” (a title so far reserved for Mahatma Gandhi).Last year, it was Arvind Kejriwal who was shunned and written off by the media after AAP’s debacle in the Lok Sabha polls. And then he stunned the media and the BJP with a stupendous win in the Delhi assembly polls with a monstrous majority. Suddenly, the tables had turned and it was Kejriwal who was the media’s darling.We will see the same circus all over again as the Bihar results project Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar as the new heroes. We will forget that Lalu was convicted in a corruption case and that Nitish Kumar is after all, a convert who ruled Bihar with the BJP’s Sushilkumar Modi as the deputy Chief Minister, till not so long ago.One understands the cliché that ‘public memory is short’. But this is shorter memory than that depicted in the movie Ghajini and all of us seem to be victims of anterograde amnesia, something that the character played by Aamir Khan suffers from in the movie!At the end of the day, nothing rings more truer than a quote by Khalil Gibran here:”Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again..”
New Delhi: The arrow hit the bullseye in Bihar on Sunday with the support of lantern while the lotus wilted in a politically crucial state.
As the JD(U)-led Grand Secular Alliance swept the Bihar Assembly elections, the outcome was very crucial for Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)), whose election symbol is arrow, as it was decimated in 2014 Lok Sabha elections in the state giving it a negligible presence with only two out of 545 seats in its kitty.
Lantern is the poll symbol of Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) which is part of the JD(U)-led alliance which also included the Congress.
JD(U), which has a political presence mainly in Bihar, Jharkhand and Kerala, was formed with the merger of the Sharad Yadav faction of the Janata Dal, the Lokshakti Party and the Samata Party on 30 October 2003.
The Samata Party led by George Fernandes and Nitish Kumar merged with the Janata Dal. The merged entity was called JD(U) with the arrow symbol of JD(U) and the green and white flag of the Samata Party.
The uniting force is believed to be common opposition to RJD in Bihar especially after it welcomed Samata Party rebels like Raghunath Jha into the party.
The JD(U) along with its alliance partner, the BJP defeated the RJD-led UPA government in Bihar in November 2005. and retained power in 2010 with the ruling coalition holding 206 seats in 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly.
JD(U)) broke its 17-year old alliance with the BJP in Bihar in June 2013 in protest against the elevation of Narendra Modi as a head of election campaign committee of BJP for 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
JD(U) President Sharad Yadav and then Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced their end of coalition at a press conference on 16 June 2013, exactly a week after Modi was made the BJP’s campaign committee chairman, who was later made the prime ministerial candidate of NDA. Just after this split, Sharad Yadav relinquished his position as the NDA convenor.
It contested Lok Sabha polls in Bihar in an alliance with CPI but they won only two seats out of total 40 seats of Bihar while the BJP-LJP alliance bagged 31 seats.
Following poor performance in elections, Nitish resigned as chief minister of Bihar and Jitan Ram Manjhi was sworn in as a new chief minister. When the trust vote was demanded by the BJP to prove majority in Bihar assembly, the RJD supported the JD(U) in the assembly on 23 May, 2014 to pass the majority mark.
But some of Manjhi’s controversial moves forced Nitish to oust him in February 2015 and return to power with the help of Lalu Prasad.
On 14 April, 2015, the JD(U), JD(S), RJD, the Indian National Lok Dal, Samajwadi Party, and Samajwadi Janata Party announced that they would merge into a new national Janata Parivar alliance in order to oppose the BJP but this did not fructify and then the Samajwadi Party was offered three seats out of 243 assembly seats in Bihar elections which caused it to leave the alliance and fight separately.
Displaying a picture of unity, JD(U), RJD and Congress on 12 August announced the formation of a grand secular alliance.
Irrespective of any social or political differences, the JD(U) believes in propagating the true values of Gandhian socialism.
New Delhi: The Centre is committed to provide the Rs 1.25-lakh-crore economic package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Bihar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday as he congratulated Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad for their victory in assembly polls.
As JD(U)-RJD led Mahagathbandhan headed for a landslide victory, Singh said the BJP and the central government respect the mandate given by the people of Bihar.
“The economic package for Bihar is a commitment given by the Prime Minister which will be fulfilled by the Centre at all cost,” he said here.
Singh said he hoped that the government in Patna will lead Bihar on the path of peace and progress.
He called up both Kumar and Lalu and congratulated them for their party’s victory. The Home Minister also congratulated JD(U) President Sharad Yadav.
“Spoke to Shri Nitish Kumar over the phone and congratulated him on his party’s victory in Bihar assembly elections. Congratulated RJD president Shri Lalu Prasad and JDU president Shri Sharad Yadav on their party’s performance in Bihar Assembly elections,” he said.
Modi has announced the economic package for Bihar during the run up to the assembly polls.
The JD(U)-RJD-Congress grand alliance shocked the BJP-led NDA alliance with a two-third majority in Bihar assembly polls.
There were no prominent leaders in the BJP and JD (U) offices, but at the RJD office, there were many. Party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav claimed that the Grand Secular Alliance will win 190 seats.
Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav
Counting of votes for the 243 seats in the high-stakes Bihar assembly elections will start at 8 am on Sunday (today). On Saturday, all attention was on Bir Chand Patel Path, which houses the offices of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Janata Dal -United (JD-U). There were no prominent leaders in the BJP and JD (U) offices, but at the RJD office, there were many. Party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav claimed that the Grand Secular Alliance will win 190 seats.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The man of the moment, chief minister Nitish Kumar, kept media at bay. He refused to say anything on the exit polls. “Wait till tomorrow,” is all that he would say. His body language showed that he is not as optimistic as Lalu Prasad. BJP president Amit Shah was also not very vocal. However, his party cadres were bubbling with confidence, following an exit poll that gave the party a clear majority and others predicting a neck-to-neck fight. “If you go by caste numbers, we were way behind. But thanks to the hard work by the PM as well as the party president, we have lured young voters across caste lines and all regions,” claimed election in charge for Bihar, Ananth Kumar. Lalu Yadav thundered against exit poll agency Today’s Chanakya for predicting a clean sweep for the NDA-led alliance. “There is desperation in the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The truth is that the Grand Alliance is winning 190 seats. TV channels are confused, but I am not. We will win 190 seats,” he said. He also announced that after forming a government, he will travel to Varanasi to fight the Prime Minister in his own constituency. In another corner of the city, Jatin Ram Manjhi, leader of BJP’s ally, the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), faces a peculiar predicament. He wants the Election Commission to change his election symbol from a landline telephone to a mobile phone next time. He told dna that several of his Mahadalit voters could not recognise the election symbol of the party. They had never seen a landline telephone and have pressed the wrong buttons. “Many of my voters, who are extremely backward, especially youngsters and women, have never seen a landline phone,” he said. Far away, in another corner of the city, a flurry of activity could be seen at the Sadaqat Ashram, the Bihar Congress headquarters. Staff here is expecting some Diwali bonus, in case the party, whose support base has eroded since 1990, fares well. Verdict for a majority of seats is expected by early afternoon on Sunday. Along the banks of river Ganga, another story emerges. Water in the river is receding considerably. Patches of land makes it difficult for boatmen to ferry daily vegetable supplies to Patna. Navigating their boats in receding waters, they are, however, enthused by Prime Minister Modi’s rejuvenation plans for the river. “We have traditionally been boatsmen, carrying goods and passengers. But the river waters are dangerously receding, hitting out our trade. We have heard a proposal to rejuvenate river transport, using boats to transport. We have voted en bloc not only to assert our social and political clout, but also for the rejuvenation of Ganga Mata,” says Avinish Kumar, while unloading 110 kg of vegetable sack from Hajipur.
Senior journalist and writer Baban Prasad Mishra passed away in Raiput on Saturday evening. He was 78.
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Senior journalist and writer Baban Prasad Mishra passed away in Raiput on Saturday evening. He was 78. While participating in a panel discussion at a literary programme at Vrundavan Hall in Raipur, Mishra suddenly complained of ill-health and was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead upon arrival.Mishra is survived by wife, three sons and two daughters. His last rites would be performed tomorrow afternoon. Born in Balaghat district in 1938, Mishra started his journalistic career in 1962 and was editor of ‘Yugdharma’ and a Hindi daily ‘Navbharat’. Chief Minister Raman Singh condoled the death of Mishra.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
Bihar assembly poll result will not be a referendum on the performance of the Narendra Modi government but on Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar and ‘jungle raj’, BJP said on Thursday.
Bihar assembly poll result will not be a referendum on the performance of the Narendra Modi government but on Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar and ‘jungle raj’, BJP said on Thursday.”There is no question of the verdict in Bihar assembly polls being a referendum on the Narendra Modi government’s performance. If at all the Bihar polls are a referendum on anything, it is on Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar and jungle raj,” BJP’s poll in-charge in Bihar and Union minister Ananth Kumar told newsmen soon after the conclusion of the fifth and last phase of polling. Apparently miffed with the exit poll surveys that varied widely from BJP’s claims of securing a two-third majority, Kumar said he would wait for the November 8 results.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also Read: Bihar Elections 2015: Chanakya predicts landslide for BJP, most exit polls pick Nitish as winner”The exit poll surveys may project a different story so we will wait till November 8 for the verdict that will be decisively in favour of NDA which will get two-third majority in Bihar,” he said. On pollsters describing the verdict for the battle for Bihar as “tight contest” and “photo finish”, the leader shot back saying, “There is nothing called photo finish or tight contest … It does not happen often … It has not happened many times in past three decades as the electorate in a number of states have decisively voted for a party or alliance.” “The people of Bihar have given a decisive mandate and the results will become clear on only November 8 next,” he added.Kumar, who is the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers claimed that NDA was ahead of the grand alliance in all five phases of polls including in Seemanchal and Mithilanchal.BJP-led NDA contested the closely fought assembly polls in Bihar in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who himself led the campaign from the front addressing as many as 31 election meetings spread over all five phases of the polls.
Referring to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal extending support to Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi said that neither he nor US President Barack Obama, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could alter the mandate as people have voted overwhelmingly for the BJP-led coalition.
With the last phase of polling in Bihar scheduled for Thursday, BJP exuded confidence about NDA’s victory and claimed that it has already “crossed” magical number of 122 seats required to form the government.Referring to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal extending support to Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi said that neither he nor US President Barack Obama, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could alter the mandate as people have voted overwhelmingly for the BJP-led coalition. “We have already crossed the magical number of 122 seats required to form government in Bihar … By the time polling on 57 seats gets over tomorrow, our alliance will end up with staggering two-third seats if not three-fourth,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Relief is round the corner,” he said and appealed to the people for a decisive mandate to the NDA for political stablity in order to fulfil development aspirations of Bihar and its people over the next five years. He also slammed the grand alliance for ruining Bihar during its misrule for 25 years. Warning the people against electing the grand alliance to power, the BJP veteran said in such an eventuality RJD supremo Lalu Prasad will run the government from the front and not from behind as he has been doing so far by lending support to the JD(U) government from outside for the past two years.However, if Kerjiwal so wanted Kumar to retain power he should have openly campaigned for the latter, he added. Apparently seeking to woo voters in Mithilanchal region which goes to the polls tomorrow, Sushil Modi charged Prasad with removing Mathili language from the subject list of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) and said the language popular with students of the region could be restored for BPSC examination only after NDA came to power. Congress could not get Maithili included in the eighth schedule of Constitution, which was done during during the tenure of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, he added.
Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh on Monday alleged that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has not yet accepted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar because he is more concerned about his kinfolk.
Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh on Monday alleged that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has not yet accepted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar because he is more concerned about his kinfolk.”When they were creating the grand alliance against the Modi Government, they got everyone together from Deve Gowda to every ‘kankad patthar’ (trivial parties). And towards the end, Lalu ji was not ready to accept Nitish Kumar. It was only because of Mulayam Singh that Lalu Yadav agreed,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He (Lalu) had once said that he had come into the alliance after consuming poison, the poison was Nitish. He had not agreed earlier and does not agree even now because Lalu ji does not need anyone except his family,” he added.Singh also took a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and said that the latter was not aware of the ground realities of Bihar.”Rahul Gandhi can address 13 rallies instead of three. What difference does it make” A person who does not possess the basic knowledge of the ground realities can never tell the reality to the nation. His only speciality is that he is the ‘yuvraj’ (prince),” he said.He also expressed confidence that the BJP-led NDA would form the government in Bihar with two-third majority.There is no question of the BJP losing the elections. The government will be formed with two-third majority,” he said.A record 57.59% turnout was registered in the fourth phase of assembly elections in Bihar for which polling was held yesterday. The fifth and final phase of the polls will be held on November 5 while the counting of votes will take place on November 8.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav responsible for the rampant illiteracy in the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav responsible for the rampant illiteracy in the state.Displaying a memorandum that was send to him by the local villagers, the Prime Minister said the thumb impressions on the document which indicated the illiteracy of the people was most saddening.”Women from Karpuri sent me a memorandum filled with their pleas asking me to save them from the state government that is trying to take over their lands. This is the state of the 21st century Bihar where the villagers don?t even know how to sign. This is the proof of Nitish and Lalu’s misdoings for 25 years, he said while addressing a rally here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that this was nothing but ‘criminal negligence’ by the ‘brothers’, Prime Minister Modi held the duo responsible for the pathetic state of affairs in the state. PM Modi also said, “I assure you all that BJP, NDA government will be formed on the 8th. Bihar stands for- Brilliant, innovative, hardworking, action oriented, resourceful. This is the power of Bihar.”Earlier in the day, with the fourth round of polling underway in Bihar, Modi said the atmosphere is for change and NDA has a ray of hope.”Atmosphere in Bihar indicates people want change. People are seeing NDA as a ray of hope. Will campaign in Madhubani, Madhepura & Katihar,” he tweeted.
Sheohar goes to the polls on November 1 in the fourth phase, which the BJP had swept winning 53 of 55 assembly segments in 2014 general election.
Exhausted from the heat and din of campaigning, Lovely Anand enters a house in Amba village, where lunch has been arranged for her and her supporters, and asks for water. “Unlike men, I cannot campaign late into the night,” she says, wiping sweat from her face, as the NDA’s election rath continues to blare.She has recently heard that her husband Anand Mohan, who was serving a sentence in Saharsa jail for the murder of G Krishnaiah the then district magistrate of Gopalganj in 1994, has been shifted to Behur jail in Patna. “We heard he was being kept with criminals accused in bomb blasts at Modi’s rally. When some people went with food, jail authorities told them he is on a hunger strike,” she said as dna caught up with her at the village.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lovely, who is contesting from Sheohar as an NDA candidate from Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM, is relying on “sympathy” for her husband and the “Modi wave” in the tough fight against JD-U’s Sharfuddin and Ajit Kumar Jha, who is fighting on a Samajwadi Party ticket. Ajit, the son of six-time Sheohar MLA Raghunath Jha, held the seat as RJD MLA before Sharfuddin. Like Lovely, Jha is also from the upper caste.Sheohar goes to the polls on November 1 in the fourth phase, which the BJP had swept winning 53 of 55 assembly segments in 2014 general election.According to Lovely, the charge against her husband was a political conspiracy. The villagers, several of them women, crowd around Lovely whose first priority would be to get her husband out of prison. Dressed in a simple black saree, she takes the blessings of the older women. “Then there are issues like law and order to be addressed. There are no schools, colleges for girls or hospitals here.”A graduate who never thought of entering politics, Lovely is fighting not just for her own political space but also to keep alive the memory of her husband, who had a Robin Hood-like image. “When my husband went underground, I took the lead in the campaign against Lalu Prasad Yadav,” she said.Lovely won the Lok Sabha election from Vaishali in 1994, the year Krishnaiah was killed. “Before becoming an MLA, I became an MP,” she laughs. But, in 1998, she lost the seat to Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. Anand was given life imprisonment. She had fought as SP candidate in Supaul in 2014 general election but lost.Over 100km away in Kosi belt some time ago Ranjeeta Ranjan had held the banner for her husband Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, when he was in jail for his alleged involvement in CPI-M leader Ajit Sarkar’s murder.Yadav’s Jan Adhikar Party is now constesting 64 seats in the Kosi and Seemanchal belt, which goes to polls in the last phase, as part of Socialist Secular Morcha. After 14 years behind bars, he won last year’s Lok Sabha polls from Madhepura on a RJD ticket while his wife won as a Congress candidate from Supaul.It was Ranjeeta, who shouldered the responsibility of fighting legal cases for him, keeping his name alive in Madhepura and taking care of the children, when her husband was in jail.In 2009, Yadav put up his mother against BJP’s Uday Singh and managed the campaign from jail. However, Singh, who has fought several electoral battles with Yadav, won by the largest margin ever in Purnea.But, this time Yadav is seen as someone trying to play spoiler for RJD-JD (U) by cutting into its Yadav vote. The BJP, which along with allies had swept Bihar in the Lok Sabha elections, had failed to win any of the seven parliamentary seats in the Kosi and Seemanchal region.It is to be seen if Yadav succeeds in hurting the mahagathbandhan in a state where the politically conscious voter avoids wasting a vote.
While many were expecting changes after the Bihar election results, the SP high command has decided to go ahead with cleaning house.
After the Akhilesh Yadav government reshuffled several ministries in the UP cabinet, a massive shake up in the state bureaucracy and party machinery is likely, reports Hindustan Times. The exercise will be carried out at the behest of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, and with an eye on the 2017 state elections. It is said that the reshuffle was pending since the SP won just 5 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.While many were expecting changes after the Bihar election results, the SP high command has decided to go ahead with cleaning house.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The move has also denied the BJP from going on a poaching spree. According to HT, many of its leaders were in touch with SP ministers and were planning to poach them after winning the Bihar elections. But the SP feels that the Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance has the upper hand in Bihar elections.The SP’s logic is the following. One, voters are more amenable to the party with a declared chief ministerial nominee. Second, the caste card works better if combined with a leader’s personal image. Holding the grand alliance in good stead so far has been Nitish’s image of probity and performance along with RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s Yadav vote bank.Mulayam knows that while the BJP lacks a credible face in the state — Narendra Modi’s popularity eventually may not help in the state elections — Mayawati’s image of an able administrator is still keeping the BSP in the reckoning apart from the voters’ strong desire for change every five years. UP has seen the SP and BSP control power alternatively for two decades.Mulayam Singh believes that while he was the face of the party in the 2012 assembly elections, it is his son, Akhilesh, who will be pitted against Mayawati or Modi in 2017. There have been persistent allegations that while Akhilesh is the CM, real power lies in Mulayam’s hands. Mulayam Singh has to change this perception if Akhilesh is to cultivate the image of a strong and independent leader, said the HT report.
Sushil Kumar Modi was referring to the arrest of the outlawed terror outfit–Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal’s arrest on the Indo-Nepal border over two years ago in Bihar’s Madhubani district.
Sushil Kumar Modi charged Lalu Prasad and Sushil Kumar Modi with jeopardising the security of the country for votes (of a particular community).
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday charged Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad with making Bihar a “haven of terrorists” with an eye on the vote of a particular community, remarks that assume significance ahead of polling in 112 assembly seats having a sizeable presence of minorities.”Lalu-Nitish made Bihar a haven of terrorists with an eye on the voters of a particular community….a terrorist was dealt with softly because of his religion,” he said in a series of tweets a day after BJP President had said in Raxaul that firecrackers will be burst in Pakistan if by mistake BJP is defeated in Bihar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi was referring to the arrest of the outlawed terror outfit–Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal’s arrest on the Indo-Nepal border over two years ago in Bihar’s Madhubani district.Claiming that the Bihar Police had refused to take Bhatkal into its custody, the senior BJP leader alleged that the Chief Minister had made the ADG Rajesh Chandra to return to the state capital from Muzaffarpur while he was going to Raxaul to interrogate the IM co-founder.The then Bihar DGP neither questioned Bhatkal nor took him into police remand before handing him over to the central agencies, Modi said. He alleged that dozens of districts of Bihar were converted into a nursery of terrorism during the 25 years rule of the RJD and the JD(U) and that the terror attacks in Bodh Gaya and Patna (during Modi’s rally in Gandhi Maidan) was due to the state government’s indifferent towards terrorist activities in the state.Modi charged the RJD supremo and senior JD(U) leader with jeopardising the security of the country for votes (of a particular community).”For votes, Lalu and Nitish can put the entire country at risk…what to talk of Bihar only,” the BJP leader said in an attack on the secular alliance leaders.Taking cue from the BJP national president Amit Shah’s controversial remarks, Modi said that the BJP’s win at in the Bihar assembly polls will be celebrated as Diwali in India, while if the secular alliance registered victory it will be celebrations in Pakistan.”If BJP wins in Bihar there will be Diwali in India and if UPA wins there will be celebration in Pakistan,”
Shah’s statement assumes significance as these phases would cover a number of constituencies where Muslims are in sizeable number
As NDA braces up for the most challenging fifth phase of Bihar elections, BJP president Amit Shah has said that if his party loses, crackers will be burst in Pakistan.”If by any chance, the BJP loses in Bihar, though winning and losing happens, crackers will be burst in celebration in Pakistan. Do you want that to happen?,” he asks addressing a rally in Raxaul on Wednesday.He also said that in Siwan he had said that Mohd Shahabuddin, who is in jail, would be happy if Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad Yadav alliance wins. “Who would be happy?… Not Nitish…. Not Lalu. It would be Shahabuddin who would be most happy,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shah added that it was time for Bihar to get rid of ‘jungle raj’. He appealed to the people to ensure victory of BJP “so that disappointment descends in Pakistan”.On a whirlwind campaign in Bihar for next two phases of polling, Shah’s statement assumes significance as these phases would cover a number of constituencies where Muslims are in sizeable number in the 57 seats in the last phase that includes Kisanganj, Araria, Purnea, Katihar and Darbhanga.The BJP, which had won 31 of the 40 seats in Bihar during the Lok Sabha elections, does not hold any of the seven seats in the Kosi and Seemanchal belts which go to polls in the fifth phase on November 5. The region has a considerable Muslim population in several seats.Shah’s comments came in for condemnation from the JD-U, which dubbed it as an attempt to communalise the atmosphere. Ruling Janata Dal-United spokesperson KC Tyagi said the party would complain to the Election Commission on Friday.
Replying to a question that BJP’s campaign appeared to be marriage party without a groom, Amit Shah dismissed such an impression, saying on several occasions BJP fought elections on the basis of team work and elected its leader later with good results.
BJP has not given any indication to its ally and mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi that he will be its chief minister candidate if the party-led NDA wins the Bihar Assembly elections, party president Amit Shah said on Saturday.”Manjhi has the right to speak on behalf of his party. As far as BJP is concerned, we have not given any such indication nor have we decided on a name,” he told ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ show on India TV, according to a press release from the channel.He was replying to a question on Manjhi, a former chief minister who is heading Hindustani Awam Morcha (secular), claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in public indicated him as a possible chief minister.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Replying to a question that BJP’s campaign appeared to be marriage party without a groom, Shah dismissed such an impression, saying on several occasions BJP fought elections on the basis of team work and elected its leader later with good results. He gave the examples of Maharashtra and Jharkhand where nobody was projected as the chief ministerial candidate but party governments were formed and chief ministers were doing a good work.”We have very good and experienced leaders in Bihar who can give the state a good government,” he said.The release said Shah admitted the issue of development took a back seat when the issue of beef was raised in Bihar elections. He accused RJD supremo Lalu Prasad of raking up the issue.
At some place the tantrik is heard asking Nitish Kumar why did he join hands with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and the tantrik uttering “Nitish Zindabad and Lalu Murdabad’.
“I am a bigger tantrik than these tantriks,” Lalu said about the tantrik episode.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday courted controversy as a video of his meeting a ‘tantrik’ went viral, providing fresh ammunition to his rivals who took a dig at him claiming the JD(U) leader was resorting to occult to get rid of foe-turned-friend Lalu Yadav.The video whose sound is blurred shows Nitish Kumar sitting on a charpoy with the tantrik (faith healer) in presence of Neeraj Kumar, JD(U) candidate from Mokama. Though most of the conversation between Kumar and the tantrik is not audible, at some place the tantrik is heard asking Nitish Kumar why did he join hands with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and the tantrik uttering “Nitish Zindabad and Lalu Murdabad.” The tantrik is seen blessing Kumar and hugging him. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP was quick to target both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad. Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh alleged that Kumar met the tantrik “to get rid” of Lalu Prasad. “Lalu Prasad had recently, while attacking Prime Minister, said he knows the formula to ward off evil forces. But before he could do so his younger brother (Nitish Kumar) reached a tantrik to get rid of Lalu Prasad,” Giriraj Singh told reporters.Asked about the video, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said, “when the situation is bad, even ‘tantra-mantra’ does not help”. Asked why BJP was targeting Kumar when the saffron party leaders are often seen with ‘babas’, Jaitley retorted, “Yes they are, but not to plot against their own associates”, a veiled reference to Nitish-Lalu rivalry.When a question was asked to RJD President Lalu Prasad about Kumar meeting the tantrik who said “Lalu murdabad”, Prasad said he was not aware of the video. He, however, quipped, “I am a bigger tantrik than these tantriks.”Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said since voters have rejected Nitish Kumar and his grand secular alliance in the first two rounds of voting, Kumar is now making rounds of tantriks and faith healers to invoke divine blessings in the elections.Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi also attacked Kumar saying “he claims to be a socialist leader but promoting orthodox believes by visiting tantriks”.
India’s literary council condemns recent attacks on writers, while about 100 writers stage a march against what they call rising intolerance.
The men allegedly told him his writings were ‘anti-Hindu’ because he had spoken about the caste system.
A 23-year-old student of journalism was attacked on Thursday for his ‘anti-Hindu’ his writings. Huchangi Prasad a student at the Davangere University was attacked at his hostel in the early hours of the day by a group of men.According to a report in The Hindu, Prasad had published a book more than a year ago which was perceived as ‘controversial’ by some people. On Thursday, an unidentified man reportedly came to the SC/ST hostel at the university and told Prasad that his mother was in the hospital as she had a heart attack. Prasad went with the man believing it to be true but was attacked in the APMC Yard by eight to ten men.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The men allegedly told him his writings were ‘anti-Hindu’ because he had spoken about the caste system. They put kumkum on his face and told him they will cut off his fingers to end his writing career.Prasad ran and hid in the woods after the attack and came out several hours later when he was sure the group had left. According to The Hindu report, he has filed a case with the police.
Patna: Top leaders of Grand Secular Alliance, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on the NDA government over the death of two children in Faridabad who were set afire along with their parents allegedly by upper caste members.
RJD President Lalu Prasad, in a tweet, said, “I had demanded them to burn books of Guru Golwalkar which are anti-Dalit in theme…but in their rule instead Dalits are burnt alive…Dalits and backwards unit.”
“Along with scrapping reservation, in the rule of BJP and RSS, Dalits who are beneficiary of reservation are being set on fire,” Prasad said in another tweet.
The RJD chief has made reservation issue a major poll plank of his party in context of the remarks of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who had pitched for a review of the reservation system.
The incident had occurred yesterday at Sunped village when the family was sleeping inside their home and the attackers allegedly poured petrol from the window, killing two-and-half- year old Vaibhav and his 11-month-old sister Divya.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also hit out at the Central government over the incident.
“Shocked at this gruesome incident. Where are those now who claimed ‘hamari sarkar bana do sab theek ho jayega’ (bring my government to power and everything will be okay),” Kumar tweeted.
Locked in a keen tussle with NDA, the two leaders of grand secular alliance are using every opportunity to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is the face of the coalition in Bihar elections.
“He (Prasad) was found hanging in his room in Ganga hostel in a nylon rope tied to the fan. Today he had an exam but he did not turn up and hence his friends came to his room to check and found him hanging,” a police official said.
In the second such incident in less than a month, a 22-year old student of IIT, Madras, allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room on Monday, police said.Rahul Prasad, a final year B Tech student from Kerala, was found hanging from a ceiling fan, they said.The incident comes barely a month after the suicide of IIT-M M.Tech student Nagendra Kumar Reddy in the hostel on September 21.”He (Prasad) was found hanging in his room in Ganga hostel in a nylon rope tied to the fan. Today he had an exam but he did not turn up and hence his friends came to his room to check and found him hanging,” a police official told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police retrieved the body by breaking open the room door and sent it to a government hospital here for autopsy.Prasad hailed from Kollam in Kerala and he was last seen by his friends by around 9 pm yesterday.The student’s family members have been informed and they were on their way here, he said.”No suicide note was found… A case has been registered and further probe is on. As of now, we do not know the reason for the suicide,” he said adding the body had no injuries.Meanwhile, in a statement, IIT Madras said “police are investigating the death and the institute is extending full cooperation to the investigation.””At this time, we have no indication of the reason for death. The institute offers its heartfelt condolences to the student’s family and near and dear ones for the unfortunate and devastating loss.””We urge and request the media to respect and maintain the privacy of the individual out of consideration for his loved ones at this difficult time,” IIT Madras said.
Sushil Modi’s remark came in response to grand secular alliance leader Lalu Prasad’s oft repeated jibe at BJP that it (the alliance) has a ‘dulha’ (bridegroom) in Kumar but NDA has none.
In a sarcastic rejoinder to grand secular alliance’s claim of having a ‘dulha’ (bridegroom) in Nitish Kumar, the BJP on Monday said the JD-U leader was going for a second marriage and no bride would like to garland him.”Nitish Kumar is going for second marriage. No girl wants to garland a man going for second marriage,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said. He blamed Kumar for severing 17-year-old ties with BJP in June 2013 opposing Narendra Modi.Sushil Modi’s remark came in response to grand secular alliance leader Lalu Prasad’s oft repeated jibe at BJP that it (the alliance) has a ‘dulha’ (bridegroom) in Kumar but NDA has none. The JD(U), RJD and Congress coalition have named Kumar as its chief ministerial candidate in the Bihar poll.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP-led NDA has not named anybody as its nominee for the post and is fighting the poll in the name of Prime Minister Modi.
With BJP on the backfoot over the beef controversy and the writers’ protest against “rising intolerance”, its chief Amit Shah on Monday said BJP cannot be blamed for incidents which occurred in states ruled by other parties.
With BJP on the backfoot over the beef controversy and the writers’ protest against “rising intolerance”, its chief Amit Shah on Monday said BJP cannot be blamed for incidents which occurred in states ruled by other parties.Addressing a press conference in Bihar for the first time since Assembly elections began, he also said BJP supports the present reservation policy as he sought to clear the air over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on the quota which have been seized by RJD chief Lalu Prasad to consolidate backward caste votes.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after he ticked off a number of party leaders, including Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, MP Sakshi Maharaj and MLA Sangeet Som, over their controversial comments, Shah said the parties in power in UP and Karnataka were answerable for the incidents cited by protesting writers.The two incidents, Dadri lynching and murder of noted Kannada writer and rationalist MM Kalburgi, happened in Samajwadi Party-ruled UP and Congress-ruled Karnataka, he noted, adding, “law and order is a state issue. You all know that. We have nothing to do with it”.The protest by writers was primarily driven by these two incidents, he insisted.With numerically strong backward groups seen to be supporting the grand alliance, he reached out to extremely backward castes and scheduled castes around the NDA, saying they “dread” the return of a government which will be “remote-controlled” by RJD chief Lalu Prasad.He also took on journalists who repeatedly asked him questions over Bhagwat’s comments and recent rows over Dadri lynching and beef, saying they should declare what is their agenda before that ask about BJP’s agenda.”You are not asking me any question about Bihar or Nitish Kumar’s government….Before asking about BJP’s agenda, you should tell us about your agenda,” Shah retorted.Shah said the BJP-led NDA will win 32-34 seats in the first phase of polling and 22-24 in the second phase out of the total 81 seats that have gone to polls so far.He also rejected reports that BJP had cancelled some rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi because it wanted to pull him out of campaign limelight due to its poor show in the first two phases, as alleged by the rival grand alliance leaders, and asserted that he will address as many rallies as earlier planned.Modi is set to address 13 more rallies in the coming days.
On Chief Minister Nitish Kumar trying to put the NDA government at the Centre on mat on socio-economic and political issues, Syed Shahanwaz Hussain questioned Kumar’s national vision claiming that he did not have any business to do so as he was not even a full-fledged leader of Bihar itself.
BJP leader Syed Shahanwaz Hussain on Sunday described the grand alliance a coalition of “power hungry” parties considering the “contrasting” roles played by the alliance leaders with reference to the Bhagalpur riots.”The very nature of grand alliance raises several question marks vis-a-vis the Bhagalpur riots in late 1980s which took place during the Congress rule, Lalu Prasad came to power after the 1989 elections and brazenly protected the perpetrators, while Nitish Kumar upon becoming the Chief Minister in 2005 had the riot cases re-investigated…” he told reporters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All three parties, who had taken contrasting stances on the Bhagalpur riot incidents in which thousands of Muslims were killed, have now joined forces for collective self-interest, Hussain, the BJP national spokesperson, said.On Chief Minister Nitish Kumar trying to put the NDA government at the Centre on mat on socio-economic and political issues, he questioned Kumar’s national vision claiming that he did not have any business to do so as he was not even a full-fledged leader of Bihar itself.”It’s a matter of fact that Kumar has never contested all 243 Assembly seats in Bihar nor his party won majority seats on its own, but yet he worries about the entire country and gives unsolicited advice to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Hussain said and asked the Chief Minister to keep the counsel to himself as the PM does not need ‘NOC’ (no objection certificate) from him on any issue.With the caste and beef issues emerging as major poll planks in Bihar, the senior BJP leader charged Prasad and Kumar with fomenting communal strife in the state to reap electoral dividends “which was in stark contrast with the BJP-led coalition’s sole thrust on development to win the elections.””The RJD supremo and the senior JD(U) leader are deliberately raking up reservation and beef issues to polarize the voters and derail the NDA’s development plank,” he said.On film actor-turned-BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha’s statement that the “cancellation” of PM’s rallies in Bihar had sent a wrong signal to the voters, Hussain refrained from taking on his party colleague, but said that there was no plan to hold Modi’s rally in the state in the past week.On the BJP MP from Patna Sahib backing the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s stand for review of reservation policy, he said that the Prime Minister himself and and the BJP national president Amit Shah have clarified time and again that the quota for the OBCs and SC/SCs was there to stay.
In an apparent bid to create fissures in the secular alliance ahead of the remaining three phases of Assembly polls, the BJP has made public Nitish Kumar’s letter to the then Chief Minister Lalu Prasad 23 years ago in which he had charged Prasad with fostering corruption and giving leverage to a particular caste in government jobs.
In an apparent bid to create fissures in the secular alliance ahead of the remaining three phases of Assembly polls, the BJP has made public Nitish Kumar’s letter to the then Chief Minister Lalu Prasad 23 years ago in which he had charged Prasad with fostering corruption and giving leverage to a particular caste in government jobs.The BJP published selectively from Kumar’s letter in full-page advertisements in vernacular dailies yesterday and asked people to decide for whom to vote.The letters were taken from author Srikant’s book ‘Bihar: Chitthion ki Rajniti’ (Bihar: Politics of Letter).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the letter written in December 1992, Kumar accused Prasad, then his comrade in-arms, of renouncing social justice agenda and making it a mere slogan for personal popularity.”There appears to be grave injustice to the extent that one can smell a sense of prejudice when one looks at practical aspect of the social justice agenda (in Bihar),” he had purportedly written in that letter.Claiming that contrary to perception that OBC people will too benefit from the state government’s thrust on social justice agenda, Kumar, the then senior leader of National Front, alleged that grave irregularities and malpractice were carried out in recruitment in police giving an impression that all vacancies were reserved for a particular dominant caste.Kumar said he was told by an MP that a particular community was given preference in recruitment.He had also questioned the then Chief Minister on secularism saying the conduct of the latter reflect an idea that he was the sole flag-bearer of secular ethos.
Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was fortunate enough to escape unhurt when a running ceiling fan fell on stage, almost touching him. Lalu was at a rally in Motihari.After a minor chaos on stage caused by the accident, Lalu wasted no time in flaunting the incident as a badge of success.Showing his talisman to the people in rally, his opening line of the speech was, “No matter how many arrows are aimed at me, no one can harm Lalu.”He did, however, blame the police for the mishap.Watch the video here: <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
The Modi government on Friday suffered a second setback over its pet reforms with the Supreme Court quashing the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) and restoring the collegium system. The move has brought the government and the judiciary virtually on the verge of a confrontation.Earlier this year, the government was forced to withdraw the Land Acquisition Bill in the wake of stiff resistance from the Opposition. The bill to set up the National Judicial Commission for appointment of judges in the higher judiciary, a promise in the BJP manifesto, was passed unanimously in August, 2014. This also coincided with the delay in another major reform programme of bringing uniform goods and services tax.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who held the law portfolio when the NJAC bill was passed, described the verdict as a setback for Parliamentary sovereignty, saying that there was 100 per cent unanimity in Lok Sabha while only one MP– Ram Jethmalani– in Rajya Sabha. Congress who conceived the bill, welcomed the judgment saying an independent judiciary was fundamental to a democracy.Soon after the Court verdict, law minister Sadanand Gowda and Prasad expressed their surprise and said the government will come out with a structured response after examining the judgment in detail and holding consultations.Later, Prasad held a press conference at the BJP headquarters. “While upholding very dearly the principle of independence of judiciary, I regret to say that parliamentary sovereignty has received a setback today,” Prasad told reporters at the BJP headquarters here. Prasad, a lawyer himself, admitted that the NJAC was a part of judicial reforms that was exercised after deep consideration for over 20 years.”Various commissions headed by eminent judges, including Administrative Reforms Commission and different parliamentary committees had recommended NJAC,” said the communication minister, who is a lawyer by profession and a former law minister.Prasad said even former chief justice JS Verma had publicly raised misgivings on the working of the collegium system and had suggested a serious rethink. “Twenty legislatures of the states unanimously approved it despite the continuous divide in the politics of India,” he said. Gowda said a decision will be taken after consulting senior colleagues and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Congress refused to toe the same line as the BJP-led government, which described the bill as the ‘collective wisdom’ of Parliament. Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjiwala said the NJAC judgment implicitly reflected lack of confidence in government which has eroded institutional autonomy and constitutional safeguards over last 17 months. He said the party was happy to note that Constitution Bench of Supreme Court had itself recognised the shortcomings of collegium system s and directed to hear arguments on the issue of ensuring transparency, accountability and responsibility in the first week of November, 2015. The party also cautioned that the issue should not be looked as confrontation between Parliament and judiciary.However, Goa’s Congress MP Shantaram Naik, who had headed Parliamentary Standing Committee that cleared the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013 took a different line. He regretted that the judges in the name of interpretations, have laid down their own ‘laws’, disregarding Parliament and at times, go to the extent of giving directions to government to enact a particular legislation in particular manner. He suggested that the President should be empowered to constitute a bench of eminent jurists, outside the judicial framework of the Supreme Court judges, to decide the fate of legislations like this in which the judges’ interests are involved. While enacting the law, he said Parliament had unanimously echoed its opinion that there was a tremendous element of nepotism of serious nature in the appointment of judges and moreover in no country the judges themselves appoint the judges. Naik further said the Supreme Court had usurped the power of government to appoint the judges in consultation with the judiciary until 1993 when it bestowed upon own judges the power of appointment by the instrument of judicial pronouncement.
The RJD President had escaped unhurt when a portion of the dais at his election meeting caved in due to overloading.
Looks like some poll voodoo seems to be chasing RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav as he continue to face mishaps. After a near chance of getting hurt following a stage collapse during an election rally in Arwal, today, a ceiling fan fell on him and hit him. He was luckily unhurt from the incident.Also read- Bihar polls: Lalu Prasad escapes unhurt as portion of dais caves in at election meeting<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RJD President had escaped unhurt when a portion of the dais at his election meeting caved in due to overloading in Madhuvan Maidan in Bihar’s Arwal district earlier. Due to overcrowding at the dais, a portion of it caved in and many RJD workers fell down, eyewitnesses and the police said. Prasad was at another side of the wooden dais. Later, excess people were evicted from the dais and the table was also removed to ease load on the platform. Prasad later addressed the public meeting at the same venue, about 12 km from Arwal town. Prasad came to address the election meeting in support of RJD candidate from Arwal Ravindra Singh when the mishap took place. Nobody suffered any major injury in the mishap, Station House Officer of Town Police station Kanhiah Singh said.Also read- Watch: Lalu Prasad Yadav dubsmashing Narendra Modi is the funniest thing on the internet todayThe RJD chief later jokingly said, “Nothing bad happens to good person like me, but those who have committed some wrong are punished.” Prasad has been on a whirlwind tour of the state addressing on an average 7-8 election meetings to drum up support for grand secular alliance in the Bihar elections.
An FIR has already been lodged against Lalu recently in Bihar for allegedly making casteist remarks.
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The Election Commission on Thursday cautioned RJD chief Lalu Prasad for his reported castiest remarks which it said were violative of the model code and asked him to be “more careful” in public utterances during election campaigns in future.”…the Commission has considered your reply carefully and has observed that you have not denied having made the impugned statements…the explanations furnished by you in support of justifying those statements have not been found convincing by the Commission,” the EC said in its order.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It reminded Lalu that the statements can aggravate the differences between different sections of society and also inciting them on grounds of caste and religion.”…the Commission is, thus of the considered opinion that you have violated the provisions…of Model Code of Conduct…now, therefore, the Commission cautions you to abide by the provisions of MCC in letter and spirit and be more careful in public utterances during election campaigns in future,” the poll watchdog said.Related read: EC issues show cause notice to Sharad Yadav over controversial remarksAn FIR has already been lodged against Lalu recently in Bihar for allegedly making casteist remarks. Launching his campaign from Raghopur, the RJD supremo had described the assembly elections as a direct fight between “the backward castes and forward castes” and gave a call to Yadavs and other backward castes to rally behind the secular alliance to defeat BJP-led NDA.Earlier, while issuing the notice, the EC reminded him that “promoting feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of citizens on the ground of religion, race, caste, community or language” is an electoral offence under section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and also an offence under section 153A and section 505(2) of the IPC.
Tariq Anwar, the face of the Sharad Pawar-led party in Bihar, had said that at the time they joined hands that the Third Front of six parties, including NCP, had come together to uphold secularism by fighting the Congress and BJP.
The Third Front in Bihar was jolted in the midst of the Assembly polls as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday decided to walk out of the grouping citing “pro- BJP statements” by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. NCP General Secretary and MP Tariq Anwar announced the party’s decision to quit the six-party Third Front at a press conference in Patna.Anwar said the decision was in reaction to Mulayam’s purported comment that there was a wave in favour of BJP and that the saffron party would form the government in the coming days in Bihar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The statement by Mulayam while campaigning for his party’s candidates in Rohtas and Aurangabad in the second phase of voting is sad and unfortunate,” charged the NCP Lok Sabha member from Katihar. The second phase of polling in Bihar is to be held on Friday.Anwar, the face of the Sharad Pawar-led party in Bihar, had said that at the time they joined hands that the Third Front of six parties, including NCP, had come together to uphold secularism by fighting the Congress and BJP.”But the SP chief’s statement to directly or indirectly help BJP betrays that understanding,” he told reporters.SP, NCP, Janadhikar Party of Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav, Samajwadi Janata Party of former Union minister Devendra Prasad Yadav, National Peoples Party of former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma and Samras Samaj Party of former Union minister Nagmani had come together as part of the Third Front.NCP, which had joined the Grand Secular Alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress initially and was allocated three seats, had quit that grouping charging it was being underestimated by Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar. The party later joined hands with SP, which had also quit the grand secular alliance complaining about Congress’s membership of it.
A political war of words has erupted between Congress and BJP over Supreme Court’s observations, while rejecting sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s plea for SIT probe into two FIRs lodged by Gujarat police in the wake of post-Godhra 2002 riots. The Supreme Court had said on Tuesday that attempts were made through politics and activism to influence proceedings on Gujarat riots in the top court. While BJP cashed in on it to say that it vindicated its stand that Congress was behind Bhatt, the opposition party was “disappointed” with the apex court’s judgment. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, whom BJP fielded to react on the issue, said it was a matter of great assurance that SC had rejected Bhatt’s petition. “What is truly remarkable is SC in a judgment has confirmed with positive evidence all apprehensions we had for so many years. Namely there is a group patronised by Congress of NGOs, selected bureaucrats, civil servants, police officers, who are doing their bid to defame the Gujarat government, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” he said.Prasad said Bhatt was in close association with Congress and was emailing them about proceedings before Nanavati Commission besides trying to “manipulate” a section of media.Congress spokesman RPN Singh expressed concern over the verdict accusing Bhatt of being influenced by the rival party and NGOs when neither were party in the case nor they were heard by the court. The Congress is the BJP’s main rival in Gujarat, hence the court’s remarks amounted to accusing Congress of pushing Bhatt to engage in litigations.Singh further alleged that the affidavit filed by advocate general of Gujarat was vetted by the accused, drawing similarity between what the UPA law minister Ashwani Kumar had done, while briefing CBI and law officers on filing of affidavit on coal scam. The affidavit was also approved by S Gurumurthi, an RSS idealogue and who has nothing to do with the government. A fiercer attack came from Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, calling the judgment by the bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu as outrageous. “What other verdict is to be expected from a Bench presided over by that shameless man Dattu, who openly praised Modi, and against whom there are serious allegations of corruption,” he said.In another tweet, he said: “Dattu has built a palatial house in Bangalore which must be costing 50 crores. Where did he get the money for this?”Justice Katju also claimed in his blog post that long before Dattu was appointed CJI, he had sent to then Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad a copy of a dossier containing prima facie documentary proof of his massive corruption. He also discussed the CJI’s several cases of alleged corruption.His surmise is that there appears some secret deal between PM Modi and CJI Dattu as he wrote: “My guess is that when Ravi Shankar Prasad, the then Union Law Minister received the diossier I sent him, he must have shown it to Modi and Arun Jaitley, and then they must have blackmailed Dattu by showing him the dossier, and telling him to do as they say, otherwise they will expose him. How else is one to explain Dattu’s effulgent praise of Modi openly? And how else is one to explain this latest outrageous judgment?”
The Election Commission has cut short the time for voting by one to two hours in as many as 23 constituencies that would go to poll on October 16, depending upon its perception of the threat from outlawed naxalite groups.
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The hustle and bustle of campaigning for the second phase of poll in 32 assembly seats in Bihar ended on Wednesday evening with the sting video of a senior minister in the Nitish Kumar government providing the BJP-led NDA with fresh ammunition to attack the grand secular alliance on corruption. The 32 seats are spread across six naxal-hit districts– Jehanabad, Arwal, Gaya, Rohtas, Kaimur and Aurangabad.The Election Commission has cut short the time for voting by one to two hours in as many as 23 constituencies that would go to poll on October 16, depending upon its perception of the threat from outlawed naxalite groups.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Only 9 out of a total of 32 seats would see voting from 7 AM to 5 PM. 12 Constituencies would witness voting till 4 PM, while 11 others would have balloting only till 3 PM, Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshamanan said.The sting video of JD(U) minister Awadhesh Prasad Kushwaha gave additional ammunition to the NDA for launching a spirited assault on the JD(U)-RJD-Congress combine during the electioneering for the second phase of the 5-phase polls.Prime Minister Narendra Modi prominently raised the issue at his rallies in Jehanabad and Bhubua on October 12, a day after the damning video surfaced on the 113th birth anniversary of socialist icon Jayaprakash Narayan. He attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, products of JP’s ‘Total Revolution’ movement, for “insulting” their leader, who fought against corrruption, on his birth anniversary.BJP chief Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh extensively toured the constituencies. LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan, RSLP leader Upendra Kushwaha and Hindustani Awam Morcha’s Jitan Ram Manjhi, other three allies of BJP, too held a number of election meetings.The Grand Alliance’s campaign was led by Nitish Kumar and Lalu. Neither Congress president Sonia Gandhi nor her deputy Rahul Gandhi made any appearance for this phase of poll.On the last day of electioneering, Nitish and Lalu attacked Narendra Modi for his “delayed” reaction to the Dadri lynching incident. Modi, in an interview to Bengali daily Ananda Bazar Patrika, had termed as “unfortunate” the Dadri episode following rumours of beef consumption.
BJP is confident that its caste and development combination will give them an edge over Nitish Kumar, who has allied with tainted Lalu Prasad Yadav.
With deft fingers, Shagun Pandit churns out two earthen diyas a minute. Till Diwali, he will spend his time on the potter’s wheel, but after that he will have to look for odd daily wage labour jobs.His Kumhar (potters) community, a component of the Extremely Backward Classes (EBC), is struggling for space in a market, where terracota surais have been replaced with refrigerators, earthen lamps with Chinese ones and roof tiles with tin or concrete. Pandit’s children are studying and will not grow up to be kumhars.He has lost hope in the political class. “Nobody has done anything for us. We sell our products cheap to those in the market as we don’t get space to put up stalls in the market,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>So whom will he vote for– Nitish Kumar or Narendra Modi? He is silent, refusing to look up from the wheel where he will sit till the sun goes down, oblivious that his vote, like those of others who belonged to the EBC counted, more than ever this time.Both the formations– Nitish Kumar-led mahagathbandhan and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA)– are hoping to capture a larger chunk of the EBCs, who constitute around 24 per cent of the state’s electorate.The JD-U is banking on the allegiance of large sections of the EBC to Nitish Kumar, who had carved out this section from the larger Mandal block and showered largesse on them through various schemes and reservation in local bodies. On the other hand, the NDA is hoping to breach the constituency, as it did in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, relying on the EBC’s friction with the Yadavs, who were the dominant backward caste.While the EBCs do not seem to have turned against Nitish Kumar, the Yadav aggression appeared to be creating apprehensions among the EBCs who may end up voting for JD-U candidates but not for RJD, according to political observers. Of the 243 seats, the JD-U is contesting in just 100 assembly segments, the same as the RJD. The BJP is fighting in 160.Nitish Kumar had segregated over a 100 castes from other backward classes like Yadavs (14 per cent), Kurmi (four per cent) and Koeri (5-6 per cent), to create a constituency against Lalu Prasad Yadav.The NDA is hoping to get the backing of the Mallahs, one of the most sizeable chunks in the EBC constituting around ten per cent, Tanti, Juleha and Chaurasia among others. The Mahagathbandhan is hoping to get the support of the Gangotas, Kumhars, teli and some others.The BJP is confident that its caste and development combination will give them an edge over Nitish Kumar, who has allied with tainted Lalu Prasad Yadav.”In Bihar there is a tsunami in favour of development and in that the opporttunistic alliance with the fodder scam accused will be weeded out from the roots. The youth want corruption free and crime free development of the state which Prime Minister Narendra Modi can provide,” said BJP spokesperson Shrikant Sharma.