Was Nitish Kumar right in stating that PM Modi was 'bidding' for Bihar with Rs.1.25-lakh-crore package?

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  • Bihar's JD-U collects 1.5 million samples for DNA testing
    Bihar's ruling JD-U has collected 1.5 million hair and nail samples of its party leaders, workers and supporters to send to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a DNA test, in protest against his comment questioning Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's DNA at a public rally. "Till date, the party has collected 1.5 million samples from JD-U leaders and workers for a DNA test and we have set a target to collect fifty lakh samples during the Swabhiman rally of the JD-U along with RJD and Congress on August 30 here," JD-U spokesperson Ajay Alok said. Alok said that 80 counters would be set up to collect samples at Gandhi Maidan here, the site of the rally.  Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad are actively wooing supporters to make their joint rally a success. The event will be their first big show of unity, a year after the two leaders joined hands in a bid to defeat the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state. Alok said that the party is confident it would collect 5 million (50 lakh) samples to send to Modi by September 15. Source: IANS
    2015-08-28 05:03:22 PM
  • Odisha opposition legislators unhappy with speaker
    Unhappy with the house proceedings, Congress members on Friday accused the Odisha speaker of having a "partial approach" towards lawmakers. The legislators submitted a memorandum to Governor S.C. Jamir, protesting against the 'partial approach' of Speaker Niranjan Pujari in conducting the house proceedings. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also boycotted the rest of the monsoon session citing the same reason. The session ends on August 29. Source: IANS
    2015-08-28 05:01:09 PM
  • CPI-M won't come to power even in 3016: Mamata
    Slamming the Left Front over its "violent" peasants rally, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the Marxists won't come to power in the state for 1,000 years. A day after the Left rally turned violent, leaving many people including policeman injured, Banerjee accused the Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) of political bankruptcy. "Those who have been rejected by people, those who follow archaic politics are trying to create tension... Is this what comrades call politics?" she told a gathering on the foundation day of the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad - her party's student wing. "The CPI-M is politically bankrupt, its ideology is bricks, guns and killing. Forget 2016, the CPI-M will not come back to power even in 3016. They have been rejected by people everywhere," said Banerjee. Source: IANS
    2015-08-28 04:59:25 PM
  • Bihar poll the real test for Modi
    Roughly 32,000 new voters enrolled in each constituency for this year's assembly election in Bihar may play a decisive role in determining the ultimate poll result. The presence of these new voters becomes important in the light of the fact that during the last two assembly elections in the state, the victory margins of many of the winning candidates ranged between 12,000 and 13,000 votes. But there are plenty of ifs and buts before the state goes to the polls. The electoral behaviour of the Hindi-speaking states in the Indo-Gangetic plain is always influenced by caste factors and here, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, a former chief minister and one of the principal players of caste-based politics in India, have stolen a march by stitching up an alliance and announcing their respective share of seats. There is reason for the Bharatiya Janatta Party (BJP) to feel a bit rattled as it cannot field an equally powerful counter-combination of castes and, therefore, has fallen back on its slogan of "development" as can be understood from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of a grant of Rs.1.25 lakh crore for Bihar.  Source: IANS
    2015-08-28 01:55:50 PM
  • President, PM pay tributes to 1965 war martyrs
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to pay tribute to the soldiers as India marked the 50th year of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid his respects to the soldiers who fought the 1965 war. "As we mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war, I bow to all brave soldiers who fought for our motherland in the war," Modi said in a tweet. "The courage and bravery of our armed forces is very inspiring. They triumphed over every obstacle and protected India's unity and integrity," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-28 01:52:49 PM

  • PM pays tribute to 1965 war soldiers
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid his respects to the soldiers who fought the 1965 India-Pakistan war to commemorate its 50th anniversary. "As we mark the 50th anniversary of 1965 war, I bow to all brave soldiers who fought for our Motherland in the war," Modi said in a tweet. "The courage and bravery of our armed forces is very inspiring. They triumphed over every obstacle and protected India's unity and integrity," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-28 11:34:16 AM
  • BJP to start seat sharing talks soon in Bihar
    The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday indicated that it will finalise seat sharing deal with its allies in Bihar for the upcoming assembly polls by the first week of next month. "We had informal talks on seat sharing with the leaders of LJP, RLSP and HAM (Secular) over the seat-sharing arrangements and formal talks will be held in the first week of September," BJP general secretary and state in charge Bhupendra Yadav said here in a press conference. BJP's comments came days after Lok Janshakti Party and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party had demanded that the seat-sharing arrangement be done within a week. Yadav also accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of playing politics over the special package announced by the central government. "Rs. 1.25 lakh crore package announced by the prime minister will change the future of Bihar and write a new chapter of development in the state," he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address a rally in Bhagalpur, which will complete first phage of party's Parivartan rallies. Source: IANS
    2015-08-28 10:48:18 AM
  • Bihar will avenge Modi's insult, says Kejriwal
    he people of Bihar will respond in the assembly polls Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "DNA slur" about Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said here on Thursday. "It was wrong to say that there was something wrong with the DNA of Nitish Kumar. It was an insult to Bihar," the Aam Aadmi Party leader told a seminar organised by the Bihar government on good governance. "The people of Bihar will reply to it in the assembly elections," he added. Kejriwal said the Bharatiya Janata Party had committed the same mistake during Delhi's assembly elections by questioning his 'gotra'. "Now they have raised the question of DNA... People will reply to them." Source: IANS
    2015-08-27 05:21:21 PM
  • BJP-PDP coalition opportunistic, Modi is divisive: Rahul
    Jammu and Kashmir's ruling coalition is opportunistic, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday, and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of practising "divisive politics". Addressing saffron farmers in Pampore in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, Gandhi targeted the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition. "The UPA government had brought Jammu and Kashmir back on the rails. But the present ruling alliance here is an opportunistic coalition that does not want to help the people or bring back peace," he said. Gandhi, who is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, said his visits to the troubled state make him both happy and sad. "I am happy because this is the land of my ancestors. And I am sad because you people have suffered a lot over the years," he said, in an obvious reference to the unending separatist campaign in the state. Source: IANS
    2015-08-27 03:31:00 PM
  • Kejriwal says Modi's Clean India drive has failed
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean India campaign a failure, and said the youth were losing faith in the Modi government. Addressing a meeting organised by the Bihar government here, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also hinted that electricity prices in Delhi may become cheaper. In a direct attack on Modi, he said people were promised before the Lok Sabha election that black money would be brought back to the country, and now they were being told to do yoga. Kejriwal said that while millions of rupees had been spent on advertisements related to the "Swachh Bharat" drive, "not a single lane was clean". While not visibly taking sides in the upcoming Bihar assembly election, he said people in the state had two models to choose from -- the central and the Delhi governments. Source: IANS
    2015-08-27 03:29:09 PM

  • Vice president greets nation on Onam
    Vice President Hamid Ansari on Thursday greeted the people of India on the occasion of Onam, to be celebrated on Friday. "I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Onam," he said in a statement here. Ansari said: "Celebrated with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm, this festival reflects the central role of agriculture in Indian society." Source: IANS
    2015-08-27 01:53:04 PM
  • Modi believes in divisive politics: Rahul on Gujarat
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi believed in ruling the nation by dividing it, referring to the violence in Gujarat over reservations for the Patel community. The Congress leader, who is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, addressed Saffron growers in Pampore town of Pulwama district after his arrival in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday. Asked about his reaction to the violence in Modi's home state Gujarat, Gandhi said: "Narendra Modi believes in divisive politics. He believes in ruling the country by dividing it. The UPA believes in uniting the country." Gandhi also targeted the partners of Kashmir's ruling alliance - the Peoples Democratic Party and Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party - and termed it an "opportunistic coalition". "The UPA government had brought Jammu and Kashmir back on the rails. But the present ruling alliance here is an opportunistic coalition that does not want to help the people or bring back peace," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-27 01:50:08 PM
  • Kejriwal in Bihar
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived here on Thursday on a day-long visit. He was shown black flags by three people who claimed to be supporters of social activist Anna Hazare, police said, adding all the three protesters have been detained. Bihar Chief Minster Nitish Kumar, who was the chief guest at Delhi government's cultural programme last week, had invited Kejriwal to Bihar and speak on the public delivery system. During his visit, Kejriwal along with Nitish Kumar will visit Bodh Gaya to offer prayers in Mahabodhi temple, considered birth place of Buddhism. Source: IANS
    2015-08-27 01:47:36 PM
  • Kejriwal to visit Patna
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will leave for Patna on Thursday to speak at a Bihar government programme. Bihar Chief Minster Nitish Kumar, who was the chief guest at Delhi government's cultural programme last week, had invited Kejriwal to come and speak on the the public delivery system. "CM's flight for Patna is at 7 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday)," said a Delhi government official. "He is also likely to visit Bodh Gaya with Nitish Kumar." Kejriwal will return on Friday. Source: IANS
    2015-08-27 10:04:49 AM
  • Gadkari dares Nitish to debate on Bihar package
    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday challenged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to a debate on the Rs.1.25 lakh crore package for the state announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that Nitish described as "mere repackaging of old schemes". "I am sad that Nitish Kumar is hampering our efforts towards Bihar's development. He is making such remarks out of frustration, sensing defeat in the upcoming assembly polls," Gadkari told . Source: IANS
    2015-08-27 09:58:53 AM

  • Himachal cabinet expansion on Thursday
    The second cabinet expansion of the nearly three-year-old Congress government in Himachal Pradesh will take place in the state capital on Thursday, with the likely induction of former minister Karan Singh, an official said. Karan Singh is a legislator from Banjar in Kullu district. With his induction, the strength of the cabinet, including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, would go up to 12 - the maximum sanctioned strength. The last expansion took place on March 2, 2013, when former union communications minister Sukh Ram's son Anil Sharma was inducted as a minister. Source: IANS
    2015-08-26 04:44:03 PM
  • PM appeals for peace in Gujarat
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace, a day after the state witnessed violence at a mega rally seeking reservations for the Patel community. "Everyone must work together for development and it is through development that we can serve the people, especially the poor. Violence has never done good for anyone," Modi tweeted. "Once again, I appeal to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace. Violence will never achieve anything. It is my appeal to all of you -- the only Mantra must be 'Shanti' (peace)," Modi, a former three-time chief minister of Gujarat, said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-26 02:15:03 PM
  • Modi's Bihar package is mere repackaging, says Nitish
    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said the bulk of the Rs.1.25 lakh crore announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as special package for Bihar was a "mere repackaging of old schemes". "A closer look reveals that against the claim of Rs.1.25 lakh crore, at least Rs.1.08 lakh crore worth projects is nothing but a mere repackaging of old schemes," Nitish Kumar told the media here. He said this included appropriation of pre-approved allocations for old ones and continued contribution to ongoing schemes which were announced by various ministries at different points of time in the past. "Further, few new line items, totalling to the tune of about Rs.6,000 crore, are a part of the package for which there is not even a shred of evidence of planning or work on ground," he added.  "Thus, in totality, at very best, the so called Rs.1.25 lakh crore package will not provide anything more than Rs.10,368 crore as additional or incremental resource to the state of Bihar. "This, Rs.10,368 crore, too in the absence of a defined timeline or disbursement modalities, hardly means anything to the state," added the Janata Dal-United leader. Modi announced the Bihar package on August 18 while addressing an election campaign rally at Arrah. Source: IANS
    2015-08-26 02:12:55 PM
  • Kejriwal, Modi should work together: Speaker Mahajan
    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should work in tandem. "The PM as well as the CM have been elected to their respective houses for the first time. They will have to strike a balance," Mahajan said at the two-day orientation programme for Delhi assembly members. Kejrwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party in the February polls, has accused Modi of interfering in the functioning of the Delhi government. Source: IANS
    2015-08-26 10:35:11 AM
  • 'Thank You Bengaluru', Modi says after win
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the BJP's win in the Bengaluru civic polls, describing the latest victory as the party's "hat-trick of wins". Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley followed the prime minister in praising the party's success in the civic elections. "People's continuous faith in the BJP is humbling and gladdening," Modi tweeted, adding: "We are fully committed to fulfilling (the) aspirations of 125 crore Indians." Modi said after similar civic poll wins in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Bengaluru results "complete a hat-trick of wins for the BJP". Source: IANS
    2015-08-26 10:32:39 AM

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