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  • 'Chacha-Bhatija' battle in Kalyanpur aimed at saving family legacy
    Two men related to LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan are fighting it out here in the Bihar assembly election, both determined to keep their family flag flying. In the race are Prince Raj, the 26-year-old candidate of Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), a BJP ally, and former MP Maheshwar Hazari, 44, of the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U). Although Kalyanpur is seen as a JD-U bastion, no one is sure for now who will win when the constituency votes on October 12 -- the "chacha" (uncle) or "bhatija" (nephew). Kalyanpur is an assembly segment of the Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency, represented by Prince's father Ram Chandra Paswan, a brother of Ram Vilas Paswan. Hazari, who once represented Kalyanpur in the Bihar assembly, lost to Ram Chandra Paswan in the 2014 general elections by 73,000 votes. Earlier in 2009, Hazari had defeated Paswan. Hazari is the son of prominent socialist leader, the late Ram Sewak Hazari, a six-time legislator from Kalyanpur who died in 2012 at age 76. The Hazaris are related to Ram Vilas Paswan. Kalyanpur has 2.83 lakh voters including 1.31 lakh women. It is dominated by Bhumihar, Kushwaha and Paswan communities. Source: IANS
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  • Bihar: SP releases list of 79 candidates
    The Samajwadi Party (SP) has released a list of 79 candidates for the third, fourth and fifth phases of the Bihar elections. The party, which is leading the so-called Third Front, is contesting a total of 146 seats. SP vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda said that since the six-party alliance was formed quite late, “there will be friendly contest between alliance partners at some seats”. But he quickly clarified that all the alliance partners had been consulted before the announcement. 
    2015-10-08 06:47:44 PM
  • Lalu, Paswan feud spills over to next generation
    RJD chief Lalu Prasad and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan are known for their sharp-tongued comments against each other. Now it’s the turn of their sons to join the war of words. A day after Paswan’s son Chirag said the wrong entry of ages by Lalu’s sons Tej Pratap and Tejaswi in their poll affidavits was a reflection of the RJD’s “jungle raj”, Tejaswi hit back, daring Chirag to reveal the name of Ram Vilas Paswan’s wife as mentioned in his poll affidavit.    
    2015-10-08 06:02:25 PM
  • PM breaks silence on Dadri during Nawada rally
    Addressing his fourth and last election rally of the day at Nawada in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence over the killing in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri. Warning against what he called the “games of death”, Modi promised that no politics will happen over the incident and “we won’t let…Bihar be destroyed”. He urged people to follow the advice given by President Pranab Mukherkjee, who had on Wednesday stressed on the importance of safeguarding India’s core values of diversity and tolerance. The prime minister said that people were making “irresponsible statements” because of “politics and for petty gains”, but he urged Indian citizens not to take them seriously. “Even if Narendra Modi himself says things like that, don't listen to him,” he said.  
    2015-10-08 05:49:06 PM
  • Vote NDA for good roads, good education, says Modi
    Addressing his third election rally of the day at Samastipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the people of Bihar will teach a lesson to those who show arrogance, in a reference to chief minister Nitish Kumar. He said voting NDA meant voting for “good roads and good education", and emphasised the importance of building toilets for women. The prime minister also targeted the RJD and JD(U) by saying that politicians who “spread the venom of casteism” cannot bring progress to Bihar. 
    2015-10-08 03:25:37 PM

  • Modi's silence on Dadri deafening: Nitish
    Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was making a “brazen attempt to add communal texture” to the Bihar assembly elections, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar said his silence on the Dadri incident was “deafening”. The chief minister said in a message on Twitter that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had reminded Modi to follow Raj Dharma but “wonder who will do the Vajpayee today?” — in a clear reference to the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
    2015-10-08 03:01:39 PM
  • At Begusarai, Modi's 'Big Boss' barbs
    Addressing a rally at Begusarai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi drew laughter from the crowd when he compared the Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance to the "Bigg Boss House". Explaining the analogy, Modi said in the Big Boss house, the boss claims to make everyone dance to his tunes and everyone in the house is scared of each other. Then he asked the crowd if they wanted such a “game” to be played in Bihar. The crowd yelled “nahin (no)”. 
    2015-10-08 02:45:25 PM
  • RJD-JD(U)-Congress is a 'grand selfish alliance': PM
    Continuing his attack on the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) at the Begusarai rally after the morning rally at Munger, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described it as the “maha swaarth bandhan (grand selfish alliance)". Modi said the people of Bihar had decided to elect an NDA government and move on the path of "vikasvad". He once again slammed Lalu Yadav for his remarks on beef eating, saying the RJD chief had insulted the “Yaduvanshis (Yadav community)”. Taking potshots at the RJD-JD(U)-Congress grand alliance, the prime minister said its members “cannot stand each other” but still want to form a government. He urged the crowd to choose “vikas raj” over “jungle raj”.
    2015-10-08 02:30:13 PM
  • Battle between 'vikas raj' and 'jungle raj': Modi
    Attacking the RJD-Congress-JD(U) grand alliance, prime minister Narendra Modi described the Bihar elections as a war between “vikas raj” and “jungle raj” during a rally at Munger. He said the parties behind the grand alliance had “looted Bihar for 60 years”. Expressing concern over the state’s law and order situation, Modi said 4,000 abductions had taken place in Bihar. The prime minister specifically hit out at Lalu Yadav, saying that the RJD chief had insulted the Yadavs by “commenting on what they eat”, a reference to Lalu’s controversial beef remarks. Urging the people to vote for NDA, Modi said a BJP-led NDA government would bring about all-round development to Bihar, listing out agriculture, electricity, roads, education and water management as areas of focus. He told voters to reject those “arrogant” people who had “rejected the Rs 1.65 lakh crore package” provided by the Centre.  
    2015-10-08 11:54:42 AM
  • Grand alliance partners betraying JP's legacy: Modi
    Addressing an election rally in Munger on Thursday morning, PM Narendra Modi said for the first time in Bihar, polls were being based on the idea of development. Evoking the legacy of Jayaprakash Narayan, Modi said the country lost him on this day in 1979 and he died because “he was sent to prison during the Emergency imposed by Congress”. Taking barbs at Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, Modi said people who supported the JP movement were now with the Congress. He said the Congress was never this “powerless”, and the reason for this was the “ego of its leaders”. The rally at Munger is the first of four rallies that Modi is addressing on Thursday. 
    2015-10-08 11:40:03 AM

  • Bihar: Modi to address four rallies today
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address four election rallies in Bihar on Thursday as the BJP prepares to give its poll campaign a final push ahead of the first phase of elections on October 12. Modi, who is virtually the face of the BJP’s election campaign, will address rallies at Munger, Samastipur, Begusarai and Nawada. The prime minister is expected to address another 20 to 30 rallies in course of the campaign. On Friday, he is due to hold rallies in Sasaram and Aurangabad.    
    2015-10-08 10:54:25 AM
  • Bengal panchayat bypolls: Impressive show by Trinamool
    West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress continued its formidable performance by picking up the bulk of seats in the panchayat bypolls, even as the opposition Left Front pulled off a stunning victory in the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad. As votes were counted on Wednesday, Trinamool's most spectacular performance came in Murshidabad district, regarded as a pocket borough of the Congress and its state president Adhir Ranjan Chwodhury. So long marginalised as the third largest force after the Congress and the Left Front in the district, the Trinamool cut into the vote bank of its opponents, winning a dozen of the 26 gram panchayat seats, reducing the Congress to eight seats, while the CPI-M managed four. Independents triumphed in two seats. The Trinamool retained the momentum in the panchayat samiti. Out of eight seats, the Trinamool bagged four seats, as against three by the Congress. The CPI-M got a solitary success. The Trinamool also won most of the seats in Purulia, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Bankura, Nadia, South 24 Parganas and Birbhum districts. There was a close fight in Jalpaiguri and North 24 Parganas districts. The Left Front, which had been steadily losing ground in the state since 2008, had some good news from northern West Bengal, where it seized the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad (SMP). Months after the Left Front came up trumps in the Siliguri Municipal Corporation, the combine won six of the nine seats in the SMP. The Trinamool got the remaining three. The CPI-M captured two panchayat samities, while two others were hung. Of the 462 gram panchayat seats, 173 went to the CPI-M, while the Trinamool won 156. The Congress got 61, while the BJP won 22. Among the Left Front partners, the CPI, RSP and the Forward Bloc won two, four and eight, respectively. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha got one, while independents won 34 seats.
    2015-10-08 10:19:47 AM
  • Lalu's sons' age row reaches Election Commission
    The age discrepancy in the affidavits of Lalu Prasad Yadav's two sons has given the BJP a new reason to target the RJD. The BJP has formally asked the Election Commission to look into the issue. The RJD chief’s younger son, Tejaswi Yadav, has been listed as being a year older than his elder brother, Tej Pratap Yadav, according to their affidavits. Lalu Yadav dismissed the controversy, saying their ages were entered on basis of information given in their voter identity cards.
    2015-10-07 07:04:41 PM
  • FIRs registered against Lalu, Amit Shah
    FIRs have been lodged against RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and BJP president Amit Shah for allegedly violating the election code days before the first phase of polling begins in Bihar. Lalu was booked for his "narbhakshi" (cannibal) comment against the BJP president, while Amit Shah was booked for his “chara chor” (fodder thief) comment against the RJD chief. The FIRs against Lalu were registered at Jamui and Patna. The FIR against Shah was registered in Begusarai district. 
    2015-10-07 06:56:48 PM
  • RLSP differs with BJP on cow slaughter ban
    The RLSP has come out publically over differences with its ally BJP over the possible ban on cow slaughter in Bihar in case the NDA wins the assembly elections. RLSP state president Arun Kumar said it was “not proper to say such things” before a discussion with all alliance partners. Arun Kumar was reacting to BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi’s statement that an NDA government would ban cow slaughter in the state.
    2015-10-07 06:46:48 PM

  • Nominations for fourth phase of Bihar polls begin
    The filing of nomination papers for the fourth phase of the Bihar elections has begun. The fourth phase is scheduled for November 1 and will see polling in 55 constituencies. The last date for filing nominations for the fourth phase is October 14 and scrutiny of papers will take place on October 15. Candidates can withdraw nominations till October 17. Assembly constituencies in Sheohar, East Champaran, West Champaran, Sitamarhi, Siwan, Gopalganj and Muzaffarpur districts will go to polls in the fourth phase.
    2015-10-07 04:43:04 PM
  • Congress not coming out with own manifesto
    The Congress has decided that it won’t come out with its own manifesto for the Bihar assembly elections, reports say. The party’s decision is an attempt to project a united front as part of the grand alliance with the JD(U) and RJD. The Congress will give its suggestions for the common minimum programme of the grand alliance. The Congress is contesting from 41 seats, while the JD(U) and RJD are contesting from 101 seats each. 
    2015-10-07 04:32:15 PM
  • Modi has not fulfilled a single promise: Rahul
    Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said the NDA government at the Centre had failed to fulfill its promises. Rahul, who was addressing an election rally at Bihar’s Sheikhpura district on Wednesday, said Modi had made “several promises” including “bringing back black money and depositing Rs 15 lakh in every Indian’s bank account”, but failed to fulfill even a single one.  Rahul accused the prime minister of only caring for his “friends” in the corporate world. He also questioned the NDA government’s intention behind granting special status to Bihar, asking what took it “so long”. He said Modi was always on foreign tours but never seen standing next to a farmer. Rahul expressed confidence that the grand alliance of RJD-JD(U)-Congress would win the Bihar elections.
    2015-10-07 04:17:24 PM
  • Akbaruddin Owaisi faces arrest for ‘derogatory remarks’
    All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi faces arrest for his alleged provocative remarks during an election rally in Bihar. The AIMIM is contesting six seats in the state’s Seemanchal region, which has a significant Muslim population. Owaisi reportedly used objectionable remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders during a rally in Kishanganj district. Owaisi was campaigning in the Kochadhaman constituency, where AIMIM’s Akhtarul Iman is contesting.
    2015-10-07 01:36:20 PM
  • Bihar: Rs17 crore, 1.5 lakh litres liquor seized
    About Rs 17 crore in cash has been recovered ahead of the Bihar assembly elections so far. Besides, over 1.5 lakh litres of liquor has been seized, according to official figures. The cash seized so far amounts to three times the sum recovered in the state during last year’s Lok Sabha elections. The police and other agencies are keeping a close watch on the Nepal border, which is often a conduit for ferrying in illegal cash. 
    2015-10-07 10:53:05 AM

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