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  • BJP aims to end quotas, warns Nitish

    Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has again warned that the BJP plans to end reservations for SCs, STs and backward classes if it gets the required numbers in the Rajya Sabha, and urged people to be cautious.

    During an election rally on Thursday, the JD(U) leader said if the NDA wins in Bihar “it would help them improve their position in the upper house…to make changes in the Constitution.” He added that the BJP will also try to make changes to the land acquisition law if it improved its Rajya Sabha strength.

    Nitish also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for calling him “arrogant”, saying that such a charge will not stop him from “showing them the mirror”. The CM urged people to maintain communal peace and be cautious of elements trying to create tension ahead of Dussehra and Muharram. He also took potshots at the prime minister’s smart cities plan, saying that under a grand alliance government, villages in Bihar will have all amenities and there will be no need to look towards smart cities.    

    2015-10-15 07:26:41 PM
  • 'Large female turnout good news for NDA'

    Union minister Smriti Irani has said that the large female turnout in the first phase of the Bihar assembly elections was good news for the BJP-led NDA. She urged women to come out in even greater numbers in the remaining four phases. Thanking women for voting in large numbers in the first phase, she said this reflected “their craving for development and change”. Irani told women to vote for the NDA to avoid the “spectre of jungle raj” returning to Bihar, adding that law and order had deteriorated under the leadership of Nitish Kumar.    

    2015-10-15 07:11:49 PM
  • Modi, Amit Shah's posters, banners removed from airport

    A day after the JD(U)-RJD-Congress grand alliance appealed to the Election Commission to order the removal of all banners and posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah from the premises of the Patna airport, the action was carried out by airport authorities. The grand alliance had said that the posters and banners were a “flagrant violation” of norms. Meanwhile, additional chief electoral officer R Lakshmanan has said that the Election Commission will question airport officials over why the posters and banners were allowed in the first place.

    2015-10-15 05:34:31 PM
  • Tackling dal crisis despite Bihar campaign: Paswan

    Food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who has been campaigning in Bihar for the ongoing assembly elections, has denied charges that by staying away from Delhi he was neglecting the ongoing pulses crisis. The cost of dal has shot up in many parts of the country, making it unaffordable for the common man. Paswan, who is the president of the Lok Janshakti Party and a prominent politician from Bihar, said his ministry was talking “all possible measures” to tackle the situation, adding that officials were meeting on a daily basis and keeping him informed. Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has also been camping in Bihar. Meanwhile, Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar has said that “a lot of central ministers” were campaigning in Bihar and “not concerned” about the plight of farmers and rising dal prices.  


    2015-10-15 05:24:48 PM
  • Bihar: PM 'cancels' rallies scheduled for Friday

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled three election rallies scheduled for Friday in Bihar, according to media reports. The PM’s October 16 rallies were to be held at Buxar, Hajipur and Paliganj. The BJP has, however, denied that any rally was scheduled for October 16. Since the third phase of elections is on October 28, the party strategists may have felt it a little early for the PM to address the rallies. The fate of 456 candidates will be decided in the second phase of polling tomorrow.

    2015-10-15 05:05:18 PM

  • Maoist threat: Voting time cut in 23 constituencies

    The Election Commission has cut short the voting time by up to two hours in 23 constituencies that go to polls on Friday in the second phase of the Bihar assembly elections, keeping in view the threat perception from Left-wing extremists. The 32 seats in the second phase are all in Maoist-affected districts of Jehanabad, Arwal, Gaya, Rohtas, Kaimur and Aurangabad. Only nine of the 32 seats will see voting from 7am to 5 pm; 12 constituencies will have voting till 4 pm, and the remaining 11 till 3 pm, according to additional chief electoral officer R Lakshamanan. Security forces are using camera-fitted drones along with helicopter surveillance to check possible Moist attacks. 

    2015-10-15 12:24:32 PM
  • Bihar: One lakh litre liquor, 8 kg gold seized

    Authorities in Bihar have seized more than Rs 17 crore in cash, more than 800 kg of ganja, about one lakh litres of liquor and more than 8 kg gold in the state so far as part of the Election Commission’s drive to stem attempts to influence voters. Candidates have been asked to open a separate bank account for their election-related expenses for greater transparency. The second phase of polling will be held tomorrow. Campaigning for the second phase ended on Wednesday evening. Voting will be held in 32 constituencies spread across Kaimur, Rohtas, Aurangabad, Gaya, Jehanabad and Arwal districts.  

    2015-10-15 10:57:02 AM
  • 'Bihar elections a contest between hope and despair'

    The BJP has described the Bihar assembly elections as a contest between "hope and despair". Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had come together "only to stop Narendra Modi". He added, "This despair is of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad." Ravi Shankar Prasad said Prime Minister Modi wanted to ensure Bihar’s progress and development — that’s why he had announced a Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for the state. He said there was “a big wave” in the BJP’s favour.

    2015-10-15 10:48:06 AM
  • Wrong to suppress Netaji's files for 70 years, Modi told kin

    Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's nephew Dr D.N. Bose, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday along with other members of the extended family, said Modi told them that "it was wrong to suppress Netaji's files for 70 years". The prime minister also told the family members of Netaji that when he (Modi) came to power at the Centre, some bureaucrats told him that the files could not be released, he said. "The PM told us when he came to power (at the Centre), he didn't know about the whole matter. Some bureaucrats told him that the Netaji files could not be declassified and released. But he (Modi) told us that he took the matter upon himself to appoint a committee to look into the matter," Dr Bose told IANS. After meeting over 35 members of Netaji's family at his 7 Race Course Road residence here, Modi tweeted on Wednesday that the process of declassifying files pertaining to Netaji would begin on his birth anniversary on January 23, 2016. He also tweeted that he would request foreign countries to declassify relevant files, starting with Russia in December. Source: IANS

    2015-10-15 10:13:31 AM
  • Voting in Meghalaya peaceful

    Voting ended peacefully on Monday in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) elections in the western part of Meghalaya as people defied a boycott called by various pressure groups and a militant outfit to exercise their franchise. The government had blocked access to internet services from Sunday night to prevent pressure groups from circulating messages to incite voters not to take part in the election besides creating communal tension in the Garo Hills. "An estimated of 50 percent of the 590,456 voters voted till 4 p.m. in five districts of Garo Hills," Commissioner and Secretary for District Council Affairs Jopthiaw Lyngdoh told IANS. "Polling has been conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner with no report of major incidents," Lyngdoh said. Source: IANS

    2015-10-15 10:08:18 AM
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