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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, deputy Sushil Modi tie rakhis to trees

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Patna, Aug 7: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday tied rakhis to trees here and urged people to protect the state’s green cover.

Clad in his usual white cotton kurta-pyjama, Nitish Kumar said: “It is a symbolism to protect trees to increase the green cover. It is important for the environment.”

He said from 2001 he has been tying rakhis to trees to spread the message. “In the last few years, Bihar’s green cover has increased. It is a positive change.”

The Chief Minister said people have to join hands for a new beginning to save the Earth and its inhabitants.

Nitish Kumar said his government had initiated the green drive to improve the state’s forest cover from nearly nine per cent to 17 per cent. Undivided Bihar had a forest cover of 17 per cent.

He reminded the people that Bihar had lost most of its green cover when Jharkhand was carved out of it in 2000. “We target 15 per cent green cover by the end of 2017.”

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also tied a long cotton rakhi to the trunk of a tree in a garden here.

“All of us should plant at least one tree and protect it,” he said.

Many leaders from the ruling Janata Dal-United and its ally the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), government officials and school children also took part in the initiative.

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BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari resigns, announces new party

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New Delhi, June 24: Rebel Bhartiya Janata Party MLA and former Rajasthan minister Ghanshyam Tiwari resigned from the BJP on Monday. 

Following his resignation, Tiwari announced the formation of a new political party.

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Tejashvi Prasad to be CM face for 2020 Bihar elections, Says Manjhi

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Patna, June 25: Hindustani Awam Morcha supremo Jitan Ram Manjhi said Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashvi Prasad will be our Chief Minister face for the upcoming Bihar elections.

“If Nitish Kumar gives up CM seat and joins ‘mahagathbandhan’, then I think Tejashvi Prasad ji will be our CM face for 2020 Bihar elections,” he told ANI.

In February, Manjhi left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for RJD-led grand alliance.

JDU and RJD fought in alliance with Nitish Kumar as its chief ministerial face in the last assembly elections in Bihar, while Tejashwi was appointed as the deputy chief minister post the elections.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal has already announced Tejashwi as its chief ministerial face for Bihar polls in 2020.

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To keep secularism alive, vote for muslim candidates: Owaisi

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New Delhi, June 25: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said to keep secularism alive then fight for your rights, became a political power, vote for Muslim candidates.

Addressing a gathering in Maharastra’s Beed on Sunday, Owaisi told people “I want to tell you that if you want to keep secularism alive then fight for your rights, became a political power, vote for your (muslim) candidates”.

“If Muslims become a political power, secularism and democracy will be strengthened” he added.

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