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BJP ally JD-U favours simultaneous Lok Sabha, assembly polls

Our party has been a supporter of holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha and we are ready for it.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Wednesday said the party is in favour of holding simultaneous elections to parliament and state assemblies in 2019.

JD-U state President Bashistha Narain Singh said his party was ready for mid-term assembly polls along with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

“Our party has been a supporter of holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha and we are ready for it,” Singh told the media here.

The JD-U’s remarks come at a time when speculations are rife that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may go for early Lok Sabha polls along with assembly elections in 20 states.

After the JD-U joined hands with the BJP and formed the government in Bihar last year, Singh had said the party was ready for mid-term assembly polls along with parliamentary elections.

Later, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also supported Modi’s stand on simultaneous polls.

“I favour and support in principle a synchronised two-phase Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the country,” Nitish Kumar had said.

Going a step further, he said that elections to Panchayats and urban local bodies should also be conducted along with the two-phase polls. “It will save unnecessary expenditure.”

Singh, considered close to Nitish Kumar, who is also the JD-U president, said his party had no problems if the Election Commission also held Bihar Assembly polls in 2019.

“We are in favour of simultaneous elections to Bihar Assembly and Lok Sabha,” Singh said.

Next assembly polls in Bihar are due in 2020.

Last assembly elections in the state were held in 2015 when the Grand Alliance of the JD-U, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress defeated the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

A Grand Alliance government led by Nitish Kumar was formed then.

However, in July 2017, Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance to form a government with the BJP.

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RJD releases manifesto ahead of Bihar polls, reiterates promises

RJD on Saturday released its manifesto or vision document, reiterating the promise to recruit 10 lakh persons in government jobs if the party returned to power

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As lakhs of Bihar voters are poised to exercise their franchise in the first phase of Assembly elections, the RJD on Saturday released its manifesto or vision document, reiterating the promise to recruit 10 lakh persons in government jobs if the party returned to power.

The manifesto, titled ‘Prann Hamara, Sankalp Badlav Ka’ was released by Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, the Chief Ministerial face of the Mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance, in the presence of party spokesperson Manoj Jha, Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Shaktisinh Gohil and other leaders.

Tejashwi said his party would fulfil all promises made to the people.

The RJD manifesto said nearly 10 lakh government jobs would be give in the very first state Cabinet meeting after returning to power as well as abolition of contractual labour system.

The manifesto covers 17 major commitments, including special priority to employment, agriculture, industry, infrastructure development, cultural heritage and construction sectors in the state, community development, poverty alleviation, and education.

It also promises to further strengthen self-help groups and priority to higher education and employment. It pledges to implement local policy in any government job in the state, ensuring at least 85 per cent reservation for local candidates.

The RJD also promised to provide ‘equal wages for equal work’ to the people of Bihar and implement the old pension scheme.

To woo the young voters, the manifesto promised no fee for filling examination forms for government jobs and free travel to examination centres.

Releasing the manifesto, Tejashwi said: “We are not making tall promises but will fulfil the promises made to the people of Bihar.”

Tejashwi dubbed the BJP’s promise of giving 19 lakh jobs as a tactic to fool the electorate in Bihar.

The RJD is set to contest the upcoming state polls in alliance with the Congress and the Left parties.

The elections for 243 Assembly seats will be held in three phases – for 71 seats on October 28, for 94 seats on November 3, and remaining 78 on November 7. The results will be announced on November 10.

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How can anyone stop a wife from taking her husband’s name, asks Shivakumar

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Bengaluru, Oct 23 : Taking serious exceptions to BJP leaders launching a campaign against Congress candidate from R.R. Nagara, H. Kusuma, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D.K. Shivakumar on Friday appealed to the voters to ponder over why Kusuma was not allowed to take her legally wedded late husband’s name.

Speaking at the Vokkaliga leaders’ convention here, Shivakumar said that the BJP fielded Shobha Karandlaje to raise this question on social media platforms that Kusuma should not use her husband’s name in election campaigns.

“Why is she being stopped from using her legitimately wedded husband’s name? Let us dwell into it now. We all know who all protested and demanded a CBI inquiry into his death. They (BJP) indulged in politics, not Kusuma, I would like to remind them,” he said.

Training his guns directly on Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha MP Shobha Karandlaje, Shivakumar said, “I did not expect this from you ‘akka’ (elder sister). God forbid, nothing like this happens to you or anyone in your family. It is a great trauma for a 25-year old woman to become a widow at that age.”

Continuing his attack further, the KPCC President asserted that Kusuma had married D.K. Ravi legally as per the Hindu rituals. “Therefore, people must condemn such illegitimate demand being made by her rivals,” he said.

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Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Updates: Rahul Gandhi’s attacks NDA in Bihar

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Voting for 243 assembly seats in Bihar will be held on October 28, November 3 and November 7.

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Bihar Assembly Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Bihar is gearing up for assembly elections 2020. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced a three-phase election in Bihar in October-November. Voting for 243 assembly seats in the state will be held on October 28, November 3 and November 7. A total of 1,066 candidates are in the fray for the 71 seats going to the polls in the first phase and 1, 464 for 94 seats in the second phase after the withdrawal of nomination papers. A total of 1,411 nominations have been filed for 78 assembly seats in Bihar which will go to polls in the third and last phase on November 7. Ahead of the elections, the Centre has permitted with certain conditions political gatherings in poll-bound Bihar and also in those constituencies where bypolls are to be held with the maximum number of people in a close space or a hall capped at 200 while in an open space, it will depend on the area.

Catch all the latest updates on Bihar Assembly Election 2020 here:

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