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Congress, JD-S in poll tie-up, pretending to fight: Modi

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Tumakuru (Karnataka), May 5: Taking head-on the two rival parties of the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday charged the ruling Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) of being in tacit alliance for the May 12 Karnataka assembly polls while pretending to fight in parts of the southern state.

“The people of Karnataka have right to know about the alliance between Congress and JD-S because they pretend to fight in some parts of the state while being together in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) as evident from the latter’s support to the ruling party’s corporator (Sampath Raj) in becoming the city mayor last year,” asserted Modi at a public rally, organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to campaign for its candidates in the northwest district, about 70 km from here.

The Congress and JD-S had tied up to run the Bengaluru civic body after the 2017 elections for the state capital’s 198 wards, denying BJP the mayoral post.

The JD-S also supported the Congress candidate Sampath Raj in becoming the city mayor in 2017.

Incidentally, Raj is a Congress contestant in the C.V. Raman Nagar assembly segment in the city’s southeast suburb against P. Ramesh of JD-S and the two-time legislator S. Raghu of BJP.

Modi also alleged that the JD-S was working towards saving the Congress in the assembly elections.

“The Congress doesn’t speak the truth. Its members lie every day and if anyone is trying to save the image of the Congress, it is the JD-S,” he alleged.

Reiterating his argument from earlier rallies, Modi told the voters that there was no way the JD-S could defeat the Congress to form a government.

“If there’s a party that is capable of bringing change in the government and to the state of Karnataka and its people, it is the BJP, under the leadership of (its Chief Ministerial face) B.S. Yeddyurappa,” thundered Modi.

The Congress-led government in the state failed to even ensure supply of water to the state, due to which several farmers had to commit suicide, he lamented.

Alleging the Congress was doing only “lip-service” to the farmers’ issues, while indulging in corruption themselves, he said BJP has taken on a full-fledged battle against corruption.

“There is no way this kind of corruption can be tolerated,” he reiterated.

Modi is on his third visit to the poll-bound state this month ahead of the May 12 Assembly polls.

He will later be addressing rallies in Gadag, Mangaluru and Shivamogga.

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Bihar Polls: Grand Alliance to decide on CM face after talks with allies, says Congress

The Congress, RJD, RLSP, VIP and Left parties are set to challenge the NDA in Bihar if things go on track.

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New Delhi, Sep 25 : After the Election Commission announced dates for the three-phase elections in Bihar, the Congress has claimed that talks with allies are on the right track on the seat-sharing deal which has not yet finalised.

Congress Bihar in-charge Shakti Singh Gohil said,”There is no harm in any party propagating its leader’s name for Chief Minister but we will sit and decide on the issue that which way we will go with CM face or no face.”

The comments come after the RJD pushing Tejashwi Yadav as the CM face ahead of elections which is not going well with the allies, specially the RLSP.

Alliance partner RLSP is upset over the delay in the seat-sharing agreement and has conveyed it to the Congress leadership. Gohil said that there is no problem within the alliance and everything is going on smoothly.

But the RLSP, in its resolution on Thursday, said that there are differences over the leadership in the alliance and the delay in seat sharing is not good for the health of the alliance.

The party has authorised Upendra Kushwaha to take decisions on the alliance.

But sources say that there are major hiccups within the alliance as the RJD is claiming all the seats which could be won by the alliance leaving seats which are tough-to-win for its partners.

The RJD is keen to contest 145 out of the 243 seats leaving the burden on the Congress to adjust the RLSP, Left parties,JMMA and other smaller parties.

The Congress is likely to contest 70 seats and the RLSP is claiming more than 40 seats. But the bone of contention is not the number of seats but the quality of seats which are considered a stronghold of the alliance.

The fate of the alliance depends on how fast the final agreement is reached on both the issues since HAM leader Jitan Ram Manjhi has already joined the NDA citing differences.

The Congress, RJD, RLSP, VIP and Left parties are set to challenge the NDA in Bihar if things go on track.

Elections for the 243 Assembly seats in Bihar will take place in three phases between October 28 and November 7. The counting of votes will be on November 10, the Election Commission said on Friday.

The term of the Bihar Assembly comes to an end on November 29. According to the poll panel, there are 7.29 crore voters in the state, including 3.85 crore male and 3.4 crore female voters and 1.6 lakh service voters.

In the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) emerged as the largest party by winning 80 seats while the ruling Janata Dal-United won 71 seats, the Congress 27. The BJP managed to win 53 seats, followed by two seats by the LJP and one seat by Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular, even as other candidates emerged victorious on 10 seats.

The BJP, despite winning only 53 seats, got the maximum percentage of vote share with 24 per cent, followed by the RJD with 18 per cent and JD-U 17 per cent. The Congress managed to get seven per cent vote share and the LJP around 4.8 per cent.

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Longer polling time, online nominations: How COVID is affecting Bihar polls!

The term of the Bihar Assembly ends on November 29. According to the poll panel, there are 7.29 crore voters in the state, including 3.85 crore male and 3.4 crore female voters and 1.6 lakh service voters.

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New Delhi, Sep 25 : In what will be India’s first full fledged election ever since the deadly COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, polling for the 243 Assembly seats in Bihar will take place in 3 phases between October 28 and November 7 this year. The Election Commission of India made the announcement in Delhi on Friday, adding that the votes will be counted on November 10.

But given this is a COVID-era election, polling time has been increased by one hour. “Now the polling time will be between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.” the EC said. This, the poll body believes, will help avoid queues. But it will not be applicable to the Left-Wing affected areas.

While the election could have been held in more phases, this was avoided considering the pandmeic and its possible effect on the security forces on duty. “Elections entail large scale deployment of security forces. We have tried to minimise their movement over long distances,” Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said.

The CEC also announced a number of new measures in view of the pandemic. Arora said, “Now nominations can be done online and offline also. And quarantined patients can vote at the end.”

Also, keeping the containment guidelines in view, the Commission has limited the number of persons, including candidates for door to door campaigning to five. Public meetings and road shows will be allowed subject to containment instructions issued by the Union Home Ministry/State.

“Face masks, sanitizer, thermal scanners, gloves, face shield and PPE kits shall be used during the electoral process ensuring social distancing norms. Hand gloves shall be provided to all the electors for signing on the voter registers and pressing buttons of EVM for voting,” it said.

“Covid-19 patients, who are quarantined will be able to cast their vote in the last hour of polling, at their respective polling stations, under the supervision of health authorities. This is beside the option of postal facility already extended to them,” the poll panel said.

The CEC said the poll panel has also revised norms for the number of persons accompanying the candidate and the number of vehicles at the time of nomination. “It has also created an optional facility to fill the nomination form and the affidavit online and submission of the same, after taking a print, before the Returning Officer concerned. For the first time, the candidates will have the option to deposit the security amount for contesting the elections online,” the poll panel said.

India has reported 86,052 new Covid-19 cases and 1,141 deaths in the last 24 hours taking its tally to 58,18,570, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday morning. This is why so many precautions are being taken for the Bihar election.

“The Bihar elections will be held in three phases. Elections for the 1st phase will take place on October 28 on 71 Assembly constituencies, elections for 2nd phase on 94 seats will take place on November 3 and 3rd phase poll on 78 Assembly seats on November 7,” the CEC announced.

With this the model code of conduct has also come into play.

The last date of nomination for phase 1 will be October 8 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is October 12. For phase 2, the last date of nomination has been fixed as October 16, while the last date of withdrawal of nomination is October 19. For phase 3, the last date of nomination is October 20 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature October 23.

The term of the Bihar Assembly ends on November 29. According to the poll panel, there are 7.29 crore voters in the state, including 3.85 crore male and 3.4 crore female voters and 1.6 lakh service voters.

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Sajay Raut: Sushant case will be politicised in Bihar

“After the abrogation of Article 370 by Home Minister Amit Shah, why didn’t the government think of setting up a film city even in the Kashmir Valley…it would have brought a lot of business to Jammu and Kashmir,” Raut pointed out.

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Mumbai, Sep. Sep 25 : Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday said that the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and the resultant investigations into the drug cases would be “politicised during the Bihar elections” announced this afternoon.

“It was a long-planned drama… The Bihar government does not have any developmental or governance issues to speak about… They have started campaigning with posters of Sushant. So, it’s obvious why the Sushant case and drugs matters were blown out of proportion,” Raut told mediapersons.

He demanded to know that with the drugs case handled by the Narcotics Control Bureau, “what has happened to the CBI probe in the Sushant case” now that the former Bihar DPG Gupteshwar Pandey has quit the IPS to contest state polls.

Replying to a query on the questioning of various personalities from the film industry, he said the NCB’s role is to stop the cross-border smuggling of narcotics from various countries into India by air, sea or surface routes.

“But, here they are coming and interrogating individuals… It’s their prerogative to summon anyone… But the drug menace seems to be all-pervading,” he said.

“The Covid pandemic situation has thrown up an unprecedented situation all over the country… Is this the right time to conduct the Bihar elections? Is the pandemic over?” Raut wondered.

To a question on the proposed film city coming up in Uttar Pradesh, he said it’s a welcome development and the entertainment industry can create huge employment opportunities.

“After the abrogation of Article 370 by Home Minister Amit Shah, why didn’t the government think of setting up a film city even in the Kashmir Valley…it would have brought a lot of business to Jammu and Kashmir,” Raut pointed out.

However, he dismissed all contentions that a film city in UP would diminish the importance of Mumbai – the country’s film capital.

“Nobody is going to quit Maharashtra and go to UP…They will all remain here… Mumbai’s film industry has been set up with blood, sweat and tears and it can never lose its importance. Merely by shifting the film city or a few government departments cannot impact the significance of Mumbai,” Raut asserted.

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