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JDU threatens BJP, accuses saffron party of doing injustice

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New Delhi, June 7: Senior Janata Dal (United) leader Shyam Rajak on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of doing injustice. 

“It would not be wrong to say that injustice has been done against us. We had asked for Special Status for Bihar. We would like to tell the BJP to take this issue seriously,” ANI quoted Rajak as saying.

“The JD(U) is not only a part of the alliance, it is loyal towards its cause. But the signs do not look good, recently the TDP and the Shiv Sena broke with the alliance, problems are emerging in other parties like the PDP as well. It is the BJP’s responsibility to keep everyone happy and keep the alliance intact,” he added.

Stressing on the key role of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party in the state, the JDU leader threatened the BJP that his party will not let them use Nitish’s image if their demands were not fulfilled.

“Nitish Kumar and the JD(U) play a major role in Bihar. We had contested the election on 25 seats. They’ll have to give us 25 seats, no question of any lesser number of seats. If NDA wants to be benefited by Nitish Kumar’s image, they’ll have to do justice to JD(U) and him,” he said.

Highlighting the lack of Dalit representation in the Supreme Court and various High Courts, Rajak stated “There is reservation in the Judiciary in Bihar. Why can’t it be done for Supreme Court and High Court?

He alleged that it raises suspicions on BJP’s intentions.

The JDU leader further said, “If they’re dedicated towards Ambedkar and Dalits, they must do justice with Dalits and Bihar and give us respectable partnership to prove it’s a strong alliance”.

Prior to this, JD(U) spokesperson Ajay Alok announced Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is the face of the NDA in Bihar. He also clarified that there is no confusion in the party regarding seat sharing and that the JD(U) had always contested on 25 seats.

However, earlier Sushil Modi had cleared the air of any tussle between the two parties, saying that votes in 2019 will be taken on the basis of PM (Narendra) Modi’s name and Nitish Kumar’s work.

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Bihar Poll: Will Fill 10 Lakh Vacancies Soon After Returning To Power: Tejashwi Yadav

“Neighbouring Jharkhand has a domicile law; Madhya Pradesh has 100 per cent domicile law, and so do others. Why has he not implemented this law in Bihar? Does he have any explanation?”

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday promised that if his party returned to power after the Bihar Assembly elections, over 10 lakh government vacancies in different departments would be filled within two months.

He also accused the Nitish Kumar government of neglecting the youths of Bihar.

“As a result, job scarcity is at its highest in state. He is unable to fill 4.5 lakh vacancies in different departments. Besides, vacant posts of supporting staffs are even more,” the Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly told the media here.

“If we calculate, over 10 lakh posts are lying vacant in various departments. Besides, opportunities to create jobs in industries and unorganised sectors are also possible,” Tejashwi said.

“As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), one doctor is required for every 1,000 people. Accordingly, 1.25 lakh doctors are required for 12 crore people of the state. Besides, around 2 lakh support staff like nurses, lab technicians and Group D employees are needed. As many as 50,000 posts of teachers and 75,000 Junior Engineers will be filled. In Bihar police, over 50,000 posts are vacant,” he added.

He also claimed that law and order in Bihar was at its worse. “When the RJD was part of the state government for 15 months, I was the Deputy CM… the crime graph had gone down during that period.”

Playing the regional card, Tejashwi said that he had earlier advocated the implementation of the domicile law in Bihar but the Chief Minister did not agree.

“Neighbouring Jharkhand has a domicile law; Madhya Pradesh has 100 per cent domicile law, and so do others. Why has he not implemented this law in Bihar? Does he have any explanation?”

The RJD leader also took a dig at Nitish Kumar’s claims on ‘sushasan’ (good governance), asking if he was denying that 60 scams had taken place during his rule. “Srijan scam, paddy scam, Saat Nischay scam etc took place… I want to ask Nitishji about the recovery of money from offenders. How much money did he manage to recover from scamsters? Does he have the guts to reveal the amount in public domain?” Tejashwi said.

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Congress names two candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly bypolls

The dates for the by-elections to the eight assembly seats have not yet been announced but it is believed that they would be held around the same time as the Bihar Assembly elections.

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Lucknow, Sep 27 : The Congress has announced candidates for two of the total eight Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats where by-elections are due.

The party has named Aarti Vajpayee as its candidate from the Bangarmau assembly seat. The seat fell vacant following the disqualification of sitting BJP member Kuldeep Sengar who was convicted in a rape case last year.

The Congress has named Haider Ali Khan on the Suar assembly seat in Rampur district. This seat fell vacant following the disqualification of Samajwadi Party’s sitting member Abdullah Azam who had allegedly forged his birth documents.

The Congress is the first party to announce candidates on two assembly seats.

The dates for the by-elections to the eight assembly seats have not yet been announced but it is believed that they would be held around the same time as the Bihar Assembly elections.

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Congress’s Kumari Selja dares JJP to leave alliance with BJP in Haryana

Her statement comes in the wake of BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal leaving it in protest over the Bills.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : In a bid to corner the Jannayak Janta Party, Haryana Congress President Kumari Selja on Sunday dared it to leave the alliance partner BJP in the state to protest against the three agriculture-related Bills even as the opposition party announced protests by PCCs on Monday.

“The JJP led by Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala should quit the alliance in Haryana if he is serious on the farmer issues. The soul of Devi Lalji (Chautala’s great-grandfather) must be crying on the farmers’ plight,” she said while addressing a press conference virtually.

Her statement comes in the wake of BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal leaving it in protest over the Bills.

Congress leader KC Venugopal said: “As an extension of our concerted opposition to these anti-farmer Bills, the PCCs will hold protests on September 28. Pradesh Congress Committee Presidents, CLP leaders (CMs in Congress-ruled states) along with all MPs, MLAs, ex-Ministers, ex-MPs will walk from respective PCC offices or designated points like Mahatma Gandhi’s statues in different state Capitals to the Raj Bhavans and submit to the Governors memorandums addressed to the President of India on these Bills.”

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar alleged that the BJP had adopted diversionary tactics to shift focus away from farmer issues and misusing the Narcotics Control Bureau for the purpose.

The Congress claimed that the marginal farmers would be affected the most by the proposed laws. “If the government is so serious about the MSPs, why is it not putting it on the statute? They are only talking about the MSP due to Bihar Assembly elections as the Bihar model to scrap the MSP has failed.”

The party reiterated its allegation that the Bills intended to scrap the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism and abolish Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act, which would render a big blow to farmers who contributed immensely to the Indian economy even during COVID pandemic.

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