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Nitish gives govt report card during first virtual rally, attacks Tejashwi, Tej Pratap

During the rally, senior leaders of JDU like Sanjay Jha, Lallan Singh accompanied him.

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Patna, Sep 7 : In the run-up to the Bihar assembly elections, in his first-ever virtual rally on Monday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the leaders of opposition were making false statements to mislead people without knowing the ground realities.

During his address, Kumar presented a report card of the last 15 years, in which he touched upon law and order, the economy, creation of road infrastructure and flood relief measures undertaken during the time he has been serving as CM. Kumar compared it with the Lalu-Rabri regime of 1990-2005.

Replying to Tejashwi’s allegations about lawlessness in Bihar, Kumar said: “When they were in power, people could not step outside from their homes after 6 pm. There were no arrests, no trial of criminals. With the blessings of the government, criminals used to wave rifles from their vehicles. Now, a majority of criminals have been put behind the bars. They’ve undergone speedy trials. We have carried out special drives to nab absconding criminals. Now, the situation has improved with people stepping out with their familiies in the evening without any fear.”

Referring to 2018 NCRB data, Kumar said with a crime rate at an average of 222.1 per lakh population, Bihar ranked 23rd in the country in incidents of crime. The national average is above 300 per lakh population. In Bihar, 60 per cent of was crime was happening owing to land disputes between family members. Besides, in crimes against women, Bihar’s ranking is 29th in the country, 33rd in rapes, 23rd in kidnapping and 11th in murders.

“Naxalism in Bihar was at its peak during the Lalu-Rabri regime. When our government came into power, we identified 65 village panchayats and carried out a special drive to give them technical training. The situation has improved now with no such incident of Naxalite violence taking place in Bihar. Have they any answer to this?” asked Kumar.

Kumar said the maintenance of roads was at its worst during the Lalu-Rabri regime. “Now 96,500-km roads have bee constructed. Moreover, construction of 18600-km roads is underway. The state government has made the concessionaire accountable to maintain roads after they are constructed with zero-tolerance.”

During his 1.15-hour speech Kumar also spoke about the Coronavirus crisis in the state. He said that the Bihar government has initiated a mass campaign against the pandemic to facilitate affected people either coming from other states or residing permanently in Bihar. Due to this, the recovery rate of Bihar reached the top position in the country. “The total testing has reached 1.5 lakh per day including through rapid antigen test and RTPCR. Beside, if anyone unfortunately dies due to Covid, we compensate them with Rs 4 lakh cash. Moreover, if Covid warriors like doctors, medical staff or any other person die while serving Covid patients on duty, their families will get benefited with jobs. In case any relative is unable to accept a job, we will give them the total salary of the deceased till retirement under the pension scheme,” Kumar said.

Reacting to allegations by opposition parties on non-creation of jobs in the state, Kumar said that more than 10 lakh people had been given jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi Rastriya Rojgaar Guarantee Yojna and other schemes including to 2.9 lakh migrants who returned home owing to Covid-19. Besides, 164153 people are registered in the employment exchange. The country is undergoing an economic crisis, still Bihar has done better, added the CM.

“Besides Covid-19, Bihar also suffered due to devastating floods. We have given help to 83 lakh flood-affected families in 16 districts. We have not missed any single family during the floods. The flood in Bihar happens every year and that is not the state’s mistake. Waters comes from Nepal, UP and MP. Since, the land of Bihar falls under low-lying areas, water accumulates here during the monsoon session. But opposition parties leaders do not know this. They are young (Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Yadav) and have no knowledge of ground realities. Hence, they are propagating falsehoods in the public without any basis,” Kumar said.

During the rally, senior leaders of JDU like Sanjay Jha, Lallan Singh accompanied him.

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Bihar assembly election 2020: BJP does not warm up to RLSP’s Upendra Kushwaha

BJP leaders dismissed the speculation that in the event the LJP quits the NDA, the RLSP could replace it

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The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has dismissed speculation that it is on the verge of an agreement with Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) for the elections in Bihar in late October and November.

“The BJP does not need the RLSP. The coalition that we have with the JDU [Janata Dal-United], the LJP [Lok Janshakti Party], and the HAM [Hindustani Awam Morcha] will get a majority and we will form the government again in Bihar,” said a BJP functionary.

There has been speculation that the LJP, which continues to push for more seats, will put up candidates against the JDU and walk out of the NDA if the party’s demands are not met. The RLSP has also indicated that it is keen to re-join the NDA after quitting the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance).

BJP leaders dismissed the speculation that in the event the LJP quits the NDA, the RLSP could replace it.

The party leader quoted above said the LJP continues to be a part of the NDA and its concerns would be addressed at the formal seat sharing discussions over the next few days.

HAM, which counts Maha Dalits among its core support base, has re-joined the NDA and is expected to offset the losses if the LJP breaks ties with the NDA. Dalits account for 18% of Bihar’s population.

The functionary quoted above said the RLSP will be a “political liability” for the BJP as it does not have support on the ground and is considered “unreliable”.

“Going by our past experience, the RLSP has not been faithful. They were given a ministerial berth but the party switched loyalties. Even in the Mahagathbandhan, they did not make any value additions so had to exit that alliance as well.”

Kushwaha quit as Union minister in 2018 accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying Bihar amid speculation that the RLSP would not be given more than two seats to contest the 2019 national elections.

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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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