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Rajya Sabha Polls: Congress moves Election Commission against BJP ‘tactics’

It also appealed to the poll panel to direct that no MLA should be harassed or arrested until June 19 on the grounds of false cases.

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Ahmed Patel

New Delhi, June 12 : With just a week to go for the Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress on Friday approached the Election Commission accusing the BJP of indulging in corrupt practices and demanded that no MLAs should be arrested or harassed till June 19.

Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel and party”s Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Singhvi approached the poll panel and submitted a petition to highlight instances of its legislators in Gujarat being lured and intimidated by the ruling BJP.

The election for the four Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat will be held on June 19.

In its petition, the Congress said it was sure of its victory in Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat and would bag two of the four seats as per its strength in the state legislature.

Fearing poaching, the Congress has moved its MLAs to resorts in the state as well as in neighbouring Rajasthan.

It said that after the nominations were filed in March, the BJP could have succeeded in getting five Congress MLAs to resign. For the protection of democracy as well as for their own safety, the Congress MLAs were moved to Rajasthan. In normal circumstances, the party could have managed to win 2 seats.

However, the scheduled elections on March 26 were deferred on the orders of the Election Commission. Therefore on March 24, all Congress MLAs were brought back from Rajasthan.

The party alleged that the BJP is now back to its old ways, resulting in the resignation of three Congress MLAs. However, no more MLAs could be pressured or managed from Congress, it said, asserting the ruling BJP has resorted to harassment of the Congress MLAs.

The Congress in its petition also cited an instance of one of its Gujarat MLAs Panjbhai Kunjbhai Vansh being subjected to harassment at the hands of the state government in an old case even when he did not have any criminal record.

“We very strongly apprehend that the ruling party is misusing the police machinery and is unnecessarily harassing the senior MLA. Further, we also strongly apprehend that with the help of police, the ruling party is likely to prevent the MLAs to reach the place of voting on June 19 by falsely implicating them in some criminal cases,” said the Congress.

“The tactic being adopted by the BJP is inexcusable and condemnable,” it said, adding the Congress wants the EC to issue orders or directions to ensure that no FIRs or cases are registered or reopened by the authorities, including the Gujarat Police, against Congress MLAs in the state without the approval from the Commission.

It also appealed to the poll panel to direct that no MLA should be harassed or arrested until June 19 on the grounds of false cases.

The Congress also urged the poll panel to ascertain protection and safety of its MLAs and ensure that the official machinery is not used for furthering the political interests of the BJP.

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NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh re-elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

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Harivansh Narayan Singh

New Delhi, Sept 14 : Rajya Sabha on Monday re-elected Janata Dal (United) parliamentarian Harivansh Narayan Singh as deputy chairman of the Upper House by voice vote.

Harivansh’s name was proposed by BJP president and party MP Jagat Prakash Nadda. Leader of the House Thavarchand Gehlot seconded it.

The opposition had fielded Manoj Jha, an RJD member.

Soon after the election, MPs from various political parties congratulated Harivansh.

In 2018, Harivansh had defeated Congress’ BK Hariprasad in the election to the post.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated him for being re-elected.

The election was necessitated as Harivansh completed his term as a member of Rajya Sabha this year.

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Bihar Assembly Polls: Politicians vying to pass the baton to GenNext

In the ruling JD(U), too, there are many leaders trying to get their next generation into the electoral fray.

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Tejashwi Yadav

Patna, Sep 12 : A political storm is brewing ahead of the assembly elections in Bihar. Crowds of ticket-seekers to contest the upcoming elections are gathering outside party offices as well as residences of many senior leaders.

Several political leaders are also switching loyalties to other parties to secure their political future.

However, many politicians are ready to pass on their political legacy to the next generation. It is not that such leaders are present in a lone party. Instead there are many leaders in all prominent parties in Bihar who are in the process of handing over their ‘political reins’ to their sons.

There are many leaders who are trying to carve the political career of their relatives by giving them election tickets. Even though such leaders are in all parties, the Congress leads the list of such leaders.

A Congress leader preferring anonymity said there are many senior leaders who are doing rounds of the party circles in Delhi to ‘set’ the political career of their sons. However, the party workers do not like it.

Sources say the party’s Bihar unit President Madan Mohan Jha is trying to get his son Madhav Jha an election ticket from Benipur. Senior party leader from Kahalgaon Sadanand Singh is planning to pass his political baton to his son Shubhanand Mukesh.

Congress leader Dr. Ashok Kumar is trying to field his son Atirek from Dalsinghsarai on the party’s election symbol while Garibdas wants to get a ticket from Bachwada seat to inherit the legacy of his late father and former Congress MLA Ramdev Rai.

Speaking to IANS, senior Congress leader and former MLA Narendra Kumar said, “If a leader wants to retire from politics and bring his next generation into it, there is no harm in it. After all the party will be robust only with the youth coming forward.”

However, he said that it should not so happen that a politician himself is an election ticket contender and also seeks ticket for his/her son or daughter from other areas as well.

It is not that such a situation is prevalent just in the Congress. In the BJP, too, many leaders are involved in the race to seek election ticket for their progeny. Union Minister Ashwini Choubey is believed to be trying for a ticket from Bhagalpur for his son Arijit Sashwat een as BJP MP Chhedi Paswan wants to field his son Ravi Paswan in this election.

Both Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, sons of RJD President Lalu Prasad, are expected to contest the upcoming elections. However, RJD sources say that party’s State President Jagdanand Singh is trying to get his son Sudhakar Singh a ticket from the Ramgarh assembly constituency.

In the ruling JD(U), too, there are many leaders trying to get their next generation into the electoral fray.

However, more or less all parties are full of politicians who are desirous of pushing their future generation in the political arena in this election, but it remains to be seen how many will succeed and who the voters will elect to power.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce 3 more gifts for Bihar this Sunday

Laying of the pipeline under the Durgapur-Banka Section required bridging a total of 154 crossings including 13 rivers, 5 national highways, and 3 railway crossings.

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New Delhi, Sep 11 : Staying with his emphasis on gifting an array of developmental projects for poll-bound Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation three key projects related to the Petroleum sector in the state this Sunday.

The PM will unveil these projects through video conferencing. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will also be present on the occasion.

The projects include the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project and two LPG Bottling Plants. They have been commissioned by the Indian Oil and HPCL — both public sector units.

The 193-km-long Durgapur-Banka pipeline section which is built by Indian Oil, is a part of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project, for which the foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister last year on February 17. The pipeline passes through West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar.

Laying of the pipeline under the Durgapur-Banka Section required bridging a total of 154 crossings including 13 rivers, 5 national highways, and 3 railway crossings.

Meanwhile, the Indian Oil’s LPG Bottling Plant at Banka will increase the ‘atmanirbharta’ of self-reliance of Bihar by meeting the rising demand for LPG in the state, says the Centre. This Bottling Plant has been built at an investment of around Rs 131.75 crore to serve the districts of Bhagalpur, Banka, Jamui, Araria, Kishanganj and Katihar in Bihar, along with the districts of Godda, Deoghar, Dumka, Sahibganj, and Pakur in Jharkhand. This plant would generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in the state, believes the Centre.

If that wasn’t enough, HPCL’s 120 TMTPA LPG Bottling Plant has been constructed at Harsidhi in East Champaran district for Rs. 136.4 crore. The bottling plant will cater to the LPG requirement of East Champaran, West Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Siwan, Gopalganj & Sitamarhi districts in Bihar.

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