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Sharad Yadav free to choose his path: Nitish Kumar

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New Delhi, Aug 11: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that senior party leader Sharad Yadav, who has expressed himself against the alliance between his party and the BJP in the state, is free to choose his path.

“The party has taken a decision with everyone’s consensus. He (Sharad Yadav) is free to make his own decisions,” Nitish Kumar told reporters outside Parliament.

His remarks came a day after former party president Sharad Yadav declared he was still with the Grand Alliance of the RJD and Congress.

“I still stand with Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) that was given a mandate by 11 crore people in Bihar in the 2015 assembly polls to rule for five years,” Yadav had told the media after landing at the Patna airport from Delhi.

Nitish Kumar, President of the Janata Dal-United, on July 26 resigned as the Chief Minister of the state dumping the 20-month-old Grand Alliance comprising the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

He again took oath as the Chief Minister with the support of the BJP on July 27.

The JD-U President also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss developmental issues of the state and said that he will come back again this month to have a detailed meeting.

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OP Rawat takes charge as new Chief Election Commissioner

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New Delhi, Jan 26: Om Prakash Rawat on Tuesday took charge as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), succeeding Achal Kumar Jyoti to the post.

Rawat will serve a tenure of almost a year till his retirement in December 2018.

He has previously held various key portfolios at the Central government and in the states. He was also deputed to South Africa in May 1994 as the United Nations’ election observer to chalk out the first post-apartheid elections there.

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Karni Sena threats force cancellation of ‘Padmaavat’ bookings in Bihar

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Patna, Jan 23: Shree Rajput Karni Sena activists have forced cinema halls to stop advance bookings for “Padmaavat”, officials on Tuesday said.

In Patna, online bookings for the movie were stopped following protest and threat by Karni Sena’s activists.

“Fear of Karni Sena is such that Cinepolis has not only stopped online booking of ‘Padmaavat’. It cancelled 50 bookings after a group of Karni Sena activists protested and threatened the staff members,” an official of district administration said.

Three other cinema halls, set to screen the controversial movie, have so far not informed people about advance booking for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

In Gaya district, all cinema hall owners have decided not to show “Padmaavat” fearing violence by Karni Sena supporters.

In Bhagalpur and Purnea districts also cinema halls have decided not to screen the film.

Karni Sena’s state president Dhirender Singh said cinema halls should not to show “Padmaavat”, respecting the sentiments of the people.

In the last 10 day, activists of the Rajput organisation, which has been at the forefront of anti-“Padmaavat” protest, have staged demonstrations across the state.

Last week, some activists attacked a cinema hall in Muzaffarpur district, tore posters of “Padmaavat” and threatened to set ablaze the hall if the film is screened, police said.

The police is, however, yet to act against those who indulged in the vandalism.

According to district officials, the police would scan the CCTV footage.

The JD(U)-BJP government led by Nitish Kumar has so far not decided whether the movie will release in the state.

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Anandiben Patel takes oath as new MP Governor

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Bhopal, Jan 23: Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Tuesday took oath as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh.

Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Justice Hemant Gupta administered the oath of office to Patel in a function at the Raj Bhavan.

Parliament Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet colleagues were present on the occasion.

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