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Shivpal’s party to offer Mulayam LS ticket from Mainpuri

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Lucknow, Sep 15 : Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former UP Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, who recently floated his own outfit by the name of Samajwadi Secular Mocha (SSM) on Saturday said that his party would like to field Mulayam Singh Yadav on party ticket as the Lok Sabha candidate from Mainpuri.

Talking to reporters in the state capital, Yadav said he would make the offer to his elder brother Mulayam and even like him to become the President of the SSM.

“We will very much like to field him as our candidate from Mainpuri, rest is on him,” Shivpal said while reiterating that all doors of rapprochement with the SP are now “shut for ever”.

The one-time number two in the SP has already announced that his Front would contest all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections. He also added that even if Mulayam wants to contest on the ticket of any other party, the SSM would extend support to him.

The former Minister also clarified that he took the step to form his own outfit after the blessings of Mulayam Singh Yadav and added that more and more SP leaders, legislators and workers were tilting towards him and would soon join the Front formally.

Yadav, however, ruled out any truck with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as was being rumoured, but added that he is open for alliances with regional parties.

He also dropped enough indications that his political war with his estranged nephew Akhilesh Yadav is now set in stone. When asked that he has removed the SP flag from his cars and whether this meant that he is also on way to resigning from his Jaswantnagar Assembly seat, he answered in the negative.

“I have neither quit from SP, nor from my legislatorship. If they want, they can expel me,” he said combatively.

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Wrong policies led to failure of Cong-RJD govts in Bihar: Owaisi

People of the country are facing the consequences due to the wrong moves of the Congress party,” the AIMIM chief said.

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Patna, Sep 19 — All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday claimed that wrong policies led to the failure of the Congress and RJD governments in Bihar.

Owaisi was in Patna as the AIMIM entered into an alliance with the Samajwadi Janata Dal Democratic (SJDD) ahead of the Bihar polls.

“We will fight the election under the leadership of Devendra Prasad Yadav, the president of SJDD. We welcome all those parties who want to fight against communalism and communal parties,” the AIMIM chief said.

“We are not scared of any political party. Our party had contested the election in 2015 from Kishanganj, but the Congress won. Today the BJP is riding high in Bihar due to the failure of the RJD. I have defeated the BJP and the Shiv Sena in Hyderabad,” Owaisi said.

“In Maharashtra, the Congress party is sitting on the Shiv Sena’s lap. The former is presented as a secular party in the country but I would believe that its thinking promotes feudalism. People of the country are facing the consequences due to the wrong moves of the Congress party,” the AIMIM chief said.

The AIMIM has already declared it will contest on 50 seats in the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar.

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Bihar Assembly Polls : Separate queue for Covid patients at polling booths

An ECI officer said that different political parties have urged that the expenditure limit be raised to Rs 2 lakh owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Patna, Sep 18 : The Election Commission of India (ECI) has has asked authorities to prepare a separate voters list for Corona-positive patients.

The decision was taken on Friday amid campaigning for the Bihar elections, expected to be held in October or November this year.

The idea is to prevent the transmission and spread of the virus, while allowing patients to exercise their right to vote.

As per the Commission’s strategy, there would be separate queues for Covid patients at polling stations.

The ECI has also made it mandatory for polling officers, presiding officers and polling agents of different political parties to be equipped with proper safety gear.

In another development, the ECI is expected to raise the limit for expenses which can be incurred by individual candidates on the election campaign.

An ECI officer said that different political parties have urged that the expenditure limit be raised to Rs 2 lakh owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The earlier limit was set at Rs 26 lakh.

The officer said that ECI may consult the law ministry on the issue.

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

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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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