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Election commission serves notice to Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi, Lalu Prasad

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New Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday served notice to BJP president Amit Shah, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad for violating model code of conduct in Bihar and sought their explanations.

All the three leaders will have to provide an explanation by November 4, failing which the poll panel will take a decision on its own, it said.

“The Commission gives you an opportunity to explain your position in making the above said statement on or before 3 p.m. of November 4, failing which the ECI shall take a decision without any further reference to you,” it wrote in separate notices to each leader.

Shah was asked to explain his remark that there will be “bursting of firecrackers in Pakistan” if the National Democratic Alliance loses the election, whereas Gandhi was asked to explain his “BJP’s plan B” comment in which he allegedly said that wherever Bharatiya Janata Party goes, it makes Hindus and Muslims fight.

Lalu Prasad was served notice for his “Narbhakshi” (cannibal) comment against Amit Shah.

In addition, the EC, in a separate communication, has also cautioned Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav to abide by his assurance given to the poll panel and follow the provisions of the model code while delivering speeches.

On October 15, the EC had issued a show cause notice to the JD-U president for violating model code of conduct in an election meeting held in Nalanda on September 28.

In his reply, he had assured he would abide by the model code.

(IANS)

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Nitish set to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister

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New Delhi: Nitish Kumar is set to swear-in as the Bihar Chief Minister on Friday in the presence of significant leaders of the Alliances and the Congress.

Post a storming victory in the Bihar election against Narendra Modi-led NDA government, the combined JD(U)-RJD-Congress, famous as the Grand Alliance or the Mahaghatbandhan, are estimated to share seats in the cabinet according to their respective performance.

Several leaders are expected to attend the oath ceremony, mostly from the non-BJP block, that might make way for possible future political alignments.

The ceremony will take place at Gandhi Maidan in Patna and will be joined by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, HD Deve Gowda, Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah and leaders in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha such as Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also invited for the ceremony although he won’t be able to grace the occasion due to prior commitments. He has assigned deputed Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu to represent the Government at the gathering.

Two sunshade dais are prepared for the VVIPs and for those under Special Protection Group cover. On the main dais will be Nitish Kumar and the newly elected ministers. The neighbouring dais will be graced by the newly elected MLAs.

A special corridor is constructed for the women coming to attend the ceremony.

The site of the oath ceremony is being constantly supervised by the police, and security drills are taking place to practise ushering of VVIPs from Airport to the Gandhi Maidan.

The victory of the grand alliance was categorically endorsed under the expectation of Nitish leading Bihar as the Chief Minister.

Once rivals, Nitish and Lalu came together to defeat the BJP led NDA Government.This win has boosted the confidence of the party although now it will be under severe surveillance by the citizens to see whether they are worthy of the win or not.

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Arun Jaitley attributes BJP’s defeat to its loose talkers

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New Delhi: BJP leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday attributed the party’s resounding defeat in the Bihar assembly elections to its motormouth leaders whose remarks had “deflected from the main theme of development”.

“I did try to intervene on several occasions and correct that narrative. But… the camera has a special fondness for those who are capable of spoiling that narrative,” Jaitley told NDTV.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had come to power at the Centre in 2014 on the development agenda, managed to win just 53 seats in Bihar despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi spearheading the election campaign in the state.

The finance minister also exuded confidence that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill would be passed in parliament. “I think GST will get through. It’s only a matter of time,” he said.

The GST bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha, was stalled by the opposition in the Rajya Sabha where the opposition is in the majority.

Jaitley, who also holds the portfolios of corporate affairs and information and broadcasting, said the government was committed to push ahead with reforms.

(IANS)

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Bihar Polls LIVE: We will uproot Modi govt at Centre, says Lalu Yadav

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With results pouring in the trends show that JD(U)-RJD-Congress Grand Alliance is racing ahead of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar polls and is all set to form the next government under the leadership of Nitish Kumar.

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“Will go to Banaras with a lantern to ‘find’ Modi’s promises,” says Lalu.

“You can’t predict the ripples that this verdict will have in coming future.”

“I thank the women for coming in large numbers and voting. We are committed to look after their empowerment and safety,” says Lalu.

“Nitish Kumar is, and will be, the Chief Minister of Bihar. The state is set to develop under his leadership,” Lalu Yadav declares.

“We will work towards a better Bihar and are committed to women’s development and safety,” says Lalu.

“We will uproot the Modi government at the Centre,” says Lalu Yadav.

“The people of Bihar have handed over an unprecedented defeat to the BJP. We express our heartfelt gratitude to them,” says Lalu Yadav.

RJD chief Lalu Yadav addresses a press conference.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray calls Nitish Kumar to congratulate him over Grand Alliance’s massive victory in Assembly polls.

According to latest results/trends by 1:05 pm, Grand Alliance is leading on  160 seats while the NDA on 74 seats.

#BiharVerdict #BiharResults at 11:40am (leads/trends) JDU+ 157 BJP+ 75 OTHERS+ 12 @Bihar_BJP @NitishKumar pic.twitter.com/2SWOuNNeRD — NewsGram (@NewsGram1) November 8, 2015

This is a victory of unity over divisiveness. Humility over arrogance. Love over hate. A victory of the people of Bihar, says Rahul Gandhi.