Patna: The RJD and JD-U on Wednesday announced that they will contest 100 seats each in the Bihar assembly election, leaving 40 seats to the Congress and three to the NCP.
Friends-turned-foes-turned-allies Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad proved sceptics wrong by declaring that they had reached a consensus over seat sharing for the 243-seat assembly.
“We are united. There are no differences amongst us. We will defeat the NDA,” Lalu Prasad, referring to the National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He said a ‘Swabhiman Rally’ of the grand alliance would be held on August 30 in Gandhi Maidan here.
Lalu Prasad accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of insulting Biharis with his DNA remark on Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
“We will reply to Modi’s remark about the DNA of Nitish Kumar at our joint rally,” he said. “Modi has insulted Bihar, and Biharis will take revenge.”
Added Nitish Kumar: “We will jointly campaign across the state.”
Most political watchers had feared that the two main parties ranged against the BJP in Bihar would run into problems over seat sharing, with each insisting on a higher share.
But Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar surprised everyone by announcing that they had overcome the major hurdle.
This is the first time Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad will be jointly fighting an assembly election since they parted ways while being part of the Janata Parivar in the 1990s.
After turning bitter rivals, Nitish Kumar joined hands with the BJP while Lalu Prasad became part of the Congress-led UPA alliance.
The two embraced once again after Nitish Kumar dumped the BJP following the rise and rise of Narendra Modi in the party.
Lalu Prasad hinted on Wednesday that should there be problems on any issue, Nitish Kumar and he would resolve them. “Both of us will meet and discuss any issue that need to be tackled.”
Wednesday’s announcement is expected to put pressure on the BJP-led NDA, which, after its sweep in the Lok Sabha polls, is determined to come to power in Bihar.
Some BJP leaders want to give no more than 70-80 assembly seats to its allies- the Lok Janshakti Party of union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the RLSP of union minister Upender Kushwaha, and the HAM of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
But the LJP has alone staked claim to over 80 seats. The RLSP wants to contest more than 60 seats while the HAM is eyeing 50 seats.
Lalu Prasad insisted that the RJD, the JD-U, the Congress, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are confident of defeating the BJP and its allies.
In the outgoing assembly, the JD-U has more than 110 members and the RJD 24 seats. The BJP has around 85 legislators in Bihar.
New Delhi, September 5, 2017 : 26th July witnessed a big political drama in India, when Nitish Kumar, the C.M. of Bihar submitted his resignation.
The government in Bihar was a coalition of three political parties; Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), Lalu Yadav’s RJD and Congress.
Nitish was back in the C.M’s chair, the very next day due to the support extended to his party, JD (U) by BJP to form the government in Bihar.
The coalition of the aforesaid three parties thereby collapsed, which annoyed Lalu Yadav, the head of RJD a lot.
Lalu Yadav hijacked the plank of secularism to indulge in blatant corruption and promote his family in politics.
Secularism implies the principle of separating government institutions as well as politicians from religion and religious figures. In India the meaning of secularism has entirely been altered by politicians like Lalu, who openly woo Muslim fundamentalists from Mosques and waste government funds in order to appease them.
Lalu keeps on harping upon keeping Muslims safe in Bihar. Maintenance of law and order is the foremost task of any elected government, what’s the big deal in it?
Lalu’s politics involves developing vote banks from his caste comprising of Yadavs and Muslims.
He portrays himself as the ‘messiah’ of Muslims by aligning with fundamentalist Muslim preachers and gangsters like Shahbuddin.
Lalu never addresses the root cause of poverty and backwardness among Indian Muslims. It is largely due to the community shunning of mainstream educational institutes and going to worthless madrasas, (Muslim religious schools) which primarily focus on students, rote learning of the Muslim holy book; Koran.
In the absence of modern knowledge, madrasa graduates are unable to improve their material prosperity and face the challenges of contemporary society.
The Ulemas or the Islamic scholars’ regressive attitude is reflected in the following statement of Maulana Samiul Haq, of the Haqqania madrasa, a prominent Deobandi madrasa; “Young minds are not for thinking. We catch them for the madrasas when they are young, and by the time they are old enough to think, they know what to think.”
Fake seculars like Lalu would never tell Muslims to study in proper schools because an educated Muslim can easily decipher the tricks played by such politicians. A large number of illiterate or madrasa brand Muslims suit Lalu because then by showing the fear of BJP and Hindus, these Muslims can be easily turned into vote banks for his political party.
CBI, ED and other government agencies recently conducted large number of raids on Lalu and his family. They discovered Billions amassed by this so called ‘champion of oppressed’.
Lalu accumulated large number of farm-houses, land holdings, companies etc. in the name of his family comprising of his illiterate wife and 9 children; 7 daughters and 2 sons.
Both his sons, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, are school drop-outs. The former was the deputy CM of Bihar with various ministerial portfolios, while the latter was the Health Minister of the province in the coalition government.
Lalu was declared guilty by the courts for his lead role in the Bihar fodder scam worth thousands of Crores. Lalu Yadav was jailed for 135 days in 1997 but he was lodged in a Bihar Military Police guest house with all comforts.
Before his incarceration, Lalu installed his uneducated wife Rabri Devi as the C.M. of Bihar. Lalu was jailed on various other occasions for his involvement in the aforementioned swindle.
Every time, Lalu was put in prison, he received 5 star hotel facilities and got bail easily. Lalu continued being the de facto C.M of Bihar by inducting his wife as the rubber- stamp C.M. of Bihar.
He was finally sentenced to a 5 year jail term in October 2013 by a special CBI court. Instead of being in a jail, he is again out on bail, busy in enriching and establishing his progeny in politics.
A poster for Lalu Yadav’s political rally in Patna on Sunday, 27th August depicted one of Lalu’s foolish son as Lord Krishna while the other buffoon is shown as Arjun. Lalu’s daughter and Rajya Sabha M.P, Misa Bharti is depicted as the famous freedom fighter, Rani of Jhansi; Lakshmibai. Lalu and his wife Rabri are blessing their children in this poster.
What a mockery of historical and religious characters.
Lalu is saying that he and his family are being victimized. These utterances constitute ‘heights of shamelessness’.
Lalu indulged in blatant corruption and misuse of office for personal gains. On getting exposed he started parroting; this is a conspiracy of BJP and law would take its own course.
These terms in India mean that court cases would drag for 20-30 years. The politician will die but the court proceedings would still remain pending. Classic example is Jayalalitha, the court cases against her were continuing since, 1996 but the final judgment was passed in 2017 after her death.
Lalu’s son, Tejashwi Prasad, the Ex-Deputy C.M of Bihar was a member of IPL cricket team, Delhi Daredevils for 4 years from 2008-2012.
During these 4 years, Tejashwi didn’t play a single game for Delhi Daredevils.
Which sporting team in the world would keep such a useless player in its squad?
Delhi Daredevils is owned by GMR group. This business house must be investigated, as to what were the compelling reasons behind continuous retention of this trash cricketer, who wasn’t competent to play even a single game during 4 seasons.
What were the financial benefits given to Tejashwi? Did the GMR group receive concessions from Lalu Yadav in exchange for keeping his son in Delhi Daredevils team? These are serious issues and need further investigations.
Misa Bharti, eldest daughter of Lalu Yadav is a Rajya Sabha M.P. She topped the MBBS examination of Patna Medical College Hospital during the late 90’s.
Misa never excelled in her classes, either at school or college. At her convocation, the presenter of the degree requested her not to treat any patients ever.
Lalu through his clout in Bihar first got her admission into MBBS and then deceptively made her a topper.
Misa Bharti after topping her MBBS studies and obtaining her medical degree did not work as a Doctor even for a single day, neither did she start her own medical practice.
This is humbug Lalu Yadav, the ‘self- styled’ protector of Muslims and ‘self- declared’ skipper of the Indian opposition political parties, comprising of so called secular forces but in reality just corrupt family controlled political dynasties.
Lalu and his political clan should be imprisoned for at least a minimum period of 10 years with provisions of no bail plus hard labor in the jail.
All undeclared properties; including land parcels, bank accounts, commercial businesses, residences etc. unearthed by the authorities during raids on Lalu and his family must be confiscated by the central government.
Lalu’s party RJD, which is nothing more than a corrupt family enterprise should be disbanded and a life ban imposed on Lalu plus his kin from pursuing political careers.
An exemplary example needs to be made of this corrupt, Lalu so, as to deter other existing as well as budding ‘Lalu Prasad Yadavs’, abounding in the Indian political system from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
– The author is a Master Degree holder in International Tourism & Leisure Studies from Netherlands and is based in China.
State Disaster Management Deparment’s special secretary, Anirudh Kumar has told PTI that the flood has affected people across 14 districts of the state. The highest number of deaths are from the Araria District (20), followed by Sitamarhi (11), West Champaran (9), Kisanganj (8), Madhubani (5), Purnea (5), Madhepura (4), Darbhanga (4), East Champaran (3), Sheohar (2), and Supual (1).
Further, today the Gopalganj area was submerged as the floods ruthlessly continue.
Anirudh Kumar also informed that more than 2.74 lakh people have been evacuated and relocated by the Disaster Management Team. 1.16 lakh out of them have been settled for the time being in 504 relief camps spreading across the region.
Pratyay Amrit, the principal secretary of the disaster management department also spoke to PTI. He informed them that community kitchens have been initiated for marooned areas victims.
Due to bad whether, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi could not conduct an aerial survey scheduled for earlier.
The natural disaster has also affected the railway systems. Many trains on different routes have been short terminated, short originated, canceled or diverted.
The Chief Minister’s relief fund has received 11 lakh in donations from Nityanand Rai, Bihar’s BJP President.
– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394
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After a big political drama, the new Bihar Cabinet has inducted 27 Ministers
Nitish Kumar has now given the BJP highest share of representation in the new government with 12 ministers
Sushil Kumar Modi 11from BJP has been chosen by the CM as his deputy
July 30, 2017: Recently, there was a sudden change in Bihar’s political status quo. Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister, dumped his previous allies to form a new government. 27 Ministers have been inducted in the new Bihar Cabinet.
Nitish’s party, the JD(U), had previously allied with the Congress Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Having dumped them, Nitish and his party have allied with BJP. As a result of the new formation, new representatives have been chosen by the Cabinet. Additionally, the CM has chosen BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi as his deputy.
Out of the total 27 ministers, 12 are BJP representatives while 14 are from JD(U) itself. One member is from the Lok Janshakti Party. The Chief Minister has given the BJP highest ever representation. The total number of ministers from BJP in the 2010 Nitish-BJP coalition was 11. The political situation in Bihar has been turned on its head.
Nitish Kumar has taken up the responsibility for general administration, home, and vigilance departments. His deputy from BJP will be responsible for the forest, finance, IT, and commercial tax. The department of energy, excise and prohibition went to Bijendra Yadav from JD(U).
Also, Kumar’s new cabinet has one woman minister and one minister from the minority community. Both belong to the JD(U). From BJP’s side, EBC and SC communities have been given representation. The BJP ministers were reportedly shortlisted by Deputy Sushil Kumar and Nityanand Rai, the Bihar BJP President. Also involved in the selection were BJP President Amit Shah and the Union Minister Arun Jaitley.
– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394