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Patna/Sasaram: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi have been booked on Tuesday on the orders of the Election Commission for unethical poll campaigning. While Lalu is charged for making comments hurting sentiments of castes, Sushil is accused of violating the model code of conduct for promising bribe to voters.

The FIR at Ganga Bridge police station in Vaishali district revealed that Lalu Prasad in his alleged speech provoked voters on caste lines. Lalu delivered the speech at village Terasiya in Raghopur assembly constituency in Vaishali district on the first day of his campaign for his son Tejaswi Yadav on Sunday. The Election Commission ordered lodging of FIR against Lalu after screening his speech.

“Lalu, in his speech, asked the Yadavs to ‘stay awake and remain united’ especially against Brahmins.

Addressing an election meeting at Bhabua in Kaimur district on Monday, Sushil allegedly claimed that if NDA came to power in the state it would give Rs 50,000 in cash to meritorious students, color TVs to dalits and ‘dhoti-sari’ to poor people.

(With inputs from TOI)

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Bihar Cabinet Inducts 27 Ministers as New Nitish Government is Formed

Out of the total 27 ministers, 12 are BJP representatives while 14 are from JD(U) itself

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Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister. Wikimedia Commons
  • 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.

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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.

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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

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Amul Acts Cheeky on Nitish Kumar’s ‘Divorce’ With Lalu Prasad Yadav

Amul's witty take on the heightened political drama in Bihar received a thumbs up from netizens

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Amul ad on Bihar political drama.
Amul has won hearts again with it's witty take on Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav's rife. Twitter
  • Heightened political drama in Bihar leaves everybody baffled
  • Nitish Kumar breaks up from the Congress-RJD-JDU Mahagatbandhan
  • Amul takes a witty dig at the Bihar episode

July 30, 2017: In an exciting turn of events, the government in Bihar changed from a coalition between Congress,  Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD, and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) to one between JD(U) and NDA, all within 24 hours. And Amul’s take on the entire scene is not to be missed!

Following his resignation from the post of Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar went on to take oath as the CM again the next morning, with NDA’s support.

Nitish says he quit over corruption charges on deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, which RJD and Congress termed as “back-stabbing” and “opportunism”.

Kumar had a long association with NDA previously but had parted ways immediately after Narendra Modi was announced as their prime ministerial candidate.

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With the news of the breaking up of the Mahagatbandhan spread, the world social media came alive. Some talked about the hilarious ‘divorce’ of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, while others acknowledged the blossoming bromance between Modi and Kumar. The social media was abuzz with opinions on the matter, and speculation over the next move. The entire drama was very amusing and to understand it better, one should look no further than Twitter-pictures, tweets, and memes flooded Twitter. But perhaps, Amul’s take on the new rife about the ongoing Bihar episode summed it all perfectly.

Continuing with its legacy to take a witty and unabashed take in contemporary and political issues, the brand released its cartoon featuring the two ministers.

The cartoon shows CM Nitish Kumar waving goodbye to Prasad who is seen trying to adjust the flame of his dimming lantern. Also not to be missed is the lotus in Kumar’s hand. The caption aptly reads “Jat maṅgni, Paṭna byaah” which has received applause from readers and netizens alike.

The Amul Butter ad featuring the Amul girl has been a constant on billboards and in newspapers. Featuring cleverly thought out puns on current events of the day, they are witty, unapologetic and get away with almost everything that a common man wants to say without seeking controversy!

This is not the first time when Amul political cartoons amused the viewers

 

And certainly not the first time when Bihar and its troubled tales have been picked by Amul

– prepared by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala

 


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Supreme Court seeks Time Frame for bringing a bill, which will Allow NRI Voting from the Overseas

The bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud sought to know the time frame after Attorney General K.K.Venugopal told court that a Team of Ministers (ToM) have recommended such an amendment

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Supreme Court of India. Wikimedia
  • The Supreme Court sought to know from the time it would require for bringing a bill allowing NRIs vote from their overseas locations
  • The bench sought to know why the government was taking a cumbersome route of amending the electoral act
  • In the last hearing on the matter, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had contended that the modalities of NRI voting can be done by amending the Rules and would not require amending the law

New Delhi, July 21, 2017: The Supreme Court on Friday sought to know from the Central government the time it would require for bringing a bill amending the Representation of People Act to allowing NRIs vote from their overseas locations.

The bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud sought to know the time frame after Attorney General K.K.Venugopal told the court that a Team of Ministers (ToM) have recommended such an amendment.

The Team of Ministers in their meeting on July 20, 2017, have decided that to “facilitate external modes of voting to the overseas electors, an amendment to the Representation of People Act, 1951 would be required by way of introduction of a Bill in Parliament”, the bench was told.

At this, the bench sought to know why the government was taking a cumbersome route of amending the electoral act when same could be achieved by amending the rules.

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The top court, in the last hearing of the matter, had asked the Central government to take a call whether it wanted to amend the Act or the Rules to decide on the modalities of the NRI voting from abroad.

In the last hearing of the matter, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for one of the petitioners, had contended that the modalities of NRI voting can be done by amending the Rules and would not require amending the law.

Appearing for the Election Commission, senior counsel Meenakshi Arora told the bench that by amending the rules, that they can put in place modalities of voting by the overseas electors, but it was necessary to amend the law to create an exception for overseas voters. (IANS)


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