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Patna: Lalu Prasad, the irrepressible chief of the RJD, has set a record of sorts by addressing over 200 election rallies across the state in his inimitable style during the ongoing staggered Bihar election.

Lalu, in fact, is far ahead of other leaders.

Lalu has entered the record books with a double century last week itself. He will address around 250 election rallies by the time the over-month-long campaign ends on Tuesday evening” for the fifth and final phase of Bihar assembly polls, an aide said.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Chandeshwar Prasad Singh told IANS here that though Lalu Prasad had had major heart surgeries in 2014, he is as energetic as in the past.

“Laluji has addressed six to ten rallies in a day. He was in high demand by the candidates of the grand alliance of RJD, JD-U and Congress,” he said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not too far behind .

Nitish Kumar has also addressed 200-odd election rallies till date,” JD-U leader Nawal Sharma said.

Sharma said Nitish Kumar addressed five to six rallies daily at the start of the campaign. But later, he has been addressing seven to eight rallies every day.

Both Lalu and Nitish are star campaigners of the grand alliance.

BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi, a former deputy chief minister, has so far addressed close to 200 election rallies. Former chief minister and president of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAW) Jitan Ram Manjhi, an ally of the BJP-led NDA, has also addressed over 150 election rallies.

Acknowledged as a master orator by followers and political adversaries alike, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed 25 rallies as the star campaigner of the BJP-led NDA — the most by any recent prime minister.

No prime minister before Modi has ever visited Bihar more than two-three times during assembly elections in the past. Modi addressed four rallies in the state in July and August even before the announcement of the assembly polls, with two official visits during the same period.

Erstwhile prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressed a few rallies during the 2000 Bihar assembly polls while his successor Manmohan Singh addressed two or three rallies in the 2005 assembly elections, and a similar number in the 2010 polls.

RJD leader Chandeshwar Prasad Singh said Lalu Prasad had so far used a chopper for campaigning. “It’s indicative of his hard-working style, upbeat mood and unbeatable energy to reach out to the people in far away places,” he added.

Singh said that other than Lalu Prasad, his eldest daughter Misa Bharti and his younger son Tejasvi Yadav, who too are key campaigners for the grand alliance, have addressed over 100 election rallies.

As for the other campaigners, they are far behind.

BJP president Amit Shah has addressed close to 100 election rallies and another BJP ally LJP chief and union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has addressed the same number of election rallies.

Nearly a dozen union ministers, mostly BJP leaders, have also addressed dozens of election rallies.

At the bottom of the pack are Congress president Sonia Gandhi — who has addressed six election rallies — and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi — who has addressed 15 rallies.

Barring Left leaders, politicians of all hues in Bihar hired private helicopters to reach out to voters across the sprawling state of nearly 105 million people.

This is a far cry from the times when most political leaders, barring those at the very top, travelled by rail or road to connect to voters and to campaign.

According to leaders from different parties, more than two dozen helicopters from private firms have been pressed into service to ferry the star campaigners. Most helicopters have come from aviation firms based in New Delhi and Mumbai. The average cost of hiring a multi-engine helicopter is Rs.2 lakh for a flying hour.

The polling for the fifth and final phase of the 243-seat Bihar assembly election will take place on November 5, with the counting slated for November 8.

(By Imran Khan,IANS)

 

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15 Facts To Know About Arnab Goswami and Republic TV

. Since last year, Arnab has been running his own TV channel by the name of Republic TV which was much awaited by the viewers.

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Arnab Goswami started his career in 1994 with ‘The Telegraph’ as a journalist. Wikimedia Commons
Arnab Goswami started his career in 1994 with ‘The Telegraph’ as a journalist. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: Arnab Goswami is a well-known name, who has revolutionized the way Indian media practices journalism. Many people call him as a grammar Nazis and for some, he stands out to be an intellectual person. Arnab Goswami is a person, who is isolated and loved at the same time.

For past many years, Arnab was the front face of Times Now and was handling the role of an anchor in a live debate show. It was the time when people started following him due to his blunt questions and courageous approach. Now, since last year, Arnab has been running his own TV channel by the name of Republic TV and was much awaited by the viewers.

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts related to Arnab Goswami and Republic TV:

1. Arnab Goswami started his career in 1994 with ‘The Telegraph’ as a journalist. He worked there for less than a year then shifted to Delhi and joined NDTV 24X7 in TV News Broadcast. Later down the lane, Arnab joined NDTV’s core team as a news editor.

Arnab Goswami is a person, who is isolated and loved at the same time. Wikimedia Commons
Arnab Goswami is a person, who is isolated and loved at the same time. Wikimedia Commons

2. Arnab Goswami has the distinction of having a degree from Oxford University. After completing his schooling, Arnab took up BA (Hons.) in Sociology from the Hindu College of Delhi University. Then in 1994, he concluded his Masters in Social Anthropology from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Due to his outstanding intellect, he was granted as a Felix Scholar in Oxford. Arnab was also honored with the position of Visiting D C Pavate Fellow at the International Studies Department at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.

3. Soon after the September 11 attacks in 2001, Arnab came up with his first book, “Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge.” Here he summed up all the legal issues in framing laws against terrorists and terrorism. Other aspects included the legal solution for terrorism. Arnab also compared India’s anti-terrorism laws with those in the West, specifically the United Kingdom.

4. Arnab Goswami belongs to a political family. His father, Manoranjan Goswami is a retired army officer and a BJP member. Manoranjan has contested as a BJP candidate in the Indian general election, from Guwahati. His Paternal Grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami was a lawyer and Congress leader.  And his Maternal Grandfather, Gauri Sankar Bhattacharya was a communist and leader of the opposition for many years in Assam. So, we can count his attributes of political knowledge well.

Republic TV becomes the first Indian news channel to Livestream Star India’s Hotstar. Wikimedia Commons
Republic TV becomes the first Indian news channel to Livestream Star India’s Hotstar. Wikimedia Commons

5. Being a journalist, Arnab’s First Ever TV Interview was with Congress leader, Sonia Gandhi. His this interview got him accolades for bringing the otherwise reticent Sonia Gandhi for an interview on TV.

6. Arnab’s role model is a famed musician, Shri Bhupen Hazarika. He is a legend in Assam and is known for his multicultural identity. Arnab was very much fond of Hazarika songs. Once, Arnab himself went to Calcutta, just to just to experience a thrill of the singer’s deep-throated voice.

7. Arnab Goswami has posed for the cover of Good Times magazine in September 2012 edition.  Good Times is a lifestyle magazine from the Northeast and covers the lifestyle taste of different regions.

8. Arnab was always a big fan of BBC and CNN. He wanted to run in the footsteps of these renowned channels. Once, he even quoted in an interview with Good Times, “I do dream that at some time in the future, our country will have a channel like BBC or CNN which is going to be broadcast to the world and if such an opportunity arises, I would certainly like to play a role in it.”

9. According to IndiaToday’s report, Arnab Goswami has Ranked 46th in the Mighty Power List. He was chosen on the basis of his debate topics on social causes like corruption, misgovernance, and terror. On the list, he ranked ahead of Arvind Kejriwal and many others.

10. After working at Times Now for 10 years, he resigned in 2016 and started his own TV channel, Republic TV.

11. Arnab himself is the managing director and co-founder of the Republic TV which was launched in 2017. The channel’s website (republicworld.com) also went live on the same day.

Arnab is the managing director and co-founder of the Republic TV. Republic TV
Arnab is the managing director and co-founder of the Republic TV. Republic TV

12. Republic TV became the first Indian news channel to Livestream Star India’s Hotstar.

13. S. Sundaram is the CFO of Republic TV. He was the former CFO of Times Now and joined Arnab after he released the channel.

14. Interestingly, Republic TV is a FREE TO AIR channel. It means that the channel is covered in the basic channel package and cable operators have to air it for free.

15. Arnab Goswami received the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year in 2010.

 

In the span of almost two decades, Arnab Goswami has already added a lot of feathers to his hat. But many a time, he has also been at the receiving end of People, who criticize him for his adamant way of speaking and not letting others speak on his debate shows. Also, he is been known for passing out his personal judgments in many cases, which is certainly not a healthy journalist practice.