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Bihar polls: LJP announces 12 candidates in first list

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Friday released first list of 12 candidates, including three members of party chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s family, for the Bihar assembly polls.
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“LJP parliamentary board has finalised candidates for 29 seats but we are releasing the first list of 12 candidates on which we got clearance from all the allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA),” LJP MP Chirag Paswan said at a press conference here.

LJP’s Bihar unit chief and Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother Pashupati Kumar Paras will fight from Alauli assembly constituency whereas another Paswan family member Prince Raj has been fielded from Kalyanpur assembly constituency. Raj is the son of LJP MP Ram Chander Paswan, a brother of the union minister.

One more kin of Paswan, Sarita Paswan was given ticket from Sonbarsha assembly constituency. She is the wife of Paswan’s nephew.

Raju Tiwari, a brother of former LJP legislator Rajan Tiwary, was fielded from Govindganj.

All key posts of the LJP, from state unit president to parliamentary board chairman, are occupied by Paswan’s kin, who include his younger brother Pashupati Kumar Paras and his son Chirag Paswan.

The list also included names of leaders like Ramesh Singh from Vibhutipur assembly segment, Anil Choudhary from Cheriya Bariarpur, Subhash Chandra Bose from Sikandara (SC), Engineer Himanshu Raj from Jamalpur, Satendra Singh from Fatuha, Vijay Paswan from Triveniganj (SC) and Md. Yusuf Khan from Simri Bakhtiyarpur.

Among NDA partners, the BJP will contest in 160 seats, the LJP in 40, Hindustani Awam Morcha in 20 and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party in 23.

Bihar will hold five-phase elections between October 12 to November 5 to elect the 243-member assembly. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.

The notification for the first phase of polls was issued on Wednesday.

With Inputs from IANS

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Haryana School Curriculum is likely to include Religious Texts to emphasise on Moral Education

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12

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  • The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from all religion
  • Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12
  • The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in school curriculum

In the curriculum of Government schools of Haryana, text from the various religions will be included. The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from ‘Bhagavad Gita’ (Hindu religion), ‘Quran’ (Islam), the ‘Bible’ (Christianity) and ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ (Sikhism) will be introduced at a programme to be held in the Kurukshetra University auditorium on July 5.

Ram Vilas Paswan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Ram Vilas Paswan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12.

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“All religions focus on character building. Texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Quran, the Bible and Guru Granth Sahib have been incorporated into the curriculum. Different textbooks would be prescribed for each class,” Mr Sharma said in a statement.

“The state government has prepared the curriculum in collaboration with social organisations and educationists.”

Mr Sharma held a meeting with senior officials of education and allied departments regarding preparations for the introduction of the subject on Saturday, July 1.

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The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in the school curriculum. The opposition Congress termed it an attempt to saffronize education.

Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The event to launch the texts in school curriculum will be attended by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat, Gita scholar Swami Gyananand, Acharya Balkrishna from Patanjali Vidyapeeth and ministers from the centre and state government.

With Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, earlier RSS worker, Haryana has BJP government since October 2014. (IANS)

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All except Tamil Nadu will implement Food security act by 2016 : Paswan

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New Delhi:  All states and union territories, except Tamil Nadu, would implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) by April 2016, Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said on Monday.

Stating that the public distribution system was “important to link governments directly to the vulnerable”, Paswan, who also holds the charge of consumer affairs, emphasized the need for early implementation of the NFSA.

Tamil Nadu has not indicated any firm date for implementation of NFSA but has indicated that computerization of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) is likely to be completed by June, 2016 after which implementation of NFSA will be taken up, the ministry said in a statement.

In 2013, the NFSA was enacted to provide food security for 67 percent of the population in the form of highly subsidized foodgrains at Rs.2 and Rs.3 per kg for wheat and rice respectively. The coverage under the NFSA has been delinked from poverty estimates.

During the initial one year provided in the Act for identification of beneficiaries, only 11 states and union territories have started implementing the Act.

Though 11 more states and union territories have started implementing the Act in the last six months, 14 are yet to roll out the NFSA, the statement added.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Controversial remarks could have been avoided: Chirag Paswan

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New Delhi: Apparently referring to V K Singh’s ‘dog remark’ and beef advertisements by the ally BJP, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan on Friday said that a few statements from the ruling party and the Grand Alliance could have been avoided during Bihar Assembly polls campaign.

Paswan lashed out at the BJP over its cow advertisements in Bihar newspapers. “They were just not needed,” he said while also condemning V K Singh’s dog remark, saying that it did “hurt” them.

The LJP leader on Friday said that “a few statements from the ruling party and the Grand Alliance could have been avoided,” adding that every leader should be careful about what they say.

The government cannot be held responsible for the murder of the two Dalit children in Haryana, General Singh had said, adding that, “If someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible.”

Chirag’s father, Ram Vilas Paswan, had reacted to Singh’s statement saying, “I don’t descend to such low talk, have never done it with any issue,” adding that, “If there is any attempt to divide the society I am totally against it. I believe there should be no ‘ bayaanbaazi’ (politicking) over it.”

On the other hand, the Election Commission had reprimanded Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav for his alleged remarks to influence voters in the name of ‘divine displeasure’.

At an election rally in Nalanda on 7 October, Yadav reportedly said, “Those who do not keep their promise, then the Hindus will not get a place in heaven and Muslims will not meet Allah in paradise.”

Meanwhile, as curtains came down on Thursday on the staggered five-phase assembly elections in Bihar, various exit polls appeared to be divided over the fate of major parties in the fray with some predicting NDA win and even a hung assembly.

An India Today-Cicero exit poll on Thursday predicted a hung assembly in Bihar, with the BJP-led alliance winning 120 seats to the Grand Alliance’s 117. Any party or combine would need 122 seats to secure a simple majority in the 243-member assembly.

Meanwhile, NewsX predicted that the BJP and its allies are set to lose the battle for the Bihar assembly, winning only 95 of the 243 seats

It said the BJP and its three allies would secure 90-100 seats while the Grand Alliance led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will win 130-140 seats whereas CVoter predicted a narrow JD-U win.

Exit poll agency Today’s Chanakya, however, predicted that the BJP-led alliance will win 155 seats in the Bihar assembly while the Grand Alliance will win 83 seats.