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NDA remains united ahead of Bihar elections: LJP

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New Delhi: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) denied reports of displeasure over the importance given to HAM leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, and said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) remained united ahead of the Bihar assembly elections on Tuesday.

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Photo credit: indiatoday.intoday.in

“Our cadres expressed surprise that we were not given (seats) what we had been told,” Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan said.

There were reports that the Paswans were upset that they were promised 41-42 seats but given 40 instead.

Paswan was quick to underscore that the NDA “remains united” and that his party was not upset about the role assigned to another NDA partner, Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM).

BJP president Amit Shah announced on Monday that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would contest 160 seats, LJP 40 seats, Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) 23 seats and HAM another 20 seats.

HAM nominees would contest a few seats allotted to the BJP as well.

The five-phased polling for the 243-member assembly would be held between October 12 and November 5. The counting would take place on November 8.

(IANS)

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Ram Nath Kovind on two-day UP visit from Today

Elaborate arrangements are being made in the state capital to receive the Ram Nath Kovind and security has also been beefed up

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Ram Nath Kovind
Ram Nath Kovind. IANS

Lucknow, Sep 14, 2017: President Ram Nath Kovind will arrive here on Thursday on a two-day visit, his first since ascending to the highest constitutional office in the country.

He will also visit his home town during the visit. Elaborate arrangements are being made in the state capital to receive the President and security has also been beefed up.

The President will arrive in a special Indian Air Force plane at the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport here around 3 p.m. on Thursday where he will be received by Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and some Ministers.

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He will be driven straight to Raj Bhawan where he would briefly rest and then go to the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan where the state government has organised a public felicitation event for the President, who hails from Kanpur rural.

More than 1,500 people have been invited for the function, an official said.

Breaking protocol, Kovind will drive to the 5, Kalidas Marg residence of Adityanath at night for dinner.

He will meet dignitaries and other people from the political spectrum on Friday before leaving for Kanpur in the afternoon in a chopper. The President will return later in the evening to Lucknow and then fly back to New Delhi.

The last time Ram Nath Kovind was in town was on June 25 as the National Democratic Alliance presidential nominee. (IANS)

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Modi government proving to be ‘just as terrible’ as UPA: AAP

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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has proved “just as terrible” as the UPA regime, it replaced Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Monday.

A resolution passed at its National Council meeting also dubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) strategy of “manufactured intolerance … a grave threat to the Idea of India”.

In its strongest ever attack on the Modi government, the AAP said people replaced in 2014 “the most corrupt government in Indian history with an alternative that promised development and good governance.

In the past 18 months, that alternative, the BJP-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance), has proved just as terrible.

The resolution said corruption pervaded all levels of the central government, economic growth was lackluster, employment generation was negligible, social-sector spending had fallen, and the agrarian economy had been left to fend for itself.

Politically, the BJP has stayed true to its past and gone on to try and tear the social fabric that delicately binds Indian society, added AAP.

The real agenda of the BJP is intolerance and the purpose is dividing society for political gains.

The AAP said this “manufactured intolerance” had been rejected by people, first in Delhi and then in Bihar.

But BJP’s continued attempts to make it the center-piece of its political strategy is a grave threat to the Idea of India.

The AAP, which swept to power in Delhi in February after crushing the BJP, vowed to “politically oppose all corrupt and communal forces, which in our view, are the primary danger to Indian society”.

On a proposal moved by Sarita Singh, one of its 67 legislators, and seconded by Delhi unit leader Dilip Pandey, the National Council adopted three resolutions.

It said the years since an anti-corruption movement evolved into the AAP “have been a great learning experience”.

Insisting people believe that only the AAP could provide corruption-free governance and adhere to its basic tenets of Swaraj, secularism and social harmony, the AAP pledged to spread and deepen its party organization.

The AAP also accused the Modi government of diluting the country’s federal structure.

India can only prosper as a collective if democratically-elected individual state governments are allowed to function.

“Since the advent of the present NDA government, state governments are being undermined at the behest of the central government. ”

Instead of cooperative federalism, the country is witnessing selective
targeting of non-NDA state governments through the offices of Governors and Lt. Governors.

The AAP said it will build public opinion and oppose the Modi government’s
“totalitarian attitude towards non-NDA state governments”.

(Inputs from IANS)

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NDA’s defeat is no setback for economy: Arun Jaitley

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New Delhi: After NDA’s defeat in Bihar, finance minister Arun Jaitley said that the loss will not hamper the economic reform process in Bihar. “I don’t see it as a setback to the economy and structural reforms will continue. They should continue at a rapid pace”

He said the government would continue with reforms by taking executive actions and also in the Budget, which would be declared in February next year.

“Our commitment is the states which need to develop more we have to help them more,” he added.

While NDA managed to get only 58 seats (BJP 53) in the 243-member Bihar assembly, Mahagathbandhan comprising of RJD,JD(U) and Congress got a whooping 178 seats.

The Finance Minister said that the “index of opposition unity” was one of the major factors that led to the triumph of the Mahagathbandhan in the Bihar assembly elections.

He admitted that some irresponsible statements by certain BJP members changed the narrative, leading to their loss.

When quizzed about the loss he said, “I don’t see it as a setback to the economy at all. If under Nitish Kumar, Bihar grows and grows well, we have already announced economic package for the state, certainly we are going to help.”

On the specific question of the pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, he hoped that Bihar would support the legislation.

In an interview with a magazine on being asked whether Bihar election was a referendum on the policies of the Centre, Arun Jaitley said, “The word referendum is loosely used.Every election is not a referendum. A state election is not a referendum. You are not contesting on one issue.”