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New Delhi: Chief Ministers Nitish Kumar and Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday shared a stage here and took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding special status for Bihar and full statehood for Delhi.

At a function to honour select people from Bihar living in Delhi, both Kejriwal and Nitish Kumar hit out at Modi on issues ranging from One Rank One Pension (OROP) to black money.

Senior-JD-U-leader-Nitish-Kumar-640x360Speaking a day after Modi announced Rs.1.25 lakh crore for Bihar, the Aam Aadmi Party leader said: “If the PM has so much money, he should first meet the demand of soldiers demanding OROP.”

He also wanted to know if the prime minister would give the money to Bihar only if the Bharatiya Janata Party wins the coming assembly election or even if it loses.

In a sarcastic tone, the Delhi chief minister said: “I wonder whether he (Modi) will give even 1.25 paise to Bihar.”

Expressing support to Nitish Kumar and his Janata Dal-United in the Bihar elections, Kejriwal urged the people of the state to “create history”.

Echoing Nitish Kumar’s repeated demand, Kejriwal said Bihar should get special status so that it makes rapid economic development.

Nitish Kumar, who received a rousing welcome at the event, listed the achievements of the Bihar government, saying it was developing in double digits and the school dropout rate had fallen steeply.

“Even then they call Bihar a BIMARU (sick) state,” he said, referring to a term Modi used in an election speech. “And they comment on my DNA.”

“Give Delhi the status of a full state, and give special status to Bihar,” he said.

Kejriwal also spoke at some length about the problems he has been having with the central government over the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in Delhi.

“For the past 23 years, the ACB was with the Delhi government. But from June 8, the BJP government used the paramilitary to capture it.

“The chief minister of Delhi has no control over the ACB now,” he added.

Thanking the Bihar chief minister for sending honest officers to work in Delhi’s ACB, Kejriwal said: “People of Bihar have to choose between a (state) government which is helping to strengthen the ACB and a (central) government which wants to capture it.”arvind-kejriwal-crazynews.in3_1

Nitish Kumar said both he and Kejriwal were targeted by Modi and they must help each other in every respect.

The JD-U leader said he invited Kejriwal to Bihar to speak on the public delivery system. Kejriwal said he has accepted the invite.

In recent months, Nitish Kumar has met Kejriwal at least four times while visiting Delhi.

(IANS)

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Survey Reports That Significant Number of People Rate Performance of Modi Government as Below Expectations

According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.

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According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn't reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise., wikimedia commons

The Modi government hasnt scored too well on farmers issues, jobs and prices of essential commodities at the end of its four years in power, according to an online survey that also found a substantial number of people calling its performance “below expectations”.

The survey done by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, says that 43 per cent of those who participated in the poll rated the government as performing below expectations, 29 per cent rated it as meeting them and 28 per cent said the government was “exceeding expectations.

“Most performance parameters (of the government) show a decline over time as the gap between expectations set and impact on daily life rises,” according to the survey done with over 62,000 citizens from over 250 districts across the country. Thirty-five per cent respondents were females.

According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.

The respondents have rated the government low on reducing crime against women and children, generating employment, improving farmers life, lowering cost of living and healthcare, the survey says.

However, it has scored well on improving India’s image globally, handling of Pakistan, fighting terrorism, infrastructure development and reducing tax harassment.

According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
43% say performance of Modi govt. is below expectations, IANS

“Around 60 per cent citizens said price of essential commodities and cost of living have not reduced. Only 33 per cent believe that the price of essential commodities have come down in the last four years.”

According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.

In the area of healthcare, only 32 per cent respondents believe that facilities and services have improved in the last four years whereas 62 per cent say no it has not.

On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn’t reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise.

Around 46 per cent respondents believe that doing business in India was now easier while 39 per cent say it is not the case.

The respondents were asked if sufficient new infrastructure development — roads, power, irrigation, broadband — had taken place in the last four years.

“Approximately 65 per cent said yes while 29 per cent said no.”

Around 49 per cent respondents believe that corruption in India has reduced in the last four years while 44 per cent believe it has not reduced.

Asked if they felt India’s image had improved, 82 per cent said yes while 13 per cent said no.

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Respondents were also asked if they approved the way Indian Government had handled the perpetual conflict on the borders and relations with Pakistan in the last four years.

“Around 74 per cent felt it has improved strongly while 24 per cent felt that government’s tactics are not right.”

People were asked if they believed that terrorism and acts of terror against Indians have reduced in the last few years. Around 61 per cent respondents said yes while 35 per cent disagreed.

On the issues of communalism, 50 per cent felt that the government it well in the last few years while 45 per cent no. (IANS)