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Bihar: NDA leads to victory in Legislative Council polls, wins 13 seats out of 24

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Patna: The BJP-led NDA won 13 out of 24 seats in the Bihar Legislative Council polls on Friday, dealing a major blow to the grand alliance of the ruling JD-U and its allies the RJD and the Congress barely months ahead of the state assembly elections.

The grand alliance, which also has the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), won 10 seats while one seat was won by an Independent candidate.

The BJP won 11 seats and its ally the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) won one seat while one seat was won by an Independent candidate supported by it. However, another BJP ally, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) was routed.

The results were seen as a major boost for the BJP which wants to secure a majority in the assembly polls scheduled to be held later this year.

Soon after the results were announced wild celebrations broke out outside the offices of the BJP here, while the JD-U and RJD offices — in the same locality — were deserted.

The ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U), which was confident of crushing the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), won five seats, the RJD got four seats and the Congress one seat.

In the last election for the 24 seats, the JD-U had won 10, the BJP 5, the RJD 3, the LJP 3 and Independents 3.

Polling for these seats was held on Tuesday with an estimated 94 percent voting recorded. A total of 152 contestants were in the fray for the 24 council seats.

JD-U candidate Salim Perwej, who was deputy chairman of the council, was defeated from Chapra by the BJP’s Sachitanand Rai.

(IANS)

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CAG finds NDA deal for 36 Rafale jets 2.86% cheaper than UPA’s

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The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found that the Rafale fighter jet deal signed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was 2.86 per cent lower than the price negotiated by the United Progressive Alliance government.

The much-awaited report on Capital Acquisition on Indian Air Force was tabled by the government in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

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The report does not disclose the actual price of the 36 Rafale fighter jets contracted by the NDA government. However, it includes examination of the pricing.

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The prices have been redacted in the report based on the insistence of the Defence Ministry citing the Indo-French agreement of 2008 and the provisions of inter-government agreement. (IANS)