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Bihar elections: Can development trump caste?

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Patna: Bihar, despite being imbued with casteism, is gradually taking to developmental politics. With head on collisions between BJP led NDA and the JD(U)- RJD- Congress combine, Janta Parivar, encapsulating the political milieu in the state on developmental issues, it seems that Bihar is gradually traversing through new found paths against the much talked caste based politics.

Photo credit: indiaopines.com
Photo credit: indiaopines.com

However, development might bear variegated meanings for people. For some, development might mean caste empowerment, whereas for some development might mean little more than caste or rather development in the literal sense. Though casteism hasn’t received a redundant stature in the state, it has started cohabiting with the development card played by political stalwarts like Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi.

Immediately after the poll schedule was announced on Wednesday, BJP didn’t spare a second to play its development plank. “The BJP will go to the people on the issue of development. The BJP is ready to face the challenge,” said former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, as quoted in a leading daily.

Considering the critical juncture looming the state, NDA hasn’t announced its candidate for the post of chief minister. Modi is leading NDA in the state and has also doled out a whopping amount of Rs.1.25 lakh crore special package for the state and to this was added the inclusion of 21 districts of the state as backward.

In an attempt at getting back at the political stalwart Nitish Kumar announced a package of Rs. 2.7 lakh crore.

The electoral politics in the state has taken to a different essence; however, the result would decide the fate of the state, whether it would be guided by caste or development.

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Lightning Forecast System to be Set-up in Bihar

Bihar to set up a lightning alert system to save lives

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Bihar saw a rising number of deaths due to lightning strikes. Pixabay

Alarmed over the rising number of deaths due to lightning strikes, the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) has signed an agreement with Bangaluru-based Earth Networks to set up a lightning forecast system in the state.

Earth Networks monitors and collects data on lightning strikes around the world.
Its system will inform the BSDMA, District Collectors, Municipal Officers and other public representatives about an impending lightning strike 30 minutes before its occurrence.

“The authorities will then send alerts on a mobile application, which will help save lives in the state. No mobile service provider has been selected so far to send the alerts,” a BSDMA official said.

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Earth Networks monitors and collects data on lightning strikes around the world. Pixabay

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More than 172 people have died in lightning strikes in Bihar so far this year, Chief Secretary Amrit Pratyay told IANS. Thunderbolt last year killed 139 people, 180 in 2017 and 107 in 2016 in the state, he added. (IANS))