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BJP hogs Bihar electoral seats, allies offered measly numbers

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18_amit_shah_jpg_2008786fBy NewsGram staff writer

The BJP is set to contest the major chunk of the electoral seats (170 out of 243 seats) in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls, leaving a measly 73 seats for its three allies– LJP, HAM and RLSP.

According to informed sources, the maximum of 40 seats is likely to go to Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party, followed by 20 seats to Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, and 13 seats to former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular).

However, the offer raised by Union minister Ananth Kumar, election in-charge of Bihar, during meetings with Kushwaha and Manjhi separately at his official residence to discuss the seat-sharing formula, has not gone down well with Kushwaha and Manjhi, though they have publicly refrained from conveying their unhappiness.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s general secretary in-charge of Bihar Bhupendra Yadav was also in attendance during the meeting.

During the meeting, BJP decided a broad formula in which, each party would get 6-7 assembly seats in its share for every parliamentary constituency in its kitty.

The idea was opposed by Manjhi as his party has no parliament member, and instead, he pitched for seats as per numbers in the present assembly.

Manjhi has 13 MLAs whereas Paswan has no members in the assembly. As per the formula, the BJP, which has 22 MPs in Bihar, was likely to get around 170 seats.

Paswan’s LJP with six MPs is likely to get around 40 seats and Kushwaha’s RLSP with three MPs is expected to get around 20 seats.

The BJP has offered 13 seats to Manjhi as his party has 13 MLAs.

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah is expected to take a final call on the seat-sharing formula.

“A letter has been written to Amit Shah that he should decide the seat-sharing at the earliest. We hope that the BJP would do justice to the seat sharing, keeping all the parties in view. We will accept the decision taken by the BJP,” Kushwaha said, soon after meeting Ananth Kumar.

Manjhi also reposed confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah after Ananth Kumar said the decision over seat sharing between the BJP and its allies would be taken in the next 2-3 days.

“Whatever decision the prime minister and the BJP president take, it will be okay with us. We have decided that whatever is in favour of Bihar and the NDA, that route will be taken,” said Manjhi.

According to sources, the seat sharing announcement will be made in Patna after convening a meeting of the NDA leaders in a day or two.

Polls in the 243-member Bihar assembly will be held in five phases starting October 12 and ending on November 5. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Respect Police as they are ‘Friends not Enemy’: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Respect police, they are not enemy appeals Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday appealed to the people to respect policemen as they were "friends and not enemy". Wikimedia Commons

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday appealed to the people to respect policemen as they were “friends and not enemy”, telling the force to handle violent situations calmly by remembering the advice of independent India’s first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Speaking at the 73rd Raising Day of Delhi Police, the Minister said that police ensures peace and security in the country without religion and caste considerations. Hence, he said, police needs to be respected.

“It (police) helps when needed. It is not an enemy of anyone. It is a friend in maintaining peace and tranquility. So it should be respected. I appeal to the people that those who criticise the police should be heard. There is no problem in it. But, we should not overlook the fact that over 35,000 policemen have sacrificed their lives in protecting the country since Independence,” Shah said.

He said that while people enjoy every festival during the year, a policeman’s festival is to ensure public security. Policemen are always on duty without taking any offs on festivals like Holi, Diwali and Eid, he said.

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Amit Shah mentioned about late Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma who lost his life in the September 19, 2008 Batla House encounter with terrorists. Wikimedia Commons

Since 1991, Shah said, 30 Delhi policemen have died in the line of duty. He recalled the sacrifices of five Delhi Police Constables who lost their lives while protecting Parliament during a terror attack there on December 13, 2001.

He also mentioned late Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma who lost his life in the September 19, 2008 Batla House encounter with terrorists. Sharma was awarded the highest peace-time gallantry medal, Ashok Chakra, on January 26, 2009.

Pointing out that the Delhi Police was established by Sardar Patel, the Minister said that the force had managed to fulfil the expectation of the great leader who wanted it to be calm while dealing with provocative incidents and also ensure protection to the citizens from hooligans.

“Because of Delhi Police’s alertness, the capital city is able to organise several big events,” Shah said, adding that the force is now among the best police forces in the world.

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Stressing on women security, Shah said that the Home Ministry has approved 9,300 CCTVs for Delhi Police for women security. The Centre has also provided 4,500 four-wheelers and 1,600 motorcycles to the force in different phases.

“I hope these facilities will improve Delhi Police efficiency to enable the force to ensure better security in the national capital.” (IANS)