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BJP and Bihar’s former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi signed a seat sharing deal late at night on Sunday; according to the arrangement Manjhi’s party would be contesting elections for 20 seats, according to reports.

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Jitan Ram Manjhi. Photo Credit: indiatoday.intoday.in

As stated by a BJP leader, positive outcome is to be expected out of the aforementioned arrangement and both the parties will be working on the newly arranged action of plan.

The meeting included BJP’s incharge for Bihar assembly elections and Union minister Ananth Kumar and party general secretary incharge of the state Bhupendra Yadav had with Hindustani Avam Morcha (secular) leader Manjhi at Bihar Niwas.

The seat sharing arrangement worked out at the meeting would let the party field about 20 candidates, while five others would contest on BJP’s symbol, said a HAM(S) leader.

Further the saffron party’s Central Election Committee will be meeting on Tuesday to decide on its candidates for the party’s candidates for the election.

Manjhi and his associates held a string of meetings with BJP leaders including Kumar, Yadav and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan through the day.

The much talked of elections will begin from October 12 and conclude on November 5.

Even though the BJP has a strong Dalit backing in the form of Paswan, it wants Manjhi on its side in the high-stakes state elections to bring in the Mahadalit votes.

BJP president Amit Shah, according to sources, had cancelled his visit to the Mysore in a bid to oversee the talks on seat sharing. The maha dalit leader was initially unhappy with the 13-15 seats offered to his party as compared to 40 seats being given to Paswan’s LJP.

According to sources, LJP and RLSP have agreed to the seat-sharing formula brought forth by BJP but a final announcement regarding the same is still awaited.

 

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Now Keen to Develop Young Leaders

The first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi

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The RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders. Pixabay

With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.

According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.

“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.

“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Pixabay

He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.

“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.

Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.

“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.

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The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.

The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.

Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)