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New Delhi: Apparently referring to V K Singh’s ‘dog remark’ and beef advertisements by the ally BJP, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan on Friday said that a few statements from the ruling party and the Grand Alliance could have been avoided during Bihar Assembly polls campaign.

Paswan lashed out at the BJP over its cow advertisements in Bihar newspapers. “They were just not needed,” he said while also condemning V K Singh’s dog remark, saying that it did “hurt” them.

The LJP leader on Friday said that “a few statements from the ruling party and the Grand Alliance could have been avoided,” adding that every leader should be careful about what they say.

The government cannot be held responsible for the murder of the two Dalit children in Haryana, General Singh had said, adding that, “If someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible.”

Chirag’s father, Ram Vilas Paswan, had reacted to Singh’s statement saying, “I don’t descend to such low talk, have never done it with any issue,” adding that, “If there is any attempt to divide the society I am totally against it. I believe there should be no ‘ bayaanbaazi’ (politicking) over it.”

On the other hand, the Election Commission had reprimanded Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav for his alleged remarks to influence voters in the name of ‘divine displeasure’.

At an election rally in Nalanda on 7 October, Yadav reportedly said, “Those who do not keep their promise, then the Hindus will not get a place in heaven and Muslims will not meet Allah in paradise.”

Meanwhile, as curtains came down on Thursday on the staggered five-phase assembly elections in Bihar, various exit polls appeared to be divided over the fate of major parties in the fray with some predicting NDA win and even a hung assembly.

An India Today-Cicero exit poll on Thursday predicted a hung assembly in Bihar, with the BJP-led alliance winning 120 seats to the Grand Alliance’s 117. Any party or combine would need 122 seats to secure a simple majority in the 243-member assembly.

Meanwhile, NewsX predicted that the BJP and its allies are set to lose the battle for the Bihar assembly, winning only 95 of the 243 seats

It said the BJP and its three allies would secure 90-100 seats while the Grand Alliance led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will win 130-140 seats whereas CVoter predicted a narrow JD-U win.

Exit poll agency Today’s Chanakya, however, predicted that the BJP-led alliance will win 155 seats in the Bihar assembly while the Grand Alliance will win 83 seats.

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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)