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Patna: On Thursday, RJD chief Lalu Prasad dared BJP to declare its ally, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswas as the NDA’s chief ministerial in the Bihar polls.

“If BJP has so much concern and pain for Dalits and marginalized, it should declare Paswan as the chief ministerial candidate of the NDA in the polls,” he said at a press conference after chairing a meet of the Rashtriya Janata Dal parliamentary board to discuss and finalise the list of candidates for the polls.

Lalu Prasad added that the grand alliance of the RJD, the Janata Dal-United and Congress will announce the list of their candidates soon. “We are contesting polls together, it is not a case of a single party this time.”

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Expressing his special sympathy for the Lok Janshakti Party chief he said that Paswan was harassed by the Bharatiya Janata Party as seen in the seat sharing formula. “Paswan is in trouble following the seat sharing,” he claimed.

When asked why he had not demanded former chief minister and Hindustani Awami Morcha president Jitan Ram Manjhi, a Mahadalit, as the national Democratic Alliance’s chief minister candidate, Lalu Prasad said Manjhi had lost his credibility.

He also claimed that the BJP will be finished in the Bihar polls, and the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s countdown will begin from here.

“I appeal to youths of OBCs (other backward classes), particularly Yaduvanshi, Dalits and minorities to uproot BJP in the polls. If OBCs, Dalits, minorities and poor among upper castes unite, it will ensure a BJP-free country,” he said.

(IANS)

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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.

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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)