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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Friday released first list of 12 candidates, including three members of party chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s family, for the Bihar assembly polls.
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“LJP parliamentary board has finalised candidates for 29 seats but we are releasing the first list of 12 candidates on which we got clearance from all the allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA),” LJP MP Chirag Paswan said at a press conference here.

LJP’s Bihar unit chief and Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother Pashupati Kumar Paras will fight from Alauli assembly constituency whereas another Paswan family member Prince Raj has been fielded from Kalyanpur assembly constituency. Raj is the son of LJP MP Ram Chander Paswan, a brother of the union minister.

One more kin of Paswan, Sarita Paswan was given ticket from Sonbarsha assembly constituency. She is the wife of Paswan’s nephew.

Raju Tiwari, a brother of former LJP legislator Rajan Tiwary, was fielded from Govindganj.

All key posts of the LJP, from state unit president to parliamentary board chairman, are occupied by Paswan’s kin, who include his younger brother Pashupati Kumar Paras and his son Chirag Paswan.

The list also included names of leaders like Ramesh Singh from Vibhutipur assembly segment, Anil Choudhary from Cheriya Bariarpur, Subhash Chandra Bose from Sikandara (SC), Engineer Himanshu Raj from Jamalpur, Satendra Singh from Fatuha, Vijay Paswan from Triveniganj (SC) and Md. Yusuf Khan from Simri Bakhtiyarpur.

Among NDA partners, the BJP will contest in 160 seats, the LJP in 40, Hindustani Awam Morcha in 20 and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party in 23.

Bihar will hold five-phase elections between October 12 to November 5 to elect the 243-member assembly. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.

The notification for the first phase of polls was issued on Wednesday.

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Haryana School Curriculum is likely to include Religious Texts to emphasise on Moral Education

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12

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  • The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from all religion
  • Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12
  • The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in school curriculum

In the curriculum of Government schools of Haryana, text from the various religions will be included. The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from ‘Bhagavad Gita’ (Hindu religion), ‘Quran’ (Islam), the ‘Bible’ (Christianity) and ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ (Sikhism) will be introduced at a programme to be held in the Kurukshetra University auditorium on July 5.

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Ram Vilas Paswan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12.

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“All religions focus on character building. Texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Quran, the Bible and Guru Granth Sahib have been incorporated into the curriculum. Different textbooks would be prescribed for each class,” Mr Sharma said in a statement.

“The state government has prepared the curriculum in collaboration with social organisations and educationists.”

Mr Sharma held a meeting with senior officials of education and allied departments regarding preparations for the introduction of the subject on Saturday, July 1.

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The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in the school curriculum. The opposition Congress termed it an attempt to saffronize education.

Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The event to launch the texts in school curriculum will be attended by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat, Gita scholar Swami Gyananand, Acharya Balkrishna from Patanjali Vidyapeeth and ministers from the centre and state government.

With Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, earlier RSS worker, Haryana has BJP government since October 2014. (IANS)

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