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LJP fields Ranjit Don in Bihar Legislative Council polls

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Patna: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ally, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), has fielded Ranjit Singh (alias Ranjit Don), as its candidate for the biennial elections to the Legislative Council of Bihar, officials said on Friday.

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Ranjit Singh was arrested by the CBI for his alleged role in leaking question papers of the CAT, AIIMS, and CBSE medical entrance examinations in 2003.

He filed his nomination papers for the Bihar Sharif seat in Nalanda district, an official said.

LJP, a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), was given four of the 24 Legislative Council seats to contest.

The BJP is contesting from 18 seats and has given two seats to another ally, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) of union minister Upendra Kushwaha.

After languishing in jail for nearly one-and-a-half years, Singh unsuccessfully contested the 2004 Lok Sabha polls as an independent candidate from the Begusarai Lok Sabha seat. He polled nearly 60,000 votes.

In the 2005 assembly polls, the LJP had given him the ticket to contest from Hilsa assembly seat, but he was again defeated.

According to police officials here, Singh was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after the sensational scam was unearthed.

Singh, whose real name is Kumar Suman Singh, has allegedly amassed huge wealth.

Last year, the Madhya Pradesh special task force (STF) officials interrogated Singh in connection with the probe into irregularities in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) and Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC).

The biennial polls to the 24 Legislative Council seats are scheduled for July 7.

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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