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Patna: Former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi said his sole aim in the assembly elections was to oust Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.



The 70-year-old, a friend-turned-foe of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader, also felt it was wrong to dub the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi communal.

“If I become the chief minister of Bihar again, I will turn Bihar into a model state,” Manjhi told IANS in an interview ahead of the October-November polls. “Currently, I am working hard to oust Nitish Kumar from power.”

According to him, it was Nitish Kumar’s arrogance that made him see Modi as his “number one enemy”.

This, he said, was creating hurdles for the development of Bihar.

Manjhi became the chief minister of Bihar in May 2014 after the Nitish Kumar-led JD-U was battered in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

But some of his controversial moves forced Nitish Kumar to oust him in February 2015 and return to power with the help of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad.

“I broke myths after I became the chief minister by initiating several innovative measures. If I become the chief minister again, I will prove myself a rare chief minister to make Bihar a developed state,” Manjhi told IANS.

“But at present my only aim is to oust Nitish Kumar by defeating his Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress.”

Manjhi, who has emerged as an icon among sections of Dalits and a key player in Bihar, said the HAM was with the BJP-led NDA to trip Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad.

“After he removed me, Nitish Kumar first cancelled all my decisions that I took in my short duration as chief minister to empower the poorest of the poor.

“Later, he borrowed all my concepts and implemented 19 of my 34 decisions,” said a smiling Manjhi, clad in his usual white cotton dhoti-kurta. “In fact I did many things that even Nitish Kumar could not do.”

Manjhi said the people of Bihar were fed up with both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad. “In their 25 years of rule, people faced rampant corruption, poor law and order and domination of dynastic rule.

“People have made up their minds to vote against Lalu and Nitish Kumar.”

According to him, the BJP and its allies would win 180 of the 243 assembly seats. “The HAM will win all 20 seats it is contesting.”

He said he disagreed that the BJP was a communal force and opposed to secularism. “It is very dishonest of them to call the BJP communal.

“Lalu ran his government in early 90’s with the help of the BJP. The BJP wasn’t communal then? Nitish Kumar has had a relationship of nearly 17 years with the BJP. Wasn’t the BJP communal then?

“Modi is a neutral person, who is committed to development. Modi has been doing everything, irrespective of party politics, and helping all states to develop.”

Manjhi said he was comfortable with the BJP. “For me, the BJP is not communal.”

Manjhi, however, warned that he would oppose any attempt by the BJP to scrap article 370 of the constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

“Similarly, if the Modi government tries to implement a common civil code, it will threaten the unity of the country.”

But he said he supported RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s appeal to review the reservation policy. “A review will help us. In fact reservation should be based on socio-educational category,” Manjhi said.

(Imran Khan, IANS)


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics


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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.


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