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New Delhi: “The tall claims of development in Bihar by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar are false and he has done nothing for the state except helping corrupt officials and mafias during his tenure”, Jan Adhikar Party chief Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, the controversial former MP who was last year acquitted in the murder of a CPI-M leader, has said.

pappu-yadav“Nitish has done no development and whatever he claims has no truth in it. Corruption has hit a new high in the state, there is no law and order at all,” said Yadav.

“He played the chief minister who always helped the corrupt bureaucrats and mafias and due to which he ran the government for 10 years. The people of Bihar have suffered due to his political ambitions,” added Yadav, who was previously expelled from Lalu’s RJD.

Asked about the number of seats he was planning to contest in the upcoming state polls, Yadav, once considered a close aide of Lalu Prasad, said, “We have not decided on the exact number of seats we want to contest on. We just want to serve the people of Bihar no matter how many seats we manage to fight on.”

“I have made a party not do petty politics but to bring a change in the state that has been looted by earlier governments. I have always stood for the people of Bihar and will continue to do that till my last breath,” he added.

Talking about former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Yadav said he was used by Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar for their ends. He said they had humiliated Manjhi.

On the reports of him aligning with Samajwadi Party and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and floating a third front to challenge the NDA and the RJD-JD(U)-Congress grand alliance, he said: “I have no ideological differences with SP chief Mulayam Singh-ji. I have been a Samajwadi Party MP from Purnia.

“We have worked together in the past as well. If everything goes well, we can form the third front. Nothing is finalized as of now.”

However, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the SP-NCP alliance was finalized and that Pappu Yadav was ready to align with them.

The alliance may see Anwar as its chief ministerial candidate.

Yadav said if voted to power he would address the law and order problems at the earliest and ban the sale of liquor across the state within seven days.

He also expressed his disappointment with the ‘Bahubali’ tag that he has been given.

“Just because I come from a royal Yadav family and serve the youth of Bihar, people call me a Bahubali. It disappoints me a lot. I don’t know why people have given me this tag. I just want to ask is there not criminal cases against other top leaders? Aren’t there cases against Amit Shah? Why don’t people call him a Bahubali,” he asked.

Asked about his controversial comment on people from Manipur, he said: “I have said nothing wrong. It disturbs me when people from northern India, especially Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, are targeted in Manipur. We cannot have different treatment for people in the same country.”

“If the situation does not improve or violence against Bihar migrants continues in Manipur, we will forcibly pull out Manipuri passengers from trains running through Bihar and send them back to Manipur,” Yadav had said.

Yadav won thrice from Purnia – 1991, 1996 and 1999 – and won the 2004 Madhepura bypolls.

Last year, citing lack of evidence, the Patna High Court acquitted Yadav in a case related to the killing Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Ajit Sarkar in May 1998.

His wife, Ranjita Ranjan, is also a former MP.

(With inputs from IANS)

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“India Has Opportunity To Become One of The Top Three Economies in The World”, Says Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani

The RIL chairman said that empowering small and medium businesses would be key to driving India's growth faster

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The RIL chairman said that empowering small and medium businesses would be key to driving India's growth faster. Wikimedia Commons

Riding on the power of technology, India has the opportunity to become a premier digital society and one of the top three economies in the world, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said here on Monday.

Ambani said that India has the opportunity to become the most technically-enabled society where all the development could be powered by the tools of technology. “We can argue about whether it will happen in five years or 10 years but it is going to happen, and we will be in the top three countries in the world,” he said in a fireside chat with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

The RIL chairman said that empowering small and medium businesses would be key to driving India’s growth faster. “Every small business and entrepreneur in India has the potential to become a Dhirubhai Ambani or Bill Gates. And that is the power that differentiates India from the rest of the world,” he said during Microsoft’s “Future Decoded Summit” here.

“I think that the entrepreneurial power that we have at the grassroots is enormous. We have to realise that small, medium and micro enterprises provide 70 per cent of India’s employment. They drive 40 per cent of India’s exports,” Ambani added. India has transformed tremendously over the past two decades — from a $300 billion economy in early 1990s to becoming a $3 trillion economy in 2020.

“And I think, I can easily say that the mobile networks in India now are better or at par with anybody else in the world,” he said. About 38 crore people have migrated to the 4G technology platform offered by Jio in about three years, Ambani informed, adding that since the establishment of Jio, average data rate has come down drastically in India — from Rs 300-Rs 500 per GB to Rs 12-Rs14 per GB.

Congratulating Nadella for his leadership of the organisation, Ambani said that the collaboration between Microsoft and Jio would be a defining partnership of the decade. RIL in August last year announced partnership of its subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm with Microsoft in the technology space, including creation on cloud solutions.

As per the partnership, Jio will leverage the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to develop innovative cloud solutions focused on the needs of Indian businesses. Jio will set up data centres in locations across India, consisting of next-generation compute, storage and networking capabilities, and Microsoft will deploy its Azure platform in these data centres to support Jio’s offerings.

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Riding on the power of technology, India has the opportunity to become a premier digital society and one of the top three economies in the world, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said here on Monday. Wikimedia Commons

Nadella said that the mission of Microsoft is to help organisation to become independent — not dependent — to build their own Artificial Intelligence and other tech capabilities, and tech intensity. “In the next decade, our main investment will be on making software engineeres that organisations hire more productive,” Nadella said, adding that Microsoft will build complete toolchain for developers.

The Microsoft CEO said that the increasing rate of digitization of people, places, and things, will be the defining secular trend over the next 10 years. Saying that Microsoft’s differentiated approach across the cloud and edge is winning customers, Nadella said that Microsoft now has 57 data centre regions in the world.

ALSO READ: Google Invites Applications for 4th Batch of “Startups Accelerator India” Programme

In India, Microsoft has three data centre regions — Mumbai, Pune and Chennai — besides a Cybersecurity Engagement Centre in New Delhi. (IANS)