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Patna: A BJP legislator in Bihar, Vikram Kunwar, alleged on Sunday said that the party had “sold ticket” to jailed former parliamentarian Mohammad Shahabuddin’s shooter Manoj Singh for Rs 2 crore.

The BJP denied a ticket to me, a sitting legislator, but sold the ticket to Shahabuddin’s shooter Manoj for Rs 2 crore,” said Vikram Kunwar, the BJP legislator from Raghunathpur assembly segment in Siwan district.

Kunwar’s claim comes a day after BJP parliamentarian RK Singh embarrassed the party by accusing it of giving tickets for the Bihar assembly polls in return for money.

Kunwar said RK Singh, a former union home secretary, had rightly raised this issue. “I am an example of the issue RK Singh raised in public about how the party had given tickets for the Bihar assembly polls in return for money,” he said.

Shahabuddin is currently lodged in jail, serving a life term in a murder case.

RK Singh said earlier that the family members of certain BJP leaders and criminals were given tickets at the cost of committed party workers.

The BJP distributed tickets by taking money, fielded family members and relatives of party leaders and gave tickets to criminals,” the Lok Sabha member from Ara constituency said.

RK Singh, who joined the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, also expressed displeasure over the denial of BJP tickets to rightful candidates. “What is the difference between you (BJP) and Lalu Prasad if you give tickets to criminals,” Singh questioned.

(With inputs from 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.

Amit Shah
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)

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