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Patna: A day before the third phase of polling, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the ongoing election will decide Bihar’s future.

Addressing an election rally in Sitamarhi district, Modi called upon the electorate to vote after careful thinking.

“You have to decide who to trust for your future. If there is anything that can change your future, it is development,” he said.

“On the one hand there is development, and on the other there is opportunism,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said, referring to his opponents.

Modi said the solution for all problems in Bihar was not Modi but development. He reiterated that India will develop only if Bihar develops.

“It is not about winning or losing, it is about defining Bihar’s future,” Modi said, underlining the need to provide electricity, water, roads, education, jobs and healthcare in the state.

“I had promised to give a package of Rs.50,000 crore (to Bihar). After taking power, we gave Rs.1.65 lakh crore.

“We want to provide electricity to each house in Bihar. We have already decided to give Rs.250-300 crore to each district.”

He accused his rivals, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, of making baseless allegations against the BJP-led alliance.

He attacked Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad saying Bihar can’t be taken back to the 18th century.

“Can mantra or tantra help political parties escape their misdeeds?” Modi asked, in an obvious reference to Nitish Kumar’s meeting with a tantrik.

The five-phase Bihar election began on October 12 and will end on November 5. The counting of votes will take place on November 8.

(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)