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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Patna: BJP parliamentarian RK Singh, after embarrassing his party with accusations of giving tickets to criminals and tainted persons for the Bihar assembly polls in return for money, said on Wednesday that he would not campaign for such candidates.

“I will not campaign for any such party candidate in the Bihar assembly polls,” said Singh, a former union home secretary and a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Ara.

He said the BJP had fielded tainted candidates but denied tickets to several popular sitting legislators who had a clean image and enjoyed good support in their constituencies.

This action of the party has angered BJP workers and supporters in different districts of Bihar, the BJP MP said.

The former IAS officer belongs to the powerful Rajput upper caste, which will play an important role in caste-ridden Bihar politics.

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

BJP legislator Vikram Kunwar on Sunday said 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 Kunwar, the BJP legislator from Raghunathpur assembly segment in Siwan district.

Another BJP legislator and former minister, Chandramohan Rai also accused the party of “selling” tickets to criminals.

According to a survey by non-profit Association for Democratic Reforms, 99 candidates facing criminal charges are in fray in the Bihar assembly polls.

The BJP has fielded 47 candidates who face criminal charges, including 12 who face serious charges of murder, kidnapping, extortion and looting.

The BJP is contesting 160 of the 243 assembly seats in Bihar, its allies Lok Janshakti Party 40 seats, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party 23 seats and Hindustani Awam Morcha 20 seats.

(With inputs from IANS)

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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)