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Won’t campaign for tainted candidates in Bihar: BJP MP RK Singh

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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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Politicians compete with each other for power and this greed for power can demolish democracy

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Greed for power in politics may demolish democracy in India. Pixabay

By SALIL GEWALI

It is too disgusting that Shiv Sena is aiming for something which was nothing but an act of betrayal. Here the principles and ethos of the party are just sacrificed. The “chair” of Chief Minister is what the individual parties in Maharashtra are wanting so badly. And for this only Shiv Sena has severed its ties with its all-time ally BJP which emerged with the largest number of MLAs. Is it not the BJP with which Sena made the alliance before the election? Why so much bitter feelings after the poll result? Many past elections were fought on this mutual understanding. Sena had always taken pride and bragged about its power and clout as because the BJP was behind it. But now very contrary equation and chemistry are on display. NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are sharing the ideas as opposed to the expectation of the whole electorate.

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One believes it’s Congress and its High common which Shiv Sena Supremo Late Bal Thackeray always disliked and ruthlessly held them up to ridicule. It was because they hold the opposing ideologies. But now his son Uddhav Thackeray kneeled down and sought the helping hand of those rival camps to walk the party through for the chair of Chief Minister. Going by the flood of comments on the social media, this party has ostensibly fallen from the grace. BJP is not a holy cow either. It is equally good at flexes its muscles for the power.

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While Maharashtra is already under the president rule, the NCP and Congress now exploring all possible means to back Shiv Sena.   Uddhav Thackeray only wants to see his son Aditya Thackeray being the Chief Minister of one of the riches states in the country. The trend is not at all healthy. Here everything is utterly clear that the cherished values of democracy in India are fast eroding. Majority of the states in the country, only the “particularly families” are  always standing up to rule the roost. This is a bigger threat to the fundamental values of the country.The NATION is no more controlled by the government of the people, nor is it for the people. It is the government of the particular families which is formed for the fulfillment of the low greed and narrow aspiration of those particular families. Lastly, it is the common people who are always at the receiving end of the leaders’ whims and tantrums. Phew, the country is not at all in the safe hands.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali