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Bihar polls updates: NDA will form govt with 2/3rd majority, says Rajnath Singh

Elections in Bihar will be held in three phases, on October 28, November 3 and November 7, while the result will be announced on November 10. Follow updates here

By Kanishka Sarkar | Updated: Oct 22, 2020 23:56 IST
Bihar polls updates: NDA will form govt with 2/3rd majority, says Rajnath Singh

In the run up to Bihar assembly elections, which will be held in three phases starting from October 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday address public gatherings.

The Prime Minister will pitch for chief minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) led-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state. Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) was also part of the alliance but has decided to fight alone this time.

On Wednesday night, the LJP president said, "This is the first election when my father is not with me. I am alone but I will try my best to live up to your expectations."

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Meanwhile, Union minister and BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan expressed confidence that the NDA will get two-thirds majority in the upcoming polls. "NDA is moving towards a big victory in Bihar. Many estimates have also come and my information says that NDA will emerge victorious," he told ANI.

The second and third phase of voting in the state will be conducted on November 3 and November and results of the polls to the 243-seat assembly will be declared on November 10.

Follow latest updates here

10:18 PM IST

NDA will form govt with 2/3rd majority, says Rajnath Singh

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh Thursday exuded confidence that the NDA will form a government in Bihar with a two-thirds majority, saying the coalition has fulfilled almost all its promises during its 15-year rule in the state, reports PTI.

07:41 PM IST

PM Modi to begin campaign tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his campaign for assemble Elections in Bihar. He will address three rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur respectively, reports ANI.

07:38 PM IST

JD(U) releases its manifesto

The ruling party in Bihar JD(U) released its manifesto for the assembly polls, promising progressive schemes under second leg of the 'seven resolves' of good governance in the next five years if it returned to power, reports PTI.

05:56 PM IST

Refer to poll schedule to know when one will be inoculated: Rahul on BJP's 'free vaccine' promise

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a swipe at the BJP for promising free Covid vaccine in its Bihar poll manifesto, saying one has to refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when one will have access to vaccine, reports PTI.

05:55 PM IST

BJP's 19L jobs in Bihar promise 'gimmick', what happened to Modi's 2 cr jobs a year assurance: Cong

The Congress on Thursday heaped scorn on the BJP for promising 19 lakh jobs in Bihar and a two-fold rise in the state's GDP over the next five years, and wanted to know what happened to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promise of providing "two crore jobs a year", reports PTI.

05:17 PM IST

Bihar poll temperature set to rise further with Modi, Rahul campaigning Friday

The political temperature in Bihar is set to go up substantially as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi take a direct plunge in electioneering Friday, addressing a series of rallies for their respective alliances in the state, reports PTI.

04:04 PM IST

Cong targets BJP's free Covid vaccine promise

After the BJP released its manifesto for Bihar elections where it said that free Covid-19 vaccine will be provided to all in Bihar if BJP comes in power, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "In migrant workers crisis, Bihar CM and Deputy CM said they won't let Biharis enter. PM said vaccine can't possibly be made before a year. 1000 Biharis died due to Covid. Do central ministers care? They're deriding Biharis."

03:23 PM IST

Nitish Kumar mentally and physically tired, can't handle Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav

Hitting out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Mahagathbandhan's chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday said that Kumar is mentally and physically tired and he cannot handle the State anymore, reports ANI.

02:51 PM IST

Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi tests positive for Covid-19, admitted to AIIMS Patna

Deputy chief minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Thursday afternoon and has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna. Modi said that his parameters are perfectly normal adding that he will be back soon for campaigning.

02:01 PM IST

BJP manifesto promises measures for making women self-reliant

Promises made by the BJP in its poll manifesto for Bihar include self-reliance for one crore women through micro finance, pucca houses for 30 lakh people, and a boost to fisheries making Bihar number one in the sector.

It also promised a fresh impetus to the dairy sector with setting up of 15 milk processing units.

A boost to production of maize, fruits, vegetables, betel leaves, honey and makhana etc. has been promised, and to facilitate these a conglomerate of 1,000 farm producer organisations has also been proposed.

11:50 AM IST

If anyone raises questions on our manifesto, we can answer them: Sitharaman

Bihar is one state where all citizens are politically sensitive and well informed. They know and understand the promises a party makes. If anyone raises questions on our manifesto, we can answer them with confidence as we fulfil what we promised, Sitharaman said in Patna.

11:36 AM IST

Bihar will become a progressive, developed state under Nitish Kumar: Sitharaman

I appeal to all the people of the state to vote for NDA and make it win. Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Minister of Bihar for the next 5 years. Under his rule, Bihar will become a progressive & developed state of India: Union Finance Min and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman in Patna.

11:29 AM IST

GDP in Bihar has seen a sharp rise under NDA rule: Sitharaman

GDP in Bihar has seen a sharp rise under NDA rule, it has grown from 3% to 11.3% in the state in the last 15 years of NDA govt and not during the 15 years of jungle raj. It was made possible because our govt gave priority to good governance for people: Nirmala Sitharaman

11:09 AM IST

Sitharaman releases BJP poll manifesto promising 19 lakh jobs in next year

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday released the BJP's poll manifesto for the upcoming state elections. The party, which is fighting in alliance with chief minister Nitish Kumar's JDU has promised 19 lakh jobs in the next year against 10 lakh promised by opposition's grand alliance.

10:43 AM IST

'I'm alone but will try to live upto your expectations': Chirag Paswan

While addressing a poll rally in Gaya on Wednesday night, LJP chief Chirag Paswan old party workers that "This is the first election when my father is not with me. I am alone but I will try my best to live up to your expectations."

First published: Oct 22, 2020 09:44 IST