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Bihar polls updates: Tejashwi Yadav targets BJP’s employment promise

Voting for the first of three phases will take place on October 28. Polling for the second and third phases, meanwhile, will take place on November 3 and November 7 respectively. Counting of votes will take place on November 10.

By Harshit Sabarwal | Updated: Oct 23, 2020 23:30 IST
Bihar polls updates: Tejashwi Yadav targets BJP’s employment promise

With five days left before Bihar goes into the first phase of voting, political parties across the spectrum have released their manifestos and are holding rallies with a view to come in power in the state for the next five years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attacked the Rashtriya Janata Party as he said the state suffered during the 15-year rule of the RJD and sought people's vote for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), under the leadership of chief minister Nitish Kumar, to ensure their development. PM Modi held two rallies in Gaya and Dehri and also spoke at Bhagalpur during his public address ahead of the assembly polls.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who addressed two rallies at Hisua in Nawada and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur targeted the Centre over coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, employment and Indo-China border standoff.

Click here for complete coverage of the Bihar Assembly Election 2020

Voting for the first of three phases will take place on October 28. Polling for the second and third phases, meanwhile, will take place on November 3 and November 7 respectively. Counting of votes will take place on November 10.

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11:24 PM IST

BJP wants to retire Nitish Kumar, induct its own CM in Bihar: Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday said that BJP and RSS are planning to have their own chief minister in Bihar and retire Nitish Kumar, reports ANI.

10:10 PM IST

Senior Cong leader Veerappa Moily slams BJP for vaccine promise in Bihar poll manifesto

Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Friday termed the BJP's promise of free Covid-19 vaccine in its Bihar poll manifesto as "election stunt" and alleged that the party was focused on garnering votes with "fake promises". The declaration of free Covid-19 vaccine exclusively for Bihar is nothing but an "election stunt", partisan, arbitrary, atrocious and an inhuman act, he added, reports PTI.

08:43 PM IST

Modi, Rahul clash in battleground Bihar, weaponise Art 370

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi kicked off their campaign in battleground Bihar on Friday and went for each other's jugular over the Chinese intrusion in Ladakh, both crying "insult" to soldiers and their families. The abrogation of Article 370 and farm sector reform laws figured prominently in the bitter electoral discourse where "jungle raj" during the 15 years of RJD dispensation, the migrant crisis and joblessness were also hotly debated, reports PTI.

06:43 PM IST

Tejashwi Yadav targets BJP’s employment promise

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Friday hit out at BJP's employment promise by saying, "For how long will the PM keep Bihar from the Special State status category. Bihar had hopes that he would speak about that. BJP talks about generating 19 lakh jobs depending on private enterprise. We will directly give 10 lakh govt jobs."

04:05 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi raises Galwan clash at rally, says PM still denies there was intrusion by Chinese

Amid the ongoing border tensions between India and China, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of Galwan clash in his rally. Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying that the Prime Minister still denied that there was no intrusion by the Chinese when 20 soldiers of the Indian Army were martyred in Galwan.

03:57 PM IST

Rahul sharpens attack on Centre during rally, says there is no employment in Bihar

After BJP's declaration in its election manifesto that over 1.9 million people will be provided with jobs, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the party by saying there is no employment in Bihar. At a rally in Bhagalpur, Gandhi said that there is nothing left for the farmers of Bihar adding that no one can save the people of the state from knowing this reality.

03:41 PM IST

Free vaccine promise cannot be legally faulted: Former poll panel chiefs

Three former chief election commissioners on Friday said the BJP's move to promise free coronavirus vaccine to people in its manifesto for the Bihar assembly polls cannot be legally faulted, reports PTI.

03:21 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over Covid-19 crisis at Kahalgaon rally

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the central government over its management of the coronavirus crisis. Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Modi's remark that "Covid would be over in 22 days" by saying that even after six months, the situation hasn't improved and cases are increasing.

03:17 PM IST

Each and every citizen of the state must vote, says PM

With five days left to the first phase of the assembly elections, the Prime Minister urged that each and every citizen of Bihar should cast his/her vote.

03:07 PM IST

Bihar is entitled to employment and entrepreneurship, says PM Modi

Reiterating on the point of providing quality education in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Bhagalpur rally also said that the state is entitled to employment and entrepreneurship. He further questioned that who can ensure employment and entrepreneurship, those who provide government jobs as a means of earning bribe or those who are working to improve Bihar's Ease of Doing Business and Skill Mapping, reports ANI.

02:58 PM IST

Bihar deserves quality education, can it be ensured by those who don't even value it: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi further sharpened his attack on Opposition by saying that Bihar deserves quality education. He added that can it be ensured by those who don't even know the value of education or by those who are working 24/7 to bring IITs and AIIMS in the state, reports ANI.

02:54 PM IST

People of Bihar have decided to make NDA victorious again: PM Modi

Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi during his third and final rally of the day in Bihar said that people of the state have decided to make NDA victorious again. He added that those standing against NDA are against growth of the county.

02:49 PM IST

PM Modi addresses third rally at Bhagalpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing his third and final rally of the day at Bihar's Bhagalpur.

02:29 PM IST

Chirag Paswan thanks PM Modi for remembering father Ram Vilas Paswan

LJP chief Chirag Paswan on Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for remembering his father Ram Vilas Paswan. Modi during his poll rally in Bihar remembered the late cabinet minister by saying, "I pay my respects to Ram Vilas Paswan Ji, who was with me till his last breath and gave his entire life for the welfare of the poor and Dalits." Ram Vilas paswan passed on October 8, 2020.

01:43 PM IST

If I become CM, will give ten lakh govt jobs in first cabinet meet: Tejashwi Yadav

If I become CM, then in my 1st cabinet meet I'll sign on order giving ten lakh govt jobs to Bihar youth. PM is most welcome in Bihar but he should've given answers about special status to Bihar, absence of factories, unemployment and other state issues: Tejashwi Yadav

First published: Oct 23, 2020 07:42 IST