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Highlights: Congress-RJD to win Bihar polls, says Sachin Pilot

The Centre on recommendations of the Election Commission of India (ECI) permitted a 10 per cent increase in poll expenditure. In big assembly states, poll ceiling has been increased from 28 lakh to 30.8 lakh, whereas it has increased from 20 to 22 lakh in smaller states.

By Harshit Sabarwal | Updated: Oct 20, 2020 23:56 IST
Highlights: Congress-RJD to win Bihar polls, says Sachin Pilot
Supporters wave as Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav arrives in a helicopter to address an election campaign rally ahead of the Bihar Assembly polls.

As the first phase of the Bihar assembly election is only eight days away, political parties- either individual or in alliance are giving their all to be in power for the next five years.

The assemble elections in the state would be held in three phases - October 28, November 3 and November 7, and vote counting would take place on November 10.

The Centre on recommendations of the Election Commission of India (ECI) permitted a 10 per cent increase in poll expenditure. In big assembly states, poll ceiling has been increased from 28 lakh to 30.8 lakh, whereas it has increased from 20 to 22 lakh in smaller states.

Prime Minister Modi is set to begin his campaign from October 23 with the BJP relying on the ‘Kamal connect’ app to deliver his message across all corners of Bihar. Modi will address 12 rallies in total and all Covid guidelines issued by the ECI will have to be followed.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan will launch the party’s manifesto named ‘Bihar 1st, Bihari 1st’ on Wednesday. Some of the points under this vision document include demanding equal pay for equal work for teachers and development of the Sita temple in Sitamarhi district in order to enhance Bihar’s tourism sector.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, who earlier took a dig at Paswan with regards to voting, went on to express sympathy towards the LJP chief by saying that chief minister Nitish Kumar had done injustice with Paswan.

07:38 PM IST

Nitish Kumar makes fun of RJD 10 lakh jobs promise

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday mocked Tejashwi Yadavs promise of approving 10 lakh jobs if his party came to power, and asked will money for the purpose come from the jail or will it be done through fake notes.

He highlighted dismal track record of the RJD's past government and appealed to the people not to get "misled" by their "pralobhan" (temptation).

07:08 PM IST

Tired of BJP misrule, people self-immolating outside UP assembly: Akhilesh Yadav

Alleging that people are "fed up" with the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said they are "forced" to immolate themselves in front of the state assembly to get justice as their voices are otherwise not heard.

05:43 PM IST

EC bans publication of uncertified ads on polling day and day before it

The Election Commission has barred parties, candidates and others from publishing political advertisements on polling day and a day prior to it the three phases of the Bihar polls unless their contents are pre-certified by screening committees.

The same restriction will apply to the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha bypoll in Bihar to be held on November 7.

The Commission has used its constitutional powers under Article 324 of the Constitution to take the decision.

The EC had taken such a decision for the first time in the 2015 Bihar polls.

05:37 PM IST

Cong-RJD to win Bihar polls, will go there for campaigning: Pilot

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday exuded confidence that the Grand Alliance involving his party and the RJD will form government in Bihar following the upcoming assembly elections.

The former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan said he will go to Bihar for campaigning.

02:27 PM IST

BJP President JP Nadda addresses rally at Buxar

BJP President is addressing a rally at Bihar's Buxar city. After this, he will address a meeting of the NDA at Arrah. On Wednesday, Nadda will address election rallies in Bettiah and Motihari

02:16 PM IST

Bihar's Mokama promises exciting electoral fight with contrasting contenders

The Mokama assembly segment, about 100 km from the Bihar capital, promises an interesting battle with two contrasting personalities as the main contenders, one of them the sitting MLA for whom things have come a full circle in a span of five years, reports PTI.

02:16 PM IST

Bihar govt has failed to protect women, says Cong

The Congress further sharpened its attack on the Bihar government by saying that it has failed to protect women adding that crimes against women are increasing everyday.

01:03 PM IST

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath addresses rally at Kaimur district

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is addressing his first rally in Kaimur. The second and third rally will take place in Arwal and Karakat.

12:16 PM IST

Grand Alliance promises to provide employment to youth in Bihar

Due to the apathy of the BJP-JDU government, Bihar's youth is facing unemployment. The Grand Alliance will provide employment to them by filling vacant posts in the state and creating new permanent posts.

10:43 AM IST

Congress slams Nitish Kumar, BJP over migrant crisis

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Tuesday targeted Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and the BJP regarding the migrant crisis due to the Covid-19. Surjewala pointed the chief minister had earlier said that migrants won't be allowed to enter the state.

09:01 AM IST

UP CM Yogi Adiyanath begins Bihar campaign today

On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will address three rallies in Bihar as the state goes into the first phase of voting in the next eight days. He is expected to hold more than 24 rallies in total.

07:57 AM IST

BJP chief JP Nadda to rally at Arrah

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda is set to address a rally at Bihar's Arrah city. The BJP on Saturday released its list of star campaigners which includes Nadda along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and Union minister Shahnawaz Hussain among many others.

07:52 AM IST

Chief minister Nitish Kumar to address nine rallies

With eight days to go for the first phase of polling, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will hold nine rallies in the state namely-Bhore, Gopalganj, Mairwa, Ziradei, Raghunathpur, Siwan, Sikaria, Jehanabad and Masaurhi.

07:06 AM IST

1,510 candidates in fray for second phase of Bihar polls after scrutiny

A total 1510 candidates are left in the fray for the second phase of polling to 94 assembly seats in Bihar after the scrutiny of nomination papers, state Chief Electoral Officer said on Monday. Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) Sanjay Kumar Singh said that the final picture regarding the total candidates in fray for the second phase will emerge after the reports of the withdrawal come in, reports PTI.

First published: Oct 20, 2020 06:59 IST