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Bihar Election 2020: Modi rakes up Article 370, says no law and order under RJD in Bihar

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Here are the highlights of the the top developments from the 2020 Bihar assembly elections for October 23.

Bihar Election 2020: Modi rakes up Article 370, says no law and order under RJD in Bihar
The campaign for the 243-member Bihar legislative assembly elections 2020 is in full swing. The three-phase polls will be held on — October 28, November 3 and November 7 — and the counting of votes will take place on November 10. The Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and Left parties will take on the Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (United) combine. Some other smaller parties are also in the fray.
Here are the highlights from the 2020 Bihar assembly elections from October 23:
  • PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi clash in battleground Bihar, weaponise Art 370, Chinese intrusion, migrant tragedy: 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. Addressing three back to back rallies in Dehri-on- Sone, Gaya and Bhagalpur, Modi castigated the opposition over its stand on the abrogation of Article 370 and the Galwan Valley clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh, an emotive issue for the state as several soldiers of the Bihar regiment were killed in hand-to-hand combat. Appealing to the nationalistic zeal of the electorate, Modi raised the issue of annulment of Article 370 which bestowed special status on the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi says he 'insulted' soldiers, did not help migrants: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of having "insulted" the soldiers with his comment that nobody had intruded into Indian territory in Ladakh, and also alleged that his government did not help the migrant workers from Bihar during the lockdown. Addressing his first poll rallies in the state, Gandhi said the BJP's election promise of providing 19 lakh jobs is akin to its pledge of depositing Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts of the people. Raising the China issues at his both rallies -- the first at Hisua in Nawada district and another at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur -- he said the Chinese army had indeed intruded into the Indian territory, and the prime minister should tell the country when they will "be thrown out". "They have seized 1,200 sq km of our land. But when the Chinese army intruded, why did our prime minister insult our soldiers by saying that nobody entered into the Indian side?" Gandhi said.
  • 19 lakh jobs promise in Bihar is like Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts, says Rahul Gandhi: In a dig at the BJP's election promise of 19 lakh jobs in Bihar, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that it was similar to that of depositing Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of the people. Addressing an election rally here, Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke the backbone of the farmers, and medium and small businesses in the state. He said that Modi calls himself a nationalist but weakened the country over the last six years. "Economy is suppressed and farmers oppressed," Gandhi added.
  • Modi rakes up Article 370, say no law under RJD in Bihar, as he campaigns in state: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched his campaign for the Bihar assembly elections with three back to back rallies where he castigated the opposition over its stand on repeal of Article 370 and reminded the people of the 15-year reign of "crime" and "loot" under the RJD. Modi addressed rallies in Rohtas, Gaya and Bhagalpur districts, where he shared the stage with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and excoriated the Congress-led opposition for adopting a contrarian position on "any step taken in national interest". The prime minister counted abrogation of Article 370, the law against triple talaq, commencement of construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, and military operations at the borders among the steps taken in national interest which the opposition frowned upon. Appealing to the nationalistic zeal of the electorate, Modi raked up the issue of annulment of Article 370 which bestowed special status on the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • In his address, Modi also slammed the opposition for its demand of restoring Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, accusing them of siding with those conspiring to weaken India. He asserted that India will not back off from the decisions it has taken. Modi also hit out at the Opposition for protesting farm laws and accused them of siding with middlemen.
  • Referring to the Galwan Valley clash with Chinese troops, the prime minister said the sons of Bihar laid down their lives for the tricolour, but did not let 'Mother' India's head bow. The soldiers of Bihar were also martyred in the Pulwama attack, he said.
  • Those who have a history of making Bihar 'Bimaru' will not be allowed to return, says PM Modi in Sasaram election rally: Taking a swipe at the opposition alliance in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday invoked the alleged poor law and order in the state under RJD rule, and said people have decided that those who have a history of making Bihar 'Bimaru' will not be allowed to return. Modi began his first Bihar poll rally here by paying tributes to LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan and former RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh who passed away recently. Even before the polls, the people of Bihar have given their message and all surveys show that the NDA government will retain power in the state, he said. People in the state have decided that those who have a history of making Bihar 'Bimaru' will not be allowed to return, Modi said in a swipe at the RJD-led opposition.
  • Nitish may do another volte-face, Chirag cautions the BJP: Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan on Thursday cautioned the BJP that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar might do yet another volte-face and re-align with
  • Lalu Prasad's RJD which he had dumped a few years ago to return to the NDA. Paswan also alleged that Kumar, who heads the JD(U), "conspired" to make the BJP fight on less than 157 seats, the number it had contested in 2015, and pointed out that the Chief Minister had agreed to field his party's candidates in only 101 constituencies when he was contesting in alliance with his "political guru" the jailed RJD supremo.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join the campaign trail in Bihar on Friday with three mega rallies along with Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar at Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur. The rallies are scheduled at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, respectively. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is also set to address two election rallies in Nawada and Bhagalpur today at 11.15 am and 2.15 pm, respectively. BJP president JP Nadda is set to address rallies in Begusarai and Sivan at 12.50 pm and 3.50 pm, respectively. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav is set to address a total of five election rallies today at Gaya, Nawada and Nalanda.
  • Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to take potshots at the ruling alliance's claims ahead of his two campaign rallies today.
    • Vaccine for votes; BJP's Bihar promise sparks a controversy: For the first time in India's political history a vaccine has made it to an election manifesto. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has promised a free COVID-19 vaccine for every person in Bihar once it is available sparking a controversy. Continue Reading
    • Govt's 3-tier vaccination priority plan vs BJP's free vaccine promise in poll-bound Bihar: Even as the world and the 1.3 billion people in India await a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has promised "free vaccine for all in Bihar" as soon as it is approved. "We vow to provide free COVID-19 vaccination to every resident as soon as the Indian Council of Medical Research approves it," reads the first item on BJP's Bihar poll manifesto. Speaking about it, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "As soon as a COVID-19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get it for a free vaccination." Continue Reading
    • Will present development agenda before people of Bihar, says PM Modi: A day before addressing his first set of rallies in Bihar bound for Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he will present the development agenda of the ruling National Democratic Alliance before the people and seek their support for it. Modi is scheduled to address three rallies in the state on Friday and is expected to speak at around 12 of them during the entire Bihar poll campaign. The three-phase polls will begin on October 28 and end on November 7. The counting of votes is scheduled for November 10. In a tweet, Modi said, "Will have the opportunity to be in the midst of brothers and sisters of Bihar tomorrow. Will address rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur. Will present the NDA's development agenda before people and seek their blessings for the alliance."
    • NDA going to form govt in Bihar with 2/3rd majority, says Rajnath Singh: Union 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. Addressing three election rallies at Barh (near Patna), Nokha (Rohtas) and Nabinagar (Aurangabad) he attacked the RJD, saying the "lantern era" has ended with every house getting power supply. Lantern is the poll symbol of the RJD. The NDA in Bihar has the BJP, the JD(U), the HAM and the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) as its constituents. Highlighting the centre's pro-farmer approach, he said "Under the Kisan Samman Nidhi, every farmer of the country is being given Rs 6000 as annual income support. Now the money of the Central schemes is going directly to the public.
    • BJP's 19 lakh jobs in Bihar promise a 'gimmick', what happened to Modi's 2 crore jobs a year assurance, questions Congress: 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". AICC general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala hit out at Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who released the BJP's manifesto for assembly elections earlier in the day, saying, "What do we make of claims about GDP made by a woman under whom the country's growth rate has nosedived from 10 percent to minus 23 percent." The Congress leader, at a press conference here, sought to embarrass the NDA, which rules the Centre as well as the state, by playing video clips of the prime minister and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launching blistering attacks on each other.
    • Bihar poll to intensify as Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi to campaigning on 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. Prime Minister Modi will address three rallies at Dehri-on Sone (Rohtas district), Gaya and Bhagalpur -- to seek support for NDA nominees on different assembly constituencies going to vote in the first phase on October 28. According to BJP sources and reports from the districts Thursday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will join Modi at the rallies in Dehri and Bhagalpur. In Gaya, JD(U) leader in the Lok Sabha Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan will share the dais with Modi along with former chief minister and president of Hindustani Awam Morcha Jitan Ram Manjhi. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is also slated to launch his campaign in Bihar elections Friday.
    • Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel hits out at BJP for 'promising free COVID-19 vaccine': Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday accused the BJP of politicising public health by promising free COVID-19 vaccine in its manifesto for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections. Baghel also said the poll promise implies that citizens of the states where elections are not being held will have to pay for the vaccine. "NDA manifesto says free vaccine for Biharis. This is a poll promise BJP and JDU have made. Note: A Manifesto is a list of promises to be delivered If the govt comes to power then they are politicising the health of citizens with #VaccineElectionism," Baghel tweeted. "With this poll promise @bjp4india has implied that the citizens of other non-election states will have to pay for the vaccine," the chief minister said in another tweet.
    • Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi tests positive for COVID-19: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday said that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment, while also asserting that his parameters were fine and he was looking forward to hitting the campaign trail soon in the poll-bound state. Modi, one of the tallest leaders of the BJP in Bihar, had been missing from action for quite some time and was conspicuous by his absence when Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released the party's manifesto earlier in the day. "Tested positive for corona. All parameters normal. Started with mild temperature (but) no temperature for the last two days. Admitted to AIIMS, Patna for better monitoring. CT scan of lungs normal. Will be back soon for campaigning," the deputy CM wrote on Twitter.
    • BJP’s manifesto promises free Covid vaccine: The BJP in its Bihar polls manifesto has promised to provide free COVID-19. Like all programs, the Centre will provide vaccines to states at a nominal rate. It is for the state governments to decide if they want to give it free or otherwise. Health being a state subject, Bihar BJP has decided to give it free, said BJP leader Amit Malviya.
    • BJP doesn't have a face for Bihar polls, says Tejashwi: BJP does not have a face for Bihar polls. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had to come to release the vision document. Since she is here, Sitharaman should first tell why she never gave a special package and special state status to Bihar: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on BJP's manifesto for Bihar Polls.
    • RJD's Salvo at BJP over COVID-19 vaccine promise: Coronavirus vaccine belongs to the country, not the BJP! The political use of the vaccine shows that they have no choice but to sell their fear of disease and death. People of Bihar are self-respecting and do not sell their children's future for a small amount, tweets the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
      • CM Nitish Kumar holds an election meeting in Paru Legislative Assembly (Muzaffarpur) for the upcoming Bihar Assembly Elections 2020.
      • Janata Dal (United) to release its manifesto at 3 pm at its headquarters in Patna later in the day.
      • As soon as the COVID19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the launch of the BJP Manifesto for Bihar Polls.
        • Free Covid Vaccine for Bihar, says BJP: In its election manifesto, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promises free Covid-19 vaccination for everyone in Bihar.
        • BJP Bihar Manifestor, covid 19 vaccine
          • Union defence minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh is scheduled to address at least 18 rallies in Bihar in six days spanning over all three phases of the assembly elections.
          • BJP-JD(U) alliance as 'superhit' as opening pair of Sachin-Sehwag in cricket, says Rajnath Singh at Bihar poll rally: Calling the BJP-JD(U) partnership in Bihar as "superhit" as the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in cricket, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said one can debate on the quantum of development done by Nitish Kumar, but no one can point a finger at the chief minister on the issue of corruption.
          • Singh also attacked the opposition, saying the people had also witnessed the 15-year tenure of the RJD government in the state and can well understand the difference between the "misrule" of that time and the good governance of the Nitish Kumar-led alliance government. Addressing a rally in Bhagalpur district ahead of assembly polls beginning October 28, Singh said, "The alliance of the BJP and the JD(U) is as superhit as the opening pair of Sachin and Sehwag of the Indian cricket team." He said the alliance government has provided basic facilities of electricity, road and water, which Bihar lacked for decades. "People have seen the 15-year rule of 'lalten' (RJD's poll symbol lantern) and they have also seen the development of Bihar during the BJP-JD(U) alliance government. The performance of these two governments cannot be compared. The state has got transformed under the NDA government," Singh said.
          • In the cacophonous poll battle for Bihar, a war of songs erupts: Amid the hustle and bustle of the Bihar assembly elections, the BJP on Wednesday got its Delhi MP and Bhojpuri singer Manoj Tiwari to reprise one of his chartbusters, appealing to voters to retain their trust in the states ruling dispensation. Suna ho Bihar ke bhaiya, launched by the party as its new election song, is a straight lift off jiya ho Bihar ke lala the foot-tapping number from Manoj Bajpayee-starrer Gangs of Wasseypur, which had acquired a cult status upon its release a decade ago. Incidentally, the composer of the original song, Sneha Khanwalkar, had been roped in by the campaign team of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the 2015 assembly polls when she came out with the catchy phir se Nitish Kumar ho. In the song that lasts nearly eight minutes, Tiwari dwells at length on the progress made by the state under the NDA rule badi mushkil se (against various odds). He goes on to add that if someone says in spite of so many accomplishments Bihar mein ka ba (what does Bihar have
          • to offer) then the person needs to get eyeglasses checked.
            —With inputs from PTI
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