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Bihar Election 2020 highlights: Yogi Adityanath says Article 370 has given licence to everyone to buy property in Kashmir

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Patna: LJP MP Prince Raj arrives at RJD President Lalu Yadav’s residence to give invite for late Ram Vilas Paswan‘s 'Shraad’ ceremony.

Bihar Election 2020 highlights: Yogi Adityanath says Article 370 has given licence to everyone to buy property in Kashmir
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The campaign for the legislative assembly polls for the 243 constituencies in Bihar is heating up with the main contest between the incumbent Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance and the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led alliance. Meanwhile, Tuesday was the last date of filing nominations for the third and final phase of Bihar polls. The voting for the third phase will take place on November 7, while polling for the first phase will take place on October 28. The counting of votes for the assembly election will take place on November 10.
Here are the highlights of the Bihar Election 2020 from October 21:
1411 nominations filed for 3rd phase of Bihar assembly polls: A total of 1411 nominations have been filed for 78 assembly seats in Bihar which will go to the polls in the third and last phase on November 7, as per the Election Commission here on Wednesday. The last date for filing the nominations for the third day was on Tuesday. Additional Chief Electoral Officer(ACEO) Sanjay Kumar Singh said the information on the scrutiny for the third phase, which took place on Wednesday, was yet tyo be received. The withdrawal of nominations has been slated for Thursday and Friday. A total of seven candidates have filed their papers for Valimikinagar Lok Sabha bypoll which too will be held on November 7, he said. A total of 1066 candidates are in the fray for the 71 seats going to the polls in the first phase and 1464 others for 94 seats in the second phase after the withdrawal of nomination papers. The campaigning for the seats is underway in the state.
  • Article 370 means licence to buy property in Kashmir, says Yogi Adityanath at Bihar rallies: In a statement that may ruffle many feathers, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 has given people of other states a "licence" to own property in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP leader made comments to the effect at rallies he addressed in Jamui, Tarari and Paliganj assembly constituencies of Bihar. "Earlier, a person from this part of Bihar could not even think of owning property in Kashmir. The Congress had put such a system in place. But Narendra Modi and Amit Shah changed all that. Article 370 has been scrapped and the people now have a licence to purchase and own property in any part of Kashmir, he said. The remarks come at a time when there have been vociferous demands for ensuring that jobs and property in Jammu and Kashmir, downgraded from a state and split into two Union Territories, be reserved for locals.
  • Yogi Adityanath says Congress-RJD alliance with CPI(ML) will revive naxalism in Bihar: The Congress-RJD combines poll pact with ultra-Left CPI(ML) in Bihar is deplorable and unfortunate as it can lead to a resurgence of naxalism in the state which has reeled under Maoist violence for long, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday. On the second day of his campaign for the assembly elections in the state, where he held back to back rallies in Jamui, Bhojpur and Patna districts, the BJP star campaigner also deftly played the caste card, invoking memories of leaders belonging to communities that dominated the respective constituencies. He also lavished praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the resolve they showed in scrapping Article 370, facilitating construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, stamping down terrorism and offering help to persecuted minorities of other countries through the Citizenship Amendment Act. All this is making the people of country happy. But Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is visibly frightened and, strangely, leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Owaisi too are perturbed. Try to understand their mindset and beware of such elements, he said.
    In 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. The JD(U) chief had then comfortably returned to power belying naysayers who were skeptical about his coalition with arch rival Lalu Prasads RJD finding resonance with the voters.
    • BJP-JD(U) alliance as 'superhit' as opening pair of Sachin-Sehwag in cricket: Rajnath Singh at Bihar poll rally: Calling the BJP-JD(U) partnership 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 the alliance government in Bihar, but no one can point a finger at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on corruption. Attacking the opposition RJD, Singh said the people had witnessed its 15-year tenure and can see the difference between its "misrule" and the good governance of the Nitish Kumar-led alliance government. Addressing a rally here in Bhagalpur district ahead of the 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 Indian cricket team." He said the alliance government has provided basic facilities of electricity, road and water, which Bihar lacked for decades.
      • 1,464 candidates in fray for the second phase of Bihar assembly polls: A total of 1,464 candidates are in the fray for the second phase of polling to 94 assembly seats in Bihar after 46 people withdrew their candidature on Monday, the last day for withdrawal of nominations, an official said. Altogether 1,698 people filed their nominations for the November 3 elections, and poll authorities found those of 1,510 candidates valid after scrutiny, Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) Sanjay Kumar Singh said on Tuesday. "Around 188 nominations for the second phase of polls were found invalid. Forty-six  candidates withdrew their papers on Monday," he said. Darauli assembly constituency has the lowest number of candidates at four, while the highest of 27 people are in the fray in Maharajganj seat, he said.
      • LJP releases election manifesto for the Bihar assembly elections ahead of the first phase of polls on November 28. Party chief Chirag Paswan released the manifesto.
      • Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath addresses a campaign rally in Bihar's Jamui.
        • In Jamui, striking gold on poll debut tough task for ace shooter Shreyasi: She hit the bullseye winning the Commonwealth Games shooting gold in 2018, but securing the pole position on her maiden election outing may not be an easy task for Shreyasi, the daughter of former Union minister Digvijay Singh, as she faces formidable opposition in RJD strongman Vijay Prakash. The 29-year-old ace shooter joined the BJP early this month and was soon nominated for the Jamui seat which votes in the first phase on October 28. The seat has become a high-profile one for two reasons, firstly because of the presence of a sports personality of international repute, and second because it falls under Jamui Lok Sabha constituency of LJP president Chirag Paswan, who has disassociated himself from the NDA in Bihar and going solo. The Jamui assembly constituency is witnessing a multi-corner contest among Singh, RJD's Vijay Prakash, saffron party rebel Ajay Pratap from the RLSP, besides some Independents.
        • Bihar 'Mahagathbandhan' unholy, unnatural alliance, says BJP president JP Nadda: BJP president J P Nadda on Tuesday termed Bihar's five-party 'Mahagathbandhan' an unholy and unnatural alliance that seeks to divide society and spread unrest. Branding the Congress party as "anti-national", Nadda said its leaders were praising Pakistan when an election is underway in India. The RJD-led Mahagathbandhan or grand alliance also includes the Congress and three left parties—CPI, CPI-M and CPI-ML. Though the influence of the CPI and CPI-M has waned, the CPI-ML still has some pockets of influence in the state. This CPI(ML), RJD, and Congress alliance is not a natural alliance. It is an unholy and unnatural alliance. They don't have a love for society. They divide the society and spread unrest. We have to get rid of this unholy alliance, he told election rallies in Buxar and Arrah.
        • Nitish, Tejashwi seen with Chirag at Ram Vilas Paswan's shradha ritual: Setting aside their political differences, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and Union minister Nityanand Rai attended the shradha ritual of LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan who died recently. Paswan's son Chirag was seen touching feet of Kumar and some other senior leaders, who have been at the receiving end of the LJP president's relentless political tirade during the election season. The Brahm-bhoj as part of the shradha ritual was
        • organised at the LJPs state headquarters in Patna.
        • 'Bihar: 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 by-poll 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. Its proposal to ban political advertisements on election day and a day before has been pending with the law ministry for a few years. In a letter to Bihar's chief electoral officer on Monday, the poll panel said instances of advertisements of offending and misleading nature published in the print media have been brought to its notice in the past.
        • Cong-RJD will win Bihar polls, Sachin Pilot to campaign in the state: 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. Pilot said Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar's claim of "good governance" has already been exposed. "He did not care for the labourers and students who were stranded outside Bihar during the COVID-19 lockdown." "The election campaign of the Congress and RJD is going well and a change will take place in Bihar with the Congress-RJD alliance forming the government," he told reporters here. Targeting the BJP-led government at the Centre over the issue of farm laws, Pilot said there is no minister at Central Cabinet who can raise voice for the cause of farmers.
        • Yogi Adityanath launches Bihar campaign; rakes up Ayodhya, Kashmir and Pakistan: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday forayed into battleground Bihar where he asked people to vote the NDA back to power, drawing upon Prime Minister Narendra Modis mass appeal and the BJPs ability to walk the talk on Ayodhya, Kashmir and Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. The BJP's star campaigner blazed through three assembly segments with back-to-back rallies on the first day of his campaign in the poll-bound state, commencing his speeches with roars of Vande Mataram and signing off with chants of Jai Shri Ram. Yogi also made it a point to ask the voters to cast their ballots only for adhikrit (authorised) NDA candidates and help Nitish Kumar return as the chief minister in line with the stance adopted by the BJP in the wake of the revolt by LJP chief Chirag Paswan who has fielded a number of rebels from the saffron party and the JD(U). I am glad to see that you have defeated corona under the leadership of Nitish Kumar. While leaving Lucknow, I had anticipated crowds of not more than two or three thousand. But here I am amazed to see turnout ten times of that, said Yogi.
        • Congress lauding Pak when polls on in Bihar, alleges Nadda: Branding the Congress party as "anti-national", BJP president J P Nadda said on Tuesday said its leaders were praising Pakistan when an election is underway in India. Nadda said since the main opposition party had nothing worth talking about the achievements of its past governments, it was busy extolling Pakistan. So what do they do? Just this -- When the election is on in Bihar, talk about Pakistan. What has the Bihar election got to do with Pakistan? But Congress leaders are praising Pakistan. And who is leading them in this praise? Rahul Gandhi, Nadda told an election rally here. Rahul Gandhi had on Friday targeted the Centre over IMF's projection that the Indian economy is set to contract by a massive 10.3 percent this year, saying it was another "solid achievement" of the government.
          • HC seeks ECI reply on Plurals Party's plea seeking common symbol to contest Bihar polls: The Delhi High Court Tuesday sought response of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on a plea by the newly formed political outfit, Plurals Party, seeking to use a common symbol of Chess Board' during the Bihar Assembly polls, scheduled to commence from October 28. Justice Jayant Nath issued notice to the ECI and asked it to file its reply within four weeks and listed the matter for further hearing on December 21. The party, represented through advocate Jatan Singh, has sought to direct the commission to allow use of a common election symbol of Chess Board' or any other free symbol chosen by the party to all the candidates set up by the party for contesting the election. The high court was also informed that today is the last date for filing of nomination for the third phase of elections.
            • 31 per cent candidates in 1st phase Bihar polls face criminal cases: ADR report: Over 30 percent of 1,064 candidates in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly election have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to a report by-poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Twenty-three percent or 244 candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves, it said. Serious criminal cases are non-bailable offences with over five years of imprisonment. As many as 328 or 31 percent of candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. A total of 375 or 35 percent have given their financial assets worth crores of rupees while five candidates have declared zero assets, the report said.
              • UP CM Adityanath forays into battle for Bihar, urges people to vote for Nitish: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday urged the people of Bihar to vote his development-oriented counterpart Nitish Kumar back to power while underscoring that the BJP, an alliance partner, has fulfilled its promises on emotive issues like Ayodhya, Kashmir and Pakistan. The firebrand BJP leader was addressing his maiden election rally in the poll-bound state in the remote assembly segment of Kaimur district, which shares its border with Uttar Pradesh. Yogi also sought to strike a chord with the people of Bihar by reminding them "when millions of migrants were forced to flee Delhi by the Aam Aadmi Party government, we in UP received them with warm water to wash their tired feet and freshly prepared food to nourish their bodies before they undertook the onward journey back home". The UP chief minister launched a blistering attack on the opposition in the state, helmed by the RJD and the Congress, accusing the two parties of indulging in corruption and placing family interests above people's welfare.
              • Nitish Kumar takes a dig at Tejashwi's employment promise: Ridiculing
              • Tejashwi Yadav's promise of providing 10 lakh jobs if elected to power, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said Monday the RJD leader has no knowledge or experience and "they may start their own business" in the name of providing employment. Addressing poll rallies at Gayas Sherghati and Aurangabad's Rafiganj, Kumar said,"There are some people who know nothing but are promising these many jobs. Where will the money come from? "Dont be surprised they start their own 'kaam-dhandha' (business) in the name of providing jobs. Just speaking has no meaning if you have no experience and
                understanding of doing it. He also asked as to how many jobs did the RJD provide during its 15 years of rule. "We gave over six lakh jobs and presented work opportunities to several people," the chief minister said.
              • Bihar's Mokama promises an 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. Rajiv Lochan Singh, a frail, soft-spoken 66-year-old who has been associated with the 'Sangh Parivar' for decades
              • and is making his electoral debut as a candidate of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U), looks like an unlikely challenger to Anant Kumar Singh, seeking re-election for the fifth consecutive time.
                • Bihar's COVID-19 death toll breaches 1,000-mark; recovery rate touches 94%: Bihar's COVID-19 death toll crossed the 1,000-mark on Monday as seven more patients succumbed to the disease, while 912 fresh infections pushed the state's caseload to 2,05,123, a health bulletin said. As many as 1,195 more people were cured of the disease, taking the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state to 94.47 percent, it said. The fresh fatalities—one each in Patna, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Jamui, Nalanda, Purnea and Samastipur districts—took the death toll to 1,003, the bulletin said. Patna district reported the highest number of new cases at 253, followed by Muzaffarpur (48), Purnea (41), Aurangabad (38), Madhepura (36), Saharsa (33), it said. Patna has so far reported 32,864 coronavirus cases, of which 2,510 are active, and 246 deaths, the bulletin said.
                • Govt enhances expenditure limit of candidates: The poll spending limit for candidates contesting Lok Sabha and assembly elections has been enhanced by 10 percent based on the recommendation of the Election Commission that contestants be allowed to spend more on campaigning keeping in mind difficulties they may face due to COVID-19 curbs. The hike in expenditure limit will help candidates contesting the Bihar assembly poll as well as bypolls to one Lok Sabha and 59 assembly seats. Over a month ago, the Election Commission had recommended a 10 percent hike in expenditure for all elections to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hike was recommended keeping in mind the difficulties candidates may face in campaigning amid the restrictions imposed, including those on holding rallies amid the pandemic. The notification issued by the Law Ministry on Monday night said the maximum expenditure a candidate can incur for campaigning in Lok Sabha polls is now Rs 77 lakh. It was so far Rs 70 lakh. For assemblies, it has been hiked from Rs 28 lakh to Rs 30.8 lakh. The maximum expenditure limit for candidates to spend on their campaigning varies from state to state.
                • LJP will win more seats than JD(U) in Bihar polls, says Chirag Paswan: Continuing with his tirade against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan on Monday claimed that his party will win more
                • seats than JD(U) in the Bihar polls. Launching a scathing attack on the chief minister, he said any vote to Kumar-headed JD(U) would "destroy" Bihar tomorrow. Meanwhile, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has criticised Kumar
                  for not doing justice with Chirag. "What Nitish Kumar Ji did with Chirag Paswan is not good. Chirag Paswan needs his father at this time more than
                  ever before but Ram Vilas Paswan ji is not among us and we are
                  sad about it. Nitish Kumar did injustice to Chirag Paswan," Tejashwi tweeted.
                  "The LJP will win more seats than the JD(U) and will build a new and young Bihar with the pledge of #Bihar1stBihari1st, Chirag said in a tweet.
                • Luv contesting as 'Bihar Putra'; I'm not saying goodbye to politics, says Shatrughan Sinha: With his son Luv Sinha taking the electoral plunge from Bankipur assembly seat in Patna, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha Monday said it's an encouraging trend that youths are entering politics, but made it clear that he himself is not retiring. The Congress has fielded Luv from Bankipur seat, a BJP stronghold from where the saffron party has nominated three-time MLA Nitin Nabin. This seat falls under the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency, currently held by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who had won it against Shatrughan Sinha in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Shatrughan, who represented the Parliamentary seat twice when he was in the BJP, had switched over to the Congress just before the Lok Sabha polls. Shatrughan, popularly known as Bihari Babu', said his son has jumped into the fray as a Congress choice and also because the youth of the constituency wanted a new face who carries out development work sincerely.  The Bollywood actor of yesteryears, however, said that this doesn't mean that he himself is saying goodbye to politics. "I am not tired and retired. I will continue in active politics," the 74-year-old said.
                • Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel launches Congress theme song for Bihar polls: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday launched Congress theme song for the Bihar polls at the party headquarters here. The song "Bole Bihar Badle Sarkar" has been prepared by the party's social media team, a statement from the Bihar unit of the Congress said. In the song, the grand old party has highlighted the poor conditions of education, huge unemployment, rising corruption, uncontrolled crime and failure to deal with surging coronavirus cases in the state during 15 years rule of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
                • Rajnath to address over 18 rallies in Bihar: Senior BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address more than 18 rallies over six days in poll-bound Bihar, his office said Monday. Singh, a former president of the party, will address a rally each in Badh, Nokha and Aurangabad on October 21, and in Banka, Barhara and Ramgarh on October 22. The Union minister will address 18-20 rallies in six days of campaigning during the three phases of polling on October 28, November 3 and 7.
                • NDA seat-sharing pact: The BJP is contesting elections in alliance with JD(U), and both the parties have inked pacts with VIP and HAM respectively. BJP is contesting on 110 seats and has given 11 to VIP out of its quota, and JD(U) has fielded its candidates on 115 seats and left the remaining seven seats for HAM. There are 243 assembly constituencies in Bihar and the counting of votes will be done on November 10.
                • A total of 1066 candidates have been left in the fray for the 71 seats in the first phase of polling after the withdrawal of nomination papers. Campaigning is underway in these seats.
                • Referring to the third and final phase of polling slated to be held on November 7 in 78 assembly seats, the EC official said as per information available till 5 pm a total of 337 candidates have filed their papers. Tuesday is the last date of filing nominations for the third phase. He said three candidates have filed their papers for the Valimikinagar Lok Sabha bypoll, the official added.
                • Out of the total 1698 nomination papers which have been filed for the second phase of assembly polls to be held on November 3, papers of 1510 candidates have been found to be in order, he said. A total of 188 nomination papers were held invalid after scrutiny, Singh said.
                • A total of 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, the 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. Monday was the last day of the withdrawal of nomination
                  papers.
                  —With inputs from agencies
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