Tejashwi Yadav launched the 'Parivartan Patra' manifesto

ED, CBI, IT Are Cells Of BJP: Tejashwi

Former Bihar Deputy CM and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who was at the INDIA bloc rally at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday, criticised the BJP-led central government’s use of central agencies against the opposition and said that the Enforcement Directorate, Central Bureau of Investigation and Income Tax are the cells of the BJP.

“The ED, CBI and IT are the cells of the BJP. Lalu Ji has been harassed a lot of times. There have been cases against me. My mother, my sisters, my brother-in-law, all the relatives of my father, there were cases against everyone. Many of our leaders are being raided currently. ED, IT raids are underway. But we are not going to be scared. We will struggle. Only lions are caged. All of us are lions. We are fighting for you,” the RJD leader said at the Maha Rally.

Opposition leaders came together in a show of strength at the capital’s Ramlila Maidan on Sunday to protest against the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi liquor policy case.

Hitting out at the central government, TMC MP Derek O’Brien said that this fight is “BJP versus democracy.”

“All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) is very much, was and will be a part of the INDIA allaince. This is the fight of BJP versus democracy. This fight is for Modi ki guarantee which has zero warranty. Zero warranty when it comes to price rise, jobs and protecting your institutions,” the TMC leader said.

National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and other INDIA bloc leaders were present at the rally in Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.

The grand rally was also graced by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Nationalist Congress Party (SCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s wife Sunita Kejriwal and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s wife Kalpana Soren.

Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21. He is in custody till April 1. (ANI)

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NDA Decides Seat-Sharing For 40 LS Seats In Bihar

The ruling National Democractic Alliance has reached seat-sharing agreement in Bihar for the Lok Sabha polls with the BJP set to contest 17 seats and JD-U 16.

The seat-sharing agreement was announced by BJP general secretary Vinod Tawde on Monday. He said LJP (Ram Vilas) will contest five seats and Hindustani Awam Morcha and Rashtriya Lok Morcha will fight one seat each.

“The NDA alliance will fight the polls collectively. We will put our full force on all 40 seats in the state. We will win on all the 40 seats. It is my belief,” he said.

The BJP has got one seat more than the JD-U, according to the seat arrangement.

He said the BJP will field candidates in Pashchim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Aurangabad, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Maharajganj, Saran, Begusarai, Nawada, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Aara, Buxar, and Sasaram.

Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) will contest Vaishali, Hajipur, Samastipur, Khagaria and Jamui. Hindustani Awam Morcha and Rashtriya Lok Morcha on Gaya and Karakat seats respectively.

Bihar will see polling in seven phases. The first phase of polling will be held on April 19, the second phase on April 26, the third phase on May 7, the fourth phase on May 13, the fifth phase on May 20, the sixth phase on May 25, and the seventh phase on June 1.

The Election Commission on Saturday announced the schedule for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The polling will be conducted in seven phases across the nation from April 19 to June 1. Votes will be counted on June 4. (ANI)

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No One Taking Bihar CM Seriously: Tejashwi

Questioning the delay in the cabinet expansion of the NDA government led by Nitish Kumar in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav said that no one in the state is taking Bihar Chief Minister seriously adding that common people and his own party leaders are tired of Janata Dal (United) chief.

Speaking to reporters in Patna, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav said, ” This is a big question. Cabinet expansion has not been done in one month. What is the reason behind this? All important works are getting delayed. CM should answer about this.”

Tejashwi Yadav said that Nitish Kumar is yet to decide on the school timings in the State and claimed that a government official is “not agreeing with the opinion of Bihar Chief Minister” and due to this reason, no decision has been made in the matter.

“There have also been discussions regarding the school timings but the state govt has not done anything. Nitish Kumar made a statement in Vidhan Sabha that changes will be made in the timings. When cold wave gripped Bihar, in a cabinet meeting we told him that timings should be changed. But an official is not listening to the Chief Minister. This shows that no one is taking CM Nitish Kumar seriously. Common people and party leaders are tired of CM Nitish Kumar,” he said.

On remarks made by Jitan Ram Manjhi that he repaid the favour by supporting Nitish Kumar on making him the Chief Minister, Tejashwi Yadav said that Hindustani Awam Morcha founder did not say anything wrong.

“Earlier we (RJD) made him the Chief Minister. They were the third biggest party. This time a party which has four MLAs made him the Chief Minister. Remove their four votes and the count would have been 121,” he said.

Earlier in January, Nitish, who had reportedly gone into a sulk after not being named the convenor of INDIA, the Opposition bloc that took shape through his efforts, dumped the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in Bihar and the national coalition to form a new government with the support of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Later, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government won the floor test in the Bihar Assembly with the support of 129 MLAs. The majority mark in Bihar is 122. Three MLAs of RJD crossed over and voted in favour of NDA. (ANI)

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We Appointed A Tired CM: Tejashwi Attacks Nitish

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav launched a fresh attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar while addressing the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra and said that the CM does not want to listen to anyone.

“You all very well know how our CM is, he does not want to listen to anyone. He used to say ‘I will die, but won’t join BJP’…We decided to stay with Nitish ji, no matter how much we have to sacrifice, only to defeat BJP in 2024…’ Hum logo ne ek thake hue mukhyamantri ko Niyukt kiya hai’…” said RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

“He does not want to listen to anyone, but still, ours was a grand alliance government, and we wanted to be united with a big goal, We have to stop the powers that be, those who work to sow poison in the country, so this time at any cost, no matter how much we have to bear, no matter how much we have to sacrifice, we joined Nitish ji, so that BJP will be defeated in 2024. We will do the work of ousting BJP from power and we had appointed a tired Chief Minister, ” added Tejashwi Yadav.

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav joined Rahul Gandhi in his ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ on Friday in Bihar’s Sasaram. The Yatra reaches it’s final stage in Bihar and is scheduled to enter Uttar Pradesh later today.

Yadav was seen driving Rahul Gandhi and other leaders in the lead jeep as the yatra made its way through Sasaram with the RJD leader acknowledging his ally in his post on x.

This was the first time the RJD leader was seen sharing the stage with Gandhi in Bihar since state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed his ties with the INDIA bloc.

“Today is the 34th day of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra and Rahul Gandhi will have conversations with farmer leaders in Rohtas today…Today around 2:30 pm, Tejashwi Yadav and Rahul Gandhi will address a gathering in Kaimur and at around 5 pm, the yatra will enter Uttar Pradesh…” Senior Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh said.

Later in the day, at 4 pm, the Yatra will move into UP’s Chandauli. It will be in UP till the evening of February 25 with a two-day break on February 22 and 23.

Earlier on Thursday, Yatra reached Bihar’s Aurangabad, where Gandhi came out in praise of the Supreme Court over its verdict striking down electoral bonds, promising to conduct a financial survey across the country if voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The Nyay Yatra arrived in Bihar days after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was at the forefront of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance, a coalition of opposition parties formed to take on the BJP at the Centre, dumped the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) and joined hands again with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also join the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi as it enters Uttar Pradesh on Friday evening. She will join her brother in Chandauli in Uttar Pradesh after the yatra enters the state from Bihar.

The East-West Manipur-Mumbai Yatra traverses 6,700 km through 15 states and aims to highlight the message of “nyay” (justice) while meeting common people on the way. (ANI)

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Nitish Declines Convenor Post Of INDIA Alliance

Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) national president Nitish Kumar on Saturday rejected the post of convenor of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc, sources said. According to sources the Bihar CM suggested that someone from the Congress should take responsibility of the post.

A virtual meeting of INDIA bloc leaders began on Saturday afternoon to review the seat-sharing agenda, participation in Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra and other matters related to the alliance.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar attended the meeting of INDIA bloc leaders via video conferencing in Mumbai.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader MK Stalin and party leader Kanimozhi Karunanidhi attended the meeting via video conferencing in Chennai. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was absent as she was attending a pre-decided state program.

Earlier in its last meeting Mamata Banerjee and SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav had proposed the name of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

INDIA or ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance’ is a group of opposition parties, including the Congress. The parties have come together to take on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which is led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and prevent it from winning a third straight term at the Centre in the Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile there are parallel meeting are on with the Congress’ alliance committee taking the lead in consulting with various parties of the INDIA bloc on state level alliances. On Friday there was a meeting of Congress and Aam Aadmi Party leaders on Friday evening regarding seat sharing. The meeting lasted for about two hours at Mukul Wasnik’s house, and the leaders of both parties described the meeting as a positive move, as per sources. On Saturday the Congress alliance committee is meeting leaders from Jharkhand to continue efforts to stitch up the alliance.

As the Lok Sabha elections draw near, India’s political landscape is undergoing a significant reshuffling. The emerging INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) consortium is gearing up to challenge the established National Democratic Alliance, setting the stage for an electoral showdown.

Earlier in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the NDA won 353 seats, the UPA stood at 91, and Others won 98. The voting was staggered in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, in which around 67 per cent of the nearly 900 million eligible people exercised their franchise to elect 542 members of the Lok Sabha. (ANI)

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JD-U leader KC Tyagi

JD-U, RJD In Position To Counter BJP In Bihar: Tyagi

Regarding seat sharing within INDIA bloc, JD-U leader KC Tyagi on Monday said the JDU and RJD are in a position to counter the BJP in Bihar, had won 16 seats and will not compromise there.

“It is all right if Congress is seeking more seats in those states where they are in power. But it is impractical if they demand more seats in the states where they are not in a powerful position,” Tyagi told ANI.

KC Tyagi further said, “The Janata Dal-United is the organising body of the INDIA bloc. We are distressed by the preparations of the Bharatiya Janata Party. We are also concerned about the seat-sharing strategy of the INDIA bloc. We want things to be figured out as soon as possible. “

Speaking on the Prime Ministerial face of the mega alliance, he said, “Nitish Kumar is the face behind the formation of the alliance, and this post is far bigger than that of the convener.”

The JDU leader also took a dig at Congress stating that the latter is only worried about the party.

“Congress is free to decide on the convener. They are worried about their own party, and we are worried about the alliance,” Tyagi said. ‘

As the countdown to the upcoming Lok Sabha polls has begun, the INDIA bloc has begun its seat-sharing talks in earnest.

After the Trinamool Congress and the Shiv Sena (UBT), it is the Janata Dal United that has been firm in its demand for 16 seats in Bihar.

The JDU currently holds 16 seats in Bihar; 17 are held by the BJP and the RJD does not have any Lok Sabha seat in the state.

The allocation of seats becomes pivotal for Congress, especially after recent electoral setbacks.

India’s political landscape is undergoing a significant transition as the 2024 Lok Sabha elections draw near. The INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) consortium is gearing up to challenge the established National Democratic Alliance. The bloc is struggling to resolve key challenges, including finalising seat-sharing arrangements and, most importantly, deciding on a PM face, while the BJP has started executing strategies it laid out in 2023 to secure victory in general elections. (ANI)

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Adani Group Pledges Rs 8,700 Cr Investments In Bihar

The Adani Group on Thursday pledged to increase ten-fold the conglomerate’s investment in Bihar, besides foraying into new sectors in which they did not have a footprint in the eastern state.

Addressing Bihar Business Connect 2023, Pranav Adani, Managing Director (Agro, Oil and Gas) of Adani Enterprises, said the group intends to raise its investment in the state to Rs 8,700 crore from the current Rs 850 crore.

“We will invest in three additional areas and generate 10,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities,” Pranav Adani said on the occasion.

The Adani Group aims to raise its godown storage capacity from 1 lakh square feet to 65 lakh square feet, with an investment of Rs 1,200 crore.

“Two large-size godowns will come up in the state, one of which will be set up in the capital city Patna,” the official said.

Further, the Adani Group wants to raise its storage capacity in Purnea, Begusarai, Darbhanga, Samastipur, Kishanganj, and Araria with an investment of Rs 900 crore.

Further in his address, Pranav Adani said the group wants to expand its city gas network in Gaya and Nalanda with an estimated investment of Rs 200 crore.

Adani Wilmar, the conglomerate FMCG company, will make its mark in the eastern state.

“Initially, we will start with wheat processing unit, a solvent extractor unit, and a co-generation power unit,” he said.

In Sasaram and Rohtas, the group said Rs 800 crore will be spent to set up paddy processing plants.

During the event, the Adani Group representative also announced it will invest Rs 2,500 crore for cement manufacturing plants in Warisaliganj and Mahabal.

“Our target is to produce 10 million tonne of cement annually, and our investments are expected to generate about 3,000 jobs,” he said.

The third area in which the conglomerate wishes to enter is smart meter manufacturing.

“Now Bihar is shifting towards smart meters. We will install more than 28 lakh smart meters across Siwan, Saran, Gopalganj, Vaishali, and Samastipur to bring in automation in the power sector,” he said.

The investments in smart meter manufacturing would be about Rs 3,100 crore. (ANI)

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BJP Accuses Nitish Of Appeasement Over New Holiday Calendar

An all-out war of words has broken out between the BJP and the ruling BJP-RJD in Bihar after the state government issued a new Holiday calendar for school. The BJP has accused the Bihar government of appeasment claiming that Muslim holidays have been increase while those on Hindu religious festivals have decreased.

“People say that in Bihar and UP, as the age increases, people become religious. Nitish Kumar is becoming religious but by turning religious towards other religions, He is forgetting the Hindu religion. Do one thing, get a resolution passed in the assembly that Bihar is going to be made an Islamic state and the first religion will be Islam and send it to the Centre,” Ajay Alok BJP spokesperson said.

“You will cancel the holiday of Makar Sankranti, the whole of Bihar takes a bath in the Ganga here and offers worship to the Sun God. Will you cancel the Rakshabandhan holiday? People all over the country celebrate Rakshabandhan. You will cancel the Mahashivratri holiday, you will cancel the Janmashtami holiday, the limits have been crossed. Last time Nitish Kumar did the same thing by decreasing holidays on Hindu Festivals. Will you do appeasement politics for Islamic sycophancy?” added Ajay Alok.

The JDU however says the BJP has politicises a non-issue.

“The holidays of Shab-e-Barat have been reduced and there is no discussion over it…Maha Shivratri, Krishna Janmashtami, Basant Panchami, Holi and Dussehra holidays have been retained…The education department can only give an explanation as to why certain holidays were increased…Instead of looking at it through a political lens, BJP should give an opinion after the clarification from the education department” Neeraj Kumar JDU Spokesperson said.

Earlier several leaders of the BJP attacked Nitish Kumar on the issue. BJP MP Sushil Modi said that the decision showed that Nitish was Anti-Hindu.

“The Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government has shown an anti-Hindu face and taken a decision to hurt the sentiments of the Hindus…The holidays for Hindu festivals have been selectively slashed, while holidays for Muslim festivals have been increased” BJP MP Sushil Modi said.

Minister of Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh claimed that Nitish Kumar has issued a “Tughlak farman” for the third time.

“The way Lalu Yadav and the Nitish government are attacking Hindus, in the future they will be known as Mohammad Nitish and Mohammad Lalu,” he said in a video message posted on his social media platform X.

The Bihar education department on Monday issued the holiday calendar for 2024 and said the chart has been created to ensure at least 220 teaching days under the Right to Education. The holiday calendar for the year 2024 has seen wholesale change, with the number of summer vacation days increased from 20 to 30. (ANI)

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SC To Hear Bihar Caste Census Matter On Oct 6

The Supreme Court of India has said that it will take up for hearing on October 6 the matter of the caste census in Bihar after the petitioner’s lawyer mentioned before the apex court that the Bihar Government had published caste survey data.

The matter was brought before a bench consisting of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and SVN Bhatti.

The petitioner’s lawyer apprised the court that the Bihar Government has already published the caste survey data, prompting concerns and legal challenges from various quarters.

Among the petitioners are organizations like Ek Soch Ek Prayas and Youth for Equality, who have contested the legality and authority of the caste-based survey.

The Central Government also entered the legal fray, filing an affidavit with the Supreme Court, emphasizing that the Census Act, 1948, bestows exclusive authority upon the Central Government to conduct census-related activities.

The affidavit reaffirmed the government’s commitment to uplift Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBCs), and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in line with constitutional provisions and applicable laws.

One of the petitions, represented by advocate Tanya Shree on behalf of petitioner Akhilesh Kumar, contested the Patna High Court’s dismissal of pleas challenging the Nitish Kumar government’s decision to conduct the caste-based survey. The High Court’s order was issued on August 1.

The petitioner had argued that the state of Bihar lacked the constitutional competence to initiate a caste-based survey and usurped the exclusive authority of the Union Government in conducting a census.

The petitioner had highlighted that the Bihar government’s notification dated June 6, 2022, and the subsequent appointment of a District Magistrate for supervision violate constitutional provisions, including the distribution of powers between the state and the union.

The petitioner contended that the entire exercise is without legislative competence and is riddled with malafide intentions.

The petitioner underscored that only the Union Government possesses the authority to conduct a census in India, rendering the Bihar State Government’s notification null and void.

The Patna High Court had previously dismissed similar pleas contesting the caste-based survey ordered by the Nitish Kumar administration.

The survey aims to collect data related to people of all castes, sub-castes, and socioeconomic conditions, covering an estimated population of 12.70 crores across 38 districts in Bihar. (ANI)

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Bihar Caste Survey

Bihar Govt Releases Caste Survey Data; OBCs, EBCs Acct For 63% Population

The Bihar government on Monday released caste survey data, with the figures that have ramifications for the Lok Sabha polls next year, showing that Other Backward Caste (OBC) and Extremely Backward Class (EBC) together account for 63 per cent of the state’s population.  

The report of the caste-based survey conducted in Bihar was released at a press conference in the state capital.

“The extremely backward class is 36.01 per cent, the general category is 15.52 per cent and the Other Backward Caste (OBC) is 27 per cent,” Vivek Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary said.

According to the data, Scheduled Castes make up 19.65 per cent and the Scheduled Tribes 1.68 per cent of the population of the state.

The data also said that the Hindus comprise 81.99 per cent of the population, Muslims 17.7 per cent, Christians 0.05 per cent, Sikhs 0.01 per cent, Buddhists 0.08 per cent and other religions 0.12 per cent.  

The data said that Yadavs, the OBC group to which Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav belongs,  is the largest and accounts for 14.27 per cent of the state’s population.  

Kushwaha and Kurmi communities form 4.27 per cent and 2.87 per cent of the population, the caste survey said.  Chief Minister Nitish Kumar belongs to the Kurmi community in the state.   

 The total population of Bihar is more than 13 crore. (ANI)

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