Bihar election 2020 LIVE updates: After completion of the first phase of elections in Bihar, the focus has now shifted to Seemanchal where elections for the second phase are scheduled to be held on November 3.
Districts such as West Champaran, East Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Araria, Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar and others fall under Seemanchal. Besides, elections for the second phase will also be held in districts like Samastipur, Patna, Vaishali and Muzaffarpur. Polling will be done for 91 seats.
The first phase of the Assembly elections in Bihar recorded 55.69 per cent voter turnout, the Election Commission said on Thursday. A total of 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar went to polls on Wednesday in the first of the three-phase elections amid tight security and with Covid-19 guidelines in place.
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BJP chief J P Nadda chides Tejashwi over his persistent landlocked Bihar jibe on Nitish
BJP president JP Nadda Friday threw "mind lock" jibe at RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, chastising him over his constant "landlocked Bihar" swipe at NDA ally and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Addressing a poll rally here, Nadda also assailed the Lalu Prasad-led RJD, saying the party has a history of conducting "Tail Piyawan, Danda Bhanjan" rally, underlining its reputation of preferring muscle power to education. "These days even Tejashwi Yadav has started saying we will do this, we will do that. But who can trust you in an election?" he asked.
"Those who have done something good in the past will do so in the future. They (RJD) had in the past held 'Tel Piyawan, Danda Bhanjan' rally and in future too they will only wield lathis and do nothing else," Nadda wryly said.
Naddas reference to 'Tel Piyawan, Danda Bhanjan' (dipping lathis in oil and wielding them to assert power) was a throwback to an RJD rally in 2003, two years before the party was ousted from power in Bihar. READ ON...
Bihar polls: Our govt provided 600,000 jobs in 15 years, says Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that his government provided over 6 lakh jobs during its 15-year regime as compared to 95,000 people getting jobs during the RJD regime from 1990 to 2005.
"They (RJD) were in power for 15 years and Bihar and Jharkhand were one for 10 of these. Between 1990 and 2005, only 95,000 people were given jobs. In our administration, over 6 lakh jobs were given and besides this many others were enrolled in other services," Nitish Kumar said.
The Bihar CM further said that if voted to power, his government would install solar street lights in every village of the state.
"We have brought electricity to every house. If we are given a chance again, we will install solar street lights in every village. You can switch off your bulbs but the entire village will stay illuminated the entire night. It will be done by the state government," he said. READ ON...
Bihar polls 2020: Focus shifts to Seemanchal for second phase of elections
After completion of the first phase of elections in Bihar, the focus has now shifted to Seemanchal where elections for the second phase are scheduled to be held on November 3. Districts such as West Champaran, East Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Araria, Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar etc. fall under Seemanchal. Besides, elections for the second phase will also be held in districts like Samastipur, Patna, Vaishali and Muzaffarpur. Polling will done for 91 seats.
These elections hold great prominence for the political parties as districts like Kishanganj have over 60 per cent Muslim population followed by Araria with 45 per cent, Katihar with 40 per cent and Purnia with over 30 per cent. These four districts gives stability to Mahagathbandhan rather than NDA because of its secular image.
Leaders like Tariq Anwar of Congress, Asrarul Haque and Shahnawaz Hussain are prominent political figures in the region who are responsible for polarisation of votes. The supporters of late bahubali leader Mohammed Taslimuddin also have great influence on voters, especially in Kishanganj. READ ON...
Shouldn't Nitish Kumar speak on issues of unemployment, migration: Tejashwi Yadav
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Friday asked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to speak on issues of unemployment and migration.
In a tweet in Hindi, Tejashwi Yadav said, "Respected Nitishji accepts that in 15 years of his government he has destroyed education, health and industries of the state. He also ruined the present and future of two generations. This is the reason why he does not speak anything about unemployment, jobs industries, investment and migration. Shouldn't he speak on these issues ?"
On October 27, Tejashwi Yadav had said that by commenting on my family, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is targeting Prime Minister Modi and moreover he can only indulge in abusing me but he won't speak on the real issues like inflation and corruption that affects people.
"By commenting on my family, Nitish Kumar is targeting PM Modi as he also has 6 siblings. Using such language, Nitish Kumar has insulted women and my mother's sentiments. They don't speak on main issues including inflation, corruption, unemployment etc, he can only abuse us," said Yadav reacting to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's 'nine children' jibe at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. READ ON...
Bihar Phase-II polls: Retaining seats challenging task for RJD, JD-U
With the second phase of Bihar Assembly elections slated to be held next week in 94 segments, both the ruling Janata Dal-United of the National Democratic Alliance and the opposition RJD of the Grand Alliance will have to sweat it out as they face a tough battle to retain their respective seats.
Elections for 243 Assembly seats were slated to be held in three phases. Polling for 71 seats has already taken place on October 28. Voting for 94 seats will be done on November 3 and the remaining 78 seats on November 7. The results will be announced on November 10, according to an IANS report.
The RJD has fielded 56 candidates in the second phase of elections, wherein it is in direct contest with the BJP on 27 seats and with the ally turned foe JD-U on 25 seats. The BJP is contesting 46 seats and the JD-U 43 seats.
The prestige of 27 MLAs of the Grand Alliance is on stake in the November 3 elections.
Shiv Sena, Congress attack BJP for 'silence' over Munger firing
The Shiv Sena on Friday hit out at the BJP for its "silence" on the firing on people during Durga idol immersion in Munger in Bihar, where the latter is in power along with the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U). The Sena, in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', said the BJP was, however, quick to pounce on and "communalise" the killing of two sadhus by a mob in Palghar district of Maharashtra in April this year.
One person was killed and over two dozen people, including security personnel, injured in firing and stone- pelting during goddess Durga idol immersion late Monday night in Munger's Deen Dayal Upadhyay Chowk.
"If this incident had happened in Maharashtra or West Bengal (opposition ruled states), the BJP would have raised a hue and cry. Why are those who tried to communalise the Palghar lynching quiet over Munger?" the editorial asked.
Politics underway on Munger incident as election heat takes over
It won't be right to comment on Munger firing incident before the findings of the probe are out. But Bihar govt has taken swift action into the incident & is doing what is required: Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi on Munger firing incident
Reservation should be proportionate to population, says Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that reservation should be proportionate to population. Speaking at a public rally on Thursday, Kumar said, "As far as the question of population is concerned, that is decided only after the census and that decision is not in our hands. We would like to say that reservation should be proportionate to the population, there is no second opinion about it." "You have given us the chance to work in the past and if you give the same in future, we will continue to work. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working for the whole country and is providing special assistance for the development of Bihar," he added.
Watch | Nitish Kumar slam RJD over its 15 years of misgovernance
पहले शहरों में भी बिजली नहीं मिलती थी। हमने लालटेन के युग को खत्म कर हर घर में विकास की रोशनी पहुंचाई है। pic.twitter.com/yez8IBMCco
RJD CM candidate Tejaswi Yadav on Friday attacked Nitish Kumar and asked him to speak on issues of health, migration, jobs, unemployment.
आदरणीय नीतीश जी मानते है कि उन्होंने बिहार में 15 वर्ष के शासनकाल में शिक्षा,स्वास्थ्य,उद्योग चौपट करने के साथ-2 दो पीढ़ियों का वर्तमान और भविष्य बर्बाद किया है इसलिए वो बेरोजगारी, नौकरी, कारख़ाने,निवेश और पलायन पर कभी कुछ नहीं बोलते।
Our govt provided 6 lakh jobs in 15 years: Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that his government provided over 6 lakh jobs during its 15-year regime as compared to 95,000 people getting jobs during the RJD regime from 1990 to 2005. "They (RJD) were in power for 15 years and Bihar and Jharkhand were one for 10 of these. Between 1990 and 2005, only 95,000 people were given jobs. In our administration, over 6 lakh jobs were given and besides this many others were enrolled in other services," Nitish Kumar said. The Bihar CM further said that if voted to power, his government would install solar street lights in every village of the state.
Rajnath Singh to campaign for BJP in Bihar today
Focus shifts to Seemanchal for second phase of elections
Districts such as West Champaran, East Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Araria, Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar etc. fall under Seemanchal. Besides, elections for the second phase will also be held in districts like Samastipur, Patna, Vaishali and Muzaffarpur. Polling will done for 91 seats. These elections hold great prominence for the political parties as districts like Kishanganj have over 60 per cent Muslim population followed by Araria with 45 per cent, Katihar with 40 per cent and Purnia with over 30 per cent. These four districts gives stability to Mahagathbandhan rather than NDA because of its secular image.
55.69% final voter turnout recorded in first phase of Bihar assembly elections: EC
The first phase of the Assembly elections in Bihar recorded 55.69 per cent voter turnout, the Election Commission said on Thursday. A total of 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar went to polls on Wednesday in the first of the three-phase elections amid tight security and with COVID-19 guidelines in place.
As compared to corresponding assembly constituencies which went to poll in the 2015 assembly elections and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the turnout this time was higher. In the 2015 assembly elections, the turnout was 54.94 per cent in the corresponding constituencies. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls -- with the same assembly seats mapped to parliamentary seats -- the turnout was 53.54 per cent.
"So turnout in phase one is higher than both the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections," a spokesperson said.
55.69% final voter turnout recorded in first phase of Bihar assembly elections yesterday: EC
Voter turnout in the first phase of 2015 Bihar assembly elections was 54.94%. 53.54% voter turnout was recorded in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. So, the voter turnout in Phase 1 of assembly elections this year is higher than both assembly and Lok Sabha elections: ECI https://t.co/fnSLpNAzn9
BJP's dream of expanding footprints in eastern India will be ended in Bihar Elections 2020: Sachin Pilot
Terrorism wiped out from Kashmir, now it s turn of Naxalism from entire country: Yogi Adityanath
After ending terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, it's time to wipe out Naxalism from across the country, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said here Thursday. In the ongoing Bihar polls, he attacked the opposition Grand Alliance for allegedly trying to bring "jungle raj" in the state once again.
Addressing an election rally at Daraunda here, the BJP star campaigner mentioned the beginning of construction of a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya, enactment of a law against instant triple talaq and abrogation of provision of Article 370.
Coming back to Bihar, he said "Who had created the jungle raj situation? These casteist and nepotistic forces have to be defeated".
Rivals describe the RJD's 15 years rule in Bihar from 1990 to 2005 as "jungle raj" for bad law and order situation. Siwan was firmly in control of muscleman-politician Mohd Shahabuddin during the RJD rule.
Bihar Police conducts flag march against vandalisation of SDO, SP office in Munger
The Bihar Police conducted a flag march in Munger on Thursday after a mob vandalised the office of Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) and Superintendent of Police (SP) while protesting against a man's death during Durga idol immersion clashes on October 26. A man was shot during the Durga idol immersion ceremony in Munger after clashes broke out due to the slow pace of the procession.
"Munger incident is under investigation. Clashes erupted due to the pace of idol immersion," Jitendra Kumar, Additional Director General of Police, said.
"Prima facie, it seems that someone from within the crowd shot the bullet but I will request everyone to wait for further investigation in the matter before arriving at any conclusion," he added.
Earlier today, the Election Commission of India (ECI) ordered the immediate removal of SP and District Magistrate (DM) of Munger over arson in the district of poll-bound Bihar. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident by Asangba Chuba AO, Divisional Commissioner, Magadh that has to be completed with the next seven days. New District Magistrate and the SP will be posted in Munger today itself.
Bihar election 2020 LIVE: EC orders removal of SP, DM of Munger over arson
The Election Commission Thursday ordered immediate removal of the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Munger over violence during goddess Durga idol immersion that had left one dead and scores injured, officials said. The poll panel has also ordered inquiry into the entire incident by Magadh Divisional Commissioner Asangba Chuba Ao, an election commission statement said. The probe has to be completed within a week.
Rajesh Meena is District Magistrate and Lipi Singh is SP of Munger. The EC statement said Munger will get a new DM and a Superintendent of Police Thursday itself.
One person was killed and over two dozen others, including security personnel, were injured in firing and stone-pelting during goddess Durga idol immersion late Monday night. Meanwhile, Munger witnessed violent protest Thursday too when agitators ransacked the SP office and torched a police outpost over the Monday incident. The office of Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) was also allegedly targeted by the protestors, PTI reported.
Bihar Police conduct flag march in Munger after a mob vandalised SDO & SP office
Bihar: Police conduct flag march in Munger after a mob vandalised SDO & SP office while protesting against man's death during Durga idol immersion clashes.
Choosing PM Modi changed nature of Indian politics: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Bihar
Fifteen years ago, some people had put Bihar in an identity crisis but choosing Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the nature of Indian politics, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday.
"Fifteen years ago, some people put Bihar in an identity crisis. Recall their 'jungle raj' when corruption was rampant...6 years ago, choosing PM Modi changed the nature of Indian politics. Now, no poor has religion or caste. Development is for all," said Yogi in Siwan.
"People of Bihar stepped out amid COVID-19 pandemic to vote and I would like to thank all of you for that. I would like to thank PM Modi who announced 'gareeb kalyan package' for the welfare of poor people," he added.
Election Commission of India orders immediate removal of SP & DM of Munger
Election Commission of India (ECI) orders immediate removal of SP & DM of Munger. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident by Asangba Chuba Ao, Divisional Commissioner, Magadh that has to be completed with the next seven days. New DM & SP to be posted in Munger today itself. https://t.co/hQicA6zArM
Rahul Gandhi has no political 'aukaat' left, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, saying that the latter does not have a political stature now and nobody takes him seriously.
Prasad's comment comes after the Congress leader, during his rally in Valmiki Nagar earlier today, had said effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were burnt on Dussehra instead of Raavan's.
"Rahul Gandhi ki rajnitik aukat itni bhi nahi bachi hai, woh roz kuch na kuch ul jalool bolte hai. Nobody takes him seriously. He was the president of the Congress party. Is this how he should speak? This shows how desperate the Congress is. When results will be out, you'll see what is the condition of the party," Prasad said during a press conference. Read on...
Bihar election live: This time people voted for change & development, says Chirag Paswan
This time people voted for change & development. The feedback I am getting from my party candidates & workers clearly indicates that CM Nitish Kumar won't be able to retain his position after November 10. BJP-LJP will form a new government in Bihar: Chirag Paswan, LJP
Bihar records 53.54% polling in first phase: State Chief Electoral Officer
Bihar recorded a 53.54 per cent polling in the first phase of assembly polls on Wednesday, according to a release by the Chief Electoral Officer Bihar. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora earlier addressed a press conference here and said the final figures will come later on the basis of all the votes cast by the electorate.
"Till 5 pm the voter turnout in Bihar phase one election was 52.24 per cent. In 2015 elections, Phase one turnout was 54.94 per cent and in Lok Sabha elections it was 53.54 per cent. The voting is still underway in some places and the final figures will be out soon," Arora said.
The CEC said 12 out of the 16 districts where polling was held are affected by left Wing Extremism (LWE). He said that the polling time had to be extended in 12 polling stations owing to the late start of the process. He thanked the voters, political parties and the local administration for the smooth conduct of elections.
Rahul Gandhi throws 'chai, pakoda' jibes at PM Modi at Bihar election rallies
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, throwing at him "chai and pakoda" jibes and accusing him of "not talking about" issues confronting India such as unemployment but speaking only about other countries.
On his second round of campaign in the ongoing state elections, Gandhi addressed two back to back rallies -- one at Valmiki Nagar in West Champaran and the other at Kusheswar Asthan in Darbhanga -- and also assailed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the issues of unemployment, migration and poverty.
At his first rally at Valmiki Nagar, the former Congress president once again criticised the three farm laws, the governments handling of the migrant crisis and demonetisation, and alleged Modi and Nitish "control the media". Gandhi said angry farmers in Punjab burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Modi on the occasion of Dusshera which "pained" him.
52.24% voter turnout till 5 pm in Phase I of Bihar assembly polls, says CEC Sunil Arora
The voter turnout in the phase one of Bihar assembly polls was 52.24 per cent till 5 pm, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said on Wednesday. In a break from the past, the CEC attended the poll panel briefing here and made opening remarks. In the 2015 assembly polls, the turnout in the phase one was 54.94 per cent, he said. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the corresponding turnout was 53.54 per cent, he said.
A total of 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar went for polls on Wednesday in the first phase of three-phase elections amid tight security and with COVID-19 guidelines in place.
The polling began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm. Of the nearly 2.15 crore electors eligible to exercise the franchise, 1.12 crore are male, 1.01 crore female and 599 are categorised as third gender, according to data provided by the Election Commission.
Bihar polls: DM asks RO to enquire after BJP minister wears mask with party symbol to polling booth
Bihar Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar on Wednesday arrived at a polling booth in Gaya to cast his vote wearing a mask with his party's symbol printed on it. Prem Kumar rode a cycle on his way to the polling booth.
District Magistrate Gaya has taken suo moto cognizance after media showed visuals of Minister Prem Kumar at the polling booth wearing the BJP symbol. The DM has asked the Returning Officer to enquire. If found to be true, the Returning Officer will be filing an FIR for violating the model code of conduct against Prem Kumar under Kotwali police station.
Over 48 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 5 pm in the first phase of Bihar Assembly polls on Wednesday. The Election Commission (EC) informed that in 31,371 polling stations in Bihar, 41,689 ballot units, 31,371 control units and 31,371 VVPATs have been deployed. Polling for the second phase to take place on November 3 and for the third phase on November 7. The counting of votes will be done on November 10.
Assembly Election 2020 LIVE: Bihar sees 51.90% turnout till 5 pm
Bihar saw 51.90 per cent voter turnout till 5.30 pm in the first phase of assembly polls on Wednesday. According to Election Commission data, the highest turnout was in Jamui district at 57.41 per cent followed by Kaimur at 55.95 per cent and Lakhisarai at 55.44 per cent. The polling percentage was 52.16 per cent in Bhagalpur, 54.71 per cent in Gaya 49.39 per cent in Rohtas and 53.84 per cent in Buxar, caccording to a PTI report.
Munger (43.64 per cent) recorded the lowest voter turnout till as per data from the Election Commission's Voter Turnout app.
Bihar is witnessing a keen contest between the ruling JDU-BJP alliance, grand alliance (RJD, Congress and others), third front with RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha as its chief ministerial candidate and Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which is eying the role of a kingmaker in case of a hung Assembly. Elections will decide if Nitish Kumar will win a fourth term as Chief Minister.
Voting began in 71 constituencies spread across 16 districts in the first phase of polls at 7 am. This is the first election in the country being held amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Modi will make Bihar 'developed' state if people vote NDA to power: CM Nitish Kumar
Bringing the 'Modi factor' to the fore of the poll campaign, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday devoted his speech at a BJP rally here to development works undertaken by the prime minister for Bihar and said Narendra Modi will make it a "developed" state if the ruling NDA is voted back to power. Lavishing praise on Modi, Kumar referred to a slew of projects to assert that the people of Bihar can never forget what he has done for the state.
"Listening to his (Modi's) appeal, if you give the NDA one more chance to work in the state, then you take it for sure that he will transform it into a developed state. Bihar with march ahead," he said.
Locked in a keen electoral battle with the RJD-led opposition amid a perceived anti-incumbency against Kumar's nearly 15-year tenure as chief minister, the National Democratic Alliance is banking strongly on the 'Modi factor' to help it romp home.
Small shopkeepers, youths, farmers angry with Modi and Nitish: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said there was anger among small shopkeepers, youths, farmers and labourers against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the national level and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar. Addressing his second poll rally of the day at Kusheswar Asthan in Darbhanga, the former Congress president also said it was sad that Prime Minister Modis effigy was burnt in Punjab on the occasion of Dusshera.
"You didnt get to see it perhaps because Nitishji and Modiji control the media," he alleged.
He said the people of Bihar gave 15 years to Nitish Kumar as chief minister and six years to Modi as Prime Minister yet "Bihar is the poorest state". He said the ongoing elections in Bihar was about the states future and if the Congress comes to power with its Grand Alliance partners it will be the government of all castes and religions.
हम सरकार चलाना जानते हैं,
आपके मन की बात जानते हैं,
हाँ, हम झूठ बोलना नहीं जानते,
ना कभी सीखेंगे!
Bihar records 46.29% turnout till 3 PM in first phase of assembly polls
Over 46 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 3 PM in the first phase of Bihar assembly polls on Wednesday, the Election Commission said in its provisional data. A total of 71 assembly segments of the state's 243 constituencies are voting in the first phase in which nearly 2.15 crore voters will decide the electoral fate of over 1,000 candidates.
With the progress of time, voters turnout at booths has been increasing at several places notwithstanding raging coronavirus cases in the state. As per the provisional voter turnout data updated by the Election Commission at 3 PM, 46.29 per cent of the total electorates have exercised their franchise.
The 71 constituencies are spread across 16 districts. The maximum 49.84 per cent turnout has been recorded in Lakhisarai, followed by Buxar (48.91 per cent), Kaimur (49.26 per cent), Banka (47.44 per cent), Patna (45.77 per cent) and Bhagalpur (45.51 per cent) among others.
Prime Minister's effigies burnt on Dussehra, not of 'Ravan': Rahul Gandhi
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were burnt in Punjab on Dussehra, and not that of 'Ravan'. He said that burning the effigy of the Prime Minister was sad, but the youth are angry with him.
Addressing an election meeting in Valmikinagar, Rahul praised Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, while targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Rahul said that the goal of lockdown and demonetisation was the same. He said that in demonetisation, Modi took money out of your pocket and gave it to five big industrialists of the country and during the lockdown the business of small and medium scale businessmen came to a halt while the debts of the industrialists were waived.
Raising the issue of the new agricultural laws, Rahul said that effigies of 'Ravan' are usually burnt on Dussehra, but this time in Punjab the effigies of the Prime Minister and industrialists were burnt. He said, "It is sad, but it is happening because the farmer is upset, the youth is angry."
Bihar Polls: 'Darkness of lantern era over', PM Narendra Modi to cheering Patna crowd
Prime Minister Narendra Modi raked up Bihar's past to project its future in his Patna rally, which was his third on Wednesday. He said, the days of the lantern were over, referring to better electric supply, as part of his 'vikas' agenda; at a metaphoric level, it was also a political dig, given the main opposition RJD's electoral symbol is a lantern.
"Atal ji(former Prime Minister) used to say that in Bihar in-bound supply of electricity is less while it vanishes more. The darkness of the lantern era is now over. Bihar's aspirations now are of continued electricity supply, of LED bulbs," said Modi sharing the stage with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the crowd cheered for the PM and chanted his name.
This is not the first time he used the phrase 'era of lantern'. Earlier, at a rally in Sasaram, the PM, in what seemed to be an effort to introduce first-time voters of Bihar to a bygone era, had said, "The need for lanterns in today's Bihar is over. Today every poor household in Bihar has an electricity connection, there is light."
The strategy of PM's speeches today has been simple - highlight Bihar's past to question Bihar's future.
PM does not talk about unemployment in his speeches: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he talks about other countries in his speeches but not about the problems facing India such as unemployment. Gandhi, who arrived in West Champaran district for his second round of campaigning in the ongoing state elections, also attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over unemployment and the issue of migration.
Addressing his rally at Valmiki Nagar, the former Congress president said he was pained to see that Prime Minister Modis effigy was burnt in Punjab on the occasion of Dusshera, and added that it reflected the "anger" of youths and farmers.
"Youths and farmers of Punjab and Bihar and youths of Uttar Pradesh are angry that our PM keeps making speeches with Bihar Chief Minister and talks about other countries, but not the problems confronting our country such as unemployment," he said. READ ON...
Like you saved yourself from Covid-19 with mask, vote to save Bihar from becoming 'bimar': PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that just like the people of the state can save themselves from COVID-19 with a mask, similarly with a single vote they can save Bihar from becoming "bimar" (sick).
"Just like you can save your self from COVID-19 with a mask, similarly with a single vote you can save Bihar from becoming 'bimar'," said PM Modi while addressing a public rally in Patna.
"In the last decade and a half, Bihar has strongly stepped up the move from misrule to good governance under the leadership of Nitishji. Due to the efforts of the NDA government, Bihar has come a long way from inconvenience to convenience, from darkness to light, from distrust to trust, from kidnapping of industries to opportunities,"
The Prime Minister further said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to say that the definition of electricity in Bihar is that the connection here is mostly out of the place. The darkness of the lantern period has now ended in the state, he added.
Assembly elections: 33.1 % voting in Bihar till 1 pm
After a sluggish start, people are coming out to vote in 16 districts of Bihar for the first phase of Assembly elections.
As per trends till 1 pm, the Election Commission has registered 33.1 percent votes in these districts with the maximum 40.16 percent reported from Lakhisarai followed by 38.08 percent in Nawada, and 34.76 per cent in Buxar.
The voting percentage in other districts such as Bhagalpur was 34.34, Banka 33.11, Munger 31.84, Shekhpura 29.49, Patna 34.74, Bhojpur 32.15, Kaimur 34.75, Rohtas 30.26, Arwal 30.55, Jahanabad 32.32, Aurangabad 33.32, Gaya 32.90 and Jamui is 31.37 percent.
Voting for 71 seats is underway and 1066 candidates of different political parties are contesting in the first phase.
Party which closed down industries in Bihar, now promising development: PM Modi
In an apparent attack on Mahagathbandhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said those who are promising development of the State are the ones who have earned the bad name for closing down industries in Bihar.
"What to talk of government jobs even the private companies will flee the state if they come to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he sharpened the attack on Opposition. "The party which is infamous for closing down industries of Bihar, from whom investors maintained distance, is today promising development to the state's people," said PM Modi while addressing a rally in Muzzafarpur.
Listing out some of the key achievements of his government and reminding the people of the "jungle raj" given by the RJD, he said, "NDA Government is investing in infrastructure, is emphasizing on developing better facilities near the villages and the people of Bihar will also get the benefits of these initiatives. For this, a special fund of Rs 1 lakh crore has been created. Remember the party that created chaos in Bihar and gave misrule, are again looking for an opportunity here."
Bihar Polls: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Patna
Bihar polls 2020: PM Narendra Modi invokes Ram Mandir in the land of Sita
As the first phase of voting was underway in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday raised the Ram Mandir issue in his rally in Darbhanga. He also reminded the people of the 'Jungle Raj' during the erstwhile Rashtriya Janata Dal's 15-year-rule.
"A grand Ram Temple is being built in Ayodhya... but those political forces who used to question us on the date (of when the temple construction will begin) are now forced to applaud... This is the identity of the BJP and the NDA, we do what we promise," Modi said while referring to Sita's connection with the Mithila region of which Darbhanga is a part.
Raising a finger at the RJD, without referring to it, over the law and order issue, the Prime Minister said, "The people of Bihar have resolved to again defeat those who introduced the 'jungle raj' in the state and looted Bihar. Crime was rampant in the state under them." He said that those who ruled Bihar in the past had special 'love' for the word 'commission' and alleged that bribe was the norm while schemes were not implemented. He recalled the example of the Kosi Setu that connected Mithilanchal.
Bihar election 2020 LIVE updates: FIR against BJP’s Prem Kumar for MCC violation
Returning Officer to file an FIR against Bihar Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar for violation of the model code of conduct. Kumar was wearing a mask with his party's symbol at polling booth.
Bihar election 2020: Modi addresses rally at Muzaffarpur
BJP candidate from Jamui constituency and Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning shooter Shreyasi Singh voted at a polling booth in Naya Gaon area of the district.
Know about Shreyasi Singh
Shreyasi Singh is the daughter of former union minister and Lok Sabha MP, Digvijay Singh, who died in 2010. She has joined the BJP recently in the presence of party leader Bhupendra Yadav on October 4.
Bihar election 2020 LIVE updates: Voting underway in Sasaram
Bihar: Voting underway in Sasaram for the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections.
Visuals of voters undergoing temperature check & hand-sanitisation in a polling booth decorated with balloons pic.twitter.com/BMMNL7n0XU
Bihar election 2020 LIVE updates: Your one vote will keep Bihar out of fear and corruption, tweets Amit Shah
"I appeal to all the voters of Bihar in the first phase to vote in maximum numbers. Your one vote will keep Bihar out of fear and corruption and keep it on the path of development and progress," Amit Shah tweeted.
बिहार के प्रथम चरण के सभी मतदाताओं से अपील करता हूँ कि अधिक से अधिक संख्या में मतदान करें।
आपका एक वोट बिहार को भय और भ्रष्टाचार से दूर रख विकास और प्रगति के पथ पर अग्रसर रखेगा।
Bihar election LIVE updates: Remove DSP, SP and order a high court-monitored probe, says Tejashwi Yadav on Munger incident
Congress and RJD, alliance partners in Bihar, have compared the Munger incident to General Dyer moment. "This is not a normal incident. We need a high court-monitored probe. Remove the DSP and SP," Tejaswi Yadav said
Bihar election 2020 LIVE updates: JD(U) urges people to vote for development
Bihar election 2020 LIVE updates: Voters of Balgudar village in Lakhisarai district boycott elections, here why
"Villagers are not voting as they're protesting against the construction of a museum on a playground," says Booth No. 115 Presiding Officer Mohammad Ikramul Haq
Bihar Election 2020 LIVE updates: Tejashwi Yadav calls for high court-monitored probe in Munger incident
Congress and RJD compare the Munger incident to General Dyer moment. "This is not a normal incident. We need a high court-monitored probe. Remove the DSP and SP," Tejaswi Yadav said on Munger incident.
What happened in Munger
Late Monday night, a clash broke out between devotees and police over a delay in the immersion of idols in the Ganga, leading to lathicharge, stone-pelting and firing at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Chowk. Poddar’s son, Anupam (22), was killed in the firing, which left seven others injured. A video showed a procession breaking up, a section running away and police raining blows with their lathis on devotees seated around the idol.
Bihar election 2020 LIVE: JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha says Chirag Paswan is Tejashwi Yadav's B team
It has been proved that Chirag Paswan is Tejashwi Yadav's B team. To help Tejashwi, this entire game is being played. Chirag Paswan has failed in 'Reel' life as well as in his real life: JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha
Bihar Assembly Election 2020 LIVE updates | State minister Prem Kumar rides a cycle on his way to the polling booth
Bihar election 2020 LIVE: 6.74% voter turnout recorded till 9am in the 71 seats voting in phase 1
Least turnout in Bhagalpur (3.20%), highest in Aurangabad (11.47%) as of 9 am.
Bihar election LIVE updates: 8 ministers in fray in first phase of Bihar assembly election
The fate of eight ministers of the Nitish Kumar cabinet will be decided today. Four ministers each are from the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which form the major coalition partners of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) this time.
Bihar election 2020: Rahul Gandhi to address two poll rallies in Bihar today
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will on Wednesday address two rallies in Pashchim Champaran's Valmikinagar and Kusheshwar Asthan in Darbhanga district for the second phase of state assembly polls.
For justice, employment, your vote only for Mahagathbandhan: Rahul Gandhi to Bihar voters
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urges voters to cast their votes in favour of the 'Mahagathbandhan' for "justice, employment and farmers-workers".
"This time for justice, employment, farmers-workers, your vote should be only for 'Mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance)," Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
"Good wishes to all of you on the first phase of Bihar elections," he tweeted with the hashtag in Hindi 'Aaj Badlega Bihar'.
Bihar election 2020: Voters queue up at polling booth number 219 in Aurangabad
One dead, over 24 injured in firing, stone-pelting during Durga idol immersion in Bihar's Munger
One person was killed and over two dozen people, including security personnel, were injured in firing and stone-pelting during goddess Durga idol immersion in Munger, police said on Tuesday, a day before the first phase of polling in the district and some other parts of the state.
The police said the incident happened late Monday night at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Chowk under the Kotwali Police Station limits of the city.
While people alleged the young man, who was in his early 20s, died in police firing, the administration said he was hit by a bullet fired by somebody from among the crowd.
Coming on the eve of polling in the first phase of Assembly elections, the incident drew political reactions with LJP president Chirag Paswan demanding strong action against Superintendent of Police Lipi Singh.
मुंगेर पुलिस के ऊपर 302 का मुक़दमा दर्ज होना चाहिए।श्रद्धालुओं को गोली मारना नीतीश के तालिबानी शासन को दिखाता है।स्थानीय एस॰पी॰ को तत्काल सस्पेंड कर 302 के तहत एफ़॰आई॰आर॰ दर्ज करवाए नीतीश कुमार जी।मृतक के परिवार को 50 लाख रुपए और एक सरकारी नौकरी दे सरकार। #शर्मनाकनीतीश
I appeal to all voters to participate in this festival of democracy while taking precautions against coronavirus, tweets BJP President JP Nadda
बिहार विधानसभा चुनावों के लिए आज पहले चरण का मतदान हो रहा है।
आप का मत ही लोकतंत्र में आपकी सबसे सबसे बड़ी ताक़त है। मेरा सभी मतदाताओं से अनुरोध है कि कोविड सम्बन्धी सावधानियों का ध्यान रखते हुए लोकतंत्र के इस महापर्व में जरूर हिस्सा लें।
Bihar assembly elections 2020: Major issues affecting the electorate
Scores of labourers from Bihar had to traverse back to their native places after the nationwide lockdown, which was imposed in March end in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, halted all economic activities.
Bihar supplies one of the largest labour forces to most parts of the country. Lack of economic development in the state has forced generations of labourers of the state to seek work outside.
However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the labourers are now wary of going back to the states, where they were working, even as the lockdown has been eased. They are now demanding jobs from the state government. Coming at a time when the state is going for polls, the migrants' issue is going to be a big factor.
Bihar elections 2020: 502 candidates face criminal charges in phase 2
As political parties gear up for the second phase of the Bihar elections, a report by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) revealed that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has fielded the maximum number of tainted candidates in the second phase of elections. Read on...
Jamui Assembly constituency: BJP has fielded Shreyasi Singh, a national shooter
Among other seats going to polls in the first phase is Jamui Assembly constituency where BJP fielded Shreyasi Singh, a national shooter and the daughter of former Union minister Digvijay Singh.
Bihar Assembly elections 2020: Former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi is contesting from Imamganj
Former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi is contesting from Imamganj Assembly constituency where the RJD has pitted former Speaker of Bihar Assembly Uday Narayan Chaudhary.
Bihar polls: People of Bihar should vote to bring in change, says Tejashwi Yadav
Prior to the start of the first phase of Bihar elections, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav said that people should vote to bring in a change.
"Elections are democracy's festivals. The first phase of the election is going to begin in some time. I want to say to the people of Bihar to use their vote to ring in a change in this election," Tejashwi Yadav said.
"For 15 years, the incumbent government kept the youth unemployed, worsened the situation of farmers and labourers. They were not able to establish one industry in the state. Poverty was not removed and the situation of education and healthcare worsened in the state," he added.
Tejashwi Yadav said that the biggest issue in this election is unemployment.
"The biggest issue in this Bihar election is unemployment. Nitish Ji has just ignored the problems of flood, Japanese encephalitis and other problems of the people. I would appeal to the first time voters to vote for a glorious future," he said.
Bihar: What is at stake for Modi in the first election after Covid-19?
The election is the first test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party since the Covid-19 pandemic struck. A strict nationwide lockdown has resulted in the country’s worst economic downturn in decades and both unemployment and virus infections have soared. India trails only the U.S. as the nation with the most highest case tally. Read on...
Bihar election Phase 1: Under our govt, Bihar's youth will enjoy 85% reservation in jobs, says Tejashwi
A day before the polls, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav said that almost 85 per cent of jobs in the government sector will be reserved for local youth in Bihar if his party is voted into power.
"The young residents of the state will get the benefit of atleast 85 per cent reservation in vacancies in the state. They will also be able to avail free forms for all vacancies," Yadav said, speaking at the 'Naaukri Samvaad'.
Bihar elections LIVE: Voting for the first phase underway
Bihar election LIVE: Preparations underway at a polling station in Munger
Bihar election 2020 LIVE: Appeal to people of Bihar to exercise their right to vote, says Tejashwi Yadav