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Bihar Elections 2020 LIVE Updates: Lalu Gets Bail in Fodder Scam Case, But to Stay in Jail; Paswan's Demise Injects More Uncertainty to Polls | October 9, 2020, 15:25 IST
Bihar Elections 2020 LIVE Updates: Weeks before Bihar polls, fodder scam convict and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has been granted bail in the Chaibasa treasury case. The case involves fraudulent withdrawals amounting to Rs 33.67 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in undivided Bihar, when Lalu Prasad was the chief minister. The RJD chief, however, will have to remain in jail as he is serving time in another case related to Dumka treasury.

Exactly 20 days before elections, LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan’s death has cast a pall of gloom in the state, with the potential to impact the outcome of the elections which is son and party president Chirag Paswan is fighting solo after an ugly break with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).
Oct 9, 2020 15:25 (IST)

However, new entrants like Chandrika Roy and Jaivardhan Yadav alias 'Bachcha' give a clearer idea of the game plan of Kumar, against whom the RJD has been trying tocreate, with little success, a wave of resentment over the betrayal of mandate a reference to the JD(U) boss winning the 2015 polls in alliance with the RJD but changing course midway and returning to the NDA. Roy, who has been fielded from his pocket borough Parsa, is the father of Aishwarya Roy, who got married to the RJD supremos elder son Tej Pratap Yadav in 2018 but was abandoned by her husband barely six months after tying the knot.

Oct 9, 2020 15:07 (IST)

Even more conspicuous is the candidature of 19Yadavs, numerically the largest caste group in Bihar who have,by and large, stood rock solid behind the RJD. Yadav candidates like sitting MLAs Bijendra PrasadYadav and Poonam Yadav are old JD(U) hands.

Oct 9, 2020 14:52 (IST)

The EBCs, numerically large but disorganised, have found a pride of place in the list, with 19 candidates drawn from this social segment, nurtured over the years by Kumar asa bulwark against the RJD. Kumar, as part of his social engineering, zealously courted them through welfare measures like sub-quotas forthem in government jobs in an attempt to make inroads into RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's once solid OBC support base. For years the OBCs had almost voted for the RJD en bloc before Kumar parted ways with the Yadav chieftain.

Oct 9, 2020 14:40 (IST)

In accordance with the seat-sharing formula for the243-member assembly, the JD(U) has got 122 seats but is contesting only 115, leaving the remaining seven for the Hindustani Awam Morcha of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who is back in the NDA.

Oct 9, 2020 14:40 (IST)

The list of JD(U) candidates for the Bihar assembly elections bears the unmistakable stamp of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has made a sagacious attempt to consolidate his extremely backward castes (EBC) support base while trying to make a dent into RJD's Muslim-Yadav combine. 

Oct 9, 2020 12:54 (IST)

The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi headed AIMIM yesterday announced a new front of six parties for the Bihar polls whose chief ministerial candidate will be Upendra Kushwaha. Addressing a press conference in the presence of Owaisi, Kushwaha said the new grouping is named "Grand Democratic Secular Front" whose convenor will be former union minister Devendra Prasad Yadav.

Oct 9, 2020 12:13 (IST)

Satya Prakash Singh's joining comes a day after RJD gave nomination to Rama Singh's wife from Mahnar assembly seat in Vaishali district. Before his death on September 13, Raghuvansh Singh had strongly protested induction of Rama Singh, the muscleman- politician who had defeated him from Vaishali Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 on the LJP ticket.

Oct 9, 2020 12:13 (IST)

Raghuvansh Singh's Son Joins JD(U) Ahead Of Bihar Polls | Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh's son Satya Prakash Singh yesterday joined JD(U), a day after Lalu Prasad's party gave ticket to wife of don- turned-politician Rama Singh in the assembly elections. Satya Prakash Singh was admitted into JD(U) by its state unit president Basistha Narayan Singh at party headquarters.

Oct 9, 2020 12:10 (IST)

Oppn Slams Bihar Govt over Unemployment | Meanwhile, citing reports, the opposition in Bihar attacked the state government over the issue of migrant labourers who returned home during the lockdown and have been unemployed since then. 

Oct 9, 2020 12:07 (IST)

Lalu Yadav Gets Bail, But to Stay in Jail | Meanwhile, RJD supremo and former Chief Minister of Bihar, Lalu Yadav, gets bail in the Chaibasa Treasury case by the Jharkhand High Court. The case is related to the fodder scam. However, he will remain in jail as the Dumka treasury case is still pending.

Oct 9, 2020 12:05 (IST)

Rebel in BJP | BJP workers are reportedly upset over the seat-sharing deal with the JD(U) for the upcoming Bihar Assembly Elections. According to the deal, JD(U) get seven out of 10 seats in Samastipur District. The miffed workers are now planning to file independent candidate from the Samastipur seat. 

Bihar Elections 2020 LIVE Updates: Lalu Gets Bail in Fodder Scam Case, But to Stay in Jail; Paswan's Demise Injects More Uncertainty to Polls
File photo of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. (PTI)

Bihar assembly elections 2020 would be held in three phases for a total of 243 seats. In the first phase, polling would be held for 71 seats. In the second phase, election would be held for 94 seats on 3 November 3, and the third and final phase on November 7 would witness voting for 78 seats. The Bihar election results would be announced on November 10.

The death of 74-year-old Ram Vilas Paswan, who was identified with the state's Dalits for over five decades, so near the polls will mean that none of the LJP's rivals will like to attack the party and its young president strongly.

The LJP has been projecting itself as a post-poll BJP ally and a strong supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while training its guns on the JD(U), the saffron party's ally in the three phase elections starting from October 28.

The JD(U) and the BJP had announced that they will fight on 122 and 121 seats in the polls to the 243-seat assembly. The JD(U) has given seven of its seats to former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's party and the BJP has given eleven from its quota to Vikassheel Insaan Party. Since its founding in 2000, the LJP has contested the Bihar assembly twice without entering into an alliance with a bigger party and fetched more than 11 per cent votes on both occasions; in February and then in October of 2005.

The NDA and the opposition alliance of the RJD, Congress and the Left have been seen as the main challengers in the polls. The polls will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7, and the counting of votes is scheduled for November 10. Ram Vilas Paswan, one of the most prominent Dalit leaders of the country who had been a part of several governments headed by rival parties, died on Thursday at the age of 74.