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Bihar Election 2020, MP Bypolls Highlights: Cong Served Income Tax Notice After Sleuths Seize 10 Lakh in Cash Outside Party's Patna Office | October 22, 2020, 22:53 IST
Bihar Election 2020, MP Bypolls Highlights: The BJP today promised 19 lakh jobs and free croronavirus vaccination for all in its manifesto for the Bihar election starting next week. The BJP's 'Sankalp Patra' is the first to include a Covid-19 vaccine, which is still in the works. Launching the manifesto, Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: "As soon as Covid-19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto." She added, "GDP in Bihar has seen a sharp rise under NDA rule, it has grown from 3% to 11.3% in the state in the last 15 years of NDA government and not during the 15 years of jungle raj. It was made possible because our government gave priority to good governance for people." Sitharaman appealed to all the people of the state to vote for NDA and make it win. "Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Minister of Bihar for the next 5 years. Under his rule, Bihar will become a progressive & developed state of India," she said.

Earlier, former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad attacked his successor Nitish Kumar on Twitter today, accusing him of betraying the people of the state who gave him multiple chances. The attack came two days after Kumar mocked Tejashwi Yadavs promise of approving 10 lakh jobs if his party came to power, and asked will money for the purpose come from the jail or will it be done through fake notes. He highlighted dismal track record of the RJD's past government and appealed to the people not to get "misled" by their "pralobhan" (temptation). "These days many people are saying they will give this many jobs. But from where will they bring the money for the purpose? Will they bring it from the jail or will they do it through fake notes, Kumar wryly said, taking an oblique dig at RJD chief Lalu Prasad lodged in jail in Ranchi after conviction in fodder scam cases.
Oct 22, 2020 22:53 (IST)

READ | Seven Questions that the BJP's 'Free Vaccine for Bihar' Announcement Doesn't Answer

'Given Covid-19's impact that includes economic, and it being a Public Health Emergency, the government should make available the vaccine for free in the interest of public health.'

Oct 22, 2020 22:23 (IST)

READ | New Race Kicks Off in Poll-bound States as Free Covid-19 Vaccines Promised in Bihar, Tamil Nadu and MP

However, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, unlike his counterpart in Tamil Nadu and his party's offer for Bihar, has limited his promise for poor in the state.

Oct 22, 2020 21:43 (IST)

READ | Bihar Election 2020: RJD Says BJP Selling 'Fear of Disease & Death' With Free Covid-19 Vaccine Promise

RJD strongly criticised BJP's free Covid-19 vaccine move and said that the saffron party was politicising the distribution of vaccine to "sell fear of disease and death" in desperation.

Oct 22, 2020 21:28 (IST)

READ | JD(U) Manifesto 2020: Nitish Kumar Promises Jobs to Youth, Drinking Water & Electricity to Every Household

JD(U) manifesto also referred to poll promises made by the rival Grand Alliance, including approving 10 lakh jobs, and sought to know from where would they manage to get the money for it.

Oct 22, 2020 21:10 (IST)

Free of Cost Covid-19 Vaccine for People of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan | Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces that as and when a Covid-19 vaccine is ready, it will be made available for all people of the state free of cost.

Oct 22, 2020 20:54 (IST)

READ | 14 Ministers from Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cabinet in Fray Ahead of Upcoming MP Bypolls

Previously in 2018 State Assembly Polls, Chouhan's 13 ministers had lost their berths after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had fallen short of the majority mark and the Congress had come to power…

Oct 22, 2020 20:35 (IST)

WATCH | BJP leader Imarti Devi gets emotional as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recounts former Chief Minister Kamal Nath's remarks referring to her as "item".

Oct 22, 2020 20:24 (IST)

READ | 'Refer to Poll Schedule to Know when One Will Be Inoculated': Rahul on BJP's 'Free Vaccine' Promise

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday released the BJP manifesto for the Bihar assembly polls which promised free COVID-19 vaccine once it has been cleared by the ICMR.

Oct 22, 2020 20:11 (IST)

Shaktisinh Gohil Speaks on Notice by IT Officials | "They served notice after money was recovered from a vehicle outside the compound. No money recovered within the compound. We will cooperate. 22 kg gold, 2.5 kg silver was recovered from BJP candidate from Raxaul. Why is IT not going there?," ANI quotes Congress' Bihar in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil as saying. 

Oct 22, 2020 20:06 (IST)

IT Officials Arrive at Congress Office in Patna | A team of Income Tax officials arrived at Congress' office in Patna to serve a notice to them after money was recovered from a vehicle parked outside their compound. One person detained outside the campus of the office, after Rs 8.5 Lakhs was recovered from him.

Oct 22, 2020 19:48 (IST)

READ | Bihar Poll Temperature Set to Rise Further with Modi, Rahul Gandhi Campaigning on Friday

From ally JD(U), its head Nitish Kumar is addressing 4-5 public meetings daily and also addressing virtual rallies to reach out to maximum number of voters. In the opposition camp, RJD leader Tejashwi…

Oct 22, 2020 19:03 (IST)

READ | MP Bypolls: Shivraj Singh Chouhan to Move SC Against HC Order on Rallies, Cancel Meets in Gwalior-Chambal

Chief Minister called off his public meetings scheduled at Shadora in Ashoknagar and Barach in Bhander constituency of Datia.

Oct 22, 2020 18:47 (IST)

PM Modi to Begin Bihar Poll Campaign | Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his Bihar election campaig from tomorrow. He will address three rallies in the poll-bound state on Friday. The location and tentative timings of the rallies are:

Sasaram: 10:30 am
Gaya: 12:15 pm
Bhagalpur: 14:40 pm

Oct 22, 2020 18:44 (IST)

Harsimrat Kaur Badal Attacks BJP Over Free Vaccine Promise | Former Union minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal has lashed out at BJP for its free vaccine promise to the people of poll-bound Bihar. She says, "It’s the GoI's duty to vaccinate the entire country. Using this life saving vaccine as a tool for votes is totally unethical."

Oct 22, 2020 18:37 (IST)

READ | Every Third Candidate in Phase 1 of Bihar Polls a Crorepati, Anant Singh Has Maximum Assets

The report also observed that the average assets per candidate contesting in the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 in Phase I is Rs 1.99 Crores.

Oct 22, 2020 18:24 (IST)

IT Department Issues Notice to Bihar Congress | The Congress party gets notice from Income Tax Department in a matter related to a person who was caught allegedly with Rs 10 lakh in cash recently. He was caught by IT Department after he came to Congress office in Patna. This person in his statement before IT Department has said that the cash from Congress Office was supposed to be delivered to someone in Patna. IT Department has now issued notice for the same, asking the Congress about the source of funds and who in Congress gave cash to this individual. 

Oct 22, 2020 18:11 (IST)

READ | 'Ashamed of Their Parents': Ravi Shankar, Nitish Launch Personal Attack on Lalu Yadav's Family in Hasanpur

Ravi Shankar Prasad was addressing an election rally at Hasanpur, from where Tej Pratap is contesting the Bihar Assembly polls.

Oct 22, 2020 17:58 (IST)

READ | 'Aren't Free Shots Right of Every Indian?' Oppn Irked as BJP's Bihar Poll Manifesto Promises Free Covid-19 Vaccine

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that the vaccine should be made free for the entire country and not just Bihar.

Oct 22, 2020 17:48 (IST)

READ | After Mocking Tejashwi for Promising 10L Jobs in Bihar, BJP Promises Almost Double the Number in Poll Manifesto

The BJP has promised three lakh jobs to teachers within the first year, five lakh jobs in the IT sector for which it has promised to build a 'next generation IT hub'. The party has also promised one…

Oct 22, 2020 17:33 (IST)

If Voted to Power, Will Act of Corruption Done by Nitish Kumar Govt: Tejashwi Yadav | "If we come to power, we will definitely act on corruption done by present government. Rs 30,000 crores have been siphoned off from Bihar's coffers. CM Nitish Kumar didn't act as he is party to all this, that's why we call him Bhishma Pitamah of corruption," ANI quotes RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav as saying.

Oct 22, 2020 17:25 (IST)

READ | Seven Questions that the BJP's 'Free Vaccine for Bihar' Announcement Doesn't Answer

'Given Covid-19's impact that includes economic, and it being a Public Health Emergency, the government should make available the vaccine for free in the interest of public health.'

Oct 22, 2020 16:57 (IST)

Parties Should be Sensitive to Matters of Public Health: Bihar BJP | It's a Bihar Elections manifesto. Centre makes vaccines available at a minimum price, we promised our govt in Bihar will make it free of cost. Political parties should be sensitive when it comes to public health. We'll fulfill our promise. Every political party goes into the election with a manifesto. Someone talks about employment, someone talks about farm loan waiver, someone talks about pucca houses. Why is the Opposition upset if we are going with a public health issue?: Bhupender Yadav, BJP incharge for Bihar.

Oct 22, 2020 16:31 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi Slams BJP Over Free Vaccine Promise | The government has just announced India’s Covid-19 vaccine access strategy. Kindly refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when will you get it, along with a hoard of false promises, says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as he slams the BJP over free of cost vaccine promise to the people of Bihar.

Oct 22, 2020 16:19 (IST)

Nitish Gearing Up to Backstab BJP: Chirag Paswan | Chirag Paswan hits out at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, says that the chief minister is gearing up to backstab BJP like he did with the RJD. Paswan also accuses him of cheating LJP MPs during Lok Sabha elections.

Oct 22, 2020 16:14 (IST)

BJP's promise of free vaccine shows how jittery BJP and NDA are about the Bihar elections...people will give a befitting reply for this vote for vaccine policy, says CPI leader D Raja.

Oct 22, 2020 16:13 (IST)

BJP seems to be trading lives in their manifesto.. how can a party use a life saving drug as a poll promise?: RJD leader Manoj Jha hits out at the saffron party over free Corona vaccine promise to the people of Bihar.

Oct 22, 2020 16:01 (IST)

In migrant workers crisis, Bihar CM and Deputy CM said they won't let Biharis enter. PM said vaccine can't possibly be made before a year. 1,000 Biharis died due to Covid-19. Do central ministers care? They're deriding Biharis: Randeep Surjewala, Congress on BJP's vaccine poll promise

Oct 22, 2020 15:38 (IST)

The mass crowd coming together in every public meeting is enough to make the opponents realise what kind of development did CM Nitish Kumar do and it is due to this development that the people of Darunda have already expressed their support in the name of the chief minister: Janata Dal (United).

Oct 22, 2020 15:22 (IST)

The public gathered at the JD(U) meeting in Paru wants CM Nitish Kumar and the support made the opponents predict that the public is not going to get caught in their false promises, the party tweeted.

Oct 22, 2020 15:13 (IST)

JD(U) Releases Poll Manifesto | The Janata Dal (United) releases its election manifesto for upcoming Bihar Assembly election 2020.

Bihar Election 2020, MP Bypolls Highlights: Cong Served Income Tax Notice After Sleuths Seize 10 Lakh in Cash Outside Party's Patna Office
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Addressing election rallies at Gopalganj’s Bhorey and Siwan’s Ziradei, the JD(U) chief asked, "If they can give 10 lakh jobs, will they leave the rest out? Tejashwi had recently announced that if his party-led Grand Alliance was voted to power, 10 lakh government jobs will be sanctioned in the very first cabinet meeting. "Don’t get misled by this promise of jobs. We have worked hard to bring the state on the path of development. If you give us another opportunity we will work more," he said. The chief minister again asked as to how many jobs the RJD provided during its rule during 1990-2005. "Our government gave more than six lakh jobs in the last five years and process is on for recruitment on 60-70 thousand more jobs," he said. "There was no road, no power…it was jungle raj, he said taking a swipe at the RJD's rule in the state in the past.

The states crime rate has also improved and now its ranked 23rd in the country as per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) latest report, he said while addressing a public meeting in Bhorey in favour of JD(U) candidate Sunil Kumar. Sunil Kumar, who recently retired as Director General of Home Guards took membership of the JD(U) and has jumped into poll fray from Bhorey reserved constituency.

He said during the RJD regime, there was not power in cities, let alone villages. "At that time total power supply to Bihar was a meagre 700 MW which now has reached more than 6000 MW daily. We have taken power to every house, now we will provide solar light in every village," he said.

Kumar, who has been declared as NDA's CM face, said his future government will construct new roads and bypasses in cities and villages so that people dont have to worry about next 50 years.