The chief of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Chirag Paswan responded to BJP leaders, who accused him of using senior party leaders' names and pictures for campaigning ahead of the Bihar polls. While commenting on it, Paswan, "I don't need to use Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photos for campaigning. He...
The Bihar Assembly election is approaching and the main battle is between the NDA and the Mahagathbandhan. While BJP & the JDU are fighting the Bihar polls together, there is a lot of speculation about Chirag Paswan’s LJP deciding to go solo. What has also aroused the curiosity of political pundits is that the LJP chief has decided to only field candidates against Nitish Kumar’s JDU and has referred to himself as ‘PM Modi’s Hanuman’. While BJP has been trying to distance itself from Chirag Paswan calling the party a ‘vote-katuwa’, many believe that the BJP is keeping options open for the post-poll scenario. So is there more than what meets the eye as far as alliances go in Bihar? Watch this edition of In Focus where Hindustan Times’ senior editor Aditi Prasad speaks to BJP leader Guru Prakash Paswan for all the details.
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Punjab's famous 'Langoor Mela' began at Bada Hanuman Mandir in Amritsar on October 17. Larger number of devotees gathered to offer their prayers at the temple. The temple is famous to fulfil the wish of the parents who want children. After fulfilling the wish, the male child brought here in a dress like langoor. "Those who don't have a child, they pray to Lord Hanuman. When their wish is fulfilled, male child is dressed up like a langoor and brought here," priest Bhagwan Sahay told ANI. However, social distancing norms were violated at the temple.
BJP leader Smriti Irani launched a scathing attack on Congress and accused it of using farmers and their issues for its benefit. Comparing the previous Congress government at Centre with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, she said that people have learned that only a 'sevak' can dedicate himself\herself for the development of the nation and those who are willing to become self-reliant will have to walk with PM Modi. Irani was in Morbi to campaign for BJP candidate Brijesh Merja. Morbi is one of the eight assembly constituencies in Gujarat, where bypolls will be held on November 3. Watch the full video for more.
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A political war of words broke out over the alleged rape and murder of the 6-year-old child of a migrant labourer in Punjab. The Bharatiya Janata Party cited the reaction of Congress leaders to a similar crime in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras. While Nirmala Sitharaman said that rapes shouldn't be politicised, her colleague in the Union Cabinet, Prakash Javadekar questioned why Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi hadn't visited the victim's family in Punjab, like Hathras. Responding to the attacks, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the governments in Congress-ruled Punjab and Rajasthan are not denying rape or blocking justice. Watch the full video for more.
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Ex-J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti intensified her attack on NDA government. She held a press conference with erstwhile flag of J&K state on her table. Mufti said she would raise Indian tricolour after J&K state flag is restored. She said, “This is my flag. I've kept it here. When this (state) flag returns, we will raise that flag (tricolour) too. Our (state) flag has been robbed by dacoits. We won't raise any other flag until then (return of flag). That flag is part of our Constitution. They smashed that Constitution to smithereens. They ripped this flag apart on the day that there was a rape in Jammu, and they carried that flag and raised slogans in support of the rapists. They desecrated the Constitution, and other symbols. What do they expect from us? This is our flag. This (state) flag connects us to that (national) flag. Our ties to the national flag are not independent of this flag. When we are handed this flag, we will raise that flag too.” Mufti was released on Oct 13, 2020 after spending over a year in detention. The PDP chief was detained when centre scrapped J&K's special status in 2019.
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Founder of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Bimal Gurung pulled out of Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA and said that his party will support those in 2024 elections who'll take up their demand of Gorkhaland. He said, "All I want to say is that our demand for Gorkhaland still remains, we will take this cause forward. It is our aim, our vision. In the 2024 election, we will support the party which will take up this cause." He further said, "Centre didn't meet the commitment they made but Mamata Banerjee fulfilled all promises she made. So, I would like to separate myself from NDA, I would like to break our relation with BJP. In 2021 Bengal election we'll forge an alliance with TMC and give a reply to BJP."
The Bharatiya Janata Party is facing criticism from its political opponents over a promise made in its election manifesto for Bihar. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said BJP's promise of free Covid vaccines for the people of the state if it wins in the upcoming polls a bid to divide the nation. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that as per India's Constitution, the life of the residents of all states are equal. Bihar votes on October 28, November 3 and 7. The results will be declared on November 10. Watch the full video for more.
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BJP President JP Nadda lashed out at the opposition parties during a speech in Bihar ahead of poll in the state. He said that people should not vote based on what a party promises to do but vote on at..
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