The Plaster of Paris (POP) statue of Lord Ram has been installed at BJP headquarters in Lucknow on January 22. The statue was installed in the presence of BJP national president JP Nadda, CM Yogi Adityanath.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari held a roadshow in Kolkata's Digha on January 22. Former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari switched loyalty to BJP on December 19, last year. Bengal is going for polls in the mid of 2021.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Governor Phagu Chauhan visited Patna Sahib Gurudwara on occasion of Guru Gobind Singh's birth anniversary. They offered prayers there on the occasion. Guru Gobind Singh was the 10th Sikh Guru and the day is celebrated to mark his birth anniversary.
While addressing the press conference in Patna on January 10, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav spoke on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's statement over National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance for Bihar polls. Yadav said, "It is tit for tat. If you look at Nitish Kumar ji's history, be it George Fernandes, Digvijaya Singh or our party- whom did he not betray?. He came to power through back door, he has thirst for power." "The destruction of Bihar by him is for everyone to see. Nitish Kumar is a bargainer, a blackmailer. He is not a leader. He is not for people, he is for himself," Yadav added.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that India shouldn't be made an experiment lab. Singh said that people of India should not be made guinea pigs for vaccine trials. "Protocols can still be compromised during the pandemic. People of India should not be made guinea pigs. Haryana minister Anil Vij got vaccinated and later tested positive. Before human trials, animal trials are done to launch a vaccine. India cannot be an experiment lab for any vaccine," he said. Bharat Biotech, SII, and Pfizer recently asked for emergency use approval in India. At least eight different vaccine candidates are at different trial stages in India. PM Modi had recently held meeting and visited vaccine labs in the country. He had discussed Covid vaccination plan during an all-party meeting held earlier.
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JDU leader KC Tyagi lashed out at the BJP over the defection of 6 JDU MLAs to the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh. ‘We express anguish over six JD (U) MLAs from Arunachal Pradesh joining BJP. This is not a good sign for alliance politics,’ Tyagi said during a press conference. He also attacked the BJP over the Love Jihad law in several BJP ruled states and said that the JDU does not support such divisive laws. ‘An atmosphere of hatred and division is being created in the country in the name of 'love jihad'. Provisions of the Constitution and CrPC give freedom to two adults to choose life partners of their choice irrespective of one's religion or caste,’ the senior JDU leader said. Earlier Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar downplayed the exit of the MLAs and said that ‘they have gone their own way’. JDU is part of the NDA government in Centre and won Bihar election in a pre-poll alliance with the BJP. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Former Bihar Deputy chief minister and RJD leader Tejashwi yadav, Rabri Devi visited Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi on January 22. They visited RIMS following sudden health deterioration of Lalu Yadav. Lalu Yadav diagnosed with lung infection. He has been tested negative for COVID-19.
Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar on January 21 visited Serum Institute of India (SII), in Pune, where massive fire claimed five lives. After visiting the institute, he said, "Contractor's men were working on that floor (where the fire broke out) and when the fire brigade officials went there, they found five completely burnt bodies. 2 of them were from UP, 2 from Pune and 1 is from Bihar." "Fire brigade has done good work. As per my info, CM will also visit the site tomorrow. The place where COVID vaccine is manufactured was not affected. I was informed that preparation was going on at this building (site of fire) to make Rotavirus vaccine," he added. Fire had broken out at Manjri Plant of SII today afternoon and claimed five lives.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on January 21 informed that Mahagathbandhan will hold 'Kisan Jagruk Saptaah' (Farmers Awareness Week) to "educate" them about Centre's farm laws. The 'Kisan Jagruk Saptah' will be held for a week from 24th January to 30th January. "People, especially farmers of Bihar, will be made aware during the Saptah," he added. Yadav announced the information after a meeting of constituents of Mahagathbandhan today.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on January 17 met the family of IndiGo airlines station manager Rupesh Singh who was shot dead outside his residence in the city on January 12. Tejashwi met the parents of Rupesh Singh in Chhapra. The RJD leader has continuously criticising Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the law and order situation in wake of the IndiGo station manager's murder, and also asserted that Bihar is becoming the crime capital of the country. Tejashwi today also urged the CM with "folded hands" to control the crime rate in the state.
Two people have been detained and a high-level probe has been ordered into the blast in Karnataka's Shivamogga district that killed at least seven people. The dynamite explosion took place on Thursday night. Police and district officials including Shivamogga MP BY Raghavendra inspected the blast site. Meanwhile, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa took to Twitter and expressed grief over the loss of lives. State Home Minister Basavaraj S Bommai said that there was negligence by the quarry owner and operators. The explosion occurred at a railway crusher site in Shivamogga's Hunasodu village. The massive blast resulted in mild tremors in and around the Shivamogga district.
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Chief Minister of Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb attended an event at Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan to celebrate Statehood Day on January 21 in Agartala. Governor Ramesh Bais also attended the event. Tripura observed 49th Statehood Day with colourful programmes and multiple events across the state on Thursday.
The BJP has said that the party will not project a Chief Ministerial face in West Bengal. BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said that BJP never projects a Chief Ministerial face in states that it is not in power. He added that a decision on the Chief Ministerial candidate would be arrived at after discussions between the chosen MLAs. He further hit out at CM Mamata Banerjee’s criticism calling the BJP worse than Naxalites. Vijayvargiya said that the people of the state are watching and added that the BJP does not need certificate from Mamata Banerjee. Watch the full video for all the details.
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A face-off is brewing between leaders of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and chief of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni. The latter's alleged bids to organise a meeting with political parties was labelled as 'unauthorised' by the SKM which claims that it wants to keep the ongoing farmer protests apolitical. Chaduni called the allegations a plot by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to break the protest. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court said that the Delhi Police must decide on the issue of entry of farmers into the national capital for a tractor rally on January 26. Watch the full video for more.
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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat visited and offered prayers Sri Kadumbadi Chinnamman Temple in Ponniammanmedu on Jan 14. He also participated in Pongal celebrations. According to Tamil solar calendar, Pongal is observed at the start of the month Tai.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat paid his last respect to RSS ideologue MG Vaidya. He paid him tribute at his residence in Maharashtra's Nagpur on December 20. Vaidya passed away at the age of 97 on December 19. Speaking to ANI, Mohan Bhagwat said, "His life was an encyclopedia of RSS. He lived RSS and its ideology."