The third Covid-19 wave has begun in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said. He added that they are are fully prepared to tackle this wave and that the health department has upgraded hospital infrastructure.
According to the police, some local level elected representatives had come to submit a memorandum to the chief minister and picked up a quarrel when they were stopped at a distance from the dais.
The minister also complained of "lack of initiative" on part of the Centre for setting up public sector units in Bihar which could give a fillip to "industrial growth and technical education" in the state.
While the BJP MLAs are blaming the Nitish Kumar government for the failure in liquor ban implementation in Bihar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) National General Secretary Alok Mehta has asked the BJP to withdraw support from the state government if its leaders are unhappy with it.
Speaking at a press conference here after inaugurating Bihar Pavilion at the India International Trade Fair in Pragati Maidan, the minister said the State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) has received investment proposals worth Rs 36,694 crore.
"The PM in his announcement elaborated that the Acts were for the benefit of the farmers but the Centre could not convince a section of them": Nitish Kumar
In Kusheshwar Ashtan, JD-U candidate Aman Kumar Hazari defeated his nearest RJD rival Ganesh Bharti by a margin of 12,685 votes while Arun Kumar of RJD lost to Rajeev Kumar Singh of the ruling party by 1,722 votes in Tarapur.
By-poll rivalry in Bihar heated up after RJD president Lalu Prasad commented that he will ensure the 'visarjan' (immersion) of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in October 30 by-elections.
Observers feel that the smaller OBC castes, which were earlier with SP in significant numbers and shifted to the BSP to a reasonable extent in 2007, gradually shifted to the BJP over the last seven years.
The proposed rally at Jind, for which invitations have also been sent to regional heavyweights including Mamata Banerjee and Sharad Pawar is touted as the precursor to the formation of a ‘Third Front’.
Lok Janskahti Party’s embattled leader Chirag and RJD scion Tejashwi have declined to attach political significance to their previous meeting but it is being seen as a step closer to a possible alliance.
The Gopalpur MLA Narendra Kumar Neeraj has since offered an explanation by saying he was wearing only the undergarments because he had an upset stomach during the journey. “I had to rush to the toilet,” he said later.
The Bihar developments, with echoes in other states, have given rise to an interesting debate on social justice, affirmative action, merit, and age-old caste-based inequalities.
'We are with the NDA and its unanimous candidate is Mr. Modi. We are very comfortable in the NDA alliance and there is no question of joining forces with the opposition parties', said KC Tyagi
'We are with the NDA and its unanimous candidate is Mr. Modi. We are very comfortable in the NDA alliance and there is no question of joining forces with the opposition parties' said KC Tyagi
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar led a delegation of ten parties to impress upon the Prime Minister the need for a caste census to ameliorate the condition of the underdeveloped and marginalised sections of society.
A caste-based census will help in formulating various development plans effectively, Nitish Kumar said.
The meeting is scheduled in the first half of Monday. Those who will be joining him include the leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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