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Nitish takes oath for Bihar development again


TIA special correspondent

PATNA: Senior Janta Dal leader and a new icon of development in Bihar, Nitish kumar is all set to take oath of the chief minister ship of state for second consecutive term on Friday. He would be the CM of state for third time. In 2000 too, Nitish Kumar was appointed the Chief Minister of Bihar but had to resign 7 days later (March 3, 2000 – March 10, 2000).  Nitish Kumar will be sworn in the historic Gandhi Maidan here.

Earlier in the day the newly elected members of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Thursday unanimously elected Nitish Kumar as their leader.  Newly elected members of NDA met here amid jubilation and expressed full faith in the leadership of Mr Kumar. Besides the JD (U) National President Sharad Yadav, BJP leaders Arun Jaitely, Ananth Kumar and Dharmendra Pradhan were also present in the meeting.

Earlier, the newly elected legislators of BJP and JD (U) held separate meetings. BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi re-elected as leader of the legislative party. Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister for the second term on Friday.

The JDU – BJP combine has shown spectacular victory and got 206 seats in the 243-member House. JD (U) alone won 115 seats just 7 seats short of majority while BJP bagged 91 seats. Later, Nitish Kumar called on Governor Devanand Konwar and staked his claim to form the government in the State.

The Bihar assembly elections will be remembered for many reasons.  While development was in the mind of electorates during polling, they forget every other factors in the lection particularly religion and caste .A large number of people voted in favour of NDA and this was reflected in poll results. For the first time after so many elections this assembly polls remained violence free. The national parties like BSP, NCP and CPM could open their accounts in the election. The CPI could win a single seat. After creation of Jharkhand JMM has opened an account in the state. The Sajwadi party failed to win a single seat. The CPI (M-L), which boasted of being the largest Left party in Bihar, has now been reduced to a non-entity in state politics as it could not retain even one of its five.

Hectic parleys on for new Andhra CM


HYDERABAD: Following the resignation of Chief Minister K Rosaiah, an emergency meeting of the Congress Legislature Party has begun here this evening. Tight security arrangements have been made at the Assembly Committee hall where most of Congress MLA are present in the meeting. Congress Party senior leaders Pranab Mukharjee, Gulam Nabi Azad, A K Antony and AICC general Secretary in Charge of state Affairs M Veerappa Moily are also present.
During the day, congress leaders from Telangana and from other regions of the state held hectic parleys separately. The parley began soon after Chief Minister Rosaiah announced his resignation at a press conference citing health reason and advancing age and work pressure. State Governor E S L Narasimhan has accepted the resignation and asked him to continue in the office till a new leader appointed. 

CONGRESS FAILS TO UNDERSTAND BIHAR


BY BISHESHWAR MISHRA

Congress party was clearly surprised by the Bihar Assembly election results on Wednesday. It obviously did not expect to fare so badly. From 9 seats in the previous Assembly, it had dropped to mere 4 seats of the total 243 Assembly seats.

While congratulating Nitish Kumar for excellent performance, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi also tried to extricate the party from the embarassement by saying “We (Congress) did not have much hope in Bihar…”

But the fact that Congress had contested all the 243 seats alone indicated that party was hopeful of certainly improving its position in the state.

The much media hyped campaigning of party’s rising star Rahul Gandhi in at least 22 places in Bihar also failed to yield any spectacular results. The party seemed to have got mesmerised by the turn-out of large number of people at these meetings particularly the eager to watch youngsters, and failed to comprehend that it was dealing with country’s one of the most politically conscious electorates.

It was clear from the beginning of the polls that Congress was going to test the water in Bihar but one did not expect the oldest party of the country to take things so non-seriously- firstly by appointing party in-charge of the state polls who were not properly clued-into the state politics, and secondly by inducting into party fold those rejected elements from other party’s thereby discourageing genuine party members.

Like the RJD and the LJP, the Congress also failed to comprehend the mood of the people. Rediculing “development” and “law and order” as a political issue in this election proved to be counter productive for all of them. In this matter Nitish Kumar had exhibited his political acumen by articulating the issues which has been close to the heart of state’s electorate, cutting across all castes and community as they have been deprived of it for decades. And even if the Nitish-lead NDA regime has provided a mere semblence of this much sought relief to the Biharis, it has expressed itself in terms of the present poll verdict.

 There is not much strength in the arguments that because the Congress went alone, it divided the secular votes and thereby deprived the RJD-LJP candidates from winning the seats. The very fact that RJD-LJP, even after coming together had performed miserably, is indicative that it would have not made much difference as the electorate had made up their mind to give one more chance to Nitish Kumar as they seriously hope and wish that he would turn around the fate of the state by placing it on the road of growth, prosperity and peace.

The electorate which had forcefully favoured the argument of social justice first and development later, seems to have changed its mind now, at least for the present and perhaps for good.

CONGRESS FAILS TO UNDERSTAND BIHAR

   
The Congress party seemed to have got mesmerised by the turn-out of large number of people at the meetings of  Sonia Gandhii and Rahul Gandhi  but failed to comprehend that it was dealing with country’s one of the most politically conscious electorates, observes  BISHESHWAR MISHRA

Congress party was clearly surprised by the Bihar Assembly election results on Wednesday. It obviously did not expect to fare so badly. From 9 seats in the previous Assembly, it had dropped to mere 4 seats of the total 243 Assembly seats.

While congratulating Nitish Kumar for excellent performance, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi also tried to extricate the party from the embarassement by saying “We (Congress) did not have much hope in Bihar…”

But the fact that Congress had contested all the 243 seats alone indicated that party was hopeful of certainly improving its position in the state.

The much media hyped campaigning of party’s rising star Rahul Gandhi in at least 22 places in Bihar also failed to yield any spectacular results. The party seemed to have got mesmerised by the turn-out of large number of people at these meetings particularly the eager to watch youngsters, and failed to comprehend that it was dealing with country’s one of the most politically conscious electorates.

It was clear from the beginning of the polls that Congress was going to test the water in Bihar but one did not expect the oldest party of the country to take things so non-seriously- firstly by appointing party in-charge of the state polls who were not properly clued-into the state politics, and secondly by inducting into party fold those rejected elements from other party’s thereby discourageing genuine party members.

Like the RJD and the LJP, the Congress also failed to comprehend the mood of the people. Rediculing “development” and “law and order” as a political issue in this election proved to be counter productive for all of them. In this matter Nitish Kumar had exhibited his political acumen by articulating the issues which has been close to the heart of state’s electorate, cutting across all castes and community as they have been deprived of it for decades. And even if the Nitish-lead NDA regime has provided a mere semblence of this much sought relief to the Biharis, it has expressed itself in terms of the present poll verdict.

 There is not much strength in the arguments that because the Congress went alone, it divided the secular votes and thereby deprived the RJD-LJP candidates from winning the seats. The very fact that RJD-LJP, even after coming together had performed miserably, is indicative that it would have not made much difference as the electorate had made up their mind to give one more chance to Nitish Kumar as they seriously hope and wish that he would turn around the fate of the state by placing it on the road of growth, prosperity and peace.

The electorate which had forcefully favoured the argument of social justice first and development later, seems to have changed its mind now, at least for the present and perhaps for good.

writer is a senior journalist

It is people victory, says Nitish


PATNA: Keeping jubilation to his heart Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday calmly gave all credit to the people of Bihar for his combine spectacular victory in the assembly elections.
 
Talking to media persons here he said that the sweeping victory of his alliance was a vote for Bihar’s continued development.

"This is a victory for the people of Bihar," Nitish Kumar said after the JD-U- BJP landslide victory.

"The people of Bihar want development… we want development. Development has won in Bihar," Nitish said

He promised to work harder for making a progressive Bihar. “We want to take Bihar out of caste politics. Bihar will be known for it development in future”, he said.

Meanwhile in an interview to a TV channel Nitish said that he did not think of becoming Prime Minister and maintained that the landslide victory in assembly elections shows the mandate is that he should stay in Bihar.

"I am an ordinary person. I belong to a poor state. A very ordinary political activist I am. So, I don’t aspire for those big things. I only aspire for one thing–that Bihar should grow, should develop. That’s all," he said ‘Main PM banne ki kalpna bhi nahin kerta’ he stressed

He said his victory today meant the people wanted him to serve Bihar.

"I confine myself to limits of Bihar. That is also the mandate of the people of Bihar," he said.

Nitish Kumar-led JD(U)-BJP alliance in the state stormed back to power in Bihar with a huge victory in the assembly polls. The coalition managed to win more than 206 seats in the 243-member state legislature.

Meanwhile state BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi has asked RJD supremo Lalu Prasad to shed his arrogance after the defeat in the polls. Prasad should remain shut up for at least one year and allow the NDA government to work, the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Modi, however, said Prasad still remained a relevant factor in Bihar politics irrespective of the electoral verdict.

He said the state government would seek cooperation of the opposition parties for formulation of policies.

Forest Committee red signal to Posco project

ABHIJIT ROY CHOWDHURY
TIA

NEW DELHI: Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) set up by MoEF has asked the government not to give green signal to the  Posco project, until forest rights are settled. It has recommended for settlement of forest rights first.

Union Minister for Environment and Forest Independent charge Mr Jairam Ramesh said, the Forest Advisory Committee has submitted its report Tuesday  and asked to put on hold the Posco project, until forest rights are settled.

FAC had met on October 25, but it failed to submit its report to the ministry due to difference among the members.

Meanwhile, the Environment Appraisal Committee (EAC) on Posco also met yesterday and discuss the environment impact of the project and is likely to finalise the recommendation.

The Meena Gupta committee which had submitted it report raised the issue of comprehensive Impact Assessment of the project.
Meanwhile, Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) on CRZ will again meet on Nov 30 to decide on the violation of costal regulation zone by the Posco India Ltd.

This will be the last meeting of the independent panel before the commiittee submit its report.
Before any final decision is taken on the project three independent reports one relating to forest by FAC and two report of EAC one on environment and other costal will be submitted to the ministry then final decision will be taken by MoEF.   

Interestingly, the fate of the project is at risk,  as the four-member central committee comprising Meena Gupta, Urmila Pingle, Devendra Pandey and V Suresh had submitted two different reports on Posco’’s proposal to set up an integrated steel plant and a captive port in Orissa on October 18.

Nitish gets Massive Mandate for Bihar Development

TIA Correspondent

PATNA/NEW DELHI: In rare show of democratic power the JD(U)-BJP combine led by Nitish Kumar has swept the Assembly elections in Bihar. The combine won more than three-fourth seats in 243 member Assembly. All the 243 results are available now and the JDU – BJP combine has bagged 206 with JDU alone winning 115 seats just 7 seats short of majority. BJP bagged 91 seats. The result is being seen as mandate for development in the state. The results have come as a major shock to RJD-LJP combine and the Congress.
 
The RJD-LJP alliance and Congress have fared badly. RJD was way behind getting only 22 and LJP got 3. Congress won 4 seats and others 8. Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister for the second term on Friday.

In Banka Parliamentary by-poll in the state, Independent candidate Putul Kumari, widow of former MP Digvijay Singh, is leading by more than 30,000 votes after 16 rounds of counting over her nearest RJD rival Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav. Congress has extended moral support to her. The seat fell vacant following the death of sitting MP Digvijay Singh.

Among the prominent winners are RJD State President Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Renu Devi, Nand Kishore Yadav both of BJP, Hari Narayan Singh and Brishen Patel of JD(U), and State JD(U) Chief Vijay Kumar Chaudhary. Prominent losers include State President of LJP and brother of Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan  Pashupati Kumar Paras, State Congress President Mehboob Ali,  JD(U) Minister Ram Nath Thakur and former Union Minister Kanti Singh of the RJD.

The BJP Minister Renu Devi who defeated Congress nominee Madan Mohan Tiwari by about 15,000 votes in Bettiah constituency.BJP candidate Chandra Mohan Rai defeated his nearest rival BSP’s Ejaj Hussain by over 13,000 votes from Chanpatia Assembly constituency. In Ramnagar reserved constituency, Bhagirathi Devi also of BJP has been declared elected. In Narkatiaganj, Satish Chandra Dubey of BJP defeated his nearest rival Om Verma of the Congress by a margin of about 10,000 votes.
In Raxaul, Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh of BJP defeated Rajnanadan Rai of LJP by about 6,000 votes. JD(U) candidate Prabhat Ranjan Singh has won the Bagaha seat defeating BSP’s Mohd. Kamran by about 20,000 votes, Manorama Prasad of JD(U) has been elected from Nautan seat defeating CPI leader Gallu Choudhary by about 6,000 votes while Rajesh Kumar also of JD(U) has been elected from Valmiki Nagar defeating an Independent candidate Deep Narain Mahato by over 14,000 votes. In Nalanda constituency, Shrawan Kumar of JD(U) has been declared elected. In Baikunthpur constituency, Manjeet Kumar Singh of JD(U) has been elected.

In Sikta Assembly Constituency, Dilip Verma, Independent has defeated his nearest rival Fakruddin, also Independent by over 5000 votes. Another Independent candidate Vinay Bihari has won the Lauria seat beating his nearest rival Pradip Singh of JD(U) by over 5,000 votes. Ramanand Yadav of RJD has won the Fatuha seat. Darauli reserved and Kesaria seats have gone in favour of BJP while Bihar Sharief has been bagged by JD(U).

The polling percentage was higher this time 52.43 percent as compared to 45.85 percent in the last Assembly elections in 2005.
The Congress is the only party which has contested all the 243 constituencies followed by BSP 239. The NDA constituents-BJP contested 102 seats while Janata Dal (United) 141. The RJD and its ally LJP contested 168 and 75 seats respectively. CPI contested 56 seats and CPM 30.

The Chief Minister  Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, State BJP President Dr. C.P.Thakur and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav are among prominent political leaders who did not contest the Assembly elections.

Reacting on the poll results, BJP President Nitin Gadkari said the voters have cast their votes in favour of the good work done by the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Another party leader Venkaiah Naidu said, the victory for the NDA in Bihar was for development of the State. Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, he said the outcome has rejected the argument of the Congress leaders that the central funds to the state were misused or diverted.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said it was a deliberate decision of the party to go it alone in the Bihar polls.

Congratulating Nitish Kumar and the BJP for their extremely good show in the assembly elections in Bihar, the Home Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram has said that if the development argument has prevailed then we should be happy. Talking to reporters outside Parliament wished them best in running progressive and forward looking governance.

Accepting the outcome of the assembly polls in Bihar, the Congress said the party fought the elections in the state on its own and there were difficulties in doing so. The party spokesperson Manish Tewari said that the Congress is trying to revive the party in the state and will continue to do so. Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister for the second time on Friday.

The latest tally:

TOTAL SEATS : 243

 Results Dclared : 243

JD(U) – 115

BJP – 91

RJD – 22

LJP – 3

CONGRESS-4

OTHERS – 8

BJP no more untouchable for Muslim in Bihar


ANWARUL HODA
TIA
PATNA:
The only Muslim candidate from the party – Saba Zafar- won the election from Amour seat in muslim populated Purnia by a margin of by over 18,000 votes.  Zafar defeated Abdul Jalil Mastan of the Congress.

Also the Party leaders said that BJP candidates had done well in over 40 of 60 assembly seats which have a sizeable presence of Muslims.

The results shows that Muslims have played an important role in Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) spectacular performance in the Bihar assembly elections. Party leaders have on Wednesday claimed that it has received tremendous support for the Muslim community in the elections.

Talking to media persons BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that party had received support from Muslims despite the efforts by its rivals to brand the party as communal . He said that the Bihar verdict would prove to be a watershed in Indian politics.

Accusing congress and RJD, Hussain said that Muslims also need security and development and have understood that they were treated as a vote bank by their so called saviours.

BJP not to remove tainted CM


NEW DELHI: BJP has announced that it will not sack its Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa involved in the controversy of land allotment scam.  The announcement was made in the midst Bihar Assembly elections results, where the BJP delivered a strong performance. Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said Yeddyurappa will continue to be the chief minister and BJP will also conduct its own inquiry into the allegations against him. Yeddyurappa has been accused by the Opposition of misusing his public office to allot government land at below-market rates to his family members.  After getting another lease of life in office,  Yeddyurappa said in Bangalore that he is confident of  completing the tenure of five years. He dismissed the allegations against him of land scam as creations of the Opposition. Taking cudgels against former Prime Minister Deve Gowda and his sons, he said their conspiracy to dispose him off has failed to yield desired results.

Cong, left slam BJP love for Yaddy

 

NEW DELHI: The Congress and the left parties on Tuesday attacked the BJP for showing love for Yaddyurappa and continuing him as the Karnataka Chief Minister despite his alleged involvement in the land scam.

The Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan  told reporters   that the double standards  of the  BJP  on the issue of corruption stand exposed  as  the  tainted Karnataka Chief Minister  continues and the leadership is silent on the issue.  Expressing similar views the CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said, the fact that the BJP has not sought the resignation of Yaddyurappa raises a very fundamental question.

Meanwhile, there is a possibility of BJP not asking Yaddyurappa to step down in the near future. Top party sources told AIR that this is because of the forthcoming Panchayat polls in the State and the fact that no strictures have been passed against Yaddyurappa by any court or any other agency. The party sources however did not completely rule out the change in the leadership in the State and maintained that the party is keeping all options open.  The opposition in Karnataka has been demanding  the resignation  of the  Yeddyurappa for  the land scam in which he allotted  land to  his own family members.