Lok Sabha elections 2019: Left set to field Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai

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A Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Congress-Left Front alliance is in the works in Bihar. According to sources, the Left, comprising six parties, is likely to get as many as three of the 40 Lok Sabha election 2019 seats in that state to contest.

Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) chief Dipankar Bhattacharya has held meetings with RJD chief Lalu Prasad, while the state leadership of the Communist Party of India (CPI) is also in contact with Prasad.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) chief Sitaram Yechury met Lalu Prasad when the latter was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. The two agreed that the Left Front should get adequate number of seats to contest in the Lok Sabha polls.

While the alliance is yet to be finalised, the Left Front could get to contest Begusarai and Jahanabad, besides either Samastipur or the adjoining Ujiyarpur.

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar could get to contest the Begusarai seat on the CPI ticket, while the CPI (ML) might field a candidate as part of the alliance for the Jehanabad seat. Either Samastipur or Ujiyarpur could go to the CPI (M).

The RJD, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party already have an alliance in the state. Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha is also a constituent of the alliance. The Left parties have had a significant presence in Bihar.

Source : BS

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BPSC Preliminary Exam 2018 admit card released; here’s how to download

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Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) on Monday released the admit card for 2018 Preliminary Exam in its BPSC official site http://www.bpsc.bih.nic.in

The notification has asked the candidates who have applied for the 63rd combined competitive exam to download the admit card on or before June 29, 2018 to sit for the examination.

The exam is scheduled to be held on July 1, 2018 at 271 examination centres across the state of Bihar.

The admit card will not be sent by post and must be downloaded from BPSC official website.

Here’s are the steps to download BPSC Preliminary Exam Admit Card 2018:

Bypoll results 2018: BJP’s Lok Sabha tally down to 271 from 282 in 2014

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With the loss of Kairana, Uttar Pradesh and Bhandara-Gondiya, Maharashtra, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) now has 271 seats in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament), down 11 from the 282 seats it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP managed to retain only one seat–Palghar, Maharashtra–after the bypolls results held on May 28, 2018, where the party called in Yogi Adityanath for campaigning.

While the BJP lost the Kairana seat to Rashtriya Lok Dal, it lost the Bhandara-Gondiya seat to the Nationalist Congress Party.

With its tally down to 271 in Lok Sabha after bypoll losses, BJP as a party has lost simple majority, which is 272 seats. NDA, including BJP and allies, still has majority with 315 out of 543 seats.

Since March 11, 2018, bypolls were held for seven Lok Sabha constituencies and 11 state assembly constituencies across the country. The voting for all the state assemblies were held on May 28, 2018 and the result was announced on May 31, 2018.

The BJP did not win any seats in the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls held earlier on March 11 and March 14, 2018, thus losing the seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur held by chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, respectively.

So, in UP, where the party had won 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2014, the BJP is now left with 68 seats.

Bihar bus accident: How the official death toll came down from 27 to zero

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The Bihar bus accident tragedy that was reported and confirmed by the state government to have claimed more than two dozen lives has turned out to be a major goof-up on the part of the authorities. A day after confirming 27 deaths in the accident, the Bihar Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav backtracked on Friday, saying there were no deaths in the accident.

“Yes, I said 27 people have died. It was based on info from local sources, but I also said that only final report will be considered,” Yadav told ANI.

The mix-up over the death toll arose from the confusion over the number of passengers travelling in the bus that overturned and caught fire at NH-28 in Bihar’s East Champaran district. The private AC bus was on its way to Delhi from Muzzafarpur in Bihar.

Earlier reports had indicated that a total of 32 passengers were travelling in the private bus.

But, now it has emerged that only 13 passengers, besides the driver and a helper, were inside the bus when the accident took place.

“A total of 32 passengers had booked their seats in the private bus, out of whom only 13 had boarded at Muzaffarpur and the remaining were likely to catch the vehicle at Gopalganj,” PTI cited regional news channel reports.

Following the accident, the passengers had managed to come out of the bus by smashing the window panes. The injured are being treated at nearby hospitals.

The NDRF, SDRF and FSL teams reached the accident site on Thursday evening. “After a thorough search by NDRF, SDRF and FSL teams, no body or remains of any body were found. We are relieved there is no casualty,” disaster management principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit told The Indian Express on Friday.

Rift in JD(U): I am with mahagathbandhan, says Sharad Yadav

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In a display of defiance against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, senior JD-U leader and former party president Sharad Yadav on Thursday declared he was still with the Grand Alliance of the RJD and Congress.

 

“I still stand with Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) that was given a mandate by 11 crore people in Bihar in the 2015 assembly polls to rule for five years,” Yadav told the media after landing at the Patna airport from Delhi.

 

Hundreds of his supporters, including some JD-U leaders, welcomed Yadav as he came out of the airport, shouting slogans in his support.

 

Two former JD-U legislators, including former minister Ramai Ram and Rambadan Rai, were also in the crowd. Not a single JD-U legislator was present.

 

Without naming Nitish Kumar, Sharad Yadav said: “The decision to join hands with the BJP and form a government in Bihar was against the mandate given in the 2015 assembly polls against the BJP-led NDA.

 

“I was personally hurt and pained by (the decision),” he said. “I had also vigorously campaigned for the Grand Alliance.”

 

Yadav is on a three-day visit to eight districts in Bihar including Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Supaul and Madhepura.

He said he won’t speak any more on the subject. “I will speak more when I visit people.”

Earlier, the ruling Janata Dal-United on Wednesday distanced itself from Yadav’s visit.

 

“Sharad Yadav’s visit to Bihar is his personal initiative. The JD-U has nothing to do with it,” JD-U state President Vashisht Narain Singh said.

 

JD-U leaders started targeting Yadav since last week after he spoke out against Nitish Kumar’s decision to embrace the Bharatiya Janata Party.

 

Apart from Sharad Yadav, two JD-U Rajya Sabha MPs — Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar — have also voiced their opposition to Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the BJP. Both are in touch with Sharad Yadav.

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