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BJP’s defeat in Bihar polls certain: Lalu Prasad

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Patna: The defeat of the BJP in the Bihar assembly elections is certain since the poor, Dalits, OBCs, EBCs and Muslims had decided to vote for the grand alliance of Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said on Tuesday.

“There is no BJP wave in Bihar and its defeat is certain,” Lalu Prasad said at a press conference here.

The RJD chief said people, including the Dalits, Other Backward Classes and Extremely Backward Classes had identified the BJP as anti-reservation.

“The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has told the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to end reservation for Dalits and OBCs but it was exposed by us,” he said.

He said no one could end reservation till he and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar were alive.

“I challenge the RSS, BJP and Modi to deny that RSS ideologue M.S. Golwalkar in his book ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ opposed reservation for Dalits and OBCs. They should burn Golwalkar’s book in public if they strongly favour reservation and are not against it,” the former chief minister said.

Lalu Prasad also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for using language, which the RJD leader said, no one expected from the country’s PM.

“Modi has dubbed me a devil and what not,” he said.

The RJD chief said the people of Bihar have this time refused to believe Modi’s word.

Lalu Prasad said over a dozen union ministers were camping in Bihar to misuse money power to influence voters. “The BJP has spent huge money in these elections but money power will not work for the party,” he said.

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Make those not wearing masks serve at Covid centres: Gujarat HC

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Expressing concern and dissatisfaction over the violating the Covid-19 guidelines in Gujarat, the High Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to issue a notification to make those not wearing face masks to perform community services at Covid care centres for five to 15 days.

The High Court also expressed “shock” over the way BJP legislator Kanti Gamit allegedly flouted all Covid-19 protocols and guidelines at a family function. The court also asked what the state government was doing about the issue.

A video clip had gone viral on the social media, wherein over 6,000 persons had gathered at his grandson’s engagement ceremony, most of them without masks and violating all Covid-19 guidelines.

 

“This is shocking and unfortunate. What was the police doing when such a large gathering occurred? We are not at all satisfied with the way the government has handled the situation. Incidents like this make all your efforts till now meaningless.”

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A bench of Chief Justice Vikramnath and Justice JB Pardiwala, during a suo motu hearing on coronavirus and lockdown situation, on which over 50 PILs have been filed, ordered the Gujarat government to issue the notification to ensure social service by face mask norm violators at Covid care centres apart from fine of Rs 1,000.

The HC had last week suggested to the government that as the people were not heeding to the warning of fines, there was a need to make them serve at Covid care centres for eight to 10 days in addition to levy of fines so that they understood the gravity of the pandemic.

Advocate General Kamal Trivedi, appearing for the Gujarat government on Tuesday, had said that the state was unable to act on the HC suggestion and sought another week’s time to decide on the issue.

But the HC refused to give more time and gave the order on Wednesday.

According to the High Court’s suggestion, persons not wearing masks in public shall be asked to perform community services at Covid care centres in the state for 5 to 15 days, at least 4 to 6 hours daily.

The community service shall be of non-medical nature like cleaning, housekeeping, help in cooking and serving food, data preparation etc.

 

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