How Nitish Kumar Bagged Dream Deal for 2019, Left Bihar BJP Stunned

When BJP president Amit Shah announced his party’s decision to contest the same number of seats as ally Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), it sent shockwaves across the state leadership of the saffron party, which was anticipating an upper hand in seat-sharing.

The assumption of playing the role of ‘big brother’ stemmed from the fact that Kumar had dumped the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ led by the Congress and the RJD and returned to the NDA fold last year. It was bolstered after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won assembly elections in north-eastern states of Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya.

The BJP juggernaut was eclipsing Kumar’s aura in Bihar as leader of the NDA coalition, which he enjoyed during the Vajpayee era for 17 years till 2013. It was then that he decided to join hands with his political rival Lalu Prasad Yadav after Narendra Modi was projected as the prime ministerial face of the NDA. The BJP was not willing to allow the Bihar chief minister to emerge as the leader of the coalition and pushed its own agenda in governance.

Even after the BJP’s shock defeat in the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls in March, the party’s state leadership was upbeat and tried to take ideological advantage of the Ramnavmi processions and subsequent communal tensions in at least 12 of Bihar’s 40 districts.

However, Kumar acted swiftly amid the hard-hitting attack by BJP hardliners and the state police arrested Union minister Ashwini Choubey’s son for fanning communal tension in Bhagalpur.

This was the first test for Kumar after he dumped Lalu Prasad, citing zero-tolerance against corruption. Publicly warning the BJP, Kumar said he would not compromise with his secular credentials. As the BJP stared at another debacle in Karnataka and UP’s Kairana, the Bihar chief minister and other state allies — Lok Janshakti Party’s Ram Vilas Paswan and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party’s Upendra Kushwaha — joined hands to exert pressure on the saffron party.

This is precisely what unfolded in April this year when the trio decided to bargain on seat-sharing for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The three leaders came up with the 20-20 formula, according to which the BJP would retain 20 seats and leave the remaining 20 for allies.

From April to July, when Shah met Kumar in Patna, the assumption was that the BJP would compromise on two of the 22 seats it won in 2014. On September 16, while addressing the JD(U) executive committee meeting in Patna, Kumar told his party men that a respectable deal had been sealed on seat-sharing, but refused to divulge the exact figures.

Even then, the state leadership of the BJP was under the impression that the party would continue to play the role of the dominant partner.

At its national executive meeting in Delhi, the JD(U) leadership, too, discussed the possibilities in a scenario where the party was still in a partnership with the RJD. The JD(U) came to the conclusion that even in that situation, it would have got fewer seats than Lalu Prasad’s party, which was the largest ally.

However, the changing political scenario after the Shah-Kumar meet gave the JD(U) the required platform to manoeuvre its tactics. The party not only upped its ante on the demand for special status to Bihar — a claim that saw Chandrababu Naidu leaving the NDA — but also asserted its independent views on Article 370, Ram Temple and Citizenship Act. The party leadership openly criticised the BJP on these issues and vowed not to compromise with its ideology.

The recent controversy over the Rafale deal was added advantage for the JD(U), giving the party bargaining power in the face of a full-frontal attack on the Modi government by the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress.

Though things seemed to be working for Kumar, the delay in formal talks on seat-sharing made the Bihar chief minister skeptical. It also put Kumar in an awkward position as he had, on July 14, announced that the seat-sharing formula would be made public within a month.

When the same did not happen, he started avoiding the media but kept hectic back-channel negotiations on in Delhi. One of the party’s general secretaries played a crucial role in these parleys, using his connect with finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The invitation for unveiling the Sardar Patel statue in Gujarat on October 31 set the tone for the earlier announcement on seat-sharing as Kumar initially cancelled the meeting with state energy minister Saurabh Patel.

Patel was scheduled to visit Patna to invite Kumar for the event, which is being touted as a show of strength for the BJP-led NDA. Sensing trouble, the BJP leadership sent feelers to the Bihar CM, paving the way for Patel to meet him on October 22.

Kumar’s negotiators also reminded the BJP of the time when it was the junior partner and contested 15 seats, while the JD(U) fought on 25. The party stressed on the fact that when Kumar stitched the alliance with RJD in 2015, both contested equal number of seats, despite the fact that the JD(U) alone had 115 MLAs. In comparison, the BJP won only 53 seats in the 2015 elections.

These parleys then became the basis for the 50-50 seat-sharing formula announced by Shah and Kumar. When contacted, at least three BJP spokesmen and two state vice-presidents expressed shock over the settlement, while the JD(U) seemed pleasantly surprised as the party had won only two seats in 2014.

Though it may seem the BJP had to concede in the face of political compulsions, party leaders believe that the formula was agreed upon keeping in mind the 2020 polls and they could turn the tables in their favour if Modi returns to power in 2019.

Nation’s IQ is Higher Than Yours: Amit Shah Attacks Rahul Over Demand for JPC Probe in Rafale Deal

Attacking Rahul Gandhi over his push for a JPC, Joint Parliamentary Committee, test into the Rafale bargain, BJP president Amit Shah portrayed JPC as ‘Jhoothi Party Congress” and said the Congress boss’ “misleads trick the country are plainly obvious”.

In his answer on Twitter labeling Gandhi’s tweet in which the Congress pioneer had assaulted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his barrier of the Rafale bargain consulted by the Modi government, Shah said Gandhi had cited diverse costs of the air ship at better places.

“Your misleads trick the country are plainly obvious when Rafale value you quote change in Delhi, Karnataka, Raipur, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Parliament. In any case, the country’s IQ is higher than yours!” Shah tweeted.

To Gandhi’s request of a JPC test and snide proposal to Jaitley to return in 24 hours, Shah answered, “Why hold up 24 hours when you as of now host your JPC-Jhoothi Gathering Congress.”

Prior, Gandhi had tweeted following Jaitley’s meeting in which he had set up a solid safeguard of the Rafale contender air ship bargain, saying “Mr Jaitley, a debt of gratitude is in order for taking the country’s consideration back to the GREAT #RAFALE ROBBERY! “What about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to deal with it? Issue is, your Supreme Leader is securing his companion, so this might be awkward. Do check and return in 24 hrs. We’re pausing!”

Shah additionally labeled the connection of a news tale about Gandhi citing distinctive costs of the air ship

Insulting Dalit Pride Congress’ Legacy: Amit Shah’s Retort to Rahul Gandhi

Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi for blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having an “against Dalit” attitude, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday requested that the Congress boss take a gander at certainties when “free from winking” and charged it was the resistance party that had a heritage of offending Dalits.

In a progression of tweets, Shah said the executive’s heritage incorporates “most grounded revisions to SC/ST Act” and setting up of the OBC Commission, while the Congress inheritance was tied in with offending Dalit pioneers, restricting the Mandal Commission report and hindering a move to engage the OBC body.

His assault at the Congress and its leader came after Gandhi joined a dissent at Jantar Mantar and scrutinized Modi over his administration’s approaches towards Dalits.

In a progression of tweets laughing at Gandhi, Shah requesting that he invest some energy in actualities “when you are free from winking and upsetting Parliament” and attested that the NDA government has guaranteed the most grounded change to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

He was alluding to Gandhi’s clear wink in Lok Sabha in the wake of embracing Modi amid a discussion on the no-certainty movement against the administration.

“For what reason are you challenging that?”, Shah got some information about the new bill that looks to turn around an ongoing Supreme Court arrange that put extra protects against capture of blamed in bodies of evidence for abominations against Dalits.

Rahul Ji, when you are free from winking and disturbing Parliament, give some an opportunity to realities too.

NDA Government, through a Cabinet choice and in Parliament guaranteed the most grounded alteration to the Act.

For what reason would you say you are dissenting that?

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Prior in the day, Gandhi had said the Congress government had brought the barbarities demonstration and his gathering will secure it together with everyone.

Claiming that Dalits are in effect straightforwardly beaten and smashed in states where the BJP is in control, Gandhi said the PM’s “believing is hostile to Dalit”.

“All Dalits and individuals from the weaker segments realize that the executive has the wrong spot for Dalits in his heart and psyche and needs to pulverize Dalits. That is the reason we are remaining against him,” he had said.

Assaulting Gandhi, Shah said it would have been great if the Congress pioneer hosted talked about his gathering’s treatment of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Babu Jagjivan Ram and Sitaram Kesari.

“Congress method for treating Dalits is disparaging and deigning. For a considerable length of time Congress offended Dalit goals,” Shah said.

He asked whether it was a co-occurrence that the year Sonia Gandhi joined the Congress, the third front-Congress government restricted reservations in advancements and the year Rahul Gandhi turned into the gathering president, it contradicted an extreme SC/SCT Act and the OBC Commission. “Hostile to in reverse attitude obvious,” Shah tweeted.

“Mr Rahul Gandhi, expecting examination and genuineness is troublesome from you yet do read Mr Rajiv Gandhi’s discourse amid Mandal (push), when he restricted it (its suggestions) tooth and nail. The feeling of qualification and disdain for in reverse networks turns out so unmistakably. What’s more, today you discuss Dalit welfare!” he said.

Shah additionally said the Modi government has built up a ‘panchteerth’ – a reference to five spots related with the life of Ambedkar, while the Congress offended Dalit pioneers and pride.

Amit Shah appoints Sreedharan Pillai Kerala BJP chief; Sunil Deodhar made Andhra Pradesh co-in-charge

BJP president Amit Shah Monday designated PS Sreedharan Pillai as the gathering’s Kerala boss and raised Sunil Deodhar, credited for assuming a vital part in its huge win in Tripura surveys, as national secretary.

Deodhar, who was the gathering’s in-control for Tripura, has been made co-incharge for Andhra Pradesh, where the Lok Sabha and get together decisions are planned to be held together in 2019, as indicated by a gathering proclamation.

The gathering designated previous Scheduled Castes ‘morcha’ head Dushyant Kumar Gautam as VP in the association, the announcement stated, including Y Satya Kumar as national secretary.

In different arrangements, Shah made previous Kerala BJP boss and Rajya Sabha part V Muraleedharan as Andhra in-control.

Pillai will supplant Kummanam Rajasekharan, who was named by the Union government as Mizoram senator in May after he apparently was not able take all gathering groups together in a state where Shah has breast fed high expectations.

While at the same time Rajasekharan was viewed as a Hindutva hardliner, Pillai, additionally a previous state party president, is viewed as a direct and some individual who can join the gathering in front of the Lok Sabha surveys.

‘Thankful to Congress for Helping Me Expose Oppn’s Hollowness’: PM Modi on No-confidence Motion

Prime administrator Narendra Modi on Tuesday took an agree at the Congress over the no-certainty movement in the Lok Sabha against his administration, saying he was “appreciative” to the gathering as it enabled him to uncover the resistance’s emptiness.

In the main BJP parliamentary gathering meeting in the progressing Monsoon Session, Modi said the movement brought by the resistance underscored its political adolescence and absence of comprehension and substance, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told journalists.

The gathering additionally observed best gathering pioneers, including Union pastors Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj, other than BJP president Amit Shah congratulating the executive and furthermore talking on the issue.

Gathering sources said Shah focused on the restriction, saying such a movement is brought when a legislature loses its greater part or there is turmoil in the nation, yet there was no explanation behind it to support such a move, which was exhaustively vanquished with 326 individuals voting against it and just 126 supporting.

Swaraj made a reference to the wide edge to assault the resistance, while at the same time Gadkari said it was spreading perplexity over a large group of issues among the majority and it did not have a genuine plan.

The PM said the individuals from the BJP and its partners ought to be congratulated for the win. He likewise commended Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s discourse on the movement and requested that gathering individuals take it to the majority, Kumar said.

Modi was told by individuals amid his ongoing visit to the African nations about the movement against his administration, Kumar said.

BJP Appoints Moderate Face PS Sreedharan Pillai to Lead Kerala Unit After 2-Month Deadlock With RSS

The BJP focal administration has at long last chosen to do what needs to be done and select PS Sreedharan Pillai as the leader of the gathering in Kerala.

The position has been lying empty since May when previous boss Kummanam Rajashekharan was pressed off to Mizoram as Governor, much to the vexation of the RSS. The Sangh had needed the BJP to pick a pioneer satisfactory to it too, which deferred the arrangement.

From that point forward, the gathering has been not able underwrite completely on different issues like the ascent of Popular Front fanaticism, rain destruction and the Sabarimala push.

In picking Pillai, it appears the BJP has chosen to assemble accord among the distinctive groups in the state as he isn’t focused on any one specific gathering. This would be Pillai’s second shot at being state president. His initially was in the 2003-2006 period.

A famous legal advisor, Pillai is viewed as a direct face of the BJP as he is slanted towards delicate Hindutva. He has been mindful so as to separate himself from any sensations and has a spotless picture as a government official.

Notwithstanding, for some hardliners in the gathering, particularly those near the RSS authority, Pillai is an unsuitable pioneer as he is viewed as somebody excessively eager, making it impossible to bargain.

When he had challenged the ongoing Chengannur by-decisions, a tormented Pillia opened his heart to News18 hours before the checking, asserting there was an exertion by his own gathering men to influence him to fall flat.

Also, fizzle he did terrifically, with his votes from the past survey tumbling from 42,000 to around 25,000. He was required to come no less than second, however lost that place to the Congress.

At the state level, Pillai’s picture as a veteran of the Vajpayee period could enable the BJP to pull in some fence-sitters as he appreciates a similarly decent compatibility with BJP’s center voters and furthermore the Christian church. That generosity could work to support him, similarly as it improved the situation the solitary BJP MLA in Kerala Assembly, O Rajagopal, in Nemom.

Regardless of this, factionalism would keep on being his greatest test and he would have his errand cut out in front of the Lok Sabha surveys one year from now.

News18 has learnt that Rajya Sabha MP V Muraleedharan, who summons significant impact, had pushed for the choice of dubious pioneer K Surendran as state boss. In any case, that arrangement was scotched by the RSS who see Muraleedharan with doubt.

Bits of gossip had likewise been doing the rounds that Amit Shah may want to parachute in a RSS pioneer or handover the reins to a more youthful pioneer. In any case, that likewise has not happened.

Toward the finish of day, it is apparent that Pillai has been a bargain competitor. The BJP has a battling opportunity to win in no less than 3 Lok Sabha situates in Kerala. Numerous inquiry whether Pillai can effectively join the gathering and toss it into full race mode in the coming months.

The way that the best administration is as yet uncertain is apparent as BJP sources showed Kummanam might be taken back to the state after the Mizoram races not long from now as NDA Chairman. It is comprehended that RSS weight might be behind such an arrangement, albeit nothing has been made authority.

Amit Shah arrives in Kerala to strategise for Lok Sabha polls

BJP boss Amit Shah touched base here today on a multi day Kerala visit, looking to tone up the gathering contraption framework in front of the Lok Sabha surveys one year from now.

He will go to a gathering of the gathering’s state center board, address pioneers from select locale, and initiate a tradition of gathering laborers of 6 parliamentary voting demographics of southern Kerala, BJP sources said.

Shah is additionally liable to meet some conspicuous individuals of the state as a component of his ‘contact for help’ activity to educate them about the accomplishments of the Modi government, and furthermore have exchanges with pioneers from Lakshadweep. It is, in any case, misty if a choice would be taken about the new Kerala BJP head amid Shah’s visit. The position is empty for more than multi month after Kummanam Rajasekharan was named the Governor of Mizoram in May end.

The BJP is endeavoring to grow its impact in the southern state, which has been overwhelmed by the CPI(M)- drove Left Front and Congress-headed United Democratic Front throughout recent decades, yet with little achievement. In spite of the fact that the saffron gathering’s vote share shot up to 14 for every penny in the 2016 get together surveys against six for each penny in the past decisions, it could figure out how to win only one seat.

Amit Shah to visit Allahabad: BJP chief to connect with seers, take stock of preparations ahead of Kumbh Mela 2019

BJP president Amit Shah is planned to visit Allahabad on Friday to check out the courses of action for the Kumbh Mela 2019. Amid his visit, he will meet with soothsayers and gather their input in front of the journey.

Shah’s day-long schedule will be likewise be stuffed with sanctuary visits and religious capacities, Hindustan Times revealed.

The visit comes multi day in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lucknow trip, to meet different industry chiefs.

Shah is booked to visit Maujgiri Ghat for ‘ganga aarti’ and ‘bhasma aarti’. He will likewise visit the Bade Hanuman sanctuary and Juna Akhara. Uttar Pradesh boss clergyman Yogi Adityanath will likewise join Shah on his visit to the Sangam city.

While in Allahabad, Shah will likewise meet the holy people of the Akhara Parishad, including its boss Narendra Giri. The Akhara Parishad is the peak assortment of holy people from all the 14 akharas that take part in the Kumbh and whose input on Kumbh 2019 will be an essential one, the report included.

In the interim, specialists guarantee that the planning of the Kumbh 2019 – near the Lok Sabha surveys – will exhibit a decent open door for BJP to connect with its electorate.

“Kumbh will offer a phase, similar to no other, to the BJP to interface with the masses…It additionally fits in well with the bigger line of Modi talking advancement and the gathering head associating with BJP’s center voters,” Athar Siddiqui of the Center for Objective Research and Development was cited by Hindustan Times as saying.

Seat Sharing Formula to be Main Course as Amit Shah, Nitish Kumar Look to Bond Over Meals in Bihar

Everyone’s eyes will be on BJP president Amit Shah’s holding with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday as it is normal that the two NDA pioneers will land at a wide comprehension on situate sharing for the 2019 general decision.

The two pioneers are planned to meet over breakfast at the State Guest House and again for supper at the main clergyman’s authentic living arrangement. Sources in the BJP and the JD(U) said despite the fact that a point by point exchange on situate sharing won’t not occur, Kumar and Shah were relied upon to land at a wide comprehension on the issue that had been tormenting the union throughout the previous couple of months.

Shah is planned to touch base at the Bihar capital on multi day-long visit Thursday – his first visit to the state since a year ago’s sensational turnaround when the saffron party held hands with Kumar’s JD(U), finishing four long stretches of political threatening vibe.

In spite of the fact that a substantial number of BJP pioneers, including the gathering’s national general secretary in-control for Bihar Bhupendra Yadav, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and all the Union priests hailing from the state including Ravi Shankar Prasad, are probably going to be available at the thoughts, everyone’s eyes will be on Shah’s connections with Kumar.

The issue of seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha surveys inside the NDA in Bihar has turned into a prickly one in the wake of late request by various JD(U) pioneers that the gathering ought to be distributed various bodies electorate – comparable with its remaining in the state Assembly – where it has the most noteworthy count among the accomplices of the BJP-drove coalition.

The NDA in Bihar additionally involves the LJP and the RLSP, headed by Union pastors Ram Vilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha separately. Sources in the LJP and RLSP said both Paswan and Kushwaha were abroad and it was uncertain whether anybody from the two gatherings would go to any of the capacities where Shah will be available.

The NDA, which had won 31 of the 40 situates in Bihar in the 2014 Lok Sabha surveys, is seeing cases and counter-claims made by pioneers of the constituents after the JD(U) came back to its overlay.

The old accomplices – the BJP, the LJP and the RLSP – had won 22, six and three seats individually, while the JD(U), which had challenged the surveys independently with the Left gatherings, had figured out how to win just two seats.

The fellowshipping by Kumar and Shah demonstrates developing of ties between the JD(U) and the BJP and covers all theory as respects whether the main pastor would again come back to the Grand Alliance.

The hypothesis was fuelled after the JD(U) boss called RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, following the last experiencing a medical procedure in a Mumbai healing facility a month ago.

Kumar however had rejected reports of any “crack” between the JD(U) and the BJP over seat-partaking in the Lok Sabha surveys and said he was in no rush to determine the issue.

In 2010, Kumar had dropped a supper, which should be facilitated for the BJP pioneers, after a photo of him clasping hands with then Gujarat boss clergyman Narendra Modi showed up in various neighborhood daily papers.

Previous vice president priest and RJD pioneer Tejashwi Yadav, defilement arguments against whom had incited Kumar to leave the Grand Alliance and come back to the NDA, thought of a wry tweet, reviewing the 2010 scene.

“Tomorrow, Nitish Kumar will offer a guide savvy clarification toward Amit Shah regarding why he had dropped the supper facilitated for Narendra Modi in June, 2010 and under what conditions he was facilitating another supper now. Maybe he will state I was solid at that point however now I am powerless,” Yadav tweeted in Hindi.

A comparative remark was made by MLC Prem Chandra Mishra, a senior pioneer of the state Congress, which, together with the JD(U) and the RJD, had framed the Grand Alliance.

Kumar had snapped 17-year-old ties with the BJP in 2013, after contrasts with the saffron party over projection of Modi as the prime pastoral competitor in the 2014 Lok Sabha surveys.

Amit Shah Rubbishes Reports of Rift With Nitish Kumar, Makes Light of Oppn Unity

Dismissing reports of a crack with Bihar boss pastor Nitish Kumar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Thursday said there were no gaps in the union with the Janata Dal (United) and communicated certainty that the NDA would win every one of the 40 Lok Sabha situates in Bihar.

Tending to party laborers in Gyan Bhawan, Shah stated, “The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress should quit drooling. There are no distinctions with Nitish ji on situate sharing as being theorized. We will win all Lok Sabha situates here with him. We know how to deal with our cooperation accomplices.”

He included, “There are such a significant number of kinds of verbal confrontations about the organization together with Nitish Kumar in the media and somewhere else. Be that as it may, that should stop here,” he said.

Shah additionally scrutinized the arrangement of the Mahagathbandhan and specified how the BJP battled effectively against Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati, Lalu Prasad and others in 2014. “What is the distinction now? Give them a chance to be joined together. Our triumphant excursion will proceed in 2019.”

Urging party laborers not to peruse excessively in the ongoing bypoll fiasco in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, Phoolpur and Kairana, the BJP boss stated: “UP mein chacha, bhateeja, bua sab ikattha ho jayen, koi fark nahi padta. Punch kamal ka jhanda liye hamara karyakarta Modi ji ko dobara Pradhan Mantri banane niklega toh murmur 50 pratishat ka lakshya karke aage badhenge. Hamari situate 73 se 74 ho sakti hai, 72 nahi (Let the uncle, nephew, auntie all be joined together. It won’t have any effect. At the point when our gathering laborers will walk with the lotus banner to guarantee a second term for Narendra Modi, we will battle with a 50 for each penny target. Our seats can increment from 73 to 74 yet can’t come down to 72).”

Shah additionally took a correspond at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and stated: “Careful strike ne desh ka gaurav badhaya standard Rahul Baba poochte hain ki isse kya hua? Darasal Lalu ji ki boli aur Rahul baba ki boli stick chuki hai. Unhe samajh nahi ayega ki kya hua (The careful strike improved our nation’s pride yet Rahul Baba asked what occurred from this. All things considered his words have coordinated with that of RJD pioneer Lalu Yadav. He won’t comprehend what occurred from careful strike)”.

In the midst of cheers from party specialists, he described how the BJP had proceeded with its triumphant streak from Maharashtra to Manipur after the arrangement of the Narendra Modi government at the Center. “We were not in control in Bihar but rather Nitish ji chose to dump degenerate RJD and now we are in government here,” he said.

Discussing the Andhra Pradesh boss clergyman, Shah stated, “Agar Chandra Babu Naidu chale gaye to hamare saath Nitish ji aa gaye. (Nitish ji accompanied us when Chandrababu Naidu left us).”