The NDA letter is written by LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, Rashtriya Lok Samata party leader Upendra Kushwaha, BJP leader and former Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi and BJP leader Dr CP Thakur.
The letter titled, Bihar is not Nitish, Nitish is not Bihar, reads...
Dear Sisters and Brothers of Bihar,
The Bihar Chief Ministers letter this morning was terribly disappointing. It resembled a flop comedy film after being shown a much hyped and grand trailer. We were expecting he would raise issues pertaining to Bihars progress. Alas, were proven wrong.
We are deeply anguished that there is a clear, condemnable and calculated attempt to misappropriate the voice of Bihar as the voice of one man, the Chief Minister and his ambitions.
Never has Bihar tolerated any attempt by any individual to appropriate the voice and conscience of the people of Bihar. We want to humbly state, Bihar is not Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar is not Bihar. The Bihar Chief Ministers letter is a perfect illustration of how greed for power compels an individual to do anything, even trample over the history of a wonderful state like Bihar.
Clearly, the actions of the Chief Minister are in direct conflict with the ethos of Bihar, which for time immemorial has been the land of democracy, tolerance, dialogue and visionary leadership. It is from Bihar that Lord Buddha preached his message of peace and tolerance, it is Bihar whose history is rich with democratic republics and it is Bihar that had the might to keep even a feared conqueror like Alexander away. Neither is it the culture of Bihar to insult the poor and downtrodden, the Maha Dalits, which Shri Nitish Kumar did.
It is evident that Shri Nitish Kumars advisors have failed him yet again. This is, however not surprising considering how he was tricked by a coterie into believing that he will be the Prime Minister of India, which led him to break the alliance with the BJP. The rest is obviously history.
One would have expected at least Shri Nitish Kumarto comprehend words and issues better. The Prime Minister, in his Muzaffarpur speech on 26th, made a very accurate and pertinent remark on Shri Nitish Kumarspolitical journey, which in our view (and that of several others) is characterized by deceit, treachery and ungratefulness.
The remarks of the Prime Minister pertained to Shri Kumars(and not that of Bihars) political DNA (and not your or Bihars DNA as he have mischievously misinterpreted). Mr. Nitish Kumar, before writing to the Prime Minister, please apologize to the people of Bihar for shamelessly distorting the words of the Prime Minister for petty political gains and humiliating Bihar in the process.
We want to assure the people of Bihar that in the last year the progress of Bihar has received a great impetus after the NDA assumed office. Be it representation in the Ministry, availability of resources, allocation and completion of development projects, the support has been phenomenal. Those who were pained that the Prime Minister never came to Bihar in these fourteen months may answer where that pain disappeared when his predecessor never found time to visit Bihar once during his ten year tenure except for an aerial survey.
The ABCD of Shri Nitish Kumars politics is Arrogance, Betrayal, Conspiracy and Deceit. No wonder, Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav said about him, Aisa Koi Saha Nahi Jisko Nitish Kumar Ne Thaga Nahi. Who knows him better than the dear Lalu ji. And curiously, did he ever write an open letter to him for saying this?
The learned Bihar CM quotes JP and Lohia but we shudder to think what they would say on hisnewfound friends and those he issupporting (first tacitly and now openly). How can he ever condone the cardinal sin of supporting one of the most corrupt and regressive governments in the history of Independent India, the UPA2.
When Shri Nitish Kumar broke the alliance with the BJP do you know what was the biggest casualty- development of Bihar and aspirations of the people of Bihar. You voted for the NDA with a ray of hope and promise of growth. That stands shattered in front of one mans personal ego and ambitions. The governance of Shri Nitish Kumar post the alliance with BJP ended (after June 2013 and after February 2015)clearly illustrates that the myth Shri Kumar created of being a Sushashan Babu was precisely that- a golden myth.
On a different note, we are very happy that the Bihar Chief Minister found a new vocation- of writing letters to Shri Narendra Modi. He has even created a special website for the same. Trust this is a first of many letter and rest assured, he will have all the time to write letters after November 2015. Incidentally, we were amused to see him share the letter first on precisely those mediums he consistently rubbished as trivial.
Sisters and brothers of Bihar, it is for you to decide. Do we want those who will divert from the real issues and focus on mindless politics or do we want a team that will spend every single moment for Bihars progress and to make Bihar the most developed state in India.
Bihar is yearning for development and good governance, not stale politics, ego battles and Jungle Raj.
Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi, Shri Upendra Kushwaha, Shri Sushil Modi, Dr. CP Thakur
"Feel unhappy about the developments in the Parliament..& the expulsion of 25 learned MP friends, including one who was not even present,' Sinha said, in a series of tweets about recent political developments including the upcoming Bihar elections.
"Good sense must prevail ..sooner the better," he tweeted, referring to the ongoing Parliament logjam following demands by the Congress party that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj resign over her alleged role in helping Lalit Modi obtain travel documents.
Sinha, in his tweets, also thanked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for what he termed were 'glowing compliments' by the JD(U) leader.
"Humbled and touched by Nitish ji's glowing compliments.. in calling me the pride of Bihar. I am fond of him as a friend and a much respected leader of the masses,' Sinha tweeted, adding that he hoped the exchange would not cause "too much concern or jealousy'.
Hours later, Sinha clarified his tweets saying he was in no way questioning the decision of the Speaker which was final and binding. "Sincere request. Please don't go overboard in reaction to what I have tweeted. I have only expressed my sadness that things have come to such a pass that the honorable and respected Speaker had to take such a strong decision,' he tweeted. The former Union minister also said that "feeling sad or happy about anything is not anti-party activity'.
A resident of Ghulam Mustafabad (Faisalabad) in Pakistan, Naved, believed to be in early 20s, has two brothers and one sister. One of them is a lecturer while the other runs a hosiery business.
During questioning at a joint interrogation centre in Jammu region, he said he had initially made an attempt to enter the Kashmir Valley a month ago but had to return as their guide had not turned up to receive them, official sources said.
Naved identified the fellow terrorist killed today in the retaliatory fire by BSF as Noman alias Momin, who hailed from Bhawalpur in Pakistan. The duo carried out an attack on a BSF convoy at Simroli near Udhampur killing two constables.
In the gun fight, Noman was killed while he managed to escape before being nabbed by the Village Defence Committee members, they said
The fast-bowler however remained safe in the attack.
Confirming the incident, Akram said that he was on his way to the National Stadium to attend a bowling camp when a vehicle rammed into his car from behind.
He said that some guards and the owner of the other vehicle came out and shot at Akram, barely missing him. The bullet hit his car's tires but he is unhurt.
Calm and smiling at the cameras, Usman said who was surrounded by the police and locals said, "There was two of us. We've been here for 12 days."
Usman said they had "come through the jungles," and added, "No bus or train would come here, would it?" when asked how he had travelled.
He said their food got over in three days and that they had survived by raiding a house.
The Jammu and Kashmir policemen later led him down a hill, with his face covered and his hands bound behind his back with a rope.
The police later said said that Usman is from Pakistan's Faisalabad, which is where the the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, led by Maulana Masood Azhar has a base.
"As our police officials are doing a good job, I do not feel that there is a necessity of giving the Louis Berger case to CBI," Parsekar said outside the state Legislative Assembly complex amid the ongoing session.
His statement came a day after former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat moved for anticipatory bail in connection with the bribery case. "I feel that a person goes for anticipatory bail when he feels afraid of being involved in the case," Parsekar said.
Early reports say that Khan may have infiltrated into India around 10 days ago with the intention of carrying out a major strike in Jammu and Kashmir and may in fact have been part of the team that launched the attack in Gurdaspur, Punjab.
The team was split into two -- one to carry out the attack at Gurdaspur, while the other was meant to target the Amarnath Yatra.
On July 1, it was published in various media reports that Nehru's Wikipedia profile was edited with some objectionable comments. Wikipedia had subsequently reverted the changes as per their policy.
"Actions have been initiated to investigate into the incident and determine the source of edit," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
The minister was responding to a query regarding action taken by the government on this issue. Prasad said as per the information published on Wikipedia website, it is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project supported by 'Wikimedia Foundation' based on a model of openly editable content.
The Dawn reports: "We are fully prepared to respond to entire spectrum of threat," Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif said while chairing a corps commanders' conference at the General Headquarters on Tuesday. The aggravating situation on the Line of Control and Working Boundary was high on the commanders' agenda, the Dawn reported. The Pakistan army had been accusing India of fomenting unrest in Balochistan, Fata and Karachi.
This morning terrorists attacked a Border Security Force convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur killing two soldiers of the BSF and injuring 11 others. While one of the two terrorists involved in the strike was shot dead in retaliatory fire the other was arrested.
"We have extended ban (on Maggi) for one more month as the company (Nestle) has not furnished any safety data for that product (Maggi), as per the Food Safety Standard Act and the rules regulations thereunder," Gujarat Food and Drug Control Authority Commissioner H G Koshia said when asked about extension of ban on Maggi noodles.
In the early hours of June 10, an Audi driven by Gadkar rammed into a taxi, resulting in the death of two persons, including the taxi driver, on the Eastern Freeway in Mumbai. She was allegedly drunk at that time.
She had moved the sessions court after Kurla Metropolitan Magistrate Court rejected her bail plea twice. Gadkar, through her lawyer, had told the court that investigation in the case was over and no purpose would be served by keeping her in jail.
Khan who has been taken to hospital for a mandatory health check-up will be interrogated thereafter.
"There was firing on a BSF convoy on the highway near Samroli by militants early this morning," Deputy Commission, Udhampur, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary said.
Two BSF jawans were killed and 11 personnel were injured, IG, BSF (Jammu Frontier), Rakesh Kumar said. The militants hurled grenades and opened indiscriminate fire on the convoy when it reached Nassu belt on its way from Jammu to Srinagar, IG Jammu, Danish Rana said, adding that the BSF jawans retaliated, killing one of the two militants.
The injured jawans have been taken to a hospital, he said, adding a massive combing operations has been launched by the army and the police in and around the area which has been cordoned off.
Vehicular movement on the highway has been stopped due to the incident. Reacting to the attack, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "Those behind such attacks very well know that their terror designs won't be running for long in India. That is why they are doing all such kinds of activities."
Three civilians taken hostage by the terrorist are safe, say officials. The terrorists, who were reportedly wearing military uniforms, attacked the BSF convoy on the highway near Samruli, about 10 km from Udhampur.
It is a rare catch for the forces, especially in a region where terrorists come prepared to "kill and be killed," not "kill and escape."
Pic: Qasim Khan, the militant caught alive today. Courtesy: ANI
"India expects Pakistan to abide by its agreement that it will not to allow its territory to promote terrorist activity against India. The Indian govt is committed to resolve all issues with Pakistan withing the Agra framework and the Lahore declaration. A meaningful dialogue is necessary and requires an environment free from violence and terror.
Also read: Nitin Gokhale's piece for Rediff.com: Peace at last, peace at last. Thank God Almighty, peace at last.
It may be recalled that last year, on the same occasion, the PM wore a bright orange and green bandhej saafa (turban), popular in western Rajasthan and Gujarat. The turban was specially ordered and sent to New Delhi for the occasion.
Known to be a sartorial trendsetter, the trail of the turban blowing in the wind, was a perfect photo-op for the press that went to town over his Independence Day address on the ramparts of the Red Fort.
It is protocol to wear headgear when you salute the tricolour while it is being hoisted. In fact, the home minister has to keep his head covered while taking salute from the paramilitary forces.
Modi is keen to wear turban on special occasions, even while he was Gujarat CM. During his 10-year stint as CM he has worn different kinds of turbans from Kutch, Bhuj and other parts of Gujarat.
During the US President's Republic Day visit to India, Obama, while raising a toast at a banquet hosted in his honour by President Pranab Mukherjee, said he wanted to wear a 'Modi kurta'.
He also recalled a headline back home which asked who is the new fashion icon other than Michelle Obama and said "I was thinking of wearing a Modi kurta myself."
Meanwhile, the Union government has issued a circular making it mandatory for its officers to be present at the Red Fort when the Prime Minister hoists the National Flag and delivers his address on Independence Day on August 15.
According to reports, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has pushed for a non-bailable warrant even after the court asked it on what grounds it was demanding the issue of a non-bailable warrant without a charge sheet being filed in the case.
If the court upholds the request, it would not only lead to Modi's arrest as and when he returns from London, but also pave the way for the issuance of a Red Corner Notice against him, if he chooses to remain a fugitive from justice.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi says the party has not liked the Lok Sabha Speaker's decision on suspension of Congress MPs "but we respect her position."
Twenty five of Congress party's 44 members in Lok Sabha were suspended on Monday for five days for causing disruptions, setting the stage for escalation in confrontation, as nine opposition parties decided to boycott the House for these days to express solidarity with the suspended members.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took the decision, the first such major action in the present Lok Sabha, against the members for "persistently, wilfully obstructing" the House by displaying placards and shouting slogans.
The government, however, has expressed its desire to resolve the impasse as key legislation including the Land Bill and GST Bill and a statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Naga peace deal are pending. The government is willing to go the extra mile but we cant give in to unreasonable demands, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said.
Doval said it the popular opinion that Yakub was hanged in the absence of his brother Tiger Memon, the mastermind of the attack, was wrong. Doval said this while delivering a lecture at Mumbai's Yashvantrao Chavan Centre, yesterday.
"It was completely wrong to say India could not catch Tiger and therefore caught Yakub. Yakub and Tiger are standalone. Inter linkage is incorrect," he said.
He also responded to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's tweets in an indirect manner. "Someone tweeted me a statement by a leader in the evening, saying state-sponsored killing diminishes us all and reduces us to murderers. This argument means anyone acting in defence reduces himself to murderers," Doval said.
Doval pointed out that the state "had to protect itself" "You cannot say someone has the freedom to carry out a terrorist act, but the state does not have the right to use its coercive instruments to deny him his life," he added.
Trains from Jabalpur and Bhusawal are headed to the site of the accident.
Several doctors and rescue and relief workers are on their way to the site as well.
Reports indicate that the passengers were electrocuted while trying to evacuate the train.
The death toll could rise.
Passengers on board the train have told ANI, that water from the Machak river overflowed onto the tracks.
Electrical lines in the area are down.
The train derailed while crossing the bridge and five bogies fell into the river.
More details awaited.
Picture for representation only.
Five bogies of the train have reportedly fallen into the Machak river some 25 kilometers away from Harda.