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Bihar Flood: A Blame Game erupts between BJP, JDU as Patna remains flooded

The BJP and Janata Dal United leaders in Bihar got into a blaming game after the ongoing Flood killed more than 70 people across the state and left large parts of the capital Patna submerged, with water levels failing to recede even four days after the rain stopped, NDTV reported.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The BJP and Janata Dal United leaders in Bihar got into a blame game after the ongoing Flood killed more than 70 people across the state and left large parts of the capital Patna submerged, with water levels failing to recede even four days after the rain stopped, NDTV reported.

Residents have described the situation as a “living hell” with malfunctioning water pumps hampering drainage operations and carcasses of dogs and pigs floating around the city, sparking fears of a disease outbreak.

The blame game erupted after the BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, a long-time critic of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stated the state authorities had not been sufficiently ready for the floods. 

“The government issued an alert asking people to be on guard. But was it on guard itself? Had it been so, people would not have been forced to suffer misery,” Singh said on Wednesday, October 3.

Giriraj Singh’s comment comes after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday said drainage operations in Patna by the BJP-controlled Urban Development Ministry were “far from satisfactory” and that he would personally monitor the situation.

He was supported by Bihar BJP President Sanjay Jaiswal, who accused Kumar’s government of “administrative negligence” in a Facebook post, according to news agency PTI. Another BJP leader, Minister of State Ashwini Choubey, was similarly critical.

The Chief Minister, whose leadership of the fragile BJP-JDU alliance in the state has come under pressure with Assembly elections expected next year, also hit out at critics, accusing them of “doing publicity and propaganda”.

“I am dedicated to janhit (public welfare) and not to publicity. I don’t believe in doing publicity and propaganda. Those who don’t work only do publicity,” he said.

JDU leaders have hit back by reminding their alliance partners (BJP) that they, in fact, control key administrative and planning posts for the state and Patna, such as the Mayor’s office and the Urban Development and Health Ministries.

JDU leader and Industries Minister Shyam Razak also accused BJP leaders of grandstanding in front of potential voters with one eye on next year’s polls.

The Chief Minister, who had to face a swarm of angry residents in Patna on Tuesday, earlier drew a parallel to the floods in Mumbai, for which he was criticized by junior BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand, who reminded Kumar that flood waters in Mumbai receded quickly.

Bihar is expected to hold Assembly elections next year and the floods, which Nitish Kumar described as a “natural calamity”, have provided BJP leaders looking for a change of leadership in the state with early campaign ammunition.

Kumar, who has come under pressure from BJP leaders looking for a change of leadership in the state, said last month that the NDA would secure more than 206 seats it won in 2010 polls, despite those “trying to do internal sabotage”.

According to the government, the floods have hit 959 villages across 15 districts. Around 21.45 lakh people have been affected. 45 relief camps and 324 community kitchens have been set up and more than 1,000 boats have been deployed.

In addition to flooded streets and houses, carcasses of dogs and pigs floating across the city have given rise to health concerns. Civic officials have begun removing these but their progress is slow.

Rain Alert in Patna – Forecast Updates

The Flood situation in Bihar is likely to worsen as the weather department predicted a light to moderate showers to continue for the next three to four days. The reason can be attributed to Cyclonic Circulation over Jharkhand and adjoining Bihar along with a Trough extending from East Uttar Pradesh to Northeast India across Bihar, Skymet Weather reported.

Areas like Rajendra Nagar and Kankarbagh remain submerged for the eighth day on Friday, October 4. Rajendra Nagar, one of the worst hit areas, is under four feet of stagnant water adding to the misery of locals.

Therefore, the upcoming showers may worsen this situation, thus posing a great threat to already waterlogged areas. The situation may remain grim in the state for another week or so.

 ‘The river Ganga had already breached its banks and the water level is expected to rise further, considering chances of more rains’, Skymet Weather said. 

The heavy rains have claimed 73 lives so far. 

Several people have alleged that there was no arrangement from the government to provide drinking water and food, though the administration said it has brought in heavy duty pumps to flush out water, the situation has not improved much. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Karnataka High Court issues notice to Rahul Gandhi for using KGF-2 song

The notice was issued by a division bench of Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Ashok S Kinagi.

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The Karnataka High Court on Friday issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi, Supriya Shrinate, and Jairam Ramesh for using the KGF-2 song on the social media handles of the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Reports said the copyright holder of soundtracks from KGF-2, MRT Music claimed that Congress including Wayanad Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi has violated the court’s order.

The notice was issued by a division bench of Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Ashok S Kinagi. In its complaint, MRT Music said the company had spent a whopping amount to acquire the rights to the songs in KGF-2 in Hindi.

In a statement, the music company slammed the Congress and said these lawful actions committed by a national political party reflect their blatant disregard for the rule of law and the rights of private individuals and entities while they are conducting Bharat Jodo Yatra to seek an opportunity to govern the country and frame legislation for protecting the rights of the common man and businesses.

Earlier in November, Congress in an affidavit to the High Court had promised to remove the song from all its social media handles. Reports also said a divisional bench of the HC on November 8 had set aside the order of a Commercial Court that directed the Congress to block the Twitter handles of the party and Bharat Jodo Yatra in the copyright case.

The Commerical Court for Bengaluru Urban District directed the removal of three tweets shared by the Congress’ Twitter handles @INCIndia and @BharatJodo.

Starring Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, and Archana Jois in the titular roles, KGF-2 is the second instalment to the 2018 Kannada film KGF: Chapter 1. Directed and written by Prashanth Neel, the music of the film has been composed by Ravi Basrur. The film became the third highest-grossing Indian film this year worldwide.

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Meerut police officer breaks into elderly Dalit couple’s house, beats them up, vandalises their house | WATCH

The Meerut police also quashed the claims of the woman to be false and added that the police officials haven’t behaved in an uncivilized manner with any of the relatives.

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A video has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut where the Meerut Police allegedly under the influence of alcohol broke into a Dalit couple’s house and vandalised it. The victims have also alleged that the police officials were intoxicated. The family is residents of a house in Sisauli village.

According to reports, the Mau Khas Police station Station incharge, Subhash Chand is alleged to be responsible for the incident.

In the video, the woman can be seen wailing in pain as she looks at her vandalised home and complains about the police officials. The daughter of the woman can also be seen traumatised as they alleged that the police were hurling abuses at them, whereas the woman allege that she was beaten up with sticks by the police offiicals.

The woman also claimed that the police took away here son and also alleged brutality inflicted on her son.

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Police’s statement

Police in their statement said that the son of the woman was absconding in a matter related to a fight between two parties who were under the influence of alcohol. The Meerut police also quashed the claims of the woman to be false and added that the police officials haven’t behaved in an uncivilized manner with any of the relatives.

Another incident

Another incident recently came to light from meerut where some people beat up the family of a girl that resisted the molestation by the hooligans. Upon seeing the commotion in their locality, the neighbours rushed in to restrain the perpetrators, however, the perpetrators also assaulted the neighbours with sticks. The family and girl was also beaten up with sticks according to reports.

The police have registered a case in TP nagar Police station and the are probing to find the absconding perpetrators.

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CTET and BTET teacher candidates cause ruckus in CM Nitish Kumar Muzaffarnagar rally ahead of by-polls

The byelections between the two giants for the Kurhani by-election constituency is scheduled to be held next month on 5 December whereas the vote counting will take place on 8 December.

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CTET and BTET teacher candidates

On Friday, Nitish Kumar was giving an address at a rally held in Kurhani Assembly in Muzaffarnagar. The Chief Minister of Bihar was while delivering his addressed faced sloganeering by the CTET and BTET teacher candidates where they were heard slognareering against the Chief Minister.

The slogans raised by the CTET and BTET teacher aspirants launched an attack on the Bihar CM by raising slogans such as shame on Nitish Kumar and more. Nitish Kumar’s supporters, after hearing the sloganeering done by the teacher aspirants ruckus transpired between the Nitish Kumar supporters and the teacher candidates.

According to reports, Kumar’s supporters turned to violence insued between the two parties as they used the plastic seats to throw at each other. Finally the supporters of Nitish Kumar successfully forced the teacher candidates out of the rally by throwing seats at the candidates during Nitish Kumar address.

It is reported that the ruckus between the two ensued on one end, whereas on the other end the clash between the two groups were witnessed by many as chairs were thrown by the Nitish Kumar supporters at the BTET and CTET teacher candidates.

Kurhani by-polls

Kurhani by-polls will become the first encounter between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dall United since the recent break of ties between the two parties to form a government with the help of Rashtriya Janata Dall.

The byelections between the two giants for the Kurhani by-election constituency is scheduled to be held next month on 5 December whereas the vote counting will take place on 8 December.

The Kurhani seat was vacated after the RJD MlA Anil Kumar Sahni was disqualified from the state assembly election after he was sent to jail. Sahni had won the seat by beating BJP’s fielded leader by 700 votes in 2020.

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