BJP took 8 seats easily, while its ninth candidate Anil Agrawal beat BSP’s candidate B.R. Ambedkar by second preference vote count.
The shake-up could have been prompted by the shock bypoll losses in Gorakhpur and Phulpur to the SP-BSP combine and the feedback given by senior Union Ministers.
The 45% jump in saving resulted from further pruning of fake or duplicate beneficiaries and plugging of leakages that enabled “deserving beneficiaries” to get benefits, according to officials.
BJP’s Muzzafarnagar MP also said that though he believed that senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was the “mastermind” of those riots, he had no evidence to prove so.
Needing 37 votes to get her candidate elected to the Rajya Sabha, she currently has 19 MLAs of her own, 9 MLAs from SP (after 37 SP MLAs vote to elect Bachchan) and 7 from the Congress.
Hussain also agreed with advice given by Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan on communal harmony and addressing perception issues.
Singh had in 2013 aggressively pitched for Narendra Modi as PM face, while Nitish Kumar later snapped ties with the BJP over Modi’s candidature.
BJP leader's remark comes in the wake of tensions with its political ally and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who has raised concerns over the saffron party's political strategy in the region.
The Bihar CM has taken exception to a BJP leader seeking to offer an incorrect reason for a murder in Darbhanga. The incident, Nitish clarified, was not related to 'Modi gate'.
A senior party strategist admitted the SP-BSP was banking on converting 2019 election into a ‘forward backward’ election to defeat the BJP.
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