A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition was filed in the Patna High Court on Thursday against two Minister sons of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, allegedly for concealing details of their assets in affidavits submitted to the Election Commission during the 2015 Assembly elections. The petitioner sought annulment of the election of State deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav.“Both the Ministers did not disclose their assets in poll affidavits filed to the Election Commission in 2015…I have requested the court to declare their election as null and void,” the petitioner Manibhushan Pratap Sengar told journalists in Patna. The petitioner has also sought a CBI inquiry into the matter.On Thursday, Mr. Modi wrote a letter to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urging him to sack Tej Pratap Yadav and file a First Information Report (FIR) against him for concealing asset details in his poll affidavit.
Incessant rain since Friday night has wreaked havoc in Bihar, including the State’s capital, Patna.In view of the forecast of continuous rain, a red alert has been sounded in 13 districts in north Bihar.In Patna, the situation has become alarming and the stagnant rainwater has forced people to remain inside their houses.In Rajendra Nagar, Kankarbagh, Kadam Kuan and Patliputra colony, rainwater entered houses, forcing people to move to higher floors or other places.Telephone lines and mobile services have collapsed in these areas, with massive shutdown of electricity since Friday night.Schools and offices have been closed.Train services too have been temporarily suspended, especially on the Gaya-Koderma, Ara-Sasaram and Samatipur-Darbhanga routes.“Several trains have been affected on several routes because of heavy rain”, said Rajesh Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer of East Central Railway.The State Disaster Management Department has sounded a red alert, especially in 13 districts of north Bihar, in view of the heavy rain on Saturday.“District officials have been have been asked to be fully prepared to face the sitaution”, said Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Pratyay Amrit.Meanwhile, the Water Resources Department too has sounded an alert as water levels in the Ganga and the Gandak have been rising, causing pressure to embankment at some places.At most places, the Ganga is flowing above the danger mark. In Patna too, the river is flowing above danger mark.In the State capital, the situation is worse as people are marooned in waterlogged areas, with heavy rain pouring since Friday night. At hospitals, rainwater entered wards, causing major inconvenience to patients.“What to do…it seems all the drainage system of Patna has been clogged and water has become stagnant…worse, it is still raining”, said Atul Kumar, a doctor in Rajendra Nagar.