YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 21 C TALIBAN TERRORISM IS BACK IN AFGHANISTAN HITTING KABUL GOVT OPINION Sky will be clear. Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 11 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—176 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) EQUITIES SOAR: SENSEX, NIFTY CLOSE AT RECORD HIGHS BUSINESS Morning India Twist-n-turns THUMBS UP FOR CM, SNUB FOR BJP Ruling coalition wins Dumka, Bermo by-polls Bihar election results: Defying exit poll predictions, NDA gives tough fight to Tejaswi-led MGB NDA 123 RJD+ 113 RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav speaks to media, in Patna on Tuesday. ANI OTH NEW DELHI: With over 70 per cent ballot counted, the electoral contest in Bihar is becoming another tough contest to call. The BJP has surged ahead of its ally JDU, but it is in a close contest with its political arch-rival RJD in Bihar polls. Neither the NDA or the Grand Alliance or the Mahagathbandhan (MGB) has crossed the half-way mark yet. As per the Election Commission data at 9 p.m., winners have been declared on 89 out of 243 seats. The BJP has won 28 seats followed by 25 seats by the RJD, while the JD-U has won 17 seats. The counting for the 243-seat Bihar Assembly polls began at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. According to the Election Commission, the RJD is leading on 51 seats, taking its tally to 76 seats. Party of India (Marxist) on three seats each. As per the counting trend, the JD(U)-BJP alliance is now leading on 123 seats in the state. The BJP-led NDA fielded candidates on 121 seats, while the Nitish Kumar-led JDU contested on 122 seats. Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party is yet to either win a seat or lead on any. Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is leading on two seats and won three, while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has won one seat. Only one Independent candidate has won so far. The magic number for the winner is 122 in the 243-seat Assembly. The JDU-led NDA and the RJD-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) are the main contenders. The BJP is leading on 44 seats, an overall lead on 72 seats. The JD-U is in the third spot, leading on 26 seats and winning 17 seats. NDA partners Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) has won 2 seats and is leading on two seats seats while former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) has won one seat and leading on three seats.. The Grand Alliance is leading on total 113 seats. The Congress is at fourth position in, as it is leading on 19 seats, and second in the Grand Alliance. The grand old party is followed by three left partners that lead on 18 seats -- the Communist Party of India Marxist-Leninist (Liberation) (12), and the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist 7 BJP women wing celebrate NDA's lead during the counting of votes in Patna on Tuesday. AS PER THE ELECTION COMMISSION DATA AT 9 P.M., WINNERS HAVE BEEN DECLARED ON 89 OUT OF 243 SEATS. THE BJP HAS WON 28 SEATS FOLLOWED BY 25 SEATS BY THE RJD, WHILE THE JD-U HAS WON 17 SEATS. THE COUNTING FOR THE 243-SEAT BIHAR ASSEMBLY POLLS BEGAN AT 8 A.M. ON TUESDAY. Meanwhile, The AIMIM, the BSP and Independent candidates set for a win will have extra value amid the extremely tight situation in Bihar as the NDA and the Mahagathbandhan are neck to neck in getting to a simple majority. Even as the NDA is ahead of the Mahagathbandhan, it is barely at the half-way mark of 122 in the 243-member Bihar Assembly. The RJD is turning out to be single-largest party and its leaders say that they will legally stake a claim with the Governor to form a government in Bihar. In this case, the role of Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM which has won one seat and is leading on four more, the Bahujan Samaj Party which is leading on one seat and two Independent candidates may play a crucial role. The AIMIM may hold the key simply because of its anti-saffron ideology, even though Owaisi was targeted by by Tejashwi Yadav for weakening his party in its minority-dominated stronghold of Seemanchal. SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: In a major boost to the stewardship of the ruling alliance leader and Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Mahagathbandhan (MGB) candidates namely Kumar Jaimangal Singh alias Anup Singh of Congress and Basant Soren of the JMM registered victory from Bermo and Dumka seats respectively on Tuesday. At the end of the final round, JMM candidate Basant Soren won by a margin of 6,842 votes securing 80,559 votes against BJP candidate Lois Marandi's 73,717. In Bermo, Anup Singh won with a margin of 14,225 votes garnering 94,022 votes against BJP's Yogeshwar Mahto's 79, 797 votes at the end of the 17th and final round. The counting in Dumka was a tight contest with the BJP candidate leading at the end of several rounds during the middle phase of counting. Basant took a lead in the 12th round and never looked back. In Bermo, the Congress candidate went into lead at the fourth round and maintained the top position in the counting till the final round. The JMM and Congress party workers welcomed the results with drum beats and smearing 'abir' at each other in different places of the state. Crackers were also burst while the party workers distributed sweets among each other. Chief minister Hemant Soren met his father Shibu Soren after the results. Later on, he also congratulated the people for the verdict. Even as the final results were announced the JMM thanked the people for their JMM’s Basant Soren after the announcement of results in Dumka on Tuesday. verdict. JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya said that this is the first tenure of Basant Soren as MLA, adding he was confident that Basant would turn Dumka into a model constituency. He said the rumours spread by the BJP during the by-polls have been reined in by the people. Several Congress leaders, including state president and minister Rameshwar Oraon and other ministers, including Alamgir Alam, Badal Patralekh, and Banna Gupta said the results of Bermo and Dumka were as per their expectations. Oraon said that elections results have proved that people have elected the government for a period of five years. Alam said that the BJP leaders' irrational statements during the campaign were also responsible for their defeat. JMM candidate Basant Soren said that the people of Dumka have reposed faith in the works of the current government. He said that though the BJP candidate was in lead on many occasions he was assured of his win. He said, "My aim is to give Dumka the status of the second capital of the state in reality by improving its infrastructure." After the win, Kumar Jaimangal dedicated the win to his father late Rajendra Prasad Singh saying the results in his favour was due to the works done by him. He said, "I am overwhelmed by the love shown by people towards me and my father," he said while pointing out that people have given him more votes than his father. In Dumka, 3665 people voted for None of The Above (NOTA), which was more than all contestants except the Congress and the BJP candidates in the elections. In Bermo, the number of NOTA votes was 2108. Former minister Lalchand Mahto who fought from Bahujan Samaj Party in Bermo got 4,281 votes. In Dumka Surya Singh Besra of Jharkhand People's Party 467 votes. AT A GLANCE FM TELLS BANKS TO SEED ALL ACCOUNTS WITH AADHAAR BY MARCH NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has directed banks to seed all account with Aadhaar numbers of their respective holders by March 2021. Addressing the 73rd Annual General Meeting of the Indian Banks Association (IBA), through video conference, she said that financial inclusion story is not over and they still have inclusion to carry forward. "You still have so many out there who still do not have a bank account. And when I say a bank account, it is an 'Aadhaar seeded' account," she said. CENTRE INVITES PUNJAB FARMERS BODIES FOR TALKS ON NOV 13 CHANDIGARH: The Centre has invited Punjab farmer bodies protesting against its farm laws for talks on November 13 in Delhi. An invite from the Secretary, Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, has been sent to farmers' organisations for talks with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh Rajewal said farmers' organisations have received an invitation. A farmer leader said they have called a meeting of representatives of unions on November 12 to discuss the strategy. Artisan finishing on Kali idols at Kumartuli on Tuesday. People visited Victoria Memorial after the authorities re-opened during unlock in Kolkata on Tuesday .Prabir Bhattacharya PM MODI’S STERN MESSAGE TO CHINA, PAKISTAN AT SCO MEET ‘Respect sovereignty and territorial integrity’ NEW DELHI: In a stern message to Pakistan and China during Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) annual meet on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it is important that the member countries respect one another's "sovereignty and territorial integrity". In the virtual meet attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping, PM Modi said it is "unfortunate" that unnecessary attempts are being made to bring bilateral issues in the SCO agenda, which is in violation of SCO Charter and Shanghai spirit. "India has strong cultural and historical ties with Shanghai Cooperation Organisation countries...India believes that to enhance connec- Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the 20th Summit of SCO Council of Heads of State, via video-conferencing in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI tivity it is important that we move forward while respecting one another's sovereignty and territorial integrity," PM Modi said. "It is unfortunate that there are unnecessary attempts to bring bilateral issues in the SCO agenda, which is in violation of SCO Charter and Shanghai spirit," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the 20th Summit of SCO Council of Heads of State. The annual summit, which is taking place virtually was also attended by all SCO member sates including Pakistan and China. It is the first time that PM Modi and the Chinese President are sharing a platform since border stand-off between the Indian and Chinese troops in May. The two countries have held several rounds of diplomatic and military talks over border tensions. The meet also comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Khan in August had released Pakistan's new political map laying untenable claims to Indian territories. India had termed the act as an "exercise in political absurdity." This is the third meeting, in which New Delhi will be participating as a full member. It was granted the observer status of SCO in 2005 and in June 2017 it became a full member. The summit is expected to conclude with the release of a Moscow declaration, which will reflect the broad agenda of the bloc for 2021. Prime Minister Modi said India stands against terrorism, illegal arms smuggling and drugs and money laundering. "We stand against terrorism, illegal arms smuggling, drugs and money laundering. India is firm in its commitment to work under SCO as per the principles laid down in the #SCO Charter," he said. During his address, Prime Minister Modi called for "reformed multilateralism" that reflects global realities of the present times and discussed topics such as expectations of all stakeholders, contemporary challenges and human welfare. The Indian Prime Minister also said the United Nations has completed its 75 years but the basic goal of the world body is still incomplete.