A38 tHe WeeK tHAt WAs India Abroad September 25, 2015
hundreds of SUvs made their way from all parts of Bihar to Patna after the poll bugle was sounded for the state last week. the owners of the SUvs thronged the homes of chief minister nitish Kumar, his ally Rashtriya Janata Dal chief lalu Prasad in the high securi- ty zone and the RJD,Janata Dal- United and Bharatiya Janata Party offices in Patna’s Beer chand Patel marg, in their quest to be nominat- ed candidates for the assembly election which will begin october 10. ”I have been waiting here since thursday (September 10) to meet nitish Kumar,” ashok Kumar Singh, one of the hundreds seeking an election nomination, said. the JD-U and RJD will contest the election from 100 constituencies each while its other ally, the congress party, will contest 40 con- stituencies. Bihar has 243 assem- bly constituencies, and the winning coalition must win 121 constituen- cies to form a government. RJD Secretary chandeshwar Prasad Singh said he receives at least 200 to 300 applications from nomination seekers each day. lalu yadav has asked nomination seekers not to meet him at his home and told them to stay put in their home districts until they hear from his office. the rival national Democratic alliance finalised its electoral arrangement for the Bihar assembly election September 14, but only after former chief minister Jitan Ram manjhi bargained for more assembly constituencies for his party to contest the poll. the BJP finally agreed to give manjhi’s hindustani awam morcha 20 constituencies, trimming the number of constituencies for Ram vilas Paswan’s lok Janshakti Party and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya lok Samata Party. While the BJP – which hopes to capture power in Bihar — will con- test 160 constituencies, the lJP will fight the election from 40 and the RlSP 23 constituencies.
one of the oldest and most revered idols of lord Ganesh in mumbai, the lalbaugcha Raja, was unveiled in mumbai September 11, six days ahead of the Ganesh festival. a darshan of the idol takes about a two-and-a-half-hour wait in the queue during weekdays and eight to nine hours during weekends of the Ganesh festival. this year, the lalbaugcha Raja will be housed in a replica of the famous sheesh mahal of Indore, designed by Bollywood art director nitin chandrakant Desai. It takes several weeks after the festival to count the cash donations and donations made in kind like gold and silver orna- ments by devotees. Sikh devotees carry the Guru Granth Sahib in a palanquin inside the Golden temple in amritsar, September 14, to celebrate the 411th anniversary of the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib, the religious book of the Sikhs. mUnISh ShaRma/ReUteRS
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Devotees attend a procession before the second Shahi Snan, September 13.
Sadhus with swords run towards the banks of the Godavari river during the second Shahi Snan at the Kumbh mela in nashik, September 13.
a naga Sadhu jumps in a pond during the second Shahi Snan at the Kumbh mela in trimbakeshwar, nashik, September 13.
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