Bihar Chief Minister has sent his swab sample for COVID-19 test after Awadhesh Narayan Singh was found to be infected with the virus.
Besides the chief minister, samples of 15 staffers of the Chief Minister's Office have been collected for COVID-19 test, the sources said, adding results are expected Sunday.
Shah's statement at a first of its kind ‘virtual rally', in which he addressed the people of the state from the national capital using internet and broadcast mediums, will scotch whatever speculation there might have been over Kumar's stewardship as a section of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance leaders had been questioning his leadership.
The state has observed a rise in the number of coronavirus cases after the 'Shramik Special' trains began arriving
The chief minister directed officials to pay attention to post harvest management besides ensuring availability of market for the agro products, an official release said.
Paswan accused the Bihar government of dragging its feet on the issue of migrants while states like the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh have started bringing its people back by bus-loads.
In a statement issued here, Kumar said revised guidelines will provide relief to students, tourists, pilgrims and migrant workers hailing from Bihar, who are stuck in far-off places across the country.
According to media reports, many such workers are losing their jobs in the wake of the virus scare and taking up an arduous journey back home on foot from places as far off as Rajasthan.
The amount will be directly transferred in their bank accounts, the chief minister said in an official statement.
He also said that in the event of any death caused by the disease in the state, the next of kin of each deceased will get Rs 4 lakh as compensation.
Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, one the senior-most BJP leaders in the state, offered his take on his Twitter handle without mentioning by name the opposition party, its founder Lalu Prasad or his younger son Tejashwi Yadav.
The JD(U) leader’s strategy appears to be to retain the Hindu votes by riding piggyback on the BJP and, at the same time, winning over the minorities by passing the resolution against the NRC.
Earlier in the day, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had reiterated his opposition to "additional clauses" inserted in the NPR forms
Replying to a debate on an adjournment motion moved by Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav and others, Kumar told the assembly that there should be "no confusion" regarding how the NPR exercise would be carried out in the state and that nobody would be asked to furnish information like places of birth of parents.
The Janata Dal (United) president had in December already made its stand clear that the NRC would not be implemented in the state, though the party supported the Centre's Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
"I have come here to listen to your problems... We will try to provide all possible help. Various cooperatives have been honoured and the PACS has been provided with many facilities," Kumar said at an event here.
He said the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) was ready to take on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) against its "divisive agenda and 15 years of misrule" in the assembly polls.
With the Delhi election result, BJP may have lost its hard-bargaining power when it comes to seat-sharing negotiations in Bihar
"Janta malik hai," said Kumar with hands folded above his head and the ghost of a smile playing on his lips as he sauntered past a posse of journalists tossing queries on the sidelines of a function where he unveiled a statue of RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
Bihar being a poor state has done a phenomenal job in areas of education, electricity and health, and strengthening road and transport infrastructure, Kumar said.
In a tweet minutes after the JD(U) suspended Kishor, Kishor said, "Thank you Nitish Kumar. My best wishes to you to retain the chair of Chief Minister of Bihar. God bless you."
Prashant Kishor lashed out at Nitish Kumar for saying that he was inducted into the party at the instance of Union Home Minister and then BJP chief Amit Shah
In his letter, Kumar expressed fears of "deterioration of health" of Sadhvi Padmavati - who hails from his native district of Nalanda, and has been living in Haridwar without food since December 15 last year.
Varma's comments came after Kumar, who is the chief minister of Bihar, snubbed him saying he is free to go wherever he wants and slammed him for raising his concerns over the party's stand on a host of citizenship measures of the Modi government.
On January 21, Varma had written a letter to Nitish Kumar seeking ideological clarity and questioning the tie-up with BJP