The BJP, a ruling coalition partner in Bihar, has accused the State administration of acting in a partisan manner in dealing with the communal clashes that broke out in several districts during the last week’s Ram Navmi celebrations. Recently, the State government had released funds for the repair of mosques, shops and madrassas damaged in the communal clashes — a move questioned by the State BJP leaders.A team of BJP leaders from the State met the police chief K.S. Dwivedi on Friday and submitted a memorandum asking why action was being taken only against members of the majority community for communal flare-ups alleging that members from both communities were involved and had suffered losses.The delegation demanded the “release of all innocent people and a high-level enquiry into the alleged partisan approach adopted by the police.”“This policy of appeasing one community has never paid off for the country,” said senior State BJP leader and former party MP C.P. Thakur. Communal incidents were witnessed in six districts in which several people were injured, shops gutted and mosques damaged. A total of 15 cases were registered by police and 214 people were arrested. The Opposition parties have charged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of “surrendering before the aggressive BJP”.
India’s World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten and former India cricketers Venkatesh Prasad and WV Raman were shortlisted for the role of head coach of the Indian senior women’s team on Thursday.A total of 28 cricketers, including incumbent Ramesh Powar, had applied for the job. 10 of them were interviewed by a Board of Control for Cricket in India-appointed ad-hoc committee, which included legendary India all-rounder Kapil Dev earlier in the day.Kapil along with Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanthan Rangaswamy, who are all part of the three-member panel, suggested the three names to the apex body of Indian cricket, according to the Press Trust of India. Manoj Prabhakar, Trent Johnston, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Brad Hogg, and Kalpana Venkatachar were the others who were interviewed on Thursday.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) meanwhile, had distanced itself from the selection process after treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry told the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that the board would have nothing to do with the appointment of the coach.”An appointment that may be a result of this process can in no manner be called an appointment for and on behalf of BCCI,” Chaudhry was quoted as saying by ANI.”Since there is no decision of the CoA in the selection of the women’s coach, the process and appointment, if any, in the present facts & circumstances, are without jurisdiction & without authority,” he added.Will Kirsten give up his RCB job?However, a cloud of uncertainty surrounds Kirsten’s potential appointment as the head coach as he is reportedly unwilling to give up his role as the head coach of Indian Premier League, franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kirsten’s current position may amount to Conflict of Interest although he is going to be working with the women’s team.advertisement”Gary is not prepared to leave his job as coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Until he gives up that position, it will be hard for us to offer the job to him. So right now it should be between Raman and Prasad for the job,” a senior BCCI official told CricketNext.Efforts are being made to convince Kirsten to step down from his role as head coach of the women’s team, according to the report. It was under Kirsten’s watch that India’s men’s team won the 2011 World Cup.The South African had been the head coach of the Indian team for three years from 2008 to 2011. He then coached South Africa from 2011 to 2013. He is currently the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.The BCCI has been looking for a new head coach for the women’s team after Ramesh Powar’s brief stint as interim coach ended last month, in rather controversial circumstances. Powar too appeared for the interview.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA), comprising chairman Vinod Rai and former India captain Diana Edulji, have been divided over the coach selection process.While Edulji wanted Powar to continue at least until the New Zealand tour starting next month, Rai instructed the BCCI top brass to invite fresh applications.Powar’s controversial interim tenure ended on November 30 after a bitter fallout with ODI captain and senior player Mithali Raj over selection issues. Powar decided to apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the former India spinner.Also Read | Feel sorry for Mithali Raj, you cannot drop someone like her: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Kapil’s Devils more handsome than Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup-winning team: GavaskarAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash AmbaniAlso See: