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Twist in Bihar drama: Nitish in Delhi, Patna HC holds his nomination illegal

Even as Nitish Kumar was knocking on the doors of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Patna High Court on Wednesday declared his appointment as leader of JD(U) legislature party as “illegal”. T

Bihar’s famous aloo and infamous democratic farce play out as state slips

As one gets down at Patna airport, a billboard featuring Bihar chief minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi and agriculture minister Narendra Singh greets you with a bizarre proclamation – ‘bring o

Manjhi quits as Bihar chief minister, Nitish to stake claim

Two hoursbefore the vote of confidence in the assembly, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi  met Governor KN Tripathi and submitted his resignation as it became clear that he does not have t

Bihar: Round one to Nitish, six months to the bell

A day after he was called to take oath as chief minister of  Bihar, Nitish Kumar, sitting in the lawns of his residence, looked pensive when asked by a journalist if he had also invited Delhi

Politics of opportunism in ‘post-ideology phase’

In the mid-1990s when BSP chief Kanshi Ram was not diffident about making “opportunism” his political ideology, it was frowned upon by media and mainstream politicians. However, two dec

Bihar exams cheating: HC raps minister, papers in 4 centres cancelled

The Patna High Court on Friday slammed as "very shameful" Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi`s statement that cheating-free exams were not possible in the state. On Thursday, Shahi said th

Lalu opens his cards

Lalu Yadav never ceases to surprise his opponents, supporters, alliance partners and political analysts with his maverick political actions. When everyone took him for granted as a partner in Janat

We have credible leadership in Bihar, says Rudy on poll prospects

The assembly elections in Bihar are round the corner and parties are gearing up for action. After few hiccups, Sharad Yadav  announced that RJD-JDU and Congress will fight the assembly ele

Will JD(U)-RJD alliance beat BJP in Bihar?

The JD(U) and RJD have announced a pre-poll alliance in the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. Will it give a challenge to the BJP in the state?

Emergency bomb: Advani provides fodder to Modi & BJP foes

It is hard to believe that in the age of social media activism in India there is a possibility of emergency-like situation in the country. But BJP leader LK Advani did allude to such a scenario and

Nitish Kumar mocks PM Modi’s foreign visits

Nitish Kumar, who has prime ministerial ambition, took a dig at prime minister Narendra Modi’s visits abroad and said that it is a blessing that Modi "spends some time in the country als

Will Bihar’s poll bonanza break the state?

Bihar may have had the luxury of revenue surplus budget of Rs 11,980 crore, but the way Nitish Kumar is dishing out bonanza after bonanza to various sectors of the poll-bound state, the new governm

`Hurt` Nitish to cash in on PM’s DNA remark

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has sent a backhanded compliment to Narendra Modi in an open letter to the prime minister while objecting to his DNA remark during a rally in Bihar.

Bihar finally gets polls special package

It was a big bang announcement for Bihar. Prime minister Narendra Modi announced a special package worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore, and an addition fund of Rs 40,000 crore for the poll-bound Bihar on Tues

Nitish’s dil ki baat is worth Rs 2.70 lakh crore

Battle for Bihar has become a battle of numbers. In his bid to upstage prime minister Narendra Modi`s Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar, state chief minister Nitish Kumar today unveiled

Mulayam deals a hard blow to Nitish & Lalu, breaks Bihar alliance

Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party have plenty to rejoice. The Samajwadi Party on Thursday pulled out of the `grand alliance` in poll-bound Bihar, dealing a blow to Nitish Kumar. The SP also

5-phase Bihar polls from Oct 12, code of conduct imposed

Bihar Assembly elections will be held in five phases from October 12. Chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced the election schedule in New Delhi on Wednesday. Other voting dates are Octob

If Nitish, Lalu are natural allies, let them praise each other: Ram Vilas Paswan

He has switched sides many a time. From being an ally of the BJP to an adversary in the past, today Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan is a minister in the BJP-le

Bihar poll results are crucial for Modi as they give momentum to govt: Carnegie

Bihar elections are going to be the biggest electoral test for the Modi-led BJP government and a victory could provide the central government with new momentum. The electoral process begins on Octo

BJP’s vision for Bihar is a charter of development

Ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi’s election meeting in Bihar tomorrow, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) today released its vision document for the Bihar assembly elections.

On a sticky wicket

With the Bihar elections round the corner, there is animated debate about its probable outcome. These elections will be an acid test for the leadership of the Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), and the

Morning briefing: Consumers spending less this festive season

Diwali is likely to be a subdued affair this year as middle and lower income families cut their festive spends by 43%, a survey by industry body ASSOCHAM has said. The study has attributed this red

Evening digest: Cabinet removes land cost from infra project costs to fast track approvals

In a spate of decisions, union cabinet has approved 10% stake sale in Coal India, initial public offer of Cochin Shipyards, approved 3% interest subsidy for exports, empowered roads ministry to rev

Anti-Modi opposition gathers under Nitish to celebrate

Janata Dal (united) veteran Nitish Kumar is all set to take oath as Bihar chief minister. He has become new rallying point for the anti-BJP group. But can Bihar be example for India? Can Nitish thr

With Bihar’s ban, a sixth of India is now ‘dry’

Bihar has prohibited alcohol, becoming the fourth state in the country to do so. Slowly yet surely, it seems, India is headed towards going ‘dry’. It is a bold move. One

Temperance times

Prohibition in Gujarat is of course a joke. There are days – national holidays, religious festivals – when a regular consumer would have a hard time buying it in Delhi or Mumbai, but hi

“Those who sold liquor will now sell milk in Bihar”

Bihar’s liquor ban was spearheaded by excise minister Abdul Jalil Mastan. The six-time Congress MLA talks about the state’s plans to overcome the challenges in implementing this dif

Dry Bihar heaves a sigh of relief

My husband has lost everything to liquor. Whatever we inherited from our ancestors is  gone. On top of that, he would turn harsh to us after drinking. But now he is fighting for his life after

Promises aside, Tamil Nadu still reeks of alcohol

It is half past noon. Dozens of eager men are at one of the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC)-run liquor shops in Mullimanagar, a fishing hamlet along the Marina beach in Chennai. The

Why prohibition doesn’t make economic sense

These days K Babu, the controversial excise minister in the previous United Democratic Front government in Kerala headed by Oommen Chandy, cannot control his anger and frustration. Reason? He becam

Five things to know about political strategist Prashant Kishor

Political strategists often remain low-profile and prefer to be in the background. But Prashant Kishor grabbed headlines soon after BJP’s mammoth victory in the 2014 general elections. There

Liquor ban is overreach by Bihar government

 Since we ‘made our tryst with destiny’ and woke up “to life and freedom”, in every aspect of our lives, we have been trying to move towards a comparatively more open a

Liquor ban is overreach by Bihar government

 Since we ‘made our tryst with destiny’ and woke up “to life and freedom”, in every aspect of our lives, we have been trying to move towards a comparatively more open a

Bihar liquor ban struck down

Within six months of prohibition being imposed in Bihar, the Patna High Court on Friday put an en

Bihar wants Anna Hazare to bat for Ganga

 The Bihar government wants activist Anna Hazare to lead a mass movement on Ganga for them.  Last year, Bihar was one of the major victims of floods in the Gangetic plains. Almo

Bihar wants Anna Hazare to bat for Ganga

 The Bihar government wants activist Anna Hazare to lead a mass movement on Ganga for them.  Last year, Bihar was one of the major victims of floods in the Gangetic plains. Alm

We don’t talk of sustainable development anymore: Prof GD Agrawal

Shortly after prime minister Narendra Modi vowed to save the Narmada ri

Ram Nath Kovind to be India’s next president

 India’s 14th president is going to be former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind, a dalit. He triumphed over former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar in the vote count that took place on Thursda

Nitish Kumar quits as Bihar CM

Nitish Kumar resigned as chief minister of Bihar on Wednesday, just hours after RJD chief Lalu Prasad ruled out his son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav putting in his papers following a ca

Nitish Kumar is back as Bihar CM – yet again

JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar was sworn-in as the chief minister of Bihar for the sixth time on Thursday after again striking an alliance with the BJP, barely hours after tendering his resignation a

Nitish’s challenge: keeping renewed Hindutva frenzy under check

How does one describe Nitish Kumar: an opportunist or a shrewd politician who loves to indulge in political brinkmanship or principled politician at least when it comes to corruption? Depending o

Welcome to the new age of Indian politics

Political observers have consistently painted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions as being borne out of a dogmatic ideology. But the reshuffle-cum-expansion of the Union Cabinet on Sunday

Law needed for desilting

The issue of desilting of rivers has been brought up from time to time, particularly when floods caused extensive damage. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has infact been quite vocal for his dem

Muzaffarpur, in news for gang-rape, was once touched by Mahatma

On April 18, 1917, in a rare deposition before the Motihari court after he was arraigned on the charges of defying the government’s order, Mahatma Gandhi said, “I have disregarded the o

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