Anil Kumar

Anil Kumar

With 23 years of experience as a journalist with the Hindustan Times, Anil Kumar has been covering a wide variety of news and issues. He has interest in business and has covered political beats, especially the Congress and the JD(U).

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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addresses a virtual election meeting for upcoming Bihar assembly election in Patna. ( Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addresses a virtual election meeting for upcoming Bihar assembly election in Patna. ( Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bihar polls: Nitish Kumar vows ‘progress with justice’ in first rally

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 05:44 AM IST
Kumar used the opportunity to urge everyone to exercise in the election caution, noting that the three-phase exercise, spread over October 28, November 3 and November 7, was being held at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has not been contained fully.
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File photo: Bihar chief minister, JDU national president Nitish Kumar.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
File photo: Bihar chief minister, JDU national president Nitish Kumar.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bihar polls: JDU appoints Ashok Choudhary as working president, inducts former DGP

By Anil Kumar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 12:16 AM IST
Building construction department minister Ashok Choudhary joined the JD(U) in 2018 along with three Bihar state legislative council members of Congress.
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Delivered on all promises: Nitish

By Anil Kumar and Vijay Swaroop
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2020 11:44 PM IST
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Bihar chief minister and JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar addressing a press conference at party office in Patna, Bihar.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Bihar chief minister and JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar addressing a press conference at party office in Patna, Bihar.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

‘Will never waver from promises’: Confident Nitish spells out plans for next term

By Anil Kumar, Vijay Swaroop | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 10:19 PM IST
Kumar reminded people about his track record in delivering on his promises to the electorates, despite the change in the composition of the government in the stand-off with the RJD.
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Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha said his party workers are upset at the way they have been treated in teh Grand Alliance.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha said his party workers are upset at the way they have been treated in teh Grand Alliance.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Marginalised in Grand Alliance in Bihar, Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP preps to exit

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2020 07:43 PM IST
Upendra Kushwaha is opposed to the RJD dictating on who should be the Grand Alliance’s chief ministerial face.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses a virtual rally at the JD-U office, in Patna.(ANI)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses a virtual rally at the JD-U office, in Patna.(ANI)

Bihar elections: Nitish Kumar kicks off campaign

By Anil Kumar and Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 11:34 AM IST
In his first virtual rally ahead of the polls that will take place amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, Kumar acknowledged the support and welfare measures provided by the Bharatiya Janata AParty (BJP)-led government at the Centre and hit out at Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which responded in kind and questioned his track record.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is under continuous attack from Dalit icon Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP ahead of polls.(AP Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is under continuous attack from Dalit icon Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP ahead of polls.(AP Photo)

Nitish expedites pending cases as battle for Dalit votes intensifies

By Anil Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 09:08 AM IST
HAM is attempting to counter balance LJP’s influence on Dalit votes as crucial Bihar assembly elections draw close.
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Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) has drawn more than a dozen RJD lawmakers so far ahead of the assembly election in Bihar.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) has drawn more than a dozen RJD lawmakers so far ahead of the assembly election in Bihar.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Ahead of Bihar assembly polls, 13th RJD lawmaker joins Nitish Kumar’s JD (U)

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 07:39 PM IST
Despite welcoming RJD lawmakers, the JD(U) is seriously hamstrung in extending an open offer to sitting MLAs of that party, especially after the recent demand aired by BJP MPs favouring a 50:50 seat sharing formula with the JD (U).
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Earlier,the party had to cancel Nitish Kumar’s virtual rally in view of the flood situation and Covid-19 pandemic in the state. (Photo @officecmbihar)
Earlier,the party had to cancel Nitish Kumar’s virtual rally in view of the flood situation and Covid-19 pandemic in the state. (Photo @officecmbihar)

Nitish Kumar’s virtual mega rally for Bihar polls set for September 6

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 09:17 PM IST
Separate teams of JD(U) leaders have been tasked to rope in the general public and sympathisers to hear Nitish Kumar spell out developmental initiatives and explain why another term for his party was in the overall interest of the state and its people.
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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA Tej Pratap Yadav's father-in-law, Chandrika Rai during election campaign, from Saran Lok Sabha constituency in Chapra, Bihar.(HT file photo)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA Tej Pratap Yadav's father-in-law, Chandrika Rai during election campaign, from Saran Lok Sabha constituency in Chapra, Bihar.(HT file photo)

Chandrika Rai, father-in-law of Tej Pratap, all set to join JD (U)

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2020 09:52 PM IST
He is likely to join the JD(U) after he is discharged from Patna’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where is undergoing treatment following contracting SARS-CoV-2, which causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
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‘Denatured spirit most likely culprit behind killer brew’

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber and Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh/amritsar
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 11:41 PM IST
DEADLY SHIFT: Excise officials say they have been keeping an extra vigil on stocks of extra neutral alcohol, prompting bootleggers to opt for denatured spirit
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The announcement comes a day after the party completed its exercise of holding virtual conferences in all the 243 assembly segments, which began on July 18 as part of build-up for the mega event.
The announcement comes a day after the party completed its exercise of holding virtual conferences in all the 243 assembly segments, which began on July 18 as part of build-up for the mega event.

‘Face-saving exercise’: RJD after JD(U) cancels Nitish Kumar’s virtual rally

By Anil Kumar | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 08:14 PM IST
The JD(U) cited the flood situation and Covid-19 pandemic in the state as reasons for cancelling CM Nitish Kumar’s virtual rally.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar(ANI File)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar(ANI File)

Bihar’s ruling JD(U) gets in poll mode with ‘I am Nitish Kumar’ posters

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 11:47 PM IST
The launch of the new poster comes a fortnight ahead of the virtual rally by chief minister and party president Nitish Kumar scheduled on August 7.
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Ahead Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s first virtual poll campaign rally, the party has constituted four teams.(PTI)
Ahead Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s first virtual poll campaign rally, the party has constituted four teams.(PTI)

Nitish to kick-start Bihar poll campaign in virtual mode on Aug 7, aims at least 10 lakh people

By Anil Kumar | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 06:55 PM IST
Nitish’s rally is in line with the trend of virtual rallies, kick started by BJP leader Amit Shah last month in wake of Covid-19 situation, and will be the first big political event by the head of NDA ally JD(U).
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Chief minister if Bihar Nitish Kumar was addressing bankers at the 72nd state level bankers committee meeting.(HT Photo)
Chief minister if Bihar Nitish Kumar was addressing bankers at the 72nd state level bankers committee meeting.(HT Photo)

Nitish Kumar nudges banks for better credit flow

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2020 07:48 AM IST
The first step towards this would be to increase the ACP target and, at the same time, augment their branch presence at the panchayat level to ensure that none of the 8,386 panchayat remains without a bank branch.
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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has asked for priority testing and identification of illness among the vulnerable group in the state.(REUTERS Photo)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has asked for priority testing and identification of illness among the vulnerable group in the state.(REUTERS Photo)

Bihar shifts focus on the vulnerable in 2nd phase of door-to-door screening

By Anil Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 11:24 PM IST
Bihar has also witnessed a surge in number of positive cases across state due to return of migrants from other states.
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Aware that the return of students was intricately linked with the similar demand by a very large number of migrant workforce, the state government is treading with caution both to abide by the legal obligation for following the existing guidelines and also for limiting the spread of the contagion. (Photo: @NitishKumar)
Aware that the return of students was intricately linked with the similar demand by a very large number of migrant workforce, the state government is treading with caution both to abide by the legal obligation for following the existing guidelines and also for limiting the spread of the contagion. (Photo: @NitishKumar)

‘Not possible’: Bihar CM cites lockdown for delaying Kota students’ return

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2020 06:24 PM IST
Pressure has been building on the government to bring home thousands of students stuck in Kota. Anxious parents, relatives and Opposition parties started to mount pressure, accusing the government of abandoning its own people.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Bihar Assembly(HT File)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Bihar Assembly(HT File)

Bihar cabinet nod to create 33,916 teaching posts

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna, Patna
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 09:46 AM IST
The move is part of government’s ambitious plan to provide higher secondary level education in all the 8,386 panchayats of the state. Existing high schools were being upgraded for the purpose. But, 2,963 panchayats did not even have a high school of their own.
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Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Dy CM Shushil Mody holding Video conferencing with DMs and SPs during nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Patna(HT File)
Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Dy CM Shushil Mody holding Video conferencing with DMs and SPs during nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Patna(HT File)

DD Bihar, state govt to offer online teaching for matric, inter students

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 10:26 AM IST
Principal Secy RK Mahajan further said that the process for booking a slot on public broadcaster, Doordarshan Bihar, to begin an hour long learning class for the students will be initiated and the department will also push for sealing a separate slot for students of class 11 and 12 too.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar based his confidence on development initiatives and programmes for social change.(PTI PHOTO.)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar based his confidence on development initiatives and programmes for social change.(PTI PHOTO.)

NDA will win over 200 seats in Bihar Assembly polls, says CM Nitish Kumar

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 10:11 PM IST
In view of the recent electoral reverses suffered by the BJP, the importance of JD(U) as an important ally in the state has only become pronounced with Union home minister Amit Shah’s statement that the NDA will be contesting the 2020 Bihar assembly elections under the leadership of Nitish Kumar.
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Prashant Kishor, during a press conference recently, had said he is not going to launch a political outfit, but he said he will work to bring about a change in the state by providing a common platform to those dreams to see Bihar in top ten states in the country.(PTI)
Prashant Kishor, during a press conference recently, had said he is not going to launch a political outfit, but he said he will work to bring about a change in the state by providing a common platform to those dreams to see Bihar in top ten states in the country.(PTI)

Prashant Kishor meets oppn leaders in Bihar amid talks about his next move

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 11:43 AM IST
Prashant Kishor said to be in talks with different political parties ahead of the Bihar assembly polls.
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Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tej Pratap Yadav's father-in-law Chandrika Rai during election campaign, from Saran Lok Sabha constituency in Chapra, Bihar India on Monday April.1,2019.(HT File Photo)
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tej Pratap Yadav's father-in-law Chandrika Rai during election campaign, from Saran Lok Sabha constituency in Chapra, Bihar India on Monday April.1,2019.(HT File Photo)

Tej Pratap Yadav’s father-in-law praises Nitish Kumar amid talks of exit from RJD

By Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2020 09:33 PM IST
Chandrika Rai’s relations with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s family soured after the RJD chief’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav filed a divorce petition against Rai’s daughter Aishwarya Rai within six months of their marriage in May 2018.
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