Anirban Guha Roy

A journalist for 21 years, Anirban covers RJD, legislature and government beats. Has extensive experience in covering elections and writes regularly on finance, land reforms, registration, excise and socio-economic issues.

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Bihar govt defends move to honour CM’s father on Jan 17 every year

Amid opposition from some quarters, Bihar’s chief secretary Amir Subhani has justified the state government’s recent decision to hold a state function at Bakhtiyarpur in Nalanda district on January 17 every year to honour five freedom fighters from the area, which includes chief minister Nitish Kumar’s father Kaviraj Ram Lakhan Singh “Vaidya”.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (HT Photo)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 10:37 PM IST
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Bihar allies BJP, VIP in shadow boxing ahead of UP polls

In 2020, the VIP, which fought Bihar assembly polls as part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), had won four seats, of which Bochacha fell vacant in December last year with the death of Musafir Paswan, the party MLA. The by-poll for the seat is due in coming months.
Vikashsheel Insaan Party’s chief Mukesh Sahni (PTI/file)
Vikashsheel Insaan Party’s chief Mukesh Sahni (PTI/file)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 09:03 PM IST
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Tejashwi overrules RJD state unit chief, says no tie-up with JD(U)

Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Singh Bihar unit president Jagdanand Singh offered the party’s support to the JD(U) on the issue of conducting caste census in the state and it should not be misconstrued as a new political understanding or realignment with Nitish Kumar’s party.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav (Pappi Sharma)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav (Pappi Sharma)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 07:44 PM IST
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Poll panel begins work on polls for urban local bodies

After the conclusion of panchayat polls over in Bihar, the State Election Commission (SEC) has begun preparations for holding urban local bodies polls tentatively in April-May this year and has directed officials in concerned for delimitation of wards in the newly upgraded urban local bodies in various towns and cities, officials in the poll panel said.
The last election in urban local bodies were held in May-June in 2017 to fill up posts of ward councillors in various municipal bodies, which has a term of five years. (Picture for representation)
The last election in urban local bodies were held in May-June in 2017 to fill up posts of ward councillors in various municipal bodies, which has a term of five years. (Picture for representation)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 09:53 PM IST
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Bihar panchayat polls: Females sweep elections for district boards posts

Of the total 38 district boards, 29 posts of chairperson and 24 posts of deputy chairperson have been won by females in an indirect election in which the newly elected ward members in panchayats form the electorate, as per data compiled by the SEC.
The panchayat election in Bihar to fill up 2.55 lakh posts were conducted in 11 phases, from September 24 to December 12 last year. (HT File)
The panchayat election in Bihar to fill up 2.55 lakh posts were conducted in 11 phases, from September 24 to December 12 last year. (HT File)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 09:55 PM IST
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16 of Bihar’s 31 ministers have guns

Apart from guns, the ministers, as per their affidavits, also display an inclination for investing in jewellery and ornaments.
Fishery and animal husbandry minister Mukesh Sahni (HT File)
Fishery and animal husbandry minister Mukesh Sahni (HT File)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 10:01 PM IST
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Red faces after sudden postponement of Munger bridge inauguration

Inauguration scheduled for Saturday by union minister for road transport Nitin Gadkari was suddenly postponed on Friday evening
Union minister Nitin Gadkari. (HT Photo)
Union minister Nitin Gadkari. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 08:32 PM IST
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New panchayat heads in Bihar take oath, of office and keep the state ‘dry’

Newly elected panchayat representatives in Bihar started taking oath of office and also an oath to strictly follow liquor prohibition rules in the state in 8,387 gram panchayats across the state on Friday
People in a queue during panchayat election in Bihar. (HT photo)
People in a queue during panchayat election in Bihar. (HT photo)
Published on Dec 24, 2021 09:25 PM IST
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Bihar set to sanction 11 lakh new units under PMAY(G) in January

The state government had a target of sanctioning 11 lakh new houses in this fiscal year including beneficiaries listed under the permanent waiting list
File photo: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar)
File photo: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar)
Published on Dec 24, 2021 09:43 AM IST
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Bihar: What’s behind the criticism by HAM and VIP, and what it means for NDA

  • They may only have four seats each, but former Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM and the Vikassheel Insaan Party led by Mukesh Sahani, but both wield power in the state with their support holding up a 128 seat alliance in an assembly which has 243 seats
Take the case of Manjhi. The 77-year-old, who crafted his image as a Dalit leader especially of the Musahars, among the poorest of the 22 scheduled castes in Bihar was chief minister for under a year from May 2014 to February 2015(HT Photo)
Take the case of Manjhi. The 77-year-old, who crafted his image as a Dalit leader especially of the Musahars, among the poorest of the 22 scheduled castes in Bihar was chief minister for under a year from May 2014 to February 2015(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 03:50 PM IST
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Tejashwi to embark on ‘Berojgari Hatao’ yatra from mid-Jan

Tejashwi lashed out at the Nitish Kumar government for its failure to get a special status category for Bihar despite advocating the demand for long.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav during a press conference at party office in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/ht photo)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav during a press conference at party office in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/ht photo)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 09:26 PM IST
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90% winners in Bihar panchayat polls are new faces, says SEC

Nearly 90% of the newly elected panchayat representatives in the three-tier rural local bodies in Bihar are new faces with youngsters in the age group of 21-30 being elected in good numbers, state election commissioner Deepak Prasad said on Thursday.
-Voters stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling booth in Patna during the Bihar Panchayat polls on December 12. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
-Voters stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling booth in Patna during the Bihar Panchayat polls on December 12. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 11:10 PM IST
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Despite revenue growth, state’s budget may not see substantial hike for next fiscal

Despite the country’s economy showing signs of recovery with revenue generation improving in the current year, giving much of a breather to states in terms of higher central devolutions amid Covid pandemic, Bihar’s next year’s budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 may not see a substantial hike in terms of total budget size, officials said.
According to people aware of the development, the budget size for the next fiscal year 2022-23 would be more or less the same as this fiscal year standing at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2.18 lakh crore. (Picture for representation)
According to people aware of the development, the budget size for the next fiscal year 2022-23 would be more or less the same as this fiscal year standing at 2.18 lakh crore. (Picture for representation)
Published on Dec 15, 2021 11:15 PM IST
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Sadhu Yadav demands probe into Lalu and family’s properties

Lalu Prasad’s estranged brother-in-law Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav on Sunday said he would write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding a probe into the properties of Prasad, his sons and other party leaders.
Sadhu Yadav (HT FIle)
Sadhu Yadav (HT FIle)
Published on Dec 12, 2021 10:20 PM IST
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Incidents of digital fraud in Bihar panchayat polls raise questions on biometric system

The SEC has taken a slew of measures to strengthen the system by putting strict checks on personnel handling the machines and capturing fingerprints of voters
AFP (File photo)
AFP (File photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 11:36 AM IST
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Wedding in the family, tweets Tejashwi Yadav’s sister. Engagement tomorrow

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s engagement ceremony in Delhi is planned to be mostly a family affair. Only a small group of RJD leaders are said to have been invited.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav will be engaged to a long-time friend, Rajshri in Delhi on Thursday (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav will be engaged to a long-time friend, Rajshri in Delhi on Thursday (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 09:47 PM IST
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Tejashwi set to get married, ring ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday

The official confirmation of the engagement of Tejashwi was made by his elder sister Rohini Archarya on her official Twitter handle on Wednesday.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav to exchange rings in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav to exchange rings in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 09:44 PM IST
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Bihar preps for polls to 24 vacant MLC posts

At present, the strength in the Bihar Legislative Council is 51 as against the total strength of 75 in the Upper House. The 24 MLC seats, which fell vacant in June this year, have not been filled due to the delay in conducting the panchayat polls.
The MLC polls are poised to be a keen contest between the ruling NDA and opposition RJD with both sides already gearing up to win more seats by rallying support from the panchayat members. The election for the 24 MLC seats could be held in February next year. (PTI PHOTO)
The MLC polls are poised to be a keen contest between the ruling NDA and opposition RJD with both sides already gearing up to win more seats by rallying support from the panchayat members. The election for the 24 MLC seats could be held in February next year. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 04:21 PM IST
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Fresh supplies of fertiliser soon, say Bihar officials

Against the demand of 4.35 lakh metric tonnes of urea in October and November, there has been a supply of 3.43 lakh metric tonnes, which is 59% of the total requirement, says agri minister.
A farmer sprays fertilizer on his paddy crop, at Village Sidhuwal, in Patiala, Punjab, India, on Friday, September 18, 2020. (Photo by Bharat Bhushan/ Hindustan Times) (HT File)
A farmer sprays fertilizer on his paddy crop, at Village Sidhuwal, in Patiala, Punjab, India, on Friday, September 18, 2020. (Photo by Bharat Bhushan/ Hindustan Times) (HT File)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 09:12 PM IST
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‘Can’t remit jail term for Anand Mohan in IAS officer murder case’

Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) members trooped to the well of the house alleging that the government was not giving remission to Mohan out of bias against him.
krishnakaiah was killed on December 5, 1994, by a mob on national highway in Muzaffarpur. (AFP/Representational image)
krishnakaiah was killed on December 5, 1994, by a mob on national highway in Muzaffarpur. (AFP/Representational image)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 09:46 PM IST
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Assembly incident: ‘Humiliated’ minister forgives, but Oppn wants heads to roll

Opposition members strongly demanded that a house committee should probe the whole matter and also sought a reply from the government as why no tangible action was taken against any official in the incident where a minister had felt humiliated.
Vehicle of Bihar minister Jivesh Kumar stopped by a policeman at the campus of Bihar Assembly in Patna during winter session. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Vehicle of Bihar minister Jivesh Kumar stopped by a policeman at the campus of Bihar Assembly in Patna during winter session. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 09:46 PM IST
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MLAs fume after cop halts minister’s car in assembly for ‘VIP passage’

The Bihar assembly on Thursday witnessed uproarious scenes when labour resources minister Jibesh Kumar lamented how he felt “humiliated” when his car was stopped by security personnel to make way for cars of Patna’s district magistrate and police chief inside the premises of the legislative building
Vehicle of Bihar minister Jivesh Kumar stopped by police at Bihar Assembly in Patna . (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Vehicle of Bihar minister Jivesh Kumar stopped by police at Bihar Assembly in Patna . (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 10:07 PM IST
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MLAs say ignored at events launching infra projects, CM trashes charge

The issue was raised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA and former minister Nitish Mishra in a call attention motion in the state assembly.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Bihar Assembly in Patna on Tuesday. (HT file)
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Bihar Assembly in Patna on Tuesday. (HT file)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 10:10 PM IST
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Row after empty liquor bottles found in Bihar assembly complex

The Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar of Janata Dal (United) faced criticism on Tuesday after empty liquor bottles were recovered in legislature premises of the state assembly
Empty bottles of liquor outside Bihar Assembly premises in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Empty bottles of liquor outside Bihar Assembly premises in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 12:45 AM IST
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Teachers’ appointment to be done after panchayat polls: Bihar education minister

The education minister said the process for recruitment of around 8,000 teachers for physical education and health would be also done within a month.
Bihar Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary (HT File)
Bihar Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary (HT File)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 09:12 PM IST
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Empty liquor bottles on found in Bihar assembly premises, barbs fly

The liquor bottles were found under a tree in the area earmarked as parking lot for two-wheelers, officials said.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav at the spot where empty liquor bottles were found, at Bihar Assembly in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav at the spot where empty liquor bottles were found, at Bihar Assembly in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 09:11 PM IST
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Bihar govt directs officials to conduct genome study, increase vaccination to tackle new Covid variant

In wake of the emergence of the new Covid-19 variant ‘Omnicron’, the Bihar government on Sunday directed health officials to conduct genome surveillance of all Covid positive samples to ascertain the strain of the virus
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar holds a review meeting with health department officials to tackle the new Covid variant, in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/Ht Photo)
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar holds a review meeting with health department officials to tackle the new Covid variant, in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/Ht Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 09:02 PM IST
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Biometric voter identification in Bihar panchayat polls draws praise, likely in Delhi civic polls

State Election Commissioner of Delhi and Chandigarh, S K Srivastava, who was in Bihar from November 24 to 26, visited several booths during the eighth round of panchayat polls at Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur
Voting for panchayat polls under way at a polling booth in Patna. (HT photo)
Voting for panchayat polls under way at a polling booth in Patna. (HT photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 09:31 PM IST
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Delhi municipal polls next year likely to see biometric voters verification system

State Election Commissioner, Delhi and Chandigarh, SK Srivastava called the system “unique” and “effective”
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 08:56 PM IST
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Niti Aayog report: Sparks fly over poor ranking; NDA calls it bundle of lies, oppn rubs it in

In nutrition index, 51.88% of the population is deprived. In both the indices, the state’s ranks among the worst compared to other states. In child and adolescent mortality, the state is second worst in the country after Uttar Pradesh, says the report.
The Niti Aayog report has ranked Bihar lowest in various parameters. It says that 51.91% of the state’s 11 crore population is poor . (HT FIle)
The Niti Aayog report has ranked Bihar lowest in various parameters. It says that 51.91% of the state’s 11 crore population is poor . (HT FIle)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 09:35 PM IST
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