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.

Articles by Anirban Guha Roy

Lalu issues 1st message after kidney transplant, says he is feeling better

His daughter, Misa Bharti, posted a video on Twitter on Tuesday in which the RJD chief thanked those who prayed for his good health and successful operation

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his daughter Rohini Acharya ahead of the transplant. (Twitter)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 03:05 PM IST

Bihar caps fund release for state schemes at 75% of outlay this fiscal

Move ostensibly to ensure funds are spent judiciously and not parked ahead of the closure of the books of accounts in March 2023.

Bihar’s budget for FY 2022-23 was presented by the then deputy CM and finance minister Tarkishore Prasad, whose party BJP was ousted from power in August this year. (HT archive)
Published on Dec 04, 2022 10:08 PM IST
By, Patna

Jagdanand Singh to continue as RJD’s Bihar chief

Singh was believed to have been upset after his son was forced to step down as a minister ostensibly under pressure from the party’s top brass following his repeated allegations of corruption in his department

Rashtriya Janata Dal’s state president Jagdanand Singh. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 01:02 PM IST

Aaditya Thackeray meets Tejashwi, CM Kumar

Both young leaders, however, parried questions whether their interaction was part of efforts to form a larger opposition front ahead of the 2024 parliamentary polls.

Tejashwi Yadav and Aaditya Thackeray in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Nov 23, 2022 10:00 PM IST
By, Patna

Aaditya Thackeray meets Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav in Bihar

The meeting came amid talks about major opposition parties joining hands ahead of the 2024 Parliament elections

Both Aaditya Thackeray and Tejashwi Yadav called for the coming together of youth leaders to address the burning issues in the country. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 23, 2022 08:41 PM IST

I-T sleuths search premises linked to Bihar minister’s kin

In total, 35 locations across the country, including in Patna, Bhagalpur and Delhi, were searched today, I-T officials said.

Bihar minister’s residence in Patna, which the I-T sleuths visited on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 17, 2022 10:13 PM IST
By, Patna

Kurhani assembly by-poll: GA names ex-JD(U) MLA as joint candidate, BJP yet to decide

The seat fell vacant after its sitting RJD MLA Anil Kumar Sahni was convicted in a case of forging leave travel allowance by a Delhi court in August this year.

The Grand Alliance press conference in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar?HT)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 10:22 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar to seek special assistance at pre-union budget meet

State’s finance minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said Bihar government would strongly put forth the demand for special assistance to the state even as the state government continues to demand special category status to be accorded to Bihar.

Bihar finance minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 09:43 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish govt not fulfilling promises, says ally CPI-ML

CPI-ML(Liberation) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya said the GA government, having raised high hopes among people after its formation in August this year, had failed to take tangible steps for appointment of teachers, which had led to disenchantment among the youths.

CPI-ML general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya addresses a press conference in Patna on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 09:25 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Nitish Kumar govt not fulfilling promises, says sympathiser CPI-ML

The CPI-ML is not officially a part of the Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance government despite extending support

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (right) with deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav in Patna on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 07:57 PM IST

Polling peaceful as Mokama , Gopalganj record 52.38% turnout

The by-poll in Gopalganj was necessitated after the death of former MLA and minister Subhash Singh while the Mokama seat fell vacant following the conviction of former MLA and strongman Anant Singh in an Arms Act case.

At a polling centre in Mokama on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2022 09:43 PM IST

Pollution watchdog cracks whip on brick kilns in Bihar, sets Jan deadline to switch to clean tech

Officials in the BSPCB said the survey findings based on ground verification have revealed that around 60% of the brick kilns have converted to clean technology while the rest 40% continue to manufacture bricks through old process, which is a major source of air pollution.

As per studies on air pollution, the brick kilns in Bihar cause 15-18% of air pollution while transportation, domestic usage of fuels, industry and dust are other major pollutants in the state (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 02, 2022 10:03 PM IST
By, Patna

Assembly bypolls: Campaign ends in Mokama, Gopalganj; over to voters on Nov 3

In Mokama, there is a straight contest between GA-backed RJD candidate Neelam Devi, wife of former MLA and strongman Anant Singh, and Sonam Devi, wife of Nalin Ranjan Sharma alias Lallan Singh, a local leader with clout.

Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav with JD(U) national president Lallan Singh in Mokama on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 10:38 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish, Tejashwi to jointly campaign for Nov 3 assembly by-polls on Thursday

The by-polls are the first such electoral contest since Kumar parted ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and formed the government with the help of RJD, Congress, and the Left parties

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav will address joint meetings. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 09:17 AM IST

Shortfall in mandays to hit MGNREGS in Bihar from Nov

On Thursday, officials said, the RDD raised the issue of the need for additional mandays under the rural job scheme during a mid-term review meeting with officials of union ministry of rural development.

Members of All India Farm and Rural Labourers Union and MNREGA workers hold a demonstration in Patna in March 2021. Bihar has a total of 2.24 crore job card holders, of which 1.09 crore are active workers under MGNREGS, which is supported by the Centre (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2022 09:09 PM IST
By, Patna

Seized 1.75 crore cash in searches at locations linked to Patna builder, associates: I-T

Income tax officials carried out at the searches at 32 locations in an operation that lasted five days

Security personnel outside the premises of builder Gabbu Singh, rumoured to be close aide of JD (U) president Lalan Singh during a raid by a central agency in Patna on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 20, 2022 03:54 PM IST

Bihar: Firecrackers worth 6 crore seized by commercial taxes dept

Commercial taxes commissioner Pratima said strict action will be taken against the dealers for allegedly hiding their stocks and evading tax

A firecracker shop in India during Diwali. (AFP File Photo)
Published on Oct 17, 2022 02:18 PM IST

Bihar opens nodal bank accounts for central schemes in line with Delhi’s directive

The new system, applicable from the current fiscal, has put the state governments under a close watch because of the stricter norms.

In a bid to improve monitoring of funds, the union finance ministry had directed all states to open nodal accounts for each central scheme and asked them to transfer funds under central schemes allocated last year to the new accounts at the earliest. (REUTERS)
Published on Oct 14, 2022 09:25 PM IST
By, Patna

Funds under centrally sponsored schemes now under Centre’s close watch

The development comes with the state government now opening single nodal accounts for all central schemes in scheduled commercial banks on a recent directive from the union finance ministry

The new system is applicable for all states across India from this fiscal (Representative Image)
Published on Oct 14, 2022 05:14 PM IST

I’m on a holiday, says Jagdanand amid buzz of RJD looking for a new state president

The 77-year-old RJD veteran said he had taken a holiday after working continuously for three years and was just enjoying time with family and friends.

RJD state president Jagdanand Singh. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 12, 2022 10:03 PM IST
By, Patna

‘Am on leave’: RJD leader breaks silence, refuses comment on buzz of resignation

Jagdanand Singh, 77, who skipped the party’s national council on October 10, did not comment on reports that he had also resigned from the leadership role in the Bihar RJD unit

RJD leader Jagdanand Singh (left) did not comment on reports that he has resigned as RJD Bihar president, weeks after he got a second term (PTI)
Updated on Oct 12, 2022 09:50 PM IST

At RJD national meet, Tej Pratap accuses own party man, says he was abused

Jagdanand Singh was supposed to leave for New Delhi two days back but his absence drew speculations again that the veteran RJD leader may resign from the post of state president in the coming days.

Bihar state RJD president Jagdanand Singh felicitates minister Tej Pratap Yadav at RJD office, in Patna, Bihar, India. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 10, 2022 05:02 AM IST
By, Patna

Ahead of RJD national council meet, speculations rife over Jagdanand’s resignation

According to GA insiders, the RJD state president is expected to meet party national president Lalu Prasad in New Delhi in the next few days.

RJD state president Jagdanand Singh. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 06, 2022 10:56 PM IST

Bihar minister Sudhakar Singh resigns after making corruption allegations

Bihar agriculture minister Sudhakar Singh, who has repeatedly alleged corruption in his department, on Sunday tendered his resignation, his father and state Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Jagadanand Singh said on Sunday.

Bihar agriculture minister Sudhakar Singh resigned on Sunday. (HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2022 02:00 AM IST
By, Patna

‘BJP agenda’: Bihar agri minister resigns from Nitish cabinet

Bihar agriculture minister Sudhakar Singh did not comment on the reason behind his resignation, but his father and RJD state president Jagdanand Singh said he was probably not feeling comfortable pursuing the ‘BJP policies’ in the agriculture department

Sudhakar Singh recently embarrassed his own government by alleging in a public event that the officers in his department were thieves. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2022 05:36 PM IST
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Upcoming Assembly by-polls first battle between GA, BJP in Bihar since change of govt

The Gopalganj seat fell vacant following the death of BJP MLA and former minister Subhash Singh while the Mokama seat fell vacant after its sitting RJD MLA, Anant Singh, was convicted in an arms case a few months ago and later disqualified as a member of the legislative assembly.

Former Mokama MLA Anant Singh (HT file)
Published on Oct 01, 2022 09:55 PM IST
By, Patna

Tejashwi downplays RJD claim of CM bid in 2023

On Thursday, Jagdanand Singh had said that chief minister Nitish Kumar would make way for Tejashwi Yadav as the CM in 2023 as he himself steps up efforts to play a larger role in national politics ahead of the 2024 parliamentary polls.

Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav. (PTI)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 09:56 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish will hand over CM post to Tejashwi in 2023: RJD

Nitish Kumar is expected to play a lead role in national politics ahead of 2024 parliamentary polls and preparations would start in 2023, said RJD’s state unit president Jagdanand Singh.

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 29, 2022 10:26 PM IST
By, Patna

‘Like a father’s desperate haste’: JD-U’s comeback on RJD leader’s 2023 prophecy

JD-U leader Upendra Kushwaha said the statement by RJD’s Jagdanand Singh statement is akin to a father desperate haste to get his son or daughter married fearing that something could go wrong

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav at an event in Patna on Tuesday. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 29, 2022 10:54 PM IST

Lalu elected RJD president for 12th term in a row

Prasad, 75, filed his nomination for the top post at the party’s office in New Delhi in the presence of top leaders.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad files his nomination papers for the post of party's president in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Sep 28, 2022 10:20 PM IST
By, Patna
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