Arun Kumar is Senior Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He has spent two-and-half decades covering Bihar, including politics, educational and social issues.
Articles by Arun Kumar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:43 PM IST
The newly appointed national president of ruling Janata Dal (United) said that the party was nalysing the reasons for the “below par” results
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:49 PM IST
14 girls have been sent on a pilot basis but now the need to do more for the girls has been felt.
By Arun Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 07:47 AM IST
The BJP, on the other hand, seems to be in no hurry despite a truncated Nitish cabinet and the CM himself throwing the ball in the ally’s court when asked about expansion
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 08:08 PM IST
Bihar Varsity recruitment: Bihar State University Service Commission (BSUSC) on Friday extended the last date for online submission of applications for appointment of 4,638 assistant professors in 52 subjects in the state’s universities for the second time.
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 05:35 PM IST
Reeling off charges, Tejashwi Yadav referred to the 1991 murder case - in which the CM has been given a clean chit - controversy over a book in the name of CM, the Srijan scam, among others.
By Arun Kumar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 05:03 PM IST
There will be 10 senate members to be nominated from the Vidhan Sabha to the senate of each state university.
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 06:26 AM IST
Vijay Kumar Sinha, the candidate of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), polled 126 votes and RJDs Awadh Bihari Chaudhary, who was fielded by the opposition Mahagathbandhan, or Grand Alliance, won 114 votes in the House of 243 members.
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:55 PM IST
These 12 seats are the ones nominated through the Governor’s quota on the state government’s recommendation. Ten members -- all from the JD(U) -- completed their term in May 2019 and the seats have remained vacant since
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:05 PM IST
It is the first time in Bihar since 2005 that the BJP has fielded its candidate for the Speaker’s post, on earlier occasions it was bagged by ally JD(U).
By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 06:14 AM IST
At the oath-taking ceremony, Akhtarul Imam said it should ideally be Bharat in the Urdu translation of the script and sought a clarification from the chair. Pro-tem speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi immediately said it should be Bharat.
By Arun Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindusatn Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 01:08 PM IST
Khan, an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) said that he took the oath in Sanskrit to do something different to underline the unity in diversity that India represents.
By Arun Kumar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 02:39 PM IST
Elected from the Imamganj assembly constituency, Manjhi has been made pro-tem Speaker for two days (November 23 and 24) till the Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly is elected.
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 03:19 PM IST
Animal husbandry and fisheries minister Mukesh Sahni has declared five criminal cases and three cases of serious nature under the Indian Penal Code.
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s name has been recommended for the post of pro-tem Speaker.
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 12:35 PM IST
Ahead of the October-November elections, the BJP began strengthening the party at the grassroots level with younger faces
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 04:16 AM IST
The LJP could win only one of the 137 seats it had contested, though its presence with 25 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rebel leaders did manage to cut JD (U) size and bring its number much below the BJP figures for the first time since 2005.
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 06:09 AM IST
This is higher than the last time as out of 243 MLAs analysed during Bihar assembly elections in 2015, 142(58%) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 04:49 PM IST
The LJP would remain an integral part of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, Paswan said
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:09 PM IST
The ruling NDA government in Bihar, comprising coalition partners JD(U) and its minor ally BJP, bounced back in the three-phase Bihar elections after a below-par performance in the first phase of polling, which was held on October 28
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 12:25 PM IST
The JD(U), which ruled the state for 15 uninterrupted years, faced a stiff challenge in the three-phase assembly polls that concluded on November 7
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 12:31 PM IST
The NDA’s performance in the three districts was better than the 2010 polls when it won 22 out of the 30 seats
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 03:56 PM IST
The trends indicate that none of the three major parties – the JD(U), the BJP and the RJD – is anywhere near the magic figure of 122 in the 243-member Bihar legislative assembly. An alliance will be needed to form a government in Bihar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 11:05 AM IST
Chirag Paswan went solo in the Bihar assembly election in a bid to bring down Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 02:27 PM IST
The likely end of the Nitish Kumar regime as projected by most exit polls will give the LJP the satisfaction of having accomplished its mission but at a staggering cost in a state where it has always struggled to be a major player.
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2020 08:49 AM IST
The main drivers for the Bihar assembly election campaign were the top leaders of political parties.
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 12:17 PM IST
Neeraj Kumar and Ashok Choudhary were members of the Bihar Legislative Council or the Upper House in the bicameral state legislature
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 04:08 AM IST
Nitish Kumar’s surprise announcement came on the last day of electioneering at the last public meeting and it immediately set off wide speculations about the reason behind this utterance and opposition lapped it up as a sign of weakness on seeing the writing on the wall.
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 05:07 PM IST
The 78 seats going to polls on Saturday are spread across 16 districts of north Bihar and the Seemanchal region
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 12:34 PM IST
The Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM seeks to play a spoilsport in the Seemanchal region, as part of the GSDF, a third alternative to the NDA and the GA
By Arun Kumar and Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, Patna/New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 04:29 AM IST
Despite the presence of a large number of candidates with criminal antecedents contesting the Bihar assembly elections, compliance with Election Commission (EC) guidelines in the backdrop of a Supreme Court order this year to rein in the practice remains half-hearted.