Mammen Matthew

Mammen Matthew heads the Bihar edition of Hindustan Times. He has nearly three decades of reporting experience on socio-economic issues and politics in Bihar and Jharkhand. He has specialised in health, Left Wing Extremism and issues of flood plains.

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Post split, regional parties moot for Third front idea

The debate after the split between the JD(U) and BJP has swung to the possible next move of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar regarding the formation of the third front or the federal front. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 17, 2013 02:31 AM IST

Maharajganj sealed the fate of BJP, JD(U)

The JD(U)’s defeat in the Maharajganj Lok Sabha bypoll, the BJP’s sweep in the Gujarat byelections and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s elevation in the saffron party hierarchy were the ostensible reasons for the split between the two partners in Bihar. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 17, 2013 12:47 AM IST

Is Third Front on?

The debate post split, Sunday, rapidly veered away to the possibilities of Nitish Kumar's next move, and whether the Third Front or the Federal Front hypotheosis was workable at all. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 16, 2013 05:32 PM IST

JD(U) announces end of 17-year-long alliance with BJP

The JD(U) ended ties with the BJP and walked out of the National Democratic Alliance today, exactly a week after the saffron party chose Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to spearhead its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. Mammen Matthew and Ashok Mishra report. VOTE: Who do you blame for the break-up of NDA in Bihar?

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Updated on Jun 16, 2013 10:49 PM IST

Nitish meets governor, says alliance with BJP is over: TV reports

Bihar chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday met governor DY Patil and told him that his party was no longer partnering with the BJP, according to TV reports. Reportedly, Kumar also sought a fresh vote of confidence in the House.

Updated on Jun 16, 2013 03:07 PM IST

Split looms as BJP set to pull plug on Nitish

The Bihar unit of the BJP is gearing up to meet governor DY Patil today and submit a letter withdrawing support to Nitish Kumar's government in the state. Mammen Matthew reports. Countdown to D-Day | JD(U) appears set for parting ways with BJP

Updated on Jun 16, 2013 12:55 PM IST

Maoists staged attack to regain influence, earnings

What made Maoists go back to the attack mode in Bihar after eight years? It was definitely not an attempt to loot weapons — they took away only three guns from the fallen railway security personnel. Mammen Matthew reports. HT fast facts - Maoists in India | Cushy kingdom

Updated on Jun 15, 2013 09:09 AM IST

Nitish's hard talk sets stage for NDA split

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar admitted for the very first time today, that the ‘political situation had turned difficult’ and a decision on the continuation of the NDA alliance in Bihar was now into the crucial discussions within his party. Mammen Matthew & Ashok Mishra report.A history of BJP, JD (U) alliance

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Updated on Jun 15, 2013 09:45 AM IST

Strongest hint yet of NDA split as Nitish gets no 'concrete assurance' from BJP on Modi

Bihar BJP leaders on Thursday seemed to have finally given up on saving the NDA alliance in Bihar, terming chief minister Nitish Kumar's stand on the Modi and alliance issue as 'too rigid', adding, the 'break point has finally arrived'. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 13, 2013 10:06 PM IST

BJP-JD (U) split 'certain', decision within a week

The Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) is still not decided on pullout from the NDA and would first enter into a larger dialogue with its own legislators and 'friends' before taking the plunge. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 12, 2013 07:31 PM IST

Divorce is certain: Why JD(U)-BJP alliance will end in Bihar

The split in the NDA in Bihar is now an inevitability, despite JD-U strongman Nitish Kumar indicating he would not be rushed into a decision “too soon”. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 11, 2013 02:40 PM IST

Future tense for Nitish?

JD(U) leaders feel the party has no option but to quit NDA, given the Gujarat CM’s rise

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Updated on Jun 11, 2013 12:15 PM IST

JD(U) not too worried over Modi as poll panel chief

Leaders of the Janata Dal (United) said they were not "overduly worried" about the possibility of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi being put in charge of the BJP’s campaign for the Lok Sabha elections next year. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 09, 2013 01:02 AM IST

Bihar: bad news for Nitish, Lalu's candidate heads for a bypoll win

RJD chief Lalu Prasad raised visions of a comeback when his candidate Prabhunath Singh beat the odds to trounce Nitish Kumar's candidate PK Shahi by more than 31,000 votes in the first three rounds of Maharajganj bypoll counting. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 05, 2013 04:00 PM IST

Bihar leads wife-beaters' pack

Bihar has the dubious distinction of being the state with the highest number of women having been beaten by their husbands. Mammen Matthew reports.Violent or not

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Updated on Dec 24, 2010 01:17 AM IST

Changing the political context

To say that Nitish Kumar's victory negates identity politics is overstating or perhaps even misreading the situation ... But perhaps a beginning has been made. Varghese K George and Mammen Matthew write. Number game | Podcast | Special | Pics

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Updated on Nov 25, 2010 09:04 AM IST

The most-watched election

No one is sure of the outcome of the Bihar polls. Never has an assembly election generated more interest. All eyes are riveted on Thursday for what it will bring Bihar. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Nov 24, 2010 09:17 AM IST

‘If he wins, Nitish will have to tackle aspirations’

If his party returns to power, keeping in with the rising aspirations of the people of Bihar would be the biggest challenge facing chief minister Nitish Kumar, said Rajya Sabha member NK Singh.

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Updated on Nov 01, 2010 01:40 AM IST

Act I of Bihar polls, Scenes 47

The arithmetic in Bihar has never been more complex. The mood has never been more secretive and the winning line has never been more blurred, reports Mammen Matthew. The bell rings in Bihar

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Updated on Nov 24, 2010 09:02 AM IST

Post-verdict, Muslim mood may impact JD-U

Peeved at the judgment, which awarded two-thirds of the disputed land to Hindus, Muslims could express their anger at the ruling alliance of the BJP and the JD-U.

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Updated on Oct 04, 2010 12:16 AM IST

Can Rahul put party on a revival trail in Bihar?

On the 80 km stretch of highway between Chapra and Gopalganj, north west of Patna, every tree is covered with banners and buntings of various political parties and the names of prospective (self-proclaimed) candidates. Mammen Matthew reports. SWOT analysis

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Updated on Sep 08, 2010 01:25 AM IST

How freedom was won

Lucas Tete was the only Christian tribal among the four policeman abducted by the rebels in Bihar. Tete's Christian tribal community is not known to support the Maoists in the same way that other tribal groups do. He was murdered and the other policemen were released. Mammen Matthew reports. Special: The Enemy Within

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Updated on Sep 07, 2010 10:19 AM IST

Alliance with BJP: Catch 22 situation for JD(U)

On a day, when it seemed that the BJP was struggling to identify a strategy to blunt Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Muslim-centric poll strategy with no place for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to campaign in the next polls, the JD-U brass insisted, that the party could have no truck with 'communal elements'.

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Updated on Jun 23, 2010 06:07 PM IST

Troubled land of Bihar

“The destiny of Bihar cannot be allowed to be defined by just one person. He needs to be overthrown.” Those strong words from Janata Dal (U) dissident leader Digvijay Singh found a surprising show of support at a farmer’s rally held in Patna on Sunday.

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Updated on May 10, 2010 11:58 PM IST

Testing times for Nitish Kumar

Bihar Janata Dal (U) President Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lalan’s resignation may not reduce the control that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has on the government or the party.

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Updated on Feb 03, 2010 12:19 AM IST

Instability dogs jinxed state

If the Congress- JVM combine and the two former constituents of the United Progressive Alliance — Shibu Soren’s JMM and Lalu Prasad’s RJD — come together, they can, numerically, cobble together a majority.

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Updated on Dec 23, 2009 11:43 PM IST

Nitish deals a decisive blow to Lalu

The Nitish Kumar-led NDA dealt a deadly blow to the RJD-LJP-led Fourth Front when it swept the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar. The NDA claimed 33 of the 40 seats on call, decimating the caste-governed political dynamics of the state since 1990, reports Mammen Matthew.

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Updated on May 17, 2009 02:42 AM IST

Field wide open in Jharkhand

The NDA on Sunday made a strong bid for power. It called upon Governor Syed Sibtey Razi to invite its coalition to form the next government in Jharkhand.

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Updated on Aug 25, 2008 12:00 AM IST

'I can't go back to Bihar now'

He carries no grouse, neither is he exercised over his act of renunciation. He speaks on the bureaucracy, his charge as CS and the recent controversy.

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Updated on Aug 17, 2005 05:13 PM IST

Soren holds the key to battle in Jharkhand

One could try and predict the outcome of the general elections in Jharkhand, if one could read JMM leader Sibu Soren's mind.

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Published on Mar 20, 2004 08:07 PM IST
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