Vijay Swaroop

Vijay Swaroop

Vijay is chief of bureau, Patna. He has spent 21 years in journalism and covers political beats and public affairs.

Articles by Vijay Swaroop
Several important decisions were taken in the cabinet meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(HT Photo)
Several important decisions were taken in the cabinet meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(HT Photo)

Nitish Kumar says cabinet to be expanded soon

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 08:08 PM IST
  • Nitish Kumar had said earlier that the BJP was still to hand over the list of probable candidates to be included in the cabinet.
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The BJP, an ally of the JD(U), bagged 74 seats and the opposition RJD emerged as the single-largest party in the 243-member assembly with 75 seats.(HT Photo)
The BJP, an ally of the JD(U), bagged 74 seats and the opposition RJD emerged as the single-largest party in the 243-member assembly with 75 seats.(HT Photo)

Delay in deciding distribution of seats cost JD(U) in polls: Nitish Kumar

By Vijay Swaroop, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 01:18 AM IST
Nitish’s comments come against the backdrop of six JD(U) legislators joining the BJP in Arunachal in December, leaving the party with just one MLA in the 60-member state assembly.
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NDA sources said that discussion between the two parties centered on proposed ministerial expansion which will take place after January 14. (Photo @NitishKumar)
NDA sources said that discussion between the two parties centered on proposed ministerial expansion which will take place after January 14. (Photo @NitishKumar)

JD(U), BJP discuss Bihar cabinet expansion, 1st meeting since Arunachal jolt

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:33 AM IST
The BJP underlined that the NDA government in Bihar under Nitish Kumar is strong and that cabinet expansion will take place at an appropriate time.
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The JD (U) is banking on the goodwill Nitish Kumar had earned as Union Railway minister to put up a good show in the Assam assembly election.(HT PHOTO)
The JD (U) is banking on the goodwill Nitish Kumar had earned as Union Railway minister to put up a good show in the Assam assembly election.(HT PHOTO)

JD (U) banks on Nitish Kumar’s goodwill, eyes 32 assembly seats in Assam

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 08:35 PM IST
The JD (U) had drawn a blank in the 2016 Assam assembly election when it contested four seats.
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The DKR chain of community-based canteens is efficiently managed by the empowered rural women who also happen to be the members of the self- help groups (SHGs) of JEEViKA (or Bihar State Rural Livelihoods Mission). (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)
The DKR chain of community-based canteens is efficiently managed by the empowered rural women who also happen to be the members of the self- help groups (SHGs) of JEEViKA (or Bihar State Rural Livelihoods Mission). (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

Bihar govt plans Didi Ki Rasoi canteens in all district hospitals

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 01:42 AM IST
The project, which first started at Vaishali district hospital, was later extended to Gaya, Purnia, Buxar, Sheohar, Sheikhpura, and Saharsa.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has insisted that the JD (U) is united.(Santosh Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has insisted that the JD (U) is united.(Santosh Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Nitish Kumar trashes RJD’s claims of defections from JD (U), says party is united

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 01:09 AM IST
Nitish Kumar said talks of JD (U) MLAs defecting to the RJD is baseless.
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The RJD offered to back Nitish Kumar as Prime Ministerial candidate in 2024 if he makes way for Tejashwi Yadav to take over as Chief minister of Bihar.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
The RJD offered to back Nitish Kumar as Prime Ministerial candidate in 2024 if he makes way for Tejashwi Yadav to take over as Chief minister of Bihar.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

RJD tries to lure Nitish Kumar as PM candidate, JD (U) says it is rubbish

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 08:55 PM IST
The JD (U) said the RJD’s offer showed its desperation because they have not been able to get over their defeat in the assembly election.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives at JDU office in Patna on Monday.(Santosh Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives at JDU office in Patna on Monday.(Santosh Kumar/HT PHOTO)

BJP placates Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi says he will remain CM

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 08:48 PM IST
On Sunday, Nitish Kumar had said that he did not have any intention of becoming the Chief Minister but was pressured into accepting the post after the Bihar assembly election.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greets newly elected Janata Dal (United) national president RCP Singh during a national executive meeting of the party in Patna on Sunday.(ANI)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greets newly elected Janata Dal (United) national president RCP Singh during a national executive meeting of the party in Patna on Sunday.(ANI)

Nitish Kumar steps down as JD(U) president, hands over charge to RCP Singh

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:17 PM IST
RCP Singh, a second-term Rajya Sabha MP, is a close associate of Nitish Kumar and has been actively involved in the JD (U)’s organizational work ever since he became an MP in 2010
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Party sources said that Sunday’s meeting would be crucial as the party’s performance in Bihar assembly polls and Arunachal Pradesh developments are likely to overshadow other discussions.(ANI PHOTO.)
Party sources said that Sunday’s meeting would be crucial as the party’s performance in Bihar assembly polls and Arunachal Pradesh developments are likely to overshadow other discussions.(ANI PHOTO.)

JD(U) national executive begins, Arunachal defections, Bihar results on agenda

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 11:31 PM IST
Party sources said that Saturday’s meeting broadly decided to discuss the party’s performance in Bihar polls, forthcoming assembly elections in West Bengal, the developments in Arunachal Pradesh where six of the party MLAs defected to the BJP.
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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.(ANI File)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.(ANI File)

Tejashwi Yadav warn of action against saboteurs; predicts early election in Bihar

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 11:22 AM IST
The RJD emerged as the single-largest party in the November assembly elections with 75 seats but the alliance it led failed to get the required numbers to form the government
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Rahul Gandhi addressed only eight rallies throughout the three-week long poll campaign for the three-phase election, which ended on November 7.(PTI PHOTO.)
Rahul Gandhi addressed only eight rallies throughout the three-week long poll campaign for the three-phase election, which ended on November 7.(PTI PHOTO.)

Congress fumes as RJD leader takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi in Bihar

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 10:26 PM IST
Earlier in November, Tiwary, an outspoken leader, had attacked the Congress for its poor show in the Bihar assembly polls and targeted Rahul for vacationing in Shimla amid the electoral battle even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a dozen rallies.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has promised free Covid 19 vaccination for residents of Bihar.(HT Photo/File)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has promised free Covid 19 vaccination for residents of Bihar.(HT Photo/File)

Nitish Kumar spells out Bihar’s priority list for Covid-19 vaccination

By Vijay Swaroop | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 11:58 AM IST
The chief minister asked the officials to formulate plans for Covid vaccination and manpower utilisation in such a way that other medical operations are carried out uninterrupted.
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Patna-June.30,2019-Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha is addressing a press conference at party office in Patna. Bihar India on Sunday June 30,2019.(Photo santosh kumar/Hindustan Times)
Patna-June.30,2019-Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha is addressing a press conference at party office in Patna. Bihar India on Sunday June 30,2019.(Photo santosh kumar/Hindustan Times)

Case against Kangana Ranaut for ‘showing RLSP leader Kushwaha in bad light’ through re-tweet

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 12:03 PM IST
The cases have been lodged at Patna and Gaya civil court under different sections of IPC and IT Act
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Nitish Kumar has begun to visit JD(U) office and interact with party functionaries and workers.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Nitish Kumar has begun to visit JD(U) office and interact with party functionaries and workers.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

JD (U) to analyse poll setback, future outside Bihar at national meet, WB elections top agenda

By Vijay Swaroop | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 02:31 PM IST
JD(U)’s principal national general secretary said the two-day meeting will deliberate on the party’s performance in Bihar as to what went wrong besides chalk out plans to revitalise the party and its workers.
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Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, flanked by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputies Tarkishor Prasad, and Renu Devi receives the victory certificate at the Bihar Legislative Assembly after winning the Rajya Sabha bypoll on Monday.(PTI)
Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, flanked by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputies Tarkishor Prasad, and Renu Devi receives the victory certificate at the Bihar Legislative Assembly after winning the Rajya Sabha bypoll on Monday.(PTI)

Sushil Modi elected to Rajya Sabha, BJP now has 4 Bihar MPs in upper house

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 06:41 PM IST
Sushil Kumar Modi was elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed after the nomination papers of lone Independent candidate Shyam Nandan Prasad was rejected during scrutiny.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during NDA legislature party meeting, in Patna in November.(File photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during NDA legislature party meeting, in Patna in November.(File photo)

NDA’s common minimum programme: Focus on 7 resolves, job generation

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 11:58 AM IST
NDA functionaries said the CMP has been necessitated as all the four alliance partners have spelt out their priorities through their manifestos
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The BJP has nominated Sushil Kumar Modi for the Rajya Sabha bypoll in Bihar.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The BJP has nominated Sushil Kumar Modi for the Rajya Sabha bypoll in Bihar.(HT FILE PHOTO)

My soul still inside Bihar govt, says former Deputy CM Sushil Modi

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 12:19 AM IST
Bihar’s former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has been replaced by Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi after the recent assembly election.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(HT file)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(HT file)

Nitish says farmer’s agitation due to misconception, favours talks

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 05:10 PM IST
Farmers have been protesting at various places in Delhi and Haryana and have rejected the Central government’s offer to hold talks on December 3
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Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar speaks to the media in Patna.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar speaks to the media in Patna.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Bihar polls: JD(U) assessment says LJP hit its chances in 36-40 seats

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:27 AM IST
According to the JD(U)’s preliminary assessment, factionism, weak organisation in some places, lack of coordination with the BJP, and a perceived failure to counter the RJD’s promise of a million jobs also played their part in its poor show
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The reason why the BJP likely to get the seat despite the LJP led by Chirag Paswan having a natural claim is said to be the objections raised by the Janata Dal (United) which is extremely upset with the 38-year-old Paswan scion who put up candidates against its nominees in the recent assembly election.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The reason why the BJP likely to get the seat despite the LJP led by Chirag Paswan having a natural claim is said to be the objections raised by the Janata Dal (United) which is extremely upset with the 38-year-old Paswan scion who put up candidates against its nominees in the recent assembly election.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

NDA likely to name BJP nominee for Rajya Sabha bypoll, LJP gets cold shoulder

By Vijay Swaroop | HIndustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:13 PM IST
The JD (U) is said to have raised objections to any claim by the LJP to the Rajya Sabha seat after Chirag Paswan badly damaged Nitish Kumar’s party in the Bihar assembly election.
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Senior JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said other BJP leaders could not rise in Bihar due to Sushil Kumar Modi .(HT Photo)
Senior JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said other BJP leaders could not rise in Bihar due to Sushil Kumar Modi .(HT Photo)

After Rahul Gandhi, RJD leader mocks Sushil Modi, lists ‘reasons’ for his ouster

By Vijay Swaroop | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 06:20 PM IST
Tiwary listed what he considered to be reasons for BJP’s decision to drop Sushil Modi from Bihar cabinet.
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Kumar said based on the public’s decision, NDA once again formed the government.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Kumar said based on the public’s decision, NDA once again formed the government.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar chief minister for seventh time

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 06:58 AM IST
Two BJP leaders, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, were sworn in as deputy chief ministers and 14 other ministers took oath, five from the Janata Dal (United), seven from the BJP, and one each from Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP).
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Sushil Kumar Modi was quiet during the swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar led new NDA government in Bihar,(ANI Photo)
Sushil Kumar Modi was quiet during the swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar led new NDA government in Bihar,(ANI Photo)

Nitish says he’ll miss Sushil Modi, points to BJP for answers

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 10:13 PM IST
The BJP’s high command’s decision to replace him with a new face may have come as a surprise to several party leaders and also to BJP’s alliance partner, the JD(U).
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Nitish Kumar takes oath as Chief Minister of Bihar at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Monday.(PTI)
Nitish Kumar takes oath as Chief Minister of Bihar at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Monday.(PTI)

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM for 7th time, gets two deputies from BJP

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 06:08 PM IST
Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi from the BJP were sworn in as deputy Chief Ministers while 12 others took oath as ministers.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaks to the media after meeting Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan, outside Raj Bhawan in Patna.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaks to the media after meeting Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan, outside Raj Bhawan in Patna.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Nitish Kumar stakes claim to form govt, to take oath as Bihar CM today

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 01:00 AM IST
Kumar went to meet the governor at the Raj Bhavan around 2pm and staked claim for the formation of the new government in the state after being unanimously elected the leader of the NDA.
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Tarkishore Prasad is a four-time MLA from Kathihar.(ANI)
Tarkishore Prasad is a four-time MLA from Kathihar.(ANI)

Katihar MLA Tarkishore Prasad set to replace Sushil Modi as Bihar’s Dy CM

By Vijay Swaroop and Aditya Nath Jha | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 07:12 PM IST
Tarkishore Prasad first won the Katihar assembly seat on a BJP ticket in October 2005 and has never lost it in subsequent elections.
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Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal United president Nitish Kumar with party state president Vashist Narayan Singh during the JD-U Legislature party meeting in Patna on Sunday.(ANI PHOTO.)
Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal United president Nitish Kumar with party state president Vashist Narayan Singh during the JD-U Legislature party meeting in Patna on Sunday.(ANI PHOTO.)

Nitish Kumar elected NDA leader, to take oath as Bihar CM tomorrow

By Vijay Swaroop | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 03:01 PM IST
Kumar was elected unanimously at the meeting in the presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh, who was appointed as an observer by the BJP central leadership. Kumar will take oath as the chief minister for the seventh time on Monday.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar tenders his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Friday(Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar tenders his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Friday(Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

Nitish Kumar set to be anointed Bihar CM at NDA meet

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 06:47 AM IST
The governor accepted the resignation and asked Kumar to continue as the caretaker chief minister till the new National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is sworn in, the people said.
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