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

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar asks 'close aide' Upendra Kushwaha to quit JD(U). Why?

Speaking on the sidelines of a function in Patna, chief minister Kumar said, “Only those who keep speaking... go to the BJP. The sooner someone wants to go, the more he keeps saying.”

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (HT)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (HT)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 09:10 AM IST
By, Patna

He is free to go anywhere: Nitish on Kushwaha

PATNA: The internal crisis in the Janata Dal (United) deepened further as chief minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal (United) leader and close aid Upendra Kushwaha took potshots at each other on Wednesday over the latter’s allegations that many within the party are in touch with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and that the party has become weak

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 10:42 PM IST

Conspiracy being hatched to weaken Nitish Kumar: Kushwaha

Kushwaha, who was snubbed when the JD(U) formed an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) after severing ties with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar last year, said he was being sidelined

Janata Dal (United) parliamentary board chief and MLC Upendra Kushwaha (File Photo)
Janata Dal (United) parliamentary board chief and MLC Upendra Kushwaha (File Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 03:12 PM IST

BJP leaders meet Upendra Kushwaha, Bihar political circles abuzz

Three BJP leaders from the state met Janata Dal (United) parliamentary board chief Upendra Kushwaha in New Delhi, sparking speculations about his possible switch to the saffron party.

Janta Dal (United) parliamentary board chief Upendra Kushwaha is currently admitted in AIIMS, Delhi for routine check-up. (PTI)
Janta Dal (United) parliamentary board chief Upendra Kushwaha is currently admitted in AIIMS, Delhi for routine check-up. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2023 04:37 AM IST

Nitish laughs off Kushwaha’s BJP moves

A picture of Bihar BJP leaders — spokespersons Prem Ranjan Patel and Sanjay Tiger, along with and Yogendra Paswan — calling on Kushwaha at AIIMS-Delhi on Friday has surfaced on social media.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar offers prayers at Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar offers prayers at Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 09:21 PM IST
By, Patna

Shah to visit Patna next month to attend farmers’ convention

This will mark Shah’s third visit to the state, ever since chief minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) parted ways from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in August 2022.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah (PTI Photo)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah (PTI Photo)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 06:12 PM IST

Nitish Kumar downplays KCR rally, calls it a party meeting

Amid speculations that the Bihar CM was not invited to the rally hosted by K Chandrashekar Rao at Khammam in Telangana on Wednesday, Nitish Kumar said he was busy with some engagements in the state and did not know about KCR’s rally

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during the 'Samadhan Yatra' in Bihar’s Madhubani district. (PTI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during the 'Samadhan Yatra' in Bihar’s Madhubani district. (PTI)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 12:37 AM IST

Unfazed by defections, JD-U to fight Nagaland polls

Afaque Ahmad Khan, JD(U)’s national general secretary and in-charge of the northeast, told HT on Thursday that a decision on number of seats to be contested would be taken after a meeting of the state parliamentary board.

In 2008, JD(U) contested on three seats in Nagaland and lost all; in 2013, it contested on three seats and won one. (HT Photo)
In 2008, JD(U) contested on three seats in Nagaland and lost all; in 2013, it contested on three seats and won one. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 09:43 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish Kumar downplays KCR rally, says he will work for opposition unity

Kumar is currently undertaking Samadhan Yatra to different districts to oversee works completed and take stock of pending ones

The Bihar CM said he was busy with some other work and did not know about KCR’s rally. (Nitish Kumar | Twitter)
The Bihar CM said he was busy with some other work and did not know about KCR’s rally. (Nitish Kumar | Twitter)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 05:02 PM IST

Respect all religions, says Nitish Kumar amid Ramcharitmanas row

State education minister Chandrashekhar’s remarks that epic Ramcharitmanas promoted social discrimination and spread hatred in society provoked outrage

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 01:17 PM IST

JD-U slams RJD minister’s comments on Ramcharitmanas

Education minister Chandrashekhar, a three-time MLA from Madhepura, while addressing a university convocation on Wednesday, had said, “Religious texts like Ramacharitmanas spread hatred just as ‘Manusmriti’ and Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ created social divide in different eras.” He then went on to cite a couplet from the epic to prove his point.

A protest in Patna against Bihar’s education minister Chandrashekhar . (Santosh Kumar/HT)
A protest in Patna against Bihar’s education minister Chandrashekhar . (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 10:05 PM IST
By, Patna

Ramcharitmanas row: JD(U) condemns Bihar minister Chandrashekhar’s remarks

Bihar’s education minister has been facing fire for his controversial statement on Wednesday on epic “Ramcharitmanas” during a speech at a university convocation

A protest in Patna against Bihar’s education minister Chandrashekhar over his remarks on ‘Ramcharitmanas’. (HT photo)
A protest in Patna against Bihar’s education minister Chandrashekhar over his remarks on ‘Ramcharitmanas’. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 04:28 PM IST

Bihar: Pasmanda Muslims cautious as parties firm up plans to woo them in 2024 LS polls

Aware of their importance, All-India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz (AIPMM) has warned more than 50 sub-castes of Muslims to beware of political parties, including BJP, for their sudden love.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar interacts with people during his 'Samadhan Yatra' in Chapra on Monday. (HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar interacts with people during his 'Samadhan Yatra' in Chapra on Monday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 09, 2023 10:01 PM IST
By, Patna

Jungle raj is back in Bihar: Nadda

Addressing a rally at Paru in Muzaffarpur district, which falls under Vaishali parliamentary constituency, Nadda accused CM Nitish Kumar of betraying people’s mandate

BJP national president J.P. Nadda addresses a gathering in Vaishali on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
BJP national president J.P. Nadda addresses a gathering in Vaishali on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 10:00 PM IST
By, Patna

‘No problem’ with Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate for 2024: Nitish Kumar

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Patna, the chief minister reiterated that he was “not a claimant” for the top post though he reaffirmed his commitment to unite all parties opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (ANI Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 11:18 PM IST

BJP’s Bihar vice-president Rajiv Ranjan quits

In a letter to BJP state chief Sanjay Jaiswal, Ranjan regretted the BJP in Bihar has completely deviated from Modi’s policies and ideals

Ranjan said the BJP in Bihar was not following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. (PTI)
Ranjan said the BJP in Bihar was not following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 30, 2022 02:36 PM IST

On political front, a year of tectonic shift in Bihar

Not only the people of the state but political leaders were left stunned when the state’s longest-serving chief minister Nitish Kumar cleverly sidelined the BJP, to form the Mahaghatbandhan and in the process became the chief minister of the new alliance for the record eighth time in 22 years.

CM Nitish Kumar with his deputy Tejashwi Prasad Yadav during the swearing-in ceremony in Patna on August 10. (HT Photo)
CM Nitish Kumar with his deputy Tejashwi Prasad Yadav during the swearing-in ceremony in Patna on August 10. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 29, 2022 10:34 PM IST

Tejashwi Yadav to take part in PM Modi’s meet in place of Nitish

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has deputed his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav, to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting on conservation of the Ganga in Kolkata on December 30.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav.
Updated on Dec 29, 2022 03:33 AM IST
By, Patna

Nitish Kumar deputes Tejashwi Yadav to attend Modi’s meeting

Kumar downplayed a perception that he was avoiding interaction with Modi after ending his alliance with the BJP

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Published on Dec 28, 2022 04:36 PM IST

Told my kids to settle abroad, says RJD leader; BJP, JD(U) hits back

PATNA: The ruling Janata Dal (United) and Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Friday lashed out at former minister and senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui for his ‘desh ka mahaul (situation in the country) comment and ‘advising his children to settle abroad’

RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui (HT Photo)
RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 23, 2022 11:00 PM IST

CPI-ML delegation meets CM; demands compensation for Saran hooch victims

The CPI-ML state secretary Kunal said that the party has always supported the prohibition law, but it does not mean that those who drink alcohol should be made criminals.

CPI-ML legislators meets Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
CPI-ML legislators meets Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 19, 2022 10:44 PM IST

Bihar hooch tragedy: Nitish says ‘piyoge toh maroge’, BJP mounts attack

As the toll in the hooch tragedy in Bihar’s Saran district rose to 31, chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said those who consume liquor will die

Saran: Family members and relatives of people, who died after consuming allegedly spurious liquor mourn near their mortal remains, at Ishuapur police station area in Bihar's Saran district, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI12_14_2022_000243A) (PTI)
Saran: Family members and relatives of people, who died after consuming allegedly spurious liquor mourn near their mortal remains, at Ishuapur police station area in Bihar's Saran district, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI12_14_2022_000243A) (PTI)
Published on Dec 16, 2022 12:13 AM IST
ByVijay Swaroop and Arun Kumar

‘Piyoge toh maroge’: Nitish on Saran hooch tragedy; BJP demands resignation

The matter again reverberated in the Rajya Sabha leading to the adjournment of the House thrice with BJP leaders, the main opposition in Bihar, slamming the Bihar government

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said 31 have already died so far in the hooch tragedy (ANI Photo)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said 31 have already died so far in the hooch tragedy (ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 15, 2022 02:47 PM IST
ByVijay Swaroop/Arun Kumar

Tejashwi will lead 2025 campaign, hints Nitish

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday endorsed his deputy Tejashwi Yadav as the next leader of the ruling Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) and hinted that the younger leader will be the chief ministerial candidate in the next assembly elections, said Congressleaders from the ruling coalition after a key meeting

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav during an event, in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/ HT)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav during an event, in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/ HT)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 12:15 AM IST
By, Patna

Tejashwi to lead our alliance into 2025 assembly polls: Nitish

Deputy CM Yadav, 33, is the younger son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, who is currently recuperating at a hospital in Singapore after undergoing kidney transplant.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with his deputy Tejashwi Yadav. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with his deputy Tejashwi Yadav. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Dec 13, 2022 10:16 PM IST
By, Patna

Tejashwi will get the remaining work done....: Nitish hints at dy CM’s future role

Tejashwi, who has been maintaining a low profile and taking steps in a calculative manner had been vocal in his praise for CM Nitish Kumar.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in Nalanda on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Chief minister Nitish Kumar with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in Nalanda on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 12, 2022 09:59 PM IST

BJP can be beaten in 2024 Lok Sabha polls if Opposition unites: Nitish

Kumar’s JD(U) fell out with the BJP in Bihar and formed a government in alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress inAugust this year.

Nitish Kumar dismissed the recent loss of his party’s candidate in the Kurhani bypolls as inconsequential
Nitish Kumar dismissed the recent loss of his party’s candidate in the Kurhani bypolls as inconsequential
Updated on Dec 12, 2022 04:17 AM IST
By, Patna

‘Remain united to defeat BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha elections’: Nitish to opposition

JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh claimed that Kumar’s model of good governance was being adopted by the centre

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2022 06:51 PM IST

JD(U) vies for national status, opposition unity at national council meeting

The JD (U) in its national council and national executive meeting on Saturday downplayed its defeat in the recent Kurhani assembly bypoll, even as it seeks to secure the status of a national political party

Patna, Bihar, India - Dec. 10, 2022: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with JDU national president Lalan Singh during Janata Dal United (JDU) National Council meeting at JDU office in Patna, Bihar,India, on Saturday, December, 10, 2022. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Patna, Bihar, India - Dec. 10, 2022: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with JDU national president Lalan Singh during Janata Dal United (JDU) National Council meeting at JDU office in Patna, Bihar,India, on Saturday, December, 10, 2022. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 10, 2022 11:54 PM IST

JD-U national council meet: Lalan Singh set for 2nd term, Nitish shrugs off bypoll defeat

The party also resolved to get the national party status and attain the larger goal of opposition unity ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha polls

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with JD-U national president Lalan Singh . (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with JD-U national president Lalan Singh . (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Dec 10, 2022 10:00 PM IST
By, Patna
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