Vijay is chief of bureau, Patna. He has spent 21 years in journalism and covers political beats and public affairs.
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Tejashwi Yadav, the younger son of RJD founder Lalu Prasad Yadav, has been keen to expand the support base for the party beyond the traditional MY combination
Why did Neelam Devi, Chetan Anand and Prahlad Yadav support the NDA in Nitish Kumar's floor test? Why did JD(U) MLA Dilip Ray not support the NDA?
The change in government brought the need for a floor test, which has been scheduled for February 12
The NDA has 128 MLAs in the Bihar Assembly against 115 of the Grand Alliance. To achieve the majority mark, an alliance needs 122 MLAs
The JD(U) whip came after at least five of its total 45 MLAs failed to turn up at a luncheon meeting organised at the house of party leader Shravan Kumar.
Manjhi spoke out against his son getting charge of the SC/ST welfare department. Are we not capable of looking after other departments, he asked
HAM (S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi asked why he and his son were always allocated the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe welfare ministry
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked the Opposition bloc to not name itself INDIA, and dismissed claims by Rahul Gandhi that the Congress was instrumental in implementing a caste survey in Bihar. Kumar also denied speculation that he will leave the National Democratic Alliance, stating that he will work for the people of Bihar.
Nitish Kumar, however, did not comment on his other former alliance partner, the RJD’s Lalu Yadav and his son Tejashwi Yadav who were questioned by the Enforcement Directorate
The new Bihar cabinet in its first meeting on Monday authorised chief minister Nitish Kumar to decide on convening a fresh assembly session.
Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, has returned to the NDA, becoming chief minister for the ninth time after leaving the Mahagathbandhan alliance.
Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar's chief minister for the ninth time, severing ties with the Grand Alliance and joining hands with the BJP.
Kumar, who took the lead in forming the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) blamed the slow progress of talks with the INDIA bloc for his exit. He claimed that the INDIA bloc he spearheaded to take on the BJP was not doing its bit at par
Leaders of the BJP in Bihar gathered to discuss the political situation in the state, amid indications that former ally, chief minister Nitish Kumar, was planning yet another volte face
Nitish Kumar's party is a key constituent of the INDIA bloc, whose several partners are often targeted by political rivals for representing “dynastic politics”.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said he, inspired by his mentor Karpoori Thakur, had “never sought to promote any of my family members”
The Mungeri Lal Commission gave rise to what is now called the Karpoori Thakur formula for reservation, carving out a quota for the most backward communities
Singh, also a noted eye surgeon, had held several posts in the party, including that of the president of JD(U)’s medical cell
The ruling Janata Dal-United in Bihar has announced a new team of national office-bearers, reducing the number of members from 32 to 22.
The meeting comes at a time when the seat sharing exercise within the ruling Mahagathbandhan alliance in Bihar for the upcoming parliamentary polls is yet to be finalised
As per the caste survey conducted by the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar, Yadavs comprise close to 14 per cent of the state’s total population and play a decisive role in about 11 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar such as Araria, Kishanganj, Jehanabad, Banka, Madhubani, Siwan, Nawada, Ujiarpur, Chhapra, Madhepura and Patliputra.
The Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday announced its candidate for the Arunachal West constituency for the Lok Sabha elections this year.
The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has announced its candidate for the Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency, indicating ongoing differences within the INDIA bloc. The decision comes after the Congress announced its candidate for the Arunachal Pradesh East Lok Sabha seat. Congress came second in the 2019 LS polls, while the BJP won both seats. JD-U won seven seats in the assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh and later had five MLAs join the BJP. Discussions are ongoing within the INDIA bloc about the next meeting and defining the role of JD-U president Nitish Kumar.
Ruhi Tangung, who heads the Arunachal Pradesh unit of the JD(U), will be the party’s candidate from the Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat, said party general secretary Afaque Ahmad
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's appointment comes at a crucial time for JDU as it looks to consolidate its position within the INDIA alliance
Member of Parliament Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh on Thursday rejected speculation of rift in the JD(U) and maintained he would not step down
Janata Dal (United) president Lalan Singh said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is the leader of the party and that the party is united
Speculation about the future of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) was rife on Tuesday, as the day began with rumors of party president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh resigning from the post and ended with various sections of the outfit rejecting the rumors.
UUmesh Kushwaha, who leads the JD-U’s Bihar unit, made the formal announcement about the cancellation of the mega rally planned on January 24
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is believed to have talked to the Bihar chief minister following reports about Kumar’s unhappiness