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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 expands RJD’s Muslim-Yadav focus, says it will now be BAAP

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

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addressing a public meeting in Bhar on Tuesday (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 09:46 PM IST

Two questions about Nitish’s trust vote: Floor crossing not without reason

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?

Patna, Bihar, India -Feb .12, 2024: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arriving during at Bihar Assembly in Patna for the floor test of his government at Bihar Assembly in Patna, Bihar, India, Monday, 12, 2024. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 06:30 PM IST

JD(U), BJP hold hectic discussions, voice confidence ahead of Bihar floor test

The change in government brought the need for a floor test, which has been scheduled for February 12

The floor test has been necessitated after chief minister Nitish Kumar walked out of the Mahagatbandhan alliance that included the Congress, RJD and the Left on January 28, and instead joined hands with the BJP (HT)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 04:42 AM IST
By, Patna

Bihar floor test: 3 MLAs skip JD(U) meeting, Nitish says will prove majority

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

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar arriving at the residence of his cabinet colleague Vijay Choudhary in Patna on Sunday.
Published on Feb 11, 2024 09:14 PM IST

Ahead of floor test, JD(U) issues whip, RJD moves MLAs to Tejashwi’s residence

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.

The newly-formed Nitish Kumar governement in Bihar is set to undergo a floor test in the assembly on February 12. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 12:45 AM IST

Jiten Ram Manjhi, a man for all alliances

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

Jitan Ram Manjhi in Patna (PTI)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 06:57 PM IST

JItan Ram Manjhi throws a dart at Nitish Kumar over portfolio; his son clarifies

HAM (S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi asked why he and his son were always allocated the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe welfare ministry

Patna: HAM-S chief Jitan Ram Manjhi at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Bihar government at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Jan. 28 (PTI)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 09:32 PM IST

Wanted another name for INDIA bloc: Nitish Kumar

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.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 06:32 AM IST
By, Patna

‘Absurd’: Nitish Kumar stings Rahul Gandhi for Bihar caste survey claim

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

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during inauguration of a the 'Control Room' of Bihar State Disaster Management Authority at Patel Bhawan, in Patna, (PTI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 03:04 PM IST

Bihar cabinet authorises CM to take call on House session

The new Bihar cabinet in its first meeting on Monday authorised chief minister Nitish Kumar to decide on convening a fresh assembly session.

(From left) Samastipur MP Prince Raj Paswan, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party president Pashupati Kumar Paras, legislative councillor Bhushan Kumar and Nawada MP Chandan Singh in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 07:00 AM IST
By, Patna

Good governance poster boy to political weatherman, many shades of Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, has returned to the NDA, becoming chief minister for the ninth time after leaving the Mahagathbandhan alliance.

For the past two decades, Nitish Kumar has nearly always been one, very important identity — chief minister of Bihar. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 08:40 AM IST
By, Patna

Nitish takes oath as Bihar CM again, with support from BJP

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.

Bihar governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, chief minister Nitish Kumar, and deputy chief ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 04:00 AM IST
By, Patna

Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar chief minister, set to join BJP-led NDA

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

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar hands over resignation letter to governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 12:36 PM IST

Bihar political turmoil: JD(U) to meet on Sunday amid Nitish’s INDIA exit buzz

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

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 09:01 PM IST

Nitish Kumar's swipe at dynastic politics amid INDIA bloc rift reports

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. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 10:42 AM IST
By, Patna

At Karpoori Thakur event, Nitish Kumar’s curious barb over 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”

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addressed Jannayak Karpoori Thakur Janm Shatabdi Samaroh in Patna on Wednesday. (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 10:14 PM IST

Karpoori Thakur’s legacy: Making the most marginalised person’s vote count

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

Former Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakur. (Narendra Modi/ Photo from X)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 07:04 PM IST

‘Following the ideals of Lord Shri Ram’: JD(U)’s Sunil Singh resigns from party

Singh, also a noted eye surgeon, had held several posts in the party, including that of the president of JD(U)’s medical cell

Former JD(U) member Sunil Singh. (Facebook photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 03:48 PM IST

Nitish recasts JD-U team

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.

JD-U leaders with new inductees at the party office in Patna on Saturday. (HT photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 09:02 PM IST
By, Patna

Lalu meets Nitish Kumar amid buzz about strained ties. Routine, says Tejashwi

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

The meeting lasted close to 40 minutes. (ANI file photo)
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 03:44 PM IST

MP CM hails Modi, Yadavs in maiden visit to Bihar

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.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mohan Yadav with Bihar BJP leaders in Patna on Thursday. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 09:36 PM IST
By, Patna

JD(U) announces candidate for Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat

The Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday announced its candidate for the Arunachal West constituency for the Lok Sabha elections this year.

HT Image
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 06:44 AM IST
By, Patna

JD-U names candidate for Arunachal West LS seat

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.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar took over as JD-U national president from Lalan Singh last week. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 09:23 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) names candidate for Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat

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 after the National Executive meeting in Delhi last week where he was appointed JD9U) chief (HT File Photo/Raj K Raj)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 08:30 PM IST

Nitish Kumar takes reins of JDU in run-up to 2024 elections

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

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar along with outgoing JDU chief Lalan Singh in New Delhi on Friday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 30, 2023 01:01 AM IST
By, Patna

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is new JD-U chief after Lalan Singh steps down

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

Lalan Singh announced his exit in his presidential speech at the start of the JD (U)'s national executive meeting in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Raj K Raj)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 06:18 PM IST

JD(U) president Lalan Singh rejects resignation rumours ahead of Delhi meeting

Janata Dal (United) president Lalan Singh said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is the leader of the party and that the party is united

Janata Dal (United) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh aka Lalan Singh. (File)
Published on Dec 28, 2023 08:10 PM IST

‘Resignation rumour’ adds to buzz over rift in JD(U) top brass

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.

HT Image
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 08:52 AM IST
By, Patna

JD-U cancels mega rally on January 24, fuels buzz about changes in party

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

Patna, Dec 25 (ANI): Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar with State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and State Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav during the 99th birth anniversary celebration of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in Patna on Monday. (ANI Photo) (Pappi Sharma)
Published on Dec 26, 2023 08:13 PM IST

Nitish says he isn’t unhappy, has no objection to Kharge’s projection as PM face

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is believed to have talked to the Bihar chief minister following reports about Kumar’s unhappiness

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 25, 2023 12:56 PM IST
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