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Despite Bihar win, BJP’s performance ‘declining’: P Chidambaram

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 12:11 PM IST
In a series of tweets, Chidambaram pointed out how the BJP had won only 218 assembly segments out of 464 it had contested since winning last year’s Lok Sabha polls.
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Tejashwi Yadav and other Mahagathbandhan leaders during the release of their manifesto ahead of Bihar assembly election in Patna, in October.(HT Photo)
Tejashwi Yadav and other Mahagathbandhan leaders during the release of their manifesto ahead of Bihar assembly election in Patna, in October.(HT Photo)

Exit of smaller parties dented Mahagathbandhan’s chances of regaining power in Bihar

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:19 AM IST
Out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, only the Congress from the opposition grouping managed to win a seat. The NDA, comprising BJP, Janata Dal (United), and Lok Janashakti Party, won the remaining 39 seats
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Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.(ANI)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.(ANI)

Amid war of words among party leaders, Congress’ Special Committee to meet today

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 06:12 AM IST
The Congress is being blamed for the defeat of the Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) in the recently concluded Bihar elections. In the Mahagathbandhan, the success rate of RJD and the Left parties was more than 50 per cent whereas the Congress could win only 19 seats out of 70 seats it contested.
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Tejashwi Yadav during a press conference on Thursday thanked Bihar’s people for voting in favour of the Mahagathbandhan(ANI on Twitter)
Tejashwi Yadav during a press conference on Thursday thanked Bihar’s people for voting in favour of the Mahagathbandhan(ANI on Twitter)

‘Public is with us, it’s win for Grand Alliance’: Tejashwi Yadav in first comments after Bihar poll results

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 09:53 PM IST
Tejashwi Yadav thanked Bihar’s people for voting in favour of the Mahagathbandhan, and added “The mandate favoured Mahagathbandhan, but Election Commission’s result was in NDA’s favour
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People watch coverage of Bihar assembly election in Patna on Tuesday.(AP)
People watch coverage of Bihar assembly election in Patna on Tuesday.(AP)

Bihar Election 2020: Over 10 million votes counted, says Election Commission

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 02:39 PM IST
According to ECI, the counting was taking longer than expected as expansive Covid-19 guidelines were being followed in the state
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A senior leader of the party said that five out of six assembly segments of Madhubani Lok Sabha, going to the polls in the second phase, have rebel candidates. (Videograb)
A senior leader of the party said that five out of six assembly segments of Madhubani Lok Sabha, going to the polls in the second phase, have rebel candidates. (Videograb)

Bihar Congress in a fix, dozen leaders fighting against alliance candidates

By Subhash Pathak | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 04:39 PM IST
While some of the leaders contested against the party’s official nominees in various constituencies, a few have filed nominations against the GA nominees in the second and third phase of polling, slated for November 3 and 7.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (File Photo/PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (File Photo/PTI)

‘Vote Mahagathbandhan for justice and jobs’: Rahul Gandhi’s message to voters of Bihar

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 11:08 AM IST
The Bihar assembly polls began on Wednesday as 71 of the state’s 243 constituencies went to polls. 94 seats will vote in second phase on November 3, while the remaining 78 will vote in third and final phase on November 7.
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Representative Image ( Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Representative Image ( Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: JD(U) aims for third straight win in Ghosi

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 09:52 PM IST
JD(U) has chosen not to field its sitting MLA from Ghosi, Bihar education minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma, who won from here in 2015 but will contest from Jehanabad this time. The party has instead fielded Rahul Kumar, who was victorious from the Ghosi seat in 2010.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Key constituencies and their candidates

By hindustantimes.com | Kaleem Ullah Fasihi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 08:30 PM IST
Bihar, the first state to hold assembly elections amid the coronavirus pandemic, will witness the first phase of polling on October 28. Polling in second and third phases will take place on November 3 and November 7 respectively.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing his first election rally in Bihar, in Sasaram, on October 23,2020 (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing his first election rally in Bihar, in Sasaram, on October 23,2020 (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: BJP looks to wrest RJD-held Arwal

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 01:00 PM IST
The BJP has fielded a new candidate, Deepak Sharma, instead of Chitranjan Kumar, who held this seat from 2010-2015 and was the runner-up to RJD’s Ravindra Singh in the 2015 assembly polls. The RJD, meanwhile, has allotted this seat to CPI(ML), which is a part of the party-led Mahagathbandhan.
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A scene from PM Narendra Modi’s first rally in Bihar, in Sasaram, on October 23, 2020 (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
A scene from PM Narendra Modi’s first rally in Bihar, in Sasaram, on October 23, 2020 (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: BJP-CPI(ML) battle on the cards in Karakat as sitting RJD MLA misses out on ticket

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 01:08 PM IST
The RJD has allotted the Karakat assembly seat to the CPI(ML), which is a part of the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan. CPI(ML)’s former MLA from here, Arun Singh, will be up against BJP’s Rajeshwar Raj, another former MLA from this seat.
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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav (right) with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav (right) with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

NDA to have edge over RJD-led Mahagathbandhan in Bihar election: Lokniti-CSDS opinion poll

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 11:27 PM IST
Ahead of polling in Bihar election 2020, Lokniti-CSDS in association with India Today have come out with an opinion poll to gauge the mood of the state.
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The grand alliance partners in Bihar released the election manifesto on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
The grand alliance partners in Bihar released the election manifesto on Saturday.(ANI Photo)

Mahagathbandhan releases Bihar polls manifesto, promises to scrap ‘anti-farm laws’

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 11:15 AM IST
Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party, Surjewala said that the BJP was contesting the polls in three alliances, one is with Janata Dal (United) which the people can see, another one is with the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) which people understand, and the third one is with “Owaisi Saheb.”
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File photo: Union minister Giriraj Singh (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)
File photo: Union minister Giriraj Singh (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Union minister Giriraj Singh questions Cong for fielding ex-AMUSU president

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 03:44 PM IST
Congress has fielded Maskoor Usmani from the Jale constituency for the upcoming Bihar polls. The constituency will cast its votes in the third and final phase of polling on November 7.
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The elections for 243 Assembly seats will be held in three phases – for 71 seats on October 28, for 94 seats on November 3, and remaining 78 on November 7. The results will be announced on November 10.(Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
The elections for 243 Assembly seats will be held in three phases – for 71 seats on October 28, for 94 seats on November 3, and remaining 78 on November 7. The results will be announced on November 10.(Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)

Bihar polls: Mahagathbandhan releases its list of candidates for 243 seats. Check full list here

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 15, 2020 10:11 PM IST
The alliance’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav is contesting from Raghopur assembly constituency. Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv Sinha is the Congress candidate from Bankipore.
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File photo of actor Luv Sinha. (Photo @LuvSinha)
File photo of actor Luv Sinha. (Photo @LuvSinha)

Luv Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha’s son, in Congress’ final list for Bihar polls

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 09:43 PM IST
The Congress released its second and final list of 49 candidates for the remaining two phases of elections on Thursday night, hours before the nominations closed for the second phase of polling on Friday.
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Continuing her attack, the BSP chief said her party was working with the goal of removing the BJP from the country on May 23, when the results of the Lok Sabha elections will be announced.(ANI file photo)
Continuing her attack, the BSP chief said her party was working with the goal of removing the BJP from the country on May 23, when the results of the Lok Sabha elections will be announced.(ANI file photo)

‘Mahagathbandhan vote will go to Cong in Amethi, Rae Bareli’: Mayawati

By Hindustan Times | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2019 09:41 PM IST
Continuing her attack, the BSP chief said her party was working with the goal of removing the BJP from the country on May 23, when the results of the Lok Sabha elections will be announced.
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi with RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

‘No rift, absence from Rahul’s rallies part of strategy’: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

By Press Trust of India | Patna
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 08:14 PM IST
With his absence from Rahul Gandhi’s rallies in Bihar triggering speculation of a rift in the Mahagathbandhan, RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav Monday dismissed the conjecture and asserted he would share stage with Gandhi in the state in coming days.
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Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi and other leaders join hands after announcing the grand alliance's candidates list for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, in Patna on March 29, 2019.(PTI Photo)
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi and other leaders join hands after announcing the grand alliance's candidates list for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, in Patna on March 29, 2019.(PTI Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav announces all ‘Mahagathbandhan’ seats in Bihar

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2019 07:53 AM IST
Party chief Lalu Prasad’s eldest daughter and Rajya Sabha member Misa Bharti will be pitted against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Ram Kripal Yadav from Patliputra. Yadav, once a staunch loyalist of Lalu Prasad, had defeated Misa in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
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In many ways, the seat-sharing deal has the imprint of Lalu Yadav’s deft negotiations despite pressure from Congress to allot 11-13 seats.(Photo: Arun Abhi/Hindustan Times)
In many ways, the seat-sharing deal has the imprint of Lalu Yadav’s deft negotiations despite pressure from Congress to allot 11-13 seats.(Photo: Arun Abhi/Hindustan Times)

In Bihar grand alliance deal, a climb down for Congress and a Lalu Yadav imprint

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2019 08:49 PM IST
The Congress having made a climb down from its demand of 11 seats and had to forgo its traditional Aurangabad seat as coalition leaders today announced that the seat had gone to HAM(S) led by Jitan Ram Manjhi.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi with RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav during a meeting in New Delhi.(HT Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav during a meeting in New Delhi.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: RJD to contest 20, Cong 9 seats in Bihar Grand Alliance poll pact

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2019 07:27 PM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: According to the poll pact announced in Patna on Friday, Sharad Yadav has decided to contest on RJD’s lantern symbol and will merge his party Loktantrik Janata Dal with Lalu’s party after elections.
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Union minister PrakashJavadekar said that the BJP was moving towards victory with full confidence and Congress’s nervousness over this was evident in the Ahmedabad meeting.(HT Photo)
Union minister PrakashJavadekar said that the BJP was moving towards victory with full confidence and Congress’s nervousness over this was evident in the Ahmedabad meeting.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: NDA becoming stronger, ‘mahagathbandhan’ coming undone, says Javdekar

By HT Correspondent | Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 02:39 PM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Union minister Prakash Javadekar said BJP will contest Lok Sabha polls on four issues: terror-free India, poverty-free India, garbage-free India and corruption-free India.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to meet Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.(Vipin KUmar/HT FILE PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to meet Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.(Vipin KUmar/HT FILE PHOTO)

‘PM Modi being opposed by opportunistic alliance whose leader is unknown’: BJP

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2019 09:37 AM IST
Reaching out to voters on the second day of its national convention, the BJP said choice is between stability and instability.
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Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik during the sit-in protest to demand an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy, at Talkatora stadium, in New Delhi on January 8.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik during the sit-in protest to demand an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy, at Talkatora stadium, in New Delhi on January 8.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

BJD will not be part of mahagathbandhan, says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2019 05:55 PM IST
The Odisha chief minister said the party will continue with the policy of equidistance from the BJP and the Congress.
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BJD leader and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said he wanted more time to decide on joining ‘Mahagathbandhan’, the grand alliance of opposition parties, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.(PTI)
BJD leader and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said he wanted more time to decide on joining ‘Mahagathbandhan’, the grand alliance of opposition parties, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.(PTI)

‘Need time to think it over’: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on joining mahagathbandhan

By Indo Asian News Service | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2019 08:46 PM IST
Naveen Patnaik was in the national capital to participate in a farmers’ protest held by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for its demand to fix Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy at Rs 2,930 per quintal from the current Rs 1,750.
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Former Chief minister of Jharkhand Shibu Soren in Dhanbad(Bijay/ Hindustan Times)
Former Chief minister of Jharkhand Shibu Soren in Dhanbad(Bijay/ Hindustan Times)

JMM might contest alone if ‘respectable’ seat share is denied in GA: Shibu Soren

By Subhash Mishra | Hindustan Times, Dhanbad, Dhanbad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2019 12:16 PM IST
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, JMM had won two seats — Dumka (Shibu Soren) and Rajmaha (Vijay Kumar Hansda) — out of 14, while it was in second position in the Giridih seat
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AIUDF chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal informed the media that his party was looking forward to ‘Mahagathbandhan,’ which is going to take place in New Delhi.(Subhendu Ghosh / HT Photo)
AIUDF chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal informed the media that his party was looking forward to ‘Mahagathbandhan,’ which is going to take place in New Delhi.(Subhendu Ghosh / HT Photo)

I will smash your head, AIUDF chief threatens scribe, tries to hit him

By Asian News International | Assam
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2018 09:29 AM IST
AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, who represents Dhubri Lok Sabha seat in Assam, allegedly tried to hit the journalist too, while his supporters forced the scribe to tender apologies publicly.
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Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.(PTI file photo)
Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.(PTI file photo)

‘Mahagathbandhan is begaani shaadi mein Abdullah diwana’: Naqvi

By Asian News International | Rampur
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2018 12:44 PM IST
Taking a jibe at the ‘Mahagathbandhan’, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that regional parties who longed for the Prime Ministerial position are now supporting Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the post ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
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Upendra Kushwaha was replying to reporters’ queries on his Saturday meeting with senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Akhilesh Prasad Singh in New Delhi.(PTI)
Upendra Kushwaha was replying to reporters’ queries on his Saturday meeting with senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Akhilesh Prasad Singh in New Delhi.(PTI)

Joining the Congress-led grand alliance one of the many options before us: RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha

By Press Trust of India | Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2018 09:00 PM IST
RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who last week snapped his ties with the BJP-led NDA and resigned from the Union council of ministers said joining the Congress-led mahagathbandhan is “one of the many options” before him and a final decision is yet to be taken.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed booth-level workers of the BJP via NaMo app.(PTI file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed booth-level workers of the BJP via NaMo app.(PTI file photo)

Mahagathbandhan is a failed, opportunistic idea: Modi to BJP workers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2018 05:31 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with booth-level workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party from Raipur, Mysore, Damoh, Karauli–Dholpur & Agra.
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