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RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari said Sushil Kumar Modi was “cut off” from the NDA because he was not letting other leaders rise(ANI Twitter)

RJD leader who criticised Rahul Gandhi has a theory why Sushil Modi isn’t Dy CM

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 02:09 PM IST
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Modi was dropped from Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s cabinet and replaced as deputy chief minister by his party, after having served at the post since 2005.
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In its first press conference after the results, the MGB leadership accused the Election Commission of India (ECI) of having cancelled postal ballots which were in its favour in various assembly constituencies (ACs).(ANI Photo)
In its first press conference after the results, the MGB leadership accused the Election Commission of India (ECI) of having cancelled postal ballots which were in its favour in various assembly constituencies (ACs).(ANI Photo)

Why blaming Congress in Bihar is a red herring

By Roshan Kishore and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 05:28 AM IST
The Congress managed to win 19 out of the 70 Assembly Constituencies (ACs) it contested in these elections. In 2015, it won 27 out of the 41 it had contested. Compared to 2015, 2020 looks like an underperformance.
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Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan administers the oath of office to Janta Dal-United National President Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister at Rajbhawan in Patna.(PTI)
Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan administers the oath of office to Janta Dal-United National President Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister at Rajbhawan in Patna.(PTI)

Nitish Kumar forms government in Bihar, inducts new Cabinet. Full list of ministers here

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 05:45 PM IST
Here is the full list of ministers inducted in chief minister Nitish Kumar’s cabinet.
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The RJD slammed Nitish Kumar for claiming he did not want to become the chief minister but BJP insisted him.(PTI)
The RJD slammed Nitish Kumar for claiming he did not want to become the chief minister but BJP insisted him.(PTI)

‘BJP leaders grabbed my feet, started crying,’ RJD takes swipe at Nitish Kumar

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 02:12 PM IST
Nitish Kumar earlier said he did not want to become the chief minister, but he was insisted by BJP leaders.
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JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar after meeting with Bihar Governor Fagu Chauhan, in Patna on November 15.(ANI)
JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar after meeting with Bihar Governor Fagu Chauhan, in Patna on November 15.(ANI)

Bihar: RJD to boycott NDA’s oath-taking ceremony today

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 02:02 PM IST
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JD(U) National President Nitish Kumar greets after meeting with Bihar Governor Fagu Chauhan, in Patna on Sunday.(ANI)
JD(U) National President Nitish Kumar greets after meeting with Bihar Governor Fagu Chauhan, in Patna on Sunday.(ANI)

RJD to boycott swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar as Bihar CM

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 01:39 PM IST
Nitish Kumar will take oath as the chief minister of Bihar for the fourth consecutive term in Patna at a ceremony today. It will be held at around 4:30 pm.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Bihar’s Darbhanga last month.(PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Bihar’s Darbhanga last month.(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi was picnicking while PM Modi focused on Bihar polls: RJD’s Shivanand Tiwary

By Anirban Guha Roy| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 12:27 AM IST
Rashtriya Janata Dal national vice president Shivanand Tiwary also accused the Congress of being a ‘non-serious player’.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at an election rally during of Bihar Assembly elections in Madhepura, Bihar, India on Wednesday November 04, 2020.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at an election rally during of Bihar Assembly elections in Madhepura, Bihar, India on Wednesday November 04, 2020.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Rahul Gandhi was on picnic in Shimla during Bihar polls: RJD’s Shivanand Tiwari

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 11:38 PM IST
The NDA won the assembly election with 125 seats while the RJD-led Grand Alliance won 110 seats.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addresses a press conference in Patna, November 12(SANTOSH KUMAR/HTPHOTO)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addresses a press conference in Patna, November 12(SANTOSH KUMAR/HTPHOTO)

Nitish Kumar’s most challenging term

UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 07:47 PM IST
With a constrained mandate, the CM will have to deliver on both politics and governance
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Even though RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav emerged as a big player, Nitish Kumar was able to neutralise this by retaining the women vote(SANTOSH KUMAR/HTPHOTO)
Even though RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav emerged as a big player, Nitish Kumar was able to neutralise this by retaining the women vote(SANTOSH KUMAR/HTPHOTO)

The Bihar mandate has lessons for all parties

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 07:45 PM IST
The biggest the challenge before NDA will be to fulfil the promise of employment. There are around 450,000 vacant government posts in Bihar.
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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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Leaders of the National Democratic Alliance will meet at 12.30pm on Sunday(PTI)
Leaders of the National Democratic Alliance will meet at 12.30pm on Sunday(PTI)

NDA meet to choose its leader in Bihar begins

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 12:58 PM IST
Senior BJP leaders including Amit Shah have reiterated on several occasions their intent of standing by their promise of making Nitish Kumar the chief minister.
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Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar.(HT photo)
Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar.(HT photo)

Nitish Kumar on wafer-thin majority, won’t last long as CM, says RJD’s Manoj Jha

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 06:27 AM IST
Jha accused Nitish Kumar of suppressing the people’s mandate with a decree by switching from the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2017 and said that the people of Bihar have woken up now.
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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav along with his brother and party leader Tej Pratap Yadav during a press conference in Patna on Thursday.(ANI)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav along with his brother and party leader Tej Pratap Yadav during a press conference in Patna on Thursday.(ANI)

RJD considers legal challenge to Bihar poll results, EC says election was transparent

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 09:12 PM IST
Tejashwi Yadav had alleged that the irregularities in the counting process had led to the Grand Alliance losing 20 seats that stopped it from reaching the majority figure of 122.
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BJP workers attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at party HQ, a day after National Democratic Alliance garnered majority in the Bihar assembly polls, New Delhi, November.12, 2020(PTI)
BJP workers attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at party HQ, a day after National Democratic Alliance garnered majority in the Bihar assembly polls, New Delhi, November.12, 2020(PTI)

From Bihar, a message for Indian politics, writes Barkha Dutt

UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:51 PM IST
The national Opposition does not exist, the Congress’s claim to this role is cosmetic, and only regional parties can be a bulwark against the BJP
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A Congress party worker holds a flag with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s faces.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
A Congress party worker holds a flag with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s faces.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Acquisitive Cong’s failure to deliver behind alliance’s loss

By Vinod Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:11 AM IST
Of the seventy seats it wrested in the seat-sharing talks, the party won an embarrassing 19, just eight more than the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist’s 11 out of 19.
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Yadav, who was the chief ministerial candidate of the Mahagathbandhan, said he was not willing to accept that the alliance had suffered a defeat in the state polls.(ANI)
Yadav, who was the chief ministerial candidate of the Mahagathbandhan, said he was not willing to accept that the alliance had suffered a defeat in the state polls.(ANI)

‘People’s mandate in our favour’: Tejashwi Yadav

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:06 AM IST
The 31-year-old leader, who was elected the leader of the GA, said the opposition alliance would move court if the Election Commission does not give satisfactory reasons for the rejection of a huge number of postal ballots.
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A voter's finger is inked while casting their ballot during third phase polling for Bihar Assembly Elections, at Mahua constituency in Vaishali district, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
A voter's finger is inked while casting their ballot during third phase polling for Bihar Assembly Elections, at Mahua constituency in Vaishali district, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)

What does caste profile of MLAs in Bihar tell us about politics?

By Gilles Verniers and Basim U Nissa
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 04:59 PM IST
Between those who claim that Bihar’s politics is determined entirely by caste and those who hold that caste-party alignments have now become fluid and thus made caste irrelevant in the face of other factors, there is necessarily a large space wherein lies the truth.
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Poster of Janta Dal (United) President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar put up by workers after NDA's victory in Bihar Assembly election, in Patna, Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)
Poster of Janta Dal (United) President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar put up by workers after NDA's victory in Bihar Assembly election, in Patna, Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)

‘You dream of becoming CM after getting 40 seats’: RJD’s Manoj Jha taunts Nitish Kumar

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 01:51 PM IST
In all, NDA partners - BJP, JD(U), Vikassheel Insaan Party, and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) - together won 125 seats of the 243 assembly constituencies whereas the RJD-led Grand Alliance failed to cross the majority mark of 122 seats as it won on 110 seats.
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BJP party workers celebrate NDA's victory in Bihar assembly elections.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
BJP party workers celebrate NDA's victory in Bihar assembly elections.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Bihar Election 2020: Tirhut, Mithilanchal and Kosi regions put NDA in lead

PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2020 09:31 AM IST
The Grand Alliance lost much ground in Kosi and Seemanchal because of Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and division in the Muslim votes
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LJP Chief Chirag Paswan addresses a press conference, at party office in Patna.(PTI)
LJP Chief Chirag Paswan addresses a press conference, at party office in Patna.(PTI)

LJP did well, will fight 2025 elections: Chirag Paswan

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 04:16 AM IST
The LJP could win only one of the 137 seats it had contested, though its presence with 25 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rebel leaders did manage to cut JD (U) size and bring its number much below the BJP figures for the first time since 2005.
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Officials check EVMs at a distribution centre, ahead of local body elections.(PTI/Representative Photo)
Officials check EVMs at a distribution centre, ahead of local body elections.(PTI/Representative Photo)

Bihar Election 2020 Results: More MLAs with criminal records make it to assembly

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 06:09 AM IST
This is higher than the last time as out of 243 MLAs analysed during Bihar assembly elections in 2015, 142(58%) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.
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Bihar, Oct 14 (ANI): RJD candidate Tejaswi Yadav with brother Tej Pratap Yadav show victory sign after filing his nomination papers from Raghopur assembly seat ahead of Bihar assembly polls, in Vaishali on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Bihar, Oct 14 (ANI): RJD candidate Tejaswi Yadav with brother Tej Pratap Yadav show victory sign after filing his nomination papers from Raghopur assembly seat ahead of Bihar assembly polls, in Vaishali on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

The age factor behind Grand Alliance setback

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa and Roshan Kishore | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 03:54 AM IST
Among candidates in age-groups 36-50 and 51-65, the NDA and the MGB candidates have a broadly similar strike rate (seats won as a share of seats contested).
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Mahagathbandhan candidate Shashi Yadav shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting their vote during the second phase of Bihar Assembly election at Chitkohra in Patna, Bihar.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Mahagathbandhan candidate Shashi Yadav shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting their vote during the second phase of Bihar Assembly election at Chitkohra in Patna, Bihar.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: More women candidates but fewer winners

By Gilles Verniers and Samridhi Hooda
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 10:48 AM IST
Of the 84 women candidates who fought in the Bihar elections, voters only sent 26 of them to the state assembly
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NDA has crossed the magic figure of 122-mark to form the government, out of which JD(U) has won 43 seats and BJP won 74 seats(PTI)
NDA has crossed the magic figure of 122-mark to form the government, out of which JD(U) has won 43 seats and BJP won 74 seats(PTI)

From 2005 to 2020: Rise and fall of Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in state elections

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 05:50 PM IST
NDA got a landslide majority in 2010 Bihar Assembly elections after a remarkable five-year rule which also helped Nitish Kumar earn the title of ‘Sushasan Babu’.
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Barricades outside the residence of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, after the NDA garnered a majority in the Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna, Wednesday.(PTI)
Barricades outside the residence of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, after the NDA garnered a majority in the Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna, Wednesday.(PTI)

Bihar Election 2020: RJD decimated in Seemanchal

By Aditya Nath Jha | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 04:42 PM IST
RJD workers in Seemanchal are believed to have been unsatisfied with the ticket distribution and this may have contributed to the party’s loss in the region
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Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party celebrate the results of the Bihar assembly election on November 10.(REUTERS)
Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party celebrate the results of the Bihar assembly election on November 10.(REUTERS)

Bihar Election 2020: Speculation rife over BJP’s share in NDA cabinet

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 04:22 PM IST
The maximum number of ministers in the Bihar cabinet permissible is 36, as the size is capped at 15% of the 243-member legislative assembly
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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.(HT File)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.(HT File)

Bihar Election 2020: Shiv Sena mouthpiece heaps praise on Tejashwi Yadav

By Swapnil Rawal | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:20 PM IST
In the election, the RJD emerged as the single largest party with 75 seats. The RJD-led alliance won 110 seats while the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 125
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Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar addresses a gathering during an election meeting, for Bihar Assembly elections.(PTI)
Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar addresses a gathering during an election meeting, for Bihar Assembly elections.(PTI)

Bihar Election 2020: JD(U) wins Hilsa seat by just 12 votes

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 11:40 AM IST
The result has been contested by the rival RJD.
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People watch the Bihar Assembly election results unfold on a screen in Patna on Tuesday.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
People watch the Bihar Assembly election results unfold on a screen in Patna on Tuesday.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Bihar election results: 8 seats where victory margin was less than 1,000

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | HIndustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 08:02 AM IST
Bihar Assembly election 2020: In Hilsa, the JD(U) candidate won just by 12 votes, according to the Election Commission website, a result contested by the RJD. The NDA got past the majority mark of 122 late on Tuesday after more than 15 hours of counting of votes.
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