Nitish Kumar | Bihar Election: Nitish Kumar allocates portfolios, keeps home, gives Tarkishore finance

A day after taking oath for a new term along with his ministerial colleagues, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday allocated portfolios among them, keeping with himself home, general administration, vigilance and three more departments. Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad got finance, commercial tax, environment, forest and disaster management, urban development and information technology … Read more

Those who ran Jungle Raj have a problem with ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’: Modi

Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked the opposition grand alliance in Bihar and said that its allies have a problem with the slogan ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. “Allies of Jungle Raj don’t want slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ to be raised. They also don’t want you to say ‘Jai Shree Ram’,” Modi … Read more

Bihar Polls: Phase II campaigning ends, all set for voting in 92 seats tomorrow

Patna: Campaigning for the politically crucial second phase (November 3), which covers 94 seats across 17 districts, came to an end on Sunday evening. The second phase is significant for both camps — NDA and the Opposition alliance — to form the next government in the state. BJP and ally JDU are contesting 46 and … Read more

View: Which way is the wind blowing in Bihar? Here’s a message for those who like to predict poll outcomes

By Rahul Verma Elections are a high-stake game in democracies like India and, thus, it is natural that all of us obsess over who will win how many seats. Everyone has their favourite technique of making predictions: some look at pre-poll surveys, election junkies try to find patterns through historical data, journalists and academics travel … Read more

Anti-incumbency not a factor in Bihar polls: Sanjay Jha

Anti-incumbency is not a factor in Bihar polls, senior JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha told ET’s Kumar Anshuman in an interview. He said the “double N factor” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Nitish Kumar is working for the ruling alliance on the ground. Edited excerpts: Do you believe the JD(U) is facing anti-incumbency … Read more

Union Minister Smriti Irani tests positive for Covid-19 infection amid intense Bihar poll campaign

Smriti Irani is among BJP’s star campaigner for the Bihar Assembly Elections. (PTI file photo) Smriti Irani, the Union Minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet, on Wednesday announced that she had tested positive for Covid-19 infection. The minister, via a post on her official Twitter handle, requested anyone who has met her in recent times … Read more

Bihar Polls: Parties promise micro credit, permanent jobs, safety to women

New Delhi: From the RJD promising to regularise nearly 1.5 crore contractual workers (Jeevika didis) and doubling their pay, to JDU substantially increasing the number of its female candidates and promising more representation of women in administration, and the BJP promising a `50,000 crore push to women’s self help groups, political parties in Bihar are … Read more

Bihar election 2020: 153 crorepatis in first phase poll fray

(This story originally appeared in on Oct 20, 2020) PATNA: Unbelievable it may sound in an otherwise poor state like Bihar, but records show that out 153 out of the 1,065 candidates in the fray in the first phase of state assembly election are crorepatis! The assembly election in Bihar is scheduled in three phases … Read more

View: Nitish Kumar’s shifting slot in the jigsaw puzzle that is Bihar elections

By Mohan Sahay It is all about Nitish Kumar in the Bihar election. With the X-factor of Chirag Paswan in play, it is no longer certain that Kumar’s JD (U) would secure more seats than ally BJP. If that be the case, there could be a big question mark over Nitish Kumar staying on as … Read more

Even if BJP gets more seats this time, Nitishji will be the Bihar CM: Fadnavis

On the numbers of seats NDA will win in the Bihar elections.We will win with a landslide victory. On Bihar getting a BJP CM.In this election, this question is not important. Even if the BJP gets more seats (than JDU) this time, Nitishji will be the CM. On LJP cutting into BJP’s and JDU’s votesThe … Read more