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  • BJP wins two Assembly seats in Manipur by-polls, loses one Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made a headway in Northeast by winning two assembly seats in Manipur. While Khumukcham Joykishan of the BJP defeated Congress candidate Jyotin Waikhom in Thangmeiband, his party colleague Thongam Biswajit Singh won the Thongju seat by edging past Congress' Bijoy Koingjam. In a major setback, the BJP lost the Jhabua-Ratlam Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh to Congress by over 80,000 votes.
    2015-11-24 04:00:48 PM
  • Key Developments during Nitish Kumar's Swearing-in Ceremony
    Almost two lakh people had gathered to see Nitish take the oath from the ramparts of Gandhi Maidan, a venue from where the Quit India Movement of 1942 was launched and Jaiprakash Narayan had given call for revolution against the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. While Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the fifth time, 28 ministers – 12 each from RJD and JD(U) and four from Congress – also sworn in at the ceremony. RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s two sons – Tejaswi and Tej Pratap – were also administered oath by Governor Ram Nath Kovind. Besides Lalu's two sons, 10 other members of RJD took the oath. The fact that Tejaswi Prasad Yadav was the second person to be sworn in after Nitish, further fanned the speculation that the former could be made deputy chief minister of Bihar. Although Modi's absence from the ceremony was seen as a snub to Nitish Kumar, he had deputed his loyal ministers – M. Venkaiah Naidu and Rajiv Pratap Rudy – to represent him. Chief of Congress party's Bihar unit, Ashok Choudhary was sworn in along with Abdul Jalil Mastan, Awdesh Kumar Singh and Madan Mohan Jha. Apart from the old members of JD(U) such as Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lalan, Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Jay Kumar Singh and Shrawan Kumar, several new members also took the oath. The JD(U) leader Vijay Kumar Chaudhury was appointed the new Speaker of the Bihar Assembly.
    2015-11-20 05:39:57 PM
  • Nitish Kumar set to be elected leader of Grand Alliance
    Newly-elected legislators of Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will elect Nitish Kumar as the leader of the legislature party on Saturday following which he will be elected as leader of the legislature party of the Grand Alliance. "Nitish Kumar will be first elected as leader of the JD-U legislature party by the newly elected legislators at a meeting here on Saturday. After that, he will be elected as the leader of the the legislature party of the grand alliance in a joint meeting of the JD-U,RJD and Congress's legislators," JD-U state president Vashsisht Narain Singh said. Kumar has already said he will recommend dissolution of the state legislative assembly on November 14 after holding the last meeting of his cabinet. He will stake claim to form his new government after a joint meeting of grand alliance on the same day. Meanwhile, newly elected legislators of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is holding a meeting here on Friday afternoon to elect their legislature party leader. All eyes are now on RJD chief Lalu Prasad's younger son Tejaswi Yadav, who was elected from Raghopur assembly seat, as main contender for the post of the party,to play an important role in the grand alliance-led government. Congress will also held a meeting of its newly elected legislators here on Saturday. According to JD-U leaders here, Nitish Kumar will again take oath as chief minister on November 20 along with a 36-member council of ministers after the Chhath festival to be celebrated in the third week of November. Nitish Kumar was declared the chief ministerial candidate by the grand alliance before campaign of the Bihar assembly polls started in September. RJD chief Lalu Prasad called him 'Dulha' of the grand alliance. Source: IANS
    2015-11-13 02:19:47 PM
  • Pappu Yadav regrets going against Lalu-Nitish
    Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) chief Pappu Yadav on Friday said he regretted contesting against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad in the Bihar assembly elections. A mellowed Pappu Yadav also told the media that he wished to apologize for the undignified language he used against the two leaders and also against Lalu Prasad's two sons. "It was a big mistake on my part to go against Nitish and Lalu," Pappu Yadav tweeted. An expelled RJD MP, Pappu Yadav floated the JAP and contested the assembly polls in alliance with the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav and other smaller parties. His candidates lost their security deposit in over 100 constituencies. Pappu Yadav said it was wrong on his part to have said that he would quit active politics if Lalu Prasad's sons win the elections. "I am sorry for (making) such a statement." Source: IANS
    2015-11-13 02:18:12 PM
  • Nitish oath taking to display anti-Modi muscle
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi and chief ministers of Delhi, West Bengal, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh will attend the November 20 oath taking of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in an event which is being touted as the beginning of opposition unity against the BJP. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda will also attend the event along with Assam's Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. So will former chief ministers Babulal Marandi and Hemant Soren of Jharkhand and INLD leader Abhay Chautala from Haryana. "We have decided to invite all leaders opposed to the BJP to attend the ceremony," Janata Dal-United (JD-U) spokesperson Ajay Alok said here on Thursday. JD-U general secretary K.C. Tyagi said all the senior leaders opposed to the BJP's brand of politics would come together in the first major show of opposition unity since Narendra Modi became prime minister in May 2014. "It will be a new beginning of opposition unity," he said. The Grand Alliance led by Nitish Kumar -- who will take oath as chief minister for a third straight time -- also includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of Lalu Prasad and the Congress. It crushed the BJP and its allies, winning 178 of the 243 assembly seats. The chief ministers expected to attend are Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh), Naveen Patnaik (BJD, Odisha), Arvind Kejriwal (AAP, Delhi) and Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool Congress, West Bengal). Lalu Prasad, whose RJD is the single largest party in the new Bihar house, and JD-U president Sharad Yadav will be the main guests at the event.
    2015-11-13 10:05:44 AM

  • Manjhi blames RSS chief, Amit Shah for Bihar debacle
    Former chief minister and HAM president Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday blamed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and BJP president Amit Shah for the debacle of the BJP-led alliance in Bihar. "Bhagwat's statement on review of reservation for Dalits and OBCs harmed the NDA's prospects as it was made one of the main issues by the Grand Alliance," Manjhi told the media here. Manjhi said the issue of reservation in educational institutions and in jobs badly affected the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). He said Shah's statement that firecrackers would be burst in Pakistan if the BJP lost the Bihar assembly polls also played a major role in the NDA's defeat. "The statement only helped the Grand Alliance." Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha contested from 20 seats but won only one seat. The party's sole victor was Manjhi himself. He won from Imamganj in Gaya, his home district. Source: IANS
    2015-11-09 06:12:49 PM
  • Muslim legislators rise from 19 to 23 in Bihar
    The number of Muslims in Bihar's new 243-member assembly will go up to 23 from 19 in the outgoing house. All the new Muslim legislators are from the Grand Alliance, which routed the BJP-led alliance, except one who was elected on the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist or CPI-ML ticket. Both the Muslims fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party were defeated in the assembly election whose results were declared on Sunday. It included its only Muslim legislator in the outgoing house, Saba Zafar. Not a single Muslim woman has been elected to the assembly this time. The outgoing house had two: Parween Amanullah and Razia Khatoon. Interestingly, all the Muslim candidates of BJP allies like the LJP of Ram Vilas Paswan, the RLSP of Upender Kushwaha and the HAM of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi were defeated. "The results prove that the OBC, EBC, Dalit and Muslim social support base of the Grand Alliance clicked," said Irshadul Haque, a Dalit Muslim activist. Of the 23 Muslim legislators, 11 are from the Rashtriya Janata Dal of Lalu Prasad, six from the Congress and five from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United. Political watchers say Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad were the first choice for Muslims in the electoral contest. In the process, Muslims even rejected Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi's Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which contested in six constituencies but fared poorly in most places. According to official statistics, over a dozen Muslim candidates of different parties ended up in the second position. About 16.5 percent of Bihar's 83 million population is Muslim. Source: IANS
    2015-11-09 02:28:06 PM
  • BJP defeat is good news, says Pakistani daily
    The BJP-led coalition's defeat in Bihar is "arguably the first good news to come from India in the last few months", a Pakistani newspaper said on Monday. The News International also said in an editorial that the election result "is a timely reminder for the BJP that fuelling the politics of hate is not a strategy that will work in the long term". It said India-Pakistan relations had been hit in recent times by violence in Kashmir, cross-border firing, issues related to beef and Muslims, and protests against Pakistani singers. "There was little surprise then that when Bihar went to vote, neighbouring Pakistan was more than usually interested," it said. The Bharatiya Janata Party's defeat showed that despite coming into power on the basis of a powerful economic narrative, "within a year the BJP-led government has begun to alienate key segments of the country. "The defeat in Bihar sets the stage for the next four years of campaigning, with anti-BJP alliance politics - as tried out in Bihar - likely to become a key strategy for opposition parties," it said. The BJP defeat has also shattered the aura of invincibility built around Modi, the daily said.
    2015-11-09 02:18:47 PM
  • Sensex tanks 327 points after Bihar poll verdict
    A day after the BJP-led NDA was defeated in Bihar assembly polls, a benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Monday tanked 327.59 points or 1.25 percent during the noon session. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was trading 99.20 points or 1.25 percent down at 7,855.10 points.The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 25,809 points, was trading at 25,937.65 points (at 12.05 p.m.) in the early session, down 327.59 points or 1.25 percent from the previous day's close at 26,265.24 points during the noon session. The Sensex touched a high of 26,007.44 points and a low of 25,656.90 points in the trade so far.
    2015-11-09 02:17:22 PM
  • Bihar mandate is against Modi: Lalu
    The mandate in Bihar is against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will impact national politics, RJD leader Lalu Prasad said on Monday. "The mandate we have got is to fight Delhi, Modi," the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former chief minister told the media, a day after the Grand Alliance routed the BJP combine in assembly polls. "Communal and fascist forces are ruling Delhi. To keep them in power even for one more day will amount to breaking up the country," he said. "This is my view, others may agree or not," he added. The RJD leader reiterated that the sweeping victory of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the RJD and Congress over the four-party combine of the BJP would impact national politics. Lalu Prasad blamed the Modi government for rising prices of food and even train and air travel. "Traders and businessmen are terrorized today. Nobody is feeling safe. Everyone is terrorized." He said the reason why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2014 Lok Sabha election was because its leaders "fooled everyone" with false promises. "They talked about 'achche din, achche din' but such bad days have come." He also criticized political pundits and analysts who called him "chara chor (fodder thief)" and "criminal" in television debates, saying his win would mark a return of "jungle raj" in Bihar. Source: IANS
    2015-11-09 02:16:11 PM

  • Bihar (results) to change course of national politics: Shiv Sena
    ) A day after the Bihar elections results, the Shiv Sena said on Monday the outcome "could change the course of national politics in the days ahead". Openly "celebrating" its ally Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) rout, the Sena said Bihar represents national politics and all the forecasts by many "chanakyas" were proved wrong after Sunday's vote-count when the results came on "expected lines". The Sena said undoubtedly "the Bihar outcome would impact national politics and also create an upheaval within the BJP", with deep introspection as its downfall comes just one-and-a-half years after the Lok Sabha victory. "We must remember that Jayaprakash Narain, the man who ensured the downfall of Indira Gandhi, hailed from Bihar... Those who took Bihar elections for granted, better take the outcome seriously," the Sena warned in a stinging edit in the party mouthpiece, Saamana, on Monday. Commending the Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad Yadav duo for their stupendous victory, the Saamana took a jibe at BJP, saying after the premature celebrations in New Delhi and Patna BJP offices, their activists soon beat a hasty retreat and disappeared. "It was always a straight fight between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar... Despite employing money power and official machinery, the declaration of a huge Rs.1.50 lakh crore package, the people rejected BJP and Nitish-Lalu partnership came up trumps," the edit said. The BJP, which held 91 seats in the outgoing house, was reduced to less than 60 with its allies, but Lalu Prasad Yadav, accused by BJP of bringing "jungle-raj and corruption" bagged the largest number of seats. Similarly, the Congress - whose Vice-President Rahul Gandhi who was labeled as a 'pappu' (simpleton) - bagged 27 seats and the party will now join the government. Source: IANS
    2015-11-09 02:14:36 PM
  • Bihar polls: Grand victory for grand alliance
    In the end most exit polls were widely off the mark, even the ones that had predicted a grand alliance victory in Bihar. For the margin of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress victory was so overwhelming — 178 out of 243 seats — that the reverberations shook the political landscape of the country. The BJP-led NDA could only manage 58 seats while others took the remaining seven. The grand alliance did well across the state including in urban areas where the BJP supposedly had an edge. The RJD bagged 80 seats, while the JD(U) got 71. The Congress did well to win 27 seats. From the NDA, the BJP won 53 seats. The other NDA allies, LJP, RSLP and HAM, could manage only five seats between them. Speaking after his famous victory, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who is all set to take oath as chief minister for the fifth time, said: “It is clear now that on the national level, people want a powerful opposition.” He added that people had “completely rejected efforts to divide them”. The other big winner of the day, RJD’s Lalu Yadav, said that the political battle would now be taken beyond Bihar. “Bihar results will have long-term impact on national politics,” Lalu said. “Bihar has given a new direction to the entire country.” Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pay heed to the “message” of the voters. He said Modi should “stop foreign tours and instead go and meet farmers, labourers and youth whom he promised jobs”.   
    2015-11-08 11:37:04 PM
  • Nitish, Lalu assure development; India Inc. rallies in support
    A clear mandate in favour of the Grand Alliance confirms Nitish Kumar as the new Chief Minister of Bihar. Addressing the media during the press conference, the JD (U) leader said that he will try his best to fulfil people's expectations. Lalu Prasad Yadav, the leader of the RJD that emerged as the single largest party in Bihar, said that the alliance will take Bihar to the national map. India Inc. also pledged its support to the Grand Alliance assuring that it will work closely with the new government to ensure investments.
    2015-11-08 05:07:37 PM
  • Kejriwal, Mamata congratulate Nitish
    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee have congratulated Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar after the grand alliance's spectacular victory in the assembly elections. In a message on Twitter, Mamata said: “Congratulations @NitishKumar ji, Lalu ji & your full team. And all my Bihar brothers & sisters. Victory of tolerance, defeat of intolerance.” Meanwhile, Kejriwal tweeted: “Many, many congratulations for this historic victory.” Both Kejriwal and Mamata had come out openly in support of Nitish ahead of the Bihar elections and urged voters to cast their ballots in favour of the grand alliance. 
    2015-11-08 02:39:03 PM
  • Rahul is architect of victorious alliance : Nirupam
    With the results of the Bihar assembly elections indicating a clear sweep by the Mahagathbandhan and placing Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav in the centrestage, the Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam claimed that the Rahul Gandhi is the architect of the victorious alliance. The Vice-President of the party, in a reaction to the results, said that the victory of the alliance has proven that a party cannot win elections by dividing Hindus and Muslims. He termed this as a victory over divisive forces.
    2015-11-08 02:00:25 PM

  • Bihar Election Results
    As counting reaches its penultimate stage, the writing on the wall is clear: Nitish Kumar is going to be the chief minister of Bihar for yet another term. With the Grand Alliance leading in more than double the seats (157 against NDA's 75 at the time of writing), the BJP-led alliance is almost routed. However, with the possibility of JDU getting less seats than the RJD, Nitish Kumar might have a challenging time as the CM of Bihar.
    2015-11-08 12:46:56 PM
  • Nitish-Lalu heading for spectacular victory
    It's clear now: Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav will win the Bihar assembly elections and the JD(U) leader will continue to be the chief minister. According to the trends available at 11am, the grand alliance is now ahead in 139 seats, leaving the NDA far behind at 92 seats. Perhaps the most spectacular performance has been RJD's, which may even emerge as the single largest party. 
    2015-11-08 11:05:35 AM
  • Dramatic reversal in Bihar: grand alliance noses ahead
    In what is a dramatic reversal of trends, Election Commission results now indicate that the grand alliance may have nosed ahead of the NDA. However, there is still some confusion, with Rajya Sabha TV showing the grand alliance leading in 108 seats, just ahead of NDA's 106; while Lok Sabha TV says the NDA has a lead in 88 seats compared to grand alliance's 70. The crackers have fallen silent near the BJP offices in Patna, reports say.
    2015-11-08 10:19:46 AM
  • Bihar Election Results Update
     Early trends show that Nitish Kumar has taken a major hit since both RJD and Congress are doing better. Meanwhile, BJP workers are getting into celebratory mood outside the party office in Patna. However, it is to be seen whether BJP's lead will increase in the later rounds. It will be interesting to see whether remote rural seats can turn the tables in favor of the Grand Alliance.
    2015-11-08 09:28:08 AM
  • Bihar election results
    A little over an hour into the counting and BJP-led alliance is ahead in 82 seats as compared to the 48 seats of the Grand Alliance. Initial trends suggest that the alliance is likely to get around 149 seats. According to Shekhar Gupta, the possible reason for this drubbing is the dissatisfaction among the people in the farthest corners of the state. While he thinks Nitish Kumar lost an opportunity, Prem Chand Gupta of RJD sounds optimistic. He is hopeful of a win because the gap between the two alliances is reducing.
    2015-11-08 09:18:22 AM

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