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Is Nitish Kumar a Worried Man?

Those who have watched the post-results press conference on Sunday (8 November), must have heard what Nitish Kumar said, “This is a huge victory which suggests people of Bihar have aspirations. We will match their expectations”. Deep inside, the new CM knows that it’s easier said than done. The euphoria over a clear mandate in favour of the Grand Alliance might disappear if he fails to move the wheels of good governance. As the Chief […]

Will the victory of Mahagathbandhan further strengthen anti-BJP alliance

The significance of the grand alliance’s dramatic victory goes far beyond Bihar. It and has once again propelled chief minister Nitish Kumar to the centre stage of national politics. This is not an unfamiliar terrain for the JD(U) leader, and there was a time when he was being spoken about as a possible prime minister candidate. But the circumstances could not have been more different from today. Those were the days when Nitish was in […]

Bihar Election Exit Poll 2015

Bihar Election Exit Polls Pollsters BJP+ JDU+ Others Elections.in 118-125 120-128 5-7 NDTV 120-130 105-115 5-10 ABP-Neilsen 108 130 5 India Today – Cicero 120 117 6 News Nation 117 122 10 CNX- News-X 93 132 18 News24- Today’s Chanakya 155 83 5 India TV-C Voter 111 122 10 AAJ Tak – Cicero 120 117 6   With the final phase of polling for the Bihar elections ending on Thursday evening, the action has shifted […]

Who are the Contenders for Bihar CM’s Post?

With the final leg of polling over and exit polls predicting a cliffhanger, all eyes are on who will form the next government in Bihar. During the grueling five-phased elections, a keen contest was seen between the  Mahagathbandhan – the grand alliance of Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, or the United Democratic Alliance comprising the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Lok Janshakti Party, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party and the Hindustani Awam […]

The grueling electioneering now comes to an end as Bihar gears up for the fifth and final phase of polling to be held in 57 assembly constituencies of nine districts – including the Muslim-dominated Seemanchal region comprising Araria, Purnea, Kishanganj and Katihar districts – on 5 November. The nine districts going to polls in the fifth phase are Araria, Darbhanga, Katihar, Kishanganj, Madhepura, Madhubani, Purnia, Saharsa and Supaul. The fifth phase has the highest number […]

Political Alliances and Their Strategies for Bihar Elections

Strategy is made to achieve a long-term goal. Often, it is related to planning of military operations. After all, winning or losing a war determines the fate of a nation! Strategy is important for one’s survival, developing one’s career, enterprise, and even for country’s overall development. The scope of strategy is overarching and elections are no exception. They demand meticulous planning since they are no less significant than wars. It is the case in 2015 […]

Bihar Constituencies Gear Up for Election Battle.

It is interesting that none of the leaders who ruled Bihar in the last twenty five years, with the exception of a stop-gap chief minister turned-Janata Dal (United) rebel Jitan Ram Manjhi, are contesting the elections this time. Outgoing chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who is the Grand Alliance’s CM candidate  is a member of state legislative council decided against contesting the assembly seat. What makes the situation more piquant is that even […]

Bihar has not seen any upper caste chief minister after 1990. Call it a renaissance, or an uprising of the backwards. Yet, tautly the 2015 state elections is the turf war between the backwards in a state that was once the seat of the mighty “low caste” Mauryas, whose empire was the largest ever in the Indian subcontinent. The Yadavs could well be called the modern day ‘Mauryas’ of Bihar. Their satrap, Lalu Yadav, ruled […]

The caste game in Bihar

September 23, 2015
Caste-ridden Bihar Politics

Much is being discussed about the caste-ridden politics of Bihar. As it is, those who have the numbers dominate the political scene in the laggard state. Besides, family considerations too prevail over social equations as political parties brazenly resort to nepotism. Expectedly therefore, yet again, Bihar elections are all about caste arithmetic and number games while real issues confronting the state and political ideologies take a back seat. Hence, when it comes to allocation of […]

BJP-Allies Close Seat Sharing Deal

This was one arduous task that the Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah accomplished with aplomb – seat allocation between its alliance partners. It is significant that all the three allies in the state represent the Dalits, Mahadalits and the OBCs. Of them, while Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party are already tested allies who had gained much of their association with the BJP in the last Lok […]

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