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2-Jun-15: There won't be any alliance between JD(U) and RJD for Bihar polls: Ram Vilas Paswan
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said there would be neither merger of Janata Parivar nor alliance between JD(U) and RJD for the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar.
"Forget the much touted merger of Janata Parivar parties, which has failed. There won't even be any alliance between JD(U) and RJD for the coming Bihar Assembly elections. One thing is for sure that there will be a severe 'latthabazi' (stick fight) between the two parties by the time the polls approach," the Union Food and Public Distribution Minister told.
2-Jun-15: May go with Kumar if there is no tie-up
Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Choudhary, who met party president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday, told TOI that Nitish has been a "good CM and the party believes he will prove to be a good one" even after the election. "That's why the Congress has been supporting his government since JD (U) split with BJP after 17 years of alliance in June 2013," he said.
2-Jun-15: Bihar: Congress backs Nitish Kumar as CM candidate
The Congress has lent support to the JD(U) demand that Nitish Kumar be projected as the CM candidate in Bihar for the Assembly election. “Lalu can’t contest polls because of a constitutional issue. Nitish has been a good CM. He has done a lot of developmental work. He can be a good CM,” said Bihar PCC chief Ashok Chowdhary.
2-Jun-15: Last word has not been said: Nitish Kumar on Janata party merger
"Things are moving at its own speed... no last word has still been said on the merger," Kumar told reporters after a 'Janata ke Darbar mein Mukhya Mantri' programme.
He, however, did not give any timeline for something concrete happening on the issue.
The crucial Bihar elections in which both Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar wish to stop the Narendra Modi juggernaut, are scheduled in September-October this year.
2-Jun-15: BJP to reach out to Muslims with ‘good work’ literature in Urdu
With assembly elections due in three key states: Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party, it seems, is trying hard to reach out to Muslims. For this, the party is bringing pamphlets and literatures also in Urdu, highlighting the one-year achievement of the Modi government.
Only the good work of Modi government has been published in Urdu while other literature is either in English or Hindi, confirmed state mass contact programme in charge and UP BJP's vice-president Prakash Sharma.
1-Jun-15: Expelled AAP leaders for positive intervention in Bihar polls
Expelled Aam Aadmi Party leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan said their forum, 'Swaraj Abhiyan', will make a positive interference in the upcoming Bihar assembly election.
Addressing mediapersons at S K Memorial Hall here on Sunday, Yadav said, "Swaraj Abhiyan is not a non-political or social organization. We are political from the first day and are searching and preparing an option. Right now we have no desire to make a political party and contest elections. We had decided to chart our future course of action after gathering thoughts and energy across the country. But, Bihar polls are round the corner and it is our duty to make a positive interference."
1-Jun-15: Paswan rules out alliance between JD(U) and RJD in elections
Patna: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said there would be neither merger of Janata Parivar nor alliance between JD(U) and RJD for the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar. "Forget the much touted merger of Janata Parivar parties, which has failed. There won't even be any alliance between JD (U) and RJD for the coming Bihar Assembly elections. One thing is for sure that there will be a severe 'latthabazi' (stick fight) between the two parties by the time the polls approach," the Union Food and Public Distribution Minister told.
1-Jun-15: NCP national executive from June 9 in Patna
The two-day national executive and convention of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will be held in Patna from June 9. The meeting coincides with the party's 16th foundation day.
The national executive meeting will take place on June 9 followed by election of national president and convention on June 10, party spokesman Nawab Malik said.
The meeting is expected to deliberate on the national political scenario and the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections slated later this year, he said. Tariq Anwar is the lone MP of the Sharad Pawar-led from Bihar and the party will contest the Assembly polls in the state, Malik added.
1-Jun-15: CPM for united Left intervention in Bihar assembly polls
forging an alliance or a Front with other parties for the forthcoming assembly polls in Bihar, instead preferring a united Left intervention. Announcing this at a media conference here, CPI (M) leader and the party's former general secretary Prakash Karat said a final decision would be taken by the Bihar state committee, due to meet on June 10.
1-Jun-15: Bihar elections: Nitish Kumar skips rally as Lalu Prasad, Sharad Yadav share dais
Even as caste rallies began in the run-up to Bihar assembly elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday skipped a rally of Nishads, an Extremely Backward Class. RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, however, attended the rally.
Lalu, who stayed till end, reprimanded organisers for low turnout. Sources from the Chief Minister’s office said Nitish Kumar could not attend the rally because he was unwell.
1-Jun-15: Left unity first priority, says Karat
With both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad rooting for broad secular unity to defeat BJP in Bihar Assembly polls, senior CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat today said his party's immediate priority was to work for "unity" of Left parties.
"Our immediate priority to forge unity among Left parties and fight the Bihar election together," Karat told reporters.
Meanwhile, he said a two-day state executive committee meeting of CPI(M) was scheduled on June 9-10 in which strategy for upcoming Bihar Assembly polls would be decided.
1 Jun 15: Modi government trying to impose land bill on farmers: Nitish
"Modi's government is desperate to pass the land acquisition bill in the Rajya Sabha, where it was opposed, to impose it on millions of farmers, who are protesting against it across the country," Nitish Kumar told reporters after attending an official function here.
"For Prime Minister Modi, farmers' interest hardly matter. What matters for him is the interest of corporates as he has been trying to push through the land bill," Nitish Kumar said.
His reaction after the union Cabinet on Saturday recommended re-issuance of the controversial land acquisition ordinance for the third time, as the earlier one is lapsing on June 4. Nitish Kumar said that never before was any bill opposed in such a way by the people across the country.
30-May-15: BJP not to Announce CM Candidate's Name until after Elections
Central Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Minister Kalraj Mishra, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in no hurry to name the party's Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming Assembly polls saying a final decision would be taken only after the results of the elections were declared.
"The BJP would contest the elections with its allies including the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP). Only after the poll results are announced the NDA would choose its Chief Ministerial candidate," the minister said.
30-May-15: Janata Parivar merger runs into rough weather
The proposed merger of six parties of the Janata Parivar was never going to be easy, given the fractious nature of its protagonists. It was only the fear of political extinction for two of its members — the Janata Dal (United) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal — that had seen these two parties emerging as the prime drivers of the unity move, so much so that they had agreed to hand the presidency of the party to the Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh.
Now, all the three are facing internal problems that have are coming in the way of forming one outfit — problems that have nothing to do with the technical processes of merging six parti
29-May-15: No doubt on RJD-JD(U) alliance, secular parties should sacrifice: Lalu
Mr Prasad tweeted, “There should be no doubt over RJD-JD(U) alliance for Assembly elections to be held in Bihar later this year.” “Any apprehension over the alliance between RJD and JD(U) had no basis at all,” he thundered.
“Secular forces should remain prepared for greater sacrifice for the unity to defeat BJP in the elections in Bihar,” Mr Prasad said.
29-May-15: On Nitish Kumar, Lalu's Party Finally Just Comes Out and Says It
After weeks of broad hints, Lalu Yadav's party today got straight to the point. "Nitish Kumar cannot be the Chief Ministerial candidate of an alliance that includes us," said Raghuvansh Prasad Singh of Lalu's Rashtriya Janata Dal or RJD. "Any decision on the chief minister will be taken only after the results are declared," he said.
In recent weeks, it has been clear that the proposed alliance between Lalu and Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar, is not in good nick.
29-May-15: BJP well placed for Bihar polls: Shah
"I believe that our (BJP) position is good. Therefore, those who were working against each other for the last 25 years are on one platform now.
"For 25 years, Nitishji and Laluji were doing politics against each other. Because the BJP is strong, they have no other option but to come together," Shah remarked at a press conference, held here as part of the first anniversary celebrations of the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre.
29-May-15: Janata Parivar merger will certainly happen, says Shivpal
"The merger of the Janata Parivar will certainly happen," Yadav, who is the brother of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, told the media here.
Yadav was here to attend a meeting of the Ganga Flood Control Board chaired by union minister Uma Bharti along with representatives of 11 states.
Refuting speculation in the media about differences among the parties, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad had said on Wednesday that there was no rift between his party and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United (JD-U) over the merger.
29-May-15: Nitish has derailed Bihar, say two union ministers
Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying he has derailed the development process in the state.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said Bihar was developing with a high growth rate when the Bharatiya Janata Party was a partner in the government in alliance with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United.
"After Nitish Kumar betrayed the BJP and ended the alliance, in the last two years without the BJP, development has been derailed in Bihar by Nitish Kumar," he said.
He said when the BJP-JD(U) alliance was in power, the state's GDP was 15.5 in 2012-13 but now it has come down to 8.82.
29-May-15: Manjhi meets Modi, fuels speculation of tie-up with BJP
Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fuelling speculation of a tie-up between his party and the BJP for the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar.
The meeting came days after Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah hinted that options were open for a tie-up with Manji, who heads the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM).
BJP sources said the HAM has demanded 50 seats in an alliance and the party has not agreed to the demand.
28-May-15: Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi meets PM Modi, discuss possible tie-up in poll-bound Bihar
28-May-15: Bihar too will benefit from Centre's inland waterways project: Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday gave rollicking start to the state BJP's week-long 'Jan Kalyan Parva' to highlight the performance of PM Narendra Modi in one year at office, but the announcements he made on the day suggesting a big push to the construction of national highways in the state seemingly remains stuck up.
Gadkari, also said that Bihar, too, will benefit from the Centre's inland waterways project that will facilitate transportation of cargo between Haldia and Allahabad via Patna in Bihar. He talked about his state-of-art technology-driven futuristic vision for the country, pegging it to promotion of tourism industry from which Bihar would be in strong position to benefit.
28-May-15: CM Nitish Kumar brings back Jitan Ram Manjhi's sops in Bihar
With the all-important Assembly election not too far away in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has begun to implement some of the populist decisions taken by his predecessor Jitan Ram Manjhi during his nine-month tenure.
The state Cabinet has approved the proposal to provide an additional month's salary as 'honorarium' to all the policemen up to the sub-inspector rank, fulfilling the long-standing demand of the men-in-khaki.
The decision will put an additional burden of Rs 375 crore every year on the state exchequer which will benefit more than 60,000 policemen.
28-May-15: Bihar poll: Former CM Manjhi in Delhi for talks with BJP
Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, whose proposed inclusion in the Janata Parivar alliance has sharpened differences between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, has arrived in the capital to hold talks with BJP leaders for a possible tie-up in the poll-bound state.
Sources close to him said the Mahadalit leader will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday as the BJP-led NDA looks to widen its base in the state.
28-May-15: Narendra Modi govt making election year announcement for Bihar: Nitish
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today alleged Narendra Modi government had made announcement of huge investment for improving the condition of National Highways and construction of new roads keeping an eye on assembly elections to be held in the state later this year.
"This is an election year and such kind of announcement is not unusual", chief minister said, adding that people would not get befooled with such announcement as condition of rural roads to be constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna was deplorable.
The state government had made several requests to the Centre for release of fund under the said scheme but it all went on deaf ears, he noted.
27-May-15: Bihar Assembly elections: Nitish Kumar & Lalu Prasad alliance critical
The chances of the coming together of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections now hinge on the outcome of the one-to-one talks between the two leaders this week.
As of now, the fate of the merger of the erstwhile Janata Parivar parties or, for that matter, an alliance between the ruling JD-U and the RJD in the state, remains uncertain primarily over the two key issues: seat-sharing formula and the projection of the chief ministerial candidate ahead of the polls scheduled to be held in September-October this year.
27-May-15: JD (U) in talks with Congress to merge for assembly polls
The ruling JD (U) is understood to be wooing the Congress to join forces with it for the forthcoming state legislative council polls so that it can have better bargaining power vis-a-vis the RJD in forging a broader anti-BJP alliance for the assembly polls.
27-May-15: RJD, JD-U tussle ahead of Bihar polls
Nitish Kumar won’t give Lalu greater space; RJD is trying to woo JD-U MLAs
With the ambitious plan for the Janata Parivar merger now in tatters, Bihar appears all set for a bitter war between ruling partners JD(U) and RJD. With Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar not ready to cede a larger space to the RJD, his foe-turned-current ally Lalu Prasad Yadav is seeking to trigger a major exodus of MLAs from the ranks of the JD(U).
27-May-15: Bihar: With Janata Parivar falling apart, what will be Nitish Kumar's anti-BJP plan for assembly polls?
Janata Parivar can split even before it could unite properly. And now, with Lalu's RJD backing Manjhi and irking JD(U)'s Nitish Kumar, the BJP is again seeing a possibility of the opposition weakening in state. It also means that Bihar may see a three-way fight and BJP is most likely to benefit from it.
The man whose political fortunes will be threatened the most by the splitting of Janata Parivar is Nitish Kumar.
It will be especially unfortunate because Nitish Kumar swallowed the bitter pill and bent backwards to join hands with RJD chief to make sure the BJP wave doesn't wash over Bihar.
27-May-15: Gadkari announces Rs.50,000 crore for Bihar roads
Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday announced the provision of Rs.50,000 crore for development of roads in Bihar.
Addressing Bharatiya Janata Party workers here to mark one year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, Gadkari said: "This year itself, this amount would be used for road construction in Bihar."
26-May-15: BJP will win Bihar polls with 'full majority': Amit Shah
"Every election is a test for us and I am confident that the BJP will form a government with full majority in Bihar," Shah said at a media interaction on the first anniversary of the NDA Government.
The assembly polls in Bihar would be held most likely in September or October this year.
26-May-15: Bihar Elections: JD (U) says 'all is well' with RJD
Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) chief Sharad Yadav on Monday rubbished speculations of a rift between his party and the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), saying both parties would fight the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections together.
26-May-15: Doors open for new allies, Bihar polls very important: BJP President Amit Shah
Hinting at the possibility of joining hands with former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in Bihar polls, BJP President Amit Shah today said talks are on and his party's doors are open for new allies. With Bihar polls, due later this year, seen as a crucial test for the saffron party after it was routed in the Delhi Assembly election, Shah stressed that BJP was giving it "great importance" and expressed confidence that the party will get a majority in the state it has never ruled on its own.
Asked whether his party would go to polls with existing allies or join hands with likes of Manjhi and expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav, he said, "Presently, talks are on. Our doors are open."
26-May-15: Nothing to worry about so far: Nitish Kumar on Janata merger
In reply to a question of mediapersons that "sur" (tune) of Lalu Prasad has changed (on merger), Kumar denied "(any) widening of distance within Janata Parivar."
"Koi Sur nahi badla hai...mere sur me koi badlao nahi hua hain...Sur me badlao dono taraf se hota hain (there is no changing of tune...have you seen any change in my tune ...change in tune takes place from both sides which is not the case here)," Kumar told reporters.
Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United spokesperson Neeraj Kumar on Sunday said 'castiesm' is in the DNA of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his call for an end to caste-based politics in Bihar is full of contradictions.
Neeraj Kumar said the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has been regularly organising meetings of various castes to woo them ahead of next state assembly polls later this year.
25-May-15: BJP leaders attending caste meetings in Bihar
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised people of Bihar to rise above caste politics, his party leaders were seen busy attending caste meetings in their preparation for upcoming assembly election.
Senior BJP leaders including Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav and Bihar party chief Mangal Pandey attended a function of "goswamis" here on Saturday.
25-May-15: Jitan Ram Manjhi and Pappu Yadav may create saffron wave in Bihar
With Bihar Mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi seeking time to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that the party might consider any proposal from him for a tie-up in the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls. Moreover, Pappu Yadav is also in touch with some senior BJP leaders in Delhi after his exit from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). Besides, the saffron party has compiled verbal duels of Lalu and Nitish that it would take to the public to tell the real political story behind formation of Janata Parivar.
25-May-15: NDA will get maximum seats in Bihar polls, says Ram Vilas Paswan
"The opposition is in disarray. We are confident of performing well and I am sure we will get the maximum seats," the Lok Janshakti Party president told reporters in Mumbai. The LJP leader said his son Chirag Paswan, an MP, is overseeing the party's poll campaign in Bihar. Lauding the work done by the Modi government in the last one year, Paswan said, "We have reduced inflation and corruption."
25-May-15: Election Commission wants electoral rolls to be error free: CEC
Seeking to check multiple entries in electoral rolls and to make them error-free, the Election Commission has embarked on an ambitious project to link Aadhar numbers with voters' electoral data.
National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP) was launched throughout the country from March 3 with the prime objective of bringing a totally error free and authenticated electoral roll.
25-May-15: We will win Bihar Assembly elections, says Jaitely
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hopeful of winning the Bihar Assembly election and termed the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Janata Dal-United coalition as "impractical".
25-May-15: Nitish meets Mulayam on differences over Manjhi
After keeping away from a crucial meeting yesterday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday met SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and raised objections to RJD head Lalu Prasad's idea of bringing Jitan Ram Manjhi in their alliance, an issue that threatens to derail the grouping.
Sources said the JD(U) leader, who was joined by party President Sharad Yadav, made it clear that Prasad's statement did no good to the prospects of their alliance for the Assembly elections due in September-October this year.
25-May-15: No alliance with JD-U in Bihar: BJP
The BJP would not join hands with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ahead of the state assembly polls, former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said here on Saturday.
He said Nitish Kumar was not reliable. "We had experienced it," he said. The BJP leader said RJD chief Lalu Prasad has realised that Nitish Kumar will betray him and the Congress anytime.
Modi said if Nitish Kumar can betray the BJP after 17 years of alliance and sharing power in the central and state governments, he can do the same with others. Bihar is going to the polls later this year.
25-May-15: Left front unity to be tested in Bihar polls
After deciding to ally with only the Left-democratic forces, the recently revamped CPI(M) has roped in CPI and CPI(Marxist-Leninist) for a poll-pact in the forthcoming Legislative Council election in Bihar.
In the polls for the Upper House of the Bihar assembly, the BJP-led NDA and the coalition of the Congress, RJD and JD(U) are also in the fray. "This would be the last opportunity to test our strength before the assembly polls later this year," said a senior CPI(M) leader.
In Bihar, 24 seats in the legislative council will go for polls next month.
23-May-15:Janata Parivar collapses before taking first steps in Bihar polls
Barely a month after they got together at SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence to patch up a unit to take on the BJP, the much hyped Janta merger seems to be off, at least till Bihar assembly elections.
Leaders of six parties had declared a merger on April 15. According to sources, in a long meeting today, all the leaders got together and decided against a merger. A decision was taken to work under a broader anti-BJP alliance rather than formalise the merger.
23-May-15: Bihar Congress urges high command to decide its stance for 2015 assembly polls
Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC), in a resolution passed on Friday, urged all secular parties to understand "vulnerable situation" prevailing in the country and strengthen the Congress' voice against communalism to stop BJP from coming into power in Bihar after the 2015 assembly elections.
23 May 2015 - Bihar poll crucial for us, says Congress
Immediately after the meeting on Janata Parivar merger ended in New Delhi, Mr Lalu Yadav urged all non-BJP parties in Bihar to come together and contest polls in an alliance to stop the BJP from coming to power. The offer was meant to rope in the Congress and former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi.
“Bihar election is very crucial for us. Any of these offers cannot be decided without analysing how beneficial it would be for the party. We will first discuss this in our working committee meeting, then decide,” Bihar PCC chief Ashok Choudhary told this newspaper.
22 May 2015 - No assembly polls duty for striking Bihar home guards
Patna, Bihar government has decided not to deploy the Home Guards, who are on strike for the past one week, on duty for assembly polls due later this year, an official said on Friday.
On Thursday, the state government filed an FIR against 18 Home Guards personnel and 150 unidentified people following the death of a patient who was stuck in traffic for hours due to "chakka jam" on Gandhi Setu bridge here the previous day, police said.
The state government has warned the Home Guards of strict action if they are found involved in violence and damaging public property.
22 May 2015 - Ex-Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi may join BJP: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Responding to questions during Aaj Tak's special political debate-Manthan, Union minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad stopped short revealing BJP's Bihar plans but indicated that state's former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi may join the party.
22 May 2015 - Lalu Yadav's support for Jitan Ram Manjhi in Bihar irks JD-U
As the highly-anticipated merger of Janata Parivar is heading for an uncertain fate, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad on Thursday called for inclusion of Jitan Ram Manjhi in the united secular front for its fight against the BJP in Bihar.
However, Lalu's open invitation to Manjhi - the archrival of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar - has left the ruling JD(U) fuming.
The RJD president stressed the need for the unity of all secular leaders, including Manjhi, to keep the BJP away from power in the state.
"Whether it is a merger or an alliance, I think there is a need for a broader unity of parties opposed to the BJP," Lalu said in Patna before leaving for Delhi for the proposed talks with Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on the merger issue. "I think everybody, including Manjhi, should come forward for a common cause," said Lalu.
22 May 2015 - Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar, Mulayam Singh Yadav to hold merger talks today
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad will hold talks with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav here on Friday amid continuing differences over formalising a merger before the state Assembly polls.
22 May 2015 - BJP will win Bihar: Amit Shah
New Delhi, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday expressed confidence that his party will win the upcoming Bihar assembly polls. "People of Bihar are not confused at all... BJP will come there with complete majority," Shah said the at 'Manthan' conclave organised by TV news channel Aaj Tak.
Assembly polls are due in Bihar later this year, with BJP facing a stiff challenge from an alliance of former ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
22 May 2015 - AAP not to contest Bihar assembly election
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced it will not contest the Bihar assembly election likely to be held in September-October this year.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, AAP's Bihar-Jharkhand affairs in charge Sanjeev Jha said the party as of now is not in a position to contest the Bihar assembly election. "But we will support candidates who have a clean image, who do not have criminal antecedents and who do not indulge in caste-based politics," he said and clarified the party's choice would be based solely on the character of candidates, not party affiliations.
22 May 2015 - EC seeks panel of 400 ‘clean’ IAS officers for Bihar Polls
The Election Commission has sought a panel of 400 'clean' IAS officers for appointment as general observers during Bihar polls and has asked DoPT to not recommend officers who have been repeatedly 'sponsored' in the past for the job. Signalling it has started preparations for the Bihar polls, EC wrote to DoPT earlier this month, asking for the panel of IAS officers for observer duties.
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22 May 2015 - Lalu invites Manjhi for a fight against BJP
Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad on Thursday invited former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, a known detractor of Nitish Kumar, to join the process of uniting parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party for the upcoming Assembly polls in Bihar.
”We are for broader unity of parties against the BJP in which everybody, including Manjhi, shall come forward,” he told reporters here before leaving for Delhi to attend a meeting of Janata Parivar constituents on Friday.
22 May 2015 - Why BJP, JD-U & RJD are not ready for fierce Bihar battle
While the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-United are busy fighting each other, the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying not to repeat the mistakes it made the last time out, says Satyavrat Mishra.
Lalu Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal-United, along with the Congress, may claim to represent 45 per cent of votes as per the 2014 Lok Sabha elections data.
21 May 2015 - Bihar poll dates only after consultations, says EC The Election Commission on Wednesday clarified that the September-October schedule for Bihar assembly poll was only tentative and a final call on the dates would be taken after consultations with the political parties and the state authorities.
21 May 2015 - Bihar polls: Election Commission yet to decide on dates,phases - Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Wednesday said that the commission is yet to decide on the exact schedule of the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls. "There is no doubt that Bihar assembly elections are going to be a significant and a challenging one. The tenure of present [Bihar] Assembly will get over on November 29 and we will have to complete election process before that,"
21 May 2015 - Paswan Says He Will Back BJP's Choice of CM Candidate in Bihar - LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan today said his party would back ally BJP's choice of chief ministerial candidate in Bihar assembly polls. He also made light of the merger of 'Janata Parivar', aimed at putting up a joint fight by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U) and Lalu Prasad's RJD against BJP, saying it was the first party which does not have any name or symbol.
21 May 2015: Bihar Elections: Narendra Modi's key campaign team member likely to join Nitish Kumar - Prashant Kishor, a core member of Narendra Modi's election campaign team, is likely to work for the Prime Minister's political rival and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the crucial state assembly polls later this year.
20-May-15: Political parties suggest change of Bihar election dates
The ruling JD(U) said the EC should ensure that people are not inconvenienced in any way when it finalised the poll schedule. "The new government will have to be constituted by November 24. But September normally is the period when most parts of North Bihar is affected by floods. October is marked by numerous religious festivals. So EC should factor in such difficulties while finalising the polling dates" JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said.
20-May-15: Nitish Kumar Govt Announces Pre-Election Bonanza, Hikes DA For Employees, Pensioners - Patna: The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar today announced a pre-election sop for government employees and pensioners by hiking Dearness Allowance by six to 11 per cent. Briefing on the cabinet decisions, Principal Secretary, Cabinet Coordination, Shishir Sinha told reporters the DA has been increased from 107 per cent to 113 per cent for revised salary category for employees. For those falling under unrevised category (those who could not avail 6th Pay Commission because of some service related dispute) the DA was raised from 212 per cent to 223 per cent, Sinha said.
19-May-15:After merger, Janata Parivar discussing other issues: Sharad Yadav - "Merger of the six parties of Janata Parivar has been finalised and announced. It is a matter of fact. After that talks were going on other remaining issues," Yadav, who arrived from Delhi, told media here. Yadav's comments came a day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged Mulayam Singh Yadav to convene a meeting of the merger committee to clear the air and end the public speculation after the recent statement by its general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, and subsequent comments by RJD leaders Lalu Prasad and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh.
19-May-15:Politics hots up in Bihar, Nitish and Lalu mull 100-100 seat sharing formula - The politics in Bihar is once again brimming with action after Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Jaidi announced that the Assembly elections will be conducted in September-October. According to ETV report, the results of the Assembly polls will prove Narendra Modi's popularity in the state. In case they fail to unite under one umbrella talks are on to ensure that the alliance doesn't break. The report claimed that Nitish and Lalu are planning to work on 100-100 seat sharing.
19-May-15: BJP confident of winning in Bihar polls - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday stated it’s prepared for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections and added that it’ll not be slowed down or politically neutralized by the Janata Parivar merger.
19-May-15: Janata Parivar is united to defeat BJP in Bihar: Lalu Prasad - Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad on Monday said the Janata Parivar is united to defeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the coming Assembly polls in Bihar. “We have reached at consensus on the merger of six Janata Parivar outfits. Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav has suggested to fight assembly elections under the alliance. In such circumstance, BJP's defeat is certain,” said Lalu Prasad.
19-May-15: Nitish still hopeful of merger before polls - Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Monday ruled out any technical glitch in the merger of six splinter groups of the erstwhile Janata Parivar. He suggested Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was named president of the unified party on April 15, should call a meeting to discuss any hiccup and dispel the doubts in public mind. "It's not over," Nitish said, adding there was still enough time to settle the issue before Bihar assembly elections to be held in September-October this year.
19-May-15: LJP stakes claim to 6 council seats - Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan said here on Monday his party has decided to stake claim to six of the 24 Bihar legislative council seats from the state's local bodies, but the party would maintain flexibility and the final picture would be clear only after a couple of days. The elections to 24 legislative council seats from the local bodies are expected in July. "The state LJP chief would have meeting with the BJP on the matter after two days. The final picture would be clear thereafter," Paswan said.
19-May-15: Expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav floats new party
Lok Sabha member Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who was expelled by the RJD for six years for anti-party activities, on Sunday launched a new political outfit -- Jan Kranti Adhikar Morcha.
"We have decided to launch a new political outfit for a third alternative in Bihar's politics," Pappu Yadav, the Lok Sabha member from Madhepura, told media persons here.
18-May-15: Bihar Assembly elections will be held sometime in September-October, 2015: CEC
Assembly elections in Bihar, where BJP is set for a battle against a united Janata Parivar, are likely to be held sometime in September-October when extensive central forces and a reworked expenditure monitoring system will be deployed to curb money and muscle power.
The electoral rolls will be ready on July 31, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said, terming the polls in Bihar as "mother of all elections".
16-May-15: If a tea-seller becomes a PM, why cannot a paan-wala: CM
PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar on Friday took a dig on PM Narendra's Modi's 'chai-wala' background and said, "If a chai-wala can become the prime minister why can't a paan-wala?" He was replying to a query by a young boy at the Chaurasia Mahasammelan held at the SK Memorial here.
16-May-15: The road ahead for BJP lies through Bihar
Exactly a year before — led by the charismatic and powerful political orator Narendra Damodardas Modi — the BJP stormed to power with a brute majority. On the first anniversary of the saffron wave crushing the Congress’ hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in China setting another milestone on the diplomatic front.
A year after this huge electoral victory things are, however, not the same on the domestic front for the BJP any more. It received a historical drubbing in Delhi, and if it loses the forthcoming Bihar Assembly polls, then it could set alarm bells ringing for the party. Also, the resurgence of Mr Rahul Gandhi in his new avatar is making the BJP somewhat uncomfortable.
Bihar polls: Rahul Gandhi supporters want state Congress to fight the election on its own
Even as Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are blowing hot and cold on whether RJD and JD(U) will merge or have an alliance before the year-end Bihar assembly polls, Congress leaders in Delhi and Patna are debating their party's election strategy for the state. A large section of younger leaders, projecting themselves as supporters of Rahul Gandhi's vision for strengthening the party organisation, want state Congress to fight the election on its own, while many senior leaders are rooting for an alliance with RJD and JD(U), saying it is a crucial fight against BJP.
Merger or alliance, our aim is to defeat BJP in Bihar: Lalu Prasad Yadav
Patna: RJD President Lalu Prasad on Thursday said efforts were on to sort out difficulties in the process of Janata Party merger and the constituents' aim was to defeat BJP in Bihar through an electoral alliance if the merger did not happen.
"We are strong votary of merger of Janata Parivar... Some serious technical issues have cropped up which we are trying to sort out... But if this do not happen, we are prepared to fight election together," Prasad told reporters after a meeting of RJD legislators in evening. "Merger or alliance, our aim is to defeat BJP at any cost," the RJD chief said.
15-May-15: BJP Parliamentary board to decide Bihar CM: Shahanwaz Hussain
Motihari: Amid uncertainty over BJP's chief ministerial face in Bihar assembly polls due later this year, party National Spokesman Shahanwaz Hussain on Thursday said a decision on it will be taken by its Parliamentary board.
There are a number of leaders like Sushil Kumar Modi, Nandkishore Yadav, state unit BJP chief Mangal Pandey and some central ministers from Bihar who could be projected as the chief ministerial candidate, he told newspersons here.
15-May-15:BJP announces mass contact programme in poll-bound Bihar
BJP today announced a mass contact programme in poll-bound Bihar, where it is set to face the Lalu-Nitish combine, with President Amit Shah diecting all MPs to tour five villages every day to reach out to voters.
Former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi also hinted at the possibility of a tie-up with former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav, saying the "size of his party's alliance may increase" but added BJP has received no proposal from them so far.
14-May-15:Kerala JD(U) waits for signal from Bihar before Left turn
As M.P. Veerendra Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) cozies up to former partner CPM in Kerala, both parties are keenly watching the developments in Bihar. Change of loyalties in Kerala depends on the electoral exigencies in Bihar, which may delay the merger of Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and four other Janata offshoots.
Party bosses are hesitant to face the Bihar assembly elections in November with a new party symbol as their voters are familiar with the “Arrow” of JD(U) and the “Lantern” of RJD. If they decide to form an alliance rather than merging with each other before the elections, Kerala’s political realignment can also wait.
14-May-15:Bihar leaders battle it out for election symbol ahead of Assembly polls
Janata Parivar's merger will not affect NDA's prospect in the Bihar Assembly elections: Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra KushwahaAmid speculation on six offshoots of old Janata Parivar taking time to decide name, flag and symbol of the new party, two major breakouts from both RJD and JD(U) – former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, are already eyeing the names, electoral symbols and flags of Lalu Yadav and Sharad Yadav-headed parties.
13-May-15: Lalu Prasad Yadav backs Samajwadi Party on having new parivar after Bihar polls
The merger of the Janata Parivar seems to have run into trouble with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav seemingly endorsing the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ram Gopal Yadav's stand on stalling the merger process till the assembly elections, a development that could upset Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's plans, who was pushing for the merger.
JD(U) spokesperson KC TYagi, in fact, claimed that his party and RJD would contest the assembly elections together in Bihar, indicating that a merger isn't on the cards just yet.
12-May-15: Bihar polls will test the new Rahul Gandhi
For all the energy which a rejuvenated Rahul Gandhi has infused into the Congress, only an inveterate optimist will say that the latest phase in the party's politics marks a turning point for it.
For the Congress to show that it is on the comeback trail, it has to win a few elections. As of now, there isn't much chance of it achieving this feat. In the recently-held municipal elections in West Bengal, for instance, the Congress showed no signs of emerging from the doldrums.
The next big test for the party will be in the Bihar assembly polls towards the end of the year. But, the BJP's main opponent there will be the Janata Dal (United)-Rashtriya Janata Dal combine, which is a part of the newly-formed Janata "parivar" although the latter's unity is currently in doubt.
12-May-15: JD(U), RJD to contest Bihar Assembly polls together: KC Tyagi
New Delhi: Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi on Tuesday announced that his party along with the Rashtriya Janata Dal will contest the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls later this year. “JD(U) and RJD will contest Bihar elections together and beat Bharatiya Janata Party,” Tyagi said.
12-May-15 :RJD, JD(U) may not contest Bihar polls as one entity
NEW DELHI: RJD and JD(U) may not contest this year's Bihar elections as one entity and on one symbol in what is being seen as a setback for their efforts to check BJP in the state.
"There is unanimity that we need to come together to defend secularism. But there are technical issues like what happens to individual symbols of parties after they have merged into one. We have to factor those in," Gupta, a close associate of RJD boss Lalu Prasad, said.
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10-May-15: Pappu Yadav expelled from RJD, may join hands with BJP
NEW DELHI: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP and Bihar strongman Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav has been expelled from the party for six years for anti-party activities, setting off speculations that he would be joining either the BJP or a splinter group along with former chief minister Jiten Ram Manjhi.
10-May-15: BJP tries to woo Rajput voters
The BJP today used the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap to woo upper caste Rajputs in this election year.
Political analysts, however, believe that it was a ploy to sharpen its Hindutva plank.
Celebrating the birth anniversary of the Rajput king at Vidyapati Bhavan, the BJP leaders talked about his fearlessness and patriotism. Senior BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav said when they (BJP) invoke the name of Maharana Pratap and Shivaji, people describe them as communal.
09-May-15: Manjhi floats new party in Bihar
Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday formally launched a new party, Hindustan Awami Morcha (HAM), which will contest all the 243 seats in the coming assembly polls.
HAM leader Shakuni Choudhary has been named its state president.
"The new party was to be announced on May 10. But I have decided to formally launch it now as I will be out of Patna for the next two days," Manjhi told the media here.
09-May-15: JD(U), RJD may go for 50:50 split of Bihar assembly seats
Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal are said to be inching towards a 50:50 seat-sharing arrangement for Bihar elections, a pact that may pave the way for their merger into Janata Parivar.RJD sources said the two principal Bihar parties had reached an understanding for the election of 24 members to the legislative council. Both will contest 12 seats each and their support for each other will result in a chunk of vacancies falling in their kitty.
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BJP attempts to woo minorities before state elections
As rivals try to forge a so-called secular front, party plans outreach drive, with focus on Muslims and Christians
27-Apr-15: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is planning a special outreach to minorities, especially Muslims and Christians.
The move comes in the backdrop of growing criticism of the BJP for failing to rein in fringe groups for targeting minorities and at a time when efforts are being made by political rivals to forge a so-called secular front.
27-Apr-15:Congress least interested in Bihar elections - The Congress is optimistic that its seats will increase due to the pre-poll alliance with the Janata Parivar, NCP and others. The Bihar polls may be a “do or die” battle for the BJP and the Janata Parivar for different reasons, but not for the Congress. This is because it has been a “neglected” state for the party since the last 25 years
25-Apr-15 - BJP to fine tune its Bihar election strategy, state MPs and MLAs to meet on Sunday - The meeting will be held at Bihar Legislative Council member Sushil Modi's residence. All BJP MPs and MLAs from Bihar will attend. BJP's Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav will be present at the meeting which comes 11 days after the party held a rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan and sounded the poll bugle.BJP President Amit Shah and several other top party leaders addressed the rally held on April 14.
24-Apr-15 - Jitan Ram Manjhi takes a u-turn on 'political sanyas', to pursue Ekla Chalo policy in Bihar - the ex CM said that his earlier statement on renouncing politics should not be taken literally and though the rally response was below his expectations and the bench mark set by him, it was enough to propel him in Bihar politics and as such the question of taking Sanyas simply did not arise.
23-Apr-15 - BJP looks to Surat unit ahead of crucial Bihar Assembly polls -Well organised teams of BJP workers and leaders hailing from Bihar, who are settled in Surat, are getting ready to campaign for the party in the upcoming Assembly elections. They spent nearly a month in Maharashtra and coordinated with the local BJP unit. The party ended up winning the elections. Sources said that there are over 3 lakh people hailing from 40 different districts in Bihar and have settled in Surat and South Gujarat.
21-Apr-15 - Bihar polls: Differences emerge in Janata Parivar - The new anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition, the Janata Parivar, is off to a rocky start with two of its constituents splitting. The Parivar (Hindi for family) is made up of the Samajwadi Party, the Janata Dal (United), or JD(U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Indian National Lok Dal, the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Samajwadi Janata Party.
21-Apr-15 - JMM will contest Bihar assembly election: Hemant Soren - JMM would contest the assembly election in Bihar which is slated to be held later this year, Hemant Soren, the newly elected working president of the party said today. Not yet finalised how many seats but certainly will contest.Last time won one seat in assembly poll. We will mostly field candidates in the districts adjoining Jharkhand such as Jamui.
17-Apr-15 - BJP compromising with national interests for power: Nitish -"The BJP is in power in Jammu and Kashmir, it has been running the government, but Pakistani flags were waved there." "Whatever has not happened ever has taken place under the BJP rule in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.On Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir authorities placed hardline separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Masrat Alam under house arrest to prevent them from participating in a rally on Friday called by the separatists in Kashmir's Tral town.
17-Apr-15 - After Delhi debacle, BJP to NOT announce CM candidate in Bihar.Senior leaders of the party said the Bihar election will be fought under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi without a chief ministerial candidate being named.
15-Apr-15 -Six parties form new party, Mulayam to be chief- Six parties of Janata Parivar on Wednesday decided to merge and form a new party with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh as its president.Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav after a meeting of six parties that included Janata Dal-Secular, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Indian National Lok Dal and Samajwadi Janata Party.
15-Apr-15 - Janata Parivar to be named 'Samajwadi Janata Party'. In an attempt to tackle the Narendra Modi-powered BJP, the six parties from the erstwhile 'Janata Parivar' have finally decided to come together and float a new political front which will be called 'Samajwadi Janata Party', reports said on Wednesday. The six parties, which have come together are Nitish's Janata Dal (United), Lalu Prasad's RJD, Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP), Om Prakash Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Janata Dal (Secular) led by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP).Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has been chosen as the president of the new front.
15-Apr-15 - Janata Parivar: Merger will not affect LJP-BJP alliance in Bihar, says Ramvilas Paswan. We are hopeful that BJP-LJP combine will form government in Bihar by winning 75 per cent of total seats (in Bihar)," Paswan said.
15-Apr-15 - The merged entity is likely to be called Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP). Leaders from the six parties which are to merge met at Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh's Delhi residence. The six parties, apart from the SP, are Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Janata Dal-Secular JD-S) and Samajwadi Janata Party-Rashtriya (SJP-R).
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'Centre to set up 44 BPOs in Bihar'
Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday that the central government will set up 44 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centres in Bihar.
"We have decided to open 44 BPOs in Bihar soon," Prasad said during his address at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally here.
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Jitan Ram Manjhi likely to go it alone in Bihar Assembly elections
With no political alignment in sight, former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's newlyformed Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) is likely to go alone in elections. "We will contest all the 243 seats in the Bihar elections," Manjhi said. "We can have a tieup with any party except that of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after the elections." Manjhi said that his party was not averse to joining hands with the BJP in after the polls. "Given the overwhelming support of the people for us, I am sure we will form the next government in Bihar," he said.
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Nitish slams BJP for ban on employment of Bihar people in Jharkhand
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today sharply criticised the decision of BJP government in Jharkhand for ban on employment of people from Bihar in that state, saying the party which gave slogan of ‘participation of all, development of all’, was not fulfilling its promises.
Only son succeeds father, Lalu tells Pappu YadavRJD chief Lalu Prasad declared on Wednesday that only a son can succeed his father in Indian culture, after party colleague Pappu Yadav claimed he was Lalu's real successor."After me, my son will succeed me in the RJD instead of Pappu Yadav," he said. "If anyone has a problem with this idea, he or she is free to leave the party," Lalu Prasad added. It is the first time Lalu Prasad has strongly reacted to Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav.
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