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A journalist for 21 years, Anirban covers RJD, legislature and government beats. Has extensive experience in covering elections and writes regularly on finance, land reforms, registration, excise and socio-economic issues.

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Patliputra: Misa in 3rd bid for seat where ex-loyalists always beat Lalu, kin

In 2009, Lalu was defeated by former friend Ranjan Yadav; in 2014 and 2019, Misa lost to Ramkripal Yadav, a former loyalist of her father.

Misa Bharti campaigns at Danapur on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on May 29, 2024 09:31 PM IST
By, Danapur

‘Mujra for their vote bank’: PM Modi in attack on Opposition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sharpened his attack on the Opposition over “appeasement politics,” saying that the INDIA bloc can choose to perform “mujra” for its vote bank, but he won’t let them divert the reservations meant for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to Muslims.

‘Mujra for their vote bank’: PM Modi in attack on Opposition
Updated on May 26, 2024 06:14 AM IST

Lalu’s quota remark heats up poll pitch as Modi leads attack

Prasad clarified his remarks in the evening, saying reservation must be extended on the basis of social backwardness and not religion, but the issue had already snowballed into a political row.

Lalu’s quota remark heats up poll pitch as Modi leads attack
Updated on May 08, 2024 08:32 AM IST
By, Patna/bhopal/new Delhi

Lalu backs Muslim quota, walks back after Modi’s fire

For the past few days, top BJP leaders, especially PM Modi and union home minister Amit Shah, have intensified their attacks on the opposition alliance, accusing it of harbouring intentions to “snatch away” quota for backward classes in favour of Muslims.

Lalu Prasad with and Rabri Devi during in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on May 07, 2024 09:45 PM IST
By, Patna

Lalu says Muslims should get reservation ‘in full’, Modi says ‘snatching quota’

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said Muslims should get reservation in full, whereas PM Modi said it only means the INDIA bloc wants to snatch the quota of SC, ST and OBCs for giving it to Muslims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (right). (File Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2024 05:44 PM IST

‘Agnineers have to retire in 4 four years but PM Modi…’: Misa Bharti

People between 17-and-a-half and 21 are eligible to apply for a four-year tenure under the Agnipath recruitment scheme which started in 2022

RJD MP Misa Bharti, who is contesting from Patliputra Lok Sabha seat. (X/MisaBharti)
Updated on May 02, 2024 02:59 PM IST

Pappu’s presence upsets party play in Purnea

Purnea, currently held by JD(U), goes to vote on April 26 in the second of the seven phases in which parliamentary elections are being held in the country.

Pappu Yadav campaigns in Purnea on Saturday. (PTI)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 09:32 PM IST
By, Purnea

Kishanganj: No poll heat in Congress seat up for grabs in triangular fight

In impoverished Kishanganj, voters worry about rising prices, poverty, migration, and unemployment. Muslims unfazed by CAA. Winds of change with new ventures.

An inundated village at Bahadurganj in Kishanganj, a district where flood is a perennial problem. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:24 PM IST
By, Kishanganj

Tejashwi promises 1 crore jobs, 500 LPG cylinder in RJD’s LS poll manifesto

The RJD has also promised a nationwide caste census, special package of ₹1.60 lakh crore to Bihar and five new airports in the state.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav releases the party’s Lok Sabha poll manifesto at a press conference at the party office in Patna on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 04:42 PM IST

Political row erupts over Misa’s ‘prison’ comment against Modi

Bharti, a Rajya Sabha member, was heard making the comment in a video purportedly from her poll rally on Sunday

Misa Bharti came under strong criticism from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party over her alleged comment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi (HT)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 06:50 AM IST
By, Patna

RJD dithers on Siwan, names rest 22 candidates

RJD is said to be keen on fielding Shahabuddin’s widow Hina Shahab, who had unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha polls on RJD ticket in 2009, 2014 and 2019.

Shahabuddin had won Siwan Lok Sabha seat four times. (HT photo)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 09:27 PM IST
By, Patna

Tejashwi Yadav questions BJP over dynastic politics ahead of Modi rally

The BJP has attacked RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for giving tickets to his daughters Misa Bharti and Rohini Archarya from Patliputra and Saran

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. (ANI)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 12:09 PM IST

Mukesh Sahani-led VIP in talks to join Bihar’s Grand Alliance, seeks 3 seats

VIP spokesperson Devjyoti said his party will align with the alliance that accepts its demand for reservation to the Nishad community in the scheduled caste category

Mukesh Sahani has not spoken about his party’s discussions with the RJD-led Grand Alliance (X/sonofmallah)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 09:54 PM IST

INDIA announces deal on seat-sharing in Bihar

Bihar's Grand Alliance announced seat-sharing pact allocating RJD 26, Congress 9, CPI-ML 3, CPI and CPI-M 1 each for upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Bihar RJD and Congress leaders announce the Grand Alliance’s seat sharing agreement Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 06:46 AM IST
By, Patna

INDIA bloc finalises seat-sharing pact in Bihar, RJD to contest 26 seats

RJD’s seats include Purnea, where the Congress was keen on fielding former Member of Parliament Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav

RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui announced the pact at a press conference in Patna. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 04:11 PM IST

RJD, Congress talks hit roadblock over Purnea, Katihar Lok Sabha seats

RJD eyes Bima Bharti, a recent JD(U) recruit, for Purnea seat, while former MP Pappu Yadav, now in Congress, also shows interest.

(From left) Union minister Nitin Gadkari waves at the crowd ahead of filing his nomination papers in Nagpur; Congress leader Chaudhary Lal Singh files his papers from Udhampur constituency in Jammu & Kashmir’s Kathua, on Wednesday. (File)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 04:07 AM IST
By, Patna

Allies in tussle: CPI-ML-Liberation demands its due from Lalu’s RJD

The RJD and its ally, the Communist Party (ML-Liberation) share a love-hate relationship and nowhere is this more visible than during seat-sharing talks

Patna, Mar 11 (ANI): Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Rabri Devi and party leaders Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Syed Faisal Ali, CPI-ML leader Shashi Yadav file their nomination papers for the upcoming State MLC elections in the presence of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and others, in Patna on Monday. (ANI Photo)(Pappi Sharma)
Published on Mar 16, 2024 10:43 PM IST

Bihar: GA set to fast track seat sharing deal as Chirag puts his bet with NDA

On Wednesday evening, Paswan announced on X ( formerly twitter) that a seat sharing deal had been finalised with the NDA

Lok Janshakti Party (Ramvilas) chief Chirag Paswan. (HT file photo)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 11:02 PM IST

MLC polls: RJD to contest four seats, CPI-ML(L) one

Former chief minister Rabri Devi, former minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Urmila Thakur and Syed Faisal Ali will be the RJD candidates while Shashi Yadav will be the CPI-ML (Liberation) nominee, according to the list issued by RJD state president Jagdanand Singh on Friday.

Rabri Devi (ANI)
Published on Mar 08, 2024 10:05 PM IST
By, Patna

Rabri Devi, Abdul Bari Siddiqui likely to be RJD candidates for MLC election

Former Bihar minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui declined to comment on buzz about his nomination as a RJD candidate for the legislative council election

RJD leader Rabri Devi (ANI)
Published on Mar 07, 2024 07:04 PM IST

Tejashwi Yadav to attend Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting in Kaimur on February 16

This will be the first time in many years when a prominent RJD leader will be seen sharing the stage with a Gandhi in Bihar

Former Bihar deputy CM and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in Patna on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 10:04 AM IST

Oppn looks to keep flock intact, says won’t give NDA a walkover in House

Legislators of the Grand Alliance in Bihar are staying in different parts of Patna to keep their numbers intact ahead of a crucial trust vote.

Police outside former Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav’s in Patna India, on Sunday (Santosh Kumar/ HT)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 02:00 AM IST
BySubash Pathak, , Patna

‘Will not resign’: Bihar assembly speaker Choudhary ahead of NDA’s floor test

The new Bihar government led by chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), in coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party, has said they would move a no-confidence motion against Choudhary to vacate his post

Bihar Assembly incumbent speaker Awadh Bihari Choudhary (Hindustan)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 07:30 PM IST

Election Commission team to visit Bihar on Feb 20 to review LS polls preparedness

According to people aware of the details, the team of ECI officials will comprise of chief election commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar & 2 election commissioners Anup Chandra Pandey and Arun Goel

The ECI team will also hold a meeting with representatives from major political parties. (File photo)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 10:43 AM IST

Bihar politics: Nitish Kumar's past detractors made deputies in new realignment

Experts, meanwhile, said the BJP’s choice of deputy CMs seems to indicate its plans to keep a check on the new govt

BJP leaders Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Sinha take oath as Bihar deputy chief ministers, at the Raj Bhawan in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 01:08 PM IST

Bihar political turmoil: JD(U) to meet on Sunday amid Nitish’s INDIA exit buzz

Leaders of the BJP in Bihar gathered to discuss the political situation in the state, amid indications that former ally, chief minister Nitish Kumar, was planning yet another volte face

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 09:01 PM IST

The ambitions of Rashtriya Janata Dal’s chief Lalu Prasad Yadav — and his family

As CM Nitish Kumar looks likely to join the BJP again, a look at Lalu’s “dynastic” hopes and dreams that Nitish recently decried

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi with their family.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 27, 2024 07:26 PM IST

Nitish Kumar inches closer to exiting Bihar alliance; BJP ready

If Nitish Kumar makes the switch, as rumoured, it will be the fourth such move in the past decade and the second this term

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav during a Republic Day event at Gandhi Maidan in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 05:30 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/patna

Confusion in Bihar, says RJD. Not in Nitish Kumar’s mind, counters JD(U)

JD(U) boss Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Yadav are holding meetings with top leaders of their respective parties on Friday evening

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with RJD leader and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav at a programme organised on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on Jan. 23 (PTI FILE)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 09:02 PM IST

Caste survey forced Centre to confer Bharat Ratna on Karpoori: Tejashwi

Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav expressed happiness over Bharat Ratna being conferred on Karpoori Thakur, stating it indicates BJP's pressure after caste survey.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad pays tribute to Karpoori Thakur on his 100th birth anniversary in Patna on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 09:35 PM IST
By, Patna
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