Vijay Swaroop

Vijay is chief of bureau, Patna. He has spent 21 years in journalism and covers political beats and public affairs.

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Bihar caste survey may set off political churn in state: Experts

Ninety-two years after they were last enumerated, the Bihar government on Monday announced the results of a caste census carried out by the state government.

JD(U) supporters celebrate after the Bihar government released the caste survey report, in Patna on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 03, 2023 08:28 AM IST
By, Patna

Bihar caste survey report: Experts see a Mandal replay

The finding that castes in the “reserved” category constitute 84.48% of Bihar’s population, for whom the quota in government jobs is capped at 50%.

Officials release caste survey report in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Oct 02, 2023 09:44 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish attends BJP function in Patna; downplays speculation about NDA return

The INLD had invited most of the leaders of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc, including Kumar, his deputy Tejashwi Yadav, West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, among others

CM Nitish Kumar paid tribute to late Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay on the occasion his birth anniversary at Rajendra Nagar, Patna (Twitter/@NitishKumar)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 04:39 PM IST

“Nothing new”, says Tejashwi Yadav on court summon in land-for-jobs case

The special judge took cognizance of a fresh chargesheet filed by the CBI and issued summons

This is the first time that Tejashwi’s name figures in the chargesheet. (HT Photo | Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 03:06 PM IST

Nitish Kumar’s JD-U to support women’s quota bill, ally RJD says it will oppose

The JD-U and RJD questioned the delay in conducting the decadal headcount, saying the 33% quota will kick in only after the census and delimitation is done

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav at an event in Patna on Monday (PTI)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 08:09 PM IST

Ready if BJP government chooses to call for early national polls: Nitish Kumar

Kumar maintained that the Opposition National Development Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) is strong and will contest elections strongly

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his deputy Tejashwi Yadav in Patna on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 02:27 PM IST

In Bihar, BJP works out a tentative seat-sharing formula for 2024 elections

BJP vice president Santosh Pathak said the party was very strong on seats won by its alliance partners in 2019 and the party was working on winning these seats in 2024

Bihar BJP president Samrat Chaudhary, Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Vijay Kumar Sinha, party MP Sushil Kumar Modi at a programme in Patna (ANI FILE PHOTO)
Published on Sep 08, 2023 03:16 PM IST

Amit Shah to visit Bihar on Sept 16, address rally in Jhanjharpur

Union home minister Amit Shah is expected to chair the meeting of BJP leaders in the state as the party gears up to battle for the general election next year

This will be Shah’s sixth visit to the state in the past one year. (PTI file photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 11:41 AM IST

Electoral battlelines drawn in Bihar over caste survey

The last data on the caste composition is found in the 1931 census, nine decades ago. In 1941, though caste was enumerated, the report wasn’t published

The Centre’s affidavit on the caste survey has triggered a bout of political slugfest in Bihar’s political arena (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Published on Aug 30, 2023 06:36 PM IST

Just wanted to unite parties, no desire to become INDIA convenor: Nitish Kumar

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar made the comments in response to a question on whether he will accept the role of the convenor ahead of the two-day third meeting of the grouping in Mumbai

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 01:16 PM IST

JD-U announces 98-member national executive; Harivansh’s name missing

The Rajya Sabha deputy chairman has been at the receiving end of the party leaders for attending the inauguration ceremony of the new Parliament building and was accused of working for BJP.

Bihar CM and JD-U supremo Nitish Kumar inaugurates the country's largest examination complex, ‘Bapu Examination Complex’, in Patna on Wednesday. The facility will be also used for free coaching programme for preparation of engineering and medical entrance examinations for meritorious students. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 09:27 PM IST
By, Patna

Renaming of ‘Vajpayee’ park in Patna put on hold amid row

The park in Kankarbagh locality, which was earlier named after late PM Vajpayee, has been renamed as Cocunut park by the department of environment and forest and was to be inaugurated by its minister Tej Pratap Yadav.

The park at Kankarbagh in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 09:36 PM IST
By, Patna

Tej Pratap Yadav pauses plan to rename Patna park after Bihar BJP’s sharp pitch

The Bihar government postponed the inauguration of a park in Patna after BJP leaders claimed it was already named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Bihar environment, forest and climate change secretary Bandana Preyashi said they have asked Patna Municipal Corporation to confirm if the park was notified as Atal Park (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 09:21 PM IST

In Delhi to meet Oppn leaders, Nitish Kumar’s first stop is Vajpayee’s memorial

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is hold meetings with senior opposition leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi of the Congress and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar pays tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his death anniversary at his memorial in New Delhi on August 16 (PTI/X/Jduonline)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 07:35 PM IST

Chirag pitches mother’s name for Hajipur seat in 2024 Lok Sabha polls

Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) president Chirag Paswan on Monday said his party will contest no less than six Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, and that he wants his mother to fight next year’s General Elections from Hajipur seat

Chirag Paswan says his party will contest at least six Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 12:39 AM IST

‘She has first claim’: Chirag Paswan floats his mother’s name for Hajipur seat

Ram Vilas Paswan, who founded the Lok Janshakti Party, represented Hajipur Lok Sabha seat nine times. In 2019, the party fielded Chirag Paswan’s uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras from the seat

Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan speaks to the media at Parliament House during the Monsoon Session, in New Delhi on July 31 (ANI FILE)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 06:12 PM IST

Can Chirag be BJP’s trump card in Bihar?

The younger Paswan, who could extract a union cabinet berth, is in the middle of a family feud with his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras who is already a minister.

Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) National President Chirag Paswan during a meeting with Union minister Nityanand Rai, in Patna (Lok Janshakti Party Twitter)(Lok Janshakti Party Twitter)
Published on Jul 12, 2023 03:36 PM IST

JD-U junks talks of cracks in ruling alliance as RJD raises heat

Heated exchange that shows no sign of a let-up despite the intervention of chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD national president Lalu Prasad.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in Rajgir on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 09:50 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish Kumar meets Rajya Sabha dy chairman Harivansh N Singh; his party explains

Bihar minister and senior Janata Dal-United leader Ashok Chowdhary said the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh met the CM in his capacity as a party MP

Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh speaking at the inauguration of the new Parliament building in New Delhi (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 06:28 PM IST

Days after Raj Bhawan visit, Nitish meets JD-U legislators one-on-one

The JD-U currently has 45 members of legislative assembly (MLAs) in the 243-member House and 23 members in the legislative council whose total strength is 75.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar meets Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar at Raj Bhawan in Patna . (HT file)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 09:49 PM IST
By, Patna

Shah targets Nitish, alleges Opposition leaders’ role in 20L-cr scam

Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday alleged Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had shunned all political principles and accused Opposition parties of being involved in scams worth ₹20 lakh crore.

Union home minister Amit Shah. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 01:11 AM IST
By, Patna

Opp leaders who attended Patna meet involved in scams worth 20 lakh cr: Amit Shah

Taking on Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who organised the meeting, Shah said the people of the state will give a “befitting reply to corrupt leaders” in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls

This is Shah’s fifth visit to Bihar since August last year, when the BJP was stripped of power in the state. (PTI photo)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 05:48 PM IST

Opposition politics | The importance of Nitish's earnestness

The Bihar CM has taken on an ambitious and difficult job: to unite the Opposition in time for 2024. The question of what will happen to him if he doesn't looms

Nitish means to position himself as not only the mediator/ intermediary among several opposition leaders(ANI)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 05:04 PM IST

Nitish Kumar cancels his Tamil Nadu visit at last minute

No official reason was given for the cancellation of the visit, which has been given much importance against the backdrop of efforts to forge unity among non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parties

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his Tamil Nadu counterpart, MK Stalin. (ANI/File)
Updated on Jun 20, 2023 02:19 PM IST

Shah, Nadda rallies in Bihar after June 23 Oppn unity meet in Patna

The rallies by two top BJP leaders have been scheduled close on the heels of a crucial meeting of key political figures from across the country due on June 23 in Patna, where they are expected to deliberate on forging a coalition against the BJP for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Union home minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 10:07 PM IST
By, Patna

Can’t rule out early LS polls: Nitish

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expressed the possibility of early Lok Sabha elections, due in March-April 2024, during a function of the rural development department.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2023 10:10 PM IST
By, Patna

Lok Sabha elections may be preponed, says Nitish Kumar ahead of Oppn unity meet

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said that t is possible that Lok Sabha elections may be held before time, i.e., this year itself

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File)
Updated on Jun 14, 2023 09:05 PM IST

K C Tyagi's resurgence in Bihar politics and what it means

A deep dive into K C Tyagi's storied career is warranted as Nitish Kumar is busy mobilising forces in Bihar to get ready for 2024 polls.

Late last month, Tyagi was re-inducted as the party’s chief spokesperson and a special advisor after being dropped from the JD(U)’s office-bearer's list during a rejig in March(HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 08, 2023 09:13 PM IST

Opposition unity meet postponed as party chiefs weren’t available: Nitish Kumar

Due to prior engagements of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi along with Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin were unable to mark their presence for the June 12 meeting

Speaking to media person on the sidelines of an event, Kumar said a new date will be decided soon. (Nitish Kumar | Twitter)
Updated on Jun 05, 2023 05:26 PM IST

In making, anti-BJP front agrees to press mute on Savarkar

Leaders of 18 political parties, among them three chief ministers, are scheduled to meet in Patna on June 12.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with Shiv Sena (UBT) party chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on May 11. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 09:59 PM IST
By, Patna
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