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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Opposition unity meeting in Patna likely on June 12: CM Nitish Kumar

The meeting, in all likelihood, would take place at Gyan Bhawan.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar arrives at JD-U office in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2023 10:21 PM IST

Key Opposition meet likely on June 12 in Patna: CM Nitish Kumar

The Grand Alliance (GA) leaders familiar with the development said that more than 18 like-minded parties will attend the meeting.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Monday met Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi (File Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2023 08:28 PM IST

A new Parliament building makes no sense: Nitish

The JD(U) leader, whose party is boycotting the inauguration of the new Parliament building on Sunday, dubbed the function as an attempt to “change history by those who had made no contributions to the freedom struggle”.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar speaks to reporters in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 27, 2023 08:47 PM IST
By, Patna

‘No sense’: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on new Parliament building

Nitish Kumar said the new Parliament building is an attempt to write a new history by those who had no contribution in the freedom struggle

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar interacted with media persons after paying respects to Jawahar Lal Nehru on his death anniversary in Patna on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 27, 2023 05:46 PM IST

2 months on, Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) gets KC Tyagi back into its top team

KC Tyagi, a former Rajya Sabha MP, was the principal general secretary-cum-principal spokesperson of the JD(U) before he was omitted from the list of office-bearers announced on March 23

JD (U) leader KC Tyagi is an experienced leader associated with socialist movement and has worked with ex-PM Charan Singh and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, a JD(U) statement said (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2023 07:31 PM IST

RLJD chief Upendra Kushwaha’s security upgraded to Z category after IB report

Kushwaha had parted ways with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and formed his new party, RLJD, in February

The MHA order to beef up Kushwaha’s security comes on the back of a threat perception report by the IB. (HT Photo | Santosh Kumar)
Updated on May 17, 2023 03:16 PM IST

Karnataka poll results: Mahagathbandhan upbeat, leaders say ‘beginning of BJP’s end’

State Congress president and Rajya Sabha member Akhilesh Prasad Singh hailed Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra for the Karnataka victory.

Celebrations at the Bihar Congress office in Patna after the Karnataka win. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 13, 2023 09:47 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Nitish Kumar congratulates Congress as GA hails Karnataka poll results

The results have given hope to the GA spearheaded by chief minister Nitish Kumar, to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Supporters during Congress party’s celebrations after their win in the Karnataka assembly elections. (PTI photo)
Updated on May 13, 2023 06:54 PM IST

The role of a jail manual in state politics

Umadevi K, wife of slain bureaucrat, moved the SC against Bihar’s amended prison manual, which let gangster-turned-politician Anand Mohan Singh walk out of jail

The prominent Rajput leader’s release is a clear political move, although the government released a list of 26 others who will be released after serving a life term of 14 years. (ANI)
Updated on May 11, 2023 04:20 PM IST

Nitish Kumar to meet Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar in Mumbai on May 11

Nitish Kumar was travelling to Odisha on May 9 to meet Naveen Patnaik and to Mumbai on May 11 to meet Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during his visit to Kolkata to meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as part of his outreach to opposition leaders on April 24) (PTI File)
Updated on May 08, 2023 06:30 PM IST

Nitish Kumar to meet Naveen Patnaik in Odisha on May 9 amid Oppn unity buzz

A senior BJD MP has maintained that the meeting between Naveen Patnaik and Nitish Kumar is a courtesy call and that it should not be politicised

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar. (File Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2023 11:11 AM IST

Bihar: 12 retd IPS officers set to join Prashant Kishor’s Jan Suraj Abhiyan

Earlier, six former bureaucrats joined election strategist Prashant Kishore’s Jan Suraj Abhiyan in Bihar on May 2

Prashant Kishor. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2023 08:35 PM IST

Oppn unity talks and venue after Karnataka polls: Nitish

Nitish Kumar, who is spearheading the opposition unity move ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, had already met several political leaders of different parties during the last one month.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar interacts with the media in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 10:49 PM IST

Will mahagathbandhan benefit from Anand Mohan’s release?

While his release is being praised by several communities, many others, including the IAS bodies, have opposed the decision, including the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Bihar chief minister attends engagement ceremony of Anand Mohan’s son (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 12:23 PM IST
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No challenge to Modi in 2024, says Kushwaha after meeting Shah

Kushwaha also mocked Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s efforts to achieve “opposition unity”, saying only those parties were with the JD(U) supremo with whom he had an alliance in the state.

Former JD-U leader Upendra Kushwaha. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 09:33 PM IST
By, Patna

Upendra Kushwaha meets Amit Shah, sparks speculation

The meeting came two months after Kushwaha resigned from Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) and floated RLJD

The meeting lasted for about 45 minutes. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 09:13 AM IST

Bihar hooch deaths: NHRC issues notice to state govt, seeks detailed report

As of now, 31 people from East Champaran have reportedly died in the hooch tragedy. The unofficial toll, meanwhile, is said to be 37

A villager shows a pouch of ’hooch’. (Subhendu Ghosh/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 03:02 PM IST

Nitish Kumar announces 4 lakh compensation for hooch victims. There’s a rider

Nitish Kumar’s announcement on Monday is a reversal of his stand for years that the government will not compensate people who lost their lives because they were breaking the law.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said next-of-kin of people who die due to illicit liquor will have to disclose the source of the illicit liquor to be eligible for the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4 lakh compensation (PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 03:40 PM IST

A history of communal clashes in Bihar

At least 200 people were arrested in the recent Ram Navami clashes in the northern Indian state where communal violence isn't a common occurrence

On March 30, clashes broke out again on Ram Navami. (Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 11, 2023 01:37 PM IST

After Azad’s remark, BJP asks Rahul Gandhi to reveal who he met abroad

The BJP cited Ghulam Nabi Azad’s recent interview with a TV channel where he alleged that Rahul Gandhi had met undesirable businessmen during his foreign trips

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad. (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 04:29 PM IST

‘Don’t they remember...’: Kumar on Amit Shah’s ‘will hang upside down’ remark

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also defended the district authorities over the communal clashes reported during Ram Navami processions from two districts, Nalanda and Rohtas, on Friday.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on his way to attend Budget Session at Bihar Assembly in Patna (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Apr 05, 2023 03:47 PM IST

Shah arrives, BJP cites Sec 144 for putting off Sasaram event

BJP blamed the Nitish Kumar government for the cancellation of the function at Sasaram, scheduled for Sunday to celebrate the birth anniversary of Emperor Ashoka.

Bihar BJP president Samrat Chaudhary welcomes Union home minister Amit Shah at Patna airport on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 01, 2023 10:00 PM IST
By, Patna

BJP defers Amit Shah’s visit to Sasaram in view of communal tension

Amit Shah is scheduled to land in Patna on Saturday on a two-day tour of Bihar and later was scheduled for Sasaram on the same day to mark the birth anniversary of Samrat Ashok.

Union home minister Amit Shah (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 01, 2023 02:16 PM IST

Amit Shah to land in Bihar tomorrow, his fourth visit in 7 months

Bihar BJP president Samrat Chaudhary said Amit Shah was earlier scheduled to reach Bihar on Sunday but there was a slight change in his itinerary

Union home minister Amit Shah addresses the inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony of various projects, via video conferencing in Mansa on Friday (PTI)
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 10:39 PM IST

‘I never comment on...’: Nitish Kumar on Rahul Gandhi’s LS disqualification

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said he is waiting for a decision from the Congress on forging an Opposition unity ahead of the 2024 Parliament elections

Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 02:48 PM IST

Samrat Chaudhary is new Bihar BJP chief

Samrat Chaudhary replaces Sanjay Jaiswal, whose three-year tenure ended in September last year but was asked to continue.

Leader of Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha greets to Samrat Choudhary after being appointed as Bihar BJP state president on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 09:55 PM IST
By, Patna

BJP leader Samrat Chaudhary appointed as Bihar’s new party president

Samrat Chaudhary said the BJP in state is committed to form the first BJP government in state and win all the 40 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar

Chaudhary thanked the BJP central leadership for reposing faith on him. (HT photo sourced)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 01:42 PM IST

JD-U announces national, state office bearers

The new national team of JD-U has 32 members, of which 22 are general secretaries, seven secretaries, a vice president and a treasurer.

JD-U national president Lalan Singh . (ANI)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 10:09 PM IST
By, Patna

Opted out, says KC Tyagi as JD-U chief announces new team for 2024, 2025 polls

JD-U president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh appointed 22 general secretaries, seven secretaries, a vice president and a treasurer.

Senior Janata Dal United leader KC Tyagi was kept out of the list of national office-bearers on his request. He was the principal general secretary and principal spokesperson in the outgoing team (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 08:05 PM IST

Tejashwi dares ED to publish list of items seized in recent raids

Bihar’s deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Monday lashed out at the BJP and the union government for raids by federal probe agencies at his and his family’s residences and dared them to publish the seizure list

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav interacts with the media outside the Bihar assembly on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 10:38 PM IST
By, Patna
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