Vijay is chief of bureau, Patna. He has spent 21 years in journalism and covers political beats and public affairs.
Articles by Vijay Swaroop
In Purnia, BJP leader and union home minister Amit Shah had addressed a rally in September last year while the mahagathbandhan, as the ruling alliance in Bihar is called, held a rally in February this year.
Nagaland JD-U president Senchumo Lotha and the party’s lone MLA Zwenga Seb met the chief minister Neiphiu Rio on March 8 and handed over letter of support to the NDPP-BJP coalition government.
Nagaland JD-U president Senchumo Lotha and his party’s lone MLA Zwenga Seb pledged support to Neiphiu Rio who took over as chief minister for the fifth time on Tuesday
In sharp contrast, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U), which has had a rather successful electoral history in Nagaland, won only one of the seven seats it fought there.
On Sunday evening, Sudhakar Singh had said he would welcome President’s rule in the country rather than have Nitish Kumar as the Prime Minister.
Published on Feb 27, 2023 10:34 PM IST
ByVijay Swaroop and Prasun K Mishra, Patna/bhabhua
RJD legislator Sudhakar Singh on Monday told reporters in Patna that Nitish Kumar has no vision and had failed on all fronts
Published on Feb 27, 2023 10:01 PM IST
ByVijay Swaroop and Prasun K Mishra
Shah, who signalled out CM Kumar for his attacks during the two rallies on Saturday, also asked the leaders to take to people “his frequent alliance hopping and opportunist” attitude and remind people of the “Jungle Raj” under the Nitish-led government
Addressing a rally at Lauriya in West Champaran district of Bihar, Shah said Nitish Kumar prime ministerial dream has kept haunting him “every three years”.
Published on Feb 25, 2023 09:33 PM IST
BySandeep Bhaskar and Vijay Swaroop, Lauriya/patna
Adityanath had on Wednesday described Hindu identity as the cultural citizenship of every Indian and termed India as a ‘Hindu Rashtra’. He said India is and has always been a Hindu Rashtra. CM Adityanath said that every citizen living in India is a Hindu irrespective of their religion, caste, and region
Gulam Rasool Balyawi sparked a controversy when he sought the reservation if the Union government is afraid of tackling terrorists from Pakistan
Kumar also predicted a rout for BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and laughed off BJP’s comment that “Nitish Kumar has become a liability”.
On Sunday, BJP national general secretary and Bihar in-charge Vinod Tawde said that BJP national president JP Nadda and union home minister Amit Shah have categorically maintained that the party will not ally with the JD (U) and its leader Kumar under any circumstances
Speaking on the sidelines of a function in Patna, chief minister Kumar said, “Only those who keep speaking... go to the BJP. The sooner someone wants to go, the more he keeps saying.”
PATNA: The internal crisis in the Janata Dal (United) deepened further as chief minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal (United) leader and close aid Upendra Kushwaha took potshots at each other on Wednesday over the latter’s allegations that many within the party are in touch with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and that the party has become weak
Kushwaha, who was snubbed when the JD(U) formed an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) after severing ties with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar last year, said he was being sidelined
Three BJP leaders from the state met Janata Dal (United) parliamentary board chief Upendra Kushwaha in New Delhi, sparking speculations about his possible switch to the saffron party.
A picture of Bihar BJP leaders — spokespersons Prem Ranjan Patel and Sanjay Tiger, along with and Yogendra Paswan — calling on Kushwaha at AIIMS-Delhi on Friday has surfaced on social media.
This will mark Shah’s third visit to the state, ever since chief minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) parted ways from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in August 2022.
Amid speculations that the Bihar CM was not invited to the rally hosted by K Chandrashekar Rao at Khammam in Telangana on Wednesday, Nitish Kumar said he was busy with some engagements in the state and did not know about KCR’s rally
Afaque Ahmad Khan, JD(U)’s national general secretary and in-charge of the northeast, told HT on Thursday that a decision on number of seats to be contested would be taken after a meeting of the state parliamentary board.
Kumar is currently undertaking Samadhan Yatra to different districts to oversee works completed and take stock of pending ones
State education minister Chandrashekhar’s remarks that epic Ramcharitmanas promoted social discrimination and spread hatred in society provoked outrage
Education minister Chandrashekhar, a three-time MLA from Madhepura, while addressing a university convocation on Wednesday, had said, “Religious texts like Ramacharitmanas spread hatred just as ‘Manusmriti’ and Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ created social divide in different eras.” He then went on to cite a couplet from the epic to prove his point.
Bihar’s education minister has been facing fire for his controversial statement on Wednesday on epic “Ramcharitmanas” during a speech at a university convocation
Aware of their importance, All-India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz (AIPMM) has warned more than 50 sub-castes of Muslims to beware of political parties, including BJP, for their sudden love.
Addressing a rally at Paru in Muzaffarpur district, which falls under Vaishali parliamentary constituency, Nadda accused CM Nitish Kumar of betraying people’s mandate
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Patna, the chief minister reiterated that he was “not a claimant” for the top post though he reaffirmed his commitment to unite all parties opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
In a letter to BJP state chief Sanjay Jaiswal, Ranjan regretted the BJP in Bihar has completely deviated from Modi’s policies and ideals
Not only the people of the state but political leaders were left stunned when the state’s longest-serving chief minister Nitish Kumar cleverly sidelined the BJP, to form the Mahaghatbandhan and in the process became the chief minister of the new alliance for the record eighth time in 22 years.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has deputed his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav, to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting on conservation of the Ganga in Kolkata on December 30.