Nitish Kumar

  • Nitish kumar denies instigating JD(U)-BJP clash 21 hours 42 minutes ago

    Condemning the scuffle between the ruling JD(U) and BJP MLCs in the legislative council, former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thuesday expressed deep anguish over the incident and denied his role in the matter. He also urged the chair to rule in this regard otherwise he will be compelled to stay...
  • Decision on poll alliance with JD(U) will be taken after talks between 2 parties, says Lalu 23 hours 11 minutes ago

    RJD president Lalu Prasad on Thursday favoured an alliance with JD(U) for the bye-election on ten Assembly seats but said a decision on this will be taken only after talks between the leaders of the two parties. "This is the right time for talks on poll alliance. We will take a...
  • Assembly polls: Race in Bihar BJP for chief minister candidate Yesterday

    Much ahead of the 2015 assembly polls in Bihar, several BJP leaders have staked claim to being nominated as the chief ministerial candidate. "There are many in the BJP, who are lobbying to be named as chief ministerial candidate for the next assembly polls," a BJP leader said. If an alliance of...
  • 1137 teachers sacked over fake degree, invalid documents 3 days ago

    Bihar government on Tuesday said that the services of 1137 fixed pay teachers in schools have been terminated as they had acquired the job on the basis of fake and invalid documents and initiated action against those responsible for their appointment. This was told by state Education Minister Brishen Patel in...
  • JD(U), RJD and Cong will together defeat BJP in bypoll: Nitish 4 days ago

    JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday said the party would contest the bypoll for ten Assembly constituencies together with RJD and Congress to defeat BJP. "JD(U) state executive has taken a decision to fight the bypoll for 10 Assembly seats next month together with RJD and Congress," he told reporters. "The party...
  • Nitish Kumar accuses BJP of destroying 'brand Bihar' 6 days ago

    In a blistering attack on old companion BJP, Nitish Kumar on Saturday slammed the party for destroying "Brand Bihar" through its tactics of spreading "rumour" and fomenting fear. "After eight years of hard labour we built brand Bihar symbolising good governance, economic progress, tight law and order situation and development in core...
  • People fear 'jungle raj' return after JD(U)-RJD tie up: BJP 1 week ago

    In a strong retort to senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar who said BJP was scared over a probable tie up between his party and RJD, the BJP on Friday said not them, but people are afraid over prospects of such an alliance. "BJP is not scared. But the prospects of this...
  • Woman stripped, thrashed in Bihar in the presence of policemen July 17, 2014

    Patna: A middle-aged woman was stripped and thrashed by unidentified men at a village in Bihar's Jehanabad district. The woman was assaulted in front of policemen who acted as mere onlookers. However, defending the policemen the IG said, "they did not have sufficient numbers to intervene but they made the...
  • Bihar to keep up eco growth despite centre's neglect: Nitish July 15, 2014

    Accusing NDA government of neglecting Bihar in both general budget and Rail budget, senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the state's resolve to develop has not been dampened by the Centre's 'indifference'. "Our resolve to develop and bring Bihar on par with the country is not dampened by the...
  • Lalu, Nitish to forge alliance for Bihar Assembly by-polls July 15, 2014

    Patna: After joining hands for Rajya Sabha by-election in June, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal United are in talks for an alliance ahead of the by-polls to Bihar Assembly, say sources. The two parties are also working out on a seat sharing agreement. Lalu's RJD has 21 MLAs and the JDU...
  • 'Mandal Train' is moving, those willing to board are welcome: Lalu July 15, 2014

    In an apparent reference to plans for new social engineering in national politics, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said "Mandal Express is moving" and those desiring to board could do so, lest they would miss it. "Mandal (those entitled to Mandal Commission report) is the need of the hour. It is in...
  • JD(U) legislator shoots off letter against tie-up with RJD July 14, 2014

    Amid indications of a tie-up between JD(U) and RJD for Bihar Assembly elections next year, a JD(U) legislator has shot off a letter to the party opposing it. "I have written a letter to state JD(U) President Basistha Narayan Singh expressing strong reservation against the tie-up with RJD against whose 'jungle...
  • JD(U) legislator shoots off letter against tie-up with RJD July 14, 2014

    Amid indications of a tie-up between JD(U) and RJD for Bihar Assembly elections next year, a JD(U) legislator has shot off a letter to the party opposing it. "I have written a letter to state JD(U) President Basistha Narayan Singh expressing strong reservation against the tie-up with RJD against whose 'jungle...
  • Manjhi calls budget 'routine', says nothing special for backward states July 11, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and senior JD-U leader Nitish Kumar on Thursday said the NDA government's first budget disappointed Bihar as it neglected the needs of the state. They said the budget was routine and there was nothing new or special for a backward state like Bihar. "The budget has...
  • Bullet trains won't work in India, says Nitish Kumar July 9, 2014

    Former Railway minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said that bullet trains, proposed in this year's Railway budget, were not feasible in the country, though the concept sounded very impressive. Kumar said that he travelled from London to Paris on a bullet train during his time and made efforts...
  • JD(U), RJD, Congress demanded Giriraj Singh's arrest and termination of Parliament membership July 9, 2014

    JD(U), RJD and Congress Legislators on Wednesday created ruckus in both Houses of Bihar Legislature over recovery of Rs 1.14 crore, 600 US dollars and ornaments stolen from the house of BJP MP Giriraj Singh and demanded his arrest and termination of Parliament membership alleging it as "black money". As the...
  • Rail budget disappointing, very generic: Nitish Kumar July 8, 2014

    Former railways minister Nitish Kumar said that the rail budget was disappointing. The government has no clear future plan or roadmap. "It is a very generic budget. FDI and PPP in Railways are not prudent initiatives," he said. On the other side, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "We have...
  • Bihar CM inaugurates 184 bridges, lays foundation for 41 others July 6, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday inaugurated 184 bridges, built by Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam (BRPNN) at a cost of Rs 549 crore, and laid down the foundation of 41 others across the state with a projected cost of about Rs 145 crore. "The bridges will bring people...
  • Lalu hints at contesting Bihar Assembly poll with JD(U) July 5, 2014

    With both the RJD and JD(U) decimated by BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday indicated at fighting the coming Assembly elections in Bihar with the JD(U). "If the vote share of both RJD and JD(U) in the recent Parliamentary poll in the state is combined...
  • JD(U) will contest next Assembly polls under Nitish: Narendra Singh July 3, 2014

    Senior JD (U) Minister Narendra Singh on Thursday said former chief minister Nitish Kumar was "undisputed" leader under whom the party would go to the next Assembly polls. Singh's clarification came a day after he said any leader, including incumbent Jitan Ram Manjhi, can become chief minister if JD(U) returns...
  • 'Any JD(U) leader can become CM if party wins Assembly polls' July 2, 2014

    Creating a flutter in ruling party circles, a senior Bihar minister on Wednesday said that any leader, including incumbent Jitan Ram Manjhi, can become chief minister if JD(U) retains power in the Assembly polls next year. "Any JD(U) leader, including Manjhi can become the Chief Minister if the party wins the...
  • Now, ex-CMs can have 8 personal assistants for their entire life July 2, 2014

    Bihar government approved a proposal allowing all former chief ministers to keep eight personal assistants throughout their life, besides enhancing allowances of ministers, official sources said. The eight personal staff that leaders like Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi could keep are a private secretary, two clerks, four peons and...
  • Jolt to JD(U) as senior leader Monazir Hassan quits party to join BJP July 1, 2014

    Ruling JD(U) in Bihar on Tuesday received a jolt when its senior leader Monazir Hassan resigned from the party to join BJP. "I have resigned from primary membership of JD(U) due to constant erosion of democracy within the party," Monazir Hassan told PTI. Though he did not name former Chief Minister...
  • Not surprised by petrol and diesel prices hike: Nitish July 1, 2014

    Senior JD(U) leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said he was not surprised at rise in prices of petrol and diesel besides, soaring rates of food items under Narendra Modi government which could not deliver on tall promises made so far. "I am not surprised. The rise...
  • Bihar: Manjhi should be CM candidate, not Nitish, says rebel JDU MLA June 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Sparking speculation about a possible split in the Janata Dal United (JDU), rebel MLA Gyanendra Singh met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday. Gyanendra Singh has expressed his wish that Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi should be the CM candidate in the upcoming Assembly polls instead of...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan defends rail fare hike, terms it as 'compulsion' June 23, 2014

    Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday defended the steep rail fare hike effected by the Centre last week, saying it was a "compulsion" as no government wants to increase fares. Justifying the hike, the Consumer Affairs Minister recalled the rationale offered by former prime minister V P Singh for petrol...
  • Rajya Sabha bypolls: Nitish hints at grand secular alliance against BJP June 21, 2014

    Buoyed by his party's victory, with the support of RJD and Congress in theRajya Sabha bypolls in Bihar, JD(U)supremo Nitish Kumar on Friday said that this was the start of coming together of "secular forces" against the BJP. "A start of such a wider golbandi (coming together) against BJP started from Bihar yesterday and this...
  • Nitish Kumar flays Modi government for announcing rail fares hike before budget June 20, 2014

    Former Railway Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Friday criticised Narendra Modi government for promoting a "bad tradition" of announcing hike in Railway fare and freight before presentation of Railway budget in Parliament. "They are promising the country that 'Achye deen aa gaye hain' (good days have come) and promoting...
  • Congress hails Lalu-Nitish alliance, terms it as a 'good beginning' June 19, 2014

    Congress on Thursday hailed as "good beginning" the rivals Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar shaking hands after 20 years for Rajya Sabhya bypolls in Bihar saying it will be "great if a grand alliance happens" in future. The two parties coming together has led to the victory of two JD(U) candidates...
  • Voting for 2 RS seats continues, 13 JD(U) MLAs accused of cross-voting June 19, 2014

    An election for two Rajya Sabha seats in the state will take place today amidst once bitter rivals Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar supporting each other. Lalu’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will support two candidates of Nitish’s Janata Dal United (JDU). According to reports Nitish on Saturday had called Lalu...