Ramvilas Paswan

  • No shortage of foodgrains despite less rainfall: Ram Vilas Paswan June 30, 2014

    Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan assured here on Monday, that despite warnings of less rainfall predicted by the Met Department, there will not be any shortage of foodgrains in the country. "The government has enough stock of wheat and rice to meet foodgrain requirements of the country...
  • Anti-BJPism is the issue now, not anti-Congressism: Jitan Ram Manjhi June 16, 2014

    Defending his predecessor Nitish Kumar dialling Lalu Prasad and Congress to foil alleged BJP design to topple his government, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday said anti-BJPism was the issue now and not anti-Congressism. "It's anti-BJPism and not anti-Congressism the predominant issue now and hence there is need for all...
  • 12 states have implemented Right to Food Act: Ramvilas Paswan June 15, 2014

    Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan on Sunday said only five states have fully implemented Food Security Act and seven others have done so partially so far. Till date, only 12 states have implemented the Food Security Act with the states like Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Punjab doing so fully as per...
  • Bihar Food minister Shyam Rajak rebuts Ramvilas Paswan charges June 10, 2014

    Bihar Food minister Shyam Rajak on Monday rebutted Union Food and Public Distribution minister Ramvilas Paswan allegation that state government adopted a lackadaisical approach towards implementation of Food Security Act. "Paswan should check facts with his officials before making any statement," Rajak said in a release strongly contesting the allegations made...
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi's journey from clerk to becoming Bihar's Chief Minister May 20, 2014

    Once a clerk in Posts and Telegraph department, Jitan Ram Manjhi, a 'mahadalit' who was picked by Nitish Kumar to lead Bihar, is an old hand in the state's politics with stints as minister in Congress, RJD and JD(U) governments since 1980. Manjhi, a six-time MLA who was elected from Makhdumpur...
  • Paswan forecasts fall of Nitish's government in mid-term poll in Bihar May 17, 2014

    Registering a landslide victory in alliance with BJP, LJP on Saturday forecast the fall of Nitish Kumar government in Bihar shortly and a mid-term elections in the state by October-November this year. "The Nitish Kumar government will fall on its own in the next 2-3 months and the people will have to...
  • Modi wave-stung Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar Chief Minister May 17, 2014

    Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, stung by the crushing defeat of his party Janata Dal (United) in the recent Lok Sabha elections, has resigned. The Narendra Modi wave had swept aside the Bihar chief minister, leaving him with just two seats in the Lok Sabha. In June 2013, the JD(U) severed...
  • Narendra Modi wave sweeps aside Lalu, Nitish in Bihar May 17, 2014

    The Narendra Modi wave swept aside Bihar strongmen Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar as BJP, along with its allies, on Friday won 26 out of 40 seats in Bihar. BJP took a sweet revenge against JD(U) of Nitish Kumar, which had broken away from the alliance with the saffron party, to...
  • BJP leads in 18 seats, RJD ahead in 6 constituencies, Congress in front in 1 seat in Bihar May 16, 2014

    BJP is leading in 18 seats, Lalu Prasad's RJD is ahead in six constituencies while Congress is in front in one seat out of 40 in Bihar with Speaker Meira Kumar trailing in Sasaram. LJP and JD(U) are leading in six seats and four seats respectively while Rashtriya Lok Samata Party...
  • Lok Sabha poll counting LIVE: BJP wins 31 seats, Shahnawaz Hussain loses in Bhagalpur May 16, 2014

    Election Commission of India is gearing up for the counting day on Friday. Security will be tight at 40 counting centres across the state as counting for the 40 seats begins at 8 am on Friday. Mega exercise for Lok Sabha elections which lasted for about two months, would come to...
  • There is no Modi wave in Bihar: Rabri Devi May 7, 2014

    In an interview to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajeep Sardesai, RJD chief Lalu Prasad's wife Rabri Devi said that there is no Modi wave in Bihar, there might some wave in cities but there is no wave in Villages. ...
  • LS polls: Seven Bihar seats record 56 per cent voter turnout in fifth phase May 7, 2014

    56 per cent voting was registered on Wednesday in seven Lok Sabha seats in Bihar in the fifth phase of elections in the state. Sheohar registered 53 per cent voting, Sitamarhi 52 per cent, Muzaffarpur 57.15 per cent, Maharajganj 49 per cent, Saran 51 per cent, Hajipur (SC reserved) 52 per...
  • Paswan expresses concern over use of 'secularism' slogans, vote bank politics May 7, 2014

    LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan on Wednesday hit out at parties raising slogans of secularism and expressed concern over growing differences between Hindus and Muslims due to vote bank politics. "All those who are raising slogans of secularism are not working in favour of minorities," he said without naming any party. Paswan...
  • Nitish Kumar calls Paswan expert in political somersault April 25, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday took potshots at LJP President Ramvilas Paswan for making pre-poll alliance with the BJP and said he was an expert in making political somersault. "He (Paswan) not only in India but also in Pakistan never used to forget to mention that he had quit...
  • 'Osama' to contest against Narendra Modi in Varanasi April 20, 2014

    BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi now has another contender for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat --"Osama bin Laden". Meraj Khalid Noor, lookalike of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has announced his decision to enter the fray from the temple town to what he claims, is to check "communal forces"...
  • LS polls: Ramvilas Paswan files nomination from Hajipur April 15, 2014

    Lok Janshakti Party president Ramvilas Paswan filed his nomination from Hajipur Lok Sabha seat and launched a scathing attack on the Congress for 'humiliating' minority muslims. Hajipur(SC) will go to the polls on May 7 and Paswan will face sitting JD(U) MP Ramsundar Das and Sanjeev Prasad Tony of Congress in...
  • LS polls: Bihar records 52 per cent voter turnout in 1st phase April 10, 2014

    Polling for six Lok Sabha seats in Bihar on Thursday started under the shadow of violence as Maoists killed two CRPF jawans and injured seven others when they were on their way to polling stations of Jamui constituency in Munger district. Instead of this 52 per cent of the electorate exercised...
  • Paswan joining hands with BJP does not seem possible: Tariq Anwar February 28, 2014

    Ram Vilas Paswan joining hands with BJP does not seem possible as he had left NDA in 2002 decrying Narendra Modi over the post-Godhra riots issue, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said on Friday. Amid intense speculation of Ram Vilas Paswan walking out of the alliance to join hands with BJP, Anwar...
  • Congress, RJD slam Ramvilas Paswan for joining hands with BJP February 28, 2014

    Congress and RJD  on Friday launched attack on Ramvilas Paswan for "ditching" them and joining hands with BJP, forgetting his hard-hitting comments on Narendra Modi over 2002 riots. Bihar Congress President Ashok Chaudhary said in a statement here that it reflected "opportunistic" thinking of the dalit leader who has "sacrificed principles...
  • Rajnath Singh keeps media guessing on tie-up with Paswan’s LJP February 25, 2014

    BJP president Rajnath Singh was ambiguous on Monday on the possibility of a tie-up with Ramvilas Paswan-led LJP for the Lok Sabha polls. "I am not aware... If some announcement has to be made, you will be told," Singh told reporters in New Delhi when asked for comments over speculation of...
  • LJP eyes select seats but set to go with Congress-RJD February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Lok Janshakti Party claims that there is no problem in stitching up an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress in Bihar despite the three parties being in negotiations for the last several weeks. LJP National Vice President Ramchandra Paswan hoped that alliance will be finalised in...
  • Ramvilas Paswan thanks Nitish for praise, but says LJP will be with Congress January 21, 2014

    Thanking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his kind words, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ramvilas Paswan on Monday said his party was with Congress and will go with its decision on alliance. "I thank Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the respect and kind words. We have been old friends," Paswan...
  • LJP burns Salman Khan effigy for bonhomie with Narendra Modi January 16, 2014

    Venting their anger against actor Salman Khan for having lunch and flying kites with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Ramvilas Paswan's LJP workers on Wednesday labelled him as "traitor" and organised protest march. Describing Khan as "kaum ke gaddar" (traitor of the community), workers of Patna district LJP unit took out...
  • Nitish Kumar keeps up suspense over alliance for 2014 Lok Sabha polls January 14, 2014

    With suspense prevailing over JD(U)'s move on alliance in Bihar for upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday once again refused to show his cards and said 'let the suspense remain'. "Raj ko raj rehne do," (let the suspense remain a suspense), Kumar told reporters in Patna quoting...
  • Lalu Prasad silent on alliance with Congress for upcoming Lok Sabha polls January 13, 2014

    RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Sunday refused to speak about alliance with Congress and other parties for the upcoming general elections but slammed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) "for trivialising democracy". Interacting with the reporters after returning from Delhi with wife Rabri Devi and younger son Tejaswi Pratap, Prasad refused to offer...
  • Lok Janshakti Party welcomes SC granting bail to Lalu Prasad in fodder scam December 14, 2013

    Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) o Friday welcomed the Supreme Court granting bail to RJD President Lalu Prasad. The LJP, in a resolution adopted at a meeting attended by its President Ramvilas Paswan here, expressed happiness over the RJD chief getting bail, a party release said. LJP has alliance with RJD in Bihar....
  • RJD to continue supporting Congress: Rabri Devi December 10, 2013

    RJD leader Rabri Devi on Monday had a word of comfort for Congress, under criticism over the severe drubbing in elections in four states, saying win and loss are part of politics and pledged to continue her party's support to the UPA. "Win and loss are part of politics," she told...
  • Ramvilas Paswan visits Rabri's house on Chhath November 8, 2013

    Sharing camaraderie, Lok Janshakti Party president Ramvilas Paswan on Thursday visited house of RJD leader Rabri Devi to exchange greetings on Chhath Puja. Accompanied by his son and LJP Parliamentary Board chief Chirag Paswan and younger brother Ramchandra Paswan, the party chief arrived at Rabri Devi's 10 Circular Road residence...
  • Paswan for determination of poverty criteria by Parliament July 29, 2013

    The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which is extending outside support to the UPA II, on Monday criticised the poverty criteria determined by the government and said the poor should be defined only after discussion in Parliament. "The poverty level fixed by the government according to which those earning a little above...
  • Paswan rules out any possibility of Third Front April 6, 2013

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan on Friday ruled out any possibility of a third front ahead or after the next Lok Sabha polls, and instead called out all secular parties to join hands against the BJP. "There is no possibility of a third front before or after next Lok...