Bihar Chief Minister

  • Jitan Ram Manjhi: A journey from clerk to Bihar's CM 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 sixtime MLA who was elected from Makhdumpur...
  • Bihar's new cabinet is old wine in a new bottle May 20, 2014

    In a meeting held by Bihar's former chief minister Nitish Kumar with Jitan Ram Manjhi at Anne Marg in Patna on Tuesday the names of the new cabinet ministers were finalised. Senior JD(U) leader Vashisht Narayan Singh was also present in the meeting. As the new cabinet list was out, it...
  • Nitish Kumar chose Jitan Ram Manjhi to safeguard his 'kharao': Sushil Modi May 19, 2014

    BJP on Monday described Jitan Ram Manjhi, handpicked by Nitish Kumar as the Chief Minister of Bihar, as "kathputli" (puppet) and urged the Governor to individual parade of the MLAs to get "convinced" of Manjhi's nomination for the post. "Jitan Ram Manjhi is a 'kathputli' Chief Minister of Nitish Kumar," former...
  • Profile: Meet next Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi May 19, 2014

    Putting an end to the political crisis in Bihar, Nitish Kumar on Monday announced his close aide Jitan Ram Manjhi as the next next chief minister of the state. Jitan Ram Manjhi comes from a Mahadalit community known as Musahar. The Musahar were traditionally rat catchers, and there is still uncertainty...
  • Jeetan Ram Manjhi named new Bihar chief minister May 19, 2014

    Patna: Nitish Kumar has named his close confidant Jeetan Ram Manjhi as the new chief minister of Bihar. Manjhi, who currently hold the SC/ST, OBS, EBC Welfare Ministry, is a Mahadalit from the Musahar community who occupy the lowest strata of the society in the state. Manjhi's name was officially announced...
  • Will return as CM, if JD(U) gets mandate in 2015 Bihar elections: Nitish Kumar May 19, 2014

    Nitish Kumar, who remained firm on stepping down from chief ministership of Bihar, on Monday said he would be ready to take on the responsibility again if he won the mandate in the 2015 state assembly polls. "If people give me mandate in 2015 I am ready to take responsibility again,"...
  • Former Bihar chief minister Satish Prasad Singh quits BJP March 28, 2014

    Satish Prasad Singh, who served a mere five days as the Bihar chief minister, said on Friday that he had resign from the BJP, a party to which he switched last year after a long stint in the Congress, to protest against denial of proper representation to the Kushwaha community...
  • Nitish Kumar inaugurates power projects worth Rs 12,000 crore February 22, 2014

    Inaugurating various power projects valued at Rs 12,000 crore, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday vowed not to seek vote in 2015 Assembly elections if he failed to improve power condition in the state. Work was going on at warfooting to improve power distribution and transmission system, Kumar said and...
  • Nitish Kumar reviews atrocities against SC/STs in the state February 7, 2014

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday directed for timebound compilation of injury report to check incidents of atrocities against the SC/ST people in Bihar as well to ensure expeditious probe in such matters. Presiding over a statelevel vigilance and monitoring committee under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,...
  • HC asks petitioner to be specific against Nitish January 19, 2014

    Jharkhand High Court on Saturday asked a petitioner, who has sought to make Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwari accused in the Rs 950 crore fodder scam, to spell out specific points on which he wanted a probe against them. Hearing the PIL and a counter affidavit...
  • Bihar keeps tobacco out of tax net October 16, 2013

    Patna: The Bihar government Tuesday decided to keep raw chewing tobacco out of the tax net to help farmers who grow tobacco in the state. The decision to keep tobacco free from tax was taken at a state cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Recently, a delegation of tobacco...
  • Nitish Kumar makes fun of 'tweeting' politicians September 3, 2013

    In an apparent dig at BJP leaders like Narendra Modi for using Twitter to score points, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said they were turning the sweet chirping of birds (dictionary meaning of twitter) into the jarring sounds of politics. "The dictionary meaning of twitter is the chirping of...
  • Fodder scam: SC rejects Lalus plea for transfer of CBI judge August 13, 2013

    New Delhi: In a big blow to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected his plea for the transfer of the Special CBI judge hearing the 1996 fodder scam case against him in Jharkhand and asked the trial court to pronounce the verdict expeditiously. It also questioned the...
  • Teachers set vehicles afire during Nitish's meetings September 27, 2012

    Khagaria/Begusarai: Large scale violence and arson by contractual teachers and protesters marred Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's public meetings in Bihar's Khagaria and Begusarai districts held on Thursday to mobilise mass support for grant of special status to the state. Official sources said the protesters, most of them contractual teachers, set on...
  • Bihar: Ruckus at Nitish Kumar's Janata Durbar September 3, 2012

    Patna: Several visitors, including women, on Monday created a ruckus at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Durbar alleging nonredressal of their grievances by "corrupt" officials in the districts. Indrakala Devi, hailing from a village in Darbhanga district, alleged that local police had taken bribe from other party to deny her...
  • Full support for Ramdev's movement: Nitish August 13, 2012

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said he fully supports the movement of yoga guru Ramdev for bringing back to the country black money stashed away in banks abroad. "Ramdevji is raising his voice for a right cause ... It is a subject of public interest and that is...
  • Nitish Kumar's residence to turn green March 28, 2012

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has opted to go green. Solar energy will now light up his official residencecumoffice in Patna. "The cabinet has approved Rs 4.5 crore for installing solar panels and other equipment," an official said. The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency has been assigned the work. Last year,...
  • What does 'Kolaveri Di' mean, asks Bihar CM February 23, 2012

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar surprised many when he said he was fascinated by the hit song "Munni badnam Hui" of Salman Khan starrer 'Dabbang' and keen to know the meaning of the rage "Kolaveri Di". Nitish revealed his lighter side when a group of journalists called on him at...
  • Bihar CM's education scheme turns into a scam January 17, 2012

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's much lauded free education scheme has allegedly turned into a multicrore scam with over 3 lakh fake student enrolments come to light. The case came to light when most of the students were found to have been enrolled in several schools simultaneously. In fact a...
  • Bring corporates under RTI Act: Nitish Kumar October 15, 2011

    New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar feels that the corporates and the private sector should be brought under the ambit of the Right to Information Act as public invests through shares in them and suffers when their fortunes sink. Addressing the annual convention of Central Information Commission in New Delhi,...
  • Nitish lashes out at Congress over 2G scam December 20, 2010

    Patna: In his first attack on Congress after NDA's landslide victory in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday lashed out at Congress for its 'recalcitrance' on a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocations and accused the party of creating political polarisation on terrorism. "Terrorism...
  • Maoist issue: Nitish holds highlevel meeting September 2, 2010

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday held a highlevel meeting with top officials at his official residence after reports that Maoists had killed one of four abducted policemen. The Bihar Police Chief has said there is no truth in the Maoist claim of having killed a policeman. Meeting top...