Nitish Kumar

  • Nalanda University hopes to attract students from across the world September 2, 2014

    The world's oldest university has reopened after 800 years as 15 national and international students enroll for classes at the Nalanda University in Bihar. Even though it is a far cry from the granduer of the past, the institution is taking baby steps to re-establish itself. ...
  • Watch: Cyrus's spoof on RJD Chief Lalu Prasad August 31, 2014

    On this episode of 'The Week That Wasn't', Cyrus Broacha comments on the possibility of forming an anti-BJP "secular" front as former Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad meet. ...
  • Can a consolidation of Opposition forces really block the Modi juggernaut? August 25, 2014

    It was a big day for the grand alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal United and the Congress in Bihar as it swept six out of the 10 assembly seats that went to polls last week. The BJP was brought down to four seats. ...
  • Nitish hails people's verdict; Shahnawaz takes responsibility of poll debacle August 25, 2014

    These bypolls were being touted by political pundits as the 'semi-final' before the full-fledged Bihar Assembly elections scheduled in the later half of 2015. ...
  • Bihar bypoll results: Nitish-Lalu formula works as RJD-JDU-Congress alliance wins 6 out of 10 seats August 25, 2014

    Patna: It was a big day for the grand alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal United and the Congress in Bihar as it swept six out of the 10 assembly seats that went to polls last week. The BJP was brought down to four seats. These bypolls were being...
  • Results of bypolls in 4 states to be declared today; can the Lalu-Nitish alliance dent BJP in Bihar? August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The results for assembly bypolls held in four states - Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka will be declared on Monday. Counting will begin at 8 am on Monday morning. These are the first assembly bypolls after the political realignment in Bihar. Ten assembly seats went to polls in...
  • Assembly bypolls to test strength of regrouped Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar August 20, 2014

    Bypolls to 10 Assembly seats in Bihar on August 21 will establish whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's magic is still working in the state or that of Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, who have claimed a winning formula in allying. The bypoll, the first major political event after the general elections...
  • If Nitish Kumar has any self-respect, he should quit politics: Senior JD(U) leader on Lalu's comment August 19, 2014

    A senior JD(U) leader on Tuesday launched a scathing attack at former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asking him to quit politics over RJD president Lalu Prasad's remarks that Kumar had fallen on his feet for forging alliance. The remark was made by senior JD(U) leader Shakuni Chaudhary whose son Samrat Chaudhary...
  • JD(U)-RJD alliance to safeguard people from divisive forces of BJP, RSS: Sharad Yadav August 18, 2014

    JD(U) President Sharad Yadav on Monday justified his party's alliance with Lalu Prasad's RJD for the assembly by-poll in Bihar after two decades saying it has nothing to do with individuals but has been forged for the sake of people to safeguard them from divisive forces. "The alliance is for the...
  • Nitish's native place, 13 districts of Bihar affected by floods August 18, 2014

    Four more districts including Belchi in Nalanda, the ancestral village of ex-Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, were under the grip of flood which has affected 5.8 lakh people in 13 districts of Bihar, officials said. In view of growing magnitude of floods in Bihar, four more battalions of NDRF (National Disaster Response...
  • Lalu Prasad calls Paswan 'weathercock', LJP leader hits back August 18, 2014

    Lalu Prasad on Sunday called LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan a 'weathercock', saying he switches sides at the drop of a hat, evoking a sharp response where the RJD supremo was questioned for joining hands with arch rival Nitish Kumar. At a rally in Chapra, 75 km from...
  • BJP is a party of rumour mongers: Nitish Kumar August 18, 2014

    Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was a party of rumour mongers. "The BJP is a party of rumour mongers," he said at a rally ahead of a by-election in Chapra assembly constituency in Bihar's Saran district. Nitish Kumar, also a senior Janata Dal-United...
  • Manjhi defends his son's alleged sexual escapade, says anybody can have a girlfriend August 16, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi who has come under attack from the BJP over reports of his son getting involved in alleged sexual escapade with a lady policewoman, on Saturday defended his son saying anybody could have a "girl friend". "Anybody can have a girl friend...there is no evidence of...
  • Nitish Kumar launches Bihar on Wikipedia campaign August 16, 2014

    JD(U) leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday launched the 'Bihar on Wikipedia' campaign to "strengthen Brand Bihar". "We know much about Bihar's golden history, culture, great personalities, traditions and astonishing stories, but the world connected to the Internet doesn't. We are launching the 'Bihar on Wikipedia' campaign for...
  • Manjhi makes U-turn on bribery, blames media August 14, 2014

    With his claim of paying a bribe to settle his electricity bill flying in the face of his predecessor Nitish Kumar's claim of good governance in Bihar, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi made a U-turn on Thursday and said the incident was of an earlier period and the money was...
  • Bihar CM Jitan Manjhi admits to paying bribe to get his power bill modified, blames Nitish August 14, 2014

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Manjhi has said that his mentor former chief minister of Bihar and Janata Dal United (JDU) leader Nitish Kumar failed to bring down corruption in the state when the latter was in power. Manjhi said his family members had to pay a bribe of Rs...
  • Mulayam downplays talks of tie up with BSP, says will contest UP polls alone August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Soon after Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati rejected Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's proposal to join hands, the SP chief clarified his stand on the issue. "SP will contest the elections in Uttar Pradesh on our its strength," Yadav said playing down the speculations. Earlier in the day,...
  • After Lalu-Nitish bonhomie, Mulayam says ready to join hands with Maya to defeat BJP August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: In another change of heart incident in politics, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh has expressed willingness to join hands with Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. This comes two days after RJD chief Lalu Prasad said that the SP and BSP should come together to form a grand alliance...
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi lauds Nitish, Lalu; says duo will generate political vitality August 12, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Tuesday showered praise on Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar describing them as "champion of social justice" and "symbol of development" respectively and said joining of two hands would generate a political vitality in the country. ...
  • Coming together of Lalu, Nitish show they are scared: Chirag Paswan August 11, 2014

    Lok Janshakti Party Vice President Chirag Paswan took a dig at the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal United alliance saying, "They (Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar) have come together in a way that shows how scared they are of us. What they are doing is only drama. Ideology or development...
  • Lalu-Nitish share dais after 20 years, BJP says the duo is finished August 11, 2014

    Hajipur: Two of Bihar's tallest politicians - Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal United leader Nitish Kumar - who were once close friends but parted ways two decades ago have joined hands again as they struggle to survive the massive onslaught of an aggressive Bharatiya Janata Party. Lalu...
  • Bihar: Lalu, Nitish to share dais during poll campaign August 11, 2014

    Patna: After a gap of 20 years, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, friends-turned-foes who have become friends again, will campaign together for the Assembly by-polls in Bihar from Monday. Both of them will hold five public meetings at Hajipur, Mohiuddinagar, Narkatiyaganj, Chapra and Mohania as part of...
  • Sushil Kumar Modi warns people against Nitish's 'double role' August 10, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday asked people to be on guard against the "double role" of former state chief minister Nitish Kumar while voting in the Assembly bypolls on August 21. Modi, who had been the deputy chief minister under Kumar, alleged that the senior JD(U) leader talks...
  • Manjhi slams Amit Shah for questioning grand alliance in Bihar August 10, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday slammed BJP President Amit Shah for dubbing the grand alliance formed by the JD(U), RJD and Congress as "unholy" and said it was formed to collectively take on the saffron party in Bihar. "The BJP is scared of the collective might of our...
  • Amit Shah afraid of alliance, says Lalu Prasad August 9, 2014

    Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad slammed Bhartiya Janata Party President Amit Shah saying he was afraid of the alliance. Prasad said, "Amit Shah is afraid of the alliance so he is speaking like this. Nitish Kumar did not come from RSS or BJP, he was with us. We are...
  • Assembly polls: Alliance to decide on CM candidate, says Jitan Ram Manjhi August 9, 2014

    Claiming that his comments about Nitish Kumar being the next Chief Minister if JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance came to power in the Assembly elections next year were "wrongly interpreted", Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday said that the alliance leaders will decide the Chief Ministerial candidate. "If the Assembly polls due...
  • Who's shielding criminals? After goof up, JD(U) spokesperson flees press conference August 9, 2014

    JD(U) spokesperson and Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Sanjay Singh made a mockery of himself on Friday after he called for a probe and a lie-detector test on former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, but was unable to defend his leader and former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Unsuccessful in putting...
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi remarks on Nitish Kumar as next CM heats up politics August 7, 2014

    New alliance partners of JD(U) in the state, RJD and Congress on Thursday refused to buy the views of Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi that Nitish Kumar should be the chief minister if the alliance secures majority in the Assembly polls next year, but Manjhi stood by his remarks. Manjhi's comment...
  • Nitish will be Bihar's CM if JD(U) alliance gets majority in 2015 Assembly polls: CM Manjhi August 6, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Majhi on Wednesday said Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Minister if the JD(U) alliance got a majority in next year's Assembly elections. "I would like to see Nitish Kumar as Chief Minister and Prime Minister at the Centre as he is the most popular leader....
  • Nitish Kumar moots committee to sort out beneficiaries under NFSA August 6, 2014

    Senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Wednesday mooted setting up a national level committee to hammer problems in selection of beneficiaries for getting subsidised foodgrains under National Food Security Act (NFSA). "Everybody in the country should get food. An independent committee at national level to remove the problems in beneficiary selection under NFSA...