Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar is the Chief Minister of Bihar. The Janata Dal (United) leader has held this office from 2000-2005 and 2005-2014. In the run up to the Bihar assembly elections, Nitish Kumar forged an alliance with Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), in a bid to outweigh BJP in the state elections. The alliance registered a massive win and Kumar became the Chief Minister for the third consecutive time. Nitish Kumar withdrew support from BJP in 2013, calling end to the alliance of 17 years. Fulfilling his poll promise of banning liquor, the Nitish administration enforced an immediate crackdown on liquor in the state. The decision has earned him criticism from Opposition leaders, economists, experts and political commentators alike.
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RJD, JD(U) leaders spar after Lalu-Nitish differences surface over NDA’s Presidential candidate

Sources in the RJD and JD(U) said that the relationship between the two alliance partners had hit an all-time low and the RJD was on the backfoot because of tax notices and raids on properties owned by Lalu Prasad Yadav’s family.

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Lalu, Nitish in war of words: ‘Bihar ki beti’ vs Opposition’s losing strategy

RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who called the JD(U) decision to support Kovind and not the combined Opposition candidate a “historic blunder”, took a swipe at the Chief Minister, wondering how Nitish Kumar could claim to be working for a “Sangh-mukt” (RSS-free) country by backing an “RSS man”.

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Presidential Polls: After Nitish Kumar, Sharad Pawar kept Opposition on their toes

Sharad Pawar is learnt to have told Opposition leaders that he was in talks with the Centre on the issue of farmers’ stir in Maharashtra, and urged them to postpone the meeting by a day. Sensing danger, Congress leaders rushed to Pawar’s residence, sources said.

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Nitish at Lalu’s Iftar party despite differences over presidential nominees

After the Opposition declared the name of their presidential election nominee as Meira Kumar, Yadav said, “Nitishji called me and said that it is his personal decision. I would appeal to him to rethink. Won’t break the alliance.”

Presidential polls: ‘Bihar ki beti’ has been nominated only to lose, says Nitish on Meira Kumar

Presidential polls: Commenting on Meira Kumar’s candidature, the chief minister said he had a lot of respect for her, but also justified his decision to support NDA’s presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind.

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Presidential election: Nitish Kumar will not be present when Ram Nath Kovind files nomination

Presidential election: The NDA has 48% — including 40% for the BJP alone — while 14% comes from AIADMK (5%), BJD (3%), TRS (2%), JD(U) (a little under 2%) besides YRSCP and INLD (2% together). The Congress holds just under 15% and is likely to go up to about 34% with support from its allies.

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Presidential elections: Decision to support Ram Nath Kovind based on merit, says JD(U)

“Our decision to support Kovind remains unchanged. It was a decision taken on merit after due application of mind and full consultation within the party… We will stick with his choice,” JD(U) spokesperson Pavan Kumar Varma said.

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Presidential elections: Will request Nitish Kumar to rethink, won’t break alliance, says Lalu Yadav

Lalu Yadav said, “Nitishji called me and said that it is his personal decision. I would appeal to him to rethink. Won’t break the alliance.”

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Keshri Nath Tripathi takes oath as Bihar Governor

The Patna High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon administered the oath to Tripathi at a function at Raj Bhawan. The post of Bihar Governor fell vacant on Monday last after Ram Nath Kovind resigned following the BJP-led NDA’s decision to select him as its candidate for the post of president.

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Why Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) would rather not vote against Ram Nath Kovind

The JD(U) cannot afford to vote against Kovind, a non-Jatav Dalit. JD(U) leaders believe that a number of Dalit communities in Bihar — most of them now bracketed as Mahadalits — identify with Kovind’s community.

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Nitish Kumar backing BJP on Ram Nath Kovind raises many speculations

Nitish has on many occasions in the past year warmed up to the ruling party at the Centre, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The praises have manifested into a sort of camaraderie that is seen regularly in the form of support to the PM and the BJP’s decision or stand on big issues.

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Presidential election: JDU likely to back NDA pick Ram Nath Kovind

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reportedly told the JDU lawmakers to vote for Ram Nath Kovind in the upcoming president election on July17.

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Opposition jolted as Nitish Kumar, Mayawati say ‘positive’ on Ram Nath Kovind

The JD(U) and BSP indicated they were not opposed to Kovind’s candidature, but stopped short of committing support to him.

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Teen alleges gangrape, Nitish Kumar orders probe

The FIR lodged at Chanan police station on June 17 said six people “overpowered her and raped her one by one” when she went out of her house at 2 am on the intervening night of June 15 and 16.

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Beyond the news: Why Nitish Kumar is happy

One, Kovind, who took over in August 2015, is the first Governor in several years who has chosen not to confront the Chief Minister on any matter whatsoever.