Deepu, a 2015 Asia Journalism Fellow, has been based in Ranchi since 2012 as the newspaper’s Jharkhand correspondent. He tweets at @deepusebastian
Carved out of Dumka district, Jamtara is located in the Santhal Pargana division and is about 250 km from Ranchi.
The change in PLFI tactics is a reflection of the fall in its clout over the past year. “From eight targets last year, we are now left with three PLFI targets,” said Anish Gupta, Khunti’s SP.
IG Meena said that the Action Taken Report that has reached her office in Ranchi mentions 26 arrests. Jamtara is located in the Santhal Pargana division and is about 250 km from Ranchi.
Our final conversation was about him leaving the country so that he could be ‘free to be gay’. This was probably the most political statement he had made.
If I was made the chief ministerial candidate, the party would have got more seats. I don’t know if we would have won, but we would have won more than this,” Shatrughan Sinha said.
But, the unkindest cut for the BJP in this election came from the upper castes of Bihar, who voted for bitter rival Congress.
Sinha did not spend much time with both Kumar and Lalu; he spent more time talking to journalists outside. The template went: arrival, hug in public, whisper in the ear and back to car.
As the Nitish-Lalu-Cong alliance records a landslide win, it powers the Opposition ahead of Parliament and five state polls next year.
Arijit Shashwat polled 59,856 votes in to Sharma’s 70514 votes. The biggest vote splitter remained Bijay Sah, who turned against the BJP after the party gave the ticket to Ashwini Choubey’s son Arijit.
At various points during the day, journalists and RPF personnel threatened to outnumber party workers at the BJP office, but a group of youths saved the day.
The last two phases, which had seats with significant Muslim population, saw aggressive communal remarks by the BJP.
In his first press interaction after the massive victory, Nitish said Bihar results reflected the mood of the nation and described it as a "milestone election".
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The high-decibel campaign to capture Bihar may have ended leaving no definitive answers as to who won, but Ranjit Kumar is not impressed. Leaning back in his chair he declares, “Dum nahi tha.” No one would have guessed. At the office of his Jyoti Printers on Beer Chand Patel Path, Ranjit sits like a trader […]
Ramchandra Chandravanshi, Jharkhand's health minister, camped for almost a month in Bihar attending close to 50 rallies. He even shared the stage with Narendra Modi at multiple rallies.
The film, produced by the Jharkhand Police Nayi Disha Creative, will be screened at a multiplex in Ranchi on Thursday.
Titled Pratyavartan, the 2.4-hour film is about how there is "no point pursuing the flawed ideology of the Naxals which is totally perverter as it stands," said Kumar.
The protesters said they belong to nobody. “We are independent, we have nothing to do with India,” said Nur Alam Ansari, who was on the bridge when Nepal police cracked down.
Amit Kumar aka Tunnubhai is a Rajput but said, “As far as I am concerned, I need everyone’s vote to win. Which is why I am with the Congress — as far as they are concerned, my caste does not matter.”
Anil Kumar, twice MLA as well as Rajya Sabha member, is effectively a JD(U) candidate in Congress colours.
"Does India need mantra-tantra or loktantra?" the PM asked his audience, with them shouting out their support for the latter.
In Motihari, Rahul used the same theme: “Modiji, stop telling lies and do your work. I know RSS has given you this training... but you are the prime minister.”
Almost half the 2.7 lakh electors are either Kurmis or Yadavs, the former outnumbering the latter. Both sides admit they have never voted for the same candidate.
Modi, who addressed a series of rallies, asked his audience in Hajipur if they could support Nitish when he believed in superstition.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had not used Modi's caste identity explicitly, but voters of certain EBC groups and "vaish" communities in the state had identified with his OBC status.
Nitish Kumar said, "He is not merely the RJD candidate, he is my candidate", a comment that would have been considered political fiction a year ago.
Som Prakash had barely stopped being a policeman when he became an independent candidate.
Rajendra Singh himself tries to douse the chief ministerial talk, at least in public. “Bhaiyya, chodo. Bahut ho gaya,” he told this reporter at Baripur village in Rohtas district.
Yadav’s list is a measure of the fear in Makhdumpur, that Manjhi may fall to his former comrades. “If the Yadavs, Koeris and Muslims gang up on us, we will be in trouble,” he says Yadav.
A video had surfaced allegedly showing Excise Minister Awadhesh Kushwaha accepting Rs 4 lakh from individuals not identified.
JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav told reporters that Kushwaha's resignation has been received and forwarded to the Governor for acceptance.
Bihat, so large it comprises four panchayats within, turned communist largely under the influence of former MLA Chandrasekhar Singh and to protect its Bhumihars’ interests.
It could have made the preface to Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste if it were not for the fact that Sadhvi Jyoti was at Chandpura village precisely because of her caste identity.
This fight is a matter of Bihar’s swabhimaan, Nitish Kumar said.
"I have always maintained that if the media does not do its job, then politics is in trouble....Hitler's minister Goebbels has said that if you say a lie repeatedly, people will come to believe it," said Kumar.