No train has plied between Guwahati and New Delhi via Bihar with tracks under 2-3 ft water. Most trains to the Northeast are being terminated at Katihar. Now with the road link snapped, trucks are stranded on either side of the highway for up to 20 km.
The States: 32 lakh hit by floods in Assam, 35 lakh in Bihar
Welfare department nazir Mahesh Mandal was arrested for allegedly being a conduit for the NGO in siphoning government funds.
Sharad calls meeting of JD(U) leaders; war of words in party intensifies. The senior JD(U) leader, who has spoken out against Nitish’s decision to realign with BJP, did not elaborate on his next course of action, but said he had called a meeting of some JD(U) leaders from across the country later this month.
Bhagalpur SSP Manoj Kumar said: “We have arrested a former manager of Bank of Baroda’s Ghanta Ghar branch in Bhagalpur, A K Singh, for conniving with Srijan in siphoning off money from the district administration’s bank accounts.”
While Sushil Modi said the probe had revealed siphoning of Rs 302 crore, investigators from the Economic Offences Unit (EOU) said the amount might go up substantially.
A disgruntled Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal (United) is travelling through Bihar to interact with people and possibly chart a new political course, hurt that Nitish Kumar did not "call me even once before taking such a big decision" of aligning the party with the BJP.
Priya Kumar, NGO secretary and Manorama Devi’s daughter-in-law, is untraceable.
“There was a manifesto of Grand Alliance prepared by Laluji, Nitishji, Congress and me and there was another manifesto of BJP, of PM Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. The people’s mandate was for five years. Can one think of another example where two manifestos are implemented?” said Sharad Yadav.
The JD (U), that sensed Sharad's unease since the Grand Alliance split and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA fold, has been waiting for Sharad's public diatribe against Nitish Kumar to take any action against the veteran.
Former Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav launched an agitation against Nitish Kumar for “insulting” people’s mandate by joining hands with the BJP. Yadav will begin his programme from Sonepur.
Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav will begin a Janadesh Apman Yatra from Motihari on Wednesday to step up RJD’s attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for “betraying” the mandate for Grand Alliance and joining hands with the BJP.
Narendra Modi's “special package” for the state was a major poll plank of the NDA in the state Assembly elections. But in March this year, the Bihar government said that only Rs 28,117.23 crore had been made available by the Centre.
The Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, passed in October 2016, bans the use of all types of alcohol, including methylated spirit and ethanol used for medical purposes and in labs.
Sources in the urban development department said there could be 140 to 170 illegal slaughterhouses in Bihar, most of them in Kishanganj, Araria, Purnea, East Champaran, Katihar and Rohtas districts.
Ojha described Ranisagar and Bagahi, the only Muslim-dominated areas in the Shahpur assembly segment, as “the problem areas”. But, he said, the BJP’s top leaders in Bihar have asked him to ensure that “no untoward incident takes place”.
Bihar Legislative Council Deputy Chairperson Haroon Rasheed said, “RJD has just seven members as against nine members in the House of 75.” The RJD’s claim of being the largest Opposition party and seeking the position on “discretionary ground” was not considered.
Speaking about the incident, Bihar Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras said, “We are getting the Bhojpur matter probed by the district administration."
The RJD chief pointed out that Nitish did not want to share space on posters with him even before the 2015 Assembly polls.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already confirmed her participation. The event is being seen as the first attempt to cobble together the Opposition after Nitish’s exit from the Grand Alliance.
In his first media interaction after returning as Chief Minister, Kumar said he was sure of the decision he had taken. “I would always say I lead a small party and cannot have big national aspirations.”
The sources said RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha was upset over denial of ministerial berth to his party MLA Sudhanshu Shekhar and HAM (S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi was livid that his son Santosh Suman was not considered.
Manju Verma only woman, Khurshid Alam lone Muslim; Oppn RJD, Cong boycott oath ceremony
The fact remains you always need some party to carry you through. I wonder why your clean image does not work when you contest alone.”
The Chief Minister also reminded the RJD of 2010 Assembly results when the party had been reduced to 22 seats. He also reminded Congress of its original position in state politics and how he got 27 seats in 2015 polls because of his face.
Tejashwi Yadav questioned the “haste” with which Kumar was invited to form the next government. RJD national spokesperson Manoj Kumar Jha said party was seeking legal opinion to challenge the Governor’s decision to invite the Kumar-led alliance to form the government.
On Wednesday, that script appeared straight out of a Bollywood potboiler, playing out over a few hours beginning in the evening, and ending past midnight. Nitish is learnt to have said, “The past is past. Let us work together with renewed energy and commitment, with zero tolerance for corruption.”
Elected as NDA leader at a hurriedly called meeting, Nitish Kumar will be sworn in on Thursday morning with BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi most likely to become his new deputy. Lalu Prasad, who perhaps saw it coming, called the arrangement a “setting of RSS and BJP.”
The CM, sources indicated, could retain Home, General Administration and Vigilance portfolios, and the JD(U) is likely to keep Education and Water Resources. The NDA, sources said, can get Health, Road Construction, Finance and Tourism.
It is alleged that then Janata Dal (JD) candidate Nitish Kumar and other leaders of his party — Dularchand Yadav, Dilip Singh, Yogendra Yadav and Baudhu Yadav — had allegedly disrupted polling at the booth. Singh was killed and four were wounded in firing after a clash with villagers.
“But he neither asked me about Tejashwi’s resignation, nor did he tell Tejashwi to do so. He only talked about explaining a few things before public. But there are some fine legal points which can be made only before the court or to investigating agency,’’ said Lalu Prasad Yadav.
JD(U) has hinted at the unease in conducting Assembly business and CM Nitish Kumar’s “discomfort with sharing space” with his deputy Tejashwi Yadav in the House.
The remark comes at a time when ties between ruling alliance partners JD(U) and RJD are strained following corruption charges against deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav and a slew of allegations made by Modi.
From his wife to his nine children, the family has been as much a part of the Lalu story as his survival instincts. Both are now on test with Central agencies closing in on his family, reports SANTOSH SINGH
The JD(U), it appears, has decided to not press for Tejashwi’s resignation, at least till the CBI files a chargesheet against him
In the wake of incidents of cow vigilantism, Nitish had taken a swipe at gau rakshaks, saying that they should try to take care of stray cattle