Santosh Singh

Articles By Santosh Singh

Tejashwi Yadav to begin yatra today to raise pitch for rise in quota cap

Tejashwi, who has been trying to defend his party on its opposition to EWS quota, has demanded that the caste report be made public and quota cap be raised to 90 per cent.

Explained: How Tejashwi’s reservation yatra could set the agenda for 2019 polls

In time, the demand for increasing the reservation could become the RJD's main election plank. Tejashwi has demanded that the cap be raised to 90 per cent.

EWS quota in Bihar: In caste faultlines, parties search for their poll pitch

RJD banks on sharpening old binary, BJP seeks the right balance, Nitish looks at coalition of social extremes

Under RJD attack over EWS, BJP calls meet of OBC leaders

The BJP leadership decided to focus on its OBC-centric policies as RJD leader and Leader of Leader of Opposition in Assembly Tejashwi Yadav is trying hard to create a “backward-forward” binary in his bid to “consolidate his OBC votebase”. 

Nitish Kumar calls Mamata Banerjee’s sit-in ‘poll gimmick’

Nitish’s remarks came a day after Rahul’s rally in Patna, where he said the Congress would “be on the front foot” with RJD leaders Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.

Seemanchal Express accident: Six dead as train derails in Bihar, officials suspect fracture in track

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal “expressed profound grief over the loss of innocent lives in this tragic accident” and announced Rs 5 lakh each in compensation to families of the dead, Rs 1 lakh each to those seriously injured and Rs 50,000 each for others with minor injuries.

Congress upbeat about first Bihar rally in 30 years

Top leaders of the Grand Alliance, including RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, Loktantrik Janta Dal leader Sharad Yadav and Vikasshil Insaan Party head Mukesh Sahni are also expected.

Take 5: ‘To hold a post, will to serve more important than being educated’

A resident of Fatehpur village in Patna, Kuwar lives alone in her mud-and-thatched house since her husband went missing 20 years ago. She asks why MNREGA wages are not comparable with wages given as per labour laws

New Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey appeals against mob lynchings

Pandey, who earlier served as SP in eight districts, including in Maoist-affected areas in undivided Bihar, has been instrumental in carrying out campaigns to influence youths to make the liquor ban successful.

George Fernandes image in Emergency shackles etched in Muzaffarpur minds

When he first contested from the seat in Bihar, a choice of socialist icon Jay Prakash Narayan (JP), in 1977, Fernandes, a crusader against Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, was in jail.

Leprosy on rise, Bihar may see all-time high of 50,000 new cases this year

Health dept says aggressive campaign led to more cases; experts blame poor living conditions

We are in favour of raising quota cap: Sushil Modi

The Deputy CM said the 2011 social and caste survey report was not published because it had been full of “mistakes and inaccuracies. “There would be a fresh caste census by 2021. There was no point publishing it since it was grossly inadequate.

Tejashwi for 90% quota, Nitish seeks caste census

Exhorting people from the EBC community to stay united, Nitish said, “There are people who will try to divide you on caste and sub-caste lines.”

Here is why Congress walks tightrope with RJD in Bihar

Ever since RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati, there has been obvious discomfort in Congress. The party is now waiting to see how Rahul Gandhi's rally in Patna goes. If it is well-received, Congress can conceivably put some pressure on RJD to give it at least 10 seats.

Sharad Yadav junks speculation on merger with RLSP

“The merger speculation and some reports are concocted. No discussion has taken place in this direction,” Yadav said.

Facing demand for ‘at least 12 seats’, RJD considers Plan B: Congress-less alliance

Sources said the RJD had offered seven to eight seats to Congress because it has been also trying to rope in Left parties.

BJP ally JD(U) to oppose Citizenship Bill in Rajya Sabha, send team to Assam to back protest

The decision was taken at a meeting of JD (U) office-bearers in Patna, with party president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar present, and comes weeks after the NDA ally took a stand against the triple talaq Bill.

Not against quota for poor in upper castes: Tejashwi Yadav

Tejashwi Yadav added that the RJD had been against the "manner in which the quota was brought without any data".

Gaya teen murder: Postmortem report rules out rape, police say case still ‘open-ended’

The post-mortem report, prepared by Dr P Shekhar of ANMCH in Gaya, stated that the cause of death could not be determined as there were only minor antemortem (before death) injuries with "hard and blunt forces not sufficient to cause death".

In RJD U-turn on EWS quota, senior leader says voting against Bill in House a mistake

While Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav has not reacted to Singh’s remarks, sources in RJD said the party had to do a “balancing act” since it will field a few upper caste candidates in Lok Sabha polls.