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Wali Ahmad


Ahmad is a Deputy Associate Editor based in New Delhi.
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In Chakulia, a few kilometers separate Mamata and Amit Shah with just Covid in between
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

Though the country is grappling with the second wave of the Covid-19 infection, election campaigning for the remaining three phases in West Bengal is underway, unfazed by the impact of the infection.

Mamata Banerjee provided a fertile ground to BJP in West Bengal: Ali Imran Ramz
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

In an exclusive interview to, Ramz, who is fighting from Chakulia, speaks about the future of the Left, Mamata Banerjee’s “appeasement” politics and emergence of the BJP.

Bihar election results: Will stop divisive forces from returning to power, says AIMIM’s Akhtar-ul Iman
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

In an interview to, Iman said: "In our campaign, we urged voters not to support those who had deceived them in 2015, and to back those who talked about their issues and would provide them their own leadership."

Bihar polls: Owaisi arrives, with 5 big wins, hits Grand Alliance
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

The AIMIM had fielded 16 candidates in Seemanchal, presenting itself as an alternative to the RJD and Congress — the traditional winners from the region.

10,00,000/19,00,000: View from 4 rallies, 4 voters
Sun, Nov 08, 2020

Tejashwi promised a number, BJP countered with its own — it rallied crowds and became this Bihar election’s refrain. At public meetings of four leaders who have emerged as the face of the polls, The Sunday Express finds four people with distinct voting choices and a common hope — rozgaar

Bihar elections: Also voting today, in the shadow of NRC, a settlement of nomads
Sat, Nov 07, 2020

A Shia community traces lineage to horse traders who came from present-day Iran centuries ago.

Centre harasses you… our government will be for all: Tejashwi, Rahul in Bihar
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

In a veiled reference to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the Mahagathbandhan’s CM candidate said, the Centre “has harassed you by bringing in different laws... I stood with you at that time. Let’s not get divided now.”

Fight is between Modi and me: Tejashwi
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

Without naming CAA-NRC, Tejashwi said the central government “harassed you by bringing different laws. I stood with you during that time. Now I am saying let’s not get divided."

Bihar elections: Third front may prove kingmaker with 10% votes
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

In a fight that increasingly seems tighter, Kushwaha-fronted GDSF of six disparate parties, from AIMIM to BSP and smaller UP fronts, could prove crucial

‘Defeat Mahagathbandhan’: Asaduddin Owaisi draws thousands in Kishanganj’s Kochadhaman
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Bihar polls: The AIMIM chief's forceful and frequent interventions in Parliament over the CAA seem to have struck a chord with voters in this part of the state.

The picture of a university: AMU Kishanganj centre flounders
Sun, Oct 25, 2020

The AIMIM, which is hoping Kishanganj will be its springboard into Bihar politics, says AMU-K is one of their main poll issues. Qamrul Hoda, who won the Kishanganj Assembly bypoll last year, says, “The Centre and state have deliberately kept the region illiterate, using Seemanchal as a vote bank.”

Bihar elections: Kishanganj — Who is talking about the floods?
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Every year, the waters wreak destruction in Seemanchal; this year, the govt was accused of being ill-prepared. But, “elections are fought on other issues”

Akhtar-ul Iman: Nursing AIMIM hopes in Bihar
Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Akhtar-ul Iman came to Owaisi in a last-minute switch before 2014 LS polls. Since then, he has emerged as his right hand man

Heir, there: Now Sharad Yadav daughter, on Congress ticket
Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Subhashini could be fielded from Bihariganj in Madhepura district, her father’s pocketborough. Sources said the Congress could also give a ticket to former BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv.

The migrant vote: Hit by floods, pandemic, Seemanchal residents head out for work, ask where are jobs, factories
Mon, Oct 12, 2020

Over the years, frequent flooding of the Mahananda river and its tributaries has rendered agriculture unviable in the region.

In spate, Mahananda washes away what pandemic had spared for many north Bihar families
Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Mirchantola is one the 25 villages in Amour Vidhan Sabha constituency in north Bihar that has been braving floods and massive land erosion over the past few years. This year, in Mirchantola alone, 100 families have been uprooted.

Out of quarantine, student stares at 2000-km drive home, Rs 60,000 taxi bill
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

As per details released by Rajasthan’s Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Rohit Kumar Singh, 457 evacuees from Iran who were quarantined at the Army facility in Jaisalmer have been sent home to Srinagar and Ladakh in three batches over the last three days.

‘It’s now a question of survival’: Migrant workers from Seemanchal
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

As the government extended the lockdown by 19 more days, migrant workers from Seemanchal -- consisting of Kishanganj, Purnea and Kathihar in Bihar and Uttar Dinajpur in West Bengal -- are staring at a bleak future.

Kishanganj: Protest over exam cancellation turns violent, 15 students of Marwari college arrested
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

The students of Marwari College which is affiliated to Bhupendra Narayan Mandal University, Madhepura, were protesting against the cancellation and delay of BA Part-I examination just a day before it was to begin.

Seemanchal flood leaves trail of destruction, victims say govt relief slow
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

A week on, water has receded in the flood-hit Seemanchal region of Bihar and parts of West Bengal, but what is left behind is only wreckage, telling the stories of death and destruction. Apart from human lives, livestock have been lost and crops destroyed.

‘Seemanchal flood unprecedented’; rescue efforts yet to pick pace 
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Chakulia block in Uttar Dinajapur is also under the grip of flood. Water from the Mahananda river breached the NH 31 on Sunday marooning major part of the area. The power grid in Dalkola is under water, disrupting power supply in the entire region.

Flood wreaks havoc in Seemanchal, water enters homes, snaps communication links
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Pankaj Dixit, District Magistrate of Kishanganj, said, “People are being moved to safer areas. We have set up relief camps. Teams from NDRF and SDRF are carrying out rescue and relief work.”

With Yogi Adityanath rising to become chief minister, who is the fringe now?
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

May be there was a sense of denial that the BJP would even consider Yogi Adityanath as the contender for the chief minister’s post. But then, victory is what matters in electoral politics.

From demonetisation to Modi factor, four questions the elections results have answered
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

We look to answer four questions these elections had thrown up.

After the Samajwadi fracas, can Akhilesh Yadav hold on his own?
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

In the SP stalwart's word, he expelled both the leaders to save the party.