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  • Ram Vilas Paswan: Fighting for survival

    Nine years ago, after a fractured mandate post-February 2005 Bihar assembly elections, he was a kingmaker with 29 MLAs, a number which granted him the political firepower to pitch for a Muslim chief minister in Bihar and maintain an 'anti-BJP, anti-RJD' rhetoric. Today, it is survival on the...

    Friday, 18 April 2014 - 6:30am
  • Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Lights fail in Nanaur village in the Ara Lok Sabha constituency

    Here dusk beckons darkness! Adults, children, and cattle who would have ventured outside during the day, would try to come back home at the earliest because there is no electricity to light up the bumpy roads. Welcome to Nanaur village in the Ara Lok Sabha constituency, where a pall of darkness...

    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 9:00am
  • Nothing is suicidal in politics: Parveen Amanullah

    'Nothing is suicidal in politics' A former Bihar minister in the rulingJD (U) government, Parveen Amanullah, who resigned at the eleventhhour before the elections to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Bihar in February, has been working relentlessly to make an impact in her Patna Sahib constituency...

    Monday, 14 April 2014 - 6:12pm
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav bets on Misa Bharti for survival

    Ye sirf meri beti nahi, ye aandolan ki beti hai. (She is not only my daughter, she is the daughter of a movement as well.) This is how Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad introduces his daughter, Misa Bharti, to voters in the Patliputra constituency from where Bharti is contesting. For...

    Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 7:55am
  • Bihar trades caste stripes for AAP spots

    On a soporific afternoon, Munawwar Ali has nothing much to do at the bakery-cum-ration store he runs in the Razabazar area of Patna. He spents most of his time taking naps. Occasionally, he is interrupted by some customers. This is the same area in which Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Patna...

    Friday, 11 April 2014 - 7:05am
  • Bihar's villages voice support for Narendra Modi

    In October last year, residents of Shamsher Nagar village in Bihar's Karakat Lok Sabha constituency had pasted 'missing' posters of their MP, ruling JD(U)'s Mahabali Singh. Taking a jibe at him, they now say that nobody seems to have found Singh.

    Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 6:25am
  • When Narendra Modi banks on NaMo wave

    The rotor of a helicopter has just begun revving up and the pilot and his assistant are doing the last minute checks, as the passengers of the aircraft arrive on the tarmac at Patna's Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport. Leader of opposition in Bihar assembly, Sushil Modi, and Bihar BJP...

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 9:21pm
  • Bollywood appeal, Narendra Modi wave will work in Shatrughan Sinha's favour

    A cavalcade comprising three sports utility vehicles (SUVs), a small tempo with loudspeakers blaring out promises and at least 20 motorbike-borne youngsters meanders through narrow the alleys of Kumhrar area on Patna's outskirts. The moment BJP's Patna Sahib candidate Shatrughan Sinha steps out of...

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 6:20am
  • The not-at-home MP

    Lok Sabha speaker and Congress candidate from Sasaram in Bihar, Meira Kumar, may have to face trouble as residents are questioning her absence and non-performance in the last five years. Apart from her absence, factors working against Kumar are local development issues, towards which she is being...

    Monday, 7 April 2014 - 8:10am
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav promises reservation for upper castes

    Champion of social justice in Indian politics -- whose USP has been uplift of the poor and backward – is now seen wooing the middle class in the run up to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. A day after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar Kumar promised job quota in private sector, RJD supremo Lalu...

    Monday, 7 April 2014 - 8:05am

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