Exit polls predict close fight in Bihar with edge to Nitish

New Delhi: Exit polls at the end of five-phased polling in Bihar assembly elections today predicted a close fight with majority of them giving an edge to the grand alliance of JDU-RJD-Congress over the BJP-led NDA grouping. Polls on Times Now in association with C-Voter predicted 122 seats in a house of 243 to the grand alliance while News X predicted 130 to 140 seats for it. The two channels gave the BJP-led alliance 111 and 90 to 100 seats respectively. India Today-Cicero poll predicted 113 to 127 seats forRead More

Bihar polls: PM Modi urges people to vote in large numbers

New Delhi: As voting started in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged voters to exercise their franchise in large numbers. He particularly exhorted the young voters to cast their votes. “Urging all those voting today in Bihar to vote in large numbers. I particularly urge my young friends to cast their vote,” the Prime Minister tweeted. 49 constituencies of the Bihar Assembly are going to the polls in the first phase of elections today. A total number of 1,35,72,339 electorate will cast their votes in the 49 Assembly seatsRead More

Samajwadi Party pulls out of grand alliance, to contest Bihar polls alone

Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party today pulled out of the ‘grand alliance’ in poll-bound Bihar, saying it felt ‘humiliated’ as it was not consulted while deciding seats and would contest the Assembly elections in the state on its own. The SP’s decision ahead of the Bihar polls comes as a jolt to the grand alliance which was floated to counter the BJP in the state. SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters here that “In Bihar the party will contest separately. The bigger parties in the alliance did notRead More

RJD, JD(U) to contest Bihar polls together; form six-member committee to decide seat sharing

New Delhi: Ending suspense over the issue of a tie-up, Bihar’s ruling JD(U) and Lalu Prasad’s RJD yesterday decided to contest the state Assembly elections in alliance and constitute a six member committee to finalize seat-sharing. “It has been decided in today’s meeting that a committee of three members each from RJD and JD-U will decide seat sharing and leaders of both parties will give a final shape to it. It has been decided now that both parties will fight the election in Bihar in alliance,” Samajwadi Party general secretaryRead More

13 MLA quit RJD, six return later

Patna: Lalu Prasad lead RJD split on Monday as 13 of the 22 RJD MLAs in Bihar announced they have quit the party but six of them later claimed they are not part of the breakaway faction. The MLAs who quit in a dramatic development pledged support to the Nitish Kumar government. “In accordance with their request as per an interim arrangement they have been given permission to sit as a separate group,” an Assembly notification said. Abdul Gafoor claimed that the signature of MLAs were taken for different purposesRead More

No withdrawal of support to UPA on ordinance : RJD

Patna: RJD on Wednesday said that it would “neither withdraw support to UPA nor rock the boat of Jharkhand government on withdrawa of tainted minister ordinance. “. Singh, who returned to the national capital after remaining in Ranchi for the past three days in the wake of a CBI court pronouncing Lalu Prasad guilty in a fodder scam case and sending him to jail, said “we strongly criticize the impression that the Ordinance was brought to save the RJD President”. “We fought against Congress in Bihar in the last parliamentaryRead More

Ajit Singh lashes out Mulayam Singh on Mujaffarpur riots

Ghaziabad: RLD leader Ajit Singh on Thursday said that the SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has become the ‘Narendra Modi’of Uttar Pradesh. “If you go back to what Modi has done in Gujarat was basically that he did not act. He stopped police from taking any action and that is what happened in UP,” he charged. “It is total failure of Uttar Pradesh government. It is spreading violence in the state,” he said. “I wanted to visit my constituency (Baghpat) with a message of peace. The state government doesn’t wantRead More

Parliamentarians demand JPC probe into Walmart disclosure

New Delhi: Several members of Lok Sabha had demanded the for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into disclosures by retail giant Walmart on lobbying in India. SP, which had bailed out the government during the vote on a motion against FDI in multi-brand retail, also pressed for a judicial probe into the issue. RJD, which also supported the government on FDI issue, demanded a JPC probe into Walmart’s disclosure. Yashwant Sinha (BJP), who demanded a time-bound judicial probe, said the government should announce on Tuesday itself whether it wanted toRead More

Secularist Aspersions over Alleged Cong-BJP Deal

In what could be first signs of a budding alliance of non-UPA secular parties in the heartland, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders on Wednesday accused Congress of cutting a deal with the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on support for the Civil Nuclear Bill. The outside supporters to the UPA charged the Congress party of availing BJP support for the contentious Bill in lieu of a clean chit given to Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, over his alleged role in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounterRead More

Cong MLAs Call on Bihar Guv, Demand Dismissal of Nitish Government

Congress MLAs in Bihar today called on Governor Devanand Konwar and handed him a memorandum insisting on the immediate dismissal of the Nitish Kumar government over alleged irregularities of Rs 11, 412 crore in the state, said media reports. Yesterday, legislators of other opposition parties including RJD, LJP, BSP and Left parties had submitted a memorandum to the governor raising the same demand. The Congress legislators also demanded the removal of state assembly speaker Uday Narain Choudhary for his ‘partisan’ role and decision to suspend 67 opposition legislators for unrulyRead More