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Will PM Modi keep his election promise to Bihar: grant special package/status?

    CM Jitan Ram Manjhi New Delhi/Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the issue of special category status to the state figured prominently. Pitching for the Centre’s acceptance of the pet demand of his mentor and former state chief minister Nitish Kumar, Mr Manjhi told Mr Modi that the granting of the status was necessary for progress of the state as it would push investments in the underdeveloped state and open new employment avenues for the youth, an official statement from the state government said. The Prime... 

Impossible made possible: Laloo/Nitish come together: will Mamata/CPM follow?

    Laloo/Nitish together: once upon a time, and again! Patna: according to latest reports, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has joined hands with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Bihar. The new alliance may act as a good incentive for the RJD and JD[U] MLAs to stick to their own parties instead of looking hopefully at BJP, at least for the time being. Earlier, Nitish had sought Lalu’s support in the coming bypoll for two Rajya Sabha seats in the state. “I have talked to Lalu Prasad, Congress state chief Ashok... 

Bihar Congress calculates: JD[U] alliance is asset, RJD liability

    Cong-RJD: time to part? Patna: According to reports, Bihar Congress on Wednesday held a review meeting after the Lok Sabha election debacle with party leaders regretting the tie-up with RJD and proposing an alliance with JD(U) in state assembly polls next year. The meeting adopted a unanimous resolution reposing faith in the leadership of party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to guide it to strength, state party vice-president and media in charge Prem Chand Mishra told the press. The day-long review meeting, presided over by PCC chief Ashok Choudhary, was... 

Verdict 2014, Bihar: a development folktale interrupted

By Ratnakar Tripathy Storytelling in progress The key word that occurs time and again to describe the 2014 verdict in the favour of BJP and Narendra Modi is ‘decisiveness’ in its most manly and broad-chested sense. In the last five years, the Congress, now punished severely for its limp-wristed demeanour and dyslexic style of communication, created levels of despair that seemed almost unspeakable. But as we know, with development as the core mantra, the despair hastily turned into hope as the election results began pouring in yesterday. Hope is the name of the luxury democracy rarely denies... 

Missing from party: Rahul skips Manmohan farewell

    Manmohan: Bye politics! New Delhi: according to reports, Rahul Gandhi failed to attend a farewell dinner for the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted by Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday. As a result, the party’s face for the 2014 elections, Rahul Gandhi, became the main topic of discussion on TV channels. Though the mood was sombre at the event – the last one where Singh interacted as PM with Congress leaders – Sonia tried to cheer them up. Rubbishing the exit polls that have predicted Congress’ worst-ever performance, she told them that talks with like-minded parties were on for... 

Last minute bookie wisdom: BJP to get 244 seats, not 300+

    Bookie wisdom: real psephology Despite the claims made by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi that his party will bag a clear cut majority and form the next government at centre, bookies are not much upbeat about the idea as per an Economic Times report. According to the ET report, Modi may be the most preferred candidate for the post of the country’s premier, getting close to 272 seats on its own (without any help required from the allies) that will give BJP majority, just like Rajiv Gandhi’s government in 1984, in the parliament appears... 

Mamata, Mayawati say final no to joining Modi

Mamata Banerjee According to latest reports, BSP supremo Mayawati and Trinamool Congress have ruled out the possibility of a post-poll alignment with the BJP-led NDA. ‘BJP leader Narendra Modi in his recent interview had claimed that if needed he might seek support of AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa, TMC’s Mamata Banerjee and BSP national president…’. Mayawati told reporters in Lucknow “I want to make it clear that BSP will not extend any kind of support to Modi or NDA to form the government at any cost,”. Rejecting the possibility of a tie up with BJP, Trinamool Congress... 

Shyam Negi, 97 votes in 2014 , first voted in 1951

Shyam Saran Negi Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh: The first time Shyam Saran Negi, now 97-year-old voted was on October 25, 1951, by becoming the first voter of Independent India. He made his latest appearance at a polling booth at Kalpa polling station, located 10,500 feet above sea level in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The fragile old man who is EC’s poster boy voiced the apprehension that it may be the last time he votes, given his poor health. Kalpa is part of Mandi Lok Sabha seat. Negi, who will be 98 years old on July 1, was given a red carpet welcome when he reached the polling... 

Narendra Modi-Ahmad Patel: a one way friendship?

    Patel: Sonia’s confidante no 1 New Delhi: recently, when Narendra Modi’s claimed in an interview to Doordarshan that Ahmad Patel, Sonia Gandhi’s closest political aide is an old friend of his, it was an attempt to appropriate that the Congress did not appreciate. Neither did Ahmad Patel. It is a measure of political insecurities and anxieties that Patel’s denial and refusal to endorse an old acquaintance made national news for a whole day if not more. Patel claimed that Modi’s “ridiculous” claims of their meeting or the two sharing friendship... 

Kejriwal confirmed: Reliance asks govt to double gas prices by May 13

    Gas: price hike in a hurry Confirming Arvind Kejjriwal’s projections, Reliance Industries has asked Oil Ministry to announce a new natural gas price immediately after polling ends on May 12, saying this was necessary to avoid irreparable loss to all parties, including the government. While a new formula for pricing of all domestically produced natural gas was notified on January 10 and published in Gazettee on January 17, the Election Commission last month asked the government to defer its implementation till general elections are completed. The new pricing formula, that almost... 
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