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Nitish Kumar quits as Bihar Chief Minister

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Patna/New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today resigned after the RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav ruled out the resignation of his son, the deputy chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav over the land-for-hotel case that has engulfed the entire Lalu family.


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Nitish resigned after the ruling JD(U) legislature party met here on Wednesday (26 July 2017).


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After the latest development and following the parting of ways between the Nitish led JD(U) and Lalu led RJD, BJP party mandarins in Delhi are not ruling out a JD(U)-BJP alliance in Bihar.

Bihar update – Ex-MP Shahabuddin gets life term

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shahabuddinPatna : Former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin has been sentenced to life term in acid murder case, a case which was lingering for over eleven years in the court campus. Shahabuddin, a former MP from RJD, has also been charged with kidnapping for ransom and criminal conspiracy in the case involving the death of two brothers in Bihar. A case which had made headlines for a long time finally came to conclusion today, when the accused got punished for the brutal crime, which involved gruesome atrocities like kidnap, acid douse, murder and criminal conspiracy.

Former Rashtriya Janata Dal Member of Parliament Shahabuddin today got sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two brothers in Bihar’s Siwan district, a crime committed 11 years ago. On Wednesday, Additional District Judge Ajay Kumar Srivastava pronounced Shahabuddin, Rajkumar Sah, Sheikh Aslam and Arif Hussain guilty of the crime. The list of charges included — among other charges, murder, kidnapping for ransom and criminal conspiracy. The prosecution argued on the case which was — three sons of Shahabuddin’s political opponent Chandrashekhar Prasad were abducted from their house at Goshala road by Sah, Aslam and Hussain on August 16, 2004. Two of the sons, Girish and Satish, were taken to Pratappur village and killed after acid was poured on them. The third son, Rajeev Raushan, managed to escape and appeared before the judge as an eyewitness, but was subsequently murdered by unidentified assailants on June 16, 2014. The bodies of the two brothers could not be recovered.

The victims’ mother Kalawati Devi had lodged an FIR charging Shahabuddin’s three henchmen with the murder of her sons. Shahabuddin’s name cropped up during investigation and he was declared as the mastermind who conspired the whole scheme of event. He was mainly accused for conspiring to kidnap the three siblings.

Nitish Kumar prepares to take oath as Bihar CM today

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nitish kumarPatna : The much-awaited swearing-in ceremony of Bihar legislative assembly is scheduled to take place today post noon, around 2 pm, at Gandhi Maidan in Patna. The swearing in will induct Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to the CM seat once again for the fifth time in his political career. Having made government in Bihar earlier in coalition with BJP, Nitish Kumar would be, this time round, for the first time, making a government out of the Grand Alliance which consists of his erstwhile political competitor, now an ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD, who has managed to bite the larger chunk of seats in this coalition victory.

Grand Alliance, comprising of JD(U), RJD and Congress won the assembly elections of Bihar state with a sweeping majority of 178 legislative seats, out of the total 243 on the beginning of this month. The alliance managed to defeat BJP led NDA, which was contained to a mere 53 seat win in this state polls. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with his alliance partner Lalu Prasad Yadav shared a major chunk of victory seats, while Congress managed to improve its legislative headcount to a decent number in this assembly election.

Patna’s Gandhi Maidan has geared up for the oath taking ceremony amidst tight security arrangements for which the state police have made elaborate arrangements at the venue. Some of the important guests who have confirmed their presence at the function include former PM H D Deve Gowda, AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Badal. Close surveillance will be monitored by forty CCTV cameras which have been positioned at the sprawling venue that would be guarded by about 2,000 policemen including 30 deputy Superintendents of police.

JD(U) CM’s oath ceremony would be graced and watched by a galaxy of national leaders and is expected to draw tens of thousands of Nitish and RJD leader Lalu Prasad supporters besides nine Chief Ministers, namely — Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Tarun Gogoi (Assam), P.K. Chamling (Sikkim), O. Ibobi Singh (Manipur), Nabam Tuki (Arunachal Pradesh), Virbhadra Singh (Himachal Pradesh), Akhilesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) and S. Siddaramaiah (Karnataka). The VIP list of invitees includes former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah (Jammu and Kashmir), Sheila Dikshit (Delhi), Bhupinder Hooda (Haryana), Shankarsinh Vaghela (Gujarat), Babulal Marandi and Hemant Soren (Jharkhand) and Ajit Jogi (Chhattisgarh).

Country awaits Bihar election results

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Modi_Nitish_LaluPatna/New Delhi:The counting for the historic and crucial Bihar Assembly election will begin shortly and within the next few hours the scenario would be clear and people will get the answers for so many questions floating across the country.

Political observers and a large section of people are asking:

Will victory for the NDA in Bihar reinstate Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah’s reputation that he hestablished in 2014 May when his party swept to power at the Centre with a brute majority?

What the BJP will do in West Bengal and also what about its ambitions to spread the wings in the North East after a debacle in Bihar?

Will defeat in Bihar not lend crdibility to those who have been describing it as a party that rode to power at the Centre on the basis of “false promises”?

A defeat – will it not be a warning signal to BJP for the 2017 elections in Uttar Pradesh?

For the JDU-RJD “Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) that has drawn heavily from the caste factor, a victory would be a game changer for Indian Politics as it would send the clear message that the Modi wave is now a thing of the past and that the Modi model of development has been rejected by the people. A defeat on the other end will bring down the curtain when it comes to Lalu Prasad Yadav and his kind of politics and also crush the Bihar chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s ambitions to pitch himself prominently in national politics keeping an eye on the 2019 elections.