Thursday, 1 December, 2022

Topic: JDU-BJP

Special status to ‘all backward states’ if non-BJP alliance comes to power, says Nitish Kumar

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who snapped ties with the BJP & joined the seven-party opposition 'Mahagathbandhan', made the remark in reply to a query from journalists in Patna.

BJP is the defector’s first choice. Data shows 211 lawmakers have joined the party since 2014

The Congress has lost 177 lawmakers since 2014 — the highest of any party, data show. By comparison, only 60 have left the BJP during this period.

Rise of new ‘jija-saala raj’? BJP targets Nitish as Tej Pratap takes brother-in-law to meetings

Deputy CM & RJD leader Tejashwi Singh issued a guideline to party ministers on acceptable behaviour. The list includes not letting supporters touch their feet & being transparent in work.

Harivansh need not quit as Rajya Sabha dy chair, says JD(U) as Bihar switch alters House equations

Speculation about his fate had been rife, especially given that the Rajya Sabha numbers have become a little more evenly stacked ever since Nitish Kumar's exit from the NDA.

‘BJP set example, Nitish followed suit’ — what Urdu press wrote about Bihar switcheroo

ThePrint’s round-up of how the Urdu media covered various news events through the week, and the editorial positions some of them took.

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar chief minister for 8th time, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav is deputy

‘Will those who came to power in 2014 be victorious in 2024,’ Kumar dares BJP after swearing-in, rules out ambition for Prime Minister’s post.

It’s official — Nitish calls it quits with ‘back-stabber’ BJP, is back with RJD & Congress

BJP hits out at ‘Paltu Ram’ Nitish Kumar as Bihar NDA govt collapses, claims it was BJP that elevated former CM ‘to political heights, made him Union minister, chief minister’.

Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar Chief Minister, ends ties with BJP again

Kumar, earlier in the day, held a meeting with JD(U) leaders to discuss his next future political moves. He then sought time from Governor Phagu Chauhan.

Now BJP, JD(U) spar over Friday holiday in govt schools in Bihar’s Muslim-dominated Seemanchal

Education minister has asked for 'status report' on schools which remain closed on Fridays to facilitate prayers, but hasn't said anything about changing holiday to Sunday, which is what BJP wants.

BJP plans big Bihar outreach as ties with JD(U) get rocky, ‘Mission Telangana’ is road map

As part of the outreach, BJP will hold a joint meeting of its different wings on 30-31 July, which will be chaired by party president J.P. Nadda and national general secretary B.L. Santhosh.

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Change in Rajasthan military veteran quota will open caste cauldron. Consequences won’t be good

Instead of veterans being taken as a united whole, they are likely to be divided into caste categories if the Rajasthan government accepts the demands of OBC groups.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.