Friday, 19 August, 2022

Topic: JDU-BJP

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.

In meeting in Patna, union minister Dharmendra Pradhan assures Nitish Kumar of CM post till 2025

Pradhan also believed to have assured Bihar CM that he would be link between BJP's central leadership & him — a role earlier played by Arun Jaitley, with whom Kumar shared a close bond. 

Why Nitish Kumar’s move out of ‘under-renovation’ CM residence has become talk of the town

Nitish Kumar shifted out of 1 Aney Marg hours after he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and a day after he attended an iftaar party hosted by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

Nitish attends RJD Iftaar party, shows he’s ‘not out of options’, as BJP downplays significance

Bihar CM, whose ties with partner BJP has been strained, was seen at Tejashwi Yadav's party Friday. Kumar last attended Iftaar party hosted by an RJD leader in 2016, when RJD & JD(U) were partners.

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Narendra Modi | Wikimedia Commons

Revadi jibe shows Modi govt letting its insecurities do the talking, not economics

Why exactly should the Prime Minister be worried about the welfare model of an opposition party that barely controls two state governments?
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.