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(From left) Influential Bihar politicians Jitan Ram Manjhi, Upendra Kushwaha and Mukesh Sahani | Photo: ThePrint Team

Once highly influential, these 3 Bihar leaders now find no takers ahead of polls

Jitan Ram Manjhi, Upendra Kushwaha & Mukesh Sahani are still part of RJD-Congress grand alliance, 6 months before polls. But things are looking bleak for them.
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union minister of state for human resource development, Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference to announce his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers, at his residence in New Delhi

Don’t participate in TV debates on Pulwama, communal issues: Kushwaha tells opposition

The former union minister, who broke away from the NDA, alleges TV channels are deviating from real issues and promoting RSS, BJP agenda.
Upendra Kushwaha, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jitan Ram Manjhi | ThePrint.in

It’s a problem of plenty as Bihar opposition alliance creaks under weight of numbers

The RJD wants to wrap up a poll agreement by the end of January but seat-sharing talks have begun exposing cracks in the alliance.   
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Even in HRD ministry there were tell-tale signs that Upendra Kushwaha would quit NDA

Upendra Kushwaha's exit from NDA is likely to impact the BJP in Bihar, where his RLSP was an ally.
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This rebel Bihar MP is taking on everybody — Modi, Nitish & Kushwaha

Arun Kumar, the Jehanabad MP from Bihar, calls Upendra Kushwaha opportunistic, says he is disappointed in PM Modi.
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union minister of state for human resource development, Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference to announce his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers, at his residence in New Delhi

Days after Bihar leader Upendra Kushwaha quits NDA, BJP announces OBC meet in Patna

Besides the OBC meet in February, morcha meetings will be held with focus on SC/STs too
RLSP chief and Union minister of state for human resource development, Upendra Kushwaha during a press conference in New Delhi | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Upendra Kushwaha’s exit could undo BJP’s carefully planned Bihar caste coalition

Upendra Kushwaha, who belongs to the Koeri community, was an important cog in BJP’s Bihar caste alliance of non-Yadav OBCs.
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union minister of state for human resource development, Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference to announce his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers, at his residence in New Delhi

BJP’s Bihar ally Upendra Kushwaha quits NDA, says Modi reduced Cabinet to ‘rubber stamp’

Bihar leader Upendra Kushwaha attacks PM Modi in letter, says ministers and officials have become mere 'figureheads', accuses govt of ‘toeing RSS agenda’.
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RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha stops short of announcing split with BJP

The BJP and the JD(U) offered the RLSP just two seats of the total 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar
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BJP’s Bihar ally Kushwaha likely to quit NDA, final call expected on 6 December

Union minister Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP is unhappy with Lok Sabha seat-sharing in Bihar and may leave NDA as BJP is unwillingly to accede to its demands.

On Camera

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India’s democracy crumbling? Constitution shows how to create democracy in unlikely settings

Ashutosh Varshney, in his reading of Madhav Khosla’s new book, writes how India is a democracy by design and the Constitution its teacher.

Jugaad and Covid pose new threats to India’s diesel consumption

Rise of natural gas & electric vehicles will crimp diesel demand over longer-term, but coronavirus is adding to the pressure by cutting economic activity.

Defence

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Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.