Muslims account for some 17 percent of the total votes in Bihar, indicating their political significance in the caste-ridden state politics.
The announcement of a special economic package for Bihar is a shrewd political move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who finds himself locked in an indirect contest with grand alliance’s chief ministerial candidate Nitish Kumar.
Ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections, the BJP has a conundrum: Its new allies demand a far greater share of seats than the BJP is willing to spare. Among those jostling for more seats are the Jitan Manjhi-led HAM, the Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP and Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi now seems to be pumping in his all energies to win in Bihar. A victory in Bihar will indeed come as a morale booster for the saffron camp.
PM Narendra Modi's visit to Bihar could change the entire strategy by political parties for the Bihar Assembly Election 2015.
One of the tallest leaders of the cow belt who not long ago straddled national politics and that of Bihar with ease riding the unflinching support of the Muslim and Yadav vote banks, Lalu gives the impression of being a spent force.
A spate of recent political developments in Bihar indicates that any party or leader cannot rely on any caste as they used to be earlier.
BJP win in Bihar legislative polls sends clear signal: Lalu, Nitish may be together but voters don't trust them
The outcome of the biennial elections to 24 seats of Bihar Legislative Council, which was widely publicized as “semi-final” to the upcoming assembly polls, sends out a clear danger signal to the grand secular alliance in the state.
Jiten Manjhi to Pappu Yadav: Friends-turned-foes may play spoilsport for Nitish-Lalu alliance in Bihar
Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav may not admit it but there are at least four groups, all led by once trusted men who have turned rebels which can cause serious damage to their prospects of winning.
With months to go for the assembly election, the BJP and the JD(U) are already set for a war of sops. While the BJP is ready to make a ‘big’ announcement which will be its singular talking point in the elections, the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) has started reaching out to the masses through populist measures.
As if offering himself as the NDA’s chief minister candidate was not enough, Upendra Kushwaha, leader of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), has even come up with a formula for distribution seats among the allies.
The BJP under Narendra Modi has never appeared to be under as much pressure as it is now. Even as the party faces the challenge to prove that Modi's popularity has not yet subsided, the BJP finds it hard to tackle certain issues which if not settled amicably could harm NDA’s poll prospects.
Faced with existential crisis in Bihar, the Congress’ best interests lie in brokering peace between JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, both vying for an upper hand in the united Janata Parivar which is yet to take a concrete shape.
Even as the game of one-upmanship between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad continues to keep the united Janata Parivar a now on-now off affair in Bihar, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has emerged as a crucial player in the electoral calculations of all parties.
Observers say combination of Dalits and Yadav in case of both the rebel leaders coming together could be a potent formation, enough to mar the prospects of the united Janata Dal. Dalits account for some 23 percent of the state’s total population whereas Yadavs’ share is 15 percent. Experts say if Pappu is able to cause a split in the Yadav vote bank, then the Janata Parivar is bound to suffer serious setbacks.
Abhishek Mishra just refused to go back home. So did Madan Gupta and his family. They decided to spend the night in the open at Gandhi maidan in Patna.
The BJP may reject the new entity as the coming together of the “the defeated, distressed, tired rank opportunists having nothing to do with any political ideology and ethics” but it looks quite formidable in the context of Bihar, at least arithmetically.
In a fresh development, the RSS is believed to have suggested that the BJP go for rapprochement with Nitish Kumar if it wants to perform well in the assembly elections in the state.
Bihar is paying the price for political instability. Its economy is shrinking and Nitish Kumar's decision to break the alliance with the BJP in June 2013 started it all. The state, which was once the top performer in terms of growth among all non-Special Category Indian states, is now performing so poorly that its growth rate is down to single digits for the first time in a decade.
Nitish's apologies are cutting much ice with the Dalit voters or with ally RJD.