Coronavirus Outbreak: Bihar's rural poor at greater danger than rest of India; rations, cooked food need of the hour
The worst impact of coronavirus outbreak has been on the marginalised; those who are not only at risk of getting exposed to the virus but also have to bear the burden of lapses in state policy
Nitish Kumar puts RJD on back foot with quota for upper caste, insulates BJP from backward class anger over SC/ST Atrocities Bill
The upper castes, which constitute 12 to 15 percent of the population, have been the epicentre of NDA's vote bank.
BJP considers Mahadalit quota in Uttar Pradesh: Facing anti-incumbency and Dalit anger, party looks to emulate Nitish Kumar
Quota for Mahadalits, it is believed, will reduce the impact of the SP-BSP coalition and create a positive atmosphere for the BJP. In fact, it was this formula which contributed to the BJP's defeat in the state in 2015
The women who were denied entry into the 200-year-old Kali temple on Friday.
Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, further fuelling speculation that he may align with the BJP in the upcoming Assembly election even as the Mahadalit leader maintained silence over the issue.
Over the next few days, Nitish is likely to concentrate only on his Mahadalit vote bank to ensure that whatever damage the Manjhi episode has inflicted is repaired.
Amidst the political imbroglio in Bihar, BSP supremo Mayawati hit out at BJP for playing games "behind the curtains, to grab power" in the state.
Manjhi said, "When it comes to getting their work done, the upper caste people don't mind even touching my feet despite knowing my background."
Be it principled position or vote bank politics, Nitish has surely betrayed his voters who had given JD(U)-BJP alliance a historic three-fourth mandate to govern and make Bihar a developed state.