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Bihar votes for Lok Sabha, assembly Patna, April 24 (IANS) Balloting in Bihar for seven Lok Sabha seats and two state assembly seats began Thursday, officials said.

Is BJP indulging in overkill? Patna,(BiharTimes): The “go to Pakistan” and “casteism in Bihar DNA” remarks of former BJP minister and BJP’s Nawada candidate, Giriraj Singh, and former party chief Nitin Gadkari respectively are being viewed in the backdrop of the recent developments in the state.

Sadhu Yadav withdraws from polls in Bihar Patna, April 23 (IANS) Former MP Sadhu Yadav Wednesday withdrew his nomination as candidate from Bihar's Maharajganj Lok Sabha constituency, saying he will not contest the polls this time to help the ruling Janata Dal-United candidate in the fray.

Arrest warrant issued against BJP leader Giriraj Singh Ranchi, April 23 (IANS) A Bokaro court Wednesday issued an arrest warrant against Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh for making a provocative speech.

BJP leader's Giriraj Singh's rallies banned, may be arrested soon
Patna, April 22 (IANS) BJP leader Giriraj Singh's election rally and road shows have been banned in Bihar and Jharkhand and he is likely to be arrested soon for his remark that critics of prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be sent to Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.

Muslims matter in this phase of Bihar polls
Patna, April 22 (IANS) Bihar's seven parliamentary constituencies that vote Thursday have a sizable Muslim population whom candidates are earnestly wooing.

JD-U woman legislator resigns, to contest LS polls
Patna, April 21 : A woman legislator of Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United Monday resigned from the party and said she will to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Vaishali constituency as an independent candidate.

EC orders FIR against BJP's Giriraj Singh in Patna
Patna, April 21 : The Election Commission Monday ordered the Patna district administration to lodge an FIR against senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his remark that critics and opponents of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi are "pro-Pakistan" and the neighbouring country is the place for those opposing him.

Banka-Bhagalpur: The ‘power-house’ of Bihar?
The two parliamentary constituencies of Bhagalpur and Banka, which go to poll on April 24, are in several ways distinct from each other, yet ever since 1989 communal riots they have often been clubbed together, while analyzing election trend. Some of the villages which were rocked by the riots were in the then Banka sub-division, which was elevated to the status of district on February 21, 1991 by the then Lalu government.

BJP's Muslim face Shahnawaz Hussain faces tough battle in Bhagalpur
Unlike the last elections, it will not be a easy fight for BJP's lone Muslim MP Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, seeking to make a hat-trick from Bhagalpur, as his chances hang on the way his community as well as the Kurmis - the caste Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar belongs to - decide to vote.

Maoists blow up school in Bihar
Patna, April 21 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas blew up a state-run school in Bihar's Jamui district early Monday, police said. Over 200 students will now not be able to attend school.

Everyone claims credit for AMU in Muslim-majority Kishanganj
Kishanganj (Bihar), April 21 : Setting up of an Aligarh Muslim University centre has been a major issue in the national election in Muslim-majority Kishanganj Lok Sabha constituency, one of the most backward pockets of Bihar, with many political parties claiming credit for the institution.

FIR lodged against Giriraj, Gadkari in Jharkhand
Patna,(BiharTimes): An FIR was on Sunday lodged against Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh, former BJP president Nitin Gadkari and some other party leaders following a controversial remarks given by the former that the Centre gave subsidy to those who exported beef and taxed those who reared cows.

Unyielding Giriraj now blames powerful countries of opposing NaMo
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as more BJP leaders like spokeswoman Nirmala Sitharaman and deputy leaders in the Rajya Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, dissociated the party from the statement given by the former Bihar minister, Giriraj Singh, the latter continues to stand by his utterances. Not only that he went on to say that there are several powerful countries which are opposing Narendra Modi from becoming the prime minister; Pakistan is in the top of the list.

Was it LJP Kashmiri Pandit leader who met Geelani?
Patna,(BiharTimes): The statement given by the leader of the hardline All Party Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, that he received two Kashmiri Pandit emissaries from BJP’s prime ministerial pick, Narendra Modi, seems to have an LJP connection.

BJP tries to wash its hands of Giriraj’s “go to Pakistan” remarks
Patna,(BiharTimes): When BJP’s prime ministerial pick Narendra Modi called Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal a Pakistani agent and AK-49 the party did not deem it fit to disapprove it.

BJP distances itself from Giriraj; Congress slams remark
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The BJP Sunday distanced itself from party leader Giriraj Singh's remark about sending those opposing Narendra Modi to Pakistan, as the comment drew flak from all sides, including the Congress which termed it "cheap politics".

NaMo blames Nitish for Akhtar-ul-Iman’s withdrawal
Patna,(BiharTimes): Raising the issue of withdrawal of Akhtar-ul-Iman from Kishanganj seat BJP’s prime ministerial pick Narendra Modi on Saturday alleged that JD (U) is hand-in-glove with the Congress and RJD.

JD-U suspends three women legislators for anti-party acts
Patna, April 19 : Bihar's ruling JD-U Saturday night suspended its three women legislators, including a former minister, for campaigning and seeking votes for the BJP and RJD candidates against official party candidates.

BJP-JD(U) locked in donation wrangle in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the Bharatiya Janata Party is under fire for receiving huge funds from big corporate houses, in Bihar its state president, Mangal Pandey, on Friday accused the Janata Dal (United) of demanding donation money from Tata Projects Ltd and other traders and businessmen for the Lok Sabha election.

Bihar mountain man's kin dies due to lack of medical care
Patna, April 19 : Left to battle abject poverty despite promises, Basanti Devi, the daughter-in-law of Bihar's "mountain man" Dasrath Manjhi who single-handedly cut through a hill to make a road, died Saturday due to lack of medical care, an official said.

40 children fall ill after eating ice-cream in Bihar village
Patna, April 19 (IANS) As many as 40 children fell ill Saturday after eating ice-cream in a village in Bihar's Supaul district, officials said. Around half a dozen were admitted to hospital as their condition worsened while the others were discharged after initial treatment.

Bihar leader's abducted son killed
Patna, April 19 (IANS) The abducted son of a JD-U leader was killed in Bihar's Nawada district and four people have been arrested, police said Saturday.

Gadkari makes uncharitable remark, quickly clarifies
Patna, April 19 (IANS) Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari said Saturday that there is casteism in Bihar's DNA, but soon realised that he has made a controversial statement. He clarified saying that there is casteism in Bihar's politics.

You can't cross our bridge, Bihar villagers tell politicians
Darbhanga (Bihar), April 19 (IANS) Residents of a village in Bihar's Darbhanga parliamentary constituency have barred elected representatives from using a bamboo bridge they have built through their own donations.

Will Muslim-dominated Seemanchal remain a BJP bastion? 
The five parliamentary constituencies of Seemanchal––Supaul, Kishanganj, Katihar, Araria and Purnea––go to poll on April 24 in the backdrop of the withdrawal of Janata Dal (United) candidate, Akhtar-ul-Iman, on April 15. 

Imarat-e-Shariah general secretary comes under fire from Muslims for backing Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): The general secretary of Imarat-e- Shariah, Maulana Anees-ur-Rahman Qasmi, has come under heavy fire from the Muslims for praising chief minister Nitish Kumar and stating that Muslims would vote for the Janata Dal (United).

Bihar's 'Osama' to contest against Modi from Varanasi
Patna, April 18 (IANS) Meraj Khalid Noor, popularly known as Bihar's Osama bin Laden due to his uncanny resemblance to the late Al Qaeda leader, Friday announced he would contest the Lok Sabha poll against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi.

CPI-ML to back Kejriwal against Modi in Varanasi
Patna, April 18 (IANS) The CPI-ML has decided to support Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Arvind Kejriwal who is contesting the Lok sabha polls against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Muslim not appreciative of Akhtar-ul-Iman’s action
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the withdrawal from contest by Janata Dal (United)’s Kishanganj candidate, Akhtar-ul-Iman, was welcomed by the Congress party and several local Muslims it is not being appreciated by the community

54 percent vote in Bihar
Patna, April 17:: About 54 percent of more than 11 million electors cast their ballots in seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar that went to the polls Thursday.

FIR against Misha Bharti for poll violation
Patna, April 17 : An FIR was Thursday lodged against Misha Bharti who is contesting from Patliputra seat in Bihar for forcibly entering a polling booth and allegedly damaging an EVM machine.

NaMo, Nitish & Lalu: All indulging in one-man campaign
Patna,(BiharTimes): While the Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign throughout India is virtually on the shoulders of one man, Narendra Modi, in Bihar the scenario is even more personality-based.

After NaMo, Ram Vilas may be in trouble over marital status
Patna,(BiharTimes): Like BJP’s prime ministerial nominee, Narendra Modi, the chief of Lok Janshakti Party, Ram Vilas Paswan, may land in trouble over the matrimonial status.

93-year-old Ram Sundar Das files nomination from Hajipur
Patna, April 16 (IANS) Ram Sundar Das, the 93-year-old incumbent Lok Sabha member from Bihar's ruling JD-U, Wednesday filed his nomination papers from Hajipur constituency.

Stop fooling the nation, Rahul tells Modi
Patna, April 16 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday told BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to "stop fooling the country" by claiming that he had solutions to all the problems.

Bihar Election  attracting people from abroad
Patna,(BiharTimes): The 16th Lok Sabha election has evoked much curiousity in India as well as abroad. It has attracted People of Indian Origin and NRIs living abroad. Many of them have travelled all the way to Bihar (and even other states) to either contest election, make documentary film or campaign for any particular party or candidate.

Former home secretary battles caste in Bihar
Ara, April 16 : Having shed his official attire for dhoti and kurta, former Indian home secretary R.K. Singh has realized that caste matters most in elections -- certainly in Bihar.

IIT-educated real estate baron in Bihar poll fray
Jehanabad, April 16: Real estate baron Anil Kumar Sharma, an IITian who is contesting from Bihar's Jehanabad parliamentary constituency, is the richest candidate in the state with assets worth a whopping Rs.850 crore.

Modi attacks Rahul over 'toffee model', regrets targeting PM
Hazaribagh/Bhagalpur, April 15 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday took a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his "toffee model" jibe, and also regretted criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the past.

BJP to get majority, Modi will be PM: Naidu
Patna, April 16: The BJP will get an "absolute majority" in the Lok Sabha election and Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister of the country, BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said Wednesday.

Paswan files nomination from Hajipur
Patna, April 15: Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan Tuesday filed his nomination papers from Hajipur Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar.

Why are Nitish’s Muslim candidates fleeing the battlefield?
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi sees a Congress-Janata Dal(United) conspiracy behind the withdrawal of Akhtar-ul-Iman from Kishanganj parliamentary seat the truth is that he is not the first Muslim ruling party candidate to flee from the battlefield.

The confused Sahebs of Patna: Victim of media’s disinformation campaign
Unlike Patliputra parliamentary constituency Patna Saheb is one of the most urbanized seats of Bihar with highest concentration of upper castes and strong middle- and lower-middle class population.

Jehanabad: The old Bhumihar-Yadav tussle is still on 
In the past the Jehanabad parliamentary constituency was known more for the battle of bullets rather than battle for ballots. Even the electoral battles were often marred by large scale violence and complaints of irregularities. The worst clash took place in 1984 between the supporters of the then Congress nominee King Mahindra and of the CPI, Ramashray Yadav. Several people were killed and the latter finally won the poll.

JD(U)’s Kishanganj nominee goes Sabir Ali way, but with a difference
Patna,(BiharTimes): In another major blow to the Janata Dal (United) its candidate from Kishanganj parliamentary seat, Akhtar-ul-Iman, on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from contest in the larger interest of “aman, prem aur bhaichargi.” (Peace, amity and brotherhood.)

Bihar's second phase of polls Thursday
Patna, April 15 (IANS) Caste arithmetic will be put to test in Bihar when seven parliamentary constituencies in the state go to polls Thursday.

Advani speaks at Banka a day ahead of NaMo’s Bhagalpur rally
Party patriarch, Lal Krishna Advani on Monday addressed a small election meeting of a few thousands at Barahat block under the Banka parliamentary seat. He was here to seek votes for the BJP’s candidate and the sitting MP, Putul Kumari, widow of late Janata Dal (United) leader, Digvijay Singh.

Bismillah's crumbling birthplace: Testimony to broken promises in Bihar
Jawaharlal Nehru had invited him to play at Delhi's Red Fort on India's Independence Day on Aug 15, 1947.

AAP candidate in Nalanda attacked
Patna, April 14 (IANS) The AAP Monday demanded the transfer of the superintendent of police in Bihar's Nalanda district after its candidate, Pranav Prakash, was attacked and injured by unidentified men.

Bihar's agri-food industry may touch Rs.1 lakh crore by 2015
Ara (Bihar), April 14 (IANS) Agriculture and food industry in Bihar has the potential to reach Rs.1 lakh crore by 2015, says a study of industry association Assocham.

A Pakistan where people want Modi as PM
Purnea (Bihar), April 13 (IANS) It's true. People of this Pakistan want Narendra Modi to become prime minister of India.

Maoists attack polling party in Bihar, no casualty
Patna, April 13 (IANS) A polling party in Bihar's Nawada Lok Sabha constituency was Sunday attacked by Maoists while returning to the district headquarters after conducting a repoll at a polling booth. There were no casualties, police said.

Patliputra: The fastest changing parliamentary constituency of Bihar 
The parliamentary constituency of Patliputra named after the capital of ancient Magadh empire is a ruralized western and southern part of Patna. Before the delimitation of 2009 there was no such Lok Sabha seat.

Modi clarifies on not wearing skull cap, puppy remark
New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi clarified on his "puppy" remark, saying his comment had been wrongly interpreted, and also defended his decision of declining to wear a skull cap.

Congress announces candidate for Maharajganj by-poll
Patna,(BiharTimes): After withdrawing two of its candidates for the by-polls in Bihar the Congress on Saturday announced the name of its nominee from Maharajganj Assembly seat. 

Rabri Devi owns 65 cows, calves
Patna, April 13 (IANS) Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, contesting the Lok Sabha election from saran constituency as an RJD candidate, is owner of 65 cows and calves, according to an affidavit she has filed with her nomination papers.

Rabri Devi files nomination papers
Patna, April 12 (IANS) Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi Saturday filed her nomination papers from Saran parliamentary constituency as an RJD candidate.

Ex-cons, gangster's widow among Bihar's LS candidates 
Patna, April 12 (IANS) Nearly a dozen criminal-turned-politicians, known as 'bahubalis' in local parlance, and their wives, and the widow of a gangster killed in a gang war, are contesting the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar.

Sonia weakened Manmohan, created parallel power structure: Former PM media adviser
New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) In a book that has sent ripples across the political establishment for its timing and content, Sanjaya Baru, media adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his first term, has said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi slowly chipped away at the authority of the Prime Minister's Office, created a parallel power structure and left a weakened prime minister who "allowed himself to become an object of such ridicule in his second term in office."

Now Rahul attacks Modi over marital status, Congress files complaint
Doda/New Delhi, April 11: The Congress Friday upped the ante in this bitterly fought election, when it complained to the Election Commission against Narendra Modi for filing wrong affidavits, the move coming hours after its leader Rahul Gandhi launched a rare personal attack on the BJP prime ministerial candidate for hiding his marital status.

Bihar leaders beat the heat with juices and sherbets 
Patna, April 10 (IANS) Bihar leaders are sipping an array of local sherbets and juices to stay cool as the mercury soars. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar likes to have sattu sherbet while RJD leader Lalu Prasad prefers bael juice.

NaMo concentrating on small towns to seek votes for new-comers
Patna,(BiharTimes): On Thursday (April 10) BJP’s prime ministerial pick, Narendra Modi, addressed election meetings at Ara, Jehanabad and Bikram in Patna district.

This Lalu century is of a different kind
Patna, April 11 (IANS) No matter what the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad has already entered the record books with a century and counting - of helicopter rides for campaigning. As of Thursday, he had undertaken at least 103 flights and could well make it a double century by the time the campaign ends a month from now, an aide said.

Patna, April 11: After giving sleepless night to villagers, three cylinder bombs recovered from a school in Bihar's Lakhisarai district were defused Friday, more than 24 hours after they were found, police said.

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