Astonishing comeback of Nitish Kumar led Mahagatbandhan


As the results of the 16th Bihar Vidhan Sabha election started coming, the political pundits were surprised to see the massive lead by the incumbent Chief Minister Mr. Nitish Kumar led Mahagatbandhan. By the time when the final result came, the Mahagatbandhan had already won 178 seats in the house of 243 seats. The NDA coalition could only get 58 seats, much to the bewilderment of their supporters. The election result has not only affected the politics of Bihar, but would have far reaching repercussion in forthcoming elections.

The five-phase election that extended roughly for a month was intensely fought by the Mahagatbandhan and the NDA. The various Exit Polls Survey had predicted a balanced result, but the actual outcome was one sided. With this victory, Mr. Nitish Kumar will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the third time in the coming days, probably on November 20th. Mr. Lalu Prasad led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) emerged as the single largest party by winning 80 seats. Nitish Kumar led Janta Dal (United) won 71 seats, while Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) won only 53 seats. The seats won by various parties are as follow :

Mahagatbandhan (Grand Alliance)

  • Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) : 80 seats
  • Janata Dal (United) : 71 seats
  • Indian National Congress (INC) : 27 seats

National Democratic Alliance (NDA)

  • Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) : 53 seats
  • Lok Jansakti Party (LJP) : 02 seats
  • Rashtriya Lok Samta Party : 02 seats
  • Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) : 01

Communist Party of India (M-L) : 03 seats
Independents : 04 seats

In terms of vote percentage, the figure of major parties stand as below :

  • BJP : 24.4%
  • RJD : 18.4%
  • JD(U) : 16.8%
  • IND : 9.4%
  • INC : 6.7%
  • LJP : 4.8%

With a clear majority in the House, the government is expected to be stable in the coming years. Bihar has shown remarkable growth in the recent years, however it is still near the botton on many indices on Pan-India parameters. The new government work would be to further enhance the rate of growth. In this scenario, tourism can play a major role. The new government should explore this yet untapped field in Bihar. It has the potential of not fast tracking the rate of growth but also checking the mass migration of people out of Bihar for employment across the country. wishes all the best for the new government and hopes for bright future of Bihar ahead.


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Bihar Vidhan Sabha election 2015 dates announced


The Election commission of India (ECI) has finally announced election dates for the 16th Bihar Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) to be held from 12th October to 5th November in five phases. With the announcement of the dates, Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has came into effect, whereby the governments at both the Central and Sate government will desist from announcing new schemes, beside many other provisions. The election has gathered much interest at the national level due to its repercussion at both the national and state politics. The election procedure will happen during the festive season of October and November and the results will be announced on November 8, just few days before Diwali.

Phase 1 Election : October 12 (Monday)

  • On 49 seats
  • Districts covered : Samastipur, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur, Banka, Mungyer, Jamui, Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Nawada
  • Majorly Central, Eastern and South Eastern Bihar

Phase 2 Election : October 16 (Friday)

  • On 32 seats
  • Districts covered : Kaimur, Rohtas, Arwal, Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya
  • Majorly Southern and South Western Bihar

Phase 3 Election : October 28 (Wednesday)

  • On 50 seats
  • Districts covered : Saran, Vaishali, Nalanda, Patna, Bhojpur, Buxar
  • Majorly Central and Eastern Bihar

Phase 4 Election : November 01 (Sunday)

  • On 55 seats
  • Districts covered : West Champaran, East Champaran, Shivhar, Sitamadhi, Siwan, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj
  • Majorly North & North-Western Bihar

Phase 5 Election : November 05 (Thursday)

  • On 55 seats
  • Districts Covered : Madhubani, Supaul, Araria, Kishenganj, Purnia, Katihar, Madhepura, Saharsa, Darbhanga
  • Majorly North & North Eastern Bihar

The tenure of the 15th Vidhan Sabha is coming to an end on November 29. The results of the election will be announced on November 08. It will be the 16th election of the 243-membered Bihar Vidhan Sabha. Bihar has a bicameral legislature where the Upper House called Vidhan Parisad is indirectly elected by the people, whereas the Lower House called Vidhan Sabha is directly elected by the people. There are a total of 6.68 crore voters on the electoral roll, in which approximately 57% belong to the age group of 18-39 years suggesting young voters majority. The ECI has mentioned that Central Security Forces will be deployed in each and every booth.

Important Phone/Fax number :

  • Election Commission Toll Free number : 1950
  • Chief Electoral Officer, Bihar : 0612-2217956, 2215611 (Fax)
  • ECI : 011 - 23717391, 23713412 (Fax)

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21st Patna Book Fair 2014 attracting more visitors


The 21st Patna Book Fair which commenced on 7th November 2014 has been drawing good number of visitors from all age group. The popular book fair will end on November 17th. The fair is being organized by Centre for Readership Development (CRD). It is being held at its regular venue - Gandhi Maidan. Students are coming in large number in the fair.

Around 250 publishers are participating in the 12-day long fair. The total number of stall is above 600. Like last year, this time also, the fair has a theme - 'Child awareness and representation of Women'. Sangeet Natak Akademy is organizing 'Deshaj' festival where a number of artist from different parts of the country will be performing on various themes. The show is scheduled at 6:00 PM every evening. The Film Festival is scheduled from Nov 8 to Nov 12. The entry is free for the school children on producing the identity cards. College's student is also free on producing the identity card, except on Saturday and Sunday. The fair is open from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on weekdays. On Saturday and Sunday, it is opened from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Last year over 7 lakh visitor had arrived at the book fair. The organizers are hoping to get more visitors this time.

The Patna Book Fair is being organized from 1985 under the banner of CRD. Last year there was attempt to get the international tag for it. However it did not succeed. This time Chief Minister has assured to take up the issue with the Ministry of HRD, New Delhi.


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Earthquake tremors keeping Patna on alert


The devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal two days back and caused widespread damages of life and property in Nepal as well as in India has kept the people on high alert with several tremors occurring during the past 48 hours. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake had epicenter near Pokhra in Nepal which has claimed more than 4000 lives in Nepal till now and more than 50 in Bihar. Though no casualty has been reported from Patna, yet fear has gripped the city. Some buildings and other structures have developed minor cracks due to the earthquake. With 6-7 tremors of light intensity being felt during past two days, the people are not ready to take any chances. People are spending their nights in open spaces like Gandhi Maidan and Eco Park. The parks in the City has been kept open for night as well. Schools remained closed for two days. The rumour about the earthquake has another cascading effect during the past two days. Rumors about some buildings getting tilted on one side kept the people perplexed. There are unconfirmed news that one of the pillar of Mahatma Gandhi Setu and Rajendra Nagar Flyover has developed cracks. The administration is all geared up to tackle any emergency arising out of frequent tremors.

It is very important to keep certain things in mind during and after an earthquake :

  • Keep calm and reassures others
  • During the earthquake, the safest place is an open space, away from the buildings
  • If you are indoors, take cover under a desk table, bed or doorways and against a wall
  • Stay away from glass doors, glass panes, windows or outside glass
  • Do not rush to go out of the building, where there are a large number of people to avoid stampede
  • Do not use lift while moving out
  • If you are outside, move away from building and utility wires
  • Once in the open, stay there till vibrations stop
  • Do not use candles, matches or open flames
  • Do not believe in rumors and do not spread it either
  • Get tuned to TV or radio to get the latest information


Stampede in Gandhi Maidan (Patna) during Dussehra celebration


In a tragic incident today at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna, at least 32 people has been reported to be killed in the stampede after Dussehra celebration at the venue. There are several others who are injured and admitted to Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in Patna. The stampede happened when the crowd was leaving Gandhi Maidan around 6:30 PM today after the Ravan Vadh program ended. The fateful incident happened near Ram Gulam Chowk situated in Exhibition road, not far away from the southern exit gate of the Gandhi Maidan. Most of the victims are women and children. The function was attended by several dignitaries including Chief Minister of Bihar, who had left the venue before the incident happened.

The initial report suggest that the people leaving the venue near the Exhibition road exit were panicked when a rumour spread about a naked live wire lying on the road. This created chaos among the people, leading to stampede. The State government has confirmed the death of 32 people as of now. The toll is likely to rise. The stampede came barely two years after the Chhath stampede in which many people were killed. The state government has ordered an inquiry into the incident and announced ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh to the kin of each victim.

Helpline Number : 0612 - 2219810

The big ground of Gandhi Maidan is famous for the Ravan Vadh ceremony held every year on Vijyadashami. Thousands of people flock to see the event. Though the ground is huge and there are several exit gates, yet a stampede of this magnitude raises serious concern over the safety and security of the people during such functions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. He spoke to the Bihar CM to inquire about the stampede. He sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each for the next of those killed. Several other leaders have also expressed condolences on the incident.


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