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Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Bihar since February 2005. He was Union Minister in the Government of India, previously. He belongs to the Janata Dal (United) Party.

Professional Biography

Political Life

As Chief Minister of Bihar

In October 2008, he approved Rs 197 crore for reconstruction, strengthening and breach closure of Kosi embankment.

Action on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

Nitish Kumar urged the Central Government for action against MNS for attacks on North Indians in Maharashtra and also asked it to safeguard citizen’s rights.

In September 2012, referring to the Biharis as infiltrators remarks of MNS chief Raj Thackeray, Nitish Kumar described Raj Thackeray as a deranged person who would do anything for publicity.

Adhikar Yatra

Nitish Kumar kicked off the ‘Adhikar Yatra’ on September 24, 2012 demanding the center to accord special category status to Bihar. He has already said that the special category status was a matter of right for Bihar and that they are not begging.

2014 General Elections

Nitish Kumar urges people not to believe BJP’s ‘rumors’. He says that BJP has no development model for Bihar. Nitish Kumar participates at a ‘Sankalp Yatra’ in East Champaran district. Nitish Kumar says that he is as good as any prime ministerial candidate. Mar 6, 2014

2015 Assembly Elections

Nitish Kumar, along with Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress defeated Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies and formed the government in Bihar.

On 26 November 2015, Nitish Kumar announced that the ban of alcohol in Bihar from 1 April 2016. It was one of the election promises made by Nitish Kumar. The announcement was made at an official function to mark Prohibition Day.

Timeline

2012

Referring to the governments led by Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, Nitish Kumar alleged that the governments of ‘husband and wife’ had ruined Bihar. At a public meeting in Purnia on 6 October 2012, Nitish Kumar said between 1990 and 2005, there was no development in the state. He also condemned the violence during his recent ‘Parivartan yatra ’.

Other Professional Information

Other Information

Nitish Kumar went to watch Slumdog Millionaire on a cycle-rickshaw. He said it was not a publicity stunt but a personal choice.

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Launching his partys campaign for the November State Assembly polls in Bihar, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his claim of ushering development in Bihar. ANI

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Development has now become the desire for the people: Nitish Kumar
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Lalu slams Nitish Kumar over price rise
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Lalu, Paswan criticize Nitish Kumar for murderous attack on Opposition
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday blamed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for coordinating a murderous attack against protesting members of the Opposition. ANI

Bihar Assembly chaos : Congress woman flings flower pots
Amid chaotic secenes in the Bihar Assembly, Jyoti Singh, a woman MLC belonging to the Congress, threw several flower pots around, as the Opposition continued with their protests demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after a CAG report alleged financial irregularities in the State. ANI

Slippers hurled at Bihar Speaker, 17 RJD, LJP MLAs suspended
Seventeen MLAs from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) parties have been suspended for the rest of the session on Wednesday after they threw slippers at Speaker Udai Narain Choudhry. ANI

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