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Bihar Muslims in no mood to forgive Modi

Bihar Muslims in no mood to forgive Modi

| April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blame him for the riots of 2002 Patna: There has perhaps never been such a polarisation of Muslim voters in Bihar as this time. From fruit vendors and taxi drivers to writers, thinkers and businessmen, Bihar’s Muslims seem united in one sentiment: “Not a single vote from our families will go to (Narendra) Modi.” The […]

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Stopping Narendra Modi key to voting in Bihar’s Muslim hub

Stopping Narendra Modi key to voting in Bihar’s Muslim hub

| April 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Defeating Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is the main concern of the Muslim population in Seemanchal region of eastern Bihar. Four Lok Sabha seats in the region – Araria, Katihar, Purnia and Kishanganj – go to polls on April 24. These constituencies have a Muslim population between 30% and 69%, and prominent community leaders have […]

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Context, not clerics, decides Muslim vote

Context, not clerics, decides Muslim vote

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The average Muslim voter is a school dropout, mostly self-employed, would not have ventured far beyond his birthplace, is clued into politics, but unlikely to vote any one party or candidate repeatedly under ‘normal circumstances’, a socio-economic report says. The data show the Muslim voting behavior is strongly influenced by the character of contests and […]

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BJP appears weak in ‘Yadav land’ Kosi

BJP appears weak in ‘Yadav land’ Kosi

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi has been making spirited efforts to win over Yadav votes in Bihar. But in the Kosi belt of the state, which is known as Yadav land, the BJP has hardly made efforts to reach out to the caste and in place is banking on winning over Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s […]

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Bihar Muslims still not decided on whom to vote

Bihar Muslims still not decided on whom to vote

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

After traversing through seven parliamentary constituencies in Bihar and travelling nearly 2,300 kilometres in the last fortnight, two things are clear. First, despite good roads and improved power situation, majority of the people were dissatisfied with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (because of rampant corruption). Secondly, there was a huge wave in favour of Narendra Modi, […]

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In Aurangabad, Naxalism not an issue until after polls

In Aurangabad, Naxalism not an issue until after polls

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pitted against each other, these old-time rivals from Congress and BJP have one thing in common in this Naxalism-affected Lok Sabha constituency. Asked how they propose to tackle Naxalism, both say they will talk about it only after the elections. In a constituency where Rajputs and Yadavs constitute the numerically dominant groups, with a substantial […]

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Murdered Bihar teacher was popular, taught both Hindus, Muslims for free

Murdered Bihar teacher was popular, taught both Hindus, Muslims for free

| March 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Twenty-four hours after a young Muslim teacher was shot dead in Piro town of Bihar’s Bhojpur district, the police had made no breakthrough, and election-season politics hung darkly over the case. The family and relatives of 28-year-old Mohammed Akbar Khan said he had no enemies. He was a popular man with significant goodwill, who taught […]

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Muslim votes: Will BJP bet on Shahanawaz Hussain in Bihar?

Muslim votes: Will BJP bet on Shahanawaz Hussain in Bihar?

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Patna: The fight for Muslim votes is getting intense in Bihar. The BJP, never a great favourite among the members of the community, is planning to spring a surprise by projecting a Muslim candidate as its chief ministerial prospect in 2015, when the state goes for the assembly polls. The immediate target of the move, […]

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Outwitted by Congress, Nitish Now Plays Martyr

Outwitted by Congress, Nitish Now Plays Martyr

| February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the indication of the formation of a new non-Congress and non-BJP political front, Nitish Kumar has made it clear that there is now no hope left over for his joining hands with the Congress with whom he was hobnobbing for last couple of years. At the same time his arch political rival RJD supremo […]

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