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The Education Department of the Nitish Kumar government has released the latest holiday calendar, according to which, holidays on some Hindu festivals including Ram Navami and Rakshabandhan have been slashed. The BJP has reacted sharply, calling the move "appeasement politics".
The PIL against the quota hike adds another layer to the political dynamics, with both JD(U) and BJP engaging in verbal sparring over the matter. The outcome of the court's decision on the PIL will be closely watched in the context of Bihar's evolving political landscape.
Kumar, the state's longest-serving CM, recalled his early experiences that led to his abhorrence for alcohol.
The development comes after Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar granted his assent, paving the way for the implementation of the enhanced quota.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar disclosed on social media that a resolution (prastaav) urging the Centre to accept the demand was passed at the cabinet meeting he chaired earlier in the day.
The cumulative caste-based reservations have now been elevated from 50% to 65%, marking a significant adjustment in the state's affirmative action policies.
At present, Bihar has 50 per cent reservation for OBC, EBC, SC and ST and the bill proposes to enhance this up to 65 per cent while there would be 10 per cent reservation given to the upper castes people on the basis of their financial condition.
The chief minister said that those who don't support the demand for the special status are not interested in the development of the state.
Nitish has no right to berate another leader and say that he is hungry for power and position. As far as installing Manjhi as CM is concerned, it was Nitish’s political game, a drama, in which Manjhi became a pawn.
Kumar had apologised in both houses of the state legislature as well as outside for the remarks. However, the ruckus continued.
Bihar news: On Thursday, while speaking to the media, Manjhi said that the Bihar CM had lost his mental balance and underestimated him. "...I wanted to get up and speak (in the Assembly) but the Chief Minister got up and started saying nonsense.
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Aaj Ki Baat: Today in the assembly, a senior Mahadalit leader was rudely addressed...Chief Minister, you came down on him...He called former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi crazy...senseless...don't know what else... No one can expect the form of Nitish Kumar seen in the last two days from a person
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Kurukshetra: Used harsh language for former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi...Jitan Ram Manjhi was speaking on reservation...I don't know what made him angry and started saying that this man has no sense. ..he keeps saying things like this...
Navneet Rana On Nitish Kumar Sex Education Statement: When the Chief Minister of a state says such a thing in the Assembly, he should answer to the people of Bihar..and those women and daughters who have heard this statement of Nitish..how much filth is in your mind. Keep it confined to your home. L
There was nationwide outrage over the crude and brazen manner in which Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar described a sex act between a male and a female while linking the issue of female illiteracy with population growth.
Bihar: Nitish Kumar lost his cool over the former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi during discussion during the discussion on the Reservation Amendment Bill.