What Nitish Must Do: Create Wealth, Jobs

  As Nitish Kumar returns as the chief minister of the state with India’s poorest people, his game plan should be clear: Press on with policies that offer educational opportunities and further economic progress, especially jobs, wealth creation and infrastructure.   That appear to be the message emerging from an IndiaSpend analysis, which identifies three … Continued

Why Bihar’s Loss Can Hurt BJP in Rajya Sabha

  The indirect impact of losing the Bihar assembly elections for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could be in getting important laws passed in parliament.   The loss may not appear major for India’s ruling party, since it has a majority government with 280 members in the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament).   However, … Continued

Fewer Women MLAs In Bihar Assembly

  In the newly elected Bihar vidhan sabha (Legislative Assembly), women legislators have declined to 28, six fewer than the 34 elected to the last assembly in 2010.   Although still higher than the national average of 7.3%, Bihar’s position among states with female legislators has dropped to fifth from second.   As a proportion … Continued

NOTA Exceeds Margin Of Victory In 21 Bihar Constituencies

  In October 2013, the Election Commission of India–under orders from the Supreme Court–introduced the option to voters to vote for none of the candidates, by selecting the ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option. Though the subsequent state elections and the General Election in 2014 had this option, the recent Bihar elections was the first election … Continued

How Grand Alliance Turned Vote Share To Seats In Bihar

  All the constituents of the victorious Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) – the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Janata Dal (United) and the Congress – managed to register a share-to-seat multiplier of more than 4 in the recently concluded assembly elections in Bihar.   The share-to-seat multiplier of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dropped to 2 … Continued

Bihar’s Political Dynasties: 7 Win, 15 Lose

  Of 22 political dynasties that contested the recently concluded Bihar assembly elections, seven families won and 15 lost.   The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had fielded eight candidates from these 22 families, the Lok Janshakti Party (6), the Janta Dal (United) (5), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (3), the Hindustan Awami Morcha (3), the Samajwadi … Continued

59% Bihar MLAs Face Criminal Charges

  * A total of 143 MLAs (59%) in the new Bihar assembly face criminal charges, and 96 MLAs face serious criminal charges including murder and kidnapping.   * Among MLAs facing serious charges, 12 have been charged for murder, 26 are charged for attempt to murder, nine are charged for kidnapping and 13 face … Continued

Modi’s Rallies Worked But The BJP Lost

  While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had an overall strike rate of 33% (53 seats out of 160 contested) in the recently concluded Bihar elections, an IndiaSpend analysis has found that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strike rate was 45% (13 out of 29) i.e. success rate of the BJP in constituencies where Modi addressed … Continued

What Nitish’s 7-Point Agenda Offers Bihar

  The election manifesto of Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) that swept to power in Bihar with 178 seats was based on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s 7-point agenda that has pledged an investment of over Rs 2.7 lakh crore ($40.8 billion) as against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promised package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore ($18.9 billion).   IndiaSpend … Continued

5 Reasons Why The Grand Alliance Won Bihar

    Five factors – the sway of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, high voter turnout, vote swing against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), declining vote share of the BJP and talks of reservation and Pakistan by the BJP leaders – ensured a sweeping victory for the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar.   The alliance – … Continued