Congress will declare its probable candidates six months ahead of the Bihar state assembly elections which will be held in October next year.
After sweeping Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, the ruling NDA is hoping to do an encore in the bypolls to the 18 assembly seats scheduled for next month.
Having burnt their fingers in the Lok Sabha polls, the RJD and the LJP are now keen on roping in the Congress for forging a credible broad- based alliance for byelections to the 18 Assembly seats in Bihar.
Bihar declared 26 out of 38 districts as drought hit on basis of reports.
Banking operations throughout the state remained completely paralysed for the second consecutive day on Friday as part of the 2-day nationwide strike of the nationalised banks.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar quells fears about the Bagmati flood, as he tried to put things in perspective by declaring that the impact of the flood would be limited to only a few low-lying areas.
The Bihar government has had a grouse that the existing sugar control order of the Centre was blocking investment in the state, particularly in the ethanol sector.
Cut up with the Centre for "ignoring" some of the long pending Bihar-specific demands, chief minister Nitish Kumar has again pressed for Kosi flood rehabilitation package and special category status for Bihar.
Reiterating the special category status demand for Bihar, the CM said he had earlier too placed this demand before the Centre but ironically he was yet to hear anything in this connection from the UPA government.
The state government said the lack of grain in FCI godowns was the main cause for low off-take.
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