Free Press Journal
  • Opposition unity: To be or not to be

    As the time of the next national extravaganza of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections draws closer, moves are under way to take on the now all-powerful Bharatiya Janata Party. Since no single party, including the Congress, has the guts or strength to face the Narendra Modi hurricane all alone, moves to bring all ‘like-minded’ political forces together began about six months ago. They called it a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) of democratic parties.

  • Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election: A shot in the arm for NDA

    Yet again, the obstacles in the way of the so-called Mahagathbandhan came to the fore when the Congress candidate for the post of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha, B K Hariprasad, was defeated by the ruling combine’s Harivansh Narayan Singh. How serious is the blow to the Congress in particular can be realised from the fact that the Opposition is in a majority in the Rajya Sabha. Whether the Congress overplayed

  • Amar Singh praises PM Modi, creates buzz in political circles

    Lucknow: Former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh may be down but not out, yet. Amid talk of a larger Opposition unity, Mahagathbandhan, or a federal front, Singh is quietly weighing his options. The fact is everyone in the Uttar Pradesh BJP is talking about Singh’s newfound love for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Quietly stoking Singh’s ambitions are two political realities of Uttar Pradesh: first, the socialist citadel

  • Congress’ plan of Mahagathbandhan may wash out as CPI (M) refuses to play

    Mumbai: Communist Party of India (Marxist) expressed desire not to join Mahagathbandhan (mega alliance) led by Congress. Sitaram Yechuri, CPI (M) leader expressed to go solo in Lok Sabha poll. Whereas Mallikarjun Kharge, Maharashtra incharge said, his party will try to bring left parties under one umbrella of Mahaaghadi.

  • Sharad Pawar

    Oppn ‘mahagathbandhan’ before 2019 polls is not practical: Sharad Pawar

    Mumbai: Signalling a shift from his earlier stand, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said a mahagathbandhan (anti-BJP grand alliance) before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls is not practical. “A ‘mahagathbandhan’ prior to the elections is not practical,” he told CNN-News18 TV channel.

  • Grand alliance of opposition a sentiment of people, says Rahul Gandhi    

    Mumbai: The grand alliance of opposition parties to take on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not just the sentiment of politicians but also of the people, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said today. The Congress, he said, is trying to join together these voices and the work is going on.

  • Mahagathbandhan is unbreakable: Rashtriya Janata Dal

    Patna (Bihar): The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Tuesday confirmed that the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) in Bihar will continue, asserting that it is ‘unbreakable’.

  • Nitish bats for grand alliance to fight BJP

    Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday stressed on a grand alliance of opposition parties at the national level to stop the surge of the BJP and urged the Congress and Left parties to take initiative for this.

  • Telecom scene lights up again in India

    In what is being billed as a ‘mahagathbandhan’ in the economic sphere, the London-headquartered Vodafone and Kumar Mangalam Birla-controlled Idea Cellular have announced India Inc’s biggest-ever merger making the upcoming new entity the country’s undisputed leader in telecom. With a combined subscriber base of a whopping 394 million subscribers, the new company will not only surpass the current leader Bharti Airtel’s 270 million but also occupy the number 2 spot globally after

  • Show-cause to Taslimuddin for remarks against Nitish

    Patna : Taking serious note of party’s Araria Lok Sabha MP Mohammad Taslimuddin’s ‘frequent’ statements against Bihar’s ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the RJD on Sunday issued a show-cause notice to the MP and gave him seven days to explain his position in this regard.

  • Strategist Prashant Kishor to be advisor to CM Nitish

    Patna: Strategist Prashant Kishor who helped the Mahagathbandhan to trounce the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar Assembly polls will be inducted as advisor to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Kishor is likely to be given a cabinet rank in the Nitish Kumar-led Government.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP leader Shanawaz Hussain and HAM(S) chief Jitan Ra Manjhi wave to supporters during an election rally in Jehanabad on Monday. PTI

    Only order can silence the chaos

    With the Bihar Assembly elections over and Prime Minister Narendra Modi having completed his long overdue visit to the global capital of Anglophone liberalism, it is not surprising that the heady rhetoric of “intolerance” and “Hindu Taliban” has quite abruptly receded into the background. Maybe there are no more awards to return and more pressing issues than the silly deletion by the Censor Board of a deep kiss in the new James

  • Lalu Prasad Yadav

    BJP targets Lalu as Mahagathbandhan set to form govt.

    New Delhi : Asserting that his party welcomes the verdict of the people of Bihar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sidharth Nath Singh on Tuesday advised Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav to focus on building a state which does not have to face the same trauma it witnessed during his regime in the past.

  • Bhagwat’s statement on reservation made campaign easier, says Misa Bharti

    Patna : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti on Monday asserted that it was Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on reservation that made the Mahagathbandhan’s campaign easier in Bihar.

  • Mahagathbandhan’s win has settled ‘Bihari vs Bahari’ issue: Shatrughan Sinha

    New Delhi: Congratulating the Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar as the grand alliance heads for a clinical victory in the Bihar Assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha on Sunday said this decision called for introspection by the BJP-led alliances into their strategy for the state polls.

  • ‘Narbhakshi’ has finally gone mad: Lalu on Amit Shah

    Patna : Lashing out at BJP president Amit Shah for his statement that ‘Pakistan will celebrate if the mahagathbandhan wins in Bihar’, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday said that the ‘narbhakshi’ (Shah) has finally gone around the bend and in doing so, has yet again insulted Bihar.

  • Amit Shah

    Mahagathbandhan to move EC over Amit Shah’s ‘Pak Diwali’ comment

    New Delhi: The grand alliance will lodge a protest with the Election Commission on Friday against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s remark that crackers will burst in Pakistan if his party loses the Bihar Assembly polls. Janata Dal (United) leader K.C Tyagi condemned Shah’s remark and alleged that it was an an insult to the Dalits and the backwards in Bihar.

  • ‘Narbhakshi’ has finally gone mad: Lalu on Amit Shah

    Patna: Lashing out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah for his statement that ‘Pakistan will celebrate if the mahagathbandhan wins in Bihar’, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Firday said that the ‘narbhakshi’ (Shah) has finally gone around the bend and in doing so, has yet against insulted Bihar.

  • Sushil Modi

    Mahagathbandhan ‘scared’ of PM Modi: Sushil Modi

    Patna: Accusing Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav of lowering the standard of debate during the Bihar polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Modi on Wednesday said that the Mahagathbandhan was scared of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.