RJD president Lalu Prasad on Saturday said the stampede outside Gandhi Maidan which left 33 dead appears to be a result of administrative "lapse" and expressed dismay over the administration's inability to make foolproof arrangements despite several unpleasant incidents in the past at the grounds in the heart of the capital.
Downplaying last month's bypoll results in Bihar in which the BJP-led coalition fared poorly winning only four out of 10 seats, Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said it would be wrong to assume that the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress would come to power in the Assembly polls next year.
Amid intense speculation about cabinet expansion in Bihar with new allies RJD and Congress joining the ministry, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday denied any immediate move and said the matter would be decided by top leaders of the three parties.
Shedding ideological differences, nine MLAs of Bihar's Muzaffarpur district belonging to different parties on Monday sat on dharna at the district collectorate premises to protest against rising crime graph, corruption and lack of development in the district.
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Tuesday said that a decision on cabinet expansion would be taken only after top leaders of the grand alliance collectively took a call on joining the government.
With a buoyant RJD, JD(U) and Congress planning to take their "secular alliance experiment" outside Bihar after the bypoll victory, LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan Friday said their happiness would be "short-lived" as they won by "fluke".
Keeping aside their political rivalry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders wished Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav a speedy recovery on Wednesday and wished him good health.
After being checkmated by the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in the Bihar bypoll, BJP ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that the `Mahayuti` needs pull up its socks and refrain from gloating over the "Modi wave" to fight the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections.