In November of 2008, I had my third visit to India in nearly 18 years and the second in less than a year. In my previous two visits, I could barely pass by Bihar; but this time around, I was able to tour the state for two weeks. In the cities of Darbhanga, my home town; Bhagalpur, my in-laws' place; and Patna, I had a chance to observe the changes over the years and talk to people randomly.
Contradictory statements are coming from the leaders of the RJD and the JD(U) with regard to the merger of the two parties. A senior JD (U) minister Ramai Ram advised the two parties to merge in order to put up a united fight against the BJP. Otherwise, he warned, Modi Express would overrun Bihar like Maharashtra and Haryana.
On Friday, October 17th, Nitish Kumar was reported to have confessed to his party “foot soldiers” that their legitimate claim to the party was ignored; their opinion was not considered important while taking any major decision. He further exhorted party youngsters to “forget and forgive” and work for the party.