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Thursday, April 30, 2009

We need water



As the government taps go dry and mercury climbs past 40 degree Celsius, residents of Saidpur locality staging demonstration for proper water supply in Patna on April 29, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

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LIC launches health protection plus plan



The official launching function of Life Insurance Corporation of India's Health Protection Plus Plan in Patna on April 29, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

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Stage set for third phase of polling







As the eleven constituencies of Eastern Bihar go to poll on April 30, Electronic Voting mechines are being taken to respective polling booths of Bhagalpur by polling officers and security personnel on April 29, 2009. Top: The lack of manpower has also forced the administration to carry the jobs through child labourers.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar at Patna airport


Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar talking to media at Patna airport on April 28, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury talking to media



CPI(M) politburo and Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechury talking to media in Patna on April 28, 2009 on the possibilities of Third Front's taking charge at the Centre after the election.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Ever agile Lalu


RJD boss Lalu Prasad at Patna Patna airport on April 28, 2009 on his way to election rallies at different parts of Kosi region. The day was the last day of election campaigning for the third phase of polling, slated for April 30, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Public Manifesto


Residents of flood-hit Kosi region releasing public manifesto for the Lok Sabha election in Patna on April 28, 2009. The area goes to poll on April 30, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Ram Vilas and Prakash Jha on high



Lok Janashakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan and Bollywood producer-director turn LJP leader Prakash Jha at Patna airport on April 28, 2009 on their way to election meetings at different parts of Supaul and Araria districts of Bihar for third phase of election scheduled on April 30, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

A day of Congress leaders







Congress leaders Sadhu Yadav, Lovely Anand and Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee Anil Kumar Sharma at Patna airport on April 28, 2009 on their way to election rallies at different parts of the state.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Talking big





BJP leaders Anil Sharma (left) and Vinod Narayan Jha holding a press conference at BJP Office in Patna on April 28, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Bihar Governor releases journal on historical studies


Bihar Governor RL Bhatia releasing "Amrapali", a journal of historical studies at Raj Bhawan in Patna on April 28, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tight security at Patna airport



Security personnel keeping strict vigil at the state hanger of the Patna aiport on April 27, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Together, we will win!



Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Lok Janashakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan boarding a chopper on their way to election rallies at Khagaria and other parts of Bihar in Patna on April 27, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

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Patna University students on the rampage
















Patna University students went on the rampage at Ashok Rajpath in Patna on April 27, 2009 in protest against the murder of a student, who was shot at on April 24 under Pirbahore Police Station area. Student succumbed to his injuries on April 27. The death of the student sparked violence as angry students blocked road, ransacked examination halls, drove away examinees and damaged private and public properties.
Top: Students want to meet Patna University vice-chancellor.
Our photographer Aftab Alam Siddiqui captured a few moments of the situation.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ekla Chalo Re





Former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi returns to Patna after day-long election rallies in differerent parts of Bihar at Patna airport on April 26, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

It's time for interaction




Two stalwarts of Bihar politics Lalu Prasad (left) and Ram Vilas Paswan find some moment to interact between the tight schedules of election campaigning at Patna airport on April 26, 2009.
Bottom: Lalu Prasad on his way to board a chopper.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

BJP speeds up campaign for third phase





Bharatiya Janata Party's Kiran Ghai at a press conference.

Bottom: Senior BJP lader Kalraj Mishra and others at Patna airport on April 26, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Vijay Sahu on campaign trail





Rashtriya Janata Dal candidate for Patna Sahib seat Vijay Kumar Sahu and his supporters canvassing at a Patna locality on April 26, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

CAB team for Jamshedpur tourney


Members of the Cricket Academy of Bihar team in Patna on April 25, 2009 before their departure to Jamshedpur for playing an under-16 cricket tournament.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Shekhar Suman detained and released



Congress candidate for Patna Sahib seat and small screen star Shekhar Suman was detained at Pirbahore police station in Patna on April 25, 2009 for violation of model code of conduct for Lok Sabha election. He was later released on bail.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Raghuvansh talking to media



Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh talking to media at Patna airport on April 25, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Prakash Jha with Ram Vilas Paswan


Bollywood film producer, director and Lok Janashakti Party candidate Prakash Jha (left), LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan (right) coming out of Patna airport on April 25, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Another day out for Bihar CM Nitish Kumar



Bihar Chief Minister at state hanger of the Patna airport on April 25, 2009 on his way to election campaigning at different part of Bihar for the third phase of election.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

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Another busy day for Lalu Prasad


Rashtriya Janata Dal chief and Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on his way for electioneering at different parts on Bihar in Patna on April 25, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Bihar Governor inaugurates BAPICON 2009



The 19th annual conference of Association of Physicians India, Bihar Cahpter, BAPICON 2009, began in Patna on April 25, 2009. Bihar Governor RL Bhatia (sitting second in front row from right) inagurated the function.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Strict vigil for EVMs


Security on high alert at a strong room for EVMs in Hajipur on April 25, 2009, where election was held on April 23, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

The demon did it


A Bharatiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) officer seizing an excavator for cutting BSNL cable during earth digging operation near CBI office in Patna on April 25, 2009. The digging operation for road construction work has affected telephone service in Patna badly due to cable snapping.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Sharma, Singh on campaign trail



Bihar Pradesh Congress Commitee chief Anil Sharma (left) and Iqbal Singh (Bihar in-charge of Congress party) boarding a chopper in Patna on April 25, 2009 for the third phase of election rallies at different parts of Bihar.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Sushil Modi's poll campaign

Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi talking to media at Patna airport on April 25, 2009 on his way to electioneering for the third phase of polls in Bihar.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Shotgun Sinha on campaign trail


Bharatiya Janata Party candidate for Patna Sahib seat Shatrughan Sinha and his wife Poonam Sinha campaigning at a Patna locality on April 24, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Shyam Rajak proves a point


Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Shyam Rajak (left) and others at a press conference in Patna on April 24, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Ram Vilas Paswan talking to media



Lok Janashakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan talking to media at Patna airport on April 24, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Lalu gears up for another battle


Rashtirya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad gears up for third phase of election campaigning in Patna on April 24, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Ready for third phase of battle



Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar boarding a chopper on his way to third phase of electioneering in Patna on April 24, 2009.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Bihar Governor RL Bhatia releases journal of history


Bihar Governor RL Bhatia (centre) releasing a journal of Bihar History Congress in Patna on April 24, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Babaspeak


Janata Dal United leader Shivanand Tiwari (left) talking to the media in Patna on April 24, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Anil Sharma talking to media



Bihar Pradesh Congress Commitee president Anil Sharma (centre) addressing the media on April 24, 2009 on the party's preparation for third phase of polls as well as how the party did in the second phase of election that concluded on April 23, 2009.

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Enjoying natural soft drink


As the mercury climbs past 40 degree Celsius in Patna on April 23, 2009, it's time to enjoy coconut water to quench thirst as well as keep the heat away.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Hajipur, Vaishali vote for 15th Lok Sabha


























Hajipur and Vashali constituencies went to polls on April 23, 2009 for the 15th Lok Sabha in the second phase of polling in Bihar. Aftab Alam Siddiqui catches a few shots in his camera.

1.Women voters displaying their I Cards at a booth in Hajipur.

2. Strong turn out of women voters witnessed at Minapur (Hajipur) booth.

3.Voters line up in Jaduha (Hajipur) to exercise their voting right.

4-5. Voters queue up for casting their franchise.

6. A voter showing the inkmark after casting her ballot at Birdupur