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A Pandemic and an election: Covid19-led migration to test Bihar alliance

At the time of writing this report, more than 500 people have been tested in Bihar. The state has also reported 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and registered one death


The state government announced Rs 100 crore to bear expenses of migrant workers stranded in other states.

Satyavrat Mishra
Rakesh Kumar used to sell plants and saplings on his cart in Gurugram. The day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Janata Curfew, he decided to sell those plants and saplings at throwaway prices, to no avail. “I have not been able to sell a single plant. I would return to my village… I have no money to feed my family. The way things are going, the situation would only be grimmer in the coming days,” said Kumar, a native of Samastipur district in Bihar.

His apprehensions came true: On Tuesday night, Modi announced a 21-day national lockdown to limit the

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First Published: Mar 29 2020 | 8:10 PM IST

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