Bihar became the most popular Indian state in the last two decades, according to an analysis of census data.
In the first five years of the BJP-led government, the state has gained over 3.6 million residents, a rise of more than 13 million people, the latest data from the Indian Census Office shows.
According to the census, there were a total of 9.3 million inhabitants of the state in 1950, when it was named the Bharat state, which means ‘the people’.
The BJP government took power in the state’s northernmost district in 1991, and took power again in the rest of the north-east region in 1993.
Its success was partly attributed to the presence of a number of powerful and well-known politicians, including former chief minister Nitish Kumar.
A report published by the Economic Survey of India said that Bihar has seen a rapid economic growth over the past five years.
In 2011-12, Bihar had an annual GDP growth rate of 9 per cent.
The government attributed the economic growth to the growth of the labour force, especially in manufacturing, and the development of new technologies and services.
The BJP won the last election in 2019, and its government is expected to stay in power until 2022.
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