October 9, 2020 8:26:26 pm
The checklist of JD(U) candidates for the Bihar meeting elections bears the unmistakable stamp of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has made a sagacious try to consolidate his extraordinarily backward castes (EBC) assist base whereas attempting to make a dent into RJD’s Muslim-Yadav mix.
In accordance with the seat-sharing method for the 243-member meeting, the JD(U) has obtained 122 seats however is contesting solely 115, leaving the remaining seven for the Hindustani Awam Morcha of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who’s again within the NDA.
The EBCs, numerically massive however disorganised, have discovered a delight of place within the checklist, with 19 candidates drawn from this social phase, nurtured over time by Kumar as a bulwark towards the RJD.
Kumar, as a part of his social engineering, zealously courted them by means of welfare measures like sub-quotas for them in authorities jobs in an try to make inroads into RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s as soon as strong OBC assist base. For years the OBCs had virtually voted for the RJD en bloc earlier than Kumar parted methods with the Yadav chieftain.
Even extra conspicuous is the candidature of 19 Yadavs, numerically the most important caste group in Bihar who’ve, by and enormous, stood rock strong behind the RJD.
Yadav candidates like sitting MLAs Bijendra Prasad Yadav and Poonam Yadav are outdated JD(U) arms.
However, new entrants like Chandrika Roy and Jaivardhan Yadav alias ‘Bachcha’ give a clearer concept of the sport plan of Kumar, towards whom the RJD has been attempting to create, with little success, a wave of resentment over the betrayal of mandate a reference to the JD(U) boss successful the 2015 polls in alliance with the RJD however altering course halfway and returning to the NDA.
Roy, who has been fielded from his pocket borough Parsa, is the daddy of Aishwarya Roy, who obtained married to the RJD supremos elder son Tej Pratap Yadav in 2018 however was deserted by her husband barely six months after tying the knot.
Jaivardhan, who gained Paliganj for the RJD in 2015, walked into the JD(U) camp a few months in the past. His exit appears to have made issues too scorching to deal with for the RJD which has handed over Paliganj to the CPI(ML) as a part of a hurriedly cobbled alliance.
Jaivardhan Yadav is the grandson of Congress veteran late Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav, a former union minister and probably the most formidable Yadav chief in Bihar of the pre-Mandal period.
With 18 Yadav and 11 Muslim nominees, the JD(U) additionally appears to have sought to make a dent into the RJDs famed MY mixture, the bedrock of the occasion’s assist base.
The candidature of 12 Kurmis, who’re numerically small, is hardly shocking. The neighborhood takes delight in the truth that the chief minister is from amongst them. Of strategic significance, although, is occasion tickets to 15 Kushwahas, numerically the most important amongst OBCs after the Yadavs.
Kurmis and Koeris, the caste identify by which Kushwahas are extra popularly recognized, have been seen as political comrades in arms. Their camaraderie have earned them the sobriquet Luv-Kush within the political parlance of Bihar.
Attempts have been made by RLSP chief and former union minister Upendra Kushwaha to wean away his castemen from the JD(U) however with hardly any success.
Seventeen tickets have gone to the Scheduled Castes, and the occasion hopes to offset any Dalit backlash attributable to the rise up of Chirag Paswans LJP with the assistance of Manjhi.
Nineteen candidates occur to be from among the many higher castes, to whom the occasion has sought to succeed in out with the message that their outright rejection of the JD(U) after it snapped ties with BJP in 2013 however, the occasion cares for all.
In any case, with Kumar returning to the NDA fold, his occasion hopes to safe the strong backing of the higher castes.
Among the higher caste candidates, seven are Rajputs, whom the occasion has sought to succeed in out to with the induction of former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singhs son Satya Prakash, who is anticipated to be accomodated within the legislative council later.
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, a founding member of the RJD who loved respect throughout occasion strains, had resigned from the first membership a day earlier than his demise from post-COVID issues and a few months after stepping down as nationwide vice-president.
The occasion has additionally fielded 10 Bhumihars. These embody turncoats like Sudarshan Kumar, the sitting MLA from Barbigha, who stop the Congress not too long ago and is the JD(U) candidate from the identical seat.
Another Bhumihar candidate who has aroused a lot curiosity is Rajiv Lochan Singh from Mokama, a soft-spoken man with roots within the Sangh Parivar who strikes round carrying a tilak and is thought by the nickname sadhu baba.
The docile debutant is pitted towards multiple-term MLA Anant Kumar Singh, a dreaded determine who was booked below the stringent anti-terror legislation UAPA final yr after an enormous cache of arms, ammunition and explosives was recovered from his residence.
Anant Singh had began his political journey in 2005 with the JD(U) and was recognized to benefit from the confidence of Nitish Kumar. Ahead of the 2015 meeting polls, he burnt bridges with the chief minister when he stop the occasion saying he was against the proposed tie-up with RJD.
The RJD supremo, on his half, claimed through the marketing campaign that he had obtained Nitish Kumar to behave towards the Mokama MLA for committing atrocities towards a Yadav boy.
Politics is thought to make unusual bedfellows and Anant Singh has ended up coming into the fray as an RJD candidate.
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