Editorial

Bahari for Bihar

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/13/2020 12:06:34 PM IST

 Announcement for holding elections to 243-member the Bihar legislative assembly in three phases- October 28 (71 seats), November 3 (94 seats) and November 7 (78 seats); the verdict will be known when counting takes place on November 10. The voters of Bihar will choose from among the NDA parties and the Mahagathbandhan or alliance of RJD,Congress ,Left parties including minor allies. Bihar chief minister Nitesh Kumar has held the post on five occasions. Traditionally Nitesh has been part of NDA since the Vajpayee era. Nitish Kumar has been appointed chief minister on five occasions beginning from 2000 as Samata Party leader but resigned when the NDA did not have majority. Lalu Prasad Yadav made his wife Rabri Devi the chief minister. Nitesh again became chief minister in 2005 after joining the NDA. He left the NDA in 2013 due to Modi. He resigned in 2014 following his party’s poor showing in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. He then teamed up with RJD in 2015 and formed the Mahagathbandan coalition government comprising of JDU,RJD and Congress. Nitish however repeated his “resignation cycle” on July 26,2017 as chief minister of the Mahagathbandhan when his deputy chief minster Tejashwi Yadav refused to resign due to allegations of corruption. The Bihar elections will witness another element- Lok Janshakti Party(LJP) of late Ram Vilas Paswan- which has ditched Nitesh in Bihar but still with NDA at the Centre. Even though the scales are tilted in the ruling BJP-JD(U)’s favour in Bihar, with the Opposition Mahagathbandhan (RJD,Congress and Left parties) a splintered and weakened mess, the poll hardened duo of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would find a campaign too dull and mellow. In every election, the duo had an “enemy or enemies” to target- be it Pakistan or terrorism and at times era of corruption of the Congress. Without identifying a clear ‘vicious’ enemy to be persistently attacked to generate hatred among its electorate; the duo this time would have to play another card. Though Nitish is the NDA’s face for the Bihar elections, he appears to be facing an anti-incumbency factor. This leaves only prime minister Narendra Modi as the biggest star campaigner. Indeed there is no leader of the stature of Modi today, since Indira Gandhi during her era. The Modi-factor could tilt the scales against the anti-incumbency factor since the opposition is not only divided, weakened but have no tall leader who could take on Modi. Even though Modi has failed in major areas such as the demonetisation ‘mid night surgical strike’ on November 8,2016; the hastily implemented GST on July 1,2017 besides various other policies, yet he remains unaffected because there is no recognised rival leader. Even with the farmers issue, though the Modi government’s policy has attracted much flak yet farmers have steered clear of the opposition. Modi is also veteran who is adept at the pulls and pushes of politics and with a party having immense spread and still spreading, Bihar will be just another job made easier due to the ignorance or inability of the opposition about what makes people tick.

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