Wed. Nov 25th, 2020
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New Delhi_ Bihar assembly elections are now over. The Present government will

continue of some new will take charge will be known only after the counting of

votes. A total of 78 seats in 16 districts of North Bihar & Seemanchal region went

to polls yesterday in last phase of polling of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020.

Approximately 56.12% voter percentage were recorded. It being the last and final

phase, electioneering was different than the previous two phases. Chief Minister

Nitish Kumar in a rally at Dhamdaha in Purnea district in support of JDU

candidate Lesie Singh said that it may be his last election and requested the

people to vote for NDA so that developmental works in the State may continue.

He quoted the famous saying “ant bhala toh sab bhala” (all is well that ends well).

In another rally at Katihar, he referred to the illegal immigrants (infiltrators) issue

and said that no one can drive away any person from the State or the Country. On

the other hand, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath raked up National Register for

Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Kishanganj while

senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudi said that every illegal infiltrator would be

driven away not only from State but also from the Country. Giriraj Singh, another

BJP leader also brought up NRC and CAA issues. He also said that an Act would

be implemented in Bihar on the lines of U.P. to tackle “Love Jihad” drive.

Bihar Assembly Elections are acid test for PM Modi too

Prime Minister Narendra Modi deviating from his style of campaigning in the

past six years barring certain exceptions encouraged people to shout “Jai

Shriram” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai” along with him in the final phase of his

electioneering. BJP and JDU lines in the third phase of campaigning are being

discussed and analyzed thoroughly by political pundits. Some say that it’s an

emotional card being played by Nitish Kumar as his last resort while others are of

the opinion that he distanced himself from Hindutva hardline to woo Muslim

voters, while BJP is banking on Hindu votes. Opposition had taken up Nitish

Kumar’s statement as his desperation foreseeing his defeat and that the people of

Bihar will unseat him this time. Tejashwi Yadav said that Nitish Kumar is tired

now and is unable to handle the State. He is very vocal on development and

unemployment issues. Chirag Paswan said that Bihar is looking forward to

dynamic leadership and people will retire Nitish Kumar.

Outcome has some very clear indications

It will be interesting to watch the outcome where polling was held yesterday in

the last phase. Seemanchal is predominantly Muslim majority region followed by

Yadavs. JDU had won total 24 seats out of 54 seats in alliance with RJD in 2015

elections, an alliance supported by MY equation. Out of these 24 seats, 6 seats

were won in Seemanchal. But this time JDU is part of NDA and hence polling

pattern may change in view of caste ridden politics of Bihar. BJP drew a blank in

Madhubani (6 seats), Samastipur (5 seats), Madhepura (8 seats) and Saharsa (8

seats) districts in 2015. It had won 6 seats and JDU 3 seats out of 17 seats in

Darbhanga (5 seats), Muzaffarpur (6 seats) and Sitamarhi (6 seats). Seemanchal

traditionally is a RJD and Congress bastion. Areas where polling was held

yesterday are located adjacent to Nepal and West Bengal with high Muslim

population which could be a disadvantage to NDA. A sizeable number of Yadavs

and extreme backward classes (EBCs) could have voted in favour of

Mahagathbandhan candidates. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)

of Asaduddin Owaisi buoyed by its maiden victory in by poll last October could

also disbalance voting pattern. Whatever said and done, final phase of polling is

very crucial for all parties.


 

By Rakesh Agarwal

A senior media professional with 30 years experience.

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