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
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.