Battleground Bihar, Stage Set For The Next Big Elections

The current legislative assembly of Bihar expires on 29th November 2015. The forthcoming elections are going to be the most dramatic and interesting elections in recent times; allies have become foes, foes have become allies. The election will be a tough battle between the Janta Parivar group and the NDA front. The Janta Parivar group comprises of Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal (Secular), Indian National Lok Dal and  Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) and supported by Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. Recently it has been found that Arvind Kejriwal has been offering a hand of friendship to Nitish Kumar in the upcoming elections. The allies of Nitish Kumar aren’t happy with his new friendship and even Arvind Kejriwal has made it clear that his friendship is with Nitish Kumar only and not with his allies. The NDA front consists of the Lok Janshakti Party, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Hindustani Awam Morcha and is headed by Bharatiya Janata Party. Although Aam Aadmi Party will not contest elections from Bihar, it has stated it shall campaign against the BJP.

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Nitish Kumar remains answerable to many questions. He is contesting elections only from 100 seats out of the 242 and how can he walk towards being the next Chief Minister with such low numbers. RJD, which is also contesting from 100 seats, might get more seats than JDU and in that case Nitish Kumar might not be the candidate for CM anymore. Nitish Kumar has placed his image as a corruption free politician who respects his principles more than anything in the last elections, but now his coalition proves him to be an opportunist.

MIM leader and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi has also announced that his party is making entry into the Bihar elections. It is predicted by many that his entry into Bihar politics might divide the Muslim vote bank and help polarization of the Hindu votes towards BJP. Moreover BJP had been in coalition with Nitish Kumar for 7.5 years out of the 10 years tenure. So it would be difficult for BJP to point out anything in particular against Nitish Kumar as they themselves shall be accountable for it.

Various BJP leaders have been organizing rallies in the state and to counter that, the grand coalition of the Nitish Kumar’s Alliance has organized ‘Swabhiman’ rally. While the war of words is still going on among the parties, it is still not clearly known regarding the outcomes.

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