Kumar also dismissed reports of rift in the alliance and said that everybody including RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav agreed that he should announce the list.
After the announcement of the list, Nitish stressed he would campaign in as much Assembly constituencies as possible and so would RJD boss Lalu. On the other hand, Lalu sees this as an opportunity to revive his political ground in the state. And the remark has clearly landed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a spot.
“Today, Nitish Kumar is with the Congress and with Laluji”.
“Badaliye sarkar, badaliye Bihar” – This is what is BJP’s slogan for the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar. The alliance has given a chunk of 130 out of 242 seats to OBCs, 33 to Muslims and 24 to Mahadalits. Of these 134 BC candidates, as many as 64 seats have gone to the Yadavs.
In this election at least 25 women candidates have been given tickets from the party forming 10 per cent of the total election seats.
In 2014 general election, his party managed to won only 2 seats.
Both Nitish and Lalu are not contesting polls themselves. “Both the BJP and the anti-BJP alliance are trying to divide the society on the basis of caste”, said Shashi Sharma, head of the political science department at Patna University. “He will lose Bihar and they will remove him”. The ex-Bihar CM was of the opinion that building high-rise buildings and roads was not a sign of development, and that he would view development on educational and social growth parameters.
The exchange was started by Mr Jaitley’s letter of on August 28 – which gave the details of the financial package for Bihar.
“Nitish Kumar is scared of losing his power and therefore, making up stories to make himself look good”.
This is not to say that the grand alliance wouldn’t have squabbles inside its own house. He recently attended a rally with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in West Champaran district.
Why are Manjhi’s MLAs contesting on the BJP tickets? Likewise in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Paswan is once again eyeing to bag as many seats under the leadership of Modi. But LJP maintains all is well within the party.
“We took our time to decide the candidates”. Muslims who constitute almost 17 per cent of the population, got slightly less representation in terms of percentage.
“The Narendra Modi government has sent their star campaigners, prominent party leaders and bureaucrats to Bihar to keep a close watch on JD(U) and RJD leaders”. Vaishali is considered a RJD stronghold.