BIHAR OPPOSITION FIGHT OVER CM FACE

BIHAR OPPOSITION FIGHT OVER CM FACE

Rahil Nora Chopra : The assembly election of Bihar for 243 assembly seats is due in October- November this year. The opposition alliance is fighting over its chief ministerial candidate. RJD has projected 30-year old Tejashwi Yadav as the chief minister candidate of the grand alliance after its national council meeting passed a resolution in Patna on 10 December 2019, but now most of the parties are not agreeing to his candidature. The Congress also has reservations on this issue and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has had a virtual meeting with Bihar Congress leaders, including veteran Nikhil Kumar, legislative party leader Sadanand Singh and state party president, in which both Nikhil Kumar and Sadanand Singh expressed opposition to the move to project Tejashwi Yadav as the chief-ministerial face. According to sources, both Nikhil and Sadanand argued that the move will alienate the upper castes due to Tejashwi’s strong bias against them. Bihar party in-charge Shakti Singh Gohil suggested that a statewise survey be conducted to identify the face of alliance. Meanwhile, Hindustani Awam Morcha leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha and Vikas Sheel Insaan Party president Mukesh Sahani also opposed the name of Tejashwi. In the meeting, Congress also rejected the suggestion to go it alone in the assembly election.  Senior Congress leader Kishore Kumar Jha said the party should deal with RJD on equal terms. Akhilesh Prasad Singh suggested that Congress should talk with Lok Jan Shakti party as Chirag Paswan is unhappy in the ruling National Democratic alliance. The Congress is also in touch with the new front of former minister Yashwant Sinha and left parties. Meanwhile, national spokesperson of RJD and Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha has said that Congress has all the freedom to talk about the chief minister face but there is a special relationship between Laluji and Soniaji and that has withstood the test of time.


 (The writer is an independent journalist based in Delhi. He tweets @chopra_rahil )


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