Rahil Nora Chopra : RJD and LJP are demanding to postpone the dates of Bihar Assembly election. The RJD, particularly Lalu Prasad’s family, is divided. Lalu could have made the difference but he is still in jail. On the other hand, the Congress leaders of Bihar are busy convincing the high-command to pick former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as the CM face and to lead the party in the coming assembly election. They believe that the senior Dalit leader, daughter of the late Babu Jagjivan Ram, can give a better fight to Nitish Kumar in comparison to the present RJD leader and Lalu’s son Tejasvi Yadav. Currently, Nitish Kumar’s popularity graph is at an all-time low. The perception in Bihar is that the chief minister has been unresponsive throughout the pandemic. However, if Meira Kumar becomes the CM face, Congress will also get the benefit in neighbouring states, especially in UP and Madhya Pradesh by-elections. On the issue of alliance with RJD, senior Congress leaders are saying that if RJD accepts the proposal to push Meira Kumar as the CM face, then they would contest the polls in alliance with RJD. Else, Congress wants to go its own way. Meanwhile, pollster Prashant Kishor who once showed an interest in his home state, appears now to be waiting for the 2025 elections.