Even because the leaders of the ruling NDA in Bihar and the Grand Alliance declare that growth is the important thing plank within the upcoming Meeting elections, the caste issue, nonetheless, has all the time been there and the technique of all of the events hovers round this issue.
The political events have all the time been deciding on candidates on the idea of the energy of a caste in a selected constituency.
And, given the voters profile of BIhar, this principle has made the Muslim-Yadav (MY) equation very related within the state. It has performed a big position throughout the 15-year rule of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad. Even the present Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar has additionally all the time eyed the MY issue aside from Koeri and Kurmi (KK equation).
As per the Election Fee information, 16 per cent of voters are Yadav and 17 per cent are Muslim within the state. These two communities dominate in 110 seats. Therefore, the JD-U has given 19 seats to Yadav candidates and 11 to Muslims within the 2020 Meeting ballot.
Since these two communities are thought of as ‘kingmakers’ of each election, each Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar all the time closely rely on these candidates.
The RJD claims that Yadavs are its conventional vote financial institution since Lalu Prasad belongs to the identical neighborhood. Since he additionally maintains the picture of a secular chief, Muslims are all the time behind him, he claims.
Then again, Nitish Kumar additionally has a picture of a secular chief and it displays by way of his “Topi and Tika” comment the place Topi (cap) belongs to the Muslim and Tika to the Hindu neighborhood.
“His affiliation with the BJP pressured the Muslims to a sure extent to make a distance from him. Nonetheless, JD-U can’t ignore Muslims. It’s depending on particular person Muslim candidates,” mentioned Saroj Yadav, a Patna-based political analyst.
Within the 2015 Meeting election, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) had given seats to 12 Yadav candidates and 11 of them had gained the election.
The RJD had given 48 seats to Yadav candidates and 42 of them managed to win.
Even the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) had betted on 22 candidates, nevertheless it was not so profitable in comparison with the JD-U and RJD as solely six of its candidates gained the election.
Whereas the JD-U, within the 2020 Meeting elections, has given 19 seats to Yadav candidates, the RJD has introduced solely 42 candidates thus far and 20 of them are from the Yadav neighborhood.
Bihar has 243 Meeting constituencies and 61 Yadav MLAs have been elected in 2015.
So far as the Muslim candidates are involved, the JD-U has given tickets to 11 candidates within the upcoming election.
At the moment, there are 24 Muslim MLAs within the Bihar Meeting, and of them, 11 belong to the RJD, six to Congress, 5 to JD-U, one every to BJP and CPI (ML).
“Muslims have been the normal voters of the Congress get together earlier than 1990. The Bhagalpur Hindu-Muslim riots of 1989 had modified the notion of the Muslim neighborhood. They’ve checked out Lalu Prasad as an alternate chief in Bihar. That they had turned ‘kingmaker’ for Lalu Prasad when he obtained the bulk in 1990 and fashioned the federal government in Bihar,” Saroj Yadav mentioned.
“In 2015, the anti-incumbency issue, regulation and order scenario performed a task aside from a bunch of Muslims and Yadav that weren’t happy with the Lalu Prasad regime. They checked out Nitish Kumar instead,” he mentioned.
“The MY equation additionally labored in 2015, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad contested the election as an alliance associate and succeeded,” he added.
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