Defined: What’s the much-discussed “coalition of social extremes”?

2020/10 18 06:10

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October 18, 2020 12:14:47 pm

Explained: What is the much-discussed “coalition of social extremes”?Janta Dal (United) Chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with BJP senior chief and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi throughout a press convention forward of Bihar Meeting elections, in Patna. (PTI File Picture)

The phrase was typically utilized by the late BJP strategist Arun Jaitley. He would name the NDA in Bihar “a rainbow coalition” with the presence and illustration of all social teams. If the BJP introduced in higher castes, and a good chunk of OBC and EBC (Economically Backward Class) votes, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) had the backing of EBCs and Scheduled Castes. As towards Lalu’s tried and examined Muslim-Yadav mixture (31% of Bihar’s inhabitants), the NDA thus stitched a formidable social mixture of personal (collectively round 40%).

As distinguished political scientist Shaibal Gupta factors out, this makes the NDA a coalition of social extremes — higher caste help on one finish, and Dalit on the opposite — first discovering success in Bihar within the 2005 Meeting polls. The Congress had as soon as tried a mix of Dalits and higher castes, Gupta notes.

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The success of the NDA mixture is much more vital because it comes within the wake of Lalu Prasad’s politics sharpening the divide between the higher castes and OBCs. Campaigning in Raghopur in the course of the 2015 elections, when the JD(U) was its accomplice, the RJD chief had described the election as being a “backward versus ahead” contest.

Now, in fact, Nitish is again within the NDA fold, and the alliance’s coalition of social extremes could maintain the important thing once more to who involves energy within the state.

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