In BJP bastion Bankipur, ‘Shotgun’ Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv brings in a component of curiosity : The Tribune India

Patna, October 30

A component of curiosity has been launched within the Bankipur meeting phase the place a strongly positioned younger BJP MLAs try at a hat-trick has been challenged by, a nonetheless youthful, Congress candidate with a formidable pedigree.

The candidature of 37 years previous Luv Sinha, whose father Shatrughan Sinha had misplaced Patna Sahib within the Lok Sabha polls final yr when he fought on a Congress ticket, got here as a shock to residents of the Bihar capital, a serious a part of which is roofed underneath the constituency named after a locality within the metropolis.

The daddy had received the Lok Sabha seat on the trot in 2009 and 2014, when he contested on a BJP ticket, however he burnt his bridges with the get together after repeated jibes on the Modi-Shah duo which he mockingly known as “one man present and two man military”.

Final yr, the “Bihari babu” who took satisfaction in having registered the largest margin of victory within the state in 2014 when all credit score was going to the “Modi wave”, misplaced by a fair better variety of votes (2,84,657) to former cupboard colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad who was contesting an election for the primary time.

Not a lot has been identified to this point about his childrens political aptitude, although it is not uncommon information that in contrast to twin brother Kush, Luv did evince curiosity in appearing however didn’t make it massive like “Shotgun” or, to some extent, youthful sister Sonakshi.

Apart from being born to a well-known actor whose crowd-pulling skills in his house city stay undiminished, Luv Sinha additionally has caste issue on his aspect in Bankipur the place the winner and the runner-up have been, invariably, Kayasthas.

Nonetheless, defeating the incumbent Nitin Nabin stays a tall order as the town has, in response to the Mandal wave and the lawlessness that prevailed in the course of the rule of Lalu Prasad and his spouse Rabri Devi, became a saffron bastion.

This explains why the 40 years previous MLA, who made his debut from the now abolished Patna West seat in 2006 in a by- election necessitated by his father Nabin Kishore Sinhas loss of life, has all the time been successful by astounding margins.

Even in 2015, when the Congress had fielded one other Kayastha candidate Kumar Ashish who loved the backing of Lalu Prasads RJD in addition to Nitish Kumars JD(U), Bankipur remained a cakewalk for Nitin Nabin even because the BJP struggled to carry its personal in a lot of the state, failing to win even 1 / 4 of seats within the 243-strong meeting.

Nitish Kumar is again within the NDA this time which the BJP sees as a bonus.Furthermore,Nabins personal standing has since grown.

He headed the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha until lately and has now been appointed because the partys in cost for Sikkim.

The opposition Grand Alliance, of which the Congress is the second largest associate after RJD, nonetheless, hopes of cashing in on the anti incumbency issue which has develop into palpable with the Chief Minister having been in energy for a few decade and a half.

The Congress additionally hopes to make inroads amongst disgruntled BJP cadre who shouldn’t have a lot of an area within the state capital to vent their frustrations, with even the rebellious LJP chief Chirag Paswan shying away from fielding candidates in opposition to the saffron get together candidates in any of the 4 meeting segments which cowl the whole metropolis.

This was evident when Sushma Sahu,a former state president of BJP Mahila Morcha who lately give up the get together and had sought to contest as an Unbiased candidate, turned up at public conferences the place she canvassed for Luv Sinha, calling him “chhota bhai” (youthful brother).

Sahu has been alleging that her nomination papers had been rejected on the behest of the ruling coalition and accusing the BJP of, “insulting the Vaishya neighborhood” by ignoring and humiliating her.

How a lot ice this cuts with the voters can be identified on November 03, when Bankipur, which has a three.91 lakh sturdy citizens, goes to polls within the second section of elections.

Altogether 22 candidates are within the fray right here and, apart from the principle contenders, one being talked about is Pushpam Priya Chaudhary, who calls herself “Chief Ministerial candidate” of her newly-floated outfit Plurals Celebration.

Nonetheless, the politically acutely aware residents of the town look with bemusement on the self-styled political reformer, who claims to be an alumnus of London Faculty of Economics and occurs to be daughter of a JD(U) chief from north Bihar.

The NDA leaders are describing Luv Sinha as a “parachute candidate”. However, his father, Shatrughan Sinha says he’s “Bihar putra” (son of Bihar) and has been working for the individuals since he (Sinha himself) contested Lok Sabha elections from native Patna for the primary time in 2009.

Assured of the BJP’s victory on the seat, some saffron get together leaders brag that “even when US president Donald Trump involves contest in opposition to the BJP from Patna, he can be defeated.”

Priti Sinha of Sri Krishna Nagar says although not a lot improvement work has been performed within the space, we’d like to have a BJP-JD(U) authorities for the sake of management of crime.

Sapalta Singh of Khajpura locality says “we’re firmly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To make the nation sturdy we have to have him in energy in all places”. PTI

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