Custom Search


Fourth Phase: All eyes on Lallan as Munger to witness interesting contest


Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the chief minister’s home-town, Bakhtiyarpur in Patna district, is among the 42 assembly seats which go to poll on November 1 more attention is being focussed on the state capital and Munger. Barring Phulwarisharif all the urban seats of Patna are going to poll, yet it failed to achieve the desired momentum.

Gone are the days when Patna used to have men like Sushil Kumar Modi, Aquil Haider, Jabir Husain, Navin Kishore Prasad Sinha etc in the fray. Now we have just Nand Kishore Yadav, the former state BJP chief and present health minister, who is the leader of any stature. He is contesting from Patna Saheb assembly constituency.

The sitting BJP MLA from Bankipur, Nitin Navin and of Kumhrar, Arun Kumar Sinha, are not political stalwarts. Both are Kayastha, the caste said to have least political clout in the state though there is no dearth of scholars, bureaucrats, academics, journalists coming from this caste.

If Kayasthas have any clout it is in the BJP, thus both belong to that party. Keeping the caste factor in the mind the Rashtriya Janata Dal has also put up a Kayastha candidate from Bankipur.

Janata Dal (United) has put up Poonam Devi, former MLA of Masaurhi from Digha, the most VIP constituency of the state. She has to shift from Masaurhi as it has now been made a reserved seat. The problem is that earlier this seat was in the hands of the BJP and two rebels from the candidates are in the fray queering the pitch of the official Janata Dal (United) candidate.

Munger district is witnessing a unique tussle. Much is at stake for the former Janata Dal (United) state president, Lallan Singh, who is also the local MP. He is out to settle his score with Nitish Kumar. He has with him a sizeable section of Bhumihars, who are upset after the reported plan by the state government to enact bataidari law. How much he succeeds could only be known on November 24.

But Janata Dal (United) has another problem. Shabnam Parween, the wife of Begusarai party MP, Monazir Hasan, is the RJD candidate from Munger town seat. Like Lallan Singh and several other party MPs her husband too is up in arms against Nitish Kumar. This has made the battle for Munger much more interesting.

Besides, ministers like Ashwini Choubey, Narendra Singh, his two sons, deputy speaker, Shakuni Chaudhary are trying their luck on Monday.





traffic analytics