Big gain for BJP without JD(U) as partner
Patna,(BiharTimes): The election results of Bihar has confirmed that the parting of ways by Janata Dal (United) has no impact whatsoever on the poll prospect of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
The NDA won 32 seats last time. This time it won 31 seats. The BJP on its own won 22 seats while its much weaker partners, the Lok Janshakti Party and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party bagged six and three seats respectively.
Last time the BJP won 12 while Janata Dal (United) 20 seats. The Janata Dal (United) has been shown its actual place. If it won 20 seats it was simply because the saffron party showed generosity and left 25 seats for it to contest. The BJP fought on 15 and won 12 of them.
This time it contested 30 and won almost 75 per cent of them. Not only that it had ensured the victory to six out of seven LJP and three out of three RLSP candidates. These two parties were much weaker than the Janata Dal (United) in its earlier days. They both have not a single MLA in the Bihar Assembly today. Yet the BJP, with the help of the NaMo wave, managed to transfer its votes to these two parties and helped bring life in them. The BJP was least benefited by them.
Had Ram Vilas Paswan not tied up with the BJP his party’s fate would have been much worse than that of the Dalit outfit of Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party.
Mayawati led BSP is certainly much stronger party in UP as there are about 22 per cent Dalit votes unlike 15.1 in Bihar. Yet the BSP was completely decimated there as the Dalit votes shifted towards the BJP.
There was no dearth of analysts who questioned the BJP’s rationale behind having alliance with LJP and RLSP. Even within the BJP there was storm over it and many party leaders, including Giriraj Singh, Dr C P Thakur, Ashwani Choubey. Kirti Azad, Ramadhar Singh etc, did not attend Narendra Modi’s Muzaffarpur rally of March 3. They did not want to share platform with Ram Vilas Paswan and his family as well as dons like Rama Singh and Suraj Bhan Singh.
Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi was publicly criticized by them.
However, that is an old story and by the Purnea rally of NaMo (March 10) the saffron party managed to overcome the crisis. The upper caste lobby was convinced and the result was for everyone to see.
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