ANALYSIS POLLS BIHAR
PATNA/NEW DELHI: The hustle and bustle of campaign for the second phase of Bihar assembly elections in 94 constituencies ended Sunday evening with focus now shifting to Seemanchal region. At major stake are the electoral fates of the Janata Dal (United)-BJP-led NDA and the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Congress-Leftist UPA in 17 districts on November 3.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an intensive campaign for the second round of voting by addressing election rallies at Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Patna. He sought votes on the development plank, and listed out the achievements of the NDA government. Modi reminded the people of the “jungle raj” of the Lalu Prasad-led RJD’s
15- year rule of the RJD.
“NDA is focusing on infrastructure development, and better facilities in villages, which will also benefit people of Bihar. For this, the government has approved a special fund of Rs1 Lakh crore. I urge you to take decisions wisely as those who pushed Bihar to Jungle Raj are looking for an opportunity to return,” Modi said.
BJP President JP Nadda addressed election rallies in Begusarai and Siwan and appealed to the people to vote for the NDA on the basis of its track-record.
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too focused on development of Bihar in his public meetings for the second phase of the assembly polls. He focused attention on farm laws and Modi’s “failed” actions like the imposition of the nationwide lockdown to control spread of the coronavirus epidemic. “Neither Modi nor chief minister Nitish Kumar talked about unemployment in Bihar. The Mahagatbandhan’s CM nominee Tejashwi Yadav , has a “new vision” for the state and its development, the Congress leader said.
Tejashwi Yadav addressed rallies for the Grand Alliance with main focus on his promise of creating10 lakh job opportunities for the state’s youth. While the RJD in its manifesto promised 10 lakh government jobs, BJP has promised 19 lakh jobs in its manifesto.
Of the 94 seats at stake in this phase, the RJD is contesting 56, the BJP 46 and the JD(U) 43. The Congress has put up candidates in 24 constituencies while the three Left parties are in the fray in 14 seats. The NDA ally Vikasheel Insaan Party (VIP) will be contesting 5 seats out of the total 11 seats allotted to them.
In 28 assembly seats, RJD candidates will be locked in direct contest with BJP while in 24 seats, they will be taking on JD(U) candidates. Congress candidates will be contesting 12 seats each against the JD(U) and BJP nominees. VIP candidates, in this phase poll, are pitched against RJD candidates on all 5 seats.
The focus now shifts to Seemanchal where elections for the second phase are scheduled to be held on November 3. Districts such as West Champaran, East Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Araria, Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar etc fall under Seemanchal. Besides, elections for the second phase will also be held in districts like Samastipur, Patna, Vaishali and Muzaffarpur.
Districts like Kishanganj have over 60 per cent Muslim population followed by Araria with 45 per cent, Katihar with 40 per cent and Purnia with over 30 per cent. These four districts give hope to Mahagathbandhan rather than NDA because of its secular image. -IHN-NN
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