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Nitish critics at his door, Narendra Modi 'stamps' Bihar

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Manmohan Yadav, Aug 18, 2013.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    As BJP’s election campaign committee chief, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is set to ‘debut’ in the electorally crucial state of Bihar at his party’s ‘hunkar rally’ in Patna on October 27.

    But ahead of what the BJP hopes will be his ‘grand entry’ into the domain of his arch rival Nitish Kumar, Modi is already registering his presence in Bihar through some unexpected support for his likely PM bid.

    A day after the Bihar BJP adopted a resolution in Gaya demanding Modi be declared the party’s prime ministerial nominee, it found unequivocally backing from two ex-MPs of the JD (U), who have fallen out with Nitish.

    Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leaders Upendra Kushwaha and Arun Kumar declared, Sunday, the BJP decision was in “national interest†and enjoyed their “full backingâ€.

    “Those opposing the BJP move on Modi are effectively opposing the rise of an extremely backward class leader (a reference to Modi’s caste credential)â€, the two leaders told HT.

    Kushwaha was a JD (U) Rajya Sabha MP till he resigned his seat in January this year after falling out with Nitish. Making common cause against the Bihar CM, he and Arun Kumar floated RLSP in March.

    “As individuals, the two may not be so significant. But their backing for Modi suggests some kind of coming together of anti-Nitish forces. This process needs to be watched closelyâ€, said a top JD (U) leader.

    This assessment appeared well grounded as sitting JD (U) Lok Sabha MPs Jainarain Nishad (Muzaffarpur) and Purnmasi Ram (Gopalganj) met Modi confidant Parshottam Rupala in New Delhi last Tuesday.

    Rupala, a Rajya Sabha MP, later told HT support for Modi among non-BJP MPs from Bihar was growing. “A process has been set off but there is nothing definitive so farâ€, he said.

    Both Nishad and Ram are, as one JD (U) leader put it, ‘compulsive rebels’. Nishad has represented the RJD, the BJP and the JD (U) in one or the other house of parliament, over a period of time.

    He was in the news a few months ago when a ‘havan’ was held at his New Delhi residence to ‘line up the support of the gods’ for Modi’s PM bid. Later, in a turnaround, he expressed his preference for LK Advani for the PM’s post.

    Ram was at loggerheads with the JD (U) leadership during the 2010 Bihar assembly poll over the candidature of his son, Vijay Kumar, who finally contested the poll as an RJD candidate.

    “I have decided to contest the next LS poll from two constituencies, Gopalganj and Valmikinagar. I don’t particularly care which party gives me tickets for these seatsâ€, Ram told HT soon after meeting Rupala.

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s estranged brother in law Anirudh Prasad aka Sadhu Yadav’s meeting with Modi in Ahmedabad last week and Yadav’s support for his likely PM call, also enabled him to grab Bihar political space.

    Such forays of Modi come in a state which sends 40 MPs to the Lok Sabha. They are also significant for the fact that Nitish had broken ties with the BJP, on June 16, citing Modi’s elevation as BJP campaign chief.

    A figure critical to Modi’s hopes of making inroads into Nitish’s territory is yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who enjoys decent following in this state, including among Yadavs who constitute 12% of its population.

    “On Baba’s call, we have decided to back Narendrabhai with all our strengthâ€, said RJD MLC Naval Kishore Yadav, a known follower of the yoga exponent.

    He said there were many others like him – people who had no affinity for the BJP but who, for one reason or another, were inclined to support Modi.
     
  2. tunguska

    tunguska Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    It was good resolution passed by Bihar BJP.

    RJD and LJP are already against the Nitish. Nitish has to go ahead with congress which is already a sinking boat.


    I do not understand this part. Do RJD and BJP coming close on behest of Baba Ramdev?
     
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    There is one more great news. BJP has decided to contest over 500 seats in next elections. if members may recall, IMO on the subject, I had quoted the examples of Bihar and Orisa where BJP lost political space and power by aligning with regional parties. Many a times splitting the votes works better than consolidating the votes. Bihar and Orisa will throw surprising results in favour of BJP and same will be the case in Assam and Andhra.
    by contesting more seats, you increase your chances of winning some surprise victories and I had stated that BJP must fight the next elections with minimum allies.
     
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    tunguska Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Yes , vstol bhai ,– you have specifically emphasis that particular thing many time when JD(U) threaten to cut relation with BJP & it has come true. Today, BJP decided that they will contest on all most all seat countrywide except leaving the seat for Shiv Sena and Akali dal.


    Do RJD coming close with BJP?
     
  5. Manmohan Yadav

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    i don't see that happening

    ramdev having a good following in Bihar
    can help split the Yadav vote in favor of BJP
     
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    Then do lalu Yadav do not know below quoted fact. In fact, JDU constantly says that there is some sort of deal between RJD and BJP. So this question arises.

     
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    SINCE you asked me- I wud keep flirting with RJD without making any commitment whatsoever. That will help split the muslim votes and confuse them as to with whom they shud consolidate their votes. You look at any combination in Bihar. except for the BJP, no one has a vote bank as strong as BJP if muslim votes split. In a four cornered contest, BJP can sweep all.
    If BJP goes with anyone like RJD or LJP, they will be repeating the mistake they did with Nitish. I had earlier also stated that BJP shud give more seats to muslims in muslim dominated areas and also to Yadavs to beat the influence of Lalloo and Mullah yam.
     
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    as a matter of Fact there is
    Laloo is no Idiot, he knows who is gonna win the 2014 round
    and so, he will keep all of his option open
    overtly or covertly
     
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    he knows who is more trust worthy as an ally, BJP or Khangrass? he also needs the new govt to help him out of Chara Ghotala verdict which may be out anytime before the polls. That verdict, if against him will sink him.
     
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    Exactly !!
     
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    I could not agree with you more. Bihar is a jackpot waiting to be encashed by BJP. Now, it all depends on how well BJP plays its cards.

    In contrast to other states, politicians of Bihar are showing a great deal of equivocal positivity towards Mr. Modi.

    Plus, muslims of Bihar are also different from their UP counterparts. If represented properly, they will definitely stand behind Mr. Modi unconditionally.
     
  12. The Drdo Guy

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    I don't know much about how to play political card but all i know is MODI FOR PM....
     
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