Bihar is once again at a threshold. Six-phase assembly elections have been concluded and you would have noticed that this time it was a totally bloodless poll — no contestant or voter was killed.
The results will be announced Wednesday and I expect the verdict to be decisive. Bihar is my home state and I want it to emerge as a politically powerful state. I want its people to be respected all over the country. I want the new leader to lead Bihar, I want the new leader to lead India.
Who then will emerge as the new leader? Will it be the present chief minister Nitish Kumar again or Lalu Prasad Yadav who is blamed for Bihar’s collapse during his 15 years rule, both directly and by proxy.
Projections suggest Lalu’s imminent rout and there are no reasons to disagree. Apart from what all have been written in the press, I prefer to list just five points which I believe will mar his chances:
- He did not personally contest the assembly elections after announcing that he would be the chief minister;
- He contested the polls in alliance with Ramvilas Paswan who just five years ago wanted to clean up Lalu’s “accummulated garbage in Bihar”;
- He announced his son to be his successor, thereby disappointing all senior party leaders who lost the zeal midway;
- He could not keep his family united provoking his two brothers-in-law to look outside; &
- He did not concentrate on the 109 seats where his party was runners up last assembly elections and had the potential to return him to power.
No better luck, Laluji.
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