Wresting of two Lok Sabha seats that were vacated by the current state CM and his deputy suggests that SP’s political understanding with BSP has worked.
The results are a wake up call for Bihar CM Nitish Kumar as they mark the emergence of RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, in the absence of his father Lalu.
The results may raise questions over the BJP’s micro-planning for booth management in its organizational structure.
While the Nitish vs Lalu rhetoric has once again become the focal point in the state’s political scenario, JD (U)’s ally BJP is silently focusing on its organizational work ahead of the 2019 LS polls.
Mayawati targeted the BJP as well as the Congress saying that both parties missed no opportunity to try to finish the BSP, which she said is the true follower of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar’s political ideology.
Early indications are that Mulayam could prefer to contest the polls from his family’s traditional parliamentary seat, Mainpuri.
SP chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has held a series of meetings with party functionaries and MLAs in recent days, according to people aware of the matter.
The success of the programme will not only help Kumar buttress his image but also improve his party’s bargaining power in seat sharing arrangement with the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Lalu’s appeal, which would be communicated to the party leaders through Tejashwi at the RJD’s January 6 meeting, may help Tejashwi further strengthen his own position within the organisation.
The party has made it mandatory for ticket aspirants to become life members of the SP mouthpiece “Samajwadi Bulletin”.
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