This is being seen as RJD’s attempt to add a “third vote-bank” to its core Muslim-Yadav support base, which has still cornered 75 out of the 144 tickets. What has surprised many is RJD giving tickets to a dozen upper castes and around 24 EBCs, compared to only two tickets to upper castes and four to EBCs in the last assembly polls. The 15% upper caste population has backed the BJP so far and that reflects in its ticket list too with nearly 50 out of 110 candidates belonging to upper castes. RJD hence seems to be making amends after objecting to the 10% EWS reservation by the Centre before the Lok Sabha polls.
“About 24-25 EBCs, 12-13 upper castes and 30 women have got tickets from the RJD. EBC may have voted for Nitish Kumar earlier but no voter is ever in perpetual custody of any party. Our ticket distribution is the answer to those who painted RJD as a party of only certain communities. Tejashwi Yadav has said this is a party of all Biharis and a rainbow coalition,” RJD Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha told ET. He said unemployment was a “pan-state issue impacting all” and said Yadav’s 10 lakh jobs promise will feature among the “transformative agenda” to be unveiled in RJDs manifesto on Friday.
ET had earlier reported that RJD is contemplating giving tickets to some upper caste candidates after making its upper caste leader Jagdanand Singh the party’s state president. 48 Yadavs and 16 Muslims had got RJD tickets in 2015 when it contested 101 seats, a number which has gone up to 58 Yadavs and 17 Muslims this time with RJD contesting 144 seats. About 32% population of Bihar comprises Yadavs and Muslims. The JDU has given tickets to 19 EBCs, but the party is contesting only 115 seats. It has also fielded 11 Muslims as compared to 17 by the RJD. The BJP hasn’t given ticket to any Muslim this time.
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