The winning with the Power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Allure behind him, Nitish Kumar may yet buck anti-incumbency to Acquire another term as chief minister, finds a Lokniti-CSDS opinion poll
AS THE CAMPAIGN to get India’s first significant election held under the shadow of Covid got underway in Bihar, celebration candidates originally adopted unconventional procedures to reach out to voters. These included e-rallies and marshalling social network sites to unleash a blizzard of political communications. However, as the contesting parties shortly realised, there’s nothing more powerful than traditional methods of wooing the electorate, including addressing public meetings in person and ensuring huge turnouts, even though it means ignoring social distancing protocols or sporting masks. Despite warning that the nation of the dangers of another wave of ailments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is supposed to address a blitzkrieg of 12 poll rallies, beginning October 23, to make certain that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) proceeds to rule the nation.
The significant political parties also opted to follow traditional political wisdom in their selection of alliance partners. Ever since Jharkhand was hived off from Bihar in December 2000, both powerful regional celebrations –the Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)–haven’t won the assembly election on their own steam. In 2005, for example, when Nitish Kumar became chief minister for the first time, he needed to plead with the BJP under the NDA umbrella to cobble a majority. In the 2009 Lok Sabha and 2010 assembly polls, also, Nitish stuck on with the NDA and swept the elections, even although the RJD, which had formed an alliance with Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), lost badly. That blend stopped the Modi juggernaut in its tracks, and the JD(U)-RJD rode to electricity. Two years later, in 2017, Nitish fell out with Lalu and chose to ditch the alliance and form a coalition government with BJP support.