Monday , January 25 2021

Will Nitis Kumar get a fourth term? Voting begins today in Bihar

Bihar 2020 Parliamentary Elections: Nietzsche Kumar, 69, faces multiple challenges in the Bihar elections. (File)

New Delhi:
The three-phase elections in Bihar, which will decide whether Nietzsche Kumar will win a fourth term as chief minister, began this morning with voting for 71 of the country’s 243 seats. His challenger is Tejashvi Jadav from RJD, whose promise of 10 incredible jobs has proved to be a huge attraction in the face of blockages and widespread unemployment. The third factor in this election is Chirag Paswan, son of the late Lok Janasakti party leader Ramvilas Paswan, who is suspected of supporting the revolt against Nietzsche Kumar’s leadership by the BJP. The party is seen developing a distance with Nietzsche Kumar following feedback from the country that he is no longer a political asset. The elections are being held in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Election Commission has prepared elaborate security protocols.

Here is the 10 point table for this great story:

  1. The election commission issued detailed instructions that included reducing the voter limit for a polling booth from 1,600 to 1,000, incredible voting times, and a post-voting center for people over the age of 80 or infected. Electronic voting machines are repaired. Thermal scanners, hand sanitizers, soap and water will be available to voters. Voting starts at 7 am.

  2. The weeks-long campaign was a clear indication of the growing distance between the ruling allies – the BJP and Nietzsche Kumar’s Janata Dal United. There has been little overlap and a ban on Deputy Prime Minister Sushil Modi and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and no other BJP leader has campaigned for JDU. The posters and posters of one party did not mention the other.

  3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his three rallies in the country so far, made only a cursory mention of Nietzsche Kumar, whom he and Amit Shah accepted as the face of the NDA in Bihar. He sought votes only for the NDA and made occasional recommendations to Nietzsche Kumar at the end of his eyebrow-raising speech.

  4. The campaign also included Teyashvi Yadav – Lalu Yadav’s political successor and candidate for chief minister of Rastria Jananata Dal, Congress and the Left parties, as adults in terms of mass appeal. His rallies were packed and his party said the promise to provide 10 unemployed jobs at his first cabinet meeting had generated great excitement among the people. The 31-year-old RJD leader ran his campaign on issues such as jobs and unemployment, unlike his father, who has always advocated for the dignity of castes.

  5. The pressure on the ruling allies was palpable. As the prime minister, known for his peaceful appearance, lost his temper on several occasions, the BJP, after repeatedly mocking the 31-year-old former deputy minister for his job promises, included a promise of 19 unemployed jobs in his election manifesto.

  6. In the middle of the campaign, Chirag Paswan, who criticized Mr Kumar, initially over his alleged lack of initiative to repatriate migrants and then a series of problems, rebelled against Nietzsche’s leadership and said his party would competes solo. He also declared loyalty to the BJP and said he wanted a BJP candidate for the top position. While BJP made strong remarks, stating that Nietzsche Kumar would remain their candidate for prime minister and that anyone who did not accept his leadership would not be part of the NDA in the country, he did not take any action against him.

  7. Chirag Paswan, who joined politics after his film career was toned down, also emerged as a right-wing leader in the country, far removed from his father’s secular qualifications. With support for Triple Talaq, the repeal of Article 370 and the promise of a temple to the goddess Sita in Sitamarhi, he is seen as proving his worth to the BJP and could play the role of a political disruptor in a state so far led by secular leaders.

  8. Mr Kumar, who left the NDA after Narendra Modi was nominated for prime minister, won the 2015 election as part of the Grand Alliance with Congress and Lalu Yadav. But in the middle of his term, he ended an alliance over corruption allegations against Teyashvi Yadav and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government.

  9. The Imagination headquarters in Gaia is expected to witness a major battle with former HAM chief ()), Italian Ram Manji, who is taking over former RJD parliamentary speaker and candidate Udej Narayan Chudhari. In Uamui, the daughter of former Union Minister Digwai Singh and BJP candidate Shrejasi, who won gold in the Commonwealth Games shooting in 2018, will face a session of RJD lawmaker Vijay Prakash.

  10. The second and third rounds of elections in the country will be held on November 3 and 7. The vote count will take place on November 10.

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