Small parties in big hassle of Bihar polls

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Small parties in big hassle of Bihar polls
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Small parties in big hassle ahead of Bihar polls
As Jitan Ram Manjhi, a former Chief Minister and the president of Hindustan Awam Morcha, Secular (HAMS), this week once again prolonged deadline of his “ultimatum” with out taking a decision on his continuation in the RJD-led Grand alliance, it solely buttressed how smaller parties are in big hassle in Bihar in the run-up to the assembly polls.
“Unlike many different states where smaller parties call the shots on election eve, Bihar has been giving decisive verdicts since November 2005. Since then, the state has seen six elections—three each for assembly and Lok Sabha. And the state electorates have given clear mandates in all these elections, leaving no room for the smaller parties to assert their pound of flesh,” mentioned a senior JD-U chief.
A senior RJD chief also admitted that the smaller parties like HAM and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), that are in the RJD-led grand alliance, are dealing with the warmth.
“The RJD is unwilling to pander to their whims this time. RJD contested simply 19 of Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats in the last yr’s Lok Sabha polls just to accommodate the smaller parties as alliance companions. However, this time it’s a technique shift. The party will contest no less than 150 of the 243 assembly seats in Bihar. The message to smaller allies are clear—take it what we give you or move apart,” mentioned a senior RJD chief, in search of anonymity.
Political sources in each HAMS and RLSP trace that the 2 leaders —Jitan Ram Manjhi and Upendra Kushwaha are actively contemplating their merger to greater parties as one of many choices. In 2015 meeting polls, the HAMS had contested 21 seats however could win only one. RLSP also contested from 23 seats however could win simply 2. Now, although each HAMS and RLSP need a greater number of assembly seats to contest as grand alliance constituents, the RJD is clearly unwilling to oblige them.
Incidentally, each Manjhi and Kushwaha have been with NDA in 2015 assembly polls, however they joined to Grand alliance camp for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls — a choice that boomeranged, and the 2 parties couldn’t win a single seat.
If Manjhi and Kushwaha are struggling in Grand alliance, Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party is on a sticky wicket in the NDA. Having contested 42 assembly seats in 2015, the party could win simply two. Now, with BJP and JD-U looking inclined to distribute seats between them before providing LJP from their leftovers, the LJP is seething. Though Paswan’s son Chirag has adopted a tough posture, sources consider he’ll ultimately fall in line, as he doesn’t appear to have many choices left past NDA.
[Headline and report might have been reworked by the The News Everyday; rest generated from a syndicated feed.]

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