Bihar Battleground was one-of-a-kind roller coaster ride this time.10th November 2020 saw an interesting see-saw battle for majority seats. The changing results and the neck-to-neck contest till late night has made this Bihar election worth remembering.
The Mahagathbandhan (MGB) may have lost but the 2020 Bihar election has seen the emergence of the young and dynamic Tejashwi Yadav as a mass leader who has clearly paved his way into the political landscape of Bihar and is here to stay.
In 2005, when Lalu Prasad Yadav was defeated and Nitish Kumar took over, he worked hard towards restoring normalcy in the state by putting an end to the Jungle Raj and prevalent hooliganism. He worked towards putting law and order in shape, integrated and developed infrastructure and, to quite an extent, changed the image of Bihar in the eyes of Indians.
It’s safe and right to say that in 2005 Nitish was the need of the hour and the change that the people of Bihar needed and deserved. However, in most part of his second term and completely in his third term, we saw a paralysis and fatigue in terms of policies as well as development and anti-incumbency clearly set in. The people of Bihar have been asking “what next?”. They need the ruling party to now talk about migrant issues, unemployment and industrialization and lay out a plan to address them.
The RJD may have lost but we have to give it to Tejashwi for reasons more than one. He was fighting against a strong NDA alliance between the JDU and BJP, Narendra Modi’s personal and prevalent popularity amongst people and the still ripe memories of Lalu Yadav. He deserves to be lauded for single-handedly pulling this off and making RJD the single largest party with 75 seats. He campaigned and rallied extensively and made his voice heard in a way that the people of Bihar connected. His slogan “Kamai, Dawai aur Padhai” resonated with the public who are currently fighting the deteriorating economic conditions in the state. He fought his own battle very much alone with a successful attempt of shedding his father’s legacy, erasing him from the campaign posters, and making sure not to target the BJP or Modi himself. He spoke like a mass leader and was heard and accepted by the people of Bihar.
Unfortunately, the catastrophic performance of the Congress pulled the alliance down and it feels like the Congress couldn’t have been less bothered. The Congress proved to be more of a burden on the state ally RJD.
Whatever may have been the result, the election did mark the presence of Tejashwi Yadav as a challenger and a political figure who can build ground swell support and can connect with the mass. To quite an extent the people of Bihar voted for change for the opposition to take cognizance of the arrival of Tejashwi Yadav. He is the freshness and promise that Nitish perhaps was in 2005.
Luckily, we are a part of one of the biggest democracies in the world and CHANGE is the hallmark of a vibrant democracy. The people of Bihar are going to be vigilant and scrutinizing of the ruling party and their failures would make the public root for a change - for a policy change, electoral change, understanding and mind-set change. As for Tejashwi, the stage has just been set and in years to come he’s going to get his much-deserved chance to prove his mettle and be the promise we ought him to be.
Priyam Prasad, Sales & Social Media Enthusiast, Lifestyle Blogger, Instagram: @thatpisceangirl