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Bihar Elections 2010: Caste or Development?

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By Kumar Ankit:

Bihar, one of the most politically rich states of the country is gearing up for the State elections to be held in six phases from 21st October to 19thNovember, 2010. The media and the politically savvy have already started their rounds of prophecy on who is going to win the elections.

But before moving ahead let’s not forget that this round of elections is much more important from many perspectives. For the very first time the state will witness two stalwarts and a disciple of JP locking horns directly. So it can be termed as a battle for legacy. Secondly in these elections many are of the view that for the first time Bihar is going to vote for development and not on the basis of caste cards.

It will be quite interesting to see whether the agenda shifts to development from caste or not. It seems a Utopian situation, if we talk about Bihar because still 90 % of the population lives in villages.

NDA says that development will be the only factor. But it is still not confident about its own claims and that is one of the reasons why they have bestowed presidentship on Vijay Chaudhary after removing Lalan Singh. To do further damage control they even called upon Ex-MP from Jahanabad Arun Kumar and Jagdish Sharma who had revolted against the party line by making his wife contest in the Assembly by-elections. These things were done in order to reach the Bhumihar voters who were feeling alienated after a series of incidents. As Lalan Singh was sidelined and finally thrown away, Nitish was in a mood to pass the bataidar (sharecropper) bill, by sending upper caste leaders in jail and by accepting Lalu’s old guard in the party. In order to clamp the Bhumihar voters Nitish even gave freedom to the likes of Munna Shukla, Sunil Pandey and Anant Singh so that a stronger message goes to the 6% strong Bhumihar voters that the JDU government is still with them and is not cutting their wings. However it will be interesting to observe as to in which direction the Bhumihar votebank tilts, which blindly supported Nitish last time and helped him uproot Lalu’s vote bank.

Talking about the RJD — LJP alliance, they are also trying their best to woo the Bhumihar voters. Lalu in the 1990s gave the slogan of “भूरा बाल साफ़ करो” which means clean Bhumihar and Rajput from the mainstream politics. This time he is playing safe and knows the importance of upper caste voters. So this time he has changed his slogan to “भूरा बाल माफ करो एंड कुर्मी कोयरी को साफ़ करो”. After seeing the rising popularity of Nitish, Lalu has changed his game a bit and in order to win upper caste vote he is seemingly seeking to forgive the upper caste and making a pitch to clean up kurmi koyri (Nitish Kumar belongs to the Kurmi caste). Lalu’s main weapon for the Bhumihar voters will be ex-cabinet minister Akhilesh Singh.

LJP is banking upon Surajbhan Singh, for Bhumihar voters. Congress at the time has no mass leader from the Bhumihar community. Ram Jatan Singh and Anil Sharma are things from the past.

Over all there is no mass leader in this community. Every leader has his own local influence. So it will be quite interesting to see whether Bhumihar voters would once again try their best to vote Nitish to power or play spoilsport by dividing their vote share.

This was the first part of the Bihar elections. We will review other caste factors in the next part.

Image courtesy: http://viewpatna.blogspot.com/2009/06/bihar-cm-nitish-kumar-begins-vikas.html

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  1. kumar Ankit

    Akhilesh Singh has left RJD and joined congress today.

  2. suraj

    good article bhai…i think laloo make their strategy time to time,n always try to make his way clear..

    sala har jagah muh marta rahega,jidher fayda dekhega udher chal dega…

    n i think that chances f nitish is 60% this time,n i hope that he would win…

    1. suraj

      chara khane wale ko saaf karo aur nitish kumar ko maaf karo…this banner sud post everywhere in bihar..hehe

  3. Prashant Garg

    Really it seems that the given view of Bihar Plitics is not only a critics its a feeling and observation of a natives of BIHAR.
    and now seen has been changed there is only two cast in Bihar one is DEVELOPED another is UNDEVELOPED.
    DEVELOPED cast going to vote Nitish coz they want to remain DEVELOPED,
    and UnDEVELOPED will also cast his vote for Nitish coz they want to be DEVELOPED.

  4. manish

    lalu never come in power again because people of bihar have tasted development and they give vote to nitish kumar to contibute more and more in bihar development…………….

  5. abhishek singh patel

    bihar me political two cast are strong yadav and kurmi their population are also strong so chief minister lalu bane ya nitish youth ka kya ho raha hai youth santi se rahe

    1. suraj

      @abhishek singh

      sir ,mein apko yeh batana chahta hu ki aaj tak youth chup rahi hai isi karan ministers apni manmani karte aa rahe hai,yeh jo kaam hum aaj kar rahe hai agar woh pehle karte toh sayad abhi tak desh sudhar chuka hota,phir bhi tab nahi toh ab sahi…

  6. sanjana sharma

    mai bhumihar ho lekin mai jante ho ki yadav aur kurmi bahut dabang hai so never fight with yadav and kurmi please mera boy friend kurmi hai ilove kurmi yadav means bahubali and kurmi means criminal

    1. pusshkar tiwari

      bhumihar ka nam kharab kar rahi ho etna garv karne ki jarurat nahin hai

    2. AKASH SARMA

      FAKE NAM HAI TUMHARA TUM KOI BHUMIHAR NHI HO AUR NA KOI LADKI

  7. satyam sharma

    Aap log ek baat jaan lo shudra hai dono yadav aur kurmi. Bhumihaar jab tak united nahi tabhi tak aaram me ho tum log. Bihar k sare criminals bhumihar hai. Criminal banne k liye jigar hona chahiye jo kebal bhumihar k paas hai. Anant singh, surajbhan singh, sunil pandey, munna shukhla, prabhunath singh etc sab bhumihar hai samjhe

  8. Aditya akash

    Lol.. Bhumihar criminal nai setter hote hai jo apne dushmano ko seene pe nai side se tpkane me believe krte hai…in saalo k pas jigar ni hota kyoki ye apne kam khud se ni shooter se krwate hai… Anant singh ,surajbhan singh se log darte ni hadakte hai kyoki ye log dushmano ko 2 -3 saal baad marte hai… Au ha agr ye do ‘shudra’ jis din mil gye to us din in forwado ki ma behan ek ho jaigi.. Waise 6% bhumiharo k liye 4% kurmi hi kafi hai..if u dnt believe go n ask d bhumihar of warsaliganj , nawada.

    1. rakesh singh

      bhai bhumihar and rajput ek majboot jaati hai ye dono hi jaati ek dusre ko hara sakte hai kurmi yadav bhumihar rajput ke najayaj aulad hai kioki jab inki ma behan khet me kaaam karne jaati thi tab khet ke maalik log pakar ke chod dete hai bihar me kurmi ka kebal nalanda me raaj hai lekin sasaram,chapra,hajipur,seohar,darbangha,narkatyagangj,aurangabad,me rajputo ka raaj hai..wahi muzaffarpur, begusarai,patna ka gramin ilaka,munger,ara ,sheikhpura,bhojpur,gopalgang,sitamdhi,samstipur,lakhisarai,me bhumihar ka raaj hai,wahi yaadvo ka siwan ,gopalganj,madhepura,baka,bhagalpur,betiah,bagah,gaya me raaj hai wahi brahman,darbangha,gopalgang,madhubani,me raaj karte hai,

  9. anand pandey

    excuse me sanjana,bhumihar ko kisi se dar ni lgta hai,agar aajma kar dekhna hoga to dekh lena,bhumihar khandan se bdi hueho phir v bhumihar ko darpok kah rhi ho,mai jaipur me padhta hu aur yha ka daun v bhumihar hi hai samjhi…………….

  10. anand pandey

    so please sanjna never says yadav & kurmi are strong and bhumihar r weak,if ur boyfrnd r belongs to bhumihar caste then u says bhumihar is strong….

  11. ashish kumar

    stop all this rubish…. every ones now that the top most cast in india were rajput,bhumiar,pandit.bhahman.. and all other cast are the follower..
    else bhumiar are not craven.. they will fight from front but they will wait for there turn because every dog have a day…
    all u bug off lower castss,,,,,,,,

  12. anand pandey

    sanjana bura mat manna,mere ko acha ni lga esliye maine tumko post kiya tha,agar bura lga ho to “sorry”…….

  13. Aditya akash

    Those days wer gone when backwards wer treated as slave .. Nowadays ,even sc hav got sm strengths..ranvir sena jaise army v ab initiate krne me sochenge. Aaj jo v problem hmari country face kr rhi hai wo in forwardwo k karan kr rhi.

  14. anand pandey

    jaipur ke daun ke bare me mere ko pta ni hai, mai tumhari upar likhi post ko dekhkar angry ho gya tha esliye maine gusse me likh diya ki jaipur ka daun bhumihar hai,bhumihar dadagiri ka ni dimag ka use krte hai

  15. anand pandey

    maine jhuth bola tha ki jaipur ka daun bhumihar hai,jabki jaipur ke daun ke bare me mere ko pta hi ni hai sorry sanjana for telling a lie

  16. Aditya akash

    C d chaplus forwards..@pandey..jaha mauka mila muh marna start kr dia..isi tarah hmari cntry pe rule krte hue inhone barbad kia:-@

  17. Aditya akash

    C d chaplus forwards..@pandey..jaha mauka mila muh marna start kr dia..

  18. Sujoy kumar

    hi i am kurmi boy from bengal .purulia.jigar ka bat karte ho eha koi bhi caste kurmi se takrane se darte hai.

  19. Aditya akash

    Kaun forward me itna himmat hai jo kurmio k samne nalanda dist. Me muh v khol de..yaha ka bahubali v kurmi criminal v kurmi..all in all..overall

    1. PATNA

      BETA AUKAT ME RAH ABHI BHUMIHAR VS ALL CHAL RAHA HAI NAHI TO TERE KO TERI AUKAT PATA CHAL JATI .NAKSALI AUR LALU KE DUM PAR UD RAHE HO

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