As decision day draws closer in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to tackle the situation head on. The first one off the block, it has now gone ahead and even released the first list of candidates.
Comprising of 43 names, this list has names of candidates contesting in various phases. There are about 19 names of candidates contesting in Phase 1, 15 for Phase 2 and 9 in the other later phases. While BJP maintains the stance that it has tried to focus on women and youth in its candidate selection, the allies are not that happy at all.
One of its key allies, Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP has come out in the open voicing its disappointment. They contend the original seat sharing formula that was announced before the formation of the coalition and what was announced last night are quite different. The key issue for them seems to be the variation made to accommodate individual issues of key allies.
The RLSP, the other key partner too raised their concerns. They feel it was unethical of BJP to release any list of candidates while talks are still on. BJP however seems unfazed by all this criticism. It seems quite clear in its agenda to push forth and win as many seats as possible and maintain its lead as the single majority party.
However it is also taking cognizance of the unique caste equations that complete the political construct of Bihar. The adequate seat offerings to the OBC Yadav sects in a bid to take on Laloo Yadav’s strong hold, looking at fair representation of the Ravidas community, appeasement of Paswans, Kushwaha community and the Dalits all indicate how keen the Lotus is about bring Bihar under its cover.
The BJP central election committee has its target set at the final milestone and seems all geared up to take on the opposition.