RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav attacked Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar over another bridge collapsed before inauguration (file photo)

Suspense over chief ministerial candidate within grand alliance persist

TNW, Patna 19, March.The issue of who will lead the Bihar’s opposition grand alliance in the upcoming assembly election has still lingering. The biggest constituent RJD has thrown its weight firmly behind party’s de-facto leader Tejashawi Parsad Yadav. The RJD leaders are aggressively rooting for the young articulate scion of Lalu Yadav. They say, Tejashwi yadav has proved his mettle as opposition leader in Bihar assembly. 

Speaking to thenewsweb, a party leader said: “Tajashwi Yadav has squarely corned the government on many issues such as mismanagement in education and health along with rising crime graph and unemployment.”

“Moreover, he was instrumental in forcing the government to bring resolution against National Register for Citizens (NRC), new National Population Register (NPR) and Caste Based Census. Therefore, he is most deserving CM’s candidate among grand alliance”, he added.

Meanwhile, after remaining indecisive for long Congress’s state unit has now put the ball in central leadership courts. Analysts are of the opinion that the cordiality between RJD and Congress’s top brass will eventually settle the issue in Tejashawi Yadav’s favor. Indeed, during the run up of parliamentary election in Gandhi Maidan, Patna’s rally of February 3, 2019, Rahul Gandhi has hinted that assembly election will be fought under the leadership of Tejashwi Yadav.

Yet, it’s the smaller allies RLSP, HAM and VIP which appear to be belligerent. First, these parties had pushed Sharad Yadav as their Chief ministerial candidate which the latter immediately refused. Then they are flaring up the speculation that a third front minus RJD is on card if their demands are not met.

Meanwhile, HAM leader Jitan Ram Manjhi met with Nitish Kumar which fuelled the speculation that the former is sliding towards NDA. He has been vocal against Tejashwi Yadav for a while. Yet, according to the latest development other allies i.e., Congress, RLSP and VIP has made it clear that grand alliance is intact.

An independent analyst is of the view that the posters adopted by these smaller parties have nothing to do with ground realities, but they just want to increase bargaining position and seek more seats in the upcoming election.

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