The opposition needs to offer a comprehensive socio-economic agenda that is different from the BJP’s and which can form the basis for a successful electoral challenge to Modi and the NDA in 2019.
Nitish Kumar’s supposed popularity in Bihar is not borne out in electoral numbers. So how has he been chief minister for nearly 13 years since 2005?
Rahul Gandhi would do well to remember that those who have shifted camps multiple times can always do so again.
The Bihar CM’s resignation, which the RJD could have prevented, brings an end to not just the alliance in the state but also the idea of a grand coalition against Modi and the BJP at the national level.
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The likely success of grand alliance in the recent UP polls suggests that the parties the BJP defeated in 2017 will put in a serious effort to get one going at the national level.
The middle class fears the return of the bad old days, forgetting its own contribution to the making of the state’s political culture of the 1990s.
As Nitish Kumar returns as the chief minister of the state with India’s poorest people, his game plan should be clear: Press on with policies that offer educational opportunities and further economic progress, especially jobs, wealth creation and infrastructure.
The share-to-seat multiplier of the Bharatiya Janata Party dropped to 2 for the first time in 15 years in the Bihar assembly.
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Keeping with their previously tried-and-tested strategy, the BJP chose to project Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their main campaigner and did not project a Chief Ministerial candidate.
While it has now become a cliché to condemn Lalu Prasad Yadav for presiding over Bihar’s alleged descent into ‘casteist’ lawlessness from 1990 to 2005, his achievements cannot be overlooked.
As a special package for women, the agenda promises 35% reservation for women in all state jobs, and to increase the existing 35% reservation for women in police sub-inspector and constable posts.
Eight takeaways from Bihar’s stunning election result
Elections cannot be won either by any corporate or jingoistic fraudulence. The writing on the wall shall now have the last laugh.
Most of the surveys suggest pure arithmetic has worked in favour of Nitish, who unmistakably had a pan-Bihar appeal as a development icon.
“Nobody will be allowed to take away your reservation and give it to any other community in pursuit of their vote bank politics,” the Prime Minister told OBCs and Dalits at an election rally on Monday.
Although conventional wisdom suggests that most voters make up their minds a few weeks ahead of actual polls, if one is to go by these surveys, the Bihari voter seems to be taking the psephologists on a roller-coaster ride.