By S Ahmad
Patna/ Lucknow: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is asking the UP voters to vote for his candidates so that he could make UP like Bihar.
And Nitish Kumar is not alone who is offering to make UP like Bihar. His coalition partner in Bihar, BJP is also trying to sell the same theme.
Interestingly both the parties are fighting separately in UP but at the same time both are claiming that it is their model which has ‘worked wonders’ in Bihar.
Nitish Kumar’s party is saying that it is NItish’s model which has changed Bihar while the BJP is claiming that it is BJP’s model which has done miracles in Bihar. Nitish Kumar was asked for this ‘alliance here, fight there’ attitude and he replied that it was not necessary to get into alliance in every state.
It would be really interesting to see if ‘alliance not necessary in every state’ goes on even in the Parliamentary election. Nitish Kumar is campaigning for his party JDU candidates mostly in adjoining are of Bihar’s boarder districts like Champaran, Siwan, Goplaganj and Saran etc.
Almost five dozen Assembly seats fall in the vicinity of Bihar districts. In an election speech Nitish Kumar said, ‘Give me power to make like Bihar. If you would give us some power, we would change the political culture of UP’. Nitish Kumar’s party led by Sharad Yadav who himself does not hail from Bihar, has fielded 300 candidates out of UP’s 403 Assembly seats. Interestingly JDU had tried its luck in 2007 Assembly election too but did not get even a single seat there.
Nitish is asking the UP voters as to what has happened to UP where according to him the government does not care for the public. Bihar Chief Minister is well aware of the fact mixing emotion with politics is quite effective most of the times. So, he is telling the people there that people of Bihar and UP have a deep bonding and they have been sharing each others’ ‘sukh-dukh’ for years.
Nitish Kumar portrays Bihar’s erstwhile image of lawlessness. He is saying that the reign of terror has ended in Bihar and the rule of law has been established. He is giving examples of the criminals of Champaran and Gopalganj and says that now there is peace in entire region. He is boasting that from education to health the situation has improved.
Political observers are suggesting that since Nitish Kumar is trying hard to prove his dislike for Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, so he has started to distance himself from BJP wherever possible.
Though Nitish Kumar would never accept in public but the fact matter is that which politician does not want to be the Prime Minister of India. In recent times his party men have been shouting slogans to make him the Prime Minister of the country.
Analysts say that even if a couple of seats are won by his party candidates in UP it would be great achievement for JDU since this opening could pave the way further. Even in case no one wins, the percentage of votes would help the JDU to bolster its claim of a national political party.
It is not only Nitish Kumar who wishes to get some acceptance in UP. Ramvilas Paswan too is quite keen to get recognized as a Dalit leader in UP. His party LJP is also trying its luck there but Paswan’s real interest is to have some share of Dalit leadership from Mayawati’s BSP.
This time around only Lalu Prasad does not seem to be that interested to get his candidates elected in UP. Bihar leaders have some score to settle as two UP based parties the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party of late Kansiram have been able to win seats in Bihar Assembly election and given jolts to both RJD and JDU at many seats.