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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

BEGUSARAI
HindustanTimes.com, PTI
New Delhi, April 17, 2004
First Published: 10:51 IST(25/3/2004)
Last Updated: 17:52 IST(17/4/2004)

He is dubbed as the rising star of Bihar purists and is already making his presence felt in the hustle and bustle of politics there. The former state police chief DP Ojha, who was dumped by Rabri-Laloo regime for taking RJD MP Shahabuddin to task, is now aiming to pay Laloo in his own coin -- through politics. And the venue, he has set is Begusarai and the symbol lotus.

The slogans like Bihar ka CM kaisa ho, DP Ojha jaisa ho are already in the air hair as Congress and RJD are trying to get their acts together. Experts dub it as fight between Ojha's clean image and the dirty politics and caste and creed.

In 1999, the sitting Member of Parliament Rajo Singh of Congress defeated Shyam Sundar Singh of JD(U) by 19,950 votes in a five-cornered contest while in 1998, Rajo Singh had drubbed Krishna Sahi of SAP by 52,907 votes.

In 1996, the seat was won by an independent Ramendra Kumar. He had trounced Krishna Sahi of Congress by a margin of 25924 votes. Krishna Sahi had won the seat in 1991 also when she got 67946 votes more than Ram Badan Rai of Janata Dal.

In 1989, the seat had gone to Janata Dal's Lalit Vijay Singh when he defeated Krishna Sahi of Congress by 74,721 votes.

In 1977 Tarakeshwari Sinha of the Congress was given the thumbs down, but in 1980 Krishna Sahi of the same party welcomed with open arms. Sahi then lost the 1989 election, came back in 1991 and was relegated to the second position by an independent, Ramendra Kumar.

He is dubbed as the rising star of Bihar purists and is already making his presence felt in the hustle and bustle of politics there. The former state police chief DP Ojha, who was dumped by Rabri-Laloo regime for taking RJD MP Shahabuddin to task, is now aiming to pay Laloo in his own coin -- through politics. And the venue, he has set is Begusarai and the symbol lotus.

The slogans like "Bihar ka CM kaisa ho, DP Ojha jaisa ho" are already in the air hair as Congress and RJD are trying to get their acts together. Experts dub it as fight between Ojha's clean image and the dirty politics and caste and creed.

In 1999, the sitting Member of Parliament Rajo Singh of Congress defeated Shyam Sundar Singh of JD(U) by 19,950 votes in a five-cornered contest while in 1998, Rajo Singh had drubbed Krishna Sahi of SAP by 52,907 votes.

In 1996, the seat was won by an independent Ramendra Kumar. He had trounced Krishna Sahi of Congress by a margin of 25924 votes. Krishna Sahi had won the seat in 1991 also when she got 67946 votes more than Ram Badan Rai of Janata Dal.

In 1989, the seat had gone to Janata Dal's Lalit Vijay Singh when he defeated Krishna Sahi of Congress by 74,721 votes.

In 1977 Tarakeshwari SInha of the Congress was given the thumbs down, but in 1980 Krishna Sahi of the same party welcomed with open arms. Sahi then lost the 1989 election, came back in 1991 and was relegated to the second position by an independent, Ramendra Kumar.

Caste Equation

There are 9% Muslims, 18% Schedled Caste, 11% Ahirs, 8% Bhumihars while Brahmins, Dhanuks, Koeris and Tantis form 5% each.  The constituency has has some presence of Rajputs and Kurmis also.

Dosadhs (6%), Musahar 5% and Chamars (4%) are the dominant sub-castes among the SCs.

There are 9% Muslims, 18% Schedled Caste, 11% Ahirs, 8% Bhumihars while Brahmins, Dhanuks, Koeris and Tantis form 5% each.  The constituency has has some presence of Rajputs and Kurmis also.

Dosadhs (6%), Musahar 5% and Chamars (4%) are the dominant sub-castes among the SCs.


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