Bihar poll results may spur fresh realignment in Jharkhand

  • Rajesh Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Nov 09, 2015 14:29 IST
Janta Dal (U) leader Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janta Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and Ashok Choudhary , president of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee at a press conference after victory in Bihar assembly election, in Patna on Sunday. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT photo)

The Bihar assembly election results have come as a shot in the arm for the Grand Alliance’s members in Jharkhand, who were roundly beaten by the ruling BJP in the 2014 assembly elections.

The results would open the doors for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) , the Janata Dal (United) and the Congress to align afresh Jharkhand, political analysts and alliance leaders say.

“The alliance partners have pockets of influence in the state and the emphatic victory in Bihar would enthuse their workers and motivate the central RJD and JD (U) leaders to regroup and galvanise the party here,” said DN Champia, former Bihar assembly deputy speaker.

The biggest gainers from the results would be the two main partners -- the RJD and the JD (U) -- who performed poorly in 2014, he said.

“The immediate impact of the results would be on the fourphase panchayat polls, voting for which will be held later this month.”

Voting for panchyat elections will begin on November 22.

“Though the panchayat elections are held on a non-party basis in the state, political parties take an active part in the polls by supporting individual candidates,” said Champia.

Leaders are hopeful that the realignment will be worked out before the Lohardga assembly bypoll, the date for which is likely to be announced soon and would offer an opportunity for the opposition to regroup and take on the BJP-led NDA in the state.

“The Bihar victory has turned the tide and begun the BJP’s downfall. There is a message from Bihar and it is for the parties here to pick that up,” said state RJD president Girinath Singh.

“We will continue to work for a grand secular alliance in Jharkhand and hope that the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) would rethink about its stand and join the grand alliance,” he said.

The RJD had 9 members in the assembly in 2000, 7 in 2005, and 5 in 2009 while the JD (U) had 8, 6 and 2 members respectively. Members of both the parties have been ministers in successive coalition governments in the state.

Congress leader and former speaker Alamgir Alam said, “People have rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diatribe against the party from every forum.”

“I see regrouping of secular forces and Lohardaga assembly bypoll could be the rallying point.”

JMM principal general secretary Pradeep Yadav said ”a greater understanding among the opposition parties” is needed for the alliance to work. JMM chief Babulal Marandi had campaigned for the grand alliance for two days.

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