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Multi-cornered contest in Bihar

With battlelines crystallising, it is becoming clearer that Bihar is in for serious multi-cornered contests in most of its 40 constituencies. Ashok Mishra reports.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2009 01:13 IST
Ashok Mishra

With battlelines crystallising, it is becoming clearer that Bihar is in for serious multi-cornered contests in most of its 40 constituencies.

At least 10 Union ministers, three former Union ministers, one former chief minister and nearly 200 candidates from mainline political parties, besides Independents, are trying their luck in the elections.

Star constituencies like Saran, Patliputra and Hajipur will witness direct contests between the UPA (without Congress) and NDA. While RJD chief Lalu Prasad will be locked in a direct fight with BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Saran, he will be fighting his one time friend-turned-foe and JD-U nominee Ranjan Prasad Yadav from Patliputra. In a battle of Rams at Hajipur, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan will face a tough challenge from former CM and JD-U nominee Ram Sundar Das.

The arena will also have three important Independents — former NDA convenor George Fernandes (Muzaffarpur), former Union minister Digvijay Singh (Banka)and Om Prakash Yadav (Siwan).

Sadhu Yadav’s entry into the Congress has not only turned the poll strategies of all major combinations topsy-turvy, it has upturned the electoral fortunes of the grand old party. Now, with the Congress in the poll fray on 37 seats, the Bihar arena seems poised for a thriller.