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Monday, Aug 19, 2019

Allocation of three seats to JD(U) brews discontent in Magadh division

Even the RSS and other wings of the party had been very active to tune the party organs across Magadh and the workers and office-bearers are unable to digest the state party leadership’s decision to gift away the winning seats.

seat-profile Updated: Mar 19, 2019 13:02 IST
Anil Kumar
Anil Kumar
Hindustan Times, Gaya
The workers, particularly the booth managers and the booth brigades, see the act as a surrender to the JD(U) and  chief minister Nitish Kumar’s demand of JD(U) contesting from an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The workers, particularly the booth managers and the booth brigades, see the act as a surrender to the JD(U) and chief minister Nitish Kumar’s demand of JD(U) contesting from an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
         

The allocation of three of Magadh division’s four Lok Sabha seats to the Janata Dal (United), has disheartened the division’s BJP workers and office-bearers, particularly the youth who find themselves cheated by BJP’s state leadership. Magadh is considered to be a traditional segment of BJP and comprises the four Lok Sabha seats of Gaya, Jahanabad, Aurangabad and Nawada. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections BJP won from Gaya, Aurangabad and Nawada and RLSP, which was a part of NDA back then, won the Jahanabad seat.

The workers, particularly the booth managers and the booth brigades, see the act as a surrender to the JD(U) and chief minister Nitish Kumar’s demand of JD(U) contesting from an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The workers say that Kumar eyed the BJP seat of Gaya and Nawada and compelled the BJP to sacrifice these two seats, along with Jahanabad which was won by RLSP’s Arun Kumar, a close confidante of BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Since the central leadership of the BJP had hitherto been content with the poll prospects across the four seats in the Magadh division, particularly Gaya and Nawada, the party had focused on these seats and worked very hard to turn the division into a party fortress, training many young supporters and activists in booth management.

Even the RSS and other wings of the party had been very active to tune the party organs across Magadh and the workers and office-bearers are unable to digest the state party leadership’s decision to gift away the winning seats. “We regret to say that BJP would not repeat its 2014 results in Magadh. JD(U) here has little base and trusted workers. Besides, the leaders of JD(U) across Magadh have their base only among their caste or community members, and would be unable to garner support of majority of the electorate in the upper castes or OBCs,’’ said a senior BJP leader from Gaya.

“I was shocked to see the outcome of the seat sharing meeting, but soon realised the game plan of the state leadership,’’ Gaya MP Hari Manjhi said. When asked about the game plan, Manjhi said, “It would be better you speak to those who are busy playing politics within the party to weaken Narendra Modi.’’Although Manjhi did not comment further, his supporters said state agriculture minister Prem Kumar and deputy CM Sushik Modi were to blame. “They are hell bent on ruining the party prospects not only in Gaya but also across the entire Magadh division.’’

The district BJP unit in Gaya has trained over 5,000 people under their “one booth ten workers” formula, who had been on the job until yesterday. Similar practices were carried out in Aurangabad, Jehanabad and Nawada for incumbent MPs Sushil Kumar Singh, Arun Kumar and Giriraj Singh respectively. The booth workers now feel let down by the state party leaders who they alleged are dancing to the tunes of JD(U).

If the simmering resentment continues and the leaders fail to address the situation timely, the anger among the major chunks of the electorate may dent NDA’s poll prospects in the Magadh division, where victory on all the four seats would be a distant dream for NDA.

First Published: Mar 19, 2019 13:02 IST

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