The Bihar meeting election 2020 is testing the mettle of the scions of two foremost political dynasties within the state–the Prasads and the Paswans–as they struggle a gruelling electoral battle to guard and protect the formidable legacies of their fathers. Tejashwi Yadav, the articulate youthful son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad who helms the five-party Grand Alliance, has been the state’s deputy chief minister 4 a pair years, however faces the voters for the primary time with out his charismatic father by his aspect.
Chirag Paswan, to whom his father Ram Vilas Paswan had handed on the baton of the Lok Janshakti Social gathering (LJP) in his lifetime, is ploughing a lonely furrow within the absence of the clever counsel of his father, the redoubtable Dalit chief from Bihar with a nationwide attraction, who died a number of days in the past.
Chirag, the sitting Lok Sabha MP from Jamui, faces the daunting job of carrying ahead the legacy of his father, who had associates throughout the political divide, just about friendless.
Nevertheless, he has been all of the whereas professing his loyalty to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and calling himself his ‘Hanuman’.
With the assist of his numerically small however assertive Paswan castemen, the LJP president hopes to clinch ample variety of seats within the 243-member Bihar meeting to remain related in state politics.
The occasion had gained six Lok Sabha seats within the 2019 elections, largely due to the alliance it had with the BJP and JD(U).
It had gained simply two seats within the 2015 meeting polls.
In keeping with analysts, Tejashwi is relatively on a extra agency footing, notably due to the preponderance of the Yadavs, the one greatest caste within the state.
In a number of constituencies yadav candidates have gained and completed second election after election.
Although Lalu Prasad might not be round to steer his military within the electoral battlefield, many within the opposition declare, he had a decisive say in choosing candidates and finalising the seat-sharing components whereas nonetheless serving time in a Ranchi jail after his conviction within the fodder rip-off.
The RJD-led alliance has the Congress, CPI, CPI(M) and CPI-ML as its constituents.
The Muslims have, by and enormous, stood behind the RJD- Congress mix and, in line with shut watchers of the ballot scene, issues might be no completely different this time.
Tejashwi’s elder brother Tej Pratap, a sitting MLA from Mahua, has shifted to Hasanpur in Samastipur district.
Chirag Paswan has nominated his cousin Krishna Raj from Rosera constituency.
Aside from Tejashwi and Chirag, who’ve large sneakers to fill, a bevy of younger women and men belonging to lesser political clans are set to strive their luck on the hustings.
RJD vp Shivanand Tiwari’s son Rahul Tiwari is looking for re-election from Shahpur seat in Buxar, whereas its state unit head Jagdanand Singh’s son Sudhakar Singh has bought ticket from Ramgarh.
Former union minister Kanti Singh’s son Rishi Singh will attempt to discover a strategy to political success with lantern, RJD’s election image, in hand in Obra.
Randhir Kumar Singh, the son of former Lok Sabha MP Prabhunath Singh, is making an attempt his luck on RJD ticket from Chapra.
Jai Prakash Narain Yadav, a former Union minister thought-about near the RJD supremo, has managed to safe a ticket for his daughter Divya Prakash from Tarapur and brother Vijay Prakash from Jamui.
In Jamui, Vijay Prakash will cross swords with Sherayasi Singh, commonwealth capturing gold medalist and daughter of former union minister late Digvijay Singh.
Sherayasi is the BJP nominee for the seat.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has stored away his household, together with son Nishant, from politics, however has rewarded the kids of his loyalists with JD(U) tickets.
Former MP Jagdish Sharma’s son Rahul Kumar is within the fray from Jehanabad, whereas Nikhil Mandal, the son of sitting MLA from Madhepura Mahindra Kumar Mandal, has changed his father.
Meena Kamat, daughter-in-law of late state minister Kapildeo Kamat, is the JD(U) candidate for Babubarhi seat in Madhubani.
The ruling occasion has additionally fielded Kaushal Kishore, a son of Haryana Governor Satya Narayan Arya, from Rajgir (reserved) seat.
Arya represented Rajgir seven instances as a BJP nominee.
From the BJP, union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey did not safe a ticket for his son Arijit Shashwat, however Nitin Nabin, the son of seasoned BJP chief the late Naveen Kishore Prasad Sinha is within the fray from Bankipur.
Nabin, nevertheless, has come into his personal and represented the seat thrice.
The Congress, which bought 70 seats as a part of the seat- sharing pact with the RJD, has additionally accomodated a bunch of kids of its leaders.
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv Sinha is within the fray from Bankipur, whereas its legislature occasion chief Sadanand Singh’s son Subhanand Mukesh has taken over from his father in Kahalgaon.
Neither Sinha nor Singh discover something uncommon about youngsters of political leaders strolling into their footsteps.
“My son will not be a parachute candidate.
He’s combating election as ‘Bihari putra’.
He has labored within the constituency since 2009 once I first contested Lok Sabha election from my native Patna Sahib constituenc, mentioned Sinha.
Sadanand Singh, eight-term MLA from Kahalgaon since 1980, is 77 now, and desires his son to take over the mantle from him.
“How lengthy can I proceed? These days politics means shifting repeatedly from one village to a different and touring the constituency all through the five-year time period.
It is troublesome for me to take a lot bodily rigour at this age,” he mentioned.
Shivanand Tiwari, a comrade-in-arms of leaders like Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar through the days of the JP motion, mentioned younger individuals ought to be inspired to hitch politics.
“Youth ought to be welcomed to hitch politics.
It is not for my household however individuals to elect my son,” Tiwari, a former MP and Bihar minister mentioned.
One other notable chief whose ward has taken the political plunge is Subhashini Yadav, the daughter of socialist veteran Sharad Yadav, from Bihariganj in Madhepura.
Yadav, who has been conserving detached well being, represented Madhepura within the Lok Sabha a number of instances.
“I’ve taken the political plunge to save lots of the legacy of my father,” she mentioned.