LJP wields caste mantra, names 58
Santosh Singh Posted online: Sat Oct 02 2010, 04:57 hrs
Patna : As always, caste equation is sure to play a major role in the
coming Bihar elections if the candidate lists of parties are taken
into account. The latest to jump on to the 'caste bandwagon' is the
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).
A day after the RJD dug out its old Muslim-Yadav (M-Y) formula,
alliance partner LJP's list of 58 candidates worked out a new
combination of Dalit-Muslim and Upper castes (DMU).
At the same time, LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan gave enough suggestions of
"all in the family" by fielding brother and deputy CM nominee
Pashupati Kumar Paras from his seat Alauli in Khagaria. Another
younger brother and former MP Ramchandra Paswan will contest from
Paswan, while retaining most of his sitting MLAs, has got 17 upper
caste, 13 Dalit and 10 Muslim candidates in the fray. Overall, LJP
will contest 75 seats. Two of its sitting MLAs had joined the NDA.
While tickets to Dalit and Muslim candidates does not surprise anyone,
preference to upper caste candidates shows how much the LJP chief
banks on "upper caste voters disenchanted" with the Nitish Kumar-led
The LJP has fielded Sonam Devi, wife of convicted leader Nalini Ranjan
alias Lalan Singh, against Mokama strongman, JD-U MLA Anant Singh.
Sonam Devi is a shadow candidate of another convicted LJP leader Surah
Bhan Singh. The war of words in the "battle of bahubalis" has started
with Anant Singh and Lalan Singh using harsh words against each other.
Araria LJP MLA Jakir Hussain, who led the party into BJP fortress
Simanchal in the 2009 September by-poll, will have to fight hard to
save his seat. Alauli, where Paras is fielded, will be another battle
of prestige for the RJD-LJP deputy CM nominee. Three defectors have
also got LJP tickets.
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