The 2019 general election is nearing and all the political parties in Bihar are busy in targetting their vote banks and started looking for an alternate possible political alliance. This time, these parties are trying to woo the upper caste vote bank keeping in sight the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
The politics of backward castes, marginalized community and the economically weaker section of the society have been at the forefront post Mandal era in Bihar.
Although, all the parties claim to defend the cause of socially backward and marginalised when the election is near they leave no stone unturned to woo the influential upper caste vote bank as well. The recent appointment of Madan Mohan Jha as Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief is an attempt to reclaim the upper caste voters by the Congress central leadership. Congress has also appointed Akhilesh Singh who is from Bhumihar caste, chairman of the party’s campaign committee.
Seeing that too many parties are vying for the OBC and Dalit vote bank, Congress has gone back to its upper caste voters, in an attempt to regain the lost faith. Jha became the first Brahmin president in the past 25 years after the former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra to lead the BPCC in the state.
Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), Lalu Prasad’s RJD, Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP, and even the BJP is busy in targeting the OBC and Dalit voters in the state. Congress decision is not a surprise as in the last state election 12 out of 27 candidates who won the election are from upper caste.
The BJP is facing the burnt for bringing the amendment in the SC/ST act in the parliament and the upper caste voters are angry with that decision of the party. Congress is trying to use that anger and trying to win them back in their favour before the general election. Other parties are also using different tactics to lure them in their favour.
On the other hand, RJD has extended its support for the demand upper caste reservation. Party’s second-generation leader Tejashwi Yadav has supported this demand and said that all sections of the society should be given the representation in the assembly as per their population.
Grand alliance of RJD and Congress and other parties are keeping an eye on all section of voters. RJD has reaffirmed their commitment towards supporting the cause for the upliftment of socially backward people. Congress is saying that all sections should be given equal importance but the upper caste poor people conditions must be taken care of as well.
Upper caste voters are miffed up with the BJP and hence a great opportunity for the Congress to woo them back in their old fray.