Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar has become a high profile battlefield in this election season of 2019. With all interesting factors, Begusarai will have a three dimensional fight with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vs Communist Party of India (CPI) vs Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in election fray.
The constituency, 125 KMs east of Patna, never elected a Sangh Parivar member – either from Jan Sangha or BJP to Lok Sabha since 1952 but this streak broke when Bhola Singh of BJP conquered victory in 2014 polls. Tanveer Hasan of RJD was the runner up candidate with Rajender Singh of the CPI ended up at third place.
This time RJD again has fielded Md Tanweer Hasan, a popular leader known for his sociable nature and accessibility, who rallies with considerable strong support of Yadavs and Muslims in particular.
Expedition from ‘Student leader to Mass leader’:
The RJD candidate from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat, Tanveer Hasan’s political journey commenced way back in mid 70s with shades of student politics and mainstream politics.
Hassan did his schooling from Munger. Here was his first exposure to political realm of ideas where he became part of student wing named ‘Samajwaadi Yuvjan Sabha’, a brain child organization of Socialist Party led by Dr Ram Manohar Lohia which drove him consciously to student politics.
Since then, he started following socialist stalwarts such as George Fernandes, Madhu Limaye, Madhu Dandvate. In 1975, JP movement attracted him to be part of it. As an active student leader he had to face repercussions in form of jail during emergency years.
From Socialist party to Janata Party further its split led to formation of Lok Dal then to Janata Dal and lastly formation of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), in all organizations, Tanveer Hasan enriched himself by holding different organizational posts and deeply imbibed ideals of Socialism.
Nearly a decade later in 1985, he entered into electoral fray contesting the first assembly election on Janata Party’s ticket but failed to gain victory.
Let us take a glance on Dr Tanweer Hassan’s organisational journey in public life:
- 1979-80: Became member of Senate, Mithila University.
- 1985: Represented India in the Youth conference at Moscow, USSR.
- 1994-1997: Appointed State President of Janata Dal Youth.
- 2000-2004: All India Youth General Secretary RJD Youth Wing.
- 2005-to till date: State Vice President, RJD.
- 1990-2014: Member of Legislative Assembly, RJD.
- 2014: Fought Lok Sabha polls from Begusarai, and ended up as runner up.
Academically, Hassan has achieved an astounding feet of knowledge. He did his graduation of from Begusarai’s G.D.College, post-graduation in Economics from Mithila University and further obtained an illustrious Ph.D in Economics with thesis on ‘Rural Financing’. Besides this, he holds a degree in LLB. Undoubtedly, Hassan possess a perfect blend of wisdom and political activism in terms of learning and practice.
Mentored student of Karpoori Thakur:
Tanveer Hasan’s acumen in organizational functioning and mass movement was result of his deep association with Bihar’s Socialist stalwart, Karpoori Thakur. As his close confidant, under Thakur’s mentorship, Hasan excelled in political discourse of subaltern Bihar.
It was Karpuri Thakur who gave him the chance to lead Lok Dal’s student wing Chhatra Sabha, as its state president. At the same time, he got elected to Senate of Mithila University which covered eleven districts- Darbhanga, Madhubani, Begusarai, Samastipur, Purnea, Katithar, Araria, Kishanganj, Madhepura, Saharsa and Supaul.
In Begusarai’s Battlefield:
Tanweer Hassan, as valiant lieutenant of the RJD has stood firmly since decades in battlefield of Begusarai. His dedicated efforts starting from days of student politics to contemporary mainstream politics have identified him as a credible voice of social justice & secularism against threat of communalism. His down to earth persona and humble responsive attitude have gained attention from common man. It is also a fact that with such a stature in politics, he did not attract sufficient lime light from media houses within state and outside.
RJD’s leadership ostensibly cite winnability of the decade-old Muslim- Yadav (M-Y) equation rallying behind Hasan’s candidature. Last time he was an inch behind attaining victory but this time the scenario of Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency is going to be interesting as it’s a three dimensional fight that too when abundant anger rests among masses against duo rule of Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar. Whether Tanweer Hassan will be able to sail RJD’s ship to shores of win or not, remains the last part of this election season to acknowledge.