Prashant Kishor elevation in Janata Dal-United as Vice-President is seen as an attempt to woo the upper caste voters of Bihar ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019. It can be observed that the caste equation in Bihar politics is getting the top priorities across the political parties.
The Congress party has appointed Madan Mohan Jha as the BPCC president, a Brahmin face for the Bihar leadership is a clear signal to the upper castes who were feeling being left out and ignored by almost all the parties post-Mandal era.
JDU has now Secretary General KC Tyagi, national vice president Prashant Kishor, RCP Singh, Harivansh Singh, Rajya Sabha MP, Bihar state president Vashishth Narayan Singh, Sanjay Jha, barring Nitish Kumar all these leaders hail from upper caste.
Is this a compromise politics by Nitish Kumar?
Janata Dal-United is a party who claims to be doing the politics of the most backward castes within the backward community and also of the adversely marginalized community and for the women empowerment.
Party national president and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has time and again reiterated his priorities and had been working actively towards the above-mentioned agenda.
JDU has been at the forefront of highlighting the concern of other backward castes of Bihar apart from Yadavs. Over the years Kumar has harboured his vote bank among the non-Yadav backward voters and also the Mahadalits of Bihar. Jitan Ram Manjhi was made the chief minister of Bihar after Nitish Kumar resigned after the debacle of 2014 Lok Sabha election, it was a historical moment in the Bihar politics as the first time ever a person from the Musahar caste (Mahadalit) became the Chief Minister.
Nitish Kumar had also ensured that women in the state gets the 50% reservation in the Panchayati Raj System and was the first Chief Minister to implement it in Bihar. He also listened to the long due demands of women for a total ban of alcohol in the state.
Earlier this year in January, Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar approved the grant of Rs 10 crore for the Bihar Mahadalit Vikas Mission (BMVM). The objective of this mission is to implement the schemes for the most deprived sections among the Scheduled Castes.
Mahadalits is a special category created by Nitish Kumar government which comprises of the poorest among Dalits in Bihar.
It seems that after the split from Mahagathbandhan and joining hands with BJP again, Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal (United) have moved from politics of backward class to wooing upper castes.