New Delhi: Seat sharing formula has been finalised among the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Khagaria parliamentary constituency is reportedly been allocated to its partner Lok Jnashakti Party (LJP). Mehboob Ali Kaisar has won this seat in 2014 on LJP ticket by defeating Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Krishan Yadav with a margin of 76000 votes.
As per sources, it is believed that Kaiser is not among the favorites to retain the seat from LJP. Earlier, it appeared that this seat will go to the BJP’s Samrat Chaudhury, son of Shakuni Chaudhury was preparing all his guns to contest the election from this constituency. Sources closed to LJP said that the party is in the mood to give the ticket to someone from Kushwaha community. Former Janata Dal-United Minister Renu Kushwaha is also among the contender from the seat.
LJP which had managed to poach in the former Congress leader Mehboob Ali Kaiser for the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls will be eyeing again on such potential candidates from other parties. LJP itself doesn’t have any leadership on its own from this constituency. It may repeat its old strategy of outsourcing the candidate from outside in 2019 as well.
However, Samrat Chaudhury who was inducted in BJP from Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) led by Jitan Ram Manjhi has been camping in the parliamentary constituency ever since he joined the BJP. Samrat is believed to not let this 2019 opportunity go in vain. He is all set to contest the election. In case of denied the ticket, he is strong enough to make an indirect impact on the final figures of the voting and will be very crucial for BJP and its allies from NDA.
Renu Kushwaha who was once very close to Nitish Kumar and also a minister in his cabinet had resigned from JDU and joined BJP ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha is also among the top contenders for Khagaria Parliamentary constituency. Kushwaha’s husband had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from BJP ticket. He came on the third spot after the final result.
A source close to LJP has said that Renu Kushwaha is in constant touch with the party leaders and asking for a ticket from the party. LJP is also keeping Samrat Chaudhary as an option and would like to negotiate him the seat.
Speaking with Newsd, Samrat Chaudhary has said, “No one can win the election in Khagaria without Ram Vilas Paswan’s blessings.” However, he maintained that any decision to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be decided by the party leadership.
In the 2014 General Election, the scenario was different and there was no ‘Mahagathbandhan’ against NDA and JDU and RJD contested separately. RJD candidate Krishna Kumari Yadav was the runner-up and managed to get 237803 votes and Janata Dal-United Candidate Dinesh Chandra Yadav came on third stop and secured a total of 220316 votes.
Khagaria has been the hub of socialist politics and since 1991 Janata Dal or its breakaway factions had been winning the seat. Last time in 1984 General Election Congress Chander Shekhar Prasad Verma has won the seat and since then it has been under the control of one of the Janata Dal’s factions, be it RJD, JDU, Samata Party, or LJP.
There are six assembly constituencies under Khagaria Lok Sabha- Simri Bakhtiarpur, Khagaria, Hasanpur, Beldaur, Alauli (SC), and Parbatta.
Dinesh Chandra Yadav of JDU is MLA from Simri Bakhtiarpur, Poonam Devi Yadav from JDU has won the Khagaria assembly seat in 2015, from Hasanpur seat, Raj Kumar Ray of JDU has won the election in 2015, Panna Lal Singh Patel of JDU from Beldaur, Ramanand Prasad Singh from JDU in Parbatta, and RJD candidate from Alauli (SC) Chandan Kumar has won the seat.
Out of six assembly seats of Khagaria Parliamentary, JDU has won 5 and RJD has only one seat. if we consider the above figure, the road ahead for Mahagathbandhan candidate is appeared to be very difficult as it will have to fight the combination of BJP+JDU+LJP voters. Though RJD has a significant presence in the entire constituency, joining hands with Congress and RLSP is likely to cause more damage to it. Now after the seat-sharing formula which has been finalised by the NDA alliance it will be interesting to see who will be getting a chance to represent the Lok Sabha in 2019.