Has the NDA snatched victory from the jaws of defeat? Till 12 midday, the opposition Mahagathbandhan led by Tejashwi Yadav was rejoicing. Spokespersons of Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD had been on Cloud Nine and their staff had been in a celebratory temper. The BJP and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) leaders had been very defensive and dejection colored the faces of their supporters. But all of it immediately modified when the NDA raced forward and surpassed the opposition alliance.
Initially, RJD leaders performed it courageous, however by 5 pm, it was clear that the battle was misplaced and the social gathering’s desires of ruling once more after 15 years had been shattered. But one other twist was ready. By eight pm, supporters of Tejashwi Yadav had one more reason to be hopeful.
The hole appeared to slender regardless that the NDA stayed forward. But lastly, the euphoria was short-lived. Tejashwi Yadav misplaced. He now has to attend for an additional 5 years to dream once more.
But Tejashwi Yadav, regardless of the tragic failure, is the Man of the Moment. Till a month in the past he was not taken critically. It was a walkover for the NDA. The arithmetic was easy. In Bihar, every time two of the three large events have gotten collectively, they’ve gained and fashioned the federal government.
Since the BJP and JDU had been contesting collectively, the RJD was left to contest with smaller events like Congress and Left events. Mathematically, the Mahagathbandhan was on the mistaken aspect of historical past.
The opposition alliance was additionally handicapped by the absence of its tallest chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav, who’s serving time for corruption. The onus of main the coalition fell on his youthful son Tejashwi, 31. Political pundits weren’t keen to offer him an opportunity.
It all modified within the second week of October. Tejashwi’s rallies began grabbing headlines. His conferences had been filled with enthusiastic supporters and plenty of noticed winds of change.
As the marketing campaign progressed, three components had been seen on the bottom. One, it was unanimously reported that there was very robust anti-incumbency in opposition to the NDA. Most surprisingly, Nitish Kumar, as soon as the darling of the plenty who loved excessive approval scores within the 2010 and 2015 meeting elections, was seen as a disliked determine. In the latest previous, no different chief minister had confronted a lot public anger. He immediately turned a legal responsibility for the NDA.
Second, in distinction, Tejashwi struck many as the brand new political phenom. He was seen to be setting the agenda and the NDA got here off as confused and defensive. When Tejashwi introduced his promise of 10 lakh authorities jobs, it turned the speaking level of the marketing campaign. NDA leaders didn’t know learn how to react.
BJP chief Sushil Kumar Modi mocked him. But the social gathering’s central leaders realised the gravity of the announcement and promised job alternatives for 19 lakh individuals in Bihar.
Tejashwi’s name for employment hit a chord with the individuals and adjusted the discourse of the election. He additionally confirmed uncommon braveness by delinking his marketing campaign from his much-maligned father. Lalu Prasad Yadav, the undisputed chief of Mandal politics, as soon as the messiah of the backward castes and the marginalised in Bihar, was a forgotten chief within the Bihar Elections. It was a troublesome name. It was an enormous gamble. This transfer may have angered RJD’s social base, the MY (Muslim and Yadav) mixture. Tejashwi’s concept was to blunt the NDA’s assaults on “Jungle Raj” – a reference to the excessive crime charge throughout 15 years of RJD rule. Tejashwi didn’t panic when he was known as “Jungle Raj ka Yuvraj” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He confirmed maturity past his years and it appeared to have paid off ultimately.
Third, the NDA alliance regarded fragile. Chirag Paswan’s LJP revolted and refused to just accept Nitish Kumar because the chief of the NDA in Bihar. It was rumoured in the course of the marketing campaign that the LJP was unleashed by the BJP to unsettle Nitish Kumar and injury the JDU within the election. Chirag Paswan declared in a rally that he’ll ship Nitish Kumar to jail if he fashioned the federal government. It was additionally reported that there was no coordination on the bottom between the employees of the JDU and the BJP. On the opposite hand, regardless of the intrinsic weak spot of the Mahagathbandhan, it remarkably regarded extra strong, disciplined and cohesive than the NDA.
The NDA marketing campaign, regardless of PM Modi’s rallies, was lacklustre. Tejashwi was extra aggressive and his success lay in the truth that he didn’t let Modi and Nitish Kumar set the agenda; fairly they had been reacting to his calls. This was outstanding for a younger chief. He was up in opposition to two of the tallest leaders of latest politics. He was not intimidated. He was not in awe of them. He was assertive, he was aggressive, he was conscious of his conduct, and he didn’t lose his cool even when he was bombarded with private assaults.
Tejashwi knew that to kind the federal government, he and his social gathering needed to unfold out. The conventional social base of the RJD, Yadav and Muslim, couldn’t win him the state. To attain out to new voters, he tried to dispel the notion that it was solely a celebration restricted to 2 social classes. He mentioned that the RJD was an A to Z social gathering. In this election, RJD was not Lalu’s social gathering; it tried to cross the Rubicon. The RJD tried to be MY Plus. Like PM Modi in 2014. Modi succeeded as a result of he was not solely Hindutva, however Hindutva Plus.
Tejashwi must be given credit score for reinventing the RJD and detaching it from its previous. The RJD, lengthy branded as a celebration of hoodlums and criminals, immediately regarded like a celebration which was making an attempt to broadbase and transcend sectarianism, speaking about improvement. It was a pleasing shock for political pundits. But was it sufficient to steer him to the Chief Minister’s chair? It was not, definitely, however within the absence of his father Lalu Yadav, Tejashwi stored the flag flying. He did lose however he fought until the top.
He did lose however he fought valiantly and the following Chief Minister of Bihar has to be careful. Tejashwi is ready within the wings.
(Ashutosh is a Delhi-based creator and journalist.)
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