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BJP won’t perform too well in Bihar by-poll: Organiser

After the rout of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the just concluded assembly by-election and panchayat polls in its stronghold Uttarakhand, where it has won all five Lok Sabha seats, the party is predicted to not do too well in the upcoming by-poll in the another Hindi heartland stronghold Bihar.

The word of caution has come from no less than the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The by-election for 10 assembly seats in Bihar is scheduled to be held on 21 August. The ruling party JD (U) has forged alliance with arch-rival Lalu Prasad-headed Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress. The constituencies that will go for by-polls are Narkatiaganj, Rajnagar (SC), Jale, Chapra, Hajipur, Mohiuddinagar, Parbatta, Bhagalpur, Banka and Mohania (SC).

In the latest issue of Organiser, the official mouthpiece of RSS, it has been said that in Bihar, the by-election will be held in completely changed political circumstances. When alliances are formed at the high level grassroot workers are not consulted and that dampens spirits.

‘The upcoming assembly by-poll in the state has more symbol of asserting its supremacy by the parties rather than its effect on state dispensation survival. In India, by-polls are more constructed as the voters mandate on ruling privilege. We neither deny it nor accept this argument in toto’, the RSS mouthpiece said.

The weekly magazine further cautioned that as far as NDA in Bihar is concerned, the fate of its three allies, BJP, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), is at stake. If they fail to perform better then Nitish Kumar will become active and start touring across the state. In such a condition, Kumar may engineer assembly poll sooner than its schedule of December 2015.

The Organiser dubbed former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi as the undisputed leader of NDA in Bihar, who has been assigned to keep a tab on alliance parties, so that allies do not demand more seats during assembly polls.

Predicting tough time ahead for Sushil Kumar Modi, the weekly magazine said, ‘Modi may face rivalry from Ramvilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha than Nitish and Lalu Prasad during assembly polls. If these two parties perform well then it would be tough for the BJP to deal with them. So Modi will try to nip in the bud at earlier stage during the assembly by-polls.’

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