June 16, 2015

The 5% Poison Pill For Lalu Yadav

Courtesy: ReutersPraveen Chakravarty, in this India Spend article talks about the trends in the contested vote share between BJP and the newly concocted alliance of the Janata Dal (United), RJD and the Congress party. 

“I am ready to consume poison to crush the snake of communalism,” said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, almost conjuring up an image of Lord Shiva with the serpent Vasuki coiled around his neck. Lalu Yadav’s insinuation was that, to save the state of Bihar from the venom of BJP’s communalism, he was ready to accept the leadership of his once arch rival and current Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar for the upcoming elections in Bihar. Nitish Kumar was thus crowned the leader of the newly concocted alliance of the Janata Dal (United), RJD and the Congress party to contest against the BJP in the Bihar elections later this year...

In the 2014 Lok Sabha, 40 out of 100 voters chose the BJP and 45 voters chose either of the three parties with the rest choosing others. The difference in contested vote shares between BJP and the combined vote shares of the three parties has narrowed from 26% in the 2004 Lok Sabha election to 5% in the 2014 elections...."

In : OP-EDS
Tags : BJP , Bihar , elections
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