Bihar bypasses: Eye on Tarapur, JD (U) inducts son of veteran politician
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) on Tuesday inducted the son of a seasoned politician who holds considerable influence over the Tarapur assembly constituency, where a follow-up vote is scheduled later this this month.
Rohit Chaudhary, whose brother Samrat is with the BJP and a minister, complimented the chief minister, de facto leader of the JD (U), after joining the party at state headquarters here. The move, however, is seen as an attempt to “damage control” by appeasing the father of the Chaudhary brothers, Shakuni Chaudhary, who had represented Tarapur a record seven times.
Although he has announced his retirement from active politics, he remains popular in the region. A party hopper, Chaudhary represented the seat as an independent as well as on tickets to Congress, the Samata Party and its future avatar the JD (U), in addition to the RJD founded and run by Kumar’s big rival. , Lalu Prasad.
In last year’s state election, Chaudhary reportedly lobbied the BJP to ensure that one of his sons was sent from Tarapur. However, according to the formula of the NDA, the seat went to JD (U) and he trusted MLA MP Mewa Lal Chaudhary who had, in particular, snatched the seat from Shakuni Chaudhary himself in 2015.
JD (U) ‘s Mewa Lal Chaudhary had retained the seat but lost her life to COVID-19 earlier this year. The party has now aligned Rajiv Kumar Singh who belongs to the same Koeri caste as the Chaudharys (Shakuni and Mewa Lal). The assembly segment has a predominance of Yadavs and Koeris and all the deputies here so far have been from one or the other community.
The ruling JD (U) won the seat last year by a margin of less than 7,000 seats. With its assembly count having reached an all time high, the party appears to be working overtime to secure a categorical victory in Tarapur as well as in Kusheshwar Asthan where a ballot was made necessary by the death of MP Shashi Bhushan. Hazari.
JD (U) ‘s bid to retain Tarapur receives the main challenge from RJD, last year’s finalist, who turned caste equations upside down by fielding a Vaishya from headquarters. With no other Yadav candidate in the fray, the party is confident it will garner the voices of the important community for which the RJD has been the first choice for many decades.
Any breach in Vaishya’s votes will be a problem for the BJP-led NDA, as the community is known to support the Saffron Party. He is drawn to RJD with the promise of a deputy “theirs” for the first time. The pitch has been hampered with Congress – a junior ally of the RJD – and LJP’s Chirag Paswan faction also throwing their hats in the ring.
The Congress and the LJP (Ram Vilas) presented Brahmin and Rajput candidates respectively and a split in the votes of the upper castes, traditionally supporters of the BJP, would also be a source of problems for the NDA which supports the JD (U) candidates in the polls. from Bihar. The vote for the two seats is expected to take place on October 30.