Paswan demands CBI probe, President’s rule in Bihar

Paswan demands CBI probe, President’s rule in Bihar


Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan today said he has apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the “deteriorating” law and order situation in Bihar and demanded for an imposition of President’s rule in the state.

Paswan has also sought for a CBI probe into the recent political murders in the “Jungle Raj-2”, which has set in Bihar since the Grand Alliance government came to power three months ago.

“In my capacity as LJP president, I met the PM two days ago and apprised him about deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar… I also submitted a letter demanding a CBI probe in the recent political murders and sought imposition of President’s Rule in the state,” he said.

Paswan said that the recent murders of BJP state unit vice president Visheshwar Ojha in Bhojpur district and LJP leader Brijnathi Singh in Vaishali district pointed to the “collapse” of law and order situation in Bihar.

The spate of political murders has not even left the RJD with its leader Vijendra Yadav and his kin shot dead in Samastipur district two days ago, the LJP supremo said, adding the criminals have got so emboldened by the “lack of teeth in the ruling government” that they have even started targeting leaders of the ruling alliance.

Paswan targeted the RJD in particular, saying his worst fears that Bihar will be gripped by “Jungle Raj-2” if Lalu Prasad’s party returned to power, has come true.

The LJP supremo said the victory of RLSP candidate Sudhanshu Sekhar in Harlakhi Assembly bypoll in Madhubani district showed that the people have started raising their voice against the lawlessness under the Nitish Kumar government.

The people of Bihar have realised that they committed a mistake by electing the Grand Alliance government and the vote in favour of the RLSP candidate from Harlakhi vindicates their disapproval of lawlessness in Bihar, he said.

-18 February 2016 | PTI | Patna

Lalu’s Muslim-Yadav combine proved the game changer

Lalu’s Muslim-Yadav combine proved the game changer

Of the 49 Yadav candidates that RJD fielded, 42 won while 12 out of 16 Muslim candidates bagged seats

The grand victory of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad in the crucial Bihar poll was possible not because of Mr.Kumar’s celebrity publicity manager Prashant Kishor, but because of Mr.Prasad’s M-Y(Muslim-Yadav) vote bank which proved the real game changer, according to political analysts. The RJD of Mr.Prasad won more seats than JD(U) of Mr.Kumar.

Of the total 49 Yadav candidates that the RJD fielded, 42 won the poll while 12 out of the 16 Muslim candidates bagged the seats. Similarly, out of the total 13 Yadav candidates the JD(U) had fielded, 11 won the poll while out of seven Muslim contestants, five registered wins.

Even for the Congress, out of the three Yadav candidates, two won the poll and out of 10 Muslim candidates, six bagged the seats.

The RJD’s Yadav candidates had a whopping 85.71 strike rate whereas Muslim candidates notched up 75% strike rate for the party. For the JD(U), the strike rate of Yadav candidates was 84.61 % while Muslim contestants had 71.42% strike rate.

However, for their third alliance partner, the Congress party, the strike rate of Yadavs was 66.66% while for the Muslims it was 60%.

The political analysts told The Hindu that such an impressive M-Y strike rate had lifted the vote-share of the grand alliance to an extent that no other factor could affect the outcome.

“Even this M-Y combo helped JD(U)’s vote-share to pick up substantially”, said one of them.

It is said that if Mr.Kumar’s face and his “development” image being projected and publicised on a huge scale by his celebrity campaign manager Prashant Kishor had been the factor for the grand alliance’s grand victory, his party JD(U) would have got more seats than the RJD. But, the RJD got nine seats more that the JD(U)’s 71 seats.

During the poll campaign, Mr. Kumar’s face was splashed on huge billboards side by side the posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, all across the State. But, nowhere were visible RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s images, except on very few hoardings in the State capital Patna.

It is being observed that Mr Kishor’s publicity efforts had not reached people in remote villages who voted for the M-Y candidates of the RJD.

PATNA, November 10, 2015