September 21, 2023

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Bihar leaders making inroads in northeastern bastion

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Good news for regional parties of Bihar, including the JDU and LJP(R) that fielded its candidates in the Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya Assembly polls.

With the results already out, Bihar Satraps were seen making clear inroads in the northeastern bastion.

Stakes were high in the northeast for a high voltage electoral combat between the local and national players. Now that the results are out, new governments will be constituted in the respective states by established parties and leaders.

A bunch of new players, including some with affiliation from political parties from Bihar have emerged in Meghalaya and Nagaland that voted on Monday. The new entrants may not win many seats, making a clear impact on the local politics there, but they point to a shifting change in the northeastern society and dissatisfaction prevalent against the existing political class.

Unlike in highly populous states such as UP, West Bengal and Bihar, the northeastern states like Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur have relatively smaller constituencies with 25,000 to 40,000 voters in respective constituencies, thereby empowering charismatic and resource-rich candidates to convert opportunities into electoral victory.

Contests tend to become personality-centric and resourceful individuals are clearly sought after by political parties. The new entrants in politics hope to disrupt existing political arrangements and usher in change.

Another political outfit from Bihar that is faring well as far as the poll trends are concerned is the Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas). Speaking to India Today, LJP (R)’s Rajesh Bhatt said that the recent result trends clearly indicate popular support in favour of Chirag Paswan. “Voters have shown trust in our leadership, for which we are extremely grateful,” Bhatt said.

Meanwhile, Janata Dal United (JDU) leader Afaque Ahmad Khan said this was not the first time that the JDU is making its presence fell in the northeastern states. “We’ve fielded our candidates in the state assembly polls and hence our presence is now being felt, an apparently elated Khan added. We won one seat back in 2018 as well,” he said.

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