How Tejaswi Yadav paid for the misrule of his parents in
Bihar State Assembly Elections November 2020
The surprise finish after a nail biting last few hours of counting and recounting of the votes in Bihar elections have thrown up a number of issues in public domain, and they will be definitely be analysed threadbare in the coming weeks.
Professional Modi baiters had a field day, in the 12 hours preceding the final announcements by election commission. Tejaswi Yadav, son of Lalloo Prasad Yadav and Rabari Yadav both former chief ministers of Bihar took over the reins of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and campaigned with youthful vigour, crisscrossing the state, addressing a dozen rallies or more every day.
Million and more Bihari youth, educated and otherwise, had to move out of Bihar to the farthest corners of India, Kashmir to Kerala, Gujarat to Assam in search of livelihood. The Chinese pandemic striking suddenly and hard compelled many of migrant workers to return to Bihar under hopeless conditions. They suffered immensely on the way, having lost lucrative jobs in other states could find no gainful employment back in their villages.
His call for Naukri, Siksha, Chikitsa (Jobs, Education, Medical facilities) struck a chord and attracted the youth of Bihar to his rallies in thousands. They also turned out in large numbers to vote for RJD, which has won the largest number of seats 75, in this election.
Tejaswi Yadav has the charisma and oratorial abilities. He will make the Chief minster of Bihar someday.
But there is a major Catch, a massive stumbling block in his quest for power.
Sins of the father….
In his favour Tejaswi Yadav had inherited the caste combination, and Muslim vote bank that his father had accumulated over decades. His party did extremely well in the first phase of the elections.
However, this unexpected swing for RJD alerted the ruling parties, who spared no efforts to remind the public of the terrible conditions of ‘Jungle Raj’ under the chief ministership of his parents. While the younger generation of Bihar had not seen those bad days many of the middle aged had suffered heavily during that period. Women were even more scared of the return to the bad days when they had no security and many said kidnapping and ransom was the major industry in Bihar.
Thanks to Nitish Kumar, Bihar had just started to recover from the ill effects of Lalloo- Rabari misrule of 15 years.
The older generation and the women went into a panic and rushed in the second and third phases to vote for NDA and Nitish Kumar. They did not wish a return to Jungle Raj under Yadav once again.
Tejaswi Yadav’s RJD paid for the Sins of the Jungle Raj and misrule of his parents Lalloo and Rabari.