By Rajni Shanker Patna, Apr 27 UNI | 3 months ago

The issues and the planks of development, corruption, dynasty and others highlighted to woo the voters during hectic campaigns, appears to be on the back stage as the electorate were seemingly mobilising on caste and religion lines.

The candidates were banking upon the lines of caste and religion and the door-to-door contact programmes were mostly in the similar lines in the Lok Sabha seats slated for polling in the fourth phase of the election on April 30. The seats where polling would be held are- Madhubani, Jhanjharpur, Madhepura, Darbhanga, Samastipur (SC), Begusarai and Khagaria.

In this election, four prominent muslim candidates who are in the fray from RJD and JD(U) fold are Tanveer Hassan, M A A Fatmi and Abdul Bari Siddiqui from the RJD for Begusarai, Darbhanga and Madhubani seats respectively, while the JD (U) has fielded RJD deserter Ghulam Gaus for Madhubani.

Tanveer Hassan, a product of the famous JP movement, has thrown his hat from Begusarai seat as RJD candidate. This seat is, however, in the grip of JD(U) as Monazir Hassan was elected from here in the year 2009 during which the JD(U) was an ally of BJP. Tanveer Hassan is banking upon Muslim -Yadavas which appears to have been reconsolidate.

Former Union minister M A A Fatmi who is in the fray from Darbhanga seat on the ticket of RJD is also expecting the MY combination to be in his favour. Fatmi has been four-time MP from Darbhanga and was also Union minister in the UPA-1.

The former cricket player and BJP leader Kirti Jha Azad represents Darbhanga Lok sabha seat where 15 candidates including three independents are in the fray. Mr Azad who was polled with 239268 votes had defeated Md Fatmi by a margin of 46453 votes.Darbhanga in all likelyhood would witness direct fight between BJP and RJD.

The other candidates from here are- Sanjay Kumar Jha from JD(U), Durgannand Nayak Mahavir of BSP, Kumar Keshav of Shiv Sena, Dr Prabhat Ranjan Das of AAP and Hriday Narain Yadav of CPI(ML).

The fight in Madhubani is all set to be interesting as RJD legislator party leader in Bihar assembly Abdul Bari

Siddiqui, a close aide of former Chief Minister an eminent socialist leader Karpoori Thakur, and was minister in Lalu - Rabri Devi government, is pitted against Ghulam Gaus of JD(U). Md Gaus happened to be a close associate of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, however, he quit the RJD following denial of party ticket from Madhubani and embraced the ruling JD(U) which fielded him from the seat which is in the grip of BJP. Md Gaus is expecting to get victory over the achievements of CM Nitish Kumar.

The seat is, however, in the fold of BJP and is represented by the sitting MP Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav who is in the fray on BJP ticket and is banking upon the pro-Modi wave. In the last Lok Sabha election held in 2009 Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav had defeated Mr Siddiqui by a margin of 9927 votes. AICC member and national general secretary of Congress Shakeel Ahmad had also faced debacles in the election and remained on third position by getting 111423 votes. This time the fight apparently is in between BJP and RJD in Madhubani.

Altogether 11 candidates including Hukudeo Narayan Singh and Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Gulam Gaus an independent and a female are in the fray from Madhubani. They are- Hari Narain Yadav of BSP, Aniruddh Sahu of SP, Kumari Rita of Shiv Sena and Dhruv Narain Karn of CPI(ML).

The Jhanjharpur Lok Sabha seat may witness triangular contest and the main fight is between Birendra Kumar Chaudhary of BJP, Devendra Prasad Yadav of JD(U) and Mangni Lal Mandal of RJD. The seat is in the fold of JD(U) and is represented by Mr Mandal who was recently dismissed from the JD(U) for his anti-party activities. Soon after being kicked off, the JD(U) Mr Mandal joined the RJD which fielded him from Jhanjharpur from where altogether 19 candidates including one female and nine independents are in the fray. The candidates are- Mani Lal Sahu of BSP and Tiliya Devi of AAP.

The Yadavas dominated Madhepura lok sabha seat which is represented by the sitting JD(U) MP is all set to face fight between two heavy weight Yadavas and husband of Renu Kushwaha, a close aide of Bihar chief minister.

Renu Kushwaha was a minister in Nitish Kumar cabinet. Rajesh Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav a former jail bird who was behind the bars in CPM leader Ajit Sarkar murder case, but was acquitted from the court, is giving strong contest to Mr Sharad Yadav, national president of JD(U). Mr Vijay Kumar Singh, husband of Renu Kushwaha who had to face the wrath of Mr Nitish Kumar in the light of her involvement in hectic campaign for her husband contesting on BJP ticket, is banking on the pro-Modi wave. Mr Sharad Yadav who had defeated Dr Ravindra charan Yadav of RJD by a margin of 1.5 lakh votes, is actually working hard to retain his seat from where 12 candidates are in the fray including three independents and a female. The other candidates are - Guljar Kumar of BSP and Anwar Alam of AAP.

Samastipur (SC) Lok Sabha seat represented by its sitting JD(U) MP Maheshwar Hazari, is witnessing triangular contest, however the position of LJP candidate Ramchandra Paswan, brother of LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan, who entered into the electoral battle in alliance with BJP is maintaining an edge over other candidates due to pro-Modi wave. During the last Lok sabha election held in 2009 Maheshwar Hazari who had contested as NDA candidate was polled with 259458 votes while Mr Paswan who was in the fray in alliance with the RJD had got 105583 votes. Congress which has entered into the battle in alliance with RJD has repeated his candidate Mr Ashok Kumar who by getting 91655 votes was on the third position during the last Lok sabha election. Congress in the last election had contested on its own.

The electorate are frustrated with the sitting MP Maheshwar Hazari who failed to deliver good to the area which is languishing in absence of basic infrastructures like road, electricity, drinking water and others.

Altogether, 12 candidates including Ramchandra Paswan, Maheshwar Hazari, Dr Ashok Kumar and an independent are in the fray, The others are Ramchandra Ram of BSP, Amit Kumar of SP, Ganesh Kumar of AAP and Lal Bahadur Sada of CPI(ML).

Begusarai, once popular as ' Leningard of Bihar' following dominance of the Communist party in the area is desperately awaiting a change.

BJP is now emerging as a new force following the support of the upper caste and some Paswan as the LJP has again entered into the alliance with it in the current election. Mr Bhola Singh, sitting BJP MP from Nawada is maintaining an edge over other candidates of RJD Md Tanveer Hassan and Rajendra Prasad Singh of CPI.

The seat which always was represented by heavy weight leaders like one of the founder leader of CPI Yegendra Sharma in 1967, Ms Krishna Shahi of Congress in 1980, 1984 and 1991, Rajo Singh of the same party in 1998, and 1999, Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh of JD(U) in 2004 and Monazir Hassan of JD(U) in the last Lok Sabha election 2009.

Begusarai is a prominent place in the annals of Bihar as following the efforts of the first chief minister Dr Srikrishan Singh several big projects like Barauni Refinery, Barauni Fertilizer Plant and Gharhara Locomotive shed were setup. Dr Singh had visualised to build industrial corridors through Begusarai- Bakhtiyarpur- Fatuha for the industrial development of the state. Barauni fertilizer and Gharhara locomotive shed are in moribund condition.

During the last Lok Sabha election Monazir Hassan of JD(U) had defeated Shatrughan Prasad Singh of CPI by a margin of 70,000 votes. This time altogether 12 candidates including Bhola Singh, Mohammad Tanveer Hassan, Rajendra Prasad Singh, five independents and a female are in the fray. The others are- Rampadarath Yadav of BSP and Sunil Kumar of AAP.

In Khagaria, the sitting JD(U) MP Dinesh Chandra Yadav is again in the fray from the same party. Mr Yadav had defeated RJD candidate R K Rana by a margin of 1.5 lakh votes in the last Lok Sabha election. After his conviction in the multi- crore rupee fodder scam Mr Rana is now out of the electoral battle. The RJD this time has fielded Krishna Kumari Yadav, wife of a muscleman and sister of MLA Poonam Yadav, whom Mr Nitish Kumar dismissed from JD(U) allegedly for her anti- party activities after she was found campaigning for her sister.

Altogether 13 candidates including Mahboob Ali Qaiser, Krishna Kumari Yadav, Dinesh Chandra Yadav, 2 independents and a female, Jagdish Chandra Basu of CPI(ML), Rajesh Kumar of BSP, Makkhan Sah of SP and Dr Swami Vivekanand of AAP are in the fray from Khagaria Lok Sabha seat.

A total of candidate- 104 candidates including 24 independents and five females are in the fray in seven Lok Sabha seats scheduled for polling on April 30 in fourth phase. A maximum of 19 candidates have thrown their hats in Jhanjharpur while the minimum number of 11 candidates trying their luck in the electoral battle from Madhubani.

The BJP has pitted five candidates, JD(U) 6, RJD 6, LJP 2, CPI 1 and Congress 1.

A total 11042043 voters including 5845522 female, 5196236 male and 285 others would cast their votes on 10157 polling stations on April 30.

(Posted on 28-04-2014)