An element of curiosity has been introduced in the Bankipur assembly segment where a strongly positioned younger BJP MLA’s try at a hattrick has been challenged by, a still younger, Congress candidate with a formidable pedigree.
The candidature of 37 years old Luv Sinha, whose father Shatrughan Sinha had misplaced Patna Sahib within the Lok Sabha polls final year when he fought on a Congress ticket, came as a shock to residents of the Bihar capital, a major part of which is covered under the constituency named after a locality in the city.
The father had received the Lok Sabha seat in 2009 and 2014 when he contested on a BJP ticket, but he burnt his bridges with the social gathering after repeated jibes, as he repeatedly referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah as “one man present and two-man military”.
Final 12 months, the “Bihari Babu” who took satisfaction in having registered the largest margin of victory within the state in 2014 when all credit score was going to the “Modi wave”, misplaced by an excellent better variety of votes (2,84,657) to former cupboard colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad who was contesting an election for the primary time.
Not a lot has been identified up to now in regards to the political aptitude of his youngsters, although it’s common information that not like twin brother Kush, Luv did evince curiosity in performing however did not make it massive like “Shotgun” or, to some extent, youthful sister Sonakshi.
In addition to being born to a well-known actor whose crowd-pulling talents in his dwelling city stay undiminished, Luv Sinha additionally has caste factor on his facet in Bankipur the place the winner and the runner-up have been, invariably, Kayasthas.
Nonetheless, defeating the incumbent Nitin Nabin stays a tall order as the town has, in response to the Mandal wave and the lawlessness that prevailed in the course of the rule of Lalu Prasad and his spouse Rabri Devi, became a BJP bastion.
This explains why the 40-year-old MLA, who made his debut from the now abolished Patna West seat in 2006 in a by-election necessitated by his father Nabin Kishore Sinha’s dying, has at all times been successful by astounding margins.
Even in 2015, when the Congress had fielded one other Kayastha candidate Kumar Ashish who loved the backing of Lalu Prasad’s RJD in addition to Nitish Kumars JD(U), Bankipur remained a cakewalk for Nitin Nabin even because the BJP struggled to carry its personal in a lot of the state, failing to win even 1 / 4 of seats within the 243-strong meeting.
Nitish Kumar is again within the NDA this time which the BJP sees as a bonus. Furthermore, Nabins personal standing has since grown. He headed the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha until lately and has now been appointed as the party’s in cost for Sikkim.
The opposition Grand Alliance, of which the Congress is the second largest associate after RJD, nevertheless, hopes of cashing in on the anti-incumbency issue which has turn into palpable with the Chief Minister has been in energy for about a decade and a half.
The Congress additionally hopes to make inroads amongst disgruntled BJP cadre who shouldn’t have a lot of an area within the state capital to vent their frustrations, with even the rebellious LJP chief Chirag Paswan shying away from fielding candidates in opposition to the saffron social gathering candidates in any of the 4 meeting segments which cowl your entire metropolis.
This was evident when Sushma Sahu,a former state president of BJP Mahila Morcha who lately stop the social gathering and had sought to contest as an Unbiased candidate, turned up at public conferences the place she canvassed for Luv Sinha, calling him “chhota bhai” (youthful brother).
Sahu has been alleging that her nomination papers have been rejected on the behest of the ruling coalition and accusing the BJP of, “insulting the Vaishya group” by ignoring and humiliating her.
How a lot of ice these cuts with the voters shall be identified on November 03, when Bankipur, which has 3.91 lakh sturdy voters, goes to polls within the second part of elections. Altogether 22 candidates are within the fray right here and, in addition to the principle contenders, one being talked about is Pushpam Priya Chaudhary, who calls herself “Chief Ministerial
candidate” of her newly-floated outfit Plurals Get together.
Nonetheless, the politically aware residents of town look with bemusement on the self-styled political reformer, who claims to be an alumnus of the London Faculty of Economics and occurs to be the daughter of a JD(U) chief from north Bihar.
The NDA leaders are describing Luv Sinha as a “parachute candidate”. However, his father, Shatrughan Sinha says he’s “Bihar putra” (son of Bihar) and has been working for the folks since he (Sinha himself) contested Lok Sabha elections from native Patna for the primary time in 2009.
Assured of the BJP”s victory on the seat, some saffron social gathering leaders brag that “even when US president Donald Trump involves contest in opposition to the BJP from Patna, he shall be defeated.”
Priti Sinha of Sri Krishna Nagar says although not a lot of development work has been completed within the space, we’d like to have a BJP-JD(U) government for the sake of control of crime. Sapalta Singh of Khajpura locality says “we’re firmly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To make the country strong we need to have him in power everywhere”.