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Electoral Dynamics: A look at Bihar’s Political Landscape

The BJP's stronghold lies in India's Hindi heartland, encompassing states like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. However, Bihar stands out as the only state where the party has never secured a majority on its own. This makes the political landscape of Bihar very intriguing.

The decision by Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar who has been the Chief Minister of Bihar for the past 15 years to terminate his alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Lalu Prasad Yadav , in favour of rekindling ties with the BJP, is a significant setback to the INDIA bloc. It led to the collapse of the ruling coalition in Bihar, which included JD(U), RJD, and Congress. Kumar's remarks upon resigning, regarding the lack of cohesion within the INDIA bloc come just months before they face the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections further underscore the challenges faced by the opposition.

However, this move may have backfired. Nitish Kumar's credibility in Bihar has taken a hit, with people questioning his political integrity. Nonetheless, the shift in alliances presents a newfound advantage for the BJP in what was previously an opposition-dominated state. But there arises an opportunity to solidify a people-friendly common agenda like unemployment for the opposition. With Bihar holding 40 Lok Sabha seats, its political significance cannot be understated.

This article delves into the complex dynamics of Bihar's political scene and its implications for the future of the INDIA bloc in the state.

Sara Nasreen

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