20 September, 2020

Flight Of Condors

Bihar is still Nitish’s battle to lose. But post-Ayodhya, the RJD-LJP team is making inroads.

Jitender Gupta
Flight Of Condors

The carnival atmosphere of an assembly election is clearly missing. The Seemanchal region in north and northeast Bihar casts its ballot on October 21, the first segment of the six-phase poll, but there’s little sign of any hectic political activity. Even the quintessential loudspeaker blaring from streetcorners or rickshaws in support of party candidates—the visible (and audible) signpost of any sort of election frenzy—is conspicuous by its absence in the Bihari heartland.

The only confirmation that the state is in the middle of poll season is the sound of helicopters. The choppers fly out, announcing the day’s star campaigners to the quiet countryside. Travel by road is out of the question for the netas, given the distances involved. Time is of the essence here and, beginning his campaign on October 2, the first to take the aerial route was Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan. Every morning he heads out from the state capital Patna in a chopper to Seemanchal and returns late in the...



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