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Countering Kushwaha: Nitish presses panic button, forms committee to woo ‘K’ voters

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PATNA: As Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha turns rebellious in the NDA and appears to be his way out, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has gone all out to woo the Kushwaha community and keep them in good humour.

On Sunday, Kumar who also happens to be the JD-U president held meeting with some 890 Kushwaha leaders at which he announced to give proper representation to this community in the distribution of tickets for Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

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In the last LS polls, the JD-U had given tickets to six Kushawaha leaders of which  only one got elected.

Similarly, in the last assembly elections, the party had fielded 17 leaders from this community, of which 11 managed to win elections but that was primarily because of the support of the RJD which was the part of the three-party Grand Alliance, and Kumar too knows it very well.

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Pressing the panic button, the chief minister also formed “Kushwaha Rajnitik Vichar Manch” to raise the issues of this community and their redressal at the earliest.

The Manch which includes 22 Kushwaha leaders will hold meetings in all the 38 districts of the state and make the people aware about the development works being launched by the state government. The meeting will begin form the first week of November.

The move is part of the chief minister strategy to ensure the community doesn’t go with the RLSP at any cost in the aftermath of Upendra Kushwaha walking away from the NDA.

The RLSP has, of late, expressed annoyance with the BJP for ignoring the party in seat-sharing and warned the saffron camp of serious electoral consequence if they ignored the party in ticket distribution.

“We are wondering over the treatment. A party (JD-U) with barely 1.5 percent support base is being given many seats while the RLSP with 10 percent vote bank is being offered two seats,” RLSP’s acting president Nagmani told the media last week.

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