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It is going to be a two-cornered straight contest between the BJP-led NDA and the Mahagatbandhan of grand alliance floated by the ruling JD(U).
While caste matrix will play a crucial role in Bihar (as always), this assembly election will be a litmus test between PM Modi's popularity and the development agenda of CM Nitish Kumar.
To the credit of Nitish Kumar, a number of development projects and welfare measures have made Bihar turn a new leaf with focus on economic and social progress.
However, the fact that he has joined hands with his former bitter foe Lalu Prasad Yadav, the epitome of corruption, may negate all the goodwill he had earned among the people including from his own Kurmis.
The BJP is fielding all its senior political leaders and had invigorated the cadres to woo the powerful Yadavs, Kurmis, Kayasthas, Kushwahas, OBCs, Muslims and Dalits in this crucial assembly poll.
Rest assured of full support from Brahmins (less than 10% of total population) and the upper castes, BJP is trying its best to cut the traditional vote share of JD(U) and RJD from the Yadavs, OBCs and Muslims.
How far BJP has succeeded in winning the support of Yadavs, OBCs and Muslims will be known only after the results are declared on 8 November.
The Election Commission has announced a five-phase electoral process spanning over three months.
In the past, Bihar is notorious for booth capturing and bogus voting. It is up to the EC to ensure a peaceful, fair and transparent voting across Bihar districts.
But one thing is sure. The results of Bihar election will be either one of the two for the ruling BJP at the centre: a morale boosting victory or a humiliating defeat with Nitish re-asserting his authority as the top political executive of the state.
We only hope the Biharis exercise their franchise according to their conscience and not swayed by money baits or allurements by political parties.
Elections coverage has now become more of a war of channels!! Sponsored channels, sponsored view and what not.. Bihar has been in bad shape since long.. Situations have changed little over time, however tall claims politicos make. Wish there is a govt which focus on development rather than the FOCUS on party or persons alone. Unfortunately, all discussion forums are with skewed knowledge of realities and have biased views.. Media floods news and that feed us with limited knowledge. So, be aware of the awful conditions existent for common bihar residents.. Politics across political spectrum are focussing on winning browny points over each other rather than talking any substantial path or plan for bihar development. Let us see what happens, but people are forced to choose the LESSER EVIL amongst the politicos!!! Best wishes Bihar