Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, whose RJD retained the Mokama assembly seat on Sunday but failed to wrestle from the BJP Gopalganj constituency and lose it with a whisker, claimed the outcome was a success of their “experiment” .
Yadav, the real face of a resurgent RJD, indirectly referred to Gopalganj candidate Mohan Gupta, a caste Vaishya whose choice served as yet another example of the traditionally “MY” (Muslim-Yadav) party looking to push the boundaries.
“The Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) had 40,000 votes less than the winning BJP candidate in the 2020 election polls. This time, despite the sympathy factor, we cut the margin to less than 2,000 votes. Get in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. and we will have a lead of 20,000 in the assembly segment,” said Yadav.
The bypoll to Gopalganj, which falls in the district of the same name to which Yadav belongs, was necessitated by the death of four-year-old BJP MLA Subhash Singh whose wife Kusum Devi retained the seat for the saffron party.
“The people of Gopalganj have called the BJP’s bluff, which claimed that certain sections of society happened to be its loyal constituents,” Yadav said.
However, the deputy CM tried not to blame Aunt Indira Yadav, who fought on a BSP ticket and nibbled on nearly 9,000 votes.
He also didn’t say anything harsh about Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, which garnered over 12,000 votes and emerged as the biggest “spoiler.”
“I thank people of all castes and religions for their trust in us,” said the young RJD leader, who will soon face another test of his political courage in a by-election necessitated by the disqualification of Anil Sahani, the Kurhani’s party MLA.
However, the congressional state unit, wary of the “Owaisi factor” in the high stakes battle for Gujarat, lashed out at the Hyderabad MP, accusing him of “helping BJP” in Gopalganj.
“Thank you Asaduddin Owaisi ji for helping the BJP in Gopalganj through a poll,” Bihar Congress spokesman Asit Tiwari tweeted.
Meanwhile, the AIMIM, which had won five seats in the latest assembly seats and had previously joined the RJD but all but one of the MLAs, said it plans to queer the field in Kurhani as well.
“We will certainly contest Kurhani. After all, we don’t run a shop,” said Akhtarul Iman, state president of AIMIM, which is now also the party’s only MLA in Bihar.
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