Bihar is likely to be on the cusp of a serious generational shift in politics because it braced for Tuesday’s counting of votes for the meeting election, with most pollsters predicting a landslide for the five-party Grand Alliance led by the younger RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav.
Counting can be taken up at 55 centres throughout 38 districts the place the result will resolve the destiny of the Nitish Kumar authorities that has helmed the state for a decade and half.
Most exit polls have predicted a rout for the ruling JD(U)-BJP mix and a convincing victory for the Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) led by RJD”s 31-year-old chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav, who has thrown down the gauntlet at redoubtable Nitish Kumar, the battle-scarred veteran greater than twice his age.
The Election Commission is ensuring that the winds of potential change trigger no disruption within the counting course of.
According to Chief Electoral Officer H R Srinavasa, central armed police forces have been deployed on the sturdy rooms, the place the EVMs have been saved for the reason that completion of voting, and the halls the place these can be unsealed Tuesday morning after counting of postal ballots will get over.
The state has 243 meeting constituencies and probably the most keenly watched will clearly be Raghopur in Vaishali district from the place Tejashwi Yadav is in search of re-election.
Nitish Kumar is a member of the legislative council and has not contested the meeting election.
Raghopur has been previously represented by his dad and mom Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi each former chief ministers. Tejashwi’s elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav is contesting from Hasanpur in Samastipur district.
In addition, Tuesday”s counting may also resolve the political destiny of practically a rating of ministers.
Fate of a number of Nitish ministers to be determined
Prominent amongst them are Nand Kishore Yadav (Patna Sahib), Pramod Kumar (Motihari), Rana Randhir (Madhuban), Suresh Sharma (Muzaffarpur), Shrawan Kumar (Nalanda), Jai Kumar Singh (Dinara) and Krishnanandan Prasad Verma (Jehanabad).
With a lot of the NDA”s election narrative specializing in RJD”s affiliation with “jungle raj”, an allusion to the alleged collapsed legislation and order in the course of the 15 years when Lalu-Rabri dominated the state in succession, the destiny of “bahubalis”, leaders identified for sturdy arm ways, may also be keenly watched.
Two of probably the most infamous criminal-turned-politicians- Anant Singh (Mokama) and Reetlal Yadav (Danapur)- are contesting on RJD tickets.
Can Tejashwi dislodge Nitish from energy?
A win for the RJD-led coalition will convey a redemption of types for Tejashwi Yadav whose management talents have been referred to as into query after his social gathering did not win a single seat within the Lok Sabha elections final yr. The NDA had gained 39 of the 40 seats and one had gone to the Congress, an RJD ally.
It may revive the fortunes of the three Left parties–The CPI, CPI-M and CPI-ML–which have been consigned to close oblivion over the previous twenty years. The five-party ”Mahagathbandhan” additionally contains these three Left events, which have been a drive to reckon with previously.
Election officers and district administrations face the daunting activity of restraining supporters of political events from crowding the counting centres amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Prohibitory orders can be be place outdoors the counting centres to stop individuals from gathering in giant numbers, officers mentioned.
Tight safety at counting halls
According to Srinivasa, whereas 19 firms of the central armed police forces can be deployed at sturdy rooms and the halls the place counting will happen, one other 59 have been entrusted with sustaining legislation and order. Each firm contains roughly 100 personnel.
Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Jitendra Kumar mentioned Bihar Military Police and native police may also chip in whereas senior officers will maintain a watch by way of show screens related to CCTV cameras put in on the counting centres.