Bihar Polls: To counter Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, Samajwadi Party set to field EBCs

The SP is offering party posts and plans to hold separate conclaves for these EBC groups.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Updated: September 18, 2015 1:48 pm

The Samajwadi Party plans to field a number of candidates from the extremely backward classes and upset the calculations of the RJD-JD(U), which draw their support base from the EBCs.

“We admit we are playing caste politics. In UP and Bihar, you cannot win without forging caste combinations,” Ramchandra Yadav, party president in Bihar, told The Indian Express. “There are several EBCs in Bihar — Prajapati, Lohar, Badhai, Mallah, Dhobi, Chaurasia — with each group numbering 20 to 25 lakh. They are used during elections and forgotten later. The SP will promote them and give them tickets.”

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The SP is also offering party posts and plans to hold separate conclaves for these EBC groups. “The SP has given such groups (MBCs) their due share in UP. Leaders from the SP government representing these groups will address meetings of their castes in Bihar,” he said. Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, Shankhlal Manji and Kailash Chaurasia are among UP ministers from the MBCs.

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“We will release our first list on September 19-20,” Yadav said. He said talks are on with Pappu Yadav and others. Pappu met NCP leader Tariq Anwar in Patna Wednesday. Anwar confirmed this but did not disclose what they discussed.

Former Union minister Raghunath Jha, who has left the RJD, is set to join the SP Thursday, Ramchandra Yadav said. He predicted more inductions on September 22, when UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav addresses an SP workers’ meeting in Patna.

With ENS in Patna

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  1. H
    Sep 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm
    Bihar will never progress if people are not alert and save their future. The trio of Congress- RJD -JD(U) are ruling since last 50 years but Bihar is remain poor and backward since all three parties provided corrupt and bad governance. So people should vote to BJP for better future by defeating Congress, regional and smaller parties which is run by individual for self development & dynastic politics with sole objective to install their son on top post. So people should reject all parties except BJP but it is duty of BJP to curb rampant corruption prevailing in state and all corrupts are put behind bars. BJP must win confidence of people by selecting qualified, honest and able candidates who can fulfill aspirations of people.
    1. M
      Sep 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm
      The 18 week Bihar poll campaign has now entered 13th week. It started with an offensive crusade against Modi govt. The fodder for the first few weeks was LalitGate and Vyapam. The media managed the maneuver without touching sekular front. The over aggressive Rahul and Sonia stalled the Parliament sessions for days