Meira Kumar has invoked the legacy of her father and former Deputy PM Jagjivan Ram in her bid to wrest the seat from Paswan. While her father represented the constituency eight times, Kumar won it twice.
Campaigning in Jehanabad, all three top NDA leaders in Bihar - Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the JD(U), Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, and Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi of the BJP linked the electoral success of their candidate, JD(U)’s Chandeshwar Chandravanshi, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reelection.
Nalanda was a Nitish bastion. “But we saw a close fight in 2014 when Kaushlendra won by only 10,000 votes. Kaushlendra has an edge now, but signs of aggressive voting by Grand Alliance supporters could make it tough.”
Most of Danapur residents have been committed RJD supporters for years, but are now upset with both RJD candidate Misa Bharti, and BJP candidate and sitting MP Ram Kripal Yadav for failing to check the periodic floods.
East Champaran Lok Sabha constituency is witnessing a keen contest between five-time BJP MP and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) candidate Aakash Singh, son of former Union minister and Congress’s Rajya Sabha MP Akhilesh Prasad Singh.
As the RJD also gave tickets to the wives of convicted criminals Mohammed Shahabuddin and Rajballabh Yadav, the party could not oppose the Congress giving its ticket to Devi, and Tejashwi eventually campaigned for her.