Main Factor That Bring the Mahagathbandhan Just Short of Half-way
Political Leaders and parties had started to ramp up their organisation machinery in preparations for 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The then Samajwadi Party state chief Akhilesh Yadav in starch-white kurta-pyjama and red cap was peddling his way through the state to mobilise support against Mayawati government. Congress having tasted success in 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
Mulayam’s close aide and Deoria MP Mohan Singh met Rampur strongman Azam Khan and announced support for the induction of DP Yadav, the dreaded don from western UP.
Akhilesh Yadav had spoken to his father against any such move. Mohan Singh was removed as party spokesperson to send across a message that the likes of DP Yadav were no more welcome in the party.
To his credit, Tejaswi picked up just the right issues to set the agenda for Bihar 2020. He needed to get votes over and above Yadav and Muslim electorate. The first phase of the RJD campaign worked to knit disparate groups which may have suffered during the recent floods and pandemic.
People heard him. They agreed with all he said. But perhaps, unlike Akhilesh Yadav in 2012, Tejashwi could not convince just enough people to complete the ensemble.
The memories of 15 years of RJD rule seems to have had a lingering undertone. Just enough to hold back the aged and the elderly in endorsing the children seeking badlav.
Post polls surveys on TV channels may have given a clear edge to the MGB, data collected by party pollsters showed Bihar 2020 would be a very close race.