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Upper Caste Leaders Back In Circulation In Bihar

A Rajput in charge of JD(U), another in charge of RJD, a Brahmin at the helm in Congress. What exactly is brewing in the homeland of Mandal and OBC politics?

Upper Caste Leaders Back In Circulation In Bihar
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Upper Caste Leaders Back In Circulation In Bihar
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2021-08-20T17:11:02+05:30

Ignored for long by OBC-centric parties during the post-Mandal era, privileged-caste leaders appear to be back in circulation in Bihar. A Bhumihar MP, Rajiv Ranjan Singh aka Lalan Singh (in pic with CM Nitish Kumar), has become the first privileged-caste leader to be appointed national president of the ruling JD(U). Lalan was chosen even though former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha—an OBC leader from the Koeri caste, who had merged his Rashtriya Lok Samata Dal earlier this year with JD(U) and was made its parliamentary board chairman—was widely tipped to replace R.C.P. Singh as the national president. Political observers believe Nitish made the decision because Lalan was pipped to the post by RCP in the race for the solitary berth given to JD(U) in the Narendra Modi government. Lalan’s supporters had apparently blamed RCP, a Kurmi like Nitish, for the denial of ministerial berth to their leader. RCP is now Union minister for steel.

Kurmi and Koeri, the two dominant OBC castes called the ‘Luv-Kush of Bihar politics’, had joined forces to lend...

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