In states like Bihar where the electorate is heavily divided by caste, strategic alliances with little-known parties can make or break the dreams of bigger political players aiming for a piece of the cherry cake at the Centre
With neither BJP-led NDA nor the Congress-led UPA sure of forming the government, a fractured verdict on May 23 will bring regional parties into focus. The possibilities are manifold with every party expected to extract their pound of flesh
Most of the opposition leaders admit that they prefer state-wise alliances rather than a national alliance to strengthen their cadre base. Post-poll strategies could be worked out depending on the numbers, they say.
Dharmendra Pradhan, minister for petroleum & natural gas and skill development & entrepreneurship, tells Outlook that there are jobs in the country and more employment opportunities will be generated in the future.
The prisoner-patient of fodder scam taint may be at his weakest today, but his boast that you can’t take Laloo out of Bihar still rings a tad true. The old warrior seems nowhere close to exiting 2019’s election chessboard.