Bihar is one of the poorest regions of India. The state has only 11.3% of its people living in urban areas. Also, almost 58% of Biharis are under 25 years of age. So, having the highest youth and rural population will play a big deal in Bihar’s elections this year.
The last election was won by the Mahagathbandhan consisting of JDU, Rashtriya Janata Dal, and Congress. In 2017 however, JDU left the alliance to join NDA. Nitish Kumar of the JDU is the incumbent Chief Minister of the state.
Issues of the election
Unemployment and the state of migrant workers is going to be a major talking point of this election. The state governments approach with the farm bills proposed by the parliament is also going to be a major factor in the lead up to the elections.
The state government’s poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has left Bihar as one of the hardest-hit states. This is also likely to be a major factor influencing the upcoming elections
The NDA’s chief ministerial candidate is incumbent CM Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal (United) party. There is a huge disapproval against Nitish Kumar’s government. The handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with his 15 year long rule is the reason for this. The reverse migration of daily labourers is also an issue.
The opposition candidate is RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav. He is a younger candidate and most of Bihar’s youth will look to him to lead the way for a newer, more developed Bihar.
The elections in Bihar start today, with two more rounds on 3rd November and 7th November 2020.
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