No walkover for Tejashwi

Hajipur (Bihar), October 31

He is hopping from one region to another daily to drum up support for the Grand Alliance so that he could become the chief minister of Bihar, but winning his own seat won’t be easy for Tejashwi Yadav, who is up against an experienced BJP rival in the Raghopur constituency.

A part of the Hajipur Lok Sabha seat, Raghopur Assembly segment in Vaishali district will vote in the second phase on November 3.

The 31-year-old younger son of Lalu Prasad had taken the electoral plunge from Raghopur in 2015, when he had barely reached the qualifying age of 25 for fighting polls.

He won the election and went on to become the deputy to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whom he would call chacha (uncle) then, an expression of respect and alliance. But the alliance fell apart in 2017, and now Tejashwi is challenging his chacha for the top post.

The Grand Alliance has already announced Tejashwi as its CM candidate.

Tejashwi’s main rival now, the BJP’s Satish Kumar, had emerged a giant killer, defeating Rabri Devi in 2010 state election.

Kumar, however, had lost to Tejashwi in 2015, when Tejashwi was a nominee of an alliance comprising his RJD, the JD (U) and the Congress, while the BJP had gone solo. — PTI

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