Bihar Election Is Modi’s Biggest Litmus Test
Is Bihar election the biggest test for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodar Modi? If believed to top American think-tank, effect of the state results will be felt far away from the state borders.
Bihar is scheduled to go on poll from October 12 to November 8.
Scholars Milan Vaishnav and Saksham Khosla from the Camegie Endowment for International Peace writes in an op-ed page the Modi-led BJP will face the biggest electoral test in Bihar election. The win will result with new momentum for the central government. BJP will be very near to a Rajya Sabha majority thereafter.
If failure comes it would be a big blow to Modi even after the recent announcement of a big economic package for the development of Bihar – $19 billion, which is about Rs 1.25 lakh crore in Indian currency.
Simultaneously the think-tank says the election this month may also either make or break the career of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as well as the same for its new found ally Lalu Prasad Yadav.
If Yadav fails to get victory, he may return to jail for corruption conviction. If he wins, he will be able to maintain his relevance in the state politics as well as that of his family’s.
Not to forget, Yadav’s star was once the brightest among all the leaders of Bihar, but the 2014 general election paved his way to debacle.
Meanwhile, Congress will get some comfort from the Bihar election after being part of the alliance with both the Yadav’s. Last year’s general election was a great defeat for the party.