While the RJD has denied a ticket to its sitting MLA Sanjay Yadav and allotted the seat to CPIML, whose candidate secured more than 22,000 votes in the 2015, the BJP nominee, Rajeshwar Raj, is getting full cooperation from JDU MP Mahabali Singh.
“I represented this constituency for 10 years (2000 to 2010). So, voters know me well ,” said CPIML nominee Arun Kumar.
“There will be no problem in the transfer of votes from RJD’s traditional support base of Muslims and Yadavs to our party. We have support of the poor. Moreover, our social base is almost the same. I hope to bag votes from every section of the society,” said Kumar.
The CPIML put up a good show in 2015 Assembly polls despite the demographic changes in this constituency, following the delimitation in 2009. “After delimitation, two blocks–Nasriganj and Rajpur–which are considered to be strongholds of the CPIML, became part of the Nokha. The CPIML still put up a good show in Karakat, showing it build up a fresh support base here,” said Kanhaiya Mishra, a farmer in Bikramganj town.
According to CPIML leaders, the RJD-headed alliance will gain from CPIML’s cadre in at least two constituencies – Nokha and Obra–which are part of Karakat Lok Sabha seat.
BJP candidate Raj, who was elected to the state assembly from this seat in 2010 after defeating CPIML’s Kumar, claimed that his party is getting good response from voters in view of the pro-people schemes of the Nitish Kumar government. “This is a battle – ‘15 Saal Banam 15 Saal’ (Lalu-Rabri’s 15 years vs Nitish Kumar’s 15 years),” he said.
Raj claimed that the RJD has already lost its ground and now it is fighting a battle for its survival in the alliance with CPIML. According to him, he is getting full cooperation from JDU’s local unit in Karakat.