Tejashwi Yadav Wades Into Assam Electoral Waters Looking For Allies
Tejashwi Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) may have lost the Bihar Assembly polls of October-November 2020 to the NDA, but not before giving incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a minor scare. He is now carrying the battle scars of that contest over to Assam, the northeastern state set to vote in March-April. The young leader has been camped in Guwahati since last evening when the poll panel announced the voting schedule.
The RJD, sources say, is likely to contest in Assam and Mr Yadav is looking for allies. Like in Bihar, there is a six-party Mahagatbandhan in this state, too, led by the Congress. Speculation is rife that the RJD will join it even though it has no base in Assam.
The Congress is allied with the RJD nationally and has always maintained good relations since the days of Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Bihar-based party's founder. He met the Congress leadership last evening. They may meet again today. If Congress sources are to be believed, the huge Bhojpuri vote bank in certain pockets of Assam could use Mr Yadav as a star campaigner. Traditionally, these voters have swayed towards the BJP.