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This time, ‘progress’ not ‘protection’ is the Mantra

Progress is the new mantra

This time, ‘progress’ not ‘protection’ is the Mantra

As the capital of Bihar goes to the polls, in what is known as the fourth phase of the Assembly elections, it is clear where the sentiments of most of the electors from the middle class lie, cutting across caste or religion.

In the Digha assembly constituency, where there is a sizeable Christian population indications are that the vote will be for ‘progress and development’, rather than ‘protection by secular parties’.

Recalling how following the Kandhamal  riots, provocative handbills in Hindi appeared all over Kurji and Digha instigating hate against the Christian community, and the swift and quiet way in which the district administration took action, several intellectuals within the community felt that Nitish Kumar could effectively keep the trouble makers from igniting sparks of communal hatred.

“We want peace and security. We don’t want to be afraid to go out in the night and get robbed. We want a civilised society,” said  Mary Jacob, a nurse.  While K. Joy, an accountant in Kurji said that ever since Nitish Kumar’s government began promoting ‘development’, all the house rents in the Kurji-Digha-Patliputra area were raised, and tenants had to face unreasonable demands from the landlords, still the general condition of Patna and Bihar had greatly improved and he would want to give the present man in charge another lease of five years.

Even where the BJP has fielded candidates, the youngsters will vote for them, because we are in effect voting for Nitish Kumar, said Akhil, a member of the YMCA . “Rahul Gandhi may have a clean image and we may think about that in a general election, but for Bihar, Nitish is best and not some untried candidates whom we don’t know.

 Will Lalu be given another chance? Members of the micro-minority Anglo-Indian community don’t think so. With the exception of one or two ‘personal friends’ of Lalu, it is more likely that entire Anglo-Indian vote will go for “a stable and safe Bihar, good roads, more jobs” and that means for Nitish, said Rudolph Mawer, secretary of the Patna Branch of the All India Anglo Indian Association. “No doubt we are a tiny community, but every vote counts,” he said.

The Dalit Christians are more likely to be influenced by the opportunities of the Special programmes for Mahadalits, said a field worker with Manthan, an NGO that works with Musahars in the Khagaul area. The RJD really had nothing concrete to offer these very low castes, and tere are many families that have benefitted from the programmes of Nitish Kumar. If not pressurised by external forces, these segments may also vote in favour of the incumbent government, he said.

Meanwhile, the BJP has expelled four rebel leaders from the party for six years on charge of indulging in anti-party activities by contesting the assembly polls against official nominees, according to its vice-president Sanjay Mayukh.

The expelled rebel candidates are: Ram Janam Sharma (Bikram), Parasnath Singh (Vajirganj), Shiv Shankar Kumar Bulli (Bankipur) and Rajiv Ranjan Singh (Digha), he said.

One Response

  1. Shalinee says:

    This is an exceptional report on minorities and how they are thinking of voting. No paper carried this.

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