AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Oct. 15, 2020, 11:24 a.m.
Patna: The Bihar assembly elections to be held later this month id slated to be a tough contest with as many as six contenders for the post of chief minister.
The NDA, a coalition of JDU, BJP, Hum and VIP, has again declared incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as their candidate for yet another term.
But the Grand Alliance of the RJD, Congress and the three Left parties have changed respective chief minister candidates.
Nitish Kumar was also the face of this alliance in the last election, but this time Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav is their CM candidate. Apart from this, the Grand Democratic Secular Alliance, consisting of six parties, has declared former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha as their chief minister candidate.
Meanwhile, Pappu Yadav is the candidate for chief minister put up by the Progressive Democratic Alliance. On the other hand, Chirag Paswan has never declared himself as the CM candidate, but his party Lokm Janshakti Party (LJP) has declared him as their chief ministerial candidate.
Just before this election, Pushpam Priya Chaudhary, who created a new party named Plurals, has also declared herself as the next Chief Minister.
The chief minister candidates:
- NDA Chief Minister's face
- Long experience of parliamentary life
- Became MLA: First elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1985.
- Elected to the 9th Lok Sabha for the first time in 1989. Subsequently, he was also elected to the Lok Sabha in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.
- April to November 1990: Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Cooperation
- March 19,1998 to August 5,1999: Union Railway Minister
- October 13, 1999 to November 22, 1999: Minister of Ground Floor Transport
- May 27, 2000 to March 20, 2001: Agriculture Minister
- July 22, 2001 to May 21, 2004: Railway Minister
Became chief minister
- March 3 to 10, 2000 for the first time
- November 24, 2005 to November 24, 2010
- November 26, 2010 to May 17, 2014
- February22, 2015 till present
Complete prohibition in the state. Created a roadmap for agricultural development. As Chief Minister, he laid a network of roads in Bihar. Launched closed bridge corporation and seed corporation. Reservation for women in panchayats and jobs. Cycle and dress scheme for school children. Provided electricity to every village in the state. Pension of Five thousand rupees to Bhagalpur riot victims every month. Madarsa teachers were given revised pay scales. Ordnance Factory at Nalanda, Rail Coach Factory at Nalanda. Rail bridges at Digha, Kosi and Munger, made ICAR regional office at Patna.
Tejashwi Yadav has very little experience of parliamentary life. In the last assembly election, he contested for the first time and won and became an MLA. But, there are works done by father Lalu Prasad for social change in his account. He had a road and building department in the grand coalition government led by Nitish Kumar. However, he later exited the government due to separation from JDU's grand alliance. In the same tenure, he got the experience of both Deputy Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition.
- CM face of Grand Alliance
- Became MLA for the first time in 2015
- Became Deputy Chief Minister in the same year
Tejashwi Yadav has few achievements due to short parliamentary life. As the Minister for Road Construction, the first bridge of the six-lane bridge over the Ganges in Patna is one of his major achievements. He proposed the first double-decker bridge in Chapra. Raised voice for the upliftment of backward classes. Initiated to make the party from A to Z party by removing Mai from the equation.
Upendra Kushwaha's political life is also long. Twenty years ago, he started his life as a legislator for the first time. He was earlier in JDU and later formed the RLSP in 2013.
- CM candidate of Grand Democratic Secular Alliance
- Became MLA for the first time in the year 2000.
- First Deputy Leader of the Legislative Assembly and then Leader of the Opposition was appointed.
- Joined the NDA in 2014 and became MP
- In 2014, he became the Minister of State for Human Resource Development.
Started Central Universities in Motihari and Bodh Gaya. Approved Kendriya Vidyalaya at Goh and Nawada in Aurangabad. Struggled continuously for the improvement of education.
- CM candidate of Progressive Democratic Coalition
Became Independent MLA from Sinhareshwara in 1990 for the first time
- First became MP from Purnia in 1991
- Been MP five times after that
- Elected the best MP in the Lok Sabha in the year 2015
- Formed Jan Adhikar Party (Democratic) in 2015
Pappu Yadav has many social works to his name. During the floods last year, he assisted many houses in Patna. Even before this, in every disaster, he stands with the people.
Pushpam Priya Chaudhary
Self-proclaimed CM candidate
JDU's former MLC is the daughter of Vinod Chaudhary. She first entered politics in March 2020 and formed the Plurals Party. She introduced herself as a chief minister candidate as soon as she entered politics.
She has not had any achievements so far in politics. This time in the election, she has announced candidates for all seats.