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Nitish Kumar Decision To Join Mahagathbandhan Intensify’Mandal Vs Kamandal Politics In Bihar

Bihar Politics: With Nitish Kumar leaving the Bharatiya Janata Party...

Bihar Politics: With Nitish Kumar leaving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar to form the ‘Mahagathbandhan 2.0’ government on Wednesday, political analysts believe that ‘Mandal vs Kamandal’ politics intensified in the politically important state ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Will be. The term ‘mandal-kamandal’ had been in the limelight in the political scenario of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, two major states of the Hindi belt in the mid-90s, where there was a contest between the caste-based politics of regional parties and the Hindutva ideology of the BJP.

The term ‘Mandal’ is used in the context of politics that revolves around Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Scheduled Castes. Basically, it originates from the Mandal Commission, which was formed in 1979 by the then Janata Party government to identify the socially and educationally backward classes. At the same time, the reference to ‘Kamandal’ is given in the context of Hindutva politics, which originates from the character used by the sages.

BJP’s chariot always stopped in Bihar: Congress MP Mohammad Javed
Congress MP from Kishanganj in Bihar, Mohammad Javed said that the BJP’s chariot has always stopped in Bihar. He said that the people of the state are intellectually and politically aware and they understand that communal forces cannot be efficient in governance as they have nothing to do with development. He claimed that the political developments in Bihar could have a huge impact at the national level and the regional party’s influence would continue.

Javed said, “The movement had gained momentum from Champaran at the time of the freedom movement, the people of the state participated enthusiastically in the Quit India Movement. Bihar has always shown the direction to the country.

‘Mandal vs Kamandal’ politics will intensify- Prof. Sanjay Kumar
At the same time, political analyst and ‘Center for Study of Development Societies’ Prof. Sanjay Kumar said that in the coming times, ‘Mandal vs Kamandal’ politics will intensify in Bihar. He, however, said that it would be better for the Grand Alliance not to use the ‘mandal’ or its social alliance card in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Kumar said, “The axis should be Modi support and Modi anti-Modi and the constituents of the Grand Alliance should try to unite the Other Backward Classes.” This will be Mandal 2.0. This Mandal will be different from 1.0.” Asked whether the developments in Bihar also meant that regional parties would continue and there would be no Uttar Pradesh-like situation for the BJP in Bihar, Kumar said the answer would be 2024 results. It will be clear from now on. But now regional parties have given a strong message that whatever happened in Maharashtra cannot happen in Bihar, he said.

The situation is not that easy for RJD and JDU – Prof. Manindra Nath Thakur
Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Manindra Nath Thakur said that after this development, the politics of ‘Mandal vs Kamandal’ would intensify. “Definitely Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal (United) will push for this issue. Mandal is very important for them.” Thakur said that though things have changed a lot in 10-15 years and BJP has made inroads in OBC and Dalit community, the situation for RJD and JD(U) is not as easy. Will be.

He said that it is clear from the developments in Bihar that regional parties will continue and the BJP should also learn that it is not a good idea to ignore pre-poll alliance partners. At the same time, political analyst Rashid Kidwai said, “If this alliance reaches its logical conclusion, then Tejashwi Yadav can take over the reins of Bihar and Nitish Kumar can become the opposition’s choice at the national level in 2024.” Kidwai said that caste-based politics will not only progress in Bihar, but its rise can be seen in other places as well.

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