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All eyes on 4 Union Ministers in Bihar last phase polls

IANS  |  Patna 

Of all the candidates in the fray from for the seventh and last phase of the ongoing polls, the main focus will be on four Union Ministers who are facing tough battles.

The four Ministers are Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ram Kripal Yadav, and

Prasad, the of Electronics and and also a lawyer, is contesting from the Sahib constituency which has been a stronghold since over two decades.

This is the first time that he is contesting the polls. Since 2012, he has been a BJP from

BJP put Prasad in the fray after it denied a ticket to from Sahib, who is now contesting from the seat for the

Sinha quit the BJP and joined the on April 6.

Both Prasad and Sinha belong to the upper Kayasth caste, who are present in sizeable numbers in Sahib.

Prasad and the BJP have left no stone unturned for his victory. Party on May 11 held a roadshow to seek votes for the

Sinha, who is fondly known as 'Bihari Babu', also visited different localities and villages in the constituency despite the scorching heat. Even his wife, has campaigned for him in Patna.

will hold a roadshow on Thursday, urging voters to choose Sinha.

Ram Kripal Yadav, the of State for Rural Development, is contesting from the Pataliputra seat which is a big challenge for him as jailed (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's elder daughter is also in the fray.

Misa Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP, had contested unsuccessfully in the 2014 polls from the seat. She was defeated by Ram Kripal Yadav, who had quit the RJD and joined the BJP after being denied a ticket by in favour of his daughter.

Ashwani Choubey, the for Health and Family Welfare, is contesting from the Buxar seat which he won in the 2014 He is pitted against the RJD's Jagdanand Singh.

Choubey, who is known to be a vocal supporter of and also a champion of Hindutva politics, is trying hard to seek votes to retain the seat. But except his own Brahmin castemen, other upper castes, especially the Rajputs, are not in his favour.

R.K. Singh, a former IAS officer-turned-politician, is in the fray from the Arrah constituency, considered a Communist Party of India-(CPI-ML) stronghold.

A Rajput, the BJP candidate is in a direct fight with CPI-ML candidate Raju Yadav, supported by the RJD and the in the state.

With Raju in the fray, Singh has taken help from some tainted and criminal-turned-politicians belonging to the powerful Bhumihar upper caste, to woo voters. But the main problem is that ally Janata Dal-United leader has distanced herself from him.

Elections will be held for the Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, Arrah, Buxar, Sasaram, Karakat, Jahanabad constituencies in the last phase on May 19.



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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 15:06 IST