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Sympathy vs development as Yadavs clash in Patliputra

IANS  |  Patna 

With and former Lalu Prasad's daughter pitted against BJP's sitting Yadav from here, Bihar's Patliputra constituency has become a prestige battle.

While Bharati is relying on sympathy for her father, imprisoned in the in the fodder scam, her BJP opponent is flaunting the appeal of and his development plank.

The fight between the two Yadavs is being termed as one between the "uncle" and "niece".

Once with the (RJD), Yadav joined the in 2014 after being denied a ticket from Patliputra. Amid a Modi wave, he defeated by over 40,000 votes then.

Some of the other candidates in the fray then were Janata Dal-United candidate and (Marxist-Leninist) nominee Rameshwar Prasad.

Primarily a rural area, the Patliputra seat includes six Assembly constituencies -- Danapur, Maner, Paliganj, Phulwari, Masaurhi and Vikram. While the RJD and the hold two Assembly seats each, two are with the

In these elections, the CPI and and several other parties are allied with the RJD, while Ram Vilas Paswan's (LJP) is in the NDA.

Says N.K. Chaudhary: "If has his work to show, is banking on his father's charisma. The RJD is constantly trying to fan the sympathy for in its favour. The fight is between sympathy and development."

Bharati, who is campaigning with her mother and former Rabri Devi, keeps reminding the voters not to forget the humiliation heaped on her father.

One observer, Santosh Singh, felt the contest will split the Yadav votes.

"Though the Yadavs have been hardcore RJD supporters, another Yadav in the contest is bound to cause division. The BJP will get the upper caste votes."

Patliputra votes on Sunday in the seventh and final phase of polling for the battle.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 12:20 IST