Former Bihar minister and six-time MLA Chandrika Rai – as soon as a confidante of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and whose daughter Aishwarya is married to his son, Tej Pratap Yadav – will contest the Meeting elections from his stronghold of Parsa in Saran district.
Mr Rai, 62, is not going to, nevertheless, achieve this on the RJD ticket with which he received in 2015. As a substitute, he has joined the JDU of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose marketing campaign has been peppered with potshots at former chief minister Lalu Yadav and his son Tejashwi Yadav – the chief ministerial face of the opposition alliance.
The son of Daroga Prasad Rai, a Congress chief and former Chief Minister, Mr Rai received the Parsa seat 5 occasions between 1985 and the February 2005 polls, which yielded a fractured verdict. He was edged out in repeat polls held months later; the JDU’s Chhotela Rai received by fewer than 5,000 votes.
That loss gave the impression to be a quick blip although, as he returned to retake the seat within the 2015 elections.
The struggle for the Parsa seat this time round additionally sees Chhotela Rai within the fray, after he went the opposite approach – swapping the JDU for the RJD. Eight different candidates are additionally contesting however the winner, barring a really surprising flip of occasions, is more likely to be one of many two Mr Rais.
Again in August, when Chandrika Rai joined the JDU, he warned Lalu Yadav’s sons that there have been “no protected seats for them within the state”. Claiming then to know which constituencies Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav would struggle from on this election, Mr Rai sneered at them for selecting “protected seats”.
“It’s stunning that each brothers are on the lookout for protected seats regardless of being Lalu Prasad’s sons… and making tall claims of returning to energy,” he mentioned.
Mr Rai additionally took a swipe at his former get together on the best way out, declaring that “the best way issues are run within the get together is past me” and that he had “all the time been an admirer of Nitish Kumar’s work”.
Days later Tej Pratap hit again and mentioned the JDU “won’t gain from Chandrika Rai joining their party“.
Two years in the past the connection between the Rais and the Yadavs, two of Bihar’s most influential political households, appeared solely to have been strengthened by the wedding of Mr Rai’s daughter Aishwarya to Tej Pratap Yadav.
Six months later, although, Mr Yadav filed for divorce citing “incompatibility” – the matter is earlier than the courts – and triggering a dramatic breakdown within the households’ ties. To such some extent, in truth, that Mr Rai refused to accept his daughter’s belongings once they have been despatched again from the Yadavs’ residence.
There have been rumours that Aishwarya Rai might be a part of her father within the JDU ranks and make her electoral debut on this election – in a dramatic contest in opposition to Tej Pratap Yadav for the Hasanpur seat – however that now appears unlikely.
The divide between the 2 households widened in April after Tej Pratap threw a tantrum over Mr Rai being given a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha polls from the Saran seat – the seat received by Lalu Yadav in his final election earlier than conviction in a fodder rip-off case.
The Parsa constituency votes within the second section of Bihar elections – on November 3. The end result might be declared on November 10.