Practically one-fifths of the candidates fielded by the ruling JD(U) in Bihar meeting polls are ladies – in keeping with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s emphasis on empowering ladies by a slew of measures, most notable, although controversial, being the prohibition regulation.
The celebration has clinched a seat-sharing cope with the BJP, underneath which it acquired 122 constituencies within the 243-strong meeting. Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM has been accommodated by the JD(U) with seven seats from its quota. Of the remaining 115 candidates, whose names have been introduced, 22 are ladies.
The selection of candidates, although, could be elevating eyebrows in some circumstances. One such occasion is the candidature of Manju Verma from Cheria Bariyarpur in Begusarai district.
Manju Verma, who was the state’s social welfare minister until a couple of years in the past, needed to step down in shame when it was alleged that her husband had shut ties with Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused within the Muzaffarpur shelter dwelling intercourse scandal.
Extra skeletons tumbled out of her closet when a CBI crew raided her Cheria Bariyarpur residence and found an enormous amount of ammunition. Subsequently an Arms Act case was slapped on the husband-wife duo.
In addition to this, fairly a couple of different candidates occur to be wives of these with felony backgrounds, whom the celebration could stand accused of making an attempt to accommodate whereas showing to keep up a distance.
One such candidate is Manorama Devi – a sitting MLC from Gaya district – whose late husband Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav was an area muscleman. Her son’s involvement in a street rage case 4 years in the past had brought about the JD(U) to droop her from the celebration. She is now the celebration’s official candidate from Sherghati in Gaya.
The celebration’s alternative of candidates could, nevertheless, be hailed in locations like Dumraon the place it has dropped its sitting MLA Dadan Pahalwan, a maverick muscleman, and reposed its belief in Anjum Ara, certainly one of its state spokespersons who is comparatively younger and enjoys a clear picture.
The Chief Minister, who additionally heads the JD(U), by advantage of his perception within the ideology of Ram Manohar Lohia, swears by the equality of sexes. After he achieved energy within the state in 2005, his first 5 years in workplace have been a lot talked about for measures corresponding to free uniforms and free bicycles for school-going ladies.
His reign was additionally marked by introduction of reservation for girls in panchayats and concrete native our bodies.
Though the state has one of many worst police to inhabitants ratios within the nation, Mr Kumar makes it a degree to remind in his speeches that the proportion of girls in uniform in Bihar was higher than what it’s in different states.
Whereas Nitish Kumar’s political alignments have swayed throughout his decade and half as Chief Minister, his pro-women stance has remained unwavering.
In 2015, when he had surprised all by forging an alliance with arch rival Lalu Yadav’s RJD, he got here out with the jaw-dropping promise of implementing prohibition if he returned to energy.
Nitish Kumar introduced within the prohibition regulation in April, 2016 fulfilling the electoral promise he had made to ladies who had been complaining that their menfolk splurge their earnings on liquor, get drunk and trigger nuisance at dwelling.
Allegations of a thriving boot-legging business developing within the wake and harassment of individuals on account of some draconian provisions of the prohibition have left the Chief Minister unfazed.
He adopted up the measure with campaigns towards dowry and baby marriage – declaring that the state should undertake social reform measures if it have been to prosper.
His blueprint for the following 5 years titled ‘saat nishchay’ (seven resolves) part-2 additionally incorporates a number of measures to make sure better empowerment of girls within the state.
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