After parting away with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, former President of the JDU, Sharad Yadav, is though seen very active in politics, is yet to find himself a formidable place. By opposing Nitish Kumar’s decision to re-join NDA, he had lost the opportunity of joining union cabinet, besides his own Rajya Sabha seat.
Nowadays, he has been busy in giving shape to the Mahagathbandhan against the BJP and joining all anti-BJP events of opposition parties. But, he has to find out a political avenue for himself, so that felt his presence felt in any combination.
First, he is chalking out a third front in Bihar. He is mainly depending upon leaders, who fails to suitable place in both NDA and UPA combination, besides left parties. He is expecting that if the Left parties don’t get good seats, they might part ways with the RJD-Congress alliance.
The three big parties of the Left Front in Bihar — the CPI, CPM, and CPML — have a base in different areas of the State. While the CPML has a good hold in central Bihar ie Arrah and Bhojpur, the CPI rules the roost in Champaran and Begusarai. Probably Lalu Prasad doesn’t want to leave more than three seats for the three parties, while they need at least five.
Sharad Yadav is well aware of the hold of the Left parties amongst the backward and Dalit vote banks. That is why there is a buzz that he, along with his own party and the Left parties, might form a third front. Interestingly, people are saying that Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha will also join the front. If Kushwaha doesn’t get a respectable seat in the RJD-Congress alliance, he might join the proposed third front and could also become its Chief Minister candidate.
Last time, he had won all three seats given by BJP. Now after Nitish Kumar rejoined the combination, the BJP may not offer more than two seats. As a result, he now bargaining RJD, seeking atleast five seats. Few months ago, he had advised BJP leadership to come out from Nitish Kumar and declare him as Chief Minister candidate.
Now, Sharad Yadav is banking upon his chief ministerial ambitions. Kushwaha is of the view, in the case of hung assembly, having 10 to 20 seats third front will be in a position in bargaining for Chief Minister post for himself.