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BJP’s new A state in Eastern India Unit chief Samrat Chowdhary on Thursday said securing all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state next year and ensuring an “absolute majority” for his party in the 2025 assembly polls would be his top priority.
Chaudhary, currently the leader of the opposition in the state legislative council, who was a minister in the state Nitish Kumar As long as the JD(U) leader stayed with the NDA, the government did not deny that by placing its bet on him, the BJP has tried to dent the Bihar chief minister’s “Luv-Kush” base.
“BJP cares for everyone. But, of course, where else will Luv Kush go except the abode of Lord Ram”, Chowdhury replied tongue in cheek, questioning reporters about the “Kurmi-Koeri” alliance, which is named after the mythological twins in Bihar. Known from. Political terminology.
The development is an indication of the challenges facing the BJP in a state where it has become a force to be reckoned with but feels dogged by the “pro-upper caste label”, given Bihar’s history of being the center of mandal politics Is.
A Koeri by caste, 54-year-old Choudhary belongs to an influential political family in Bihar. His father Shakuni Chowdhary has been a multiple-time MLA and once served as the member of the Khagaria Lok Sabha seat, to which Nitish Kumar originally belonged, apart from being a founding member of the Samta Party.
Incidentally, Chowdhary had joined the BJP barely six years ago, having previously been associated with both Lalu Prasad’s RJD and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).
His two terms in the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Parbatta in 2000 and 2010 were on an RJD ticket and he was also a minister in the Rabri Devi government from 2000 until it was voted out of power.
His political career began with a controversial ministerial stint in 1999, when he was not a member of either house of the state legislature, and ended abruptly with the then Governor Suraj Bhan ordering his dismissal. -age”.
In 2014, Nitish Kumar quit as chief minister taking moral responsibility for the JD(U)’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, Choudhary quit the RJD and Jitan Ram Manjhi joined the ministry.
Chowdhary was then part of a faction of 13 dissident RJD MLAs, many of whom later claimed that they had no intention of leaving the party and that their signatures on a blank piece of paper were “deceptions” to gather the numbers required for a split. From” were obtained.
Disillusioned with JD(U) and joined BJP, reuniting with Nitish Kumar shortly after.
Chowdhary replaces Sanjay Jaiswal, who incidentally started his career with the RJD in a similar manner.
Rabri Devi, who is a member of the Legislative Council like Chowdhary, wished her former cabinet colleague well but added ‘baniya se man bhar gaya hai to mahato ko banadiya’ for the BJP. A Vaishya, the BJP is now betting on an OBC).
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