Assembly elections in five states including West Bengal, Assam, Kerala have been completed. With the counting of votes completed on May 2, preparations are underway to form a new government in all the states. In these assembly elections, Bihar’s leading political parties RJD and JDU also claimed at some places. These parties did not succeed in opening their account anywhere in the three states of Assam, Kerala and West Bengal.
JDU’s claim in Assam and Bengal elections, no success
Nitish Kumar’s JDU contested alone in Assam and West Bengal,
Apart from RJD candidate Heera Devi, no candidate could save the deposit.
Lalu Yadav’s party had announced ‘unconditional support’ to the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC to ensure BJP’s defeat in the Bengal elections. At the same time, RJD candidate Heera Devi, who emerged from Tinsukia seat in Assam, managed to get 13,283 votes (10.17 per cent votes). Apart from these, none of the JDU or RJD candidates could save their deposits in the three states.
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Candidates fielded 37 seats in Assam in JDU
The ruling JDU in Bihar fielded candidates in 37 of the 126 assembly seats in Assam. Although, about half a dozen senior party leaders campaigned in these areas, including Bihar Rural Development Minister Shravan Kumar, the party led by RCP Singh could not garner any special vote in any of the 37 seats.
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JDU candidate got less than 1 thousand votes in many seats
In many seats, the JDU candidates could not garner even 1,000 votes. The performance of the JD (U) in Assam can be gauged from the fact that the party’s biggest leader, Samasul Alam, convenor of the state unit, could get only 478 votes in Rupohihat constituency. Alam had earlier claimed from TOI that he is giving a tough fight to his rivals in Roopohihat.
About a week before the first phase of polling in Assam, Sanjay Verma, JDU’s national secretary and party in-charge in the northeastern state, told TOI that his party’s candidates were competing in two of the six seats in the first phase. He said, ‘Our candidates- Shahnaz Begum in Dhing and Anupam Barua in Batdroba are giving tough competition to their rivals. The results showed that the JD (U) candidate in Dhing got only 767 votes. She received 815 votes in Batdroba. The TOI tried to take comments from JD (U) leaders over the party’s poor performance in Assam. But neither Verma nor Alam gave any answer to the phone call.
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How was the performance of JDU in Bengal?
In West Bengal, the JDU contested around 20 seats. However, the party has not officially provided information on the total number of seats contested in West Bengal. None of his candidates could bring more than 2,000 votes in any constituency of West Bengal.