A divorce-saving seat, Lalu-Rabri Front: This election, a lot is happening in Bihar
Saran seat is dubbed a "divorce-saving seat" to don's wives fighting polls, these are interesting times in Bihar.
Although Pratap filed for divorce last year, voters are using the term to show that ties between the two political families are still intact.
"No one but Tej Pratap wants a divorce. Rai met RJD's Lalu Prasad in jail and the seat is given in samdhiana (because of matrimonial relations between the families) as a last-ditch effort to save the marriage," says Vinod Kumar Singh, a resident of Sonepur in Saran.
Lalu Prasad Yadav or his wife Rabri Devi, a former chief minister, has traditionally represented this seat. Rai is facing BJP's sitting MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
Lalu-Rabri Front. Anyone?
Meanwhile, Tej Pratap, adamant on opposing his father-in-law and keen to put estranged brother Tejashwi Yadav in his place once declared that he would fight against Rai under his newly floated Lalu-Rabri Morcha, named after his famous parents. He is equally unhappy with his younger brother denying tickets to his close aides from Sheohar and Jehanabad. There is buzz that Tej Pratap is being guided by Rabri Devi's estranged brother Sadhu Yadav, who is trying hard to make an electoral comeback.
A situation akin to another Yadav family fight of 2017 in Uttar Pradesh has left RJD cadre in the doldrums. If Tej Pratap indeed floats his own political outfit, who should they vote for, especially with Lalu in prison and unavailable to clarify matters? "Hum nirash hai, hatash nahi (we are disappointed but not hopeless)" is how a RJD worker feels.
Tej Pratap's sister Misa Bharti, who sees herself as Lalu Prasad's heir apparent, shares a frosty relation with Tejashwi. It is Tej that she trusts.
Sushasan Babu aka Nitish
Ruling party Janata Dal-United is hoping to bank on "sacha hai-achha hai (he is honest and nice)" image of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and, of course, Brand Modi.
Calling the Yadav brothers' fight a sign of immaturity, JDU's Kalamvir Prakoshtha chief Ranjeet Sinha likens the Tejaswi-Rabri-Tej Pratap situation to a man, a cow and a snake hanging on to a wooden log during floods. "The snake can't bite the man, nor can the man hit the snake as they all need each other to keep afloat," he rues.
Meanwhile, apart from the political colours that have engulfed the entire city, Patna in particular is sporting myriad shades of Madhubani paintings that have beautifully and universally covered the erstwhile betel-spit stained walls of yesteryears.
Dons & Wives (D'n'W)
The grand alliance has announced three candidates whose husbands are former dons. Topping the list is Hena Shahab from Siwan whose husband is jailed don Shahabuddin. It is another matter that the latter has now turned a new leaf. Supaul candidate Ranjeet Ranjan is the spouse of Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav who is a murder convict. Neelam, Congress candidate from Munger, is the wife of Mokama don-turned-politician Anant Singh.
Similarly, LJP's Chandan Kumar Singh from Nawada seat is the younger brother of don-turned-politician Surajbhan Singh. He is facing Vibha Devi, whose husband is a so-called bahubali (strongman), now in jail over an alleged rape case.