UNRELENTING REBELS POSE A CHALLENGE FOR BOTH COALITIONS IN THE UPCOMING BIHAR ASSEMBLY POLLS

A common thread running through the campaigns of many mainstream political parties in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls is the specter of rebellion that threatens to undercut official candidates in closely fought seats.

Some parties have taken strict action — the BharatIya Janata Party expelled nine leaders and its ally, Janata Dal (United) 15 for ‘anti-party’ activities — but it has failed to stem the outflow of leaders unhappy over not getting ticket for the polls.

The ruling JD(U) faces the biggest threat — not by leaders deserting its fold, but by rebel BJP leaders who have switched over to the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) that decided to fight the election on its own and field candidates against the JD(U) in several seats.

Source : Hindustan Times

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