In the second phase of elections in Bihar on November 3, there will be tough competition in all the eight assembly constituencies of Siwan district due to the new candidates who are seeking a political future and have opened a front against their own party.
JDU from Jiradei Assembly constituency, famous for Rajendra Sevashram, which started for the eradication of leprosy and birthplace of First President Dr. Rajendra Prasad, has relied on Kamla Singh instead of outgoing MLA Ramesh Kushwaha. At the same time, the Communist Party of India Marxist-Leninist (CPI-Male) has again claimed Amarjeet Kushwaha, who is in jail on charges of several criminal cases.
Former MLA Asha Pathak's daughter-in-law Ugam Pathak Independents, Lok Janshakti Party's (LJP) debutant Vinod Tiwari, and Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) Rahul Dravid are engaged in making the contest interesting. There are 12 candidates in the fray for this seat. In the last election, Kushwaha of JDU defeated Asha Devi of BJP by a margin of 6091 votes. Bahubali leader Shahabuddin has been an MLA twice from here.
In place of Vyasdev Prasad of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who has won a hat-trick of winning on the electoral pitch from Siwan assembly constituency, the party has fielded former MP Om Prakash Yadav this time. Angered by the ticket being cut, Mr. Prasad opened a front against his own party and entered the independent election battle, though he has since supported the BJP. To challenge Mr. Yadav of BJP from this seat, RJD has claimed former minister Awadh Bihari Chaudhary. Abdul Rizwan Ansari of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) has also entered the electoral battlefield. 14 candidates from Siwan seats are trying their luck in the election fray. The region includes Siwan city, so businessmen will play an important role in the election.
Shri Prasad of BJP defeated Bablu Prasad of JDU by a margin of 3534 votes in the year 2015. In that election, Mr. Chaudhary tried his luck independently but had to settle for third place. The Siwan assembly seat has been dominated by Awadh Bihari Chaudhary for the last several decades. He has won this seat in five consecutive assembly elections from 1985 until February 2005. Former Member of Parliament Janardan Tiwari has represented this seat four times.