Bihar elections

“So the people’s mandate to rule in Bihar goes to the newly-formed Mahagathbandhan or the Grand Alliance (the Janata Dal United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress Alliance) who have ousted Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government in Bihar”, I am thinking, while mindlessly doing some house-chores. Facebook updates and conversations with people back home suggest that in general, we Biharis are thrilled to have Nitish Kumar back as our chief minister. And so am I. But I wonder if he will be able to pull off the grand alliance for his third full consecutive term, on his own terms.

Oh by the way, there is lots of work left for him to do. He has to walk down the roads he has carved and improve the quantity and quality of education delivered in its primary-secondaries as well as revamp institutes of higher education, electrify more of Bihar, create more job opportunities so that youngsters do not leave Bihar etc. I would like to believe that it is with this and more such expectations that people have brought him back.

As for grand alliance, so they had a greater vision for Bihar and its progress and was not formed only to uproot the current common arch-enemy of the member parties – the Bharatiya Janata Party? Wow! That’s something indeed. Can’t wait to see the progress. Surely they will side-track all other political issues and work towards one goal – Progress of Bihar.

Now what is that voice resonating in my head since morning, since I have been celebrating the idea of Bihar flourishing under an alliance — that perhaps very romantically came together and won 178 seats out of 243 — for that very purpose? Let me pay attention .. I got it now.. “Bhakk Burbak