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Fractured Mandate for Social Change in Bihar

Though politicians continued with caste equations and commentators relied on exit polls and such, the voters of Bihar let it be known that they wanted change. In the recent assembly elections they have not given any party a majority.

The final tally of the 12th assembly election result of Bihar has thrust upon the state a hung assembly. The present situation is similar to late 1960s when ministries survived from three days to three months. However, the poll outcome has established the miscalculation of the political pundits. The result has proved not only the exit poll calculations to be essentially wrong but also the logic behind these numbers to be fundamentally erroneous.

On the eve of the assembly election, two distinct moods could be discerned in the state of Bihar. The mood of the voters was for change and transformation. The change they envisaged was in ‘rajneta’, ‘rajneeti’ and ‘rajya’. People were looking for alternatives to leaders, to forms of government and to the very political culture of Bihar. But, unfortunately, the mood of the politicians was to pursue the trodden path of caste equations, caste alignments, security of family lineage and political power at any cost.

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