Lalu family citadel Raghopur stands by Tejashwi Yadav | Patna News – Times of India

Lalu family citadel Raghopur stands by Tejashwi Yadav | Patna News – Times of India

RAGHOPUR: Residents of Raghopur block in Vaishali district have no option but to use countrymade boats for at least six months in a year for commuting in the sandbar area surrounded by the Ganga north of Patna. Villagers claim they have seldom seen their sitting MLA Tejashwi Prasad Yadav visit here but despite that, they want to see him as the next CM of Bihar. It’s a seat that also elected his father Lalu Prasad and mother Rabri Devi in the past.
The Mahagathbandhan’s CM face and RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s younger son Tejashwi is seeking a second term from Raghopur assembly segment, which comprises two blocks Raghopur and Bidupur.
Tejashwi, whose 10 lakh government job promise resonates with the youth in Raghopur, is pitted against Satish Kumar Yadav of BJP and LJP’s Rakesh Roshan, who has made the contest triangular.
Giving a rough estimate of the caste- combination in Raghopur, RJD’s Bidupur election officer incharge Pramod Kumar said, “Yadavs number around 1.30lakh, followed by Rajputs (40,000), Muslims (22,000) and Paswans (18,000) among others.”
Asked about the contest this time, Pramod said, “There is no doubt about Tejashwi Ji’s victory. However, Rakesh of LJP has made the contest triangular as he can get all of Paswan votes and a good number of Rajput votes as he belongs to the same caste.”
The banks of Ganga at Raghopur fairly describes the level of development in this riverine area. Around 30 countrymade boats can be seen anchored with two and three wheelers aboard or sailing to the other side.
Sitting on a boat on his way to Bidupur on the other side, Shambhunath Singh (50), who works at a factory in neighbour Hajipur said Raghopur block has a high school, middle school, bank, PHC but the connectivity to rest of the state from here remains possible only for six months when the pontoon bridge is installed.
“This assembly seat has elected Lalu Ji twice and Rabri Ji once. Tejashwi Ji won from here last time but didn’t show his face again. Nevertheless, his fort stands strong here owing to caste combination and appeal among the youths,” Singh said.
Jaleshwar Rai, a Yadav sand trader, echoed similar claims, saying, “Tejashwi did not do much development work in the constituency but he is the favoured one.”
Boatman Randhir Rai also spoke vociferously in support of Tejashwi and claimed that the pontoon bridge started getting made every year at the initiative of the younger Yadav scion. “The ambitious project of Kachchi Dargah- Bidupur bridge also started when Tejashwi was road constriction minister in Mahagathbandhan government,” he said.
Pramod Bhagat (80), a farmer in Bidupur said CM Nitish Kumar did development work in the area but Tejashwi will be the CM this time to fight PM Narendra Modi.
Fellow farmer, Ajay Rai, however, countered Bhagat, saying, “No, PM Modi is a strong leader at the Centre, we support him but we want Tejashwi here. We don’t want any khichdi of Nitish-Modi here.”
Tejashwi addressed an election meeting at Raghopur on October 26, which was attended by a large crowd chanting ‘Tejashwi Yadav Zindabad’. Raghopur will go to the polls in the second phase on November 3.

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