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Old April 28th, 2013, 12:52 PM
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Re: What happens if BJP - JD(U) part ways?

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Originally Posted by Origmos View Post
So far Nitish has shown himself as still subservient to the unjust caste-religion votebank mentality plaguing India.
Caste vote-banks are how things work in India, and this is not specific to Nitish.

Caste is a factor everywhere, but Bihar is a particularly caste-ridden state.

In Bihar, Brahmins, Bhumihars and Rajputs vote for BJP. Nitish brings some other castes. Yadavs go with Laloo. Paswan has his own set of castes. Muslims are divided between Nitish and Laloo, I guess. Congress is not in great shape.

So JD(U) and BJP complement each other. That's where their strength comes from. I don't think Nitish will ditch NDA. He was around in 2002 as an NDA cabinet minister. So I have to wonder what kind of compunctions he has suddenly developed.

But if Modi is PM-candidate, maybe Nitish will lose a few Muslim votes. Or maybe he loses lots. Only the good Lord knows.

I dunno what kind of hard data exists to support these kinds of analyses. Do caste-groups vote en masse for the same party?

Standard Disclaimer: This is a semi-bullshit analysis.
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