Nitish And The Survey Game
|Bihar famine 1966-67. a village near Patna (Photo credit: gusthed)|
"Ye toh BJP ke saath rahne wale neta hai, in pe trust kaise kijiyega (He has been with the BJP, how can you trust him?)," I asked a young Muslim youth standing in the front row at a rally.
I was not prepared for the answer he gave. "Hum log ke liye ye apne pucch main aag laga liye hai, ab Lanka jalana baki hai kewal (He has risked his government for us, now he will take on Modi for us)," he said.
Not that the youth was speaking for all Muslims across Bihar but he certainly was echoing one of their thoughts.
Nitish has bet his political fortune on the minority youths like him, rather on Muslims in general, and if even more than 50 per cent Muslims echo the same sentiments as this guy, then Bihar may throw a very surprising result, upsetting most surveys.