Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Despite health issues, Tejashwi Yadav heads the INDIA bloc’s significant Bihar campaign : livemint.com

There are seven phases to the contest for Bihar’s forty important Lok Sabha seats in 2024. As a member of the INDIA bloc alliance,Tejashwi Yadav, the RJD is running for office.The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are the Janata Dal (United), led by Nitish Kumar, and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), led by Chirag Paswan.

“Insane Anguish”

Midway through his campaign, after the first two rounds of voting, Tejashwi’s back problem was prescribed bed rest for a duration of three weeks by doctors. But despite medical advise to the contrary, the 34-year-old leader has carried on with his campaign at livemint.com

Tejaswi posted a video of himself during one of his protests on social media on May 3. He was wearing a waist belt to help with his back problems, as shown when he lifted his shirt in the video at livemint.com

“I’m receiving shots and medication for excruciating back pain. In a Hindi tweet, Tejaswi added, “I’m also wearing a belt.” The RJD leader has since carried on with his campaign, speaking to sizable audiences at public gatherings and sometimes even while confined to a wheelchair at livemint.com

Tejashwi’s back discomfort became a political point of contention between the RJD and the BJP during one of his speeches when he declared he would not stop until PM Modi was placed on “bed rest.” Subsequently, the RJD had to clarify that its leader intended “political bed rest,” not “bed rest” in the strict sense.

Many claim that Tejashwi is forced to run for office because of his father’s illness, former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav at livemint.com

Important Match

Tejashwi Yadav, the leader of the JD-U, is fighting for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the 2024 Lok Sabha election. Yadav was Nitish Kumar’s deputy chief minister till January of this year at livemint.com

With the exception of a 17-month coalition administration with the JD-U that concluded earlier this year, the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD has not had sway in Bihar since 2005. Nine years after Tejashwi made his political debut, the party’s vote share has grown at livemint.com

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Following Tejashwi’s campaign, the RJD won 75 of the 243 seats and 23.5 percent of the vote in the 2020 assembly elections, making it the single-largest party in Bihar.

In Bihar, the NDA secured 39 out of 40 seats in 2019. In 2019, the BJP secured 17 seats, the JD-U secured 16, while the LJP secured 6 seats among its allies. In the 2019 elections, the Congress won one seat from Bihar and the RJD did not win any seats at livemint.com

India versus NDA

According to an article in Indian Express, Tejashwi Yadav has already spoken at around 183 public gatherings in Bihar before the two phases of the Lok Sabha 2024 elections on May 25 and June 1 begin at livemint.com

Only once has Rahul Gandhi, together with other leaders of the INDIA alliance, conducted a campaign stop in Bihar. Mallikarjun Kharge, the national president of the Congress, has also convened a few times. As things stand, Tejashwi Yadav appears to be the only candidate the INDIA alliance is depending on to succeed in these elections at livemint.com

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In contrast, Bihar has seen 13 rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and roughly six public events by Union Minister Amit Shah. Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has also spoken at rallies in Bihar at livemint.com

Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, has spoken at more than forty demonstrations.

Five Million Jobs

Tejashwi’s campaign, which is mostly directed at young people and makes reference to the alleged five lakh job appointments he made while serving as Bihar’s deputy chief minister, is similar to the 2020 Assembly elections. He has pledged to give over a crore young people jobs within the INDIA bloc at livemint.com

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Tejashwi has recently begun mentioning the INDIA bloc’s pledges to provide 10 kg of free food and ₹1 lakh per year to a lady per household in his talks. This is distinct from the standard campaign against Modi by the INDIA group, which centers on the imperative to preserve the Constitution.

“300 Paar”

Tejashwi asserted earlier this week that the INDIA group has already secured over 300 seats in the Lok Sabha election of 2024. A day before the fifth round of the Lok Sabha elections 2024, which was held on May 20 and saw voting from 49 constituencies, Tejwaswi made his views. “We’ve prevailed. 300 paar (seats) have already been reached,” Yadav declared on May 19 at livemint.com

The Lok Sabha elections for 428 of the 543 seats have concluded after five stages. On May 25 and June 1, votes will be cast for the final two stages. On June 4, the votes from all seven phases will be tallied.

Aiming for a record-breaking third term, the BJP-led NDA has set a goal of capturing 400 seats in this election. The ruling alliance is being challenged by the opposition parties, led by the Congress, under the INDIA bloc banner at livemint.com

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