Saturday, May 09, 2009

Bhumihars happy with Nitish, unhappy with Ranjan

8 May 2009, 0256 hrs IST, Pranava K Chaudhary , TNN
AMHARA (Patna): "We are extremely unhappy with the JD(U) candidate. Nitishji should have fielded any other candidate except Ranjan Prasad Yadav,"
said a group of over a dozen Bhumihars of famous Amhara panchayat in Bikram assembly segment of Pataliputra parliamentary constituency. "At the same time, we have no option but to vote for Nitishji who has done a lot for Bihar. Good metalled roads are a boon for villagers. Today you can reach Bikram, Paliganj and Maner within a few hours. Earlier, it took hours to cover barely 10 kilometres," said Surendra Singh of Amhara village. Amhara, barely 50 km from Patna, is a Bhumihar dominated village. A sizable number of Bhumihars of Patna have strong links with this village. The lanes and bylanes of this developed village give it a look of any locality of Patna. BJP Rajya Sabha member C P Thakur and others have done a lot for the development of the village. Time and again Patna's leading medical practioners and businessmen, belonging to this village, keep donating huge sums for its development. The government Madhya Vidyalaya here had two polling booths (182/183). "The locals, including women, are reluctantly casting their votes without much enthusiasm," said a local policeman deputed at the booths. Citing reasons for low percentage of voting, he said that a large number of voters were settled outside. "Candidates like C P Thakur should have been fielded from Pataliputra. The situation would have been different then. The choice of Ranjan as a JD(U) candidate was not good. The enthusiasm level is low among us but we have no option but to vote for Nitishji at any cost," said another villager Ram Badan Singh. Incidentally, Thakur belongs to the Bhumihar caste. Ranjan's strong links with Lalu in the 90s was also cited as one of the reasons for disenchantment of these voters. Similar views were expressed by a large number of voters of other Bhumihar dominated villages, including Datiyana and Moriyawa.