Watch: on the streets of Patna, Lalu is still king

Elections are not just about politicians. They are about people and issues. And what will really drive their vote.

Catch is, therefore, starting a 'People of Bihar' series, which will daily capture what entrepreneurs, youth, women, Muslims and different caste groups across the state are saying and feeling. This is true insight on the Bihar election: up-close and hyper-personal. A reality check from the ground.

The man on the street

He may be the local golgappa-seller or rickshaw-puller. But he is no bigger or smaller than the customer he earns his living from.

That's the beauty of democracy - it doesn't matter whether you earn in crores or double figures each day. Each vote counts towards the result in equal measure.

The common man on the streets of Patna is as politically aware as his brethren around the country; perhaps even more.

Among the ones that we spoke to, though, there's still only one cynosure - Lalu Prasad Yadav.

No matter how many allegations of misrule - 'jungle-raj' if you will - are levelled against him; no matter that as a man convicted of corruption, he is barred from contesting elections.

It's Lalu-mania all the way.

(Produced by Andrew Clarance)


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