Watch: politically astute auto driver predicts the next Bihar CM
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Catch is, therefore, starting a 'People of Bihar' series, which will daily capture what different impact groups across the state are feeling. This is true insight into the Bihar election: up-close and hyper-personal.
If you don't know how politically conscious Bihar's common man is, meet Lakki Paswan.
The autorickshaw driver in Patna is tuned so well to political murmurs, he can predict who is going to be the next chief minister.
It's a toss up between Nand Kishore Yadav and Sushil Modi, he says. He would prefer the latter. Of course, that's dependent on the BJP winning the election. Paswan is confident they will. He's voting for them, after all.
Why? "They are ruling at the Centre, so they would be able to do work better than the others. Narendra Modi is doing good work everywhere," he says. "Also, the BJP has a different approach to doing work.
Paswan admits that Nitish Kumar has done good work, but he is angry with him for allying with Lalu Prasad.
"I voted for Laluji once," Paswan explains. "But during his rule of 15 years, kidnapping, loot, murder became common. I don't want Jungle Raj to return."
Could it be that he is supporting the BJP because they are allied with Ram Vilas Paswan, the leader from his caste?
Of course, not. He doesn't vote for caste, he retorts. Had that been the case, he wouldn't have voted for Lalu against Ram Vilas Paswan in the past.
How's that for political acumen?
(Produced by Adiba Muzaffar)
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