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Beef, monkeys, tantrik and 'gaalis': 8 interesting episodes from Bihar elections 2015

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 November 2015, 17:20 IST

The 2015 Bihar Assembly elections took the country by storm. The battle that raged through five phases starting from 12 October saw a mighty clash between the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA)and the Mahagatbandhan - also called the Grand Allaince comprising Janata Dal United JD(U), Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) and the Congress.

But there were some dramatic episodes that transpired during this extravagant and mind-boggling month in Bihar. Here is a look-

01
Beef-ed up campaigning
Bihar election ad

BJP did not miss a chance to play the 'beef' card during these elections. The party stirred up a controversy by publishing advertisements in newspapers accusing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of "insulting the sacred cow".

Election Commission banned the advertisement.

Also read- Isn't this wrong, unethical & shameful, Mr. Modi?

02
#Monkeybaat
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Photo: Scarymonkey/HD Images

An interesting episode from the 2015 polls was when the residents of Chainpur village of Saharsa constituency refused to cast their polls because of monkey menace in their village.

From the past 15 years, this village has been struggling with the monkey invasion. The monkey population has multiplied over the years and they continue to damage seasonal crops and houses and even steal from storage areas.

Ironically, Alok Ranjan, the sitting MLA of Saharsa, who has already been in power since the past five years, promised to solve the monkey problem once the Narendra Modi government comes to power in Bihar.

Also read: Monkey Baat: People from this Bihar constituency are afraid to go out and vote. Here's why

03
Best Dubsmash of the year
Right before the elections were about to start start, former chief minister Lalu Prasad made a jibe at none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi by hilariously mimicking him in a dubsmash video.

04
Modi @ 26

A master campaigner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended 26 rallies to push for NDA's win in Bihar.

He was earlier expected to touch the record of 40. Also, no prime minister before Modi has visited Bihar more than a couple of times during the state Assembly elections in the past.

05
Tan-tricks
Amidst the elections, a controversial video of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar seeking the blessing of a tantrik surfaced. In the video, the tantrik is heard asking Nitish Kumar his reasons for joining hands with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad. The tantrik also is heard saying "Nitish Zindabad and Lalu Murdabad." The video gave NDA the ammunition to question Nitish and Lalu's close bonding.

06
Who is the big brother?
Lalu

One of the biggest goof-up before the election was the affidavit filed by Lalu's son which showed that the RJD leader's eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav is actually younger than his other son Tejaswi Yadav.

The affidavit submitted by Tej Pratap Yadav shows his age as 25 while Tejaswi Yadav mentions his age as 26.

07
Nitish, Modi and 3 idiots!

Another interesting aspect of this election was the verbal-wrestling between the politicians. It was during this elections that slangs like 'Jumblabazi' (or bard-trading), Narbhakshi (cannibal), chara chor (fodder thief) and 'Bihari vs Bahari' came into play.

And who can forget the epic '3-idiot' battle between Nitish and Modi-

08
30% famous

According to a survey by Bihar Election Watch, 1,038 of the total 3,450 candidates contesting the Bihar Assembly elections 2015, had a criminal background. This actually forms 30 per cent of the total candidates from 158 political parties and independents.

First published: 7 November 2015, 17:20 IST
 
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