A career politician from the RSS stable, with five decades and more of experience under his belt, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has seen real politics from close quarters during his days as sangh pracharak and thereafter. Precisely the reason he was chosen to head the gubernatorial position in a crucial state like Maharashtra.
Despite his national ambitions, Ram Vilas Paswan could since the Janata Dal days and thereafter never really emerge out of Bihar politics. The closest he came to becoming the CM of the state was in February 2005 when his party LJP won more than two dozen seats in a fractured polity. The stalemate continued for a month and more and finally snap polls had to be called.
By keeping the Mahagathbandhan less congested, Lalu wants to contest more than 60% seats in the state assembly. His main rivals — BJP and JD(U) in alliance — will be contesting far lesser number of seats.
After being the undisputed leader of the Congress for the last quarter of a century, a section has openly questioned the current state of affairs in the party, including some who stood by Sonia Gandhi and played key roles in the last transition of power in 1998.