2 Commonwealth Games medals including a gold in 2018, an Asian Games medal,2 Commonwealth Championship silver medals and an Arjuna Award make for quite an introduction. Much to the surprise of our readers, India’s ace shooter Shreyasi Singh’s shooting career is just a part of noteworthy elements linked to her life. What most people outside may not be aware of is the fact that Shreyasi belongs to a family considered to be a political heavyweight in the state of Bihar. Digvijay Singh, Shreyasi’s father wasa Union Minister andheld a wide range of ministries ranging from Ministry of External Affairs to Ministry of Railways during his career. Shreyasi’s mother on the other hand is the sitting MLA from Banka. After making the country proud in the sporting sphere, Shreyasi has now decided to launch her political career with the BJP and is all set to contest her first ever election as the BJP’s candidate for the Jamui assembly constituency.
The battle for Jamui is expected to turnout to be very interesting as the sitting RJD MLA, Vijay Prakash Yadav is expected to garner the support of the Yadav and Muslim communities. Shreyasi, being a Rajput herself, seems to be banking on a sizeable Rajput vote bank to help her get through. While the Grand Alliance candidate Vijay Prakash Yadav enjoying the support of the Yadavs and Muslims might come across as a winner but there is a catch. The Jan Adhikari Party fielding Md. Shamshad Alam could play the spoiler by dividing the votes that the Grand Alliance is banking on. The atrocious health infrastructure and the lack of drive shown by the sitting MLA in dealing with the problems of farmers in a constituency which has over 80 % families depending on agriculture to make ends meet could result in the voters voting for a change.
Shreyasi Singh’s international fame is definitely a factor to consider, specially when it comes to the more young, tech-savvy and social media dependent voters. The 5 major communities which will decide the fate of all the candidates in this constituency are the Yadavs and Muslims who are expected to support the Grand Alliance, the Rajputs and Dhanuks who seem to be inclined towards NDA and the Mushahars who could go either ways. With the atmosphere heating up as Tejaswi Yadav aims to give Nitish Kumar and allies a run for their money, the battle for Jamui is definitely one to watch out for, come the 10th of November , 2020.