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Interview with JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha, the modern day Chanakya of Bihar
Bihar is the land of Chanakya, perhaps the greatest Indian politician and thinker. Many prominent historians argue that Chanakya was from the Mithila region of Bihar somewhere around the present day Saharsa and Purnia districts of Bihar.

However, if RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav is to be believed, modern day Chanakya of Bihar lives in Madhubani and his name is Sanjay Jha, who is the All India General Secretary of the Janata Dal (United).

The politics of Bihar has seen many dramatic episodes, be it the Gandhi's Champaran Satyagarh or JP's 1975 Total Revolution. But July of 2017 saw the greatest twist when Nitish Kumar, one of the most credible faces in the opposition dramatically joined hands with Narendra Modi, and as per sources, only one person, Sanjay Jha, made it possible.

We interviewed the person who many believe is the modern day Chanakya of Bihar to know the real truth behind Lalu Yadav's statement and the alliance break up. We also asked Sanjay Jha about Mithilanchal and the politics of Bihar. 

Here are excerpt from the interview: 

Question - Sir, Lalu Prasad Yadav said in June , 2017 that there's a Jha from Madhubani who wants to destabilise my government, and after one month, the government fell, people believe you were the architect of the break-up of JD(U)-RJD alliance, what's the truth in these events? 

Answer- I don't know about which Jha Lalu ji was talking about. You have to look into the circumstances in which the alliance broke. Nitish ji was left with no other alternative, as perception was going against the government and image of clean governance was taking a beating. Our party gave sufficient time to our then alliance partner to answer, but they created a situation were no option was left for us. 

Question-Bihar is the land of Chanakya. People say that before 1990, one group dominated the political landscape of Bihar, Lalu Yadav broke that gate, did history repeat itself in Bihar, as Chankya took his revenge, Nitish acting as Chandragupt and you were the Chanakya in this case? 

Answer-It will be too much. Our leader Nitish ji believes in governance and rule of law. When I came to study in Delhi, Bihari was a gaali, we felt unsecure even returning to Bihar. During the 20 months of the Mahagathbandhan, the situation went from good to worse. Ask the common citizens, people were feeling terrorized, law and order situation worsened due to RJD. Whatever good governance we established in 8-9 years, if RJD would have stayed another 6 months, it would have taken Bihar to pre-2004 days. So, Nitish ji took this decision. We tried our best to maintain the alliance, but it was not possible on the cost of Bihar's interest.

Question- You were the main organiser of the 2013 rally in Delhi for Bihar's special status. What about your party's current position on the demand for special status to Bihar, has the aggression gone after coming in to NDA's fold? 

Answer- Not at all, we are right at our demand for special package. No party other than JD(U) has organised any rally for the cause of Bihar other than us, people organised lathi rally, but we organised rally for Bihar's development. We are rock solid on our demand. We hope that Bihar will get special package as investment in Bihar is the need of the hour. 

Question-You were Member of Legislative Council from Governor's quota between 2006-12 period, but you always try to work on ground in Mithilanchal which was your birthplace, why?

Answer- After becoming MLC, I travelled in Mithilanchal a lot. The misery and poverty I saw was disturbing for me. Mithilanchal is undoubtedly one of the poorest regions of Bihar. We are at the bottom in every developmental indicator. So, I believe in working where I was born as everyone has responsibility towards the home place. 

Question- If a person like you who did politics in Lutyens' Delhi had to go to Mithilanchal seeing the poverty, does it mean that elected representatives did nothing for the development of Mithilanchal? 

Answer- What to say, but yes, they failed Mithilanchal big time. Mithilanchal made big leaders but those leaders didn't deliver for the people of Mithilanchal, that's why the region is at the bottom in various indicators.

Question-If others politicians are not interested in development, then why are you fighting a lone battle for development?

Answer- Politics is not my bread and butter. Till I am in politics, I will work for the masses and for the development of Mithilanchal. If needed, I will do public awareness as rebellion against the present order of Mithilanchal is in my blood. I will not let Mithilanchal down. People say Sankaracharya got defeated in Mithilanchal, justice and knowledge is from Mithilanchal, then there is something in this great land. I am not from a political family, I studied in JNU, I came in to politics for serving the poor, so will not let that land suffer.

Question- There isn't many central projects in Mithilanchal, what is your agenda for that?

Answer- I met the concerned decision makers in Delhi and Patna for AIIMS in Darbhanga and also for Udaan scheme of regional connectivity from Darbhanga to different places in India, will do whatever possible so that Central projects come up in the region.

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