In front of the police station in Mokama bazaar is a poster of don-turned-politician Anant Singh, the sitting MLA, which reads, "Shanti, Vikas wa bhaichaara, Yahi Hia Chhote Sarkar K Naara" (peace, development and brotherhood, this is the poll slogan of Chhote Sarkar). Anant is contesting as an Independent candidate from behind the bars.

The poster of NDA candidate Kanhaiya Singh, who is younger brother of 'bahubali' former MP Surajbhan, says 'Mokama me shaanti ham ne laayi hai, iske liye ham ne jaan ki baazi lagayi hai (we have brought peace in Mokama staking our life for it)'. Kanhaiya Singh is fighting the polls on LJP ticket.

Anant Singh resigned from JD(U) after a political controversy broke out over the murder of a Yadav youth. RJD chief Lalu Prasad attacked him publicly and Anant was finally sent behind bars in a kidnapping case of a builder. However, it was Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav who had demanded the arrest of Anant Singh in the murder case for the first time.

The grand alliance candidate is Neeraj Kumar, who is an MLC and spokesperson of the JD(U). Kumar's slogan to people is "Kalam aur bandook ki jung, aap rahenge kiske sang" (It is a fight between sword and the pen. Whom will you ally with?) But his opponents say he did not work in the area and lacks connect with voters.

Five main candidates in the constituency are from the Bhumihar community, which has maximum votes in the region followed by that of Yadav, Paswan, Kurmi, extremely backward castes and Mahadalits, Rajputs and Muslims.

Jan Adhikar Party candidate Lalan Singh, once Man Friday of Surajbhan, had contested from Mokama twice and also fielded his wife unsuccessfully against Anant. Lalan Singh now grudges that Surajbhan singh did not campaign for him as passionately as he is doing this time for his own brother.

JAP chief Pappu Yadav is sweating it out to secure victory of Lalan Singh. Ridiculing the 'Chhote Sarkaar' title to Anant Singh, Pappu Yadav said, "Who gave him the name of Chhote Sarkaar. How did he become Chhote Sarkar?"

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