"Money power has been used to use media," Yadav told reporters after casting his vote at the Adarash Madhya Vidyalaya here.

Sharad Yadav is making a bid to enter the Lok Sabha for the fifth term from the Madhepura constituency.

"I have fought ideologically against Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and others. Why do you lower my prestige by making these leaders my rivals?" he said.

Apart from Pappu Yadav and Kushwaha, the 66-year-old veteran politician is up against nine other opponents.

Billed as a triangular contest among JD (U), RJD and BJP, the constituency, which has over 16.7 lakh electorate, is said to be witnessing sharp polarisation in the wake of hate speech by BJP leader Giriraj Singh.

With about 3.50 lakh voters hailing from Yadav caste, Madhepura is considered a happy hunting ground for leaders of the backward caste, who are engaged in agriculture and cattle rearing.

History also suggests that since 1952, with exception of Acharya Kriplani in 1957, Madhepura has never elected a non-Yadav candidate.


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