Nitish Kumar won’t campaign for JDU in Gujarat elections
Patna: The Janata Dal (United), or JDU, said Sunday it is fighting the Gujarat elections to build a base in that state and that party president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will not take part in the campaigning.
“A total of 52 candidates of our party have filed nomination papers in Gujarat so far. Our party men in the state wanted that we contest the elections and we honoured their wish,” JDU national general secretary R.C.P. Singh told reporters in Patna.
Singh was speaking after the party’s state executive meeting held at the chief minister’s official residence—1, Anne Marg—in presence of Kumar.
Asked if the JDU was “fighting to lose” in a state where Kumar himself had predicted a comfortable victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party, Singh said: “We are not fighting to lose. We are fighting to preserve our party’s presence in Gujarat and to build our base there.”
On whether the Bihar chief minister would take part in the campaign for JDU candidates in Gujarat, Singh replied in the negative: “How can he be involved when we are not sufficiently prepared in that state?”
On allegations by opposition parties that JDU was trying to cut into anti-BJP votes in Gujarat to help the party, Singh said “it means they admit that we can get votes in Gujarat”.
Talking about Bihar, Singh said, “We are working towards strengthening our organization at the grassroots level. There are 62,470 polling centres across the state, out of which we have our agents at more than 31,000.” JDU’s state unit president Bashishth Narayan Singh said, “We are working in Bihar according to a roadmap. We recently held district-level workers’ meets across the state where we have spread awareness about our campaigns against social evils like liquor consumption, dowry and child marriage.”
“We have asked our workers to highlight efforts made by the Nitish Kumar government to eradicate these social evils,” he added.
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