Face of Janata Dal (United) Nitish Kumar in Bihar has increased his goal by deciding to contest forthcoming assembly polls in four states, including BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, on its own.
This announcement came days ahead of a meeting between BJP chief Amit Shah and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal (United)
Though the JD(U) has a outnumbered presence in these states, this announcement to field its candidates in elections that are crucial for the BJP will be seen as pressure tactics to get the BJP to part with a “reasonable” number of LS seats in Bihar.
The fourth terms in MP and Chhattisgarh and the polls come just ahead of the 2019 LS polls, is a very crucial playground for BJP to stay in the race.
The JD(U) has decided to contest in the three states and Mizoram saying the party is “revisiting its roots” where socialist leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia had strong presence. The JD(U) sees itself as a political successor of Lohia thought.
“After Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad deviated from the socialist agenda, Nitish Kumar has decided to revisit places that used to be the socialist strongholds,” said JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi.