WITH BIHAR Chief Minister Nitish Kumar set to address a state JD(U) workers’ convention in Varanasi district on May 12, more than 25 party MLAs are camping in Pindra since April 30 to ensure the programme’s success. These MLAs are touring Varanasi and its adjoining districts to invite locals and leaders of small caste-based parties for the convention.
JD(U)’s UP president, Suresh Niranjan, said the MLAs, including Vansh Narain, Bashisht Singh, Vidya Sagar Nishad, Abhay Kumar and Umesh Kushwaha and MLCs Neeraj Kumar and Rudal Rai, are trying to popularise the Bihar development model of the Nitish government among locals.
“MLAs who hold posts in Bihar and national bodies of JD(U) have come to prepare for the convention, which is being held only for UP party workers… So many leaders and workers of Janata Party, Lok Dal and Janata Dal in UP are either inactive or have maintained distance from all parties. The JD(U) MLAs are visiting them personally and inviting them for the convention,” Niranjan said.
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Moreover, while Rajya Sabha member from Bihar, Ramchandra Prasad Singh, is camping in Varanasi, another Upper House MP, Gulam Rasool Balyawi, was in the city for two days.
Speaking to The Indian Express from Varanasi, MLA from Kargahar in Bihar’s Rohtas district, Bashisht Singh, said: “It will be the first workers’ meet of Nitish Kumar in UP after he took charge as the JD(U) national president. The event is very important for establishing the party both in UP and at the national level… Senior leaders having experience of organisational management have been engaged to make the event successful.”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed to meet the promises he had made before the Lok Sabha polls. We have to give out the message that if Nitish Kumar replaces Modi, then entire country, including UP, will grow and become empowered… We are meeting people, appealing them to join the party and attend the workers’ convention,” added Singh.
JD(U) former national president Sharad Yadav, national secretary general, Rajya Sabha MP K C Tyagi, other MPs and Bihar ministers will address party workers on Thursday. Leaders claimed that if the convention becomes a success and manages a crowd of around 20,000, such conventions will be organised at divisional levels in UP in the next three months.
After the convention, Nitish will attend Ganga aarti. The next morning, he will take a holy dip in the Ganga and offer prayer in Kashi Vishwanath temple. On May 15, he will be in Lucknow to attend an event organised by Kisan Manch on the liquor ban policy in Bihar.