Over 100 BJP leaders from Bihar, all the top ones included, have been camping in Jharkhand since the first phase of the elections there to “prepare the ground for victory” in the 2015 polls in their own state.
They include Sushil Kumar Modi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, C P Thakur, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, Ram Kripal Yadav, Giriraj Singh and Radha Mohan Singh, besides scores of second-rung leaders who have been assisting their Jharkhand couterparts in their campaign against the Hemant Soren government and also against the Congress-RJD alliance.
“Jharkhand, being our neighbouring state, will surely have a bearing on the Bihar polls. A victory in Jharkhand will give us a psychological boost and put the opposition on the backfoot,” Bihar BJP vice president and spokesperson Sanjay Mayukh told The Indian Express.
Asked if sending over 100 Bihar leaders was an acknowledgment of a weak cadre in Jharkhand, Mayukh said Bihar’s team had only added to the strength of Jharkhand’s workforce. Sushil Modi and Shahnawaz, incidentally, have mocked former Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for “not daring to campaign in Jharkhand for fear of losing”.