His unanimous election at the party’s national executive meeting brought an end to Sharad Yadav’s decade-old tenure. He stepped from the post on 4 April. It is for the first time that Kumar, JD (U)’s face in Bihar, has been elected president of the regional party.
Kumar’s name was proposed by Yadav and seconded by the party’s secretary general KC Tyagi among others.
Later addressing the gathering, Kumar, who became CM last year, said that “The party should strive to bring parties with similar ideologies together.”
Installing Kumar as the president of the party will also give the party more leverage in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. JD (U) will now be seen a rallying point for opposition parties.
Kumar’s immediate task now was to expand his JD (U)’s political base by uniting splinter Janata Parivar groups such as Ajit Singh’s Lok Dal and Babu Lal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha.
JD (U) is viewing next year’s UP Assembly elections as a major battle before the 2019 general election, said Tyagi.
“We stopped the BJP and we are working to stop them in UP,” he said. Asked if JD (U) would make another merger attempt with Samajwadi Party, he said Mulayam Singh Yadav of SP and BSP chief Mayawati had made it clear to go alone.