Road to Delhi: Nitish Kumar eyeing forthcoming UP polls

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nitish-kumar1Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s offer of conciliation or goodwill to UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during Janta Dal (U) two-day plenary session which ended on October 17, makes it amply clear that Nitish is serious about throwing his hat in the ring (forthcoming UP polls).

He has offered to throw his weight behind the Yadav Junior in UP if the latter enforces prohibition in the state.

“The voters in UP, which has lost many lives in hooch tragedies, are appealed by the prohibition enforced in Bihar,” said JD(U) national general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP, RCP Singh.

The ambitious Nitish has not forgotten that the road to Delhi goes through UP. He wants to seat himself on the PM’s chair. He has not forgotten that the BJP captured power after it won 73 out 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP in 2014. And hence the wily CM of Bihar has been trying hard to make his presence felt in the state.

In the last 10 months Nitish has addressed eight meetings across UP. “I will spare more time to visit other parts of the country,” he said, while addressing the Rajgir plenary session amidst thunderous applause raised by JD(U) delegates of 23 states.

“We are recruiting workers right from the panchayat level to districts. We are focusing on Tikaaoo (trusted) workers rather than looking for Jeetaoo (winnable) ones,” he said. The coming UP assembly polls would serve as a litmus test for those testing waters and surprise political pundits.

The JD(U) is engaged in talks with RLD led by Chaudhary Ajit Singh and Peace Party headed by Dr Ayub for an electoral alliance in the assembly elections. “Some more secular parties whose aim is to checkmate the BJP will join us,” said Singh.