Bihar chief minister Nitesh Kumar, who is also Janata Dal (U)’s national president, has fully moved into election mode and is attending to party workers daily in the party office in Patna for the last one week.
Party insiders said he had been discussing the campaign in each assembly constituency with other leaders and making localized plans. Apart from the party workers, CM Kumar has been regularly holding meetings with ‘Kshetriya Prabharies’ (regional coordinators) who handle party affairs in three-four districts.
“He underlines the need for door-to-door campaigning for reaching out to voters in order to make them aware of the pro-people schemes launched by his government, particularly the ‘Seven Resolves’ program,” a person at the JDU office told this reporter.
Kumar also reminds the party leaders about the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, he said.
“Unlike the past, there is no chance of holding big rallies or public meetings in these elections. So, CM Kumar wants to motivate his party workers to remain in direct touch with the voters and highlight the achievements of the state government before them,” the person said. He also gives tips to his party functionaries about different ways to reach out to voters in the current situation, he added.
Party insiders said Kumar had collected feedback about his government’s decision on prohibition of alcohol in the state. The JDU has been trying hard to consolidate its SC/ST votes after its decision to ban alcohol — the decision has apparently affected a section of the SC/ST community in the state.
The party has tasked its prominent SC faces with making the community aware of the various schemes meant for their economic development.