JD(U), RJD, Congress, NCP to campaign jointly in Bihar polls

Updated - July 20, 2015 05:43 am IST

Published - July 20, 2015 12:00 am IST - Patna:

The Janata Dal (United), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have decided to campaign jointly for the Bihar Assembly polls from August to counter the BJP-led NDA.

The decision was taken after JD (U) president Sharad Yadav met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad here and discussed the likely strategy of the grand alliance against NDA for the upcoming polls.

“We have decided that grand alliance of JD (U), RJD, Congress and NCP will campaign together,” State JD (U) president Vashisht Narain Singh said here on Sunday.

Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, after a hiatus of 20 years, came together for a poll campaign in Bihar last year during the Assembly by-polls.

In early July, Mr. Kumar launched ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ (knock on every door) campaign to reach out to millions of voters ahead of the elections.

Mr. Kumar -- who was declared the chief ministerial candidate of the combine — launched the campaign here and State party leaders and workers kick-started it simultaneously from 10,000 locations across Bihar.

The door-to-door campaign is the brainchild of Prashant Kishore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s erstwhile key strategist during the last Lok Sabha polls. Last month, Mr. Kumar launched a high-tech ‘Badh Chala Bihar’ (Bihar moving forward) initiative to directly reach out to the masses and seek their ideas and suggestions for the State’s development. That move too was credited to Mr. Kishore.


JD (U) chief Sharad Yadav meets Nitish and Lalu to discuss the strategy against NDA for the upcoming polls

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