Bracing for a prestige battle in Bihar, the BJP has formed a core team for preparing its ground-level strategy even as leaders say the fine tuning can be done only after getting a clear picture of the political alignments in the state.
According to a senior BJP leader, the core team, which will work on the party’s poll strategy at the ground level, will consist of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav and joint party general secretary Saudan Singh.
“Key decisions like seat-sharing and whether party should declare a chief ministerial candidate will be taken by the parliamentary board,” said the leader.
Senior BJP leaders, keenly watching the developments, admit that a merger of Janata Parivar would make the battle “very tough” for the party.
“But Nitish Kumar is not likely to go for a merger with Lalu Prasad’s party. Lalu Prasad is a hard customer — he can use power, misuse power and flaunt power. Nitish is aware of it,” said a senior leader who did not want to be identified.
The party hopes that aspirational politics, which had helped the BJP win in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the Lok Sabha elections, will overshadow caste politics in the assembly elections too. “Bihar is also going to vote for change and good governance. The message at the ground is clear — the voters want a change from Nitish and Lalu,” said the leader.
In the Lok Sabha elections, of the 40 seats, the BJP had won 22, while its allies in the NDA, the LJP and the RLSP had won six and three respectively.
The party’s campaign would be focused on two issues — corruption, and law and order issues. Major thrust will be given to expose the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) government, which according to the BJP, has brought back “jungle raj” in Bihar.
Courtesy: The Indian Express