JDU reaches out to its former leaders who left the party

NEW DELHI: The JD (U) has reached out to its former leaders who left the party over the years, seeking to regain its earlier strength after the recent Bihar election in which it won 43 seats in the 243-member assembly. It also plans to discuss the party’s organisational expansion plan in its upcoming national executive meeting on December 26-27.

This will be its first national executive meeting after the assembly election. Party leaders from across the country will gather in Patna for two days of discussion.

The JD (U) has approached a number of former leaders in recent days and urged them to return to the party, said people aware of the matter. The party is focusing more on leaders who have a social base, they said.

RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha is one such name doing the rounds. Kushwaha has met JD (U) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar twice in recent days. Recently, Kushwaha had reacted strongly to RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s comment on the CM during his speech in the assembly.

Besides, Kumar spoke to former state minister Narendra Singh over phone recently. Narendra Singh’s son and independent MLA from Chakai, Sumit Singh, has already extended his support to Nitish Kumar in the assembly.

JD (U)’s state working president Ashok Choudhary and senior leader Lalan Singh are leading the expansion drive in the state, said the people.

The other leaders who have been approached include former state minister Renu Kushwaha, former MP Arun Kumar and former state minister Bhim Singh.

“I have been approached indirectly by the JD (U),” Renu Kushwaha told ET. “I haven’t made any decision yet.”

Other leaders also confirmed that they have been approached by JD (U) leaders since the assembly election.

Former MP Arun Kumar commands support among Bhumihar voters in Gaya and Jehanabad region, where the JD (U) wishes to expand its appeal. In the recent assembly election, the party did not do well in the region.

“I have no such information. But one thing I can say for sure – Nitish Kumar is one leader whose acceptability is beyond the boundaries of any party or organisation. People do get inspired by the work he has done for Bihar and want to join him,” said JD (U) leader and former state minister Neeraj Kumar.





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