With an eye on purvanchali votes, JD (U) supremo Nitish Kumar will be holding his first rally on April 9 in Burari — the same area from where Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal kicked off his campaign last week for the April 23 municipal elections.
The Bihar chief minister will also hold another rally the same evening in Badarpur apart from a roadshow in some south Delhi localities.
Burari assembly seat is dotted with unauthorised colonies with purvanchalis — migrants from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh —dominating the constituency. The constituency is represented by AAP legislator Sanjeev Jha. Post-delimitation earlier this year, the number of municipal wards in the assembly segment has increased from four to six.
“The first rally will be organised at Chhath Ghat in Burari. The same day the Bihar chief minister will address another rally in Badarpur. On way back from Badarpur rally, we are planning to hold his roadshow in Khanpur and Tughlaqabad areas,” said Sanjay Jha, JD(U) general secretary and Delhi in-charge of the party.
In 2012, Kumar had attended a Bihar Diwas function, held to commemorate 100 years of the formation of Bihar at Nirankari grounds in Burari. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who had not entered politics then, had also performed at the event, Jha said.
The JDU is planning to contest from assembly seats in rural areas and unauthorised colonies and the party plans to present the Bihar model of governance under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, besides raising the issue of liquor ban in the eastern state.
Ahead of the assembly elections in Bihar, held months after AAP emerged victorious in assembly elections in February 2015, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had extended moral support to Nitish Kumar, who led the grand alliance of the JDU, the RJD and the Congress.
The JDU has been justifying the decision to contest elections in the Capital saying the “traditional voters in Delhi and are not happy with the performance of AAP”.
The JDU has already declared names of 105 candidates. Jha alleged that the returning officers were “harassing JDU candidates on the pretext of party symbol”.
“Some returning officers have been harassing us on the pretext of party symbol. As a recognised party with arrow as our party symbol, we are shocked to learn about this discriminatory attitude. The state election commission has already notified our symbol in Delhi, which is available with the returning officers. We have registered a complaint with the state election commission,” said Jha.