Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will address two rallies in the national capital ahead of the municipal polls, where his party, the Janata Dal (United), will contest all the 272 seats, taking on the Aam Aadmi Party on its home turf.
The party’s Delhi in-charge Sanjay Jha announced it at an event where a few district-level AAP workers, mainly from east Delhi, joined the JD(U), accusing the AAP of neglecting Poorvanchalis in ticket distribution for election to the three units of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
Jha said the JD(U) aims to tap the “discontent” among the AAP’s Poorvanchali voters’ base.
He said the Poorvanchalis in Delhi have been “let down” by the Arvind Kejriwal government despite having extended every possible backing to it over the last two years.
“Nitish Kumar will address two rallies, one each in north and south Delhi after Holi. The first list of our candidates will be out within a week,” he said.
The BJP’s decision to appoint Bhojpuri artiste Manoj Tiwari as its Delhi unit chief is also being seen as an attempt to woo the Poorvanchali community, comprising people from the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The Delhi unit of JD(U) was constituted during Kumar’s visit here on December 3 last year.
Jha brushed aside Kumar’s perceived closeness with Kejriwal, saying the JD(U) will work for expanding its base and work towards ensuring “fair” representation of the Poorvanchali population.
The AAP had supported the JD(U) in the 2015 Bihar assembly polls and the two parties often cooperate in Parliament.
The AAP has already released its first list of 109 candidates, which includes 49 women. The party is eyeing to wrest power of the civic bodies from the BJP.
Vinod Jha, who was among the ones who joined the JD(U), claimed that the AAP will lose support of the Poorvanchalis owing to its “denial” of tickets to people of the region.
“They had committed that they will provide at least one ticket to a Poorvanchali in each of the assembly constituencies,” he said.