JD(U) executive meet in Delhi begins today, poll strategy on agenda

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2015 11:39 IST
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar arrives to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Parliament house. The JD (U) executive meeting is to be held in Delhi on Sunday, with poll strategy being high on the agenda. (HT Photo)

The prospect of taking the Grand Alliance experiment to the other states going to polls between 2016 and 2019 is set to be the central agenda for discussion at the executive meeting of the Janata Dal (United) to be held in New Delhi beginning Sunday.

The party, while discussing its role in the changed political environment in the country, will also strategise ways to prevent division of secular votes in future elections — in Bihar and other states.

“The main challenge would be on how to stop the division of secular votes, especially in light of the Bihar results and also in the Lohardaga by-election in Jharkhand, where the Congress, allied to a secular grouping, romped home,” JD(U) spokesperson Ajay Alok said.

Another topic of discussion is expected to be a change in the party’s nomenclature, flag and symbol. The JD(U) is at present represented by an arrow, which it feels is similar to the bow and arrow of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Shiv Sena.

Some 130 party members, including ministers in the Nitish Kumar cabinet, JD(U) MPs, MLCs and some newly elected legislators, have been invited to the meeting.

The prime agenda of the executive is to strategise ways to take on the BJP in alliance with like-minded groups in West Bengal and Assam, besides other states, leading up to 2019, when the next parliamentary polls are due in Bihar.

While insiders said a lot of changes were expected, the ambition of the party to acquire a cadre-based mass profile would also come up for discussion.

JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, party state president Bashistha Narain Singh and Rajya Sabha member KC Tyagi are likely to lead the discussions.

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