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‘Yatra’ time for Bihar’s top politicos

Come September 19, Bihar’s top two politicians, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, will embark on their own, separate political yatras that will serve two critical purposes: They will help them get a feel of the popular pulse and provide them vital inputs for drawing up their strategies for the next lok sabha election.

patna Updated: Sep 08, 2012 16:14 IST
Anirban Guha Roy

Come September 19, Bihar’s top two politicians, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, will embark on their own, separate political yatras that will serve two critical purposes: They will help them get a feel of the popular pulse and provide them vital inputs for drawing up their strategies for the next lok sabha election.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar will set the ball rolling by kicking off his adhikar yatra at Bettiah (West Champaran) on September 19. The yatra will see him cover 32 out 38 districts of Bihar over the next five weeks, that is, by October 24.

The yatra has ostensibly been planned to drum up support for the ruling JD (U)’s adhikar rally in Patna on November 4, organized to press for the party’s demand that the center grant special category state status to Bihar.

But many believe the rally will serve the larger purpose of catapulting the special category state status demand to acquire the center-stage in the JD (U)’s agenda for the next lok sabha poll.

On that very date, September 19, Kumar’s archrival and RJD chief Lalu Prasad will embark on the fourth leg of parivartan yatra, so named to highlight its objective of ushering in ‘change’ in the state.

“The yatra will serve to highlight issues like rising crime, atrocities on women, poor implementation of government schemes and failure to furnish account of advances drawn from treasury, among other failures of regime”, said JD (U) MP and spokesman Ram Kripal Yadav.

During his yatra, the chief minister will interact with the general masses and seek from the people a feedback on execution of development schemes and governance in general.

Many in the JD (U) said the chief minister may also use the yatra to get a feedback on the performance of JD (U) MPs and use the same in coming to view as to whether or not they should be re-nominated.

Lalu’s own yatra is equally important considering he has been in near political wilderness since his party, the RJD, could win just four out of 40 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll and just 22 out of 243 seats in the 2010 Bihar Assembly election.

Lalu, once known for his big rallies in Patna, will be visiting Bhagalpur, Munger and Lakhisarai districts during his road show, to tell the masses about the alleged failures of the state government.