AAP’s campaign managers to help Nitish win Bihar battle
After Bihar Development Dialogue (BDD) on the lines of Delhi Dialogue, now bonhomie between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his counterpart in Bihar Nitish Kumar in the form of exchanges during felicitation events are being viewed as a clear indication of the role that the AAP cadres and experts will play.
“Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be the chief guest in a conference on ‘Good Governance’ in Bihar on August 27,” said a senior government official in Delhi. He will address a select group of intellectuals and students on good governance.
“Kejriwal will neither address a political rally nor meet leaders and workers of any political party. It will be an official visit,” the official said. According to sources, Kejriwal has received the invitation from Kumar to attend the function.
On Wednesday, both Nitish Kumar and Kejriwal shared a stage in Delhi when they hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the programme, Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia felicitated Nitish Kumar in ‘Bihar Samman Samaroh’.
In the same function, the duo felicitated AAP MLAs belonging to Bihar and Kejriwal also urged his supporters to ensure their friends and families in Bihar vote for Nitish Kumar in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections.
The Delhi Dialogue is considered to be as one of the main reasons for the landslide victory of AAP in Delhi, as on this basis the party made its political manifesto besides linking people directly to the party candidates and its ideology. The importance of Delhi Dialogue was recognised even after the government formation and its chief Ashish Khetan was made the think tank for the policies with the same name – Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) with a Cabinet minister rank. Another strategy of AAP was to put up their posters and hoardings near political rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This will also play an important role in Bihar. In these hoardings, the questions and issues posed by AAP before Modi in Delhi are now being used by Nitish Kumar in Bihar with slight variations — his alleged promise of bringing back black money within 100 days, giving Rs 15 lakh to each account holders and the like.
The leaders of AAP, however, denied any direct involvement in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections but they accepted that they have mandate from ‘top leaders’ to provide expertise and campaign for Nitish Kumar in their personal capacities.
“We will not contest in Bihar but the party wants to ensure <g data-gr-id="26">defeat</g> of Prime Minister Narendra Modi like we did in Delhi. We will do our best to ensure Modi’s defeat,” said a senior AAP leader.
According to AAP MLAs in Delhi who <g data-gr-id="25">hail</g> from Bihar and Bihar unit of AAP will be directly involved to campaign for Nitish Kumar while the media management unit will assist them from Delhi.