Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been a long-term ally of Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal and the latter had supported him against the BJP during 2015 assembly elections of Bihar.
However, the friendship is likely to take a back seat in the upcoming civic body polls in Delhi as Kumar’s party JD(U) is set to make a splash in national capital’s political arena by contesting the MCD elections.
A report by PTI said that the JDU was determined to corner the AAP government on issues of electricity and water supply.
The Delhi unit of JD(U) was constituted during Nitish Kumar’s visit and a meeting in Delhi, on 3 December last year.
“In the convention, Nitish was suggested for allowing the party to contest MCD elections in view of sizeable number of people from Bihar and Purvanchal living in the city who are facing many problems including water and electricity supply,” said Raj Singh Mann, president of Delhi unit of the party.
The party will fight elections on all the 272 wards of three municipal corporations and Kumar will address 3-5 election meetings, Mann said.
“The first meeting will be held somewhere in Badarpur area around Holi. This area stretching from Badarpur to Sangam Vihar is thickly populated by people from Bihar and Eastern UP most of whom live in unauthorised colonies and slums.”
The problems of supply of water and electricity as well as drainage are three important civic issues the JD(U) will focus on during municipal elections.
“The condition of water and power supply in slums and unauthorised colonies is very poor. Water is being supplied through tankers and power cuts are common. We have received these complaints from those who voted for AAP in Assembly elections,” Mann said.
Party organisation is being strengthened to contest the elections in an effective manner, he said.
So far, 8 out of 14 district presidents and incharges of 70 blocks (coinciding with Assembly segments) have been appointed.
Over hundred meetings were held since December 3 last year and next week another meeting will be organised for discussing appointment of ward presidents, he said.
“We are not bothered about election results and our aim is to raise the issues of people from Bihar and Purvanchal in Delhi. They voted for AAP and now they are complaining that MLAs of the ruling party are not available,” Mann added. PTI VIT