The JD(U) has said that Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar would be the face of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar.
“Nitish Kumar will be the face of the NDA in Bihar for the Lok Sabha elections,” K C Tyagi, JD(U) national general secretary and spokesperson, said on Sunday, apparently admitting that the ground realities had changed since 2014, when Narendra Modi had single-handedly steered the NDA to victory in the Lok Sabha polls, both in the state and the country.
The assertion from the JD(U) camp, after four-hour-long discussions between senior leaders and Kumar at his residence in Patna on Sunday, comes days after the recent electoral reverses triggered the question on whether the ‘Modi magic’ was on the wane.
Tyagi recently called for a tweak in the BJP’s strategy, after the NDA lost the Jokihat bypoll to RJD, saying that the BJP-led NDA needed to reinvent its strategy.
Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP, another NDA partner, had also flagged the lack of coordination among allies.
When asked whether there was no dispute on Kumar’s stature in the NDA camp in Bihar, Tyagi said, “Our concern is to get the maximum mileage and full dividends out of his image for the NDA.”
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