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2024 Lok Sabha polls: Buzz will get louder of Nitish selecting Phulpur to struggle

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who has performed an instrumental function within the formation of the brand new Opposition bloc INDIA (Indian Nationwide Developmental Inclusive Alliance) towards the BJP, might struggle the 2024 parliamentary elections from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh or every other seat within the jap a part of the neighbouring state, in keeping with prime leaders of his celebration, the Janata Dal (United).

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (HT Photograph)

Whereas hypothesis about Kumar coming into the Lok Sabha fray from Phulpur, a constituency represented by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, has been rife for a while, clear hints to this impact had been dropped by Bihar’s rural growth minister Shravan Kumar, a key aide of the CM who has simply returned from UP.

The minister informed reporters in Patna on Wednesday, “I had visited UP and attended celebration occasions. Our celebration staff need CM Kumar to contest from both Phulpur or Pratapgarh, Fatehpur or Ambedhkar Nagar. It’s for the celebration to determine.”

On Thursday, JD(U) chief spokesperson Ok C Tyagi mentioned it will be matter of delight if Nitish Kumar contests from Phulpur seat. “It’ll have resonance in lots of constituencies in jap UP, having largely a OBC inhabitants, together with Kurmis ( CM Kumar’s caste) and Yadavs.

“In 1962, Phulpur seat was contested by socialist Ram Manohar Lohia towards Nehru. It is a vital seat for socialists and that’s why folks of UP and celebration staff need CM Kumar to contest from there,” Tyagi mentioned including {that a} last determination, nonetheless, rested with the chief minister.

“If he contests from any seat in UP, particularly in jap components, it will ship a giant political message and consolidate our vote financial institution. The Samajwadi Get together too needs him to contest from a seat in UP,” Tyagi mentioned.

Bihar Congress legislature celebration chief Shakeel Ahmed Khan mentioned it will be good if Nitish Kumar contests from UP. “He has performed a key function in formation of INDIA. He has extensive acceptability and UP is a neighbouring state,” Khan mentioned.

The BJP response was on anticipated traces. “Is CM Kumar operating away from Bihar? He has already ruined Bihar,” mentioned state BJP president Samrat Choudhary.

Chief of Opposition in Bihar meeting, Vijay Kumar Sinha of the BJP, mentioned in a press assertion on Thursday that JD(U) is intentionally making a buzz to mission CM Kumar as a PM candidate by pushing theories that celebration staff need him to contest from Phulpur.

“In 2022 UP meeting polls, JD(U) had misplaced its deposits within the majority of seats it contested. Nitish Kumar has been sidelined within the Opposition bloc. He has not even been made its convener, as being speculated,” Sinha mentioned.

After changing into the Bihar chief minister in 2005, Nitish Kumar hasn’t fought meeting or parliamentary elections, selecting to stay a member of legislative council (MLC) since 2006. His present time period as MLC ends on Might 6, 2024.

Nevertheless, he has represented Barh parliamentary constituency 5 occasions and as soon as represented Nalanda parliamentary seat, from the place he was elected in 2004.


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