BHAGALPUR: A day after BJP national president and Union home minister Amit Shah said that NDA will fight the coming assembly elections in Bihar under the leadership of CM Nitish Kumar , the latter also echoed the same sentiments saying that NDA is united in the state and is the only viable alliance which can do good to the people.
“Our government is relentlessly working for the welfare of the people of Bihar and will continue to do so. Let there be no confusion about the harmony in NDA allies,” Nitish said while addressing an election rally at Nathnagar, where bypolls are scheduled on October 21 along with four other assembly segments.
Nitish also urged the electorate to vote for JD (U) candidates Laxmikant Mandal and Laldhari Yadav in Nathnagar and Belhar respectively and send them to Patna to become their voices in the legislative assembly. He addressed two meetings --one in Sabour and the other at Belhar in Banka district on Friday.
The by-elections were necessitated after the sitting JD (U) MLAs from Nathnagar and Belhar Ajay Mandal and Girdhari Yadav were elected to the Parliament from Bhagalpur and Banka Lok Sabha constituencies respectively in the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year. Both the sitting JD (U) MLAs had resigned from their respective assembly seats after that.
In Nathnagar, a triangular contest is on the cards between JD(U)’s Laxmikant Mandal, RJD’s Rabia Khatoon and Ajay Kumar Rai of HAM (S). Others in the fray are Sudhir Sharma of CPI, Dolly Kumari from Vanchit Samaj Party, Dayaram Mandal from Bhartiya Dalit Party and Ranjan Kumar Singh from Rashtriya Samata Party-Secular among others.
There is a direct contest between JD(U) candidate Laldhari Yadav and RJD candidate Ramdev Yadav at Belhar assembly segment. Laldhari is the brother of JD(U) MP from Banka Girdhari Yadav, whereas Ramdev Yadav is former MLA from Belhar.
Meanwhile, talking about the prolonged waterlogging in Patna and other areas in the state, Nitish said that steps have been taken to alleviate the problems and ensure that such conditions do not reoccur in future.