Patna: With ‘fastings’ and ‘yatras’ emerging as the main political weapon of the modern times, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday announced his own ‘Seva Yatra’ to connect with the masses of his state.
As per the reports, Nitish will embark on this yatra in November to take stock of delivery of various services to the people post-implementation of the Right to Service Act (RTS) last month, an official said today.
"The chief minister`s `Seva yatra` will start from West Champaran district in the first week of November for a statewide tour," Principal Secretary (Cabinet Coordination and Secretariat) Ravikant told reporters.
He will visit all the districts of the state. He intends to spend at least three days in each district.
Nitish Kumar’s popularity catapulted to a new level, after the dramatic turnaround in Bihar’s fortune after he took over the reins. This move will further enhance his image amongst the masses of Bihar.
He is widely seen as a prime ministerial candidate by many political pundits, in case of a hung Parliament if both the major alliances, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) fail to garner majority.
The yatra announcement comes after Gujarat Chief Minister’s three day long communal harmony fast, which many believed as a ploy by Narendra Modi to project himself as BJP’s future prime ministerial candidate.
Earlier, Nitish had reacted wryly to the question of Narendra Modi being the prime ministerial candidate of NDA saying that BJP has not officially declared anyone as its prime ministerial candidate for the next Lok Sabha polls and JD(U) being a key NDA partner would officially be informed of any decision on the issue.
"It will be improper for JD(U) to react to any report... JD(U) is an NDA ally and will be informed the moment such a decision is taken by the senior partner," Kumar, also key JD(U) leader, had said on the sidelines of his weekly `Janata Darbar`.
"JD(U) will react or make any comment only when a formal decision for projection of a prime ministerial candidate is taken by the BJP....No official formal decision has been taken by the BJP on the issue," he said adding BJP had not even internally made such an announcement.
On Modi`s fast, he said every individual, political leader or chief minister had the freedom to organise a personal or public programme of his choice in a state.
"It doesn`t require unnecessary comment," he said refusing to be drawn into controversy over reports suggesting that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi might be a strong contender for the post.
JD(U) has an alliance with BJP in Bihar, "But there is no alliance with BJP in the state you mentioned," he told reporters.