Nitish to address rallies in all 243 assembly constituencies

 Senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar will hold 'Sampark' rallies in all 243 constituencies of the state starting from January 17, as part of his party's preparation for the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar.

Patna: Senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar will hold 'Sampark' rallies in all 243 constituencies of the state starting from January 17, as part of his party's preparation for the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar.

The former Bihar Chief Minister will also organise a state-level meeting of party workers on February 15 at Gandhi Maidan here.

"The rallies will be called 'Sampark Rally' and held assembly constituency-wise across the state. These will be for the public and the common people will participate in them," Kumar said while talking to media today after the conclusion of two-day summit of JD(U) leaders at party headquarters in the state capital.

The public rallies would kick off on January 17 from Sikta assembly constituency in West Champaran district followed by another one on January 18 at Madhuban in East Champaran district.

"Our focus in the rallies will be on governance. We will tell the people to be cautious of BJP as there is difference between their words and deeds. We will highlight the discrimination by the Centre against Bihar, breaking of promises made by BJP to the people here, the issue of bringing back black money and injustice against farmers," said Kumar.

The former Chief Minister alleged that the Central government has failed to provide better Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers, which is driving them to commit suicide. The land acquisition ordinance will allow taking away of lands from them for use by corporates and real state companies.

"Young farmers are committing suicide in Gujarat. Injustice has been meted out to farmers and the youths of our country in the name of false promises. We will raise all these issues and tell our people that they (BJP) just promise, while we did what we said," the JD (U) leader said.

Flanked by JD (U) state president Vashistha Narayan Singh, Food and Civil Supplies minister Shyam Rajak, Rajya Sabha member RCP Singh and others, Kumar said a state-level political meeting will be held at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on February 15 as part of the second phase of his Sampark Yatra.

"The February 15 event will not be a public rally but a political meeting. Booth-level workers of our party from villages, towns, cities will take part in it. Those who participated in the district-level meetings will be identified and invited. The number of those who will come will be huge," Kumar said.

He had launched his Sampark Yatra on November 13 last year and the first phase ended on November 30. During which, meetings of party workers were held in 34 districts.

Kumar has been famous for his yatras, and this Sampark Yatra is his ninth one. During his reign as the Bihar Chief Minister (from 2005 to mid-2014) he embarked on - Nyaya Yatra, Vikas Yatra, Dhanyavad Yatra, Pravas Yatra, Vishwas Yatra, Seva Yatra, Adhikar Yatra and Sankalp Yatra - during this period.

Speaking on the occasion, state JD(U) president Vashistha Narayan Singh said audio clippings would be used in the second phase of the Sampark Yatra like the first phase to highlight the false promises made by the BJP and its government at the Centre.

During the first phase, Kumar had used audio clippings from the election speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to further his point regarding allegations of false promises to the audience.

"During the second phase of Sampark Yatra we will use audio clippings to highlight the 'wada khilafi' (breaking of promises) by BJP. We will take them to villages. We will also use audio to spread awareness about our own work," the state JD (U) president said.

Meanwhile, Kumar added that if the merger of Janata Parivar parties happens during the Sampark Yatra, leaders of all parties will work together or decide the future course of action.

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