Patna, 30 May-2014, TNN: Post-poll debacle, the ruling JD(U), under the leadership of former CM Nitish Kumar, is in a process of churning and expected to get a new shape for fighting assembly election next year. The former CM, who will give full time to the party, has taken up cudgels to script party’s revival.
The JD (U) suffered humiliating defeat in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls in which it was reduced to two seats only from 20 in 2009 when the JD (U) had alliance with the BJP.
“Steps will soon be taken to rejuvenate the party from upper to lower level to give it a new shape. We are taking the defeat as a challenge and will strive hard to re-energize the party’s rank and file particularly the grass roots workers down to panchayat level,” state JD(U) president Bashistha Narain Singh said on Thursday.
Nitish, who resigned from chief ministership on May 17, is spending time holding parleys with senior leaders. He has not made public appearance after resigning and attended only two programmes – the swearing-in of his successor Jitan Ram Manjhi and that of 12 newly nominated MLCs.
There is speculation that all the party’s committees, units and cells will be dissolved very soon. The new set-up will be in place after review meetings which, Singh said, will also be attended by the legislators and the defeated Lok Sabha candidates.
Meanwhile, national JD(U) president Sharad Yadav on Wednesday held a meeting of office-bearers in Delhi to ponder over the party’s defeat and the changing political scenario at national level. There was a consensus that communal polarization was the main reason for JD (U)’s defeat even though people by and large praised the good works done by Nitish.