As battle goes tougher BJP invites leaders from Bihar for campaign in east UP
Patna,(BiharTimes): When Hindustani Awam Morcha leader and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi expressed his displeasure over the BJP not seeking his help in the UP election the saffron party spokesman said that even their own party leaders from Bihar have not been invited by the leadership.
But now after the completion of the third phase of polling several leaders and workers have been invited to campaign in east UP, which is having the fourth phase of polling on Thursday.
Sources said that around 150 BJP workers, besides former and present party lawmakers––both legislators and MPs––have been asked to report at Varanasi or Gorakhpur, depending on their choice and the demand in UP. "The top functionaries being asked to move to UP to campaign are on demand.
Reports said that former state BJP president Mangal Pandey was among the first leaders from Bihar to have received the request. State president Nityanand Rai has also left, and other senior functionaries would be sent on demand, if there is any.
Political observers are of the view that there may be two reasons for deployment of party leaders from Bihar. Firstly, the BJP leadership is now feeling that the battle is much tougher in eastern UP. In west UP BSP and BJP were expecting to do better, but in the eastern half both these parties are not sure.
Secondly, there is much stronger cultural and linguistic interaction between east UP and Bihar. Therefore, it would be easy to communicate.
But the BJP is still not enlisting support of other NDA leaders such as Manjhi, Ram Vilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha.