PATNA: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Bihar and attend a state government programme here about good governance on August 27, apparently to show his support for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the politically charged atmosphere in the poll-bound state.
“Kejriwal as the chief guest will address a select group of people, including students, on good governance,” a state government official said.
Kejriwal, however, is unlikely to participate in any political event. “He may mobilise people against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi but may not seek votes for any party,” a senior AAP leader said.
Nitish was the chief guest at the Delhi government’s “Bihar Samman Samaroh” where people from Bihar, who had made significant contributions in various walks of life, were felicitated.
According to JD(U) secretary general K C Tyagi, Nitish had extended his invite to Kejriwal during their meeting in Delhi.
“The Delhi Chief Minister had assured him that he would send the AAP workers to help with the JD(U) campaign strategy for the Assembly elections,” Tyagi said.
Impressed with the AAP’s poll strategy which had helped it rout the BJP in February’s Delhi Assembly polls, Nitish is looking to use Kejriwal’s popularity among the youth to his party’s advantage.
In every constituency, 8,000-10,000 new voters have been added to the electoral rolls. A large number of migrants will also vote in the elections. “Youngsters, migrants and floating voters may prove to be the game-changers this time,” said a political observer.