Nitish Kumar’s Political Move: There are widespread rumours that Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, will run for the Lok Sabha in 2024 from the Uttar Pradesh’ Phulpur constituency. There are rumours that Janata Dal United – JD(U) leaders in Uttar Pradesh have encouraged Nitish Kumar to run in the 2019 general elections for the Phulpur seat.
Sharwan Kumar, cabinet minister of the Bihar government and JD(U) representative for Uttar Pradesh, stated that some UP party leaders desired Nitish Kumar to run for Lok Sabha from Phulpur.
In addition to Phulpur, JD(U) leaders suggested that Kumar run for office in Ambedkar Nagar, Pratapgarh, or Fatehpur Lok Sabha constituencies. Sharwan Kumar also stated that Nitish Kumar himself had rejected this proposal.
Nitish Kumar’s Political Move: Nitish Kumar rejects proposals
“The rumour circulating that Nitish Kumar may run for the Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh is completely false. Nitish Kumar’s candidature from Uttar Pradesh has not yet been decided by the party, and no preparations have been made. Sharwan Kumar stated that some JD(U) leaders in Uttar Pradesh demanded that Nitish Kumar run for office in Phulpur, Ambedkarnagar, Pratapgarh, or Fatehpur.
How caste may aid Nitish if he decides to run for office in Phulpur
Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency, also known as ‘Phoolpur’, is one of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha constituencies. The constituency is located within the Prayagraj district.
This constituency is historically significant because two Indian prime ministers, Jawaharlal Nehru and VP Singh, were elected from it. In fact, India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, passed away while in office in 1964. The seat is also known as “Nehru’s district.”
Phulpur has approximately 19.75 million electors, of which approximately 4 million are Kurmi. If Nitish Kumar wishes to run from Phulpur, the Kurmi electorate may shift in his favour.
- Demographics | Population total: 25.27.766
- 64.44 percent of the population is rural
- 35.56% of the population is located in an urban setting.
- 21.85 percent of
- 0.06 percent ST
BJP says Nitish will fail if he attempts to reach Delhi via Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP stated in response that he has failed in his native state and will fail in Uttar Pradesh as well.
Leaders of the BJP responded angrily to this. Arvind Kumar Singh, the prominent leader of the JD(U), stated, “Whether Nitish Kumar runs from Bihar or elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, he will not win the election.” I challenge him not to receive even eleven ballots from Phulpur. He desires to travel to Delhi via Uttar Pradesh, but this will not work for him. He will utterly fail.”
“In Bihar, Nitish Kumar Ji is sitting on Lalu Prasad Yadav’s lap, and if he runs for office in Uttar Pradesh, he will remain on Akhilesh Yadav’s lap. In both instances, the BJP would remain unaffected. Nitish Kumar consistently employs dependency politics. In Bihar, he is dependent on the RJD, and he is attempting to reach Delhi via Uttar Pradesh with the aid of Akhilesh Yadav, according to Nikhil Anand, state spokesperson for the BJP’s OBC wing.