Is JDU Vice President Prashant Kishor being alienated in his own party?
Bihar, Delhi, Politics

Prashant Kishor’s attempt to connect youth and students wing of JDU lacks basic homework

New Delhi: Janata Dal-United national vice president Prashant Kishor (PK) soon after assuming the chair clears his priority and immediately held a meeting with the students and youth organisations leaders at the party headquarter in Patna.

It is a welcome move and will be helpful in reviving the Chhatra Janata Dal-United (CJDU), the student wing of the party especially, said a student’s leader of the party from Patna.

The student outfit of the ruling party of Bihar lacks basic coordination with the main organisation is the topmost priority of the JDU National VP.

Former CJDU Delhi State General Secretary Rajkumar Ranjan welcomes the decision by the Kishor and said, “The student wing doesn’t have its own constitution and it had to be done with immediate effect.”

Ranjan was one of the founder members of the student’s wing in Delhi and worked to strengthen the organizational presence with then National President Pratyush Nandan in the national capital within Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Jamia Millia Islamia.

“Prashant Kishor in his very first meeting interacting with the youth and students leaders has also emphasized on a better coordination between the main body and the district level office bearers of the party,” said a CJDU official.

PK has allocated the task to all the office bearers of the students and youth wing of the party across the state to get at least 100, active members, to join the organisation.

“He has given us the three months’ time to submit the progress report in the party headquarter in Patna; those who would not submit the progress report, will be removed from their posts,” said a student wing office bearer in Bihar.

JDU Vice-President has also urged them to be active on social media platform, especially on Twitter. A youth wing leader of the party who attended the meeting said that the VP has asked all the participants to approach him for any queries on Twitter and will get the response immediately.

Meanwhile, PK is trying to revive the different inactive cells in the social media of the organisations. He is trying to make different units of the party become socially active and their presence should be visible on social media platforms.

PK has his own team of IT experts which has been instrumental in previous occasions when he was on a different role of election strategist.

Rajan Sandeep a former students leader of CJDU, who has left the organization in the wake of such ignorance made by the central leadership of JDU.

Rajan said, “The major challenge with PK’s style of excel-sheet politics is that it has been designed to develop political clerks rather than young political workers and leaders resulting in degradation of the socialist culture within the political parties.”

Inexperienced youth workers of Janata Dal-United are also finding it difficult to cope up with the new tech-savvy leadership where they are asked to contact him through the social platform.

One such leader who attended the first meeting chaired by him said in the name of anonymity, “His IT team is of unmatchable skills and temperament and we have seen the result in the past state assembly election. But his plans to fill the void with twitter approach are filling us with alienation.”

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It is important to note that most of the central leadership of the JDU are also not very familiar with this digital upgradation and have managed to run their social account by private help. The young generation of the party also complains of the long gap of communication between the main body and other wings lingering over the years.

Anshuman Singh who is managing the CJDU affairs in Delhi state since 2011 said, “We have tried our best to establish the connection between the party headquarter based in Patna with other centers, but no result so far.”

Singh also said that this initiative of the party led by the Vice President won’t bear any fruit until the appointed chief of different cells of the party is not changed. He said, “Students body national executive meeting is due for such a long time and the previous national president is nowhere in the picture, the party needs to follow the basic discipline to conduct its internal organisational election on a regular basis.”

Anshuman also denied any communication from the party headquarters regarding this new initiative. He said, “I have been raising the student’s issue in Delhi and have also actively participated in the Bihar assembly election in 2015, but the central leadership is very much insecure about its students’ leadership, though they all have the past of being a student’s leader.”

JDU Youth wing national president Sanjay Kumar has welcomed the initiative of PK and said, “It will revive the prospect of young guns in the party and this decision will help in expanding the mass base among the young voters.”

Sanjay, however, denied the communication gap and said that Delhi student’s wing is dissolved over three years and students are working in coordination with the youth wing in the national capital.

He denied knowing Anshuman Singh, who has contested from CJDU ticket in 2012 in Delhi University Students election. Kumar said, “Youth wing is managing the affairs of the student’s wing and they have increased their presence in the major Universities across Delhi and India.”

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It will be interesting to see how this latest move by Prashant Kishor will help the student’s wing to come at par with its counterparts Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the upcoming university election in Bihar and elsewhere in the country.

More or less the confusion prevails across the party’s different platforms over coordination. It appears that the way ahead for the party’s national vice president will be an upheaval task and PK is appeared to be unaware of such nitty-gritty within the organisation.

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