PK to go on ‘padyatra’ in Bihar, won’t float political party for now

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Prominent political strategist Prashant Kishor finally revealed his plan on Thursday – a year to connect with ordinary people in Bihar before deciding to take a big political step.

Kishor, while interacting with the media here, said he would start the “padyatra” from Gandhi Ashram in West Champaran from October 2 this year and cover 3,000 km across Bihar to communicate his ideology with the locals. of the State and collect their comments.

“The idea is to connect with the people of Bihar and understand what they think about the current government and past governments. For the past 30 years, two political parties with different ideologies and policies have ruled the states. Lalu Prasad ruled the RJD regime for 15 years while the combined JD(U)-BJP government has now been in power for 15 odd years What kind of change do the people of Bihar expect…I think, overall they failed to provide good governance,” Kishor said.

According to the plan, he wants to communicate with 17,000 to 18,000, who are socially active and intellectual in the state, because their comments were important to him. The idea is to include them or take the support of these people for the movement in the next three to four months and then it will start ‘padyatra’ in Bihar.

Reacting to comments from Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav, he said, “They are great leaders of the country. Therefore, there is no need for them to notice a small person like me. Even those who comment on me after my tweet, they are wasting their time. I am a very small state person,” Kishor said.

“Leaders like Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar came from the JP movement, but we have to ask ourselves whether the goal of this movement has been achieved or not. In my opinion, this has not been achieved, therefore, we have to analyze in depth with my team for more than a year before deciding to go to the people of Bihar,” added Kishor.

“After this JP movement, there was no such movement in Bihar. I am not saying that our initiative would turn out to be similar to that of the JP movement, but I must say that a movement is needed here in Bihar. Who did 3,000 km ‘padyatra’ earlier. If we want to change in Bihar, we have to change people’s way of thinking at mass level,” he said.

“Over the past 10 years, I have been involved in developing strategies for different political parties. Now I want to start a political journey from scratch in Bihar. I will go before the people of Bihar and if the results are positive, we will decide the next step of – whether I will form a political party or not. At present, we are not going to form a political party,” he said.

Reacting to his relationship with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Kishor said, “My relationship with Nitish Kumar is like a father and a son, but that doesn’t mean the son wouldn’t choose another path. I chose the path of struggle. Whenever I meet Nitish Kumar, I meet him as if he were my father and he also respected me like a son.

In 2020, I had a difference of opinion on the issue of CAA and NRC. I objected to Nitish Kumar’s policy of voting for CAA and NRC. Yet JD(U) did it. Nitish Kumar, however, convinced me that CAA and NRC would not be implemented in Bihar, but I told him that I would not stay in the party with compromising policies. Because of my objection, the party expelled me,” he said.

After eviction from JD(U), I started the same movement in 2020 but it was stopped due to Covid-19.

“Now I’m not saying Covid is wiped out of the country, but the situation has improved now. Therefore, I decided to relaunch this initiative from Champaran,” he said.

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