Nitish Kumar relaunches JD(U) in Maharashtra with eye on 2019 elections

Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) Nitish Kumar today relaunched his party's state wing in Mumbai with an eye on the 2019 general and Maharashtra state elections.

During his opening speech, Nitish addressed the crowd in Marathi, and tried to convince the people of why the JD(U) will be good for the state. He also recalled his early college days in Maharashtra, and about being inspired by Jyotirao Phule and BR Ambedkar.

Nitish also spoke at length about how Bihar has developed under the JD(U), saying it has gone from Bimaru state to becoming a developed state.

"Now farmers in Bihar don't commit suicides. Government is firmly behind them. We have provided them with best infrastructure for farming," Nitish said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at relaunch of JD(U) in Maharashtra. Photo: Mayuresh GanapatyeThe Bihar chief minister also criticised the Devendra Fadnavis government for allowing liquor shops and bars on the highway to remain open.

"In Bihar there is complete ban on liquor. First people criticised us saying we may loose revenue from it but I am happy that people who used to spend on liquor now spend on things which are necessary for their life. Which has resulted in saving for them," Nitish said.

Though Nitish didn't make any formal announcement of JD(U) contesting elections, he still asked his state party leaders to reach out to the maximum people of Maharashtra an make them understand what is JD(U).

Nitish appointed MLC Kapil Patil as state chief of JD(U) and Shashank Rao as Mumbai head.