Nitish Kumar arrives in Delhi to hold an election rally with Amit Shah

PATNA: Bihar CM and JD (U) boss Nitish Kumar On Saturday he arrived in Delhi, where he plans to hold two electoral rallies in favor of the party's candidates in the constituencies of the Sangam Vihar and Burari assembly on Sunday.

It is Nitish's first visit to the national capital after the recent expulsion of two senior officials from JD (U), his national vice president and national secretary general Pavan K Varma.

Sources in JD (U) said, Nitish Kumar was re-elected unopposed as the party president in October last year for a fresh term of three years. “Though three months were elapsed since his re-election as the JD (U) boss, Nitish has so far not reconstituted the party’s national office-bearers' team. Now, as two key posts have fallen vacant after expulsion of Kishor and Varma, Nitish Ji is expected to discuss the matter of reconstitution of national team when he will meet the senior party leaders during his two-day stay in Delhi, a senior JD (U) leader told TOI on Saturday.

Kishor and Varma were expelled from the party on Wednesday on charges of issuing controversial statements beyond the party's line, violating the discipline of the organization and allowing individualism.

Nitish, for the first time, will share a platform with the Minister of Interior of the Union Amit Shah at an election rally when on Sunday both leaders will address a joint rally in the constituency of the Burari assembly in favor of JD (U) candidate Shailendra Kumar.

It will be for the first time that Nitish Ji will share dais with Amit Shah in an election rally, JD (U) national general secretary and party’s incharge for Delhi Sanjay Kumar Jha told TOI.

Jha said the timing of Nitish Kumar’s two election rallies have now been changed. “As per the revised schedule, Nitish Kumar will address an election rally in Sangam Vihar constituency in between 2 to 5 pm on Sunday. The BJP chief JP Nadda will also address this rally in favor of the JD (U) nominee SCL Gupta, Jha told TOI.

Bihar CM’s second rally would be held in between 6.30pm to 8.30pm on the same evening in Burari constituency where Union home minister Amit Shah would also speak and seek votes for the JD (U) candidate, Jha told TOI.

JD (U) national secretary general, KC Tyagi, said Nitish had addressed an electoral rally in the Burari area in April 2017, seeking votes in favor of JD (U) candidates during the polls of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) of 2017.