The entire exercise was directly monitored by Bihar chief minister and JDU president Nitish Kumar, who sat in the party office on a regular basis last week and personally met more than 1,000 party workers from different constituencies in order to gauge their opinion.
A lot of workers expressed their views on anti-incumbency against the sitting MLAs. Kumar also met all 69 party MLAs and those candidates who had lost the 2015 assembly election. According to the people cited earlier, Kumar was unhappy with the MLAs because there were several claimants for party tickets from these constituencies. “If there is already a JDU MLA, there shouldn’t be a question on his leadership in the constituency. It is worrying that too many people want to replace you,” Kumar is said to have told the MLAs.
On the basis of earlier surveys, feedback from workers and Kumar’s personal meetings, a list has been prepared of the sitting MLAs who are likely to be denied party tickets this time. The JDU also wants to beat anti-incumbency against certain sitting members who have won more than two-three times.
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