Highly-placed party sources said BJP would start its second round of 'parivartan rath' (campaign for change) from tomorrow and highlight its development agenda centred around the massive package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week.

During the first round, the 'parivartan raths' had covered all of over 43,000 villages in the state during which it focused on Nitish Kumar's 'mis-governance' following his split with BJP in 2013.

Pitted against the formidable JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance, BJP feels that close to 30 percent of voters in the caste-ridden politics of the state are no longer influenced by the identity politics. In an informal interaction with journalists, a top leader made light of reports about the ruling combine's social strength, saying it was more on paper than on ground.

He added that Kumar had lost his USP of good governance by tying up with Prasad and the NDA's campaign about his 'mis-governance' following his split with BJP in 2013 was generating a buzz.

Asked if the alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress had an edge as together they pulled over 9 percent more votes than the NDA in Lok Sabha polls last year, he said the arithmetic was unlikely to hold good now as many people who had voted for Kumar were unlikely to vote him due to his alliance with Prasad and vice versa.

 

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