New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda on Sunday arrived in Bihar to campaign for the upcoming Bihar Assembly Election 2020 and recalled the enormous contribution of Jai Prakash Narayan, the founder of Janata Party, who gave the country an ideology different from that of the Congress. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Nitish Kumar Physically And Mentally Exhausted, Tejashwi's Jibe at CM

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“Those leaders who became a politician and a three-time CM with the blessings of Jayaprakash Narayan – the man who formed Janata Party by sidelining Congress – are now hugging Congress and going ahead today,” the BJP president said at an election rally at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Gaya. Also Read - 'I Apologise... Just Forgot the Name': Kamal Nath Explains 'Item' Jibe After Controversy, EC Takes Note

Asking people to vote for the Nitish Kumar government, Nadda said that the Nitish-led alliance took care of the people of Bihar amid the COVID-19 pandemic, asserting that it is important that the leadership of the state is secured with him.

“New dimensions of development are being written in Bihar and it is our responsibility to drive this development,” he said.

Nadda is on a day-long visit to the state to strategise the BJP’s poll campaign. The BJP campaign today is being conducted as a tribute on Jai Prakash Narayan’s birth anniversary.

Earlier today, Nadda was given an enthusiastic welcome by state BJP leaders and workers at the Patna Airport. The BJP chief sent straight to the famous Mahaveer temple near the Patna station complex and offered prayers. He also visited JP’s residence (JP Niwas) in Kadamkuan and garlanded the statue of Jayaprakash Narayan.

Talking to reporters, the BJP leader said, “I am fortunate that today, on JP’s birth anniversary, I have the privilege of visiting his house in Patna.”

He pointed out that it was from Patna that JP worked against corruption and nepotism by the then Congress government and that after JP was jailed during the Emergency, he and other party leaders used to take inspiration from his place.

Nadda also recalled the contribution of Padma Vibhushan Nanaji Deshmukh, saying that the renowned social worker did not get the dignity in Indian politics which he received by doing social work.

(With IANS inputs)