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RJD lends patient ear to public daily

Patna, June 23: Monday: Leader X, Tuesday: Leader Y and so on and so forth.

Defeat has taken the RJD closer to the people. The party has taken the lead over in providing a platform for people to share their grievances with the party. It has made a roster of party leaders to man the party office to listen to public grievances.

Sources in the party revealed that steps had been taken after its poor performance in the general election. The new rule, implemented in the party, entails day-wise assigning of the office-manning duty to secretaries and general of the RJD.

Even the look inside the RJD office at Beer Chand Patel Marg has changed. A welcome room has been inaugurated where the leaders sit daily. Earlier, except one state office secretary Chandeshwar Prasad Singh, there was no one to look after the office.

RJD state unit president Ram Chandra Purbey said: “We have implemented the practice of roster from June 4, when we inaugurated the welcome room. It would help people, who visit our state office from far-off places, to register complaints.”

The seven–day roster mandates at least seven secretaries and general secretaries to greet people and to register their complaints before forwarding them to the district president.

The mobile number has been mentioned in front of every name so the visitors can call them in case they do not turn up at the office on the mentioned day. Senior RJD leaders, would keep tabs on the development, which takes place in the party office.

Sitaram Prasad Akela, the state vice-president who is associated with the party for the past 10 years, said: “It is a very good initiative started by the party. It will also work in maintaining the discipline among the party workers and leaders. Now, you can feel the political atmosphere in the office, which was not visible earlier.”

The recently concluded general election was a major setback for Lalu Prasad with RJD winning just four seats and losing the seats of Rabri Devi and Misa Bharti from Saran and Pataliputra respectively.

Apart from the party leaders, Lalu’s eldest son, Tej Pratap, made a surprise visit to the party office to see the functioning of the new system.

Asked about RJD’s new system, Congress state vice-president and media in-charge Prem Chand Mishra said: “I must inform you that we have also started a similar system in our office from June 16. Our leaders have been asked to meet the daily visitors to our office.”

The state Congress, with an alliance with the RJD and the NCP, could just win two seats in the general election.

Even the JDU, whose leader Nitish Kumar recently sought support in the Rajya Sabha bypolls, appreciated the RJD move. Dal spokesperson Ajay Alok said: “It is good that the party is finally making an effort to stay connected with the people.”

However, the BJP, which won 31 seats in alliance with the LJP and the RLSP, see such practice as an eyewash.

BJP MLC Sanjay Mayukh said: “Our party practises this daily. Our leaders are always available for the common people in the party office. The RJD is a seasonal party and standing at a critical juncture. These are just eyewash tactics and nothing is going to change in the party through all this drama. Both the RJD and the JDU have lost the mandate and people are not going to accept them at all.”