After Yogi, Amit Shah to visit Bihar as BJP gears up before Lalu’s August 27 rally

Patna,(BiharTimes): Just a month ahead of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s August 27 rally the national president of the BJP, Amit Shah, is scheduled to visit Bihar for three days.

Earlier he was to visit the state on April 19, but due to some reasons––perhaps the infighting within the state unit of the party––he had to postpone his trip.

As per the re-scheduled programme Amit Shah is to visit sometimes between July 25 and 27. It is part of his 95-day long Deen Dayal Vistarak Yojana––a programme across the country to expand and strengthen the party.

It needs to be mentioned that the BJP is trying to utilize the opportunity created by the former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who has launched a campaign against Lalu Prasad’s alleged land deal.

Incidentally, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya are scheduled to visit Patna and Nalanda districts respectively. They would be here as part of the three-year celebrations of the Narendra Modi government. The BJP has decided to organise several events including “MODI Fest” across 900 places in the country.

After the loss of November 2015 Assembly election the central leadership has not been paying much attention towards Bihar. But now after a big victory in UP it has concentrated its efforts in the three eastern states of Bihar, Bengal and Odisha.

The strategy of the saffron party is simple: to create division and confusion in the Grand Alliance.

But the BJP leadership is somewhat jittery. They see no imminent collapse of ruling alliance in Bihar.

In contrast Lalu is busy uniting all the non-BJP parties of the country and inviting them to August 27 rally in Patna.  

The BJP’s decision to press into service leaders like Yogi suggests that the party wants to exhibit its hardline image. It thinks that it would pay dividend.

But many independent observers are of the view that using Yogi in Bihar is a risky business as many senior BJP leaders are not comfortable with him. They are also of the view that the stock of the BJP has gone down considerably in the last two months.

The culture of lynching by mobs in UP and Jharkhand has cornered the saffron party. So of late it is not using the expression ‘Jungle Raj’ in Bihar, but are only resorting to the old slogan of corruption.



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