Union Home Minister Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to Bihar on Friday to prepare the party to become a formidable force ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections to take on the grand coalition government in the state.
Purnia: Union Home Minister Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to Bihar on Friday to prepare the party to become a formidable force ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections to take on the grand coalition government in the state.
In a further boost to the party, the Bihar unit of the BJP has issued a fresh announcement calling for support to the party for the development of the state. The party has announced the slogan “Ao Chale BJP Ke Saath, Kare Bihar Ka Vikas” (Let’s support BJP for the development of Bihar). This is Shah’s first visit to the state after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar parted ways with the BJP and joined hands with the RJD, Congress and others to form a grand coalition government.
For the first time in Bihar, Amit Shah is going to address the ‘Jan Bhavna Mahasabha’ in Seemanchal area. Seemanchal area includes Katihar, Araria and Kishanganj districts.
Shah’s visit to Bihar reflects the BJP’s strategy to win maximum seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha and 2025 Bihar assembly elections.
Amit Shah will address the ‘Jan Bhavna Mahasabha’ at Rangbhumi Maidan in Purnia on Friday at 12 noon. The BJP is gearing up ahead of Shah’s visit to Seemanchal (border) districts in Bihar’s Purnia and Kishanganj districts.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal (United) have already started questioning the BJP about organizing a ‘Jan Bhavana Mahasabha’ in Seemanchal region.
Be it Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav or Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, everyone is alleging that BJP has chosen Seemanchal region so that Amit Shah can create religious polarization.
Addressing the media in Patna, Tejashwi Yadav said, “If Amit Shah is coming, I want to ask…. Center will give special status to Bihar or not? What is the purpose of his visit? He will speak against Muslims and incite Hindus. Jangalraj will say when he comes.
Meanwhile, while replying to Yadav, BJP state president Sanjay Jaiswal said that JD(U) leader (Rajya Sabha) and former finance commission chairman NK Singh has said that special status is not possible in today’s situation.
Expressing confidence that the BJP will form the government in the state in 2025, Jaiswal said, “No BJP leader has been the Chief Minister of Bihar for decades, but the party will form the government in the state in 2025 and will be the Chief Minister. BJP in Bihar.
Shah will later hold a meeting of Bihar BJP MPs, MLAs and former ministers at Mata Gujri University in Kishanganj city around 4 pm.
The minister will preside over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state core committee meeting at around 5 pm at Mata Gujri University.
On the second day of his visit to the state, the minister will offer prayers at Budhi Kali Mata Temple at Subhashpalli Chowk in Kishanganj at around 9.30 am.
The Home Minister will visit Border Outpost Fatehpur and inaugurate BOP buildings at Fatehpur, Pekatola, Beria, Amgachi and Raniganj at Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) campus around 10.30 am.
The minister will later hold a review meeting on border security with the Director General and senior officers of Border Security Force (BSF), SSB and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at BSF Campus, Kishanganj at 12 noon.
The Home Minister will attend the ‘Sundar Bhoomi’ program organized on the occasion of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ at Mata Gujri University at 3.30 pm.
Shah will sound the election bugle in the state to gear up the party for a big win in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
Union minister and party’s firebrand MP from Begusarai, Giriraj Singh, has been put in charge of the rally to be attended by Shah in Seemanchal (border) districts of Purnia and Kishanganj districts of Bihar.
In preparation for Shah’s rally, several BJP leaders have been camping in the bordering Purnia and Kishanganj districts for several days and are meeting local people and leaders to make the rally a success.
The Seemanchal region of north Bihar includes four districts — Purnia, Kishanganj, Katihar and Araria — where the Muslim population is large enough to influence the success of a political party’s candidate in both the assembly and general elections. The four districts share their border with West Bengal and Bangladesh, from where a large number of migrants have infiltrated and settled to change the population, BJP leaders claimed.
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The four districts represent 24 assembly seats and four parliamentary seats. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won only one seat of Araria, while JD(U) won two seats of Purnia and Katihar and Kishanganj seat went to Congress party. In 2019, both BJP and JD(U) contested the elections together as allies.
However, political experts say the political trend of the Seemanchal region “also influences the electoral process of other adjoining districts like Supaul, Bhagalpur, Madhubani and Darbhanga”.
Bihar has 40 Lok Sabha seats, of which 17 are currently held by the BJP, while the JDU has 16 seats. Further, Lok Jan Shakti Party has six seats and Congress has one seat.
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