Purnia: Union Home Minister Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to Bihar on Friday to prepare the party to become a strong force ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections to take on the Grand Alliance government in the state.
To give further impetus to the party, the Bihar unit of BJP has given a new slogan urging people to support the party for the development of the state. The party has introduced the slogan “Come with the BJP, Kare Bihar ka vikas”.
Shah’s first visit to the state comes after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke away from the BJP and formed a grand alliance government with RJD, Congress and others.
Amit Shah will address Jan Bhavna Mahasabha in Seemanchal area for the first time in Bihar. Seemanchal region 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 Rangbhoomi Maidan in Purnia at around 12 noon on Friday. The BJP is in full swing ahead of Shah’s visit to the Seemanchal (border) districts of Bihar Purnia and Kishanganj districts.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal (United) have already started questioning the BJP for planning a Jan Bhavna Mahasabha in the Seemanchal region.
Be it RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav or Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, all are alleging that BJP has chosen Seemanchal area so that Amit Shah can do religious polarization.
Addressing the media in Patna, Tejashwi Yadav said, “If Amit Shah is coming, I want to ask… Will the Center give special status to Bihar or not? What is the purpose of his visit? He will speak against it. Muslims.” And instigate Hindus. When he comes, he will say that the jungle is the raj.”
Meanwhile, 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 of BJP forming the government in the state in 2025, Jaiswal said, “For decades no BJP leader has become the Chief Minister of Bihar, but in 2025 the party will form the government in the state and will be the Chief Minister. BJP in Bihar.”
Shah will later hold a meeting with MPs, MLAs and former ministers of Bihar BJP at around 4 pm at Mata Gujri University in Kishanganj city.
The minister will preside over the state core committee meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Mata Gujri University at around 5 pm.
On the second day of his state visit, the minister will offer prayers at the Budhi Kali Mata temple at Subhashpalli Chowk in Kishanganj at around 9.30 am.
The Home Minister will visit border outpost Fatehpur in Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) premises at 10.30 am and will inaugurate BOP buildings of Fatehpur, Pekatola, Beria, Amgachi and Raniganj.
The minister will later review a meeting on border security with Director Generals and senior officers of Border Security Force (BSF), SSB and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at BSF Complex, Kishanganj at 12 noon.
The Home Minister will participate in the ‘Sunder Bhoomi’ program organized on the occasion of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ function going on at Mata Gujri University at 3.30 pm today. Shah will sound the election bugle in the state to prepare the party for a big victory in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Union minister and party’s flamboyant MP from Begusarai Giriraj Singh has been made in-charge of Shah’s rally in Seemanchal (border) districts of Purnia and Kishanganj districts of Bihar.
To prepare for Shah’s rally, many BJP leaders from the state have been camping in the border districts of Purnia and Kishanganj for several days and are holding meetings with local people and leaders to make the rallies a success.
There are four districts in the Seemanchal region of north Bihar – 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. BJP leaders claimed that the four districts share their borders with West Bengal and Bangladesh, from where a large number of migrants have infiltrated and settled there to change the demographics there.
The four districts represent 24 assembly seats and four parliamentary seats. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won only one seat in Araria, while the JD(U) won two seats in Purnia and Katihar and the Kishanganj seat went to the Congress party’s account. In 2019, both the BJP and the JD(U) contested the elections together as allies.
However, political experts said that the political trend of Seemanchal region “also influences the electoral course 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 JD(U) has 16. Apart from this, Lok Janshakti Party has six seats and Congress has one seat.