Next month, the union home minister Amit Shah may make two consecutive trips to Bihar. His travels demonstrate how concerned and important the BJP is in relation to the state's 40 Lok Sabha seats.
On February 22, Shah will go to Patna to take part in a gathering of farmers and laborers commemorating the birth anniversary of Swami Sahajanand Saraswati, a liberation warrior and the founder of the All India Kisan Mahasabha.
"Amit Shah, the union minister for the interior, will be the summit's head guest. After paying respects to Swami Sahajanand, he will engage in a candid discussion with them about their concerns, according to BJP Rajya Sabha member Vivek Thakur.
The ceremonies of Swami Sahajanand's birth anniversary are organized in large part by Thakur. He emphasized that the independence warrior and farmer's leader has been ignored by the Bihar administration so far, as shown by the fact that neither a state function nor his appearance in printed government calendars or diaries has been organized in his honor.
Shah's trip in February won't be the only one planned, however.
The top party officials, lawmakers, parliamentarians, and other officials from across the nation will spend a few days in various parts of the state to interact with the populace as part of a mega event, and the BJP leaders are looking into the possibility of Shah making one more visit as part of that event.
In an effort to increase its visibility in the state's countryside, the BJP had organized a similar event the previous year.
"Our leaders were supposed to spend November and December of last year in rural Bihar, but that did not happen.
"This year, we're attempting to have it in February or March. On the condition of anonymity, a top BJP official spoke to The Telegraph and said, "We are simply waiting for Shah's approval for the dates to start the preparations.
The BJP is acting urgently with respect to Bihar with the Lok Sabha elections less than a year away, particularly since the state's chief minister Nitish Kumar and his Janata Dal United (JDU) left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in August of last year to work with the Grand Alliance.
The 2024 general elections are the BJP's top priority, despite the fact that Nitish's somersault forced it out of office. During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the NDA won 39 out of 40 seats in Bihar, leaving the BJP with 17, the JDU with 16, and the former Lok Janshakti Party with six.
Nitish joining the opposition makes it tough for the NDA to match its success from 2019. The BJP is now uneasy about the chances for 2024.
Additionally, the BJP will put forth all-out efforts to win as many seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as possible in order to counteract defeats in other states where regional parties and Opposition parties are still strong in Bengal, Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and a few other states.
Without a question, Bihar is the party's top priority. The whole nation is impacted by the politics and political tendencies that emerge from this state.
"The people of Bihar love Prime Minister Narendra Modi even if Nitish is no longer with us. Prem Ranjan Patel, a BJP spokeswoman, informed this publication that Prime Minister Modi has instructed our leaders to devote particular attention to Bihar.
When asked about the speculation in political circles over Nitish's potential return to the NDA, Patel said, "Our party prioritizes nation-building. If a leader from any political party wants to participate, he is invited to do so.
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