PURNIA/WEST CHAMPARAN: Public meetings and rallies in Bihar that rivals BJP and Grand Alliance parties have planned for Saturday across the state could give a peek into the political discourse the two sides are likely to deploy up to the Lok Sabha polls. Home Minister Amit Shah holding a meeting in West Champaran and paying homage to a farmers’ icon, around the same time as the Mahagathabandhan holds its biggest joint public meeting in Purina, Seemanchal.
Purina Mahagathbandhan Rally: program to start at 12:30 PM
Nitish, Tejashwi, Lalan, Tej Pratap, Vijay Chaudhary will reach by helicopter around 12:30. The program will start from 11 am. The same Tejashwi Yadav and Nitish Kumar will address the people in some time. However, Lalu Yadav will also address the rally from Delhi through video conferencing.
Let me tell you that the preparations have been completed in the Rangbhoomi Maidan. Banners and posters of the seven parties of the grand alliance have been put up everywhere. There is no picture of Rahul Gandhi. There has also been rhetoric regarding this. Flags of different parties have been placed around the stage and around the venue.
There is a big rally of Grand Alliance today at Rangbhoomi Maidan in Purnia. On the one hand the Grand Alliance and on the other hand Union Home Minister Amit Shah is also visiting Bihar today.
There is a possibility of an uproar before the grand alliance rally starts in Purnia. A large number of Urdu TET candidates have reached the Rangbhoomi Maidan. Slogans are being raised against the Bihar government. Urdu TET candidates say that their result is not being issued. Gave the exam years ago.
At stake are Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats, and Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) and Tejashwi Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) could make it difficult for the BJP-led NDA to repeat its 2019 Lok Sabha performance.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address a public meeting in West Champaran, and a ‘farmers and workers’ convention in Patna organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of peasant leader and freedom fighter Swami Sahajanand Saraswati.
Shah will begin his Bihar tour with a public meeting in Balmiki Nagar Lok Sabha constituency, a party stronghold that was given away to the chief minister’s JD(U) in 2019 as part of seat-sharing arrangements. The function, scheduled around noon, would coincide with the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ rally at Purnea, more than 400 km away.
Smaller allies like the Congress and the Left parties will join Kumar and Yadav. Ailing RJD patriarch Lalu Prasad could address the meeting remotely. The public meeting will showcase a “united opposition”, which Kumar believes is the way forward to take on the BJP in 2024.