BJP has deputed its rising star, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, to resurrect the party’s fortunes in politically crucial Bihar at a time when the party is on an offensive against RJD chief Lalu Prasad, a key man in the Grand Alliance (GA).
BJP president Amit Shah is also scheduled to camp in the state for three days for a reality check ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said Yogi would address meetings to mark the third anniversary of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre along with his deputy and BJP’s OBC face in UP, Keshav Prasad Maurya and a few other cabinet colleagues. He may also have an overnight stay in Bihar.
“Yogi has been deputed to Bihar as part of the nationwide programme,” he added.
However, party insiders say it would also be an opportunity to take on GA, which stopped the BJP’s juggernaut in Bihar in 2015, to make an early start for the 2019 elections by contrasting the “Centre’s achievements with Bihar’s failures”.
“Bihar remains an unaccomplished mission and all efforts will be made to make timely amends. After the UP results, a new wind is blowing and it will certainly spread to Bihar,” they added.
The exact date on which Yogi will arrive is yet to be finalised. “We are working on the date. It may happen by the end of this month, but there are chances of some change due to the civic polls , but not beyond June 15,” they added.
BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav said when achievements of the Centre would be counted, the glaring failures of the state on virtually all fronts, especially law & order and corruption would certainly come into play. “We are already highlighting it every day and the people of Bihar feel it,” he added.
Yogi’s visit to Bihar, the first since becoming the CM, is also important in the face of reports that his organisation, Hindu Yuva Vahini, is already working to strengthen its base across all districts in Bihar with new enrolments to lend strength to BJP. Earlier, Bihar BJP had planned to felicitate Yogi in Patna, which may coincide with his visit.
Another significant move is to send UP deputy CM Maurya, the OBC face of the BJP in UP, to Nalanda, the home district of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Maurya is also popular as chaiwallah due to his poverty-stricken childhood, which forced him to work at a tea stall. Maurya is credited with bringing non-Yadav OBC and Dalit voters to BJP’s fold in the party’s stunning performance in UP assembly polls
The BJP chief will also camp in the state on July 2, 3, 4 as part of his nationwide tour till September 25 for an appraisal of the organisation’s strength and ground realities on the basis of feedback gathered.
“He will hold discussions with state party leaders and meet workers to assess the situation and resolve important issues, especially internal differences and dissensions, and a new strategy in the runup to the 2019 LS polls. His main focus, as always, will be on booth-level workers and he may give specific assignments to party leaders,” said a senior leader.