The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance will launch its high-decibel campaign next week for the upcoming Bihar polls, with nearly 12 rallies a day in each the five phases of polls.
The first phase of the polling kicks off on October 12, and Saturday is the last date for candidates to withdraw nominations. The party has a plan in place for an aggressive campaign that involves state and alliance leaders.
“Once the process for the withdrawal of names is over on Saturday, all our prominent leaders from the state and those from the NDA allies will set out campaigning. We are planning to have about 12 rallies every day in different pockets of Bihar. The idea is to create a buzz around the NDA in next couple of days, even before the rivals move into action,” a BJP general secretary told HT.
Many senior BJP leaders, including half a dozen Union ministers from Bihar, were camping in Patna to accompany prominent candidates during filing of their nomination. Many of them are likely to stay back until the polls finish.
The party has also planned nearly 20 public meetings that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address, starting with a rally in Banka on October 2.
However, the dates and venues of only 10 rallies have been finalized so far, and campaign managers are in the process of firming up the plans for the rest of them. Local and grassroot-level leaders of the party too will aggressively campaigning using specially-designed raths.
“Nitish Kumar’s personal image is not as bad as that of Lalu Prasad. So, the focus of all these rallies is to highlight the contradiction in their alliance and how it could push the state back into the era of Jungle Raj,” a BJP functionary said.
The party has ordered a fresh set of video and audio campaign material that would be used using campaign raths.
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