The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold its national executive meet in Patna during the weekend, with the Bihar assembly polls barely four months away.
On Sunday, the party will also hold a public rally, where the top leadership — central as well as state — will be present.
“The rally will mark the beginning of our poll campaign (in Bihar),” said spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain. “We will hold a grand rally, though the heat is a slight dampener.”
The party will pass resolutions against Maoism, the alleged failure of the second term of the Manmohan Singh government in its first year, and the supposed “anti-federal, step-motherly treatment” meted out to non-UPA states. No resolution, however, is expected on the party’s internal health.
“We have decided against public introspection because it only ends up harming the party’s image,” said a senior leader. “We will internally discuss the matter.”
However, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is expected to stay clear of the rally.
The choice of Patna as the venue for BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s first national executive meeting is in line with the party tradition of holding this conclave in poll-bound states.
Also, the rally is intended to send out the message that the party is not playing a second-fiddle to Janata Dal (United).
Leaders such as Ananth Kumar and others have made it clear that the BJP is ready to stake its electoral fortune not on its own ideological persuasions, but on the popularity of Nitish Kumar.
“The BJP’s eagerness to queue behind Kumar bears an unstated message: That after more than four years in office as Kumar’s junior partner, it has produced neither the leader nor the performance it can bank upon in the coming polls,” said P.K. Sinha, a leading political strategist and a former Nitish Kumar associate.