The historic Gandhi Maidan, where BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi held his Hunkar rally on Sunday, has seen Subhash Chandra Bose, Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Jayprakash Narayan address people in the past.
A booklet of state art and culture department with the name "Patna a swarnim dharohar," says that Gandhi Maidan was developed by then commissioner Metcaff between 1813 and 1833. It was called Bankipore Maidan which was later named Gandhi Maidan after Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
Subhash Chandra Bose had organised an important meeting of his Forward block at the ground in 1939, a year after its formation.
In 1974, Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan "JP" had launched his "sampoorna kranti" (total revolution) from the same Gandhi Maidan to oust the Congress from power.
Director of Gandhi Sangrahlay Razi Ahmed, who has authored a book "Tragedy of Indian Sub-continent: Power, Communalism and Partition" quoted from his book that Mohammad Ali Jinnah had chosen the same Gandhi Maidan to revive his fledgling Muslim League in 1938.
The book was released by chief minister Nitish Kumar on October 2.
In the elections held in Bihar in 1937 on the basis of 1935 Act having provision of separate electorate, the Muslim League could not win even a single seat out of 40, Ahmed said.
He chose to hold a rally of Muslim League in the same Gandhi Maidan, which was at that time known as Bankipore Maidan, to revive fortunes of the league.
Ahmed said Mohammad Aziz, the president of the League, had stayed in the Hatwa House near the Gandhi Maidan.
Ahmed’s book also quotes Sarwar Ali, legal luminary and former judge of the Patna high court, who had heard Jinnah speak in the 1938 in his book.
Jinnah fiery speech worked wonder and the Muslim League won 36 out of 40 seats in the provincial elections in the state in 1946, he said.