A day after the education department denied the BJP its permission to hold the meeting at the Miller school ground, close to the JD (U) state office, the party on Saturday finalised an alternative venue for the June 23 programme.
"We have decided to hold the function in the Sanjay Gandhi stadium at Gardanibagh (in south-western Patna)," state BJP president Mangal Pandey told reporters.
The worsening JD (U)- BJP ties following Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s appointment as BJP’s campaign committee head, had found expression in a scrap over the venue of BJP chief Rajnath Singh’s meeting.
The change in venue came even after the government reportedly reversed its earlier decision and offer the school ground for the BJP national president’s rally.
Pandey had earlier criticised the Nitish Kumar government for its "uncharitable" decision not to allow the BJP to hold its scheduled function at Miller School ground.
In this connection, the BJP state chief had pointed out that the JD (U) had used the same ground to put up people who had come to attend the party’s Adhikar rally here in November last year.
"Science and technology minister Gautam Singh was allowed to use the ground for the stay of JD (U) workers who had come from Saran to participate in Adhikar Rally," he recalled.
Pandey had said the action went against ‘coalition dharma’ and was not a healthy sign for democracy.