Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday exhorted that the party will form the next government in Bihar.
While launching his party’s campaign for the Assembly polls scheduled for later this year, Shah said in his short speech in Hindi: “BJP is going to form the next government in Bihar. It is clear from the upbeat large gatherings of party booth level workers here,” After formally sounding the Bharatiya Janata Party’s poll bugle in the state, Shah also targeted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, saying that even if they go for a grand alliance of their parties, the BJP will still triumph.
“Zero plus zero hardly makes anything. Nitish and Lalu by joining hands would have no impact on BJP’s goal to form the next government in Bihar,” Shah said.
Shah said that Nitish Kumar was trying to bring jungle raj again to Bihar but the BJP will not allow it.
“Only BJP-led government can develop Bihar,” he said.
Shah said that at present there are 90 lakh BJP members in the state. He urged the BJP members to reach out to each and every household in rural and urban areas to counter mispropaganda by party rivals.
“Opposition parties across the country are creating confusion and mispropagating Modi’s government land bill. I can assure people that not an inch of land would be handed over to corporate houses. Land will be utilised for the development of rural people and national development,” Shah said.
Addressing the party workers convention in Gandhi Maidan here, Rajnath Singh said that the presence of huge crowd ensures that the BJP will win two-third majority in the polls.
He also paid tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his birth anniversary today.
The function was, however, marred by controversies. Shatrughan Sinha, a prominent party face in the state, is missing from the scene.
Sinha, BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb, who should have been the host of the show for being a local MP, said he has not received any invitation to the party’s mega show.
“Neither party President Amit Shah nor the BJP state leadership invited me to the function,” the actor-turned-MP told a news agency. “My name or photograph does not figure in any of the banners, hoardings and posters despite being a local MP,” he said over phone from his Mumbai residence.
Also, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ashwini Choubey was stopped by police from going inside protected area in his car as his name did not figure in the list of persons to be seated on the dais.