The BJP chief is likely to visit Bihar again in November to interact with booth-level party workers, while JD(U)’s programmes to galvanize its workers are already underway.
The Katoria school holds these smart classes as part of ‘Banka Unnayan’, a programme introduced last August in five schools for Class 10 students and which has now been expanded to all 143 senior secondary government schools in the district.
Amit Shah is likely to first discuss seat-sharing issues with Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP and Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP to understand the possibility of the alliance winning the maximum number of seats.
On Thursday Nitish Kumar was supposed to come to the national capital to attend the Niti Aayog meeting but could not as he had to be in Patna on the day BJP chief Amit Shah was visiting. The meeting with his ally was important for his party’s political future.
Amit Shah said the NDA won 31 Lok Sabha seats Bihar in 2014 and with Nitish in the alliance now, it could win all 40 seats in 2019. Shah advised the Opposition to “stop salivating” as there were no fissures in the NDA.
Amit Shah, whose visit to Bihar was his first after the JD(U) re-joined the NDA last year, said the time had come to uproot Congress from the country and predicted that the alliance would win all the 40 seats in Bihar.
This is Shah’s first visit to the state since the JD(U), which formed the government in Bihar with the RJD and Congress in 2015, parted ways last year and allied with the BJP in the state.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, and the amendments are set to be tabled during the monsoon session. Over 1.4 lakh people have been booked under the liquor law ever since it was implemented in April 2016.
A top JD(U) leader told The Indian Express that the party is also not looking at playing the “elder brother” to the BJP in the next General Election, and could settle with the “formula of equity, parity and mutual respect” between the alliance partners.
The duo’s meetings over meals twice in a day assume political significance as they come in the wake of Nitish’s party re-affirming the alliance in a meeting of its apex decision-making body that quashed, at least temporarily, rumours over disquiet in the coalition.
The NDA government in the state has been working well and talks of discontent is “all hot air”, Kumar said while responding to a query over reports of simmering discontent within the Bihar NDA.
Nitish Kumar lamented the cold shoulder given by Lalu’s two sons, Tej Pratap and Tejashwi Yadav, saying, “It seems no appreciation is left for gestures arising out of human consideration.”
The Bihar CM also said that the question of JD(U) aligning with BJP at the Centre did not arise and the party would field candidates in other state elections against the BJP.
The BJP MP, who broke down while meeting the son of an arrested VHP leader, said he felt “helpless” for not being able to do anything in the matter despite being the local MP and his party being a part of NDA ruling coalition in the state.
Nitish Kumar also said he has not received any proposal from the BJP so far regarding seat-sharing in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.