The 120 Lok Sabha seats from UP and Bihar hold the key to BJPs bid for power at the Centre,but the pace of the partys preparations in the two states presents contrasting pictures. In UP,politically the most crucial for the party,no district-level rally has taken place so far while Bihar has seen 19.
We plan three more rallies by October 3 after which we will hold block and panchayat-level meetings in 12 districts around Patna to mobilise support for the October 27 Hunkar Rally to be addressed by Narendra Modi. Rallies in the remaining districts will be taken up after that, former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said. He claimed each of these rallies had drawn up to 15,000 people. Besides him,Ravi Shankar Prasad,Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain have been regularly participating in rallies.
In contrast,sources said,there has been no district-level rally till now in UP,where the party seems to be relying on the charisma of Modi and his key aide Amit Shah,the general secretary in charge of the state.
Our entire focus appears to be on the eight rallies of Modi in different parts of the state and one mega rally in Lucknow, said a senior leader. Please note,these rallies will be held in the urban centres (except Bahraich),where the party has had substantial presence. The party needs strengthening in the rural areas of the state, said a leader,underlining how these rallies by Modi could not be a replacement of what the partys Bihar unit has been able to do.
Sources admit this is a poor reflection on the partys weakened organisation in UP. It was this realisation that got party chief Rajnath Singh to give Shah charge of the partys affairs in the state. However,sources claimed,it did not appear to make much difference with initial tension between him and Varun Gandhi.