Union minister Amit Shah’s virtual rally next week is expected to set to rest all speculation on the BJP’s alliance with Nitish Kumar and his position as its face for next year’s state election. Amit Shah is expected to launch the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s campaign in Bihar on June 9 with a “virtual rally”, where will address the people of the state through video conference and Facebook live. The BJP aims to rope in “at least one lakh people across the 243 assembly segments in Bihar” for the video conference.
It is believed that Shah is likely to make an important announcement, not only on continuing the alliance with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United but also to re-emphasize – as he has done before – that the Bihar Chief Minister will lead the alliance into state polls due next year.
A section of the BJP feels Nitish Kumar has been drawing a lot of criticism because of his handling of the migrant crisis, which could have a negative effect on the BJP’s prospects in Bihar. Nitish Kumar’s opponents within the BJP had been vocal before the Lok Sabha elections, unwilling to accept his demand for a 50-50 seat division.
But Shah had not only agreed to an equal distribution, he had also made Nitish the face of the party in the state. The strategy paid off with the alliance sweeping all but one of the state’s 40 Lok Sabha seats. To counter the BJP digital rally, Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal has planned to organize a “Garib Adhikar Diwas” the same day.