Patna: The rise of Narendra Modi (NaMo) in the party’s hierarchy since the party’s national council conclave in Goa last summer had pushed party stalwart L K Advani on the sidelines, but the Bihar BJP would now utilize his influence in Banka and Katihar parliamentary constituencies.
Advani would address two public meetings, one each at Barahat (Banka) and Kursela (Katihar), in favour of the party’s respective candidates Putul Devi and Nikhil Kumar Choudhary, both sitting MPs, on April 14. It is learnt that there was “local demand” from both the constituencies for Advani’s address.
State vice-president and campaign in charge Lal Babu Prasad, MLC, informed TOI about NaMo’s two meetings on April 15. “NaMo will address two meetings on April 15 – in Sandes Compound at Bhagalpur and at Forbesganj in Araria parliamentary constituency. The two constituencies, like Banka and Katihar, would have polling in the third phase on April 24.”
State vice-president Sanjay Mayukh said that party president Rajnath Singh would address public meetings at Ramgarh in Buxar constituency and at Jagdishpur in Ara on April 15.
Interestingly, it would be after two-and-a-half years that Advani would be visiting Bihar. He was last in the state on October 11, 2011 for the launch of his countrywide Jan Chetna Yatra from Sitabdiara village in Saran district, the birth place of Jayaprakash Narayan, on the issues of corruption and black money. CM Nitish Kumar was also on the side of Advani at Chhapra public meeting on the day, but since then much water has flown down the Ganga in the country.