Zee Media Bureau
Patna: As Patna’s Gandhi Maidan is decked up for Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ‘Hunkar rally’ on October 27, the party has hit a roadblock as the district administration here has removed many hoardings and posters of the Gujarat Chief Minister.
While justifying its move, the district administration said that the hoardings and posters were creating problems in traffic movement. However, the BJP leaders alleged that it is being done at the behest of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is a staunch critic of Modi.
It is being said that the administration has also rejected BJP’s proposal of two bullet proof SUVs for Modi`s cavalcade. The Bihar government has only two such vehicles and those are to be used by Nitish Kumar on Sunday. Thus, citing this reason, the administration has offered bullet proof ambassador car, which was rejected by the former ally of the Janata Dal (United).
Now, the BJP has decided to bring two bullet proof SUVs from Delhi for Modi`s travel needs.
The JD (U) in June had decided to walk out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and any alliance with the BJP in the Bihar government was ruled out.
Exactly a week after Modi was made the BJP`s campaign committee chairman, JD (U) had announced the breakup of the coalition.
The Bihar BJP has left no stone unturned to ensure that Hunkar rally – the first big party event after the 17-year-old alliance with JD(U) ended on June 16 – makes an impact on the voters of the electorally crucial state.
The state unit of the BJP has launched a massive campaign to mobilise support for the rally which will be addressed by Narendra Modi among others.
Almost all senior party leaders from Bihar – 12 MPs and 91 MLAs - have fanned out across 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state to build momentum for the big event. They are holding road shows and meetings to solicit public support for the rally.
BJP has booked 11 special trains and nearly 5,000 buses to ferry workers and supporters to Patna for its rally.