Will Amit Shah’s visit revive BJP’s political fortunes in Shahabad in Bihar?

Express press service

Patna/Delhi: Even though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims that its Veer Kunwar Singh “vijayotsava” program in Jagdishpur in Bhojpur district of Bihar on Saturday is a non-political event, the saffron party wants to revive its fortunes in the region of Shahabad through this as the party could only win two
15 seats in the 2020 legislative elections.

Although the BJP managed to win 74 seats in the assembly elections and became the second largest party in the state, its performance in the Shahabad region comprising the districts of Bhojpur, Buxar, Rohtas and Kaimur was far from equal. be satisfactory, leaving senior management in disarray.

Now, the visit of Syndicate Home Minister Amit Shah on April 23 to Jagdishpur in Bhojpur district for attending the birth anniversary of the hero of the 1857 revolt, Veer Kunwar Singh, is expected to excite the public. local BJP leaders and workers and also act as a moral boost for them.

Former IAS officer Raj Kumar Singh, better known as RK Singh, a caste Rajput, represents Ara Lok Sabha constituency and is currently Minister of Union Power. He also faces the challenge of consolidating the party’s support base and keeping the party’s upper caste vote bank intact when the opposition Rashtriya
Janata Dal (RJD) aggressively tries to break in.

The Shahabad region had gone to the polls in the first phase of the last assembly election and the RJD-led Grand Alliance (GA) had done well in this phase. RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav is believed to have helped the AG establish an advantage over the NDA in the first phase by promising 10 lakh jobs to the youths, a reason partly responsible for the BJP’s poor performance in the region. Shahabad.

Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has already started to identify areas where the party needs to make additional efforts and Shah’s visit is part of that strategy, a senior BJP leader noted, who did not wish to not be named.

The BJP also hopes to cement its position in nearby Magadh region by staging a big show to mark Veer Kunwar Singh ‘Vijayotsava’ in Jagdishpur, the birthplace of the freedom fighter.

The whole region of Shahabad is mainly dominated by the Other Backward Classes (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC) and in some districts the upper castes including Rajputs, Bhumihars and Brahmins have a large population. BJP MP for Buxar Ashwini Kumar Choubey also belongs to this region. He is the Brahmin face of the party in the Shahabad region.

Shah’s visit to Bhojpur, where left-wing parties have a political presence, will certainly revive the fortunes of the Saffron Party, a senior BJP official said on condition of anonymity.

In fact, Shah’s visit was designed and developed in such a way as to benefit the BJP from all sides. Nikhil Anand, National Secretary of BJP’s OBC Morcha, admitted Shah’s visit will help the party rebrand the state’s historic contributions globally.

Shah is also due to address a meeting of party workers in Jamuhar near Sasaram in Rohtas district.