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BJP leaders to visit Bihar

Party’s national president Nadda scheduled to visit Patna on August 28

- Nistula Hebbar

The BJP will be plunging into full-scale political action in poll-bound Bihar, with national president J.P. Nadda scheduled to visit Patna on August 28. Other senior party members, too, will visit the State next week, sources said.

The BJP will be plunging into full-scale political action, especially in Bihar, as the Election Commission unveiled its broad guidelines for the conduct of polls on Friday, with national president J.P. Nadda scheduled to visit Patna on August 28.

Sources in Bihar BJP have confirmed to The Hindu that a series of visits by senior party members will be on the whole of next week with an eye on poll preparatio­n in Bihar, where the election is expected to be held by November.

“National general secretary in charge of the State, Bhupendra Yadav, will be in Patna on August 22, former

Maharashtr­a Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has been roped in for poll preparatio­ns, will be in town on August 24, Sauran Singh, who is co-in charge (organisati­on) for the Bihar BJP will visit on August 27 and Mr. Nadda will visit on August 28,” said a source in Bihar BJP.

Mr. Nadda and senior party leaders will take part in a two-day virtual meeting starting Saturday to draw up strategy, BJP State president Sanjay Jaiswal told reporters.

Mandal and district-level meetings will be done with the State executive stated to meet on August 23 and a virtual address by Mr. Nadda.

Mr. Nadda is expected to meet with Chief Minister and

NDA ally Nitish Kumar while in Patna, to take forward the process of seat distributi­on between the BJP, the Janata Dal (United) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). The BJP and the JD(U) had fought equal number of seats in the Lok Sabha polls but speculatio­n is rife on whether a similar arrangemen­t will be endorsed for the Assembly polls.

The party is expecting the poll to go ahead as scheduled around November, and the EC’s guidelines seem to be a step in that direction. The BJP had already kicked off its organisati­onal preparatio­ns during the lockdown via virtual rallies and meetings and door-to-door visits to workers.

Booth-level preparedne­ss was also prioritise­d during this period with almost 80% of booths being completed, that is, with the requisite number of workers. The party is banking on the benefits distribute­d through the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana during the COVID-19 pandemic to generate goodwill for the party. “Almost every household in the State has received something or the other as relief under the programme and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work will be a big campaign plank for us,” said a source.

The EC’s guidelines include the facility of filing nomination papers online, postal ballots for COVID-19 patients and no big rallies.

 ?? PTI ■ ?? Action plan: Bihar’s BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal sharing details of a virtual meeting in Patna on Friday.
PTI ■ Action plan: Bihar’s BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal sharing details of a virtual meeting in Patna on Friday.

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