Bihar politics has yet again taken a new turn after the formation of the BJP-JDU government in the state. It has now transpired that the BJP president Amit Shah is leaving no stone unturned regarding BJP’s electoral prospects in Bihar in the 2019 general election. According to the Indian Express report, Shah has told his partymen that BJP’s workers will manage all the booths in the 40 Parliamentary seats of the state, even if the seat is being fought for by allies. Holding a meeting with the BJP’s state core committee members on Thursday, Shah gave instructions that the party workers would oversee electioneering in all the booths, as per the Indian Express.
According to Indian Express sources, the BJP also believes that the JD(U), which returned to the NDA fold in July, does not have the organisational strength to repeat its performance in the 2015 Assembly elections. “Retaining the party’s current tally is very important for the BJP in 2019. The party leadership is not ready to take any chance,” a BJP leader was quoted as saying by IE. The NDA had won 31 of the 40 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Notably, a section of BJP leaders also expressed apprehensions that joining hands with the JD(U) would undo the achievements of the BJP made alone in the past three years. Amit Shah has also asked all ministers from the party to meet workers regularly to keep up their spirits. State leaders have been asked to make a roster to see that every minister complies, as per IE sources. The BJP, which contested the 2015 state polls with smaller allies, was defeated by the Grand Alliance of the JD(U), RJD, and Congress, but emerged as the largest party with a voteshare of about 24.42 per cent. The RJD had bagged 18.35 per cent of votes, while the JD(U) got 16.83 per cent, as per IE. Recently, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar broke the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP to form the government in Bihar amid tussle with the RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his son Tejashwi Yadav.