The BJP’s next Vijay Shankhnad rally, to be addressed by party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and scheduled in Bahr-aich on November 8, would focus on national security. The district shares border with Nepal.
The issue has assumed significance for the party after the arrest of alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Afzal Usmani from Bahraich’s Rupaidiha railway station last week. The police have put up posters of IM operative, Tehs-een Akhtar, in Baharich and near Nepal border apprehending disturbances. Akhtar is na-med in Patna blasts that took place during Modi’s rally.
The party plans to display UP map in the backdrop of the stage. In his earlier two rallies in Jhansi and Kanpur, Modi and party national president Rajnath Singh raised national security albeit in limited words.
Party spokesperson Chandra Mohan said: “Entry of terror operatives in India via Nepal is frequent and that is a threat for national security. That could be an issue for party leaders to speak on in the rally.”
Party state president Laxmikant Bajpai said national security was on BJP’s agenda but no one knows the issue that Modi and other leaders will raise in the rally.
The UP Police, too, are exercising more caution for Modi’s rally. Vigil along the Nepal border has been beefed up and CCTV cameras have been installed at the rally ground.
For the party, the Bahraich rally will also be a public meeting of 16 Lok Sabha constituencies of the Awadh region where the Congress dominates with 10 Lok Sabha members at present. The BJP has only one MP — Lalji Tandon from Lucknow — from the region.