Amit Shah to attend BJP farmers` convention in Patna next month

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Patna to attend a farmers` conclave organised by the Bihar BJP on February 22, the birth anniversary of Swami Sahajanand Saraswati, who was an ascetic and a peasant leader.

At a joint press conference, state BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Thakur said that Shah will attend the farmers` convention next month.

Jaiswal also denied speculations that Swami Sahajanand Saraswati`s birth anniversary was being celebrated as a strategy to consolidate the party`s upper-caste support base.

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“Swami Sahajanand Saraswati`s contributions have been acknowledged by historians around the world. Please do not view him through a narrow prism,” said Jaiswal.

The BJP leaders also termed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as “anti-farmer”, referring to the violence on January 11 in Buxar, where a peasants` agitation over compensation demand for acquired land for a thermal power project turned violent.

When the CM recently visited Buxar during his `Samadhan Yatra`, he did not even bother to meet the affected farmers, they alleged.

“It is because of the lacklustre attitude of the state government that Saraswati is a less-known personality in Bihar. It must hand over the defunct Bihta Bazar Samiti and its land to the central government so that it can be developed into an advanced farmers` facilitation centre to be named after Sahajanand Saraswati,” said Thakur.

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