Amit Shah to visit Bihar on Feb 22 to pay tribute to farmer leader Swami Sahjanand

This will be Shah’s third visit to Bihar since BJP’s split with the National Democratic Alliance in August 2022. 

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By: Santosh Singh | PATNA
Updated: 21 January, 2023 10:39 pm IST

Union minister of home affairs Amit Shah will visit Bihar on February 22, where he will participate in Swami Sahjanand Saraswati Jayanti Samaroh or the Kisan-Majdoor Samagam at Patna’s Bapu Sabhagar. This will be Shah’s third visit to Bihar since BJP’s split with the National Democratic Alliance in August 2022.

Before this, Shah has been to Chapra, Purnia, Kisanganj in the last few months.

The program is being organized to commemorate the birth anniversary of farmer leader Sahajanand Saraswati, where Amit Shah is scheduled to give a keynote address. The event is being billed as Kisan-Majdoor Samagam and a huge number of farmers are expected to attend.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Thakur is the convener of the event. He said, “Union Home Minister Amit Shah is arriving in Bihar on February 22 and he will take part in Swami Sahajanand Saraswati Jayanti Samaroh at Bapu Sabhagar where the Union Home Minister will address farmers from across the state,” Thakur said.

Thakur also said that Swami Sahjanand’s contribution to farmers’ welfare needs wider recognition. “Swami Sahjanand Saraswati was the biggest peasant leader of India who has not been accorded the due place that history or governments should have. On the occasion of his birth anniversary, Home Minister Amit Shah will give a message to the farmers of Bihar and the country that the Modi government is the real doer for farmers and wherever injustice will be done, the Centre stands strongly with farmers,” he said.

Hitting out at the state government over ‘farmers’ issues’ Thakur said, “Farmers of Bihar have been neglected by all previous governments in the state and the way farmers are being treated by the Grand Alliance government in Bihar is a major concern for us because more than 50 percent people are dependent on agriculture and despite that Nitish Kumar government is not ready to listen to the voice of farmers. They are being treated as ones who do not matter and are only facing police brutality and government apathy and that is not acceptable to BJP.”

Swami Sahajanand Saraswati was born in Deva Village near Dullahpur, Ghazipur district in Eastern Provinces in 1889 but his ‘karmabhoomi’ was Bihta in the Patna district.

The Kisan Sabha movement started in Bihar under the leadership of Saraswati, who formed the Bihar Provincial Kisan Sabha (BPKS) in 1929 in order to mobilize small peasants against the zamindari system and thus sparking the farmers’ movements in India.

Gradually, the peasant movement intensified and spread across the rest of India. All these radical developments on the peasant front culminated in the formation of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at the Lucknow session of the Indian National Congress in April 1936 with Saraswati elected as its first President.

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