Deoghar: A poster war has erupted between rival BJP and JMM, with both political parties dotting this sleepy little pilgrimage town with posters of rival saffron and green welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP’s saffron-coloured posters have only Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the image of Deoghar Jyotirlinga. While the Jharkhand state government and the JMM have Prime Minister Modi with Chief Minister Hemant Soren prominently in the posters in green, which is the color preferred by the tribal party.
JMM’s poster reads “Johar (Santhali for Welcome) PM Narendra Modi”, BJP has chosen the Sanskrit word “swagatam” which also means welcome. The ‘war’ over whether to welcome the prime minister appears to be a muscle-twisting exercise between the two rivals, with neither wanting to give the other a particularly eye-catching space.
JMM is an ally of Congress and formed the government in alliance with it. While states regularly put up posters and buntings welcoming the Prime Minister or President in their states, rival parties rarely put up their own posters welcoming the PM.
The JMM has also put up its own green flags with its bow and arrow symbol with its founder Shibu Soren on the way to Modi’s roadshow.
To counter this, the BJP has set up several stages with artists throughout the route featuring its various wings – youth, women and farmers. Various steps have been taken by local communities like Adivasis, Sahu Samaj and others also with the support of BJP.
In these posters, another regional organisation, the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), once an ally of the BJP, has also put up its tricolor green-red-blue flags to mark its presence.
PM Modi inaugurates Deoghar airport
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 657-acre Deoghar airport built at a cost of Rs 401 crore. He also flagged off the Deoghar-Kolkata IndiGo flight from the new airport, which has a 2,500-metre-long runway to handle the landing and takeoff of Airbus A320 aircraft.
PM Modi laid the foundation stone of Deoghar airport on May 25, 2018.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia announced that Jharkhand is going to get three more airports, adding that 14 new air routes will be made available in the state to enhance connectivity.
Scindia, who is going to Jharkhand with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, “Jharkhand will soon have five airports. After Ranchi and Deoghar, we will set up airports at Bokaro, Jamshedpur and Dumka. Also, 14 new airports in the state.” Will be introduced to increase connectivity.”
(With ANI/PTI Inputs)