Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is set to address a rally later this month in Bihar, considered a stronghold of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his major ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad, to mark three years of the BJP-led NDA government of Narendra Modi.

BJP leaders are silent on whether Adityanath’s rally will be a show of strength ahead of Lalu’s ‘maha rally’ on August 27, which will be held to showcase a grand unity of non-BJP parties at the national level before the 2019 general elections.

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After its shock defeat in the October-November 2015 Bihar assembly polls, BJP President Amit Shah has decided to use Adityanath as the new Hinduvta champion to challenge and counter the Lalu-Nitish nexus, party leaders say.

Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Bihar is bound to boost the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a right-wing group founded by him, which has decided to strengthen its presence in Bihar by enrolling thousands of youths.

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The group has demanded that the government of Bihar set up anti-Romeo squads and take action against slaughterhouses, as in Uttar Pradesh.

Cow protection is one of the main objectives of the group, which has a strong presence in districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh bordering Bihar.

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders have already demanded that the Bihar government set up anti-Romeo squads and seal slaughterhouses.