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PM Modi share dias with Bihar CM Nitish, kicks off poll campaign in state

Ahead of parliamentary election, it will be a busy day for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he kicks off his Bihar election campaign.

The event is to take place from the historical Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

PM Modi is also to visit Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s bastion – Amethi.

Incidentally, it will be the first time that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shares a stage with the Prime Minister since May 2009, and the first joint rally by the NDA in Bihar since November 2005.

As Nitish Kumar was a staunch critic of the Prime Minister until two years ago, political analysts are waiting to hear what he will say in his support at the rally.

It is learnt that the organizers have received supporters from as many as 30 trains and 6,000 buses.

Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav had earlier demanded that the rally be called off because the bodies of CRPF soldiers killed in Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14 were still coming in. As the event drew closer, he released past videos of PM Modi and Mr Kumar taking potshots at each
other.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi had addressed his party’s Jan Akanksha (people’s expectations) Rally at the same venue on February 3. Many leaders of the Grand Alliance had participated in the event.

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