Bihar poll temperature set to rise further with Modi, Rahul campaigning Friday
With campaigning for assembly elections on at full swing in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will add further heft and heat to the proceedings from Friday
With campaigning for assembly elections on at full swing in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will add further heft and heat to the proceedings from Friday.
For the Congress, Rahul Gandhi will also address two election rallies on Friday. Congress legislative council member Prem Chand Mishra said that Rahul will hold his first rally at Hisua in Nawada while his second rally will be held at Kahalgaon.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav is likely to accompany him at Hisua.
Prime Minister Modi will launch his campaign on Friday by addressing a rally at Dehri in Rohtas district. This will be followed by a second rally at Gaya's historic Gandhi Maidan venue and the third at Bhagalpur.
According to the BJP, the Prime Minister will address 12 election rallies in Bihar. A BJP leader said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will also attend several election meetings along with the Prime Minister.
In Bihar, polling for the 243-member assembly elections in three phases will be held on October 28, November 3 and November 7, while counting will take place on November 10.
The first phase will go to polls for 71 assembly seats on November 28, while the second phase will go to 94 seats on November 3 and 78 seats in the last phase on November 7.
The arrival of Modi and Rahul Gandhi on the campaign scene will heat up the poll temperature further.
With the Bihar elections taking place at a time when COVID-19 is raging in the state as well as in the country and the world, adequate preventive measures are being taken at rally venues.
With social media videos showing rampant violation of COVID-19 guidelines with people without face mask and not observing social distancing at political rallies, officials and party sources said measures are being taken for safeguarding the attendees at the meetings of the two leaders.
A report from Gaya quoting organisers said Thursday that Special Protection Group (SPG) has taken charge of the Gandhi Maidan, the venue of Modi's rally. Chairs have been arranged for nearly 15,000 people at adequate distance from each other.
Nobody will be allowed inside the rally ground without face mask, they said.
While the PM and a handful of NDA leaders will be on the dais, a separate platform has been set up near it for the candidates, the sources said.
A report from Bhagalpur said adequate arrangements are being in place for the PM's public meeting at the Airport ground.
Regarding meeting of Rahul Gandhi, senior party leader Sadanand Singh, whose son Shubhanand Mukesh is in the fray from Kahalgaon assembly seat in place of his father, told PTI, face masks and sanitisers would be distributed among people at the venue.
Rohtas District Magistrate Pankaj Dikshit and Superintendent of Police Satyabir Singh said the SPG has already taken charge of the rally ground Saura. nearly 5 km from Dehri sub-division headquarters, where prime minister will address the crowd.
A report from Nawada also suggested adequate preventive measures at the Inter school ground in Hisua for Rahul Gandhi's rally.