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PM Narendra Modi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar share dais after a decade at NDA Sankalp rally

The stage is set for NDA’S “Sankalp” rally at the Gandhi Maidan on March 3, which will examine Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar share the dais at a political rally for the first time since 2009.

This will be PM Modi’s second stay to the state within a fortnight, the first being on February 17 in Begusarai, from where he inaugurated and launched projects.

The rally comes days after air strikes at terror bases in Pakistan and the discharge of IAF officer Wing Commander Abhinandan from Pakistan on Friday. “We welcome his return and want to thank and congratulate the PM over the manner in which he raised the matter at world forum. The world has united against terrorism,” told Bhupendra Yadav, BJP MP and the party’s in-charge of Bihar, on Saturday.

All union ministers from Bihar, including Ramvilas Paswan, will accord the dais with Modi.

Modi and Kumar had last accompanied a rally together in Ludhiana ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Kumar’s party JD (U) left the NDA in June 2013 and formed a Grand Alliance with the RJD and Congress before the 2015 Assembly elections.

In July 2017, he joined the NDA again. On Friday, Modi addressed Kumar on his birthday and referred to him as “my friend” and praised him for pulling the state “out of the shadows of years of misrule”.

The ‘Sankalp’ (resolution) rally, which will be a show of unity for the NDA, will also kick off the alliance’s poll campaign in the state for the Lok Sabha elections likely to be advertised soon.

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