Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shared the stage at a political rally for the first time after 2009 — the last time they had come together was at an NDA rally in 2009, held outside Bihar.
The picture of the two leaders on the stage in Patna told the story of their changing political relationship.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Sunday vowed to win all the 40 Lok Sabha seats of the state for the NDA to bring back Narendra Modi as the prime minister.
“People have turned up at the rally in very large numbers. The Lok Sabha polls are impending…I want to assure you (Modi) that we will win 40 out of 40 seats in Bihar. This is our resolve,” Kumar said while addressing a rally at Gandhi Maidan.
Giving LPG connections under the Ujjwala scheme, Rs. 5 lakhs medical cover to 10.74 crore families as identified on the basis of Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, PM-KISAN scheme which envisage Rs 6,000 per year as assistance to the farmers, are among the few schemes which Kumar named besides enumerating his much talked about ‘Saat Nischay’ scheme and 10 per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections of unreserved category after getting the necessary amendments passed by the state legislature. Nitish also assured the prime minister that the work for constructing toilets for every household would be completed by October 2, 2019, to coincide with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Radha Mohan Singh were present at the rally besides a clutch of leaders including Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP in-charge for Bihar Bhupendra Yadav and state BJP chief Nityanand Rai.