Narendra Modi in Patna: PM lauds Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for implementation of alcohol prohibition

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Narendra Modi in Patna: PM lauds Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for implementation of alcohol prohibition
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    Modi speaks at Patna's Gandhi Maidan

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    Nitish Kumar speaks at Prakash Utsav

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressed a rally on the occasion of 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. In tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha, he said that the Bihar government has implemented total prohibition. He also spoke about the development programmes undertaken by his government in Bihar. 

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    Punjab will always be grateful to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar: Badal

    Praising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal thanked him saying that the state will always be grateful to the Bihar CM. 

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    Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal addresses gathering at Gandhi Maidan

    Besides Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal several Union Minsters including Ravi Shankar Prasad , Ram Vilas Paswan and other dignitaries will participate the Prakash parv celebrations.

    Modi will also release special commemorative stamps on Prakash Parv.

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    Modi is expected to address rally at Gandhi Maidan

    Modi’s address at Gandhi Maidan should be seen in light of two facts: The first being that as the prime minister of the country, it was quite expected for him to attend such an important event of one of the most important religious communities of the country. Also, the upcoming Punjab Assembly election must be an important consideration

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    Watch: Nitish and Modi in Gandhi Maidan

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    Narendra Modi with Nitish Kumar in Patna on Prakash Parv

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    PM Modi arrives in Patna

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    Lalu, staunchest critic of Modi, to share stage with the PM

    Nitish Kumar’s political ally and one of the staunchest critics of the prime minister, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, too will be present on-stage at the function to mark Prakash Parv, the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.

    Apart from the programmes at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, where a makeshift Gurudwara has been set up, the PM will also be releasing special commemorative stamps to mark the occasion.

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    Tight security amid threat from Khalistani group

    Given the fact that the last time Modi visited Gandhi Maidan on 27 October, 2013, for the Lok Sabha poll campaign, a series of explosions triggered by Indian Mujahideen terrorists, rocked the surrounding areas. The bombings led to large-scale criticism of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who was accused of failing to manage things properly.

    Tight security has been put in place which is an imperative given the fact that the visit of the prime minister comes amid a heightened threat from Khalistani terror groups.

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    Venue in Patna subsumed by intense religiosity

    Gandhi Maidan in Bihar’s capital city Patna has been subsumed by intense religiosity. Reporting for Firstpost, Shishir Tripathi said, "the Guru Granth Sahib — the holy book of the Sikhs — has been reverentially placed on a podium, in the sprawling ground in Patna, which is all set to celebrate 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh named Prakash Utsav or Prakash Parv."

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On the occasion of Prakash Parv — the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Patna on Thursday to participate in a function that will see him share a stage with rivals Lalu Prasad Yadav and the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

According to ANI, apart from the programmes at Gandhi Maidan in Patna — where a makeshift Gurudwara has been set up, he will be releasing special commemorative stamps to mark the occasion.

What will be most interesting is the visual of Modi on a stage with two men against whom he waged and lost a bitter campaign (Bihar Assembly election of 2015). However, what is equally intriguing is the fact that Nitish and Lalu, whose parties (RJD and JDU respectively) form the government in Bihar are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to demonetisation.

While Nitish has praised Modi's initiative to do away with Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, Lalu has been outspoken in his criticism of the move.

Given the significance of Thursday's function at Bihar's Gandhi Maidan, it is unlikely that any negative vibes will be exchanged onstage. However, keep watching this space for post-Prakash Parv sparks flying, particularly in light of the upcoming Assembly elections over the course of February and March.

Expected to be in attendance on Thursday are Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and more.

Updated Date: Jan 05, 2017 14:10 PM

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