Amid reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies in Bihar had been cancelled, a top BJP leader Saturday said the PM will hold 13 more rallies in the state — four each in the third and fourth phases and five in the fifth phase.
Modi has already addressed nine election rallies in Bihar. The leader said the PM’s rallies will be held on October 25, 26 and 27. BJP president Amit Shah, who has addressed 29 rallies so far, and will address 18-20 more, the leader said.
On reports that Modi’s rallies had been cancelled, he said, “Reports of Modiji’s rallies being cancelled are misleading. No rally has been cancelled. We had decided that the PM will address 20 rallies in Bihar, and he is holding a total of 22 rallies.”
Expressing confidence of winning a “two-thirds majority” in the Bihar assembly, he said the party expects to win 55-65 seats of the 81 where polling has already been held.
He added that the election in the fifth phase, covering Kosi and Seemanchal regions, considered a tough terrain for the party due to the high concentration of Muslim population, will be the “most thrilling contest”.
He also claimed RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s remarks on beef would help the BJP’s prospects in the state.
The leader said that as per the BJP’s calculation, the Grand Alliance will collapse due to “internal contradictions” but the RJD will win twice as many seats as the JD(U) because of a “committed support base”.
“The caste equation is in favour of the BJP-led NDA as the Grand Alliance has given maximum seats to three communities — Yadavs, Muslims and Kurmis, which makes up 35 per cent of the population, leaving the rest for the saffron combine,” he said.