Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Bihar again next month to address a rally ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said on Sunday.
After the Muzaffarpur public rally, Modi is likely to address a public meeting in Gaya, about 100 km from here on August 9.
“It will be the second public meeting of Modi in Bihar and he may address more public meetings in the state ahead of the upcoming polls in October-November,” said BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, a former deputy chief minister of Bihar.
“Modi may address two public meetings in Bhagalpur and Purnea after Gaya. The Bihar unit of BJP has requested Modi to address at least three more rallies after Muzaffarpur,” he added.
Modi addressed a public meeting in Muzaffarpur on July 25.
According to BJP leaders here, the party has decided to speed up its campaign aggressively to counter the grand alliance of Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.
On July 16, BJP president Amit Shah launched the party’s high-tech ‘Parivartan Rath’ campaign for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.
Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.
“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.
Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.
There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.
There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.
Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.
“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.
After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.
Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.
He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”
According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.
Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.
Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.