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Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image has not dented, at least not in Bihar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, and added that the BJP is confident of forming the next government in the state.

Modi enjoys the same appeal as he did when he led the Bharatiya Janata Party to an emphatic victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Bihar included, the minister said in an interview here.

Narendra modi“I am campaigning in the whole of Bihar. I see no dent in the prime minister’s image. The people of Bihar still have confidence in him,” Singh said.

Rajnath Singh also said that it was due to the BJP’s “generosity” that Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar became the chief minister at the head of a BJP-JD-U government in 2005 although the BJP had won more seats than the JD-U in assembly elections.

The BJP accepted the leadership of Nitish Kumar only because it wanted Bihar to develop economically.

“The BJP sacrificed power for stability in Bihar by appointing Nitish Kumar as chief minister in 2005 despite winning more seats as compared to JD-U,” Singh said.

“Janata hamari is dariyadili ko janati hai (People know of this magnanimity on our part),” he added.

But the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister alleged that Nitish Kumar became arrogant after taking office.

Rajnath Singh, a former BJP president who played a key role in declaring Narendra Modi the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, said: “Since Modi started campaigning in Bihar, the scenario has changed. We are strong contenders for forming the government in the state.”

He criticised the JD-U and RJD leader Lalu Prasad for harping on caste issues.

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“Election is a festival of democracy. The prime issue must be development related. But ‘Mahagatbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) is raising issues of beef and caste. These are tactics aimed at diverting from real issues.”

“It is clear they have no major issue to get people’s support,” he added.

The former BJP president said people no more voted on caste lines. Now they needed governments that can provide good governance.

“BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are prime examples of this. While voting, people see performance of state governments. They even judge the performance of the central government.”

“No corruption issue has surfaced in the central government. Globally, our government is scaling new heights with every foreign visit of the prime minister. People are also judging these issues.”

Asked about the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Bihar, Rajnath Singh said: “We decided not to project any leader as chief ministerial candidate.”

“This does not mean we have dearth of leaders in the state. There are lots of capable leaders. When the time comes, our parliamentary board will take the right decision.”

(Brajendra Nath Singh, IANS)

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Priyanka Chopra scores Base 25 Million Followers; Ahead Of Modi, Big B

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Priyanka Chopra Has scores Base 25 Mn Followers; Ahead Of Modi, Big B
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Here’s a new feather on Priyanka Chopra’s decorated hat. The actress has scored a fan base of 25 million on Instagram, leaving behind Indian icons like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s followers on the photo-sharing platform.

Modi has 13.5 million followers, while Big B has a score of 9.5 million. Priyanka, 35, is also ahead of Virat Kohli (22.7 million), Shah Rukh Khan (13.3 million), Salman Khan (17.3 million), Aamir Khan (1.2 million) and Deepika Padukone (24.9 million).

Fondly called as the “Desi girl”, Priyanka thanked her fans for showering her with so much of love.

“25 million strong… Thank you for the love… Love you right back,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories on Thursday.

A former Miss World, Priyanka carved her niche in the Hindi cinema world before making inroads into Hollywood, beginning by launching a singing career and then landing the lead role in American television show “Quantico”.

The show gave her global popularity, which also led her to bag the villain's role in "Baywatch" and also a part in "A Kid Like Jake".
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The show gave her global popularity, which also led her to bag the villain’s role in “Baywatch” and also a part in “A Kid Like Jake”.

Now she is keeping the paparazzi busy as she is rumoured to be in a relationship with pop singer Nick Jonas, who has a following of 15.5 million on Instagram.

Priyanka is an ardent user of digital platforms and uses social media to stay connected with her fans and followers.

On the acting front, Priyanka will soon be seen sharing screen space with Salman in the upcoming film “Bharat”, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

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Priyanka will be teaming up with Salman on the big screen after a gap of 11 years, after their last appearance in “God Tussi Great Ho” in 2008. “Bharat” is an official adaptation of a 2014 South Korean film “Ode To My Father”. (IANS)