Narendra Modi's Gaya rally: As it happened

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 'Parivartan' rally in Bihar's Gaya on Sunday ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in the state.

Narendra Modi's Gaya rally: As it happened
Courtesy: ANI
  • PM Modi ends his speech.
  • I urge you to vote for development and free Bihar from jungle raaj. I assure you that I will walk shoulder-to-shoulder with you, he says.
  • Crores of money is wasted when youths from here go outside to study, says Modi.
  • Jungle Raaj is responsible for it, says PM.
  • Himachal Pradesh has 24,000 engineering seats, Odisha has over 1,13,000 seats while Punjab has 1,04,000, says Modi.
  • To change the fate of youths here, there is need to make changes in education sector here which NDA, BJP government can do, Modi says.
  • In education, youths here do not get opportunities, he says.
  • To change the fate of youths here, there is need to make changes in education sector here which NDA, BJP government can do, he says.
  • JD(U) stands for 'Janta Daman (suppression)​ Utpeedan (exploitation)', while RJD stands for 'Rozana Jungleraaj ka Darr', says Modi.
  • If someone goes to jail, then do they learn any good thing from it? asks Modi. 
  • In jungle raaj part 2, the experience of being in jail has been added. 
  • A BJP worker was shot dead in Patna in broad daylight is an example of jungle raaj - Modi.
  • When bomb blast took place here, the world was shocked. But people concerned about vote-bank politics were not bothered at all, he says.
  • If Jungle Raaj Part-2 comes to power then everything will be ruined, says Modi.
  • If we develop Bodh Gaya as a tourism spot then people will get more employment opportunities, says PM.
  • There has been so much politics that no one is concerned about developing Bodh Gaya here.
  • I assure you that in the coming years, Bihar will no longer be a 'BIMARU' state - PM Modi.
  • After MP elected BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan pulled the state out of 'BIMARU' tag even before the government completed 15 years, he says.
  • The alliance made now to gain politically, will it last even after polls? asks Modi. 
  • The love people of Bihar has given to me I want to return it in the form of development here, says PM.
  • The Ganges of development has started but due to those in power in the state, it is unable to reach here, says Modi.
  • Now, Delhi is with Bihar – PM Modi. 
  • Despite all this, Bihar is unable to develop. Who is responsible for jungle raj here? Modi asks.
  • Bihar has given lot to the whole country. There is no state in which does not have an IPS/IAS officer from Bihar, says Modi.
  • Be it Science, traditions or history, there is no subject whose discussion does not begin with Bihar - Modi.
  • If someone mentions non-violence, then the discussion begins from Bihar, he says.
  • I have come here to take your blessings.
  • If the coming five years are spent like the last 25 years, then the future of youths will be affected, asks PM.
  • Elections are approaching and people in Bihar have made two decisions - to make a new, modern Bihar and bring in change, says Modi.
  • I came here last during Lok Sabha elections but as compared to today, then was not even half the crowd present here today. This shows the direction in which the wind is blowing, says Modi. 
  • Modi begins his address.
  • PM Modi arrives at the rally venue and is being felicitated.
  • In Bihar, every village should have access to electricity, education, new industries and youths may have employment opportunities - Shah.
  • NDA government wants development of Bihar, says Shah.
  • BJP president Amit Shah arrives at rally venue and begins his address. 
  • Ahead of the rally, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar launched a scathing attack at Modi calling Centre as `Union Twitter Government` which responds only on the social networking site. 
  • PM Narendra Modi, who will arrive by a special plane, will address thousands of people in 'Parivartan' rally in Gaya shortly.

Earlier developments:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address 'Parivartan' rally in Bihar's Gaya on Sunday ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in the state.

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and other senior party leaders will also be present for the rally.

Due to paucity of time, Modi's visit to Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi's temple has been cancelled.

Modi will arrive by a special plane in Gaya to address the rally on his second visit to Bihar after becoming the Prime Minister.

He had visited Patna to launch several central government schemes and facilities on July 25 and had addressed a political rally at Muzaffarpur in North Bihar.

Maoists call for bandh

Ahead of the rally, Maoists have called for a day-long shut down in Magadh division of the state.

The day is being observed as a black day by Maoists who are protesting against Pm Modi's rally.

Security arrangements

Security arrangements have been tightened ahead of Modi's visit and over 2,000 police constables and 1,000 magistrates and police officers have been deployed especially on rally duty.

Drones have also been deployed for surveillance and monitoring the area.

The security arrangements are apart from the inner circle security provided by Special Protection Group to the Prime Minister. Traffic plan of the city has been strengthened.

The security at the Gandhi Maidan rally venue has also been strengthened with installation of 10 new gates, CCTV cameras and metal detectors.

DNA comment

PM Modi had earlier launched a scathing attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, accusing him of "back-stabbing" the people of the state and alleging that there is some problem with his "DNA".

"I was not the only one to be backstabbed by him. The people of Bihar were also backstabbed," he thundered at the Muzaffarpur rally, referring to the CM's decision to leave the National Democratic Alliance after Modi was picked to head the BJP for the 2014 parliamentary battle.

Nitish then wrote an open letter to the PM urging him to take back his comment as it had been taken as an "insult" by a large section of the people of the state and beyond.

Poster war

Ahead of Modi's visit, a poster was erupted between ruling JD(U) and opposition BJP ìn Gaya yesterday.

District administration officials said BJP workers claimed that posters and hoardings put up for Modi's rally were torn and replaced with banners projecting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and carrying slogan 'We won't be deceived and will ensure victory for Nitish'.

The JD(U) workers were quick to rebut the allegations and claimed that BJP workers had pulled down their posters and replaced them with posters of the Prime Minister.

(With Agency Inputs)

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