Zee Media Bureau
Patna: Defying a political diktat by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi may reportedly attend a rally in Patna by end of this year.
Modi has been invited by Bihar BJP leaders to address a political rally in December on the sidelines of BJP conference in Goa, as per reports. If Modi gives his nod, this will be his second rally in Patna after 2005.
Referring to Gujarat riots that took place in 2002, Nitish said that Modi lacks “secular credentials”. With over 15 per cent of Muslim population in the state, Nitish Kumar’s government relies on their votes, the report states.
In 2010, when Modi attended a meeting with Bihar BJP leaders, posters of him with Nitish were reportedly put up which enraged the latter. Nitish then cancelled the dinner which he was hosting for top BJP leaders.
Meanwhile, the is finally set to make a big announcement on making Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its poll panel chief for the upcoming Assembly elections and the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari is likely to be appointed as the head of the manifesto committee for the 2014 election, as per reports.
The announcement is expected a day after a clearly divided BJP could not take any decision on Saturday after strong resistance from party veteran LK Advani and some other senior leaders.