Patna: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP
star campaigner Narendra Modi will not campaign for ally JD(U)
in the Bihar elections that begin on October 21 as he is
`preoccupied with engagements` in his state, party
Vice-President Kalraj Mishra confirmed here on Wednesday.
"Modi is preoccupied with his engagements in Gujarat,
particularly because of elections to urban bodies in his
state," Mishra told reporters here.
In June, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had
cancelled a dinner for the top brass of the BJP to convey his
disapproval over an advertisement that featured him with Modi
on the aid provided by Gujarat over the devastating floods
that had hit the Kosi region two years ago.
Kumar had subsequently returned the Rs 5 crore lying
unspent in the chief minister`s relief account that was
received from Gujarat for the floods.
Because of Kumar`s reservations, Modi had stayed away
from campaigning in Bihar in the run-up to last year`s Lok
In reply to another question, Mishra said the party
will field its top leaders for the campaign.
He claimed that there was a massive response to
meetings addressed by NDA leaders which reflected that people
will give another chance to the NDA.