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Modi’s roadshow draws enthusiastic crowds, first by a PM in Bihar’s capital

CM Nitish standing beside Modi on a motor-driven chariot was seen slowly waving a small cutout of the BJP symbol—Lotus.

RoadshowPATNA: A day before fourth phase of Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a roadshow in Bihar’s capital on Sunday to garner support for the national democratic alliance (NDA) candidate and former union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency.

Modi was accompanied by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and BJP nominee Ravishankar Prasad, proceeded on a well-decorated chariot from Bhattacharya Road. A huge crowd on both flanks of the road welcomed PM Modi who greeted them by waving his hands.

Surprisingly, Nitish standing beside Modi on the motor-driven chariot was seen slowly waving a small cutout of the BJP symbol—Lotus. Nitish, whom Modi had earlier described as a ‘true’ socialist, however, looked tired ostensibly due to hectic election meetings and rallies earlier in the day.

Bihar Deputy CM and BJP state president Samrat Choudhary was also seen on the chariot.

“Modi is perhaps the first PM to hold a roadshow in Patna. He has created a history of sort by doing so. We have seen him from close distance for the first time,” said Nilesh Sinha, a resident of Kadamkuan locality of the capital.

As the roadshow progressed towards Thakurwadi road, anticipation grew among the crowd, with women, youth, and children eager to catch a glimpse of the PM. Security personnel became more vigilant, and the chariot continued its journey amidst the waiting crowd.

Kumharar, previously known as the Patna central assembly constituency, is considered a BJP stronghold, represented by MLA Arun Kumar Sinha. A 90-year-old woman, who introduced herself as Sunita Devi, a retired schoolteacher, said, “I am a big fan of Modi ji. Though I have been a BJP sympathiser since long, I personally like Modi for having clean image and a different view on ‘nationalism’.

Among the diverse crowd gathered to see the PM there were Muslim women,“I have come to see Modi out of curiosity. It has nothing to do with election. He is the Prime Minister and has come to hold roadshow for the first time, so I decided to see him,” said Nashima Khatoon, 52, a resident of Sultanganj in Patna City.

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