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Patna : PM Narendra Modi ( NaMo) on November 1, 2020, addressed huge election rallies at Chhapra and Samastipur in North Bihar to mobilise support for NDA nominees.

PM Narendra Modi while addressing a very impressive gathering at Chhapra in Saran District lashed out at the opposition over the Pulwama attack after Pakistan’s admission of complicity in it, saying it has taken masks off the faces of those in India who never cared for the ‘sons of Bihar’¬† who lost their lives in the assault.

Modi also sought to appeal to Bihari sensitivities by speaking about ‘chhath’ puja, saying their “son” will ensure that kitchen fires are kept burning despite the COVID pandemic.

Addressing a massive gathering in Samastipur, Modi said that on one side of the political divide was the NDA which was committed to democracy and on the other an alliance devoted to dynastic politics. “Has any relative of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar been sent to Rajya Sabha? Do you find any relative of Modi in Parliament?” he asked the audience in Samastipur which responded with a resounding “No”.

“A few days ago, our neighbour confessed to its involvement in the Pulwama terror attack,” PM Modi said referring to a statement made on the floor of Pakistan National Assembly by Minister Fawad Chaudhry who credited Premier Imran Khan for the “success in Pulwama” where “humne Hindustan ko ghar mein ghus kar maara (we hit India on its own soil)”.

“The admission has also taken the masks off our opponents who never actually cared for the lives we lost in the suicide attack which killed many sons of Bihar. They have always been more preoccupied with their political gains,” he said referring to the questions that were raised about the Balakot air strikes that followed the terrorist strike and alerted the people against such elements seeking their votes.

Modi also trashed the RJD-Congress combine in Bihar¬† calling it an alliance of “double-double yuvraj” (two crown princes) whose sole concern was to protect their respective thrones.

“On the one hand, there is development brought in by the double engine government of the NDA. On the other there are these double-double yuvraj with the sole agenda of saving their thrones,” Modi said referring to Tejashwi Yadav and Rahul Gandhi who have shared the stage during elections quite a few times. “One of them failed in UP a few years ago and is now lending his support to the ‘yuvraj of jungle raj’ in Bihar,” Modi said and added they are going to fail here again.

In an apparent bid to strike a chord with the women voters, the prime minister said, “My mothers need not worry about whether they would be able to afford Chhath festivities a few weeks from now. Do remember this son of yours is sitting in Delhi. He will take care of all your needs.” He also assailed the Congress party for forgetting Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary on October 31, 2020. “Did he belong to the RSS, the Jana Sangh or the BJP? No. He was a Congressman but that party chose to forget him even on his birth anniversary,” he said.

Modi also referred to a video, which has gone viral on the social media, where an old village woman snaps at a journalist who poses her the question “what has Modi done for you?. “I was impressed when the woman fluently spoke about the welfare measures undertaken by our government and hurled the counter question when Modi has done so much for us, do you expect us to vote for you and not for him?

PM Modi said the turnout in the first phase of poll proved pundits wrong and suggested that the NDA was set to return to power again. “This has left our opponents frustrated. They have started pushing and shoving their own supporters,” said Modi in a veiled reference to a recent video of Tejashwi Yadav where he grabbed a supporter by the arm and pushed him aside.