As campaigning for the Bihar elections nears its final week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will address public rallies in the state today for their respective coalitions. Rally organisers of both the parties have reiterated the safety measures taken for the rallies, not only from the security point of view but also safety measures for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been a huge concern at political rallies and agitations going on in many parts of the country because coronavirus protocols go for a toss.
PM Modi is scheduled to address three rallies in Bihar on Friday at Dehri-on Sone, Gaya and Bhagalpur. He will campaign for his coalition and seek votes for the NDA spearheaded in the state by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
“Tomorrow I will get an opportunity to be with my brothers and sisters from Bihar. I will address rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur. During this time, I will put the development agenda of the NDA in front of the people and ask for blessings for their alliance,” PM Modi tweeted on Thursday.
Even the Congress has been active in Bihar elections and Rahul Gandhi is also all set to begin campaigning for the three-phase elections which begin next Wednesday. The former Congress president is set to address two rallies at Hisua in Nawada and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district.
Rahul will seek votes for the “Grand Alliance” which includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and Left parties. Rahul will be joined by the chief ministerial face of the alliance, Tejashwi Yadav at Hisua, where Congress nominee Neetu Singh is taking on sitting BJP MLA Anil Singh.
On Thursday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released the party’s manifesto, which included the promise of free vaccines for residents of the state.
The rallies by PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi are expected to light up the atmosphere in the polls that are taking place amid the COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated extensive safety measures at such massive gatherings. Till now, scenes at the political rallies have raised concerns about widespread violation of these rules.